Saturday, 13 May 2017

"Family" Layout

This Layout is inspired by my friend Paula and her gorgeous boys. I had recently had a haul of ScrapFX Chipboard and Blue Fern Studios paper, which is beautiful and thick, so just perfect for using some heavy mediums on them. I used a Dusty Attic Stencil with some Couture Creations White embossing paste with the stencil and a range of Distress Inks to add splashes of colour. the Heart frame and sentiment were by ScrapFX and I added some coordinating flowers and fibers from my stash. I love how this Layout turned out and I hope it inspires you to get creating. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Art Journal Entries in My own Journal.

Sometimes its nice just to take some time out and do things for myself. Create and play just for the pleasure of it. So I thought I'd share a few entries from my own journal that I have loved.

Dirty Old Lady Journal Entry.


Image Transfer from an advert in a magazine, surrounded by stenciled embossing paste and gold powder.

Kaisercraft paper background with Gel Medium and inks, Image transfer and Stamps in Archival Ink.
Trust Yourself.

Gorjuss Contained.
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Travelling Art Journals For Australian Art Swap Group- Creatures of the Bay

Hello again!  I am part of an awesome swap group that have a Facebook page an a blog and I was due to do an entry in one of these gorgeous Journals. I love the feeling of getting one in the mail and opening it up and checking out all the varied entries and interpretations of the theme.

Joan's Journal was so interesting as it was an old photo album that had been recycled into an art Journal. There were many pockets protecting our journalling and also heaps of magazine cut outs and maps etc that we could use with the theme. There was a strong recycling theme going through but Joan said we didn't have to stick with it and to just have fun so I did.

I am a little mermaid obsessed, and so I thought well they could live in "The Bay" too right?
so I got some gesso and some background colour down. I originally wanted spirals in the background in blues, but I didn't get the results  I wanted so I smudged it all with baby wipes. while it was wet I pushed pieces of Tulle into the page.  I had a trim that looked like roses on tule and I thought they looked a bit like underwater weeds so I put them onto the edges of the pages.As I am very impatient, I got my heat gun out and started drying, but then the tulle started to crinkle up and shrink and burn and I LOVED it! I had a few Beachy type embellishments from a swap years ago and decided to put those in as well.  

I them put some embossing paste over a stencil and dropped some midnight sparkle coloured embossing over the top of it... Instructions said "wait till it dries before heating".bahahhahahah...Me? Wait?? Heatgun attack! and it Puffed up beautifully to give the page more texture. 

My little mermaids are layered stamps and the Queen of the Bay is a Prima/Julie Nutting doll stamp. I stamped her on one of the pages from the back of the book , cut it out and then attached sequences to her tail. I then glued her down onto the page. 

I used my really old dymo labeller to punch out the quote and then stuck that down too. I love how some of the mini mermaid tails lift off the page. I hope you enjoy this Joan! Happy Crafting everyone!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Mixed Media Tags - RUSTY

I am obsessed with making things look rusty and old. I had a blast playing with a heap of products including adhesive aluminium foil, Dusty Attic Rusting powder, Lindys Stamp Gang colour shots and colour burst powders and other items I have been collecting along the way for projects such as these.
I am hoping to get a video camera soon so I can start filming and posting these adventures. Happy Crafting everyone!

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects

Close up of embellishments and rusting effects


I love to make cards as I think they are a great way to try out new techniques on a small scale, so I thought to show you a small selection of greeting cards I have made. I have used stamps, embossing folders, colour sprays, dies and alcohol markers (to name a few products) in some of these projects.
Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Time Goes By- Altered shadow box

Here is a store bought shadow bx that I altered. It started out life as a white glossy frame. I have been collecting various bits and pieces for a while and decided now was the time.
 Layering die cuts, chipboard and other embellishments and decicing what looks good.
Start gluing it all down with gel medium and Helmers Glue. Once dry, cover it all with black Gesso.
Add Prima texture crackle paste with a palate knife on smooth surfaces and let dry. Add Copper metallic paint with a dry brush. once dry add a touch of Silks Acrylic glaze in turquoise with a dry brush as well. Add bits of Blue crystals and pearls to highlight. I mounted this on acetate leaving a border of clear plastic so it looks like its floating in the frame.


I sanded lightly before I did this next few steps as it was a glossy frame and I knew the Geeso would be repelled. I applied modeling paste through a stensil to 3 sides (not the bottom) and let  dry. Cover the inside border and the outside of the frame and modelling paste with Black geeso.  I applied 2 coats, then I drybrushed on the copper and the turquoise paints again.

This isn't a great pic of my finished product as the light kept throwing a reflection off the glass. I do love it and really enjoyed making it as well.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Forgive to Forget mixed media piece

I got introduced to the artist Tamara Laporte's whimsical style of portraits and creatures last year and was captivated. I was always convinced I couldn't paint landscapes leave alone portraits! But she makes it so achievable with her step by step video lessons and how she plays with a variety of media.
So after doing her Art, Heart and Healing class, I took the time to write all the negative things I was feeling, down on my paper and pondered it. I then Gesso'd over it all as a way of letting it all go. My beautiful lady emerged. People say that your emotions come through in your art and I guess it's true because everyone says she look sad. But the most important thing for me is that I replaced my negative thoughts with a positive quote that I feel will help me every time I look at her. Shes not perfect but then neither am I, or you or anyone for that matter. I used  a mixture of Gelatos, Lyra Aqua colour crayons, acrylic paints, Versamark and Archical ink stamp pads and various stamps to complete this piece.

"Family" Layout

This Layout is inspired by my friend Paula and her gorgeous boys. I had recently had a haul of ScrapFX Chipboard and Blue Fern Studios pape...