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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Make Your Mark - 1st session

 I've started my New Year creative journey.
This is my 1st session on Life Book 2018, its called 'Make your mark'. Its just a nice little warm up exercise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ive used lots of different mediums, watercolours, acrylics, patterned papers, pen and ink, tissue, in lots of layers, using lots of different techniques.



I am going to enter Country view challenges Jan2018 - Anything goes
Altered eclectics - anything goes
Mixed media monthly challenge- Ring in the New ( I have started my new Life Book 2018 journey)
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If you would like to start your own Life Book journey, now is the perfect time to join up as there's 20% off. Just click on this link to Willowing Art 
Can't wait to start on my next lesson, 
Thanks for Looking
Hugs Sue x


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Life Book 2018

Happy New Year everyone!
I'm not making resolutions as such this year, but have decided to just have fun and create some art thats just for me, such as journaling, etc. With this in mind I've signed up to Willowing Arts - Life Book 2018.
This is how its advertised;

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU”is a year-long mixed media art class
organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.

Tam is joined by 34 incredible artists, crafters and healers who are all gearing up to share their art, crafting and personal growth techniques with YOU! With a holistic approach to creativity, self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! This year you will also be able to try out other art crafts like art doll making, photography and jewellery making and we will also provide you with nurturing and nourishing personal development activities (like yoga and conscious dancing) to support any personal development you’re undertaking. Your final book with your art work in it will function as wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!

I have started the 1st couple of lessons and I'm looking forward to learning lots, having fun, and not being too critical of my own art. (Also I'm hoping to use lots of my crafty stash that I keep buying , but never get round to using)
If anyone else is doing it, or has completed a previous year, please let me know I'd love to know how you enjoyed it.


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Paperbabe rag tails

Good morning friends.
Last night I decided to have a go with a Paperbabe stencil. I got a few early this year and apart from having a quick go of 2 of them, I never seemed to find the time to try out the others. 
So when I found I had a couple of hours to do some crafting, I couldn't wait to grab a stencil and some acrylic paint and start to play.
I didn't have a plan, just went with the flow, and this is what I came up with, I really enjoyed using these incredible stencils.

  
Once I had taken a photo, I decided to have a play with it in the photo editing suite on my phone. I really like this negative effect, its cool.


I am entering this into paperbabe stamps challenge -63 - anything goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue xx



Saturday, 30 December 2017

Festive makes ...part 3

Here's a few pics of some Christmas decorations I made this year. I actually made lots more, but forgot to take photos before I took them to sell at this years craft fairs.





Thanks for looking and I will see you all in the New Year
Hugs Sue xx



Friday, 29 December 2017

Festive makes...part 2

As promised, here's some more of my festive makes from this years collection.

Countdown to Christmas chalkboards, these are just some of the designs that I hand painted onto wooden hearts that had been painted first with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

This is a wooden advent that I bought the blank from Hobbycraft last year, but didnt get round to decorating till this year. It has 24 little drawers that you can put a little treat in and reuse year after year.
I painted with white paint, then a coat of crackle effect, followed by a pale blue paint. For the drawers I used the same paints and crackle just the opposite way around and added a mix of silver foiled and glitter number stickers. 
I added a little corner display of flowers, leaves and berries and some snowflake jewel designs. 
The santa sleigh and reindeer were painted with Viva decor ceramic white and edged with a touch of blue. I layered up the base with scrunched up tissue, pretend snow, mini balls and loads of sparkle. 
I'm really pleased with the finished piece, very pretty and sparkly.

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue xx


Thursday, 28 December 2017

Festive makes

Here's some of the projects I've been making over the last couple of months. They were very good sellers at my Christmas fairs and also in the craft shop were I display some of my makes.




I named the range Winter Woodland. It consisted of various designs on slate hearts, log slices and wood hearts. Lots of woodland creatures, robins, squirrels, deer, fox, and other birds. 





Thanks for looking, come back tomorrow to see some more of my festive makes.
Hugs Sue xx


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

IndigoBlu Retreat


A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I went on an art retreat organised by IndigoBlu.  On day 1 we did a face painting, using a stencil for the outline and then painted with acrylic paint.
I'm entering this into https://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk - November challenge - stencils

On day 2 we had a go at acrylic pouring, we loved it because you dont know how each one is going to turn out. Even when you use exactly the same colours, each pour looks different. When I got home I mounted some onto larger canvases and one in a frame.



On day 3 we made and decorated a mixed media box with 6 ATCs to go inside, I didnt get to finish it so I haven't taken any photos.
Big thanks to Kay, Alfie and all the other ladies for making it an absolutely amazing few days, I have already booked us on another weekend next year. Can't wait :)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Top 3 Runner Up Award - Altered Eclectic - August Challenge

Woo Hoo !!
I got awarded with the Top 3 Runner Up Award over at Altered Eclectic - August Challenge for my ocean theme canvas.


Thank you so much to everyone who voted, I'm thrilled.





Sunday, 17 September 2017

Lose yourself in nature and find peace..

Evening all, just a quick post tonight.
Here's a mixed media canvas I made, its so soft and romantic, I just love it.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/543328126/mixed-media-canvas-handmade-home-decor?ref=listing_published_alert
I started by distressing the edges of some papers from Crafters Companion Shabby Chic paper pad, and layered them on a canvas board.

Then I layered flowers and die cut pieces down the center, along with a resin embellishment.


Next I added a 3d butterfly sticker and some small sparkly gems.
Finally I stamped a sentiment, cut it into a tag shape, and added a ribbon bow. 


I am entering this into these challenges;

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x



Sunday, 3 September 2017

Altered notebooks

Afternoon all, I hope its nice and sunny where you are, coz its wet and miserable here today. But at least that means I can spend time in my craft room. 👍
For todays make I would like to share a couple of altered notebooks, in a bit of a vintage / steampunk style.

I started out by removing the back and front covers of the notebooks and used a stencil and texture paste to create a raise design, before painting with starlight paints to add colour and a shimmer. 
After die cutting some cogs, clocks, locks and hinges, I painted them black and lightly rubbed over some of them with gold gilding wax to give the effect of metal. On the others I used red and gold acrylic paint, stippling it on to produce a rusty look.
These were then arranged on the notebooks with some chipboard nuts and bolts which I had painted in the same way.
Finally I stamped and embossed some words, teared around them, inked the edges and glued them in place.
The back covers were also stenciled and painted in the same way, although I have not taken any pictures to show you.
I reassembled the notebooks and Voila there you have them, finished.


I'm going to enter them into a couple of challenges:


Thanks for taking the time to look,
Hugs Sue x


Thursday, 31 August 2017

Home is where our hearts belong

Morning all, 
for today's creation I have made a decorative mdf heart. 
Firstly  I covered the heart with Blissful paper in peach by Anna Marie Designs. I added strips of different designs from the same pad in a criss cross pattern.

 

 Next I added an arrangement of flowers, stamens, a chipboard butterfly, a metal butterfly, a couple of pearl pins, glitter droplets and a metal /enamel button embellishment.


I stamped and embossed a sentiment 'Home is where our hearts belong' and finally splattered some white paint and dusted lightly with irridescent glitter.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/557094313/original-mixed-media-heart-handmade-home?ref=listing-shop-header-2
It actually looks quite glittery in real life, but it doesn't show up on the picture.

I will be entering this into these challenges
Altered eclectics -august -anything goes -challenge 

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Beside the seaside, beside the sea..

Good morning!
As I can't go on holiday this summer, I decided to cheer myself up by making this ocean themed canvas.
To start I used some sea life stencils on an 8x8 canvas, glued some cheesecloth strips and then mixed up some luscious powders by IndigoBlu with water in spray bottles and spritzed blue and green down the left and sandy gold across the right.

  Whilst the canvas was drying I gessoed some chipboard shapes, shells and various other embellishments, then sprayed them with the same colours as the canvas.

 Extra texture was created by adding some sand and balls, along with beads, gems and some string.

A nice sentiment was stamped and embossed, then spritzed with the colour sprays and finally I used gold gilding wax and some sparkly gems. 

I am entering it into the following challenges:





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