Thursday 18 April 2019

Everything Has Beauty....

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by! 😊
As its Thursday today I'm over on That's Crafty blog sharing some creativity which this week is a mixed media grungy tag featuring the one flower from That's Crafty Flower Collection Stampset 3 that I have neglected to use so far in my creativity - previous projects using this stampset can be found here and here
This particular flower spoke to me in 'grunge' so I have 'grunged' it up for its moment in the spotlight. 

If you would like to see and read more then you are very welcome to pop by That's Crafty's blog. 
 For the most direct route there just click here.
Hope to see you soon


Thursday 11 April 2019

Frredom Is a State of Mind ...

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Thanks for stopping by 😊 
It's  that time of the week again for me to be sharing some creativity over on That's Crafty's blog
This week I've created a journal page or should I say that was my original intention however now its finished I'm not sure whether it's destined for my journal or the wall??  
Here's a quick peek that may tempt you to want to see it in full so you can decide for yourself where you think it's best place!

For the most direct route to That's Crafty's Blog just click here 
Hope to see you soon

Friday 5 April 2019

Neutral Zone.... April 2019 Challenge at A Vintage Journey.

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Its great to be back today creating alongside my lovely teammates at A Vintage Journey contributing to our new challenge hosted by our lovely talented Nikki:

The Neutral Zone
'Time to banish Colour! You can create with blacks, whites, greys, beiges, creams and browns but whatever you make and whatever style needs to stay in the neutral zone and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'

I have created a Mixed media Canvas for Nikki Challenge theme working with a Neutral palette of black white, grey and silver - one of my favourite palettes to work with. It features one of the many Tim Holtz 'faceted hearts' I have had lying around my desk for the past few months - thanks Nikki's for providing the ideal opportunity to finally feature one of 'the many' in my art.

I don't have any process shots but I will take you on a short narrated tour around the canvas recounting the creative steps long the way.
The canvas itself is a 5x7 inch board. It was primed with gesso and then I added torn strips of tissue tape around the canvas to create an initial thin layer of texture.
Next came some rough scrapings of texture paste before I embraced the paints. I worked with Distress, Americana acrylic and PapeArtsy fresco finish paints in shades of grey, black and white laying them down with both a palette knife and brayer building up layers of 'neutral' colours.

For more detail there's some stamping using a couple of my 'go to' Impression Obsession stamps designed by Seth Apter -you know the ones ,the trusty faves that lend themselves to almost any project

and some texture paste stencilling using a PaperArtsy stencil designed by Sara Naumann(PS100) -a new addition to my stencil collection but I know already its going to be a 'go to'.

The focal feature is as I mentioned at the top a Tim Holtz 'faceted heart'. This is cut from black cardstock and treated to some '3d Mechanics' embossing.

The embossed detail is highlighted with gilding wax.

It rests on a triple layer mount - a panel of black cardstock, a circular frame created from the top of a That's Crafty white/greyboard door hanger and a That's Crafty mdf ATC frame.
The circular frame is treated with paint and textured stenciling using Tim Holtz 'Stripes' layering stencil whilst the ATC frame is altered with paint and grit paste.

A piece of Tim Holtz Correspondence paper sits behind the circular frame aperture and some chicken wire is nestled in the open space between the walls of the ATC frame. 

 The 'viewing eye' is able to peek through the apertures and chicken wire to see the layers beneath- I like that! 

A Tim Holtz quote chip gives the canvas a title

and eyelets touched with silver gilding wax embellish the four corners of the canvas

and the top and bottom of the stacked focal feature to finish off my 'Neutral Zone'' Canvas
'Trust Your Heart'

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our new challenge. 
If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey where there is a fabulous gallery of inspiring projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides. 
We hope you will join us in the challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity.
As always there will be 3 Pinworthy winners chosen at the end of the challenge with each winner being awarded a Pinworthy badge and their work will be pinned to our Pinterest board . 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today.
Your visits, follows, comments and support are sincerely appreciated- very much so! 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care 
keep on the 'happy' side.

Thursday 4 April 2019

Natures Most Healing Balm.......

Hi Everyone 
Hope you are all doing good and are having a great week 😊
Thanks for stopping by today but as always on a Thursday my main post is over on That's Crafty's blog. I hope I can tempt you to join me over there with a quick sneak peak of the full project that awaits .....

The most direct route to my That's Crafty DT post can be taken by just clicking HERE 
Ii would be lovely if you are able to pop by
Hope to see you soon