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From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

DLP - Cry me a river

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 11
Art Challenge:  Acrylics
Journal Prompt:  Cry Me a River

 It reads 'Life sometimes takes you into troubled waters - not to drown you but to cleanse you'.

I used my dylusion paints for the background. I used gesso and silver modelling paste for the drops then versamark with perfect pearls for the bubbles. I went around the edges with my checkboard stamp.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Long time no post!!!

Things have been really busy and we had to rush off back home as my stepdad had a stroke. He seems to be doing better, he has his movement back and is mobilising.

 Anyway I stumbled across this fabulous art journaller Nika and was inspired to make these....

It's a mix of gelatos, dylusion paints and modelling paste. I made the heart mask myself.

Whilst I had my paints out I played around a bit more and used a couple of images kindly given to me by Catherine at craftathon.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Playing around

I had cleaned my mini blending tool that had dylusion paints on, onto another page in my journal like I had seen Dyan do.

I then used the black paint through a stencil over the top - simple page quickly done!

Monday, 6 April 2015

DLP - Water under the bridge

April Theme
Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)
April 4
Art Challenge:  Watercolors
Journal Prompt:  It's Water Under the Bridge

It reads To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner was you

I don't have watercolour paints so I used watercolour pencils on wc paper.

Happy Easter Monday


Sunday, 5 April 2015

DLP - Missed Week

I got myself out of sync as I forgot to post this one - this may be week 11 or 12?

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 21
Art Challenge:  As a Focal Point
Journal Prompt:  Coming into Focus

 I started with pan pastel and then used my neocolour crayon for swirls of colour

I painted these letters used my distress paint

I dew circles with a stencil and then used black gesso (I didn't have my dylusions at this point)

I stuck the letters on and did some sketchy white lines around it

Happy Easter - hope you have a lovely day

Saturday, 4 April 2015

DLP Week 12

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 28
Art Challenge:  Make a Custom Element
Journal Prompt:  "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." - Gabrielle Roth

Spirit is what makes us unique, what gives us strength and it is what lives on after our bodies are no more - author unknown

I am entering this into Craftstampers April  Challenge - Colour

dylusion sprays, dylusion paints and stamps

Happy Saturday :)

Friday, 3 April 2015

2nd post of the day.

Just playing around with my dylusion paints

hmm photo doesn't do the picture justice really!


DLP Week 11

March Theme
Making Your Mark (Doodles & Mark Making)
March 14
Art Challenge:  Borders
Journal Prompt:  "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind."

I started off with a gesso'd page and used my neocolour crayons.

I did some doodling, added some washi tape and stamped my sentiment....

of course ANYONE who has a dylusions journal (except me) will realise by looking at that picture that the sentiment is upside down...

must have happened whilst I was stamping - and yes the irony isn't lost on me!!

Happy Good Friday


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Book of Days Week 11

I have skipped ahead to week 11 - I'm not sure that I will do week 8/9 and I can't decide on my favourite song for week 10.

Week 11 was entitled boundaries and was about people overstepping what is deemed as acceptable and making personal comments/judgements about others.

It made me think about a comment that someone told me another person had said about me.. it wasn't particularly cruel/nasty just a trait I didn't identify with. I spent far too much time dwelling on it and being affected by it. 

I started off by getting it off my chest - writing with neocolour crayon on top of watercolour paper coated with gesso. (words pixelated out)

I went over with more neocolour and used a wet brush to blend it out.

I then brayered hot pink and metallic blue paint over the top.

I saw this quote on pinterest and it really resonated with me. I went around the lettering with copic spica pens which are lovely and glittery. I added some white highlights and some stamping.

Catherine led me to a new mixed media challenge called stamps and stencils so I have decided to enter my make into their first challenge, which is anything goes.

Hope you all have some crafty plans for the weekend

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Gratitude Page

 I started out with panpastels and then stamped with similar colours.

I then used one of many patterned papers but gave it a light blue wash.

Yesterdays gratitude entry - having time to paint my nails (this also equates to not being in work as you cannot wear nail polish to work)

I think I need to get out more........

or maybe we should all be grateful for the little things :)