Sunday, 17 September 2017

Playing with Clay


I had great fun one evening playing with clay, this is the first time since leaving school (too many years ago to count!) that I had done this. 
Glazed Creations in Royston occasionally have clay evenings when you can do whatever you want with a lump of grey clay. I decided to make a wall hanging of a wonky teapot.
This is the result when fired, I absolutely love the bright colours, I added twisted wire on which to hang it with, hope you like the finished result.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Smile!

I made this photo frame using Fiber Paste by Golden.
Golden Fiber Paste is an opaque, viscous medium that dries to a surface similar to rough handmade paper. When dry, it has an off white colour and is very absorbent. You can give it a smoother finish either by skimming it with a wet palette knife before it dries or by applying it to a smooth plastic surface. Adding acrylic colours, watercolours or inks will give it a pastel tint. It has a sticky feel when wet but once dry, Golden Fiber Paste provides a good surface for pastels or pencils. It is very light weight and can be used in a die cutting machine or scissors.
I used paints by DecoArt adding a top coat of Golden Iridescent Pearl Coarse paint to give a sheen finish.
Finally I used Prima Resin Angels to complete my frame.


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Perfume?

I used a circular canvas for this mixed media piece of art. I made this after watching Finnabair's lesson on Wanderlust 2016. 
I used a perfume bottle as my centre piece ( which when I used the last of the perfume I couldn't bare to throw it away even though I had no idea what I was going to do with it), lace and lots of metal embellishments. It is now sitting proudly in my craft room.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Blast from the past scrap

While going through photos with my mum recently we came across this one from the 1970's. Its a pic of my mum and dad at a wedding reception.
The layout is on a piece of 12 x 12 smooth white card which made it easier to doodle on. I used paint through the 6 x 6 stencil to add colour and finished with a bit of journaling on a tag.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Meow

I thought I would share a couple of cards and a journal page I made using the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps, I love these quirky stamps, such fun images.
I used a mask and a brick design Washi tape for the above card.
I decided to use colourful watercolour paint colours rather than realistic so staying with the quirky feel of the stamps.
I made the background for the journal page using gesso to give texture, Gelatos and string.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

You can be Heros just for one day...

Below are three art journal pages of inspiring people.

Anyone who knows me will tell you David Bowie was and still is a huge inspiration to me. His death in 2016 was a shock and left me feeling numb, sadly we lost many great people last year. 
 David Bowie
 Bob Marley
Audrey Hepburn


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Exploding Box



Simple things please simple minds so they say and I'm never tired of an exploding box! 
I used stamps from Tracy Scott at PaperArtsy to create this latest colourful version. There are fabulous instructions to make your own exploding box from Sazzle Craft Here.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Colour by Numbers?

Below are a couple of pieces of my colouring, I do this for relaxation only. I'm really pleased with the results. These are from a colouring book by Johanna Bashford called Magical Jungle.





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Christmas is coming........

Only Joking!
I thought I would share a few Christmas cards I made with my lovely friend Ann.
 A little bit of stamping and glitter 😝
A little of PaperArtsy always a good sign.
Peel off glittery lines, perfect!
These are such easy designs to follow but very effective. Sadly I did have to use glitter!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Ministry of Magic

Ok so not strictly Ministry of Magic but it does feel that way when you attend these wonderful weekend retreats.
I have attended 3 of these so far, the latest being last month in Coventry. This time we had the lovely Kate Crane and France Pappillon as teachers.
The two photos below show a project previously made with Andy Skinner and then the project with France last month.
If you haven't experienced one of these weekends I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are run with Tando Creative and details and booking can be made HERE

Saturday, 13 May 2017

All Counties Craft Challenge


Many of you will know all about John Bloodworth and his All Counties Craft Challenge. Full details are available HERE.

I am delighted to say that John recently completed his challenge and handed over a cheque to Mind for £22,500!

I was lucky enough to get involved, organise and attend 2 workshops with him. The photos below show what we made, Glazed Creations were kind enough to allow us to use their studio free of charge for this wonderful challenge.

 Here is Rachel working hard!Our
 Our wonderful group 'The Demented Cats'
We are called the Demented Cats as mental illness affects us all in some way either directly or through family and friends.
 Jazz hands!
 Our stunning canvases.
 My effort.
We presented John with a special travel mug we had made at Glazed Creations.