Saturday, 16 June 2018

Positive Butterflies for Bee Crafty


Today over on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I have created an art journal page...

To read more about how it was created and see more pictures you can visit the blog HERE.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Shining Heart for Tando Creative


For anything goes week on the Tando Creative blog I have decorated one of the media boards using a selection of hearts and mini cogs...

After applying white gesso to prepare the surfaces I used the mini cogs stencil with some texture paste to add some detail to the main board.  I then used a selection of metallic paints to colour all the pieces...

To make sure the pieces stood out I used some black archival ink around the edges and then used the same ink to stamp some of the Andy Skinner Steampunk images onto the shapes.  After adhering all the parts I finished off the project with some Tim Holtz small talk stickers...

Here are the links to the products used...

* Media Boards
* Mini Hearts
* Mini Cogs
* Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Dream Catcher for Bee Crafty


For my project today on the Buzzy Goings on at Bee Crafty blog I thought I would share another bit of art journaling.

I recently acquired a couple of the gorgeous new mandala stencils and I thought that they would look great as a dream catcher...

I started by preparing a watercolour page in my largest mixed media journal with gesso then used my brayer to add layers of Dylusions paints.  I used vibrant turquoise, fresh lime, lemon zest and bubblegum pink, and made sure that each layer was dry before adding the next.  Then I used stencils to add extra texture using the same colours plus some white gesso (perspective, honeycomb 3 and oval lace)...

Next layer was the stamping with the texture borders and texture circles.  These were used with archival ink which is ideal for adding over paint.  I also used a bit of paint in the centre of the circles to create a more solid feel.

To add extra dimension I used gold sparkle texture paste through the mandala 4 stencil.  Once I had completed this the mandala which was to be the dream catcher did not stand out enough for me, so I re-stencilled it onto some white card.  When that was dry I cut out the shape and added archival black ink around the edges and across some parts of the design.  I also added a punched circle to the centre with a gem for extra decoration...

After this the quill feather was stamped three times and cut out.  These were coloured with some slightly watered down Dylusions paint to match the background.  Once they were put into place I used one of the style wire borders to make extra fronds and also the hanging string...

To tie the page together I added extra black archival ink around the edges of the page to create a frame and then also to some of the sparkle paste to create a slightly more grungy feel.  Splatters of both watered down black and gold paint were also added across the page.

Finally I chose a sentiment that matched the theme which was stamped and cut into pieces before being inked and added to the final project...

To create this page I used the following products...

* Inkables - Mandala 4, Perspective, Honeycomb 3, Oval Lace
* Art Stamps - Quill Feather
Backdrop Borders - Texture Borders
Backdrop Stamps - Texture Circles
* Backdrop Borders - Style Wire Borders
* Wordage - Wake Wonderful
* Dylusions Paints
* Archival Inkpads

I hope you have enjoyed my interpretation of the mandala today!
Thank you for reading and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 1 June 2018

Creative Artiste: 'Reel' Butterfly Tower


The first Friday of June means that it is the start of a new challenge over on the Creative Artiste challenge blog!  Thank you for all the great entries last month and if you go over to the challenge page there is a post telling you all about the winner, click HERE for the link over.

This month our prize sponsor is Decoart!

For my design team project I have used a number of their great mixed media products to help create this floral tower...
Having finished some reels of wire and ribbon recently I really didn't want to throw those reels away, so I decided to use lots of my mixed media mediums to help alter them into a tower!
I started by attaching them (plus the dowel) together with heavy body gel, then coated the majority of the project with texture sand paste.  This was then left to dry completely overnight to make sure it was really sturdy...

Next I added crackle paste and art balls for even more texture...
Once this was also totally dry I added colour using spray inks from Lindy's Gang, then once I was happy with the colour I used gold gilding wax to bring out the texture...

To add decoration I looked through my crafty stash and chose paper flowers, sequins and gems that matched the colour scheme.  These were all adhered using glue gel...

Finally I wanted a butterfly to go on the top of my tower, so I stamped the large butterfly from Bee Crafty using gold embossing powder and coloured it in with marker pens.  Some gems were added to the body for a bit of extra sparkle.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my project.  I hope it has inspired you to enter the challenge this month, the theme is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Altered Eclectics: 'You Are Enough' Art Journal Page


The first day of June sees a new challenge over on the Altered Eclectics challenge blog.  Thank you to all those who entered last month, it is inspiring to see the range of altered art and mixed media that you all create.  If you would like to see the design team projects plus check out the rules for entering please click HERE.  The challenge is always anything goes, but no cards or ATC's please.

For this month I created a journal page in my extra large mixed media journal from Dina Wakely...

The background was created using a range of Dina's acrylic paints and then extra details added using some of her stencils and background stamps...

The stars, girl and sentiments were all stamped from more of Dina's stamp sets then the pieces cut out and coloured using her scribble sticks (water soluble pigment sticks)...

Finally some doodling was added using white and black posca pens and to add a bit of extra texture I stencilled some gold sparkle paste through a stars d'inkable by Bee Crafty...

Thank you for looking and I would love to see lots of your art over on the challenge blog this month.

Happy crafting!

Jane xx

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Whimsical ATC's for Tando Creative


Wow, it is almost June and this week on the Tando Creative blog we have a new colour theme for the upcoming new month!

I have not made any ATC's for a while so decided that this week I would use these colours with some smaller pieces of grey board on a couple of Tando ATC bases...

To start with I painted all the smaller pieces with a range of acrylic paints.  The little houses are from the Kate Crane embellishment kit and I thought that along with the flowers and leaves they would look lovely just kept quite simple...

For the main background I first used white gesso to prime the grey board before painting the whole base with titan buff.  I used a small brayer to add the green and orange and then stamped over the top using a script stamp with grey archival ink...

After assembling all the pieces I finally added a couple of Tim Holtz stickers as a finishing touch.

Here are the products that I used with links to them in the Tando Creative store...

* Grey board ATC Cards
* Kate Crane - Embellishment Kit
* Tall Leaves
* Floral Grab Bag

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx