Monday, 29 March 2021

A Carnival of Carabelle! On-line class ....

A new on-line class by me!

What a year it has been. This time last year I SHOULD have been getting ready to go to Version Scrap in Paris with Carabelle Studio, but of course like everything else it was cancelled. And guess what? It is cancelled again this year! But Carabelle Studio want to celebrate this occasion anyway, and several of the designers are offering on-line creative classes to coincide with this time 16th-18th April 2021 so we can all celebrate anyway!

Some classes will be live on facebook, and some will pre-recorded for you to download and play along in your own time, so there should be something for everyone :-) 

This time I have done a pre-recorded class, to make a concertina book packed with printing, stamping, colour and fun! 

The class is in 4 parts, from building the book ..... making the prints, so you will find lots of tips and techniques to create some fun and funky backgrounds.

Here are the details:

The class can be found on Etsy **here**

Upon purchase you will receive an email with a donwloadable pdf which includes details of the class, full supplies list, and also importantly THE LINK YOU NEED FOR THE CLASS on Vimeo. 

The class will be held in a portfolio on Vimeo and you will get immediate access HOWEVER the videos will be added on Friday 16th April at 9.30 CEST / 8.30 BST

Once the videos are added on 16th April, you may watch on-line or download to your own device and keep forever :-)

The project is step-by-step and accessible to everyone. The full supplies list can be seen in the class description on Etsy, but I often offer alternatives and most supplies are fairly general. I have edited the videos so that you get succinct information, and they last for just over 1 hour but the project should take around 2/1/2 hours for you to complete.

Hope to see you there!

And please do check out classes offered by my fellow designers at Carabelle Studio - you *could*have a very busy and creative 'Version Scrap' weekend!


Monday, 22 February 2021

FREE printing tutorial!

A couple of days ago I did a LIVE printing tutorial, using the Gel Press with alcohol inks,  for Stampers Grove (UK) using lots of products by Carabelle Studio, which was really well received :-)

Here I am in action on screen:

Thanks so much to everyone who joined the live, who have viewed it ever since, and even played along on the day. (Lots of you! Thank you!)

The video will remain on facebook for you to catch up,  but if you don't have access to facebook the video can also be viewed on the Stampers Grove home page **here**

Monday, 15 February 2021

More LIVE art journaling!

Well, I don't know about where about you are in the world, but here in the UK we are still in complete lockdown due to the pandemic. If we though this was just for a short while LAST March we were very much mistaken. At first teaching classes live was a bit of a shock to the system but now it really is the only way forward, and it turned out to be a surprising way to keep connected with fellow artists. Thank goodness for the internet.

So my next LIVE art journaling class is on 28th Feb at 3PM GMT (please check local time to you). Classes usually last for about 2 hours, and in this class we will aim to make two pages. the recording stays in the group after the event so you can always re-visit.

All of the details can be found **here**

I'm using quite a lot of watercolours this time just because I love them :-) As well as some of my new supplies for Carabelle Studio (although you can use any image)

We're also going to use watercolours to make our own images to add to the page:

Here are the full details:

In this current climate it would be so easy to dissolve into despair but in Art Journaling class 8 we will continue to art journal and create, and play with layers of colour despite our peculiar circumstance.  Art is good for the soul. Staying creative keeps us grounded and focussed in times when it would be so easy to slip into despair.

This time we are going to play with watercolours as well as the usual acrylic paints because I just LOVE watercolours so why not? I am using small palettes of craft watercolours and also some Ecoline liquid watercolours but you can use ANYTHING WATER-SOLUBLE.

So, join the group as soon as you can, and then check back before class because more info will be added including what to prep for class so you can get ahead and be ready, as well as the usual step-by-step photo help sheets.

Get yourselves a nice cup of tea, get comfy, grab your favourite art supplies and let's art journal our way through this pandemic.....

The supplies list is general, and absolutely nothing specific is required because as I always say 'USE WHAT YOU HAVE'. 

watercolour palettes or anything water-soluble 
acrylic paints
small piece of white card
gesso (or prep ONLY ONE of your pages with gesso in advance)
stamped image - any - but I'm using one of my Fantasy Bugs (Carabelle Studio) OR collage or magazine image. This can be large or small.
any art journal or loose leaf pages (I'm working on 6x6" loose leaf pages)
anything to add extra colour: pastels, oil pastels, crayons, pencils, Stabilo Woody, coloured gel pens
paint pen in white
fine black journaling pen
a small selection of a variety of texture stamps / background stamps
stamping ink pads (I use Archival)
stabilo or dark pencil for mark making AND adding shading
gel medium or craft glue
stencil - any
sewing machine (optional) 
bottle lids/old plastic cards for junk stamping 
Scrap of black sewing thread


Saturday, 13 February 2021

Live Demo!

Here Kitty Kitty by me! for Carabelle Studio

OK, who fancies a facebook LIVE demo?? 

On Saturday 20th Feb at 4PM GMT I'll be doing a live demo for Stampers Grove, wonderful stockists of Carabelle Studio,  using Carabelle Studio, the Gel Press and lots of messy alcohol inks. It's going to be messy, colourful, probably a little chaotic, but definitely fun! 

I get asked a LOT about using alcohol inks on the Gel plate. It's one of my favourite techniques - the depth of colour you get is incredible. It can be messy, it can go 'wrong' but that's what you all love about a live demo, right?!

I'll attempt to put a couple of tags together using my prints and decorate with some of my new releases for Carabelle Studio.

Fantasy Bugs by me! for Carabelle Studio

Come and join me, you know you wanna!!


Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Lockdown Art Journaling

Crazy Bunnies by me!

Anyone else getting a bit sick of lockdown?? I am TRYING to stay cheerful and keep busy but sometimes it's hard. Inevitably these feelings end up in my art journal, and Crazy Bunny from one of my latest sets for Carabelle Studio kind of summed up how I feel right now.

This page was a ready made background in my junk journal. When I put my journals together they are full of all sorts of pages - I think this one was once in a book which I ripped apart. Anyway, I added a few scribbles because I was feeling a bit stressed and scribbly, and page done. Very therapeutic.

I love the random, untidy, distressed, scruffy (call it what you will lol!) look of my junk journal. It makes me happy :-)

Don't forget, my full range for Carabelle Studio, including a list and links to stockists, can be found on my blog **here**