Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Regular Art Journaling with Kate Crane - April

Hi everyone!!
Sunday was our regular art journaling workshop with Kate Crane at AFTH.
This month Kate decided to push herself and us outside our comfort zones and made us do some black and white work!! but we still got to play with some more of her new stamps from Stampotique!!!

This was my first page - ended up more grungy than I wanted but I still like it!

Page 2 - a little bit less messy and I have to say I really do like the touches of Red!! I very rarely use red so this was an additional challenge on this page!

Between Michelle's canvas and Kate's journaling I had a very crafty weekend!! lol
Hope you all managed to step outside your comfort zones this month and create something amazing!!
xxx hugz xxxx

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Light house Canvas workshop - Michelle Webb

Hi everyone!
I had a great time at the weekend at AFTH in a workshop with wonderfully creative tutor Michelle Webb!  We made a beautiful light house canvas!!

I really enjoyed the day and didn't even worry too much about doing my own writing!!
There are so many layers on the canvas but you cant see them until you are close up!!
My only problem now is trying to find a space on the wall to hang it up!!
Have a great week!!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Dyans Regular Journal Workshop - April

Hi everyone - yesterday I was at my home from home AFTH doing the regular journal workshop with Dyan!!  
With it being Easter Friday not only were we being creative but cakes and chocolates had been bought in so as you can imagine we had a really tough day. LOL
Dy had us doing some secret journaling then using her paints and magazine images or her stamps to create a page.
This is the page I did.

I had a mop up page which had turquoise and green spray on it and some stencil cleaning on it too so I wrote all over it with a pencil.  Then to make sure that it was secret journaling I used an old credit card to scrape some of Dys white paint all over the page.  It mixed with the inks a little bit as they are reactive to water but that was fine as all I was trying to do was to disguise the writing.  As Dys paints are semi translucent it misted out what had been already on the page and lightened it all up,
I then used Dylusions black paint (which is opaque and covers wonderfully with very little paint) and a round blending tool to add the black round the edges and blended it in to the middle.
(**using this white paint to cover over a background is good if you have  background that you dont like or is too bright for you to do something with!! As it leaves some of the previous layers showing through but gives you change to work on top of it with out totally losing all previous work!**)
In the envelope in the front of my journal (it was my Dylusions journal) I already had some images, quotes and magazine images  cut out.  So I went through those and came up with this image.  I also put some others together and put them on other backgrounds in my book and I will finish them later.
I used a collage glue stick to glue down the image and quote.  
I used a Molotow black paint pen to add the lettering and the beads to form the bracelet then a white Signo pen to add the white dots.  I have some water pens with Dylusions inks in them and used those to colour some of the letters on the quote.  I outlined the image using a black pen and a Stabilo write all pencil to create some shadows and added a bit of orange colour with wax crayons round the inside of some of the letters.
After I took this picture I added a few drops of stickles to the image to add a bit of bling!!
Hope you like it.
Have a great Easter!!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Art Workshops - Andy Skinner Weekend

Hi folks I hope you are all looking forward to spring.... when it arrives!!!
I have just been to an Andy Skinner workshop weekend where we did two projects full of loads of different techniques (there were so many that for once I started taking notes because I knew I would not remember what we had done!)
It was another work shop weekend held just outside Middlesburgh and organised by the wonderful Sue Tucker.  
If you would like details of any up coming workshops visit and safe the Art Workshops facebook page. 

This was the first project we did - decorating a mirror!! loved some of the aged effects we got on all the different panels.  I have some new favourite techniques now!!
I cant wait to use them on some of my work!!

Our second project!  I fell in love with the crackle and the rusty clock!!!

One of the great things about the weekend was I got to craft with Bry which is something we very rarely get time to do.  These are his makes!!
I really will have to clean the mirrors though lol!!!

So thanks so much to Sues amazing organisational skills and her unbelievable A-team.  And of course Andy for giving us so much new knowledge to play with!!
Have a good month everyone and check out some of Andy's YouTube videos you will learn loads of new stuff!! have fun!!