Monday, 22 August 2016

Travel Journal for CVC

It's my turn to post in the Country View Crafts Project Blog today and I am sharing a travel journal cum album that I made. Until I get it completely filled I'm only showing the covers but in very patriotic colours.


All the details of how these covers came together are over at CVC if you manage to find a minute to pop over.


I also wanted to share these two creations made by my granddaughters inspired by my make.
Ella is just 10 ......


.... and Maddison is just 8.

I thought they did rather well as they made them all on their own with a little advice and a lot of encouragement from me.




Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Friday, 19 August 2016

Lighthouse media board

Where else would you rather be than near the water, and especially the sea, if it's in the high 20's or more? I love the sun and the hotter weather and wish I lived nearer the sea so I could walk the beaches when the day is long and stretches into warm, sultry evenings. I made a small media board using DecoArt products to create this crackle background to remind me of the beautiful colours and sights of a coastal walk.

Process steps
Paint the media board with a coat of white gesso .... at the same time dry brush the chipboard lighthouse with gesso too. Notice the different effects you get.


Apply modeling paste through a stencil for texture and to begin background layers. When dry paint over with cobalt teal hue and titan buff. Dry that and then apply transparent crackle glaze over it and leave to crackle naturally. When dry rub over with prussian blue.


Take the lighthouse and add watery washes of cobalt teal, prussian blue, paynes grey and transparent yellow iron oxide and give it a coat of antique decoupage (my new fund vintage product from DecoArt).


Some cheesecloth dipped in transparent yellow iron oxide, some thread dipped in raw umber and paynes grey and some little die-cuts of birds, shells and starfish finish off the design.


Hope you have had some nice sunny weather recently and hopefully not tooooo hot but warm enough to walk by the river, sit by the lake or be by the sea.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 15 August 2016

Framed pen and ink over gesso #2

A quick share today of the second of my pen and ink over gesso media boards which I have mounted in a deep Ikea frame but reversed it to look more like a shadow box. If you missed the first one you can see it here.


Again I have used a Tando Creative media board .....


.... and black sharpie pen ...


.... with DecoArt media acrylics to give me the light colour wash.





I really like the quirkiess of putting the art in back to front , it really works for me.



Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week.

hugs Brenda xxx


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Journal pages for CVCC

I'm here with my second DT sample for the challenge over at Country View Crafts where the challenge is Hot Summer Days. I love being out in the garden at home when it's warm and if I am busy in the craft room I will often take myself outside when the sun is shining. One of my neighbours has chickens and I love listening to them cluck away when they are out in the hen run so I thought I would portray not only the chickens but also the warmth of a hot summer day in my journal.


I followed recipe 3 that I taught a while ago at Pickwell Farm (you can see that post here if you missed it) and again a couple of weeks ago to a local group and these was the demonstration pages that didn't quite get completed during the class but I came back to them to finish them off later.
To this point I had coloured the background with media line paints and a babywipe and used an acrylic block to 'stamp' watery colours over it. I adhered the chickens, taken from a napkin, stippled colours around them, stamped some images, applied modeling paste through a stencil and rubbed a distress ink pad over the raised areas when it was dry.


I dripped and spritzed some burnt umber and a mix of pyrrole red with hansa yellow light and dried it. I scribble wrote some sayings -
If I hadn't started painting I would have raised hens.
Do not count your chickens until they are hatched.
You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by mashing it.


I used distress markers to colour in some of the stamping.
I used black and white posca pens on the chicken images and on the raised texture pattern.



I masked the chickens and splattered paints over the background.



Apart from edging the page with some brown distress ink, I used all DecoArt media paints and mediums.


 Hopefully you have been able to join us at CVC for this fabulous summer challenge and if you have then maybe you might be the lucky winner of a £20 gift voucher for Susan's on-line store.


I hope you can feel the warmth emanating from this page, the mix of pyrrole red, quinacridone magenta, hansa yellow medium, titanium white and titan buff certainly produce some beautiful blends of colours.

Thanks for stopping by enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend too.

hugs Brenda xxx

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

THANK YOU Give-Away

I feel so proud to have so many followers on my blog and apart from those of you who have my projects come up in your blog reader I know many of you also follow by email, so I thought I would have a random summer give-away - just a little something from me to say thank you for popping in, for taking time to stop and look at what I'm creating and for leaving your wonderful comments.


I have a Tim Holtz Shadowpress sentiments set and a Shadowpress Station and other little bits and pieces for one lucky winner (there might even be a few other bits and pieces make their way into the box). If you would like to be part of the draw please leave me a comment below and ensure you are a follower through google friends connect or google + (both on my side-bar) or an email follower and you might be the lucky winner of this prize which will be drawn in three weeks time on the 31st August. It would be lovely if you could add this give-away to your side bar and help me advertise this give-away on Face Book but it is not a requisite for being entered.

Thank you for being part of my creative journey and sharing the trials and tribulations as well as the successes of this amazing path.


"We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile." 
Earl Nightingale


hugs Brenda xxx

Monday, 8 August 2016

Tailor made - Dapper Street

I have a tag today using the new Dapper stamps from Tim Holtz. The full step by step is over on the Country View Crafts project blog if you would like to see all the details. To try and tempt you over here is a peek.


Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx