Monday, 31 August 2015

The Artistic Stamper Birthday Bash.

Good morning friends.
On Saturday Susan and I popped down to the Artistic Stamper near Faversham as it was their 3rd birthday bash.
There were make and takes, so we did a couple of those.


 A yummy looking birthday cake and a raffle....
 Loads of inspiration around.
 Our Make n Takes....

 Of course, Susan had some fun shopping....
 She also discovered Jennie's extensive Graphic 45 selection. And this gorgeous ribbon.
 I was pleased to see this set of tag dies too.
It was a lovely morning, there was a BBQ laid on so we had a scrummy burger too. It was great to spend some time there chatting with fellow crafters and we look forward to next year!

We then headed off down to the coast and spent a bit of time in Whitstable before parking ourselves off at Reculver to relax. Susan with her crochet and me with my sketchbook....


Not forgetting the Coffee and muffins.....

Sunday, 30 August 2015

A little journal

Morning folks.
I trust you are well. This week, among a few unfinished projects I managed to make a little journal using one of my book cover kits (Random 3)

 Every now and again I kind of challenge myself to work in a softer palette so for this book I took DecoArt Fluid Acrylics (Quinacridone Red, Cerulean Blue and a light green ) and lightened them with tinting base to give a pastel finish
 All 3 colours were blended onto the base covers and just the blue blended in different tones onto the front cover.
 I used Archival ink  (Watering Can) for the stamping. (Stamps from The Artistic Stamper, Swirl Background, Decay Journaling stamps #1 and Mechanical Bird)
 The bird was stamped onto water colour card and coloured with Distress Markers. Everything was sealed with DecoArt Faux Finishing Medium and a few tiny tattered flowers were added to give depth to the foliage.
 The book pages are constructed using 200gsm white card and the signatures held together with organza ribbon.
Overall, the look is soft and pretty. It was fun to create too.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

A little doodle

Good morning friends.
Just wanted to pop on in to say hi. I haven't been able to much personal crafting at the moment as I've been busy catching up on some DT projects. I did make a moment to do a little doodling though.

It's just done on copier paper, I used a couple of different thick and thin pens and coloured with Distress Markers and a water brush. I scribble wrote the background. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it yet, though I think I may end up cutting out the flower and adding it to a journal page.

One of my recent indulgences was the Stampendous butterfly stamps and dies so I've had a bit of fun cutting butterflies.
These have been stamped onto Interference painted black card and are waiting for me to have a bit of time to add further details with paint. I have a plan for these so I'll keep you posted.
I guess I had better get back to the day job so I'll catch you later. Hope you have a lovely day.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

I'm back! (Sort of, anyway)

Good morning everyone.
It's been a long time since my last post. Over the last couple of months life took over, which, coupled with some health issues, seemed to just drain my time and creative energy away.
Still, hopefully I've turned the corner now and it's time to fan the dull embers of my creative life back into a flame!
I haven't a lot to share with you creatively today, but I have managed to do a few little bits......
A while ago, my daughter wanted to make a set of cufflinks for someone special so to keep her company I made a couple of pairs too.


They were fun to do. I raided my pile of watch parts and used DecoArt's Liquid glass as the glue.
As you can see, a flower press made the perfect holder to keep them stable and flat as I worked.

I also acquired a new addition for my studio.........I can't quite decide on his name yet, any ideas?
 I made some tags to send to my mother in SA. These are Viva stamps onto watercolour card and most of them are coloured with Distress Markers.
This last Sunday saw me back at The Craft Barn for a class working with DecoArt Fluid Acrylics, Interference paints and glazes to create a little canvas and a tag. which was an enjoyable day.



There you have it; a few signs of creativity. Hopefully I can keep the momentum going and get cracking on some of the ideas rattling round in my brain.
Take care folks and I hope you have yourselves a good and creative day.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Pottering in my journals.....

Good morning friends.
I trust that this finds you well. Over the course of the last few weeks I have been travelling up to Liverpool, Preston and back a few times. Accompanied by my journals of course. All the backgrounds were already done so All was needed was some pens, markers etc......









Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Altered drawers

Good morning folks. I hope you are well.
This morning I have a small set of drawers that I've managed to finish. My wife picked them up at a bootfair for me. I forgot to take a before picture but they were white to start off with with the metal heart decoration and handle. As you can see, they did not stay white for long!
 I just began to play around and scrub a selection of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics over the unit, including the metal.

Once that had dried I took out some Artistic Stamper stamps. I loved these when I saw them and just had to have them! I stamped with Jet Black Archival ink.

Wrapping the stamping around corners etc for continuity.

I worked over this with more stamps in Orange Blossom and Fern Green Archival ink.

The whole unit was covered with a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze to finish. I am pleased with the finished piece. It is no longer a tired and grubby looking unit but a fun arty piece.....

The Stamps I used are Decay Swirl Background and Decay Journaling from The Artistic Stamper



Friday, 19 June 2015

Playing genie with the lamp

Good afternoon friends.
I hope you are well. Last night, after a really busy week at work, I was desperate to get into my craft space. So at around 9pm, having been at work since 5 30am I found myself tackling this lamp which I bought for a couple of quid at a bootfair, I loved the style but that tacky brass effect, eugh! The first thing I did was attach some flat back pearls to the lamp as you can see



 The next step was to give the whole thing a coat of DecoArt Chalk Paint for glass, I chose this because it is designed to cope with heat. (And because I asked Andy Skinner what he would suggest LOL)


Once that was dry I took Media Fluid Acrylic in Prussian Blue Hue, Transparent Red Iron Oxide and Transparent Yellow Iron oxide and applied the colours to the lamp stippling it and blending it on as I went. As you can see, the result of this stage is a pretty shiny mottled mess to say the least. This was left to dry overnight.


This morning is when the magic began to happen...... DecoArt Americana Raw Umber.

This was stippled on sparingly which when dry gives a matte finish yet you can see a great tonal variation underneath. You can see how different the finish is in these photos.


For the next stage I wanted to add more depth to the finish as the Raw Umber, though giving the matte finish I was after, is rather flat. So I used the Raw Umber Americana and the Fluid Acrylic Transparent Red Iron Oxide mixed loosely together to go over everything again.
 It makes a big difference to the lamp.

For the last stage I made a strong wash of Quinacridone Gold

And gave everything a careful covering (I did want to use the lamp after all!)


 When this was dry I used some Iced Expresso Metallic Lustre to bring out the "rivets"




There you have it. I'm really pleased with how it came out. It's a vast improvement in my humble opinion and I look forward to using it. I will leave if for a couple of weeks to really cure and then I'll seal it with the DecoArt Matte Finish Aerosol sealer to protect it.

It was a great project to do and it also shows you how the DecoArt products all work so well together.
Right, I hope you all have a creative weekend ahead.