Starting Art Journaling....

As you may have gathered from one of my more recent posts, I have just begun dabbling in Art Journaling. I think the freedom to experiment with messy media and not feel guilty about it not working out really appealed to me. Just being able to flip a page and start all over is a freedom I've never experienced in this hobby, and also I get the chance to tryout some of the hundreds of techniques I have in my mind! 

One thing I could not wait to do though, was alter the cover of my knew journal. I spent a fair bit of money on a good one, and new I'd only get one go at this. I also wanted to make sure that all of my current favourite techniques, colours, textures and products were used on this cover, to really reflect my style. 



I'm pleased with it, and I just hope that some of my pages inside are just as satisfying :-)



Card for Grandma....

It's my MIL's bday today so last night I prepared a card for the kids to write in. I know she's not into her pinks, so I stuck with blues and greens instead, with black for contrast.

Hopefully she will like it! Thanks for looking :-)


Altered Book Cover with Dusty Attic...

Today I would like to share with you a Dusty Attic Note Book that I have altered the front cover of. Now, I am one of those people who HAVE to keep lists. Then I need lists to remind me of the lists I have. So I needed a place to put all of these lists, note and to-dos down in one place, hence, the new notebook :-) ...and since this will mostly be a work/crafting book, it signifies fun but also time management!
After Gessoing, spritzing, texturizing the cover, I cut up and glued down some of the Dusty Attic Clock skeletons. These are not a New DA product, but definitely one I will constantly keep in my stash!
I painted and spritzed these to a similar effect as the cover, and added some more spritz after they had been stuck down to allow drips to run around the chipboard shapes.

I then had fun stamping, gluing on metal embellishments and an assortment of Dusty Attic Blooms. These were already spritzed to match the colours used so far, but once in situ, I added some gesso and more spritz until I was happy with the end result.

The final finishing touch was the DA 'Fun Times' chipboard words. I kept these simple with solid black acrylic, and then a brush of gesso to highlight.


Taking a little break....

With work and commissions being so busy at the moment, I've been worried that this wonderful hobby of mine may turn into a chore if I didn't start to take time occasionally to do the more fun, relaxing parts of the crafts. So I decided to refresh my passion for it all, to take part in a challenge. For no other reason than to spend an evening for myself creating whatever I liked :-)

One challenge I had spotted online was one over at the 13arts blog. The designers over there are highly inspirational, and the products in their shop are right down my street :-)
So the challenge that caught my eye was one whereby I needed to use this picture as inspiration....

That butterfly looks beautiful. Although as I started creating, I was taking inspiration from more and more of the different images. The colours were first on my list...I just love blues and browns together. Then there was the spots on the peacock image, the lines from the zebra...
I really enjoyed putting it all together. I knew I wanted to use the word 'symmetry' twice, one reflected of another, but it took quite a while to work out the positioning of such a long word, with rather large chipboard letters, and of course, I needed to paint and distress the reverse of some of these to make them exact reflections.

The base pages were texturized with book page pieces and lace. I coloured them first with spray mists, then texture pasted some bubbles and added more sprays. There's Gesso, Acrylic paint, stamping and washi tapes thrown in there too :-)
The writing reads 'Forget Symmetry and Relax' which is something I need to bear in mind much more often!
 So that's my first Art Journal page and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Even my little boy was intrigued as to what I was going to do next! I have already decorated my journal cover, and I cant wait to show you that in another post :-)


Create & Craft Screen Test

Last month I ventured to Ideal House in Peterborough, home of Ideal World Shopping Channel Studios, to take part in a screen test. For those of you who aren't sure (as I wasn't at first!) before you can take part in any Live TV for Ideal World, you need to take a test, as such. This involves doing a demonstration in front of a camera, with one of their presenters, to see if you would withstand the stress, nerves and on-the-spot questions. It is also a check that you can dress and talk 'as expected' and that you have enough knowledge of the products and that you are confident (haha!)
So I sat at home on the morning of my test, watching the shows live as a last bit of 'cramming' in preparation, and then left for the 2 hour drive to the studios. When I got there, I was shown to a green room to wait to be called. So I walked into this room, which reminded me of a small flat with a kitchenette, bathroom, sofas, tv etc, and there, sitting in front of me chatting away were only the presenters and demonstrators I had been watching on the shows that very morning...how surreal???
Anyway, after some general chit chat and hobnobbing with these lovely people, I was finally called to 'do my thing'. It is a pass or fail situation, and I was so relieved to have been told after my test, and a tour of the studios, that I had passed! However....
This still has to be confirmed by a producer after they have watched your tape back. Ideal World will email the company who have sent you with your confirmation 'soon'.
So I went home, happy to have been told I had passed, but still had that niggle in the back of my mind that the producer may look back and find a problem.
I waited....
and waited....
and tried chasing.....
and docrafts tried chasing....
and waited......
until finally.....
'we have received a reply...Well Done on Passing! Looks like they really liked you!'
So maybe, one day in the future, you just may flick over to Create and Craft and see little ol' me on there :-)
But until then, I just wanted to show you the few samples I made up in prep for the screen test. I chose to demonstrate  the range of Gorjuss stamps that docrafts stock....and they really are gorgeous!

I only had time to recreate one of the stamped girls, the one on the first card, but I had plenty of back up with me in case I needed it! 


Autumnal Layout Workshop

Next week, on Wednesday 16th 10am-12pm, I shall be holding a scrapbooking workshop the Papermaze shop in Otley. Here's quite a big peek at the layout we shall be recreating....

As you can see, we shall be using natural elements on our page...this will not be one for an album!!

Plus...I shall be revealing how I make these very realistic looking leaves from white cardstock!

There are still some places left, so please contact us either via email, facebook page or telephone to enquire.
01473 892195


PaperArts Retreat 2013

A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to teach a wonderful group of ladies at a lovely hotel in Swindon for their PaperArts Retreat. 
I taught three classes, two layouts and a clock canvas, two of which I would like to show you here today. 
The first layout was just my style! It really bought the delegates out of their comfort zone, especially tearing into their photos and working with inks! 
Here's the class layout...

We were working on blending the photo into the background...making it look as if it had melted onto the page, by bring colours from the photo out onto the plain backing sheet.

We also created our own washi tape which you can see with the word 'whispers' on it above.

Next class I want to show you is the clock canvas. I don't have a photo of it with all the flowers on, but this was a photo taken when it was almost completed.....

We built up many layers, then striped some back in parts to add loads of texture, sprayed, painted and layered some more! Here's a few close ups....

The third layout had to be designed last minute due to material sourcing probs and so it is yet to be  photographed...that will come in a future post instead :-)