Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Mixed Media - Very Kind-Hearted

Well hello there.
I hope you're having a good week. 

Today I have another of the projects, that I made as a gift for Christmas, to share with you.

 The beautiful lady in the photo is my cousin, one of the loveliest people on the planet. 

Having found out that her fav' colour was orange, I gathered up a selection of elements from my stash and set to work.
I gesso'd the heart before adding texture with white crackle paste and light paste through a stencil. 

 Adding the decorations is the best bit. It's amazing, once you start looking, how many treasures and decorative elements are out there that you can add to these kinda projects. A bag of sisal has become my new best

The perfect sentiment and this project was complete.
That's it from me today, I'm off to nurse a rather runny, red for Comic Relief or Rudolph. 
Will be back again soon...Sniff!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

MFT Stamps - Lucky

I hope you've had (or are still having) a great weekend.
Wish it was still Christmas....I miss the happy colours and twinkling fairy lights on dull days like we've had today.
Roll on spring with its sunny days and cheery colours!

I made this card a few weeks ago prior to my son's driving test. I can't believe he's all grow'd is flying by. I used the 'Lucky' stamp set from MFT and Lucky Clover & Twisted Citron Distress Inks to 'smoosh' a background pattern.

Alas my card was a disaster on the 'Good luck' front as he failed his test, so we tore it up, he re-took his test and passed...Yay! 
I had fun making it and he appreciated the thought, so that's all that count.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a fabulous week and I'll be back soon.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Alcohol Inks - No 11

It's the weekend...Yay!
A quickie today of an alcohol ink project that I made back in the autumn of last year.

Just 3 colours, Adirondack's Latte, Mushroom & Hazelnut (sounds delicious...huh?)

Can't wait for spring when I can throw open those windows and start playing with the ol' inks again, but for now it's not wise to be using them indoors without adequate ventilation.

This was originally a 9" × 11" piece of Yupo. However the final piece was tinged with blue on the edges, not sure if it came from a previous project or from one of the colours itself, as there are hints of blue in the centre if you look closely.

Fascinating how these inks can reveal such different colours from the original.
But it didn't matter.... I rather like how this one turned out.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Mixed Media Heart

Today I have another mixed media project that I made for a friend for Christmas.

This time I decorated a wooden heart and added 2 frames to include all of the family members.

 The heart was prepped with white gesso before adding a thick layer of white crackle paste to give it an aged, shabby chic look. I also added extra texture (although you can't see it very well in these photos) with a Cell Theory stencil and texture paste.

The exciting bit is adding all of the decorations and embellishments.

I used art stones, wedding accessories, flowers, glitter, wooden embellishments, Christmas table decorations, glass name it, I used

I used Metallique acrylic paints for the pink highlights...

...and then white gesso again to tone down the colours where they were a tad too brash.

More mixed media projects to follow, so I'll be back soon. 
Still learning and still lovin'.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

New Year, New Beginnings

Well ahoy there and welcome to 2018 on my wee bloglet.
Something a bit different from me today and a step away from anything I've ever done before.

Just before Christmas I thought I'd have a go at some different mediums and make personalised gifts for the family.

This is the first in a series of wooden initials that I altered with a selection of pastes, gels, paints, stencils and 3d elements.

I have fallen in love with these mediums and have become a bit of a magpie, hunting n' hoarding bits of string, scraps of cardboard and random bits of recycling.

I think this will be my crafty passion for the year ahead and I hope to incorporate my other love, alcohol inks, into my creations later on in the year when I can open windows and get better ventilation. 

So for now, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!

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