Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A little book of tags.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Quiancridone Magenta, Gold Green, Carbon Black, Gold, Medium Grey, Cobalt Turquoise
Decoart Media Mediums: Modelling paste, Gesso, Tinting Base, Multi Medium

Tando Creative:  Tags, mini people, mini houses, washers

Stencils and stamps by Andy Skinner

Ahhh, tags! How do I love thee?!

Seriously I LOVE tags of all sizes and substrates. I'm not fussy - if it's tag shaped I love it. These gorgeous chunky little grey board tags and shapes are from Tando Creative, and are lovely and sturdy for painting and adding mixed media.



Here's a few step photos so you can see how I put it together. I'm using one of my favourite DecoArt colour combos. These paints are so, so heavily pigmented you can get outstanding colour, and colour makes me happy :-) 

I began by painting in patches, using the tinting base along with colour:


I used the Toxic stamp set and  the Bubbles stencil by Andy Skinner, to add pattern to the background:


And then some more, bold stamping using the Unexplained stamp set. I also used one of my favourite stencils by Kasia Avery - Corncob Etching, to add a touch of black:


I just adore the DecoArt Metallic gold. It has amazing coverage and really adds a touch of bling. I did some junk stamping, but also painted all the edges with gold, as well as adding a few splats with a fine brush. These paints splat particularly well because they are so fluid, and also because they are so pigmented:



I used Modelling paste on the washers with my fingers to give a rough texture and then painted them gold, before adding a few more cute little additions:



Weathered Wood medium over a base of Quinacridone Magenta, then a top of layer of Cobalt Turquoise gives this fabulous crackle effect:


And just a coup,e of close-ups of the texture and pattern I created. This little mini person has wings, which are really petals I took from a foliage set!




Byeeeee for now!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Creating mini books




I love anything in miniature, I really do.  Lately I have been playing around with the Sizzix matchbook die, because to me it just *asks* for book pages to be added as an insert.

I used the fabulous DecoArt fluid acrylics on a Gel Press gel plate to make this one:





And here's a few steps along the way. I began with the yellow:


Then I added the Cobalt Teal Hue:


Some Vermillion:


And here's my favourite step ...adding the reds and pinks! This is when the colours really start to pop!
Quinacridone Red:


And finally Quinacridone Magenta:


To create the large white circles I brayered Tinting Base on the Gel Plate, and then placed a stencil on top. That way the print only picks up the circles when  it on top.



Ta-dah!


And then I made a few more ;-)


If any of you are coming along to my class at Art from the Heart preview day (24th June) then have a guess what we'll be making ??!!!



Monday, 12 June 2017

Art Journal Collage

Images by Tumblefish Studio at Mischief Circus

I had another great day teaching art journaling to my regular art journal group at Art from the Heart at the weekend, and after quite a few requests to return to collage that is what we did! Collage is really how I began my whole journey into mixed media and art journaling back in about ... 2008, so this felt a bit like going back to my roots.

We used images by Crowabout Studio B and Tumblefish Studio (by kind permission) as I have ALWAYS loved their images.  The images are available from the shoppe at Mischief Circus and once you have them you can download, resize, print as many times as you like.

Just a little word of advice ... if you haven't used this kind of collage image before then please be aware that the images are usually offered  in two formats. PNG images are aimed at digital collage artists who want to build collages on their computers. If you want to do cut'n'stick collage then you are probably better looking for the JPEGs, sometimes known as printables. 

Images by Crowabout Studio B at Mischief Circus

This is how my backgrounds looked before I added anything ... just a simple paint, then brayer, then stencilled background:


Then I started to layer images on the page:


And finally, once the images were in place I added more detail by stamping, stencilling, and doodling.




Really I haven't done any collage for ages, and it was so much fun!

Byeee for now!


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DecoArt Media Butterfly Tag Book


Just a quick post to let you know that I've got a step-by-step tutorial over on the DecoArt Media blog today, with lots of process photos and information on how I created this multi-layered tag book. It's packed full of texture, and lots of colourful layers using the very gorgeous DecoArt Media line of products. If you've got a moment, do go and take a peek *here*.

Seee you soon! Byeeeeeeee....

Monday, 22 May 2017

Art journal colour, and a give away yay!



Corncob stencil by Kasia Avery for Crafters Workshop
Mini Dots stencil by Crafters Workshop
Alphabet Stamps by Everything Art

Well, I'm on a roll with my Gel Press plates recently! I love building the layers of colour, and waiting for those little unexpected surprises you get when mono-printing. If you would like to see how I do a page like this then have a look at the Gel Press channel on *youtube here* or follow them on *Facebook here* as I have a step-by-step video that you may like to see.

And just a heads up ... I will be teaching a mono-printing class at Craft Range Burnley on 3rd June so give them a ring if you fancy it!

I had a lot of fun creating this page for a class I was teaching at Art from the Heart this weekend. 
When I am teaching a mono-printing class I always try to focus on *finishing* a page a rather than pull off hundreds of prints that you don't know what to do with. It's such a temptation to keep on pulling prints! We focused on just two pages in class this weekend, and tried to complete both with lots of added pattern and texture. 




After building up my background with multiple layers of colour, lots of stencilling, doodling and stamping, I made two little lift-up flaps using a gel press mini.



And then I hid my journaling away underneath:


For the second page I chose slightly different colours, and we added some hand-cut masks:


It is just too much fun! Ha!





For details of the gel press look *here*
For details of classes at Art from the Heart look *here*
You can buy Gel Press in the UK *here*

And finally .... Art Journal Summer School 2017 is on Early Bird sale until 31st May BUT I have one free place to give away, yay! All you have to do is leave me a comment here OR on my facebook page (not on both please!) and I will pick a winner on Friday 26th May. If you have already purchased don't worry, you can still enter and Marieke will refund you.
EDIT: GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

For more details see my *previous post here*