Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mixed Media Mayhem retreat round-up!

Well, what a weekend! I have just returned from teaching at the Mixed Media Mayhem retreat in Lancaster UK, organised by the lovely Sharon at Rowan Tree Crafts, and teaching alongside my fellow DecoArt DT member Mark Gould aka speshink.  Mark and I have totally different art styles and teaching styles so everyone who came along had two very different classes! 

We were lucky enough to be sponsored by DecoArt who provided all of our paints and mediums, and also 7gypsies who provided Mark with some gorgeous papers for his workshop.

I designed a folio art journal with removable signatures as a rather open-ended project as I was hoping that although we were unlikely to finish it all on the day, people who came along might go home and work on it a bit more. I think that removed some of the time pressure and also allowed us to experiment with various different painting techniques on the day.

I also snuck in a few of my stamps for Stampotique ;-) 

Bunny Boy by me! for Stampotique

Here you can see how the signatures were tied inside the folio:

And here's how it fastens at the front:

 Of course my classes involve colour, colour, and a bit more colour!

We used a variety of stamps including some by Andy Skinner, and stencils by Tando

It was a very busy, colourful, painty couple of days but we had a blast, and as always I was blown away by everyone's creativity. Thanks to everyone to came along and made it such a fun weekend.

Some of the results from day 2

Some of the results from day 1

We had a LOT of help over the two days from Sharon's husband Mark, and Annie and Emma from the shop so big thanks to all of them x

The team!
L to R: Sharon, Annie, me!, Emma, Mark, Mark (Gould) aka speshink)

Monday, 18 September 2017

Gel Press Feathers part 2!

Just a quick post to let you know that the second part of my print-to-project video for Gel Press is now available on you tube. Learn how I hand cut my feathers!

Thanks for watching :-) 

Friday, 15 September 2017

More mono printing!

Mono printing is one of my favourite things ever! I love the messiness and unpredictability of it :-) And I am lucky enough to be a contributing artist for Gel Press yay!

Every month I create a how-to video for the Gel Press 'Print to Project' which is released in two parts. The first part of the video always shows how to use the gel pates and how to create the backgrounds, and the second part of the video shows how to take those prints and complete them.

In my latest video I created these backgrounds here, using multiple layers, and lots of stencils. 

And here's the video! 

Part two of the video will be available to view on Saturday, so if you don't want to miss part 2 follow Gel Press on You tube here, or on Facebook here (the videos are always available to view on the Facebook page).

So what can you expect in part 2? Some colourful feathery goodness! I LOVED making feathers for my last journal page and I had a lot of questions and comments about how I did it. I didn't use a die, or a template. Oh no, I'm a freehand cutter! All the details and steps will be in part 2 so do take a peek :-) 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Messy colourful art journaling!

Stamp: Everything Art no.6 for Paper Artsy

Well, I've had a wonderful busy summer, spending some quality time with my family, but just like that, the summer is over. This week saw everyone going back to school (including me, although on reduced hours this year) and suddenly the house feels quiet .... and calm ... errr, and tidy!

So, it's back to a bit of creative time for me :-)

I taught my regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart yesterday, and we always have lots  of
laughs along the way. And biscuits, and tea. I taught this messy colourful page, as I am encouraging both myself and others to really 'let go' and be a bit less interested in the outcome and enjoy the process.

I used the Everything Art no.6 stamp set for Paper Artsy (which I LOVE BTW!) as well as acrylic paints, my white Signo Uniball pen and of course a touch of Stickles, which is my latest obsession.

First of all I added a collage butterfly but then I wanted to add the feather. Which meant that the feather was in the 'wrong' place. But then I thought, hang on, who says it's wrong? If I like it, it's ok! So I stuck it down in the 'wrong' place and gave myself a pat on the back for embracing the 'no mistakes' approach to art journaling. Rule of thirds? Pah!

And I'm very happy to say that my regular art journaling buddies at Art from the Heart totally embraced this unruly, messy way of working and produced some fantastic pages which I am uber proud of. Fuelled by chocolate biscuits and tea of course. Here they are in the new-look, totally re-organised studio at Art from the Heart (doesn't it look fabulous?!)

And here are few progress pics of some fabulous art:

by Angela

by Jeanine 

By Bev

By Colleen

By Catherine

And finally, the final challenge for the International Tournament of Art and Craft has been announced. Wow! What a wonderful challenge this has been! For all of the details, have a look here. Hope you can join us.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

And now it's my turn!

So, I've been a little absent over the summer as I really do like to spend some quality time with my family and have some fun! But that doesn't mean I haven't been busy too. I can honestly say that I have had the busiest but the most fun summer I have had in a long time, including a trip to Glasgow with my momma, a nice long holiday in the sun with my family,  a fantastic trip to Okka Treff retreat to teach mixed media in Norway, and finally a last-minute camping trip before school begins! Photos and a round up to follow .... 

But now it is time to announce the next round of the Alla & Create  summer tournament challenge. This has been a really fun blast around the world with several challenges, give-aways, prizes, and huge amounts of inspiration.It's a wonderful no-pressure challenge and you can join at any time so if you haven't done so already it's not too late.

Just look at what the Africa team came up with!

Here's a few sneak peeks of my project art journal pages. If you click here it will take you to the challenge page where you can see full project step-by-step photos and instructions. What are you waiting for?!