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Monday, 9 October 2017


I don't know about you, but I love dreamcatchers.   It took me a while to decide on the composition I wanted, but I think this simple style will be an ok for a male relative that often visits the States.

The dreamcatcher is a Sheena Douglass die, which I cut out of black card, and then applied Pebeo gilding wax to in various shades of gold.   I wasn't quite happy with the result, so I painted the top part of the feathers with clear gesso and painted them white with a little white luscious added to it.  I then took a fine micron pen and added some fine detail to the feathers.

The background was created using Distress Oxides and the trees were die-cut from copy paper and then stamped.  After I had stuck them to the background, I lightly swiped some of the twisted citron colour over the top.  Finally I added the sentiment.  All the dies and stamps used are by Sheena Douglass.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


I had some new scrumptious goodies to play with this week.  Gold Gesso, Silver Gesso, Clear Gesso, Light and Fluffy Modelling Paste and Shimmery Goodness!   Yes they do sound exciting don't they.  I love them all, and am sharing an experiment with some of them,

A complete experiment as I had no idea what I wanted to do.  To do a fair trial I used plain MDF boards as a canvas (see last picture).

I painted the larger of the two boards with the gold gesso.  It covered really well and dried so quickly.  I thought this was probably due to the fact that it was on MDF - so I gave it another coat - this dried just as quickly - amazing.  I also did a quick test on some card and yes it dried very quickly on that too,

I also have some new distress oxides, so I decided to see how they reacted on the gold gesso.   I used a tree stencil from my Clarity Stamp Club and randomly stamped it across the board, moving it as necessary to cover the area, using twisted citron, peacock feathers and salty ocean.  I moved the stencil to give some shadows.

(with apologies for the shadow of me taking photo)
I applied the silver gesso to the smaller board, and using part of another Clarity Stencil - The rose, I applied the Light and Fluffy Modeling paste through it with a palette knife.    This too dried very quickly,   I then applied Distress Oxides again - using picked raspberry and seedless preserves, to give it some shading.

The small board was then mounted on the larger board.

Below is a photo of what I started with:

MDF board

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Clay plate

Some time ago I posted pictures of some clay projects the youngest grandchildren had done.   At last the eldest of the three has managed to paint her plate.   (Mainly due to the fact that she was off sick from school and with me for the day).   It was a lovely afternoon yesterday, so as she felt a tad better we sat up in the Den in the sunshine, and she completed her project.

She fell in love with my Cosmic Shimmer iridescent shimmering watercolour paints, and wanted to use those.  I wasn't quite sure how they would work on clay, being water colour, but they worked fine.

I think she has done a lovely job for a 10 year old.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Acrylic Pouring

I fell in love with a demo on acrylic pouring.    I love my Pebeo fantasy paints and their quirky cell formation.   However this technique using normal acrylics and it doesn't matter whether they are cheap paints or not (you could even use tester pots of paint).  

Acrylic pouring is all the rage in the States at the moment, and is fast taking hold in this country and around the World.

The method I used was demonstrated by Jo from the Glass Hut (which also comes under the Bead Hut) if you are searching for them.)   This was using her pouring medium and pva glue and paints of choice.  I also added some cell medium at one stage.

Having watched load of demos on line (and also watching DaliArt using a slightly different medium this week, together with some paste pigments) I decided it was time to take the plunge.

First pour on left, second pour with cell medium (and no cells on left)

I mixed PVA glue (just cheap stuff from the Works) with an equal part of the pouring medium and then added a similar amount of white paint to one plastic cup.  I then made up two more mixes and me being me the ultimate alchemist (lol!) I decided to try using the brusho pigments rather than acrylic paint.   The result was a little thin - so I added a smidgen of white paint to the blue and the purple.

Having read a tip to make the paint spread more easily, I put a little of the white mix on the canvas and spread it with a palette knife.   I then poured a little of one of the colours into the centre of the canvas -I think I started with the purple.  I added some of the blue to the centre of the purple "puddle", then some white and repeated.  I then took a straw and blew the paint into a sort of flower shape.   I put a bit more paint in the centre of the flower and did another lot of blowing.   It didn't fill the canvas quite as I wanted, so I add some more of the colours around the edge of the canvas.  I then took a kebab stick and drew through the paint.

I then added a few drops of cell medium to the purple and blue cups, and did another similar pour, again using the straw and kebab techniques.  I didn't get many cells appearing - I either didn't mix it enough or didn't put enough in.

I also learned from the DaliArt demo that she poured using wet wipes in her "drip collector container" - so I had done this as you can see from the photo.    Apparently when they are dry you can then tear them up or die cut them.

I decided to tip the remaining paint over some wet wipes - this time doing a "dirty pout" which is where you start with the white mix, and then add the colours into it - alternating the colours. (I should have reserved some white paint to do this in hindsight).   Having poured it it onto the wipes, the first thing I noticed was all the cells appearing - oh bother - typical!  Undeterred I grabbed a small canvas and dropped it onto the wipes and lifted a print - tada cells!  I gave this canvas a quick blast with my little blow torch to help bring the cells to the surface more.

The "lift" with the cells!
The wet wipes after I had "lifted" a print
In hindsight I possibly could have lifted some more prints from this mess in the tray, but as I wasn't sure I didn't bother (but you can see the imprint of where I dropped the little canvas into the puddle.)
I left all the bits and bobs in the Den overnight - and of course it wasn't really warm enough for them to dry, so now they are indoors - However, I did lift the wet wipes from the tray and took some prints on some card from the paint that had soaked through the wipes, which I can use for die-cuts or backgrounds  

Anyway I think I am going to be hooked on this technique - just have to hope for some nice days so I can venture to the Den and get messy, and next time bring them into the warmth of the house, as I am still waiting for these to dry.  (I may get my heat gun out and try and speed the drying up slightly as no heating on in the house at mo.)

Hopefully I can say watch this space for some more dabbling.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Male Birthday Card

Back to Craft Artist for this card, and struck lucky with a freebie from G&T designs for some of the wording.  Just what I needed as inspiration was lacking and card need to be made and put in the post,
So simple - but sometimes less is more.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Trying to draw a Bubble

First attempt on right, second attempt on left.

I don't profess to be an artist by any means, but I watched a demonstration recently of how to draw a bubble.   Well I didn't have the pencils she was using, and just used the ones I had.  They didn't seem to work that well on the black card, so I then added my metallic pencils - still wasn't happy with my first attempt (the one on the right).

Undeterred I thought I would try again just using my Spectrum Noir Metallic pencils.   (One on the left)   Happier with this effort - not perfect by any means, but I think it looks like a bubble.   Practise will no doubt make perfect and also buying the proper Derwent Procolour pencils (but they can go on the wish list!)   In the meantime a fairly happy bunny here for somebody that can only draw water from a tap!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Owl Fairy Door

I normally just post pictures of a finished project, but I remembered to take some work in progress photos.

Preparation of the Door

The worst part if removing all the hinges etc (and putting them back on!)  The door is painted with decoart paints, and then sprinkled with thick embossing powder and heated to give the worn, blistered look.

The surround had texture paste applied and when dry painted with white gesso and various shades of grey, cream and green pebeo decocreme paints sponged on.

The next decision was which owl to use:
Fat Owl or ........

..... Thin Owl ?

Nearly finished
I liked both, so as the door was for a friend of my daughter's I put it to the vote and fat owl won!  Fat owl was painted in a similar fashion to the door,  His "tummy" then had some cream paint wiped over it with my finger to bring out the texture of the embossing powder.  His eyes and beak were painted with Pebeo DYNA iridescent paints, and then had glossy accents applied.  (Full details on painting the owl on an earlier post)

The flowers and leave were die-cut from card, and painted with Pebeo acrylics and distress inks.  I added a little unicorn sparkles and some puffy paint for snow.

So I still have another door to use that was painted at the same time as this one - so the thin owl will probably be used for that.  I have already started to prepare the door - so below is a little teaser.   I just need to decide what flowers etc I will put on it.   Shall I do another Christmas one - or should I go with something like primroses and make a spring one?   Decisions, decisions.

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.