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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Water Colour Birthday Card

Following on from my attempt at some water colouring - I decided to have another go on a smaller scale, and turned it into a birthday card for my sister in law.

I kept to a similar design, as I knew that worked.   I must try and get a bit more adventurous now.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I a working on a new Fairy Door for a friend of my daughter.  She liked one I had done with an owl on it, so I set to and painted the owl.

I used Decoart paints for him (Paines Grey, Burnt Umber and Quinacridone Gold)  Quin Gold is actually a lovely rusty red sort of colour, as you can see.  I used the Burnt Umber and Paines Grey for around the edges, to try and give him the impression of contour. Whilst wet I sprinkled Ultra thick embossing powder over him, and heated it up.  Love the effect for his chest feathers - which I then applied cream acrylic to with my finger.

His feet, beak and eyes were then painted with a DYNA iridescnt gold.  They eyes also having the green/gold and blue/black DYNA paints added.  I think I might add some glossy accents to his eyes to give them a more 3D effect,  (Have just thought of that!) and possible his beak too. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A bit of water colour painting

I have always said I can't paint, well I can't draw that's a fact.   I have tried to water colour, but with not a lot of luck.   However, having watched a programme using Koh-i-noor wax pencils, I thought I would try the technique shown with my Lyra Aquacolour crayons, that I have had for years.

Oh WOW, what fun, and how simple - you scribble a rough design and then brush it with water, as you can see it worked and actually looks like something!  I decided I was a bit heavy handed with the water initially, so went around my scribbled outline of the flowers again, and worked a bit more water into it.

Even my son said it was good - heck that is praise!  Can't wait to have another play.

Friday, 15 September 2017

I need more practice!

stamped image

I decided to have a little practice with some Inktense pencils and do some water colouring - the demonstrator made it looks so easy!

I have an Alphabet colouring book, and had the idea of colouring some of the pages and framing them for my grandchildren for Christmas.

I was good and tried out the technique on a couple of stamped images first (one shown above) and it seemed to go fairly well, so I attempted one of the pages  (good job there is more than copy of each letter).  All was going fairly well, until I managed to get some "paint" on my hand and smudged a bit in the white area - OK, I do have a special water colour eraser, and got rid of most of it - but I know it is there!   I am also not happy with the black on the Toucan; it really did not go right (Perhaps the special eraser will come to my rescue)- so looks as though it is back to the drawing board as they say.  I shall play safe and photocopy the remaining image (you are allowed to do that - and can reduce the size etc if you require)  - at least I shall still have a good image to copy again if I mess the next attempt up!

Alphabet Page
Well if I mess the next water colour attempt up - I may have to swap to alcohol marker pens!   At least I am brave enough to share my "failures" with you!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Paint Storage Part 2

Today I painted a little brother/sister to yesterday's storage unit.    This time I experimented using Pebeo Deco-creme paints, which are more like a matt chalk paint, although I used some of the pearl black as well.  I also varnished it afterwards, so it lost the matt look.   This unit was a lot easier to put together than the first one, as it is only a single sided rack.    My Pebeo Vitrail paints will sit in this.

another view
Here we have the two units together, with their different finishes.   You can now see the white detail I added with a white Pebeo marker and the gilded wax edges on both units.   Silver on the large unit and gold on the smaller one.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Paint Storage Part 1


I need some storage for some of my Pebeo paints - and this was perfect.  I couldn't wait to start painting it when it dropped through the letterbox.

I decided to use my favourite paints - the Pebeo DYNA iridescent paints.   A coating of black gesso was applied first and then I just randomly sponged on the colours.

another view
 It was a bit interesting putting the little unit together!   I was all going very well until I came to putting on the second side!  I nearly gave up at this point.  I spent a couple of hours trying to do it, then decided to leave it and come back to it when I was less frustrated.  Obviously you know that I did manage to do it!

The frustration nearly overwhelmed me at this stage!

and finally here it is with my bottles of Pebeo Fantasy paints in it - stored upside down so that not only can I see the colours, but also as the paint settles in the bottom, storing them upside down helps a lot.  (another 12 to go in the other side! - so it is Fantasy Moon on one side and Fantasy Prismé on the other).
one side filled.

I did do a little more to it - adding a bit of gilding wax on the edges of the shelves and sides, and some detail, but you will see that in the next posting

Friday, 8 September 2017

Christmas Tealight holders

A couple more of the little tealight holders today (or should I say tealight covers).  

I painted the insides with white gesso so that the little light reflected better.

Monday, 4 September 2017

OK I confess, I am hooked on making these!

Greengold Vitrail, emerald prismé and eggshell white prisme
(and a happy accident - the gem landed the wrong way up!)

Yes I admit it - I am hooked on making this cement jewellery.  Again work in progress as you can see from the first picture I need to finish the edges and the backs.  (I am waiting for my liquid gold leaf to arrive).

With apologies that the colours aren't as good as they should be - blame it on the grotty English weather today!

Turquoise vitrail and turquoise prisme and gold leaf
(attempted a sort of spider's web drawing through prisme with a cocktail stick)

Parma voiloet vitrail and violet prismé and gold leaf
(yes it is violet although doesn't look like it in this image)

Gold Vitrail with English Red and Eggshell White Prismé
and a start gem

White vitrail and onyx prismé
(paler in real life)

The complete selection

Sunday, 3 September 2017

More Cement Jewellery

Think I am hooked on making these.    Work in progress, as I need to finish the backs and edges, when the fronts are completely dry.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Cement Jewellery

Cement jewellery I hear you say?  Yes - using jewellery cement by Rayher.  It is quite lightweight.

I ordered the kit and some extra bits and bobs back at the beginning of August, but there was a delay on delivery, so was hoping that I would remember how to use everything!   Fortunately there are some very simple instructions in the packs.

Having caught up with all the washing from a long weekend away with the family, I was itching to get my fingers on the goodies that arrived yesterday morning.

Here are last night's castings:

The turned out castings
When I had filled the rubber molds, I dropped some little sticky gems from my stash onto the top, when the clay was beginning to "crust" over.  (As you can see the molds are designed so that you have a hole for your cord.)

This morning came the "fun" bit - decorating them.  I had no idea where I was going with them.  The kit comes with some "adhesive milk" some fine very sticky double sided tape, gold leaf, paintbrushes and varnish.

The decorated items
Below are individual photographs and how I did each one.   (I will add that I started off by trying some brushos on them mixed with Brusho Aquawax, but wasn't completely happy with the result - so left the backs finished with that.   I used the gold leaf, adhesive milk and the double sided tape on some, and then experimented with Gilding Flakes and various Pebeo Fantasy paints.

Oval: using adhesive milk and gold leaf, and then Pebeo Vitrail and Prsmé

Heart: Using adhesive milk and Gilding Flakes, and a stripe of unicorn sparkles
(shows up better in the group photo)

Diamond: Gold leaf stripe using double sided tape and Pebeo Prismé

Oblong:  using Pebeo Moon and Prismé

Round:  Stripes using double-sided tape and gold leaf;  Pebeo Prismés at top, and
adhesive milk and unicorn sparkles at bottom

Hope you like the effects.  I have plans to try some stamping on the clay blanks and perhaps using some peel-offs and acrylic paint/ Pebeo Fantasy paints......... Watch this space!