Monday, 24 April 2017

Watercolour powders and oxide butterflies

I have a card to share today over on the Country View Project Blog, in fact I did two very similar ones where I've matched up some left over watercolor powder backgrounds with stamped butterflies using the wonderful oxides again.




So I would love to see you over at CVC if you can make it.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Thursday, 20 April 2017

DecoArt DT project

Hi I am over on the DecoArt Mixed Media blog today with my latest project which is one of the etcetera tags sent me by my lovely friend Anne to play with. I would love it if you could pop over and see the tag in all it's glory and as you can see it's shabby vintage in style with a rusty collage.


Thanks for looking.

hugs Brenda xxx


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lost and Found - rust effects for CVC

This is my second rust project for the challenge at Country View Challenges and I think this sort of ended up how I imagined yet it is so different for me. All the time as I kept adding more colours I was imagining Lucy Mabel Attwell pictures. Many of them had similar tones of strong colours in them.


Process Steps
Use modelling paste and create lots of texture with stencils and leave it to fully dry.


Add embellishments with matte medium and leave to fully dry, preferably overnight.


Give it a coat of white gesso prime everything to take the next layers of colour.


I mixed all my own colours for this piece as I wanted to create a vintage palette something like this as found on Pinterest


Start to mix the colours in a pallette .....


Then use the colours to paint over the embellishments one colour at a time.


Dribble the paints, spritz them with water, dab with kitchen towel if required and dry each layer before adding the next.


On to the next colour .......


.... and the next ......


..... then return to all the colours and repeat the technique again till you're happy with the result.


When everything is dry take raw umber, burnt umber, paynes grey with a water spritzer .......


and quinacridone gold to add in some rusty areas.


Here are some close ups of the effects. I'm sorry about the photos but whether they were taken inside or out of a light tent didn't seem to matter, they all look a little odd to me.





Thanks for reading through the post. I hope you are able to gain a little inspiration from it even if it's not totally your style either.



Enjoy the rest of the week.

hugs Brenda xxx


Monday, 17 April 2017

Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Vintage Mixed Media Journal

I'm so excited to be sharing this project today. The lovely Eileen Hull asked me if I would like to make a journal using her new die - Me? Journals? - of course I would. In fact I've made two but let me share the first one with you. The inspiration for this came whilst planning a trip to Boston, Massachusetts, this is going to be my travel journal whilst I am over there. I can't wait.

Her Creative Team have been sharing their fantastic designs this month and I'm very happy to be sharing mine alongside them. THIS is a link to one of Eileen's posts where she has gathered some of them together.





Use these steps to create both the front and back covers.

1. Using a palette knife scrape white gesso across both of the covers.


2. Roughly plan where your collages will go, mix ephemera and snippets of left over scrapbook papers to achieve the layered look and then use a stencil to add some texture in the blank spaces.



3. Whilst that is drying mix some fluid acrylics with water to make watery washes - I love using the DecoArt media range as the colour pigment is amazing and goes such a long way, sometimes I only need a pin prick size of paint to create a wash. Try a mixing grid if you want to keep a record of the colours you used. It is impossible to tell you the amounts I added but I will try drop by drop until I get the desired tones and shades.


4. For the next step drip the watery paint, spritz with water and dry each layer until you are happy with the background.



5. Add some texture stamping - use a sponge with the paint to dab onto the stamp for some images and use coffee archival ink for others.


6. Use distress crayons or similar to add more colour and emphasise the stencilled words. Then using the black side of some blending foam gently rub a couple of layers of white gesso over the stencilling to highlight the words again.



7. Use the DecoArt Vintage Decou-page to adhere the chosen patterned papers and ephemera making a collage background as the base for the photo on your front cover and make a smaller one on the back. Seal the papers and the covers by covering the surface with the same antique glue. It dries very quickly.

8. Mix some white gesso with water to make a watery wash and dabble some of it over the collage to unify it and create a lighter background for the image to sit on.


9. Adhere the images and the quote chip. This is going to be a working journal/album so keep the embellishments fairly flat and few of them, you won’t want them getting knocked off as you and other people handle it.



10. Buy Midori inserts or make your own for the inside pages. I used a mix of both and made my own kraft covers for the ones I made. These are 11 cms wide and 21 cms long. Add some pockets, tabs and labels to get you started and ready to take your journal away with you and fill with all your wonderful experiences so that this becomes packed with amazing memories.

Three notebooks, the first is a Midori look alike bought online, the second is handmade for keeping ephemera collected on my trip and the third is also handmade with plain papers given a bit of decoration on which to put photographs.


Here are the first pages before I start the journal.


Section 1 the diary started and ready to be filled in .....



Section 2 clippings/ephemera pages ready to be used.




Section 3 photographs - I found an old till roll and just tore it up and added some tissue tape and paper snippets.


Inside the covers of the journal itself I made pockets to keep bits and pieces in .....


.... I also created a layer that stretches right across the journal to fit over the top of the pockets, keeping to the same style.


Here is that layer with the flaps extended.


Wow well done if you've managed to stay with me for such a long post, but there was so much to document.

If you are as excited as me about the new die coming out it's great to say it is being shipped in America and we are awaiting deliveries here in the UK.  Country View Crafts have it on their website for pre-order and are expecting their delivery later this month and it's such an excellent price too.

I must also give you a heads up that I will be using the die when teaching my next workshop for Country View Crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have been enjoying a wonderful easter weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


Thank you Susi for the nudge - I have added this to Art Journal Journey and their Magical Mystery Tour.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Just popping in today to wish you all a 
HAPPY EASTER
and to share some photos of my little easter display I like to do each year for the dining room.
I love the images we collect for this time of the year and the gorgeous soft palette of colours.






Don't you love the hare, I think he is just magnificent and did you catch my Craft Stamper make? What about the cute duck with his folded paper hat and Mrs Bird with her fabulous blue hat and basket of eggs.

For Christians like myself this is another very special time of year in the calendar.


A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. 
Mahatma Gandhi

Enjoy the weekend whatever you have planned.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx