Saturday, 18 March 2017



Hi All

This is my entry to the latest challenge at PaperArtsy,' Doors, Windows and Architecture'. As I don't have any stamps featuring the above (at least none I could find in my chaotic craft room!!) so the first challenge was thinking of whether I could think of anything to do for it that did not involve buying more stamps!! Not that I am in any was against buying new 'pretties' but I have promised myself no new stuff until I can get into my craft room...sadly true. This is a major problem as I hate tidying and loovvve new pretties!

Anyhoo, one of my favourite mixed media artists is Seth Apter and thanks to PaperArtsy I have been lucky enough to attend a couple of his workshops. I love his paint techniques and decided to try and adapt one for this challenge, I have a brick stencil...brainwave....bricks are architectural....I'll do a brick wall. What I was going to do with the wall I had no further clue but it was a start!!

I should say that this will be my second challenge entry as my first idea is still a work in progress and has a long way to go. Now to get messy!!


Fresco Paints
Black Archival Ink
Matt Medium
Assorted Images
Posca Paint Pens

I started with a clothing label which I gessoed as it had lettering on it which I did not want to show through, after all who wants to know I buy all my clothes from Gucci...OK, all who know me can stop laughing and get off the floor!!

Once dry I then added Grunge paste through the stencil. Love this paste as it dries pretty rapidly and one of my pet hates and frustrations is drying time.

I then put one coat of paint (concrete) on the tag.

I then put some Slate on a piece of scrap card and spread it around with my finger... because I didn't want to wash brushes... lazy or what?

I then slapped the piece of card onto the tag. When the paint on the card had dried a little (which is very quick with Frescos depending on the thickness of the paint layer) I pressed the card more firmly onto the tag producing the effect you see below.

I carried on doing this, alternating between colours till I achieve the effect I wanted, the colours being Concrete, Slate, Terracotta and Mud Splat.

As a final finish I dry brushed Little Black Dress over the whole tag, focusing on the brick areas.

I liked the slate blotches on the tag and this gave me the idea of doing a graffiti style. So I then found some graffiti images and image transferred them onto the tag using matt medium. I also used a Jofe stamp of a flower border to imitate graffiti style text.Not sure if this worked but I liked the effect.

I also added a collage element to give the effect of a torn, shabby poster/advert, painted on a heart and did some more scribbling with  my posca pens.

Tadah! Finished!!

Thanks for having a look and as usual all mistakes are proudly my own.

Happy messiness to you all.
Cheers xxxx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Infusions Of Springtime

Infusions Of Springtime

Hi All

This is a triptych that I made for the Paperartsy Challenge ...  Paints and  Infusions Challenge. I love springtime and daffodils. The translucent Frescos and infusions together give the project a springtime feel to me, 


Selection of vintage papers
Matt medium
Arch die cut shapes
Fresco paints in Snowflake, Inky Pool, Yellow Submarine and Limelight.
Infusions in Royal Blood, Emerald Isle and A Bit Jaded.
Black Archival ink
Archival ink in Forget Me Not
PaperArtsy stamps by Lin Brown, ELB29, ELB30 and ELB34
Gold paint
Black embossing powder

I gessoed the die cuts and then adhered some scraps of vintage papers using matt medium. While this was drying I sprinkled the infusions onto a plain piece of card and spritzed with water. When this was dry I heat embossed a selection of leaves from the Lin Brown stamps which I then cut out.

On the outer arch rims I applied paint using my finger.  I used the inky pool, lime light and yellow submarine. I then sprinkled on some infusions, spritzed with water and left it to dry naturally.

  Each full arch was painted in one of the three Fresco colours and I then put on a coating of metallic glaze on top.

When everything was dry I stamped on a variety of images using snowflake paint,  forget-me-not and black archival ink. I then added some white paint splatters.

I glued the arches together  and used Tyvek for the hinges (I had painted the part that would show in gold).

I then edged the arches in gold paint and glued on the leaves, some thread and some paper covered wire (can't remember the name for this...oops!!)

Finally I sprinkled a tiny amount of emerald isle infusions onto a piece of card, spritzed it with water and then brushed over it after which I stamped the words I wanted to use on top, cut them out and edged with black ink.


As usual any mistakes are mine own and proud!
Happy messiness to you all.

Friday, 17 February 2017



This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Art  challenge. I used my Gelli plate for the background, using PaperArtsy Fresco translucent paints. I then did some stencilling after which I added my image of the couple. I'd printed the image with my home printer and then used matt medium to adhere it to the postcard. I would have got a much better result with a laser print but hey...make do and craft! 

I then doodled on the card and added a sentiment ...finished!

If you've dropped by for a look, thank you and happy messiness to you all xxxx

Just had a thought....if I was to redo this I would put a sun setting in the sky...darn, wish I'd thought of it last night!! Always learning.

Sunday, 5 February 2017



Hi all. The lovely Mandy Chilvers asked me to host on Sunday Postcard Art...was I thrilled or what! Oh yes!!

I have got a bit addicted to Pintrest lately and I came across an artist called Hush and I fell in love with his images of geishas and his use of collage so I have used one of his images and decided on an oriental theme as it offers such a diverse choice of  images.

To make this I used my Gelli plate, using blue, red and off white acrylic paint and pulled a print. I was not too fussy about the background as it was going to be hidden.

I then added a flower I had cut out from a napkin and then some washi tape after which I stencilled  on some stars with white acrylic.

Then I attached my main image using matt medium. Once this was dry I used a selection of Prima watercolour pastels around the edge of the card and the image, using black to give the shadowed effect. I stamped the black and white oblong onto some card and glued it down as well as the text.

The End....

Except for a big THANK YOU TO Mandy for asking me to host this. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone's take on the theme. 

Also apologies for the wonky photo!

Happy messiness to you all xxxx

Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Not Advent Calendar


Hi All!

This project was meant to be an advent calendar but then became a mantle decoration mainly because of a mistake and then because I thought putting numbers on it would spoil it. 

This project started as a playtime with my friend Carol Fox and the lovely Mandy Chilvers....the idea being we would make the calander. Firstly a huge thank you to Carol and Mandy for all the die cutting they did before I was a lot!!!

Be warned this might be rather long as I am doing this blog for a friend who could not make the day. Also I have an early Christmas gift so I am full of drugs....sounds more risque than  Night Nurse doesn't it? Yep I met the secret santa cold giver...woohoo!!

To begin....are you sitting comfortably?....

Stuff needed...

Die cut arches....used Tim Holtz/Sizzix gothic arches. How many you need depends on how long you want it to smutty jokes!!.....see Night Nurse is fab!!....sorry now on Lemsip.

Modelling paste
Matt medium
Tyvek...or an alternative
Paper scraps and washi tape
Paint...I used Decoart fluid acrylics and Pebeo dyna acrylic: decoart colours used were gold, primary cyan, ultramarine blue, dioxazine purple, primary magenta, phthalo green-yellow and interference violet and Pebeo studio acrylic dyna range in irridescent blue/green.
Archival black ink
Cosmic shimmer glue
Stencils byThat's Crafty and Joggles
Stamps by PaperArtsy and Andy Skinner
Images ...I used icon images

Here we go...

So firstly gessoed all the arches. Once the gesso was dry I added torn pieces of vintage papers and washi tape randomly over the arches using matt medium to adhere them.

While the arches were drying I used strips of tyvek to attach the back arches together. I then painted the tyvek and around the front edges of the arches as these would be covered by the images and framing arches so it would be a waste of paint to do the whole area.

This was when I realised my mistake. The initial idea was that there would be twelve arches on each side...I did not leave enough room between each arch to be able to fold it  all together so it became a decoration instead.

When the arches were dry applied modelling paste through a couple of mini stencils by That's Crafty which are brilliant for smaller projects....I used a Moroccan style one and a starry one but the choice is yours. When this was dry I applied a variety of paint randomly over the arches. I used the Decoart ultramarine blue on the tyvek hinges. I used my fingers to apply the paint. Also the Decoart paints have a translucency that I really like and I didn't want to cover up the vintage papers.

When this layer of paint was dry I then added some Pebeo dyna acrylic in  iridescent blue/green and then some Decoart interference paint in violet.

When this was dry I then stamped some text on the arches using Archival black ink. I used one of my favourite stamps for this... a Paperartsy mini text. It is a fab background stamp and its been hard used with paints, inks, bleach and still going strong! Next, using a joggles stencil, I applied Decoart gold paint to the arches after which I used an Andy Skinner texture stamp, which I love, to stamp some more gold paint over the piece.

Using Cosmic Shimmer glue I attached the icon images to the arch surrounds and glued these onto the backing arches. When the glue was dry I edged the whole piece with gold paint. 

Finally I attached some ribbon to each end of the piece and the arch covers. Finished!!!!

FYI most of the products I used I purchased from That's Crafty and I tend to use a lot of recycled stuff so the card used for the arches was a large sheet of waste card from a fish market....thankfully not smelly....well the cats didn't take any more interest in what I was doing than!!

If you've still here....thank you muchly and happy messiness to you all xxxxx


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Another Starry Night....Somewhere Else.....

In for a second entry for the PaperArtsy alcohol inks and marker pens challenge! As I said on my previous post, I have not used these inks in a while. I don't see myself using them much again either as I much prefer paint although I do like the idea of colouring embellishments with them and I really enjoyed making the snowflakes on this project.

The canvas board was painted several weeks ago when my friends and I had a crafty day and we decided to do a little Christmas canvas. Needless to say I spend most of the day having a natter and drinking copious amounts of coffee with the plan of finishing the canvas that evening.....nope didn't happen! It has been glaring at me since then so this challenge was a godsend.

So the canvas was built up using corrugated card, and onion bag netting which I stuck down with heavy matt gel and then sealed with if I recall correctly. I find it easier starting off with a black background and then going lighter. For some reason I really don't like working from light to dark and I never like the result.

I then used a variety of Fresco paints to produce the background....then the crafty day finished, friends went home and my poor little canvas lay there on the table, unloved, until now!!

I then cut some snowflakes using a couple of Tim Holtz dies, one of which had an embossing folder with it which I thought would look good with the alcohol this ides from the challenge blog post. I cut the snowflakes out of the plastic packaging that the dies came in.

I embossed the large snowflake using the embossing folder. I then used a variety of blue alcohol inks on it. I also coloured a couple of the smaller snowflakes with the inks.

One of the snowflakes was covered in heavy gel and then dipped in blue glass glitter. Another couple were covered in silver glitter.

Then I dripped some inks onto the canvas. Additionally I dabbed some silver glitter around the edge of the canvas which I then tinted with ink in an espresso colour.

Oh I also used an old typewritter key, which I coloured in blue ink and filled with glass glitter, as the centre of my main snowflake flower.

I then attached the snowflakes to the canvas, added a sentiment and....tadah!!

Thanks for visiting and happy messiness to ya xxxxx

Saturday, 26 November 2016

PaperArtsy Challenge


Hi All, this is my entry for the PaperArtsy challenge on their blog on the theme of alcohol inks and markers.

This was certainly a challenge as I haven't used alcohol inks for years...bought a few feeling all enthusiastic then I was distracted by the next shiny painty product and they were left languishing in a dusty drawer...poor, sad inkiwinkies!!

I think my technique is as dusty as the inkies as I did use several different shades of blue and a couple of different brands...Adirondack and Letraset... and I managed to blend them all into ome shade!!

So I mixed silver glitter with heavy gloss gel and applied it to the acrylic substrate through a Thats Crafty mini starry stencil....onto what would be the back of the finished piece. For those of us new to working on acrylic (2nd project with them for me) you work backwards. So the layer you want to be most visible will be applied first.

When the gel was dry I applied the ink using a blending tool. I then lost the plot a bit and dripped ink directly onto the substrate, then added blending solution, then let it dry and then did the same again! I ended up with quite a grungy background which I liked.

Next I applied some embossing powder around the edges of the triptych. I didn't want a neat look, more like snow on a roof and flakes being blown by the night wind... get me!!!

I then applied some silver paint through a word stencil and when dry I scribbled around the words with a black pen. I'd also embossed a cardboard christmas tree to which I added some sequins.

Silly me...I forgot to say that I attached some old book paper to the back of the triptych with matt medium!!


Thanks for visiting and happy messiness to you xxxx