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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Flower girl mirror

Good evening my creative friends, I hope you're all enjoying your Easter weekend. 
I have just finished altering / decorating this large framed mirror. I just love the shabby chic, soft, romantic feel of it.

After the mirror was removed, the whole frame was covered in a soft coloured patterned paper, I brayered a little gesso over, then I've used a beautiful sheet of rice paper from Stamperia which after applying,  I spread some texture paste, mixed with a little paint to tone in the colour, through a couple of stencils.

Next I added a beautiful mix of flowers, die cut swirls and leaves, buttons and pearls, to the top of the ladies head and the bottom left for balance. As well as giving her a pearl necklace.

Finally I replaced the mirror, in hindsight I perhaps should have taken the photos before replacing the mirror, as it made it very difficult to take nice pictures without getting myself in the reflection.

Creative artiste mixed media-challenge-36 -anything goes
We love 2 create- challenge #7-anything creative mixed media goes
Altered eclectics - April challenge- Anything mixed media /altered

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue x


Saturday, 17 March 2018

The sky's the limit...

I've created a new double page in my black journal.

I painted over with a quick coat of gesso, followed by a few splashes of Indigo blu paint in shades of brown and orange and a little green. Then sponged some metallic paint through a stencil.

Next I stamped some clocks, cogs and various backgrounds stamps all over in black, yellow and green. 

To create lots of layers I diecut some cogs out of brown and yellow card and rubbed in 2 shades of gold gilding wax and glued them around the edges of both pages.

I stamped some steampunk animals from crafters companion and coloured one with watercolours.

And the other with spectrum illustrator pens. Once stuck on the page I went round each image with dark graphite pencil and smudged it in.
Then I used a white pen to draw round all the cogs and to apply a bit of highlight to the page.

It was finished off with a stamped sentiment.
So there you are, I hope you like it.

I am entering this into these challenges:
A inky mess - #18 challenge - Anything mixed media goes

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue


Friday, 16 March 2018

Sweetest Nectar won 2 awards...

Oh my, Two more awards for my journal page 'the sweetest nectar'

Top 3 at Make my Monday - Messy backgrounds challenge

Top picks please add this to your blog

and Top 3 at Stamps and Stencil - Off to collage challenge

Thank you everyone
Hugs Sue x


Monday, 12 March 2018

Woo hoo I got a Top 5 award

I won an award over at more mixed media challenge.
Top 5 for my ' believe in magic journal page.

Friday, 23 February 2018

The sweetest nectar ....


I've just bought my first dylusions art journal with black pages and couldn't wait to have a play in it.

I had been watching Gerda Van Dijk's You tube channel and she creates some fantastic journal pages in her black journal, so I just had to get one and have a try. 
Here's my first 2 page spread inspired from her work;

The birds and flower stamps are from Sheena Douglas stamp sets, stamped onto Sheena card, coloured with Spectrum Aqua and sparkle pens from Crafters Companion, then cut out and glued on.

The background was created using gesso, paints and stamps - Limor circles from IndigoBlu and wording stamps from Visible Image.
Then finished off with some doodling and highlighting using a white posca pen.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Happiness in dark times

I'd like to share with you the latest page in my art journal.

As some of you might know, I've had to take the last 6 weeks off work to move in with and care for my parents. I'm not going to go into details here but suffice it to say its been a stressful time, with little or no time left for art or creating at all.
I did manage to paint this journal page which lifted my spirits some what. I thought the words were quite fitting for me at the moment, although I'm having a hard time finding the light switch ;)

I used Golden high flow colours for the background and light burst, along with a sun ray stencil and a stars stencil, which you can just about see.

I coloured an IndigoBlu lightbulb stamp with Spectrum sparkle pens and a Posca white pen for the highlights, cut it out and glued it on.

I stamped the words from the same IndigoBlu stamp set and cut them out line by line and after trying them out in different positions settled on this layout.

I do hope any of you who feel you are in a dark place at the moment, soon find your light switch :)

I'm entering these challenges;
Stamps and stencils monthly challenge
Creative artiste mixed media challenge #35
We love 2 create - anything mixed media

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue xx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Believe in the Magic

Good evening / morning/ afternoon depending on where you are :)

I'm back after a little break due to family illness and accidents, and I'd like to share a journal page I've been working on.
It took me a few days as I've had very little time for any art over the passed few weeks and I felt that I'd lost my mojo.
I got inspiration from watching a wonderful art journal and mixed media artist on You tube called Gerda Van Dijk.

Here's a quick rundown of how I created it, any questions please feel free to ask in the comments. :)

I started with the background, using distress oxides, in blue, pink and green. I used a deeper blue through a Indigo Blu circles stencil.
I stamped the mushroom house and fantasy pod houses from Crafters Companion on to seperate card and water coloured them, using Spectrum Noir glitter pens, then cut them out and glued onto my journal page.

The wording came from one of the same stamp sets.

I painted the bottom of the page with Indigo Blu paint and then used markers in black and white to draw the decorative edge, which I decided to carry on up the stems of the pod houses and around the windows too.

 I stamped the leaves, again from a Crafters Companion set, directly on the page across the top, and painted them in with watered down acrylics. I edged each leaf with a posca pen in green and used a white one to draw in a few highlights.

I am pleased with the end result and also feel that it has kick started my creativity again.

I would like to enter it into these challenges,
Creative artiste mixed media challenge - Anything goes
Altered Eclectics
More mixed media challenge- Anything goes and optional red
Stamps and stencils -off-to-collage
We love 2 create- Anything mixed media

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sue xx

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

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