Mixed media

Ive been having great fun experimenting with texture, I got a fabulous box of goodness called a stash box created by simply vintage for Hochanda and its just choc full of inspiration

I used a couple of the items to create some texture on a canvas

I used modge podge to adhere everything and made sure I completely saturated any fabric elements, then to start with the painting

Starlight paints by Imagination crafts available from Hochanda work fabulously with this sort of project.

I’m going to add a little more to this project but Ive been really impressed with the starlight paints and used them for a journal cover


What comfort zone …

Having been fortunate enough to be teaching a bonus lesson on Effy Wilds All Star Book of Days this year, I get to enjoy everyone else’s lessons too. Oh my goodness what a treat, I’ve promised myself to try different styles and Sarah Trumpp lived up to her name and absolutely came up trumps, it was an absolutely fabulous lesson that really gave me the confidence to try some asymmetrical features, so much fun. And the book binding lesson from Effy Wild is just brilliant, she has made the process so simple I’m a tiny bit obsessed with hand bound journal making, so much so I couldn’t resist making another one .

It’s going to be a fabulous year with BOD. https://www.facebook.com/526372994152420/posts/1861126637343709/

A touch of moonlight


I have been having a bit more fun with the fox stamp set from hobbybase, so as promised, I’m sharing. The moon background features quite heavily, it’s achieved mainly with distress oxides so I thought it might be helpful to break it down into steps. The colours I used are; fossilized amber, picked raspberry, wilted violet, black soot and also a standard distress ink in faded jeans. There are oodles of combinations that would work of course. I start off with masking an area for the moon.

Then I start blending faded jeans ink around the edge while I’m blending I’m trying to imagine which areas would be more illuminated by the moon.

And then it’s black soot

Then wilted violet

Then picked raspberry

Then fossilized amber

As you can see the magic hasn’t happened yet, next I use quite a drippy water spray, I don’t want a fine mist, I want drips and splodges.

Then I gently pop a piece of kitchen roll over to take the big drop off

Once it’s dry I remove the mask and voila.

I’ve also used the same technique on an art journal page

So that’s the whole moonlight background, I will post how I made the 3D card shortly ❤️

Mixed media play date Giveaway

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Hello wonderful artists and creative souls!

I’m super excited to announce that I am a Guest Teacher alongside a group of AMAZING artist instructors in the

Mixed Media Play Date 2019

woohoo! 😀
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And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away a 1 year spot  in this amazing creative community. Continue to learn more….

In case you haven’t heard, let me tell you a bit more about the Mixed Media Play Date.   This is a NEW mixed media collaboration intended to bring you endless inspiration, amazing fun, freedom in creativity and community like no other….
Hosted by Tiare Smith, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude and fun from day one!
Here are some things you can expect from this wonderful program:
  • Monthly Challenges and prizes, 
  • new lessons each month, 
  • weekly new tutorial videos, 
  • creative prompts, 
  • writing prompts, 
  • online pajama parties 
  • dance breaks, 
  • giveaways. 
  • Access to tons of creative…

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Circles.. Circles… Circles

I had another couple of bits of rather exciting news, ‘Hochanda’ the craft channel have given me the auspicious title of ‘ambassador’, so I get to be featured on their blog and freedom members magazine. If that wasn’t exciting enough ‘#hobbybaseuk’ have given me a place on their design team, which is absolutely amazing as they have the most amazing range of products to play with. I thought I’d share a little hobbybase make involving a lovely little set of stamps

First things first, it’s circle city, the most relevant measurements are the base circle which is 8 inches and the base mat of the feature stamp is 6 inches, the rest of the circles are made to mat on to these two circles.

I decided against the polkadot grey and went for a plain grey in the end. The next thing I did was to blend the edges with some distress ink.

following on, I got some oxides out and created a colour blend for the circle where the main image will sit.

Don’t be to worried about the initial look, the next step is to spray some water on and let the oxides and distress do their thing.

once the pieces are dry it’s time to stamp around the edges, I started with a pale oxide ink.

give it a little spray of water and once dry enough then it’s a darker distress ink.

Then it’s possible to stick a couple of the layers together.

then I like to use a stamping platform to stamp my images, as it means I can do multiple stamps to get a nice intense stamp, also I am really not very good at stamping and using a platform makes it so much easier to correct mistakes.

once the image is stamped, I like to use a clear embossing powder.

then I cut a small rectangle that my greeting would fit on and repeated the same process as before with zinc oxides.

then it’s the greeting stamp and a little mat.

before layering up the base I cut the top two layers that I’d previously stuck together in half, this way the card folds really nicely.

I layered up the rest of the circles.

and added the greeting.

I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you #lovehobbybase @hobbybaseuk. I have another plan for this stamp set that I will be posting soon ♥