Monday, November 3, 2014

Altered Suitcase

Here is the sweet little suitcase.
It will be interesting to see how the suitcase will age, 
because there are a few different surfaces 
that I painted with the same paint.

The inside was done with paint, serviettes and gel medium.
After the market I will use the suitcase to display 
my handmade cards.

Have a lovely week!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Christmas Market

Getting ready for a Christmas market that runs for ten days was hectic. 
And still, I don't have a clue what will sell and what not.

We put up the stall and table on Tuesday and 
yesterday was the first day of selling.

These clip boards are my favorites. Both landscape and portrait.
All of them stenciled! Some of them aged.

Then to add something cute to the table I also painted this small suitcase.
I think it belonged to my sister. It was hers in Grade 1. 
There is only space for your pencil and your lunch.... and
maybe your jersey is you really tried hard.

Now again I am guilty of not posting the "after"
photos but let me tell you what I did. 
I painted the outside 3 layers. Waxed it and aged it.
On the inside I ripped out all the existing paper, sanded it lightly.
Then I painted it with one coat of white paint and decoupaged 
a few serviettes to the inside.

I will take photos and share it with you, because it is the cutest 
thing ever!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small Art Journal

For this small art journal, these are the products I used.
Not on the photograph is a small water mister and the Glimmer Mists.

The paper I chose to work on was 200gsm Water Colour Paper.

Add some scrapbook paper and card stock and you are all set.

These two pages was coloured by using the distress inks.

Here I used the Distress paint to colour the paper. Then a mask
and some glimmer mist to create the pattern.

Colour the paper with Distress stains.
For the next layer use stencils and Distress inks.
Apply the Distress inks with an applicator tool. 

Colour the paper with Distress stains and use 
some stickles on the heart.

Colour the stamped image with the Distress markers and the water pen.

I used the inked up stencil, sprayed it with a little water 
and placed it face down on the paper to get this effect.

Doodle around the edges and create your own patterns
by working with the paint splatters that you have on the paper.

Here again I "go with the flow" with my Doodling.

On the last page, I created a few simple Doodling patterns. 

Stick the piece of paper down and use it as a reference.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mixed media canvas

This was the last class we did and as usual
I post the tutorial after the class.


box canvas
paint brush
baby wipes
heart doily
gel medium
tissue paper
canvas paper 
water colour paper
heart die
heart embossing folder
chipboard word
Mono multi glue
water pen
Archival ink pad

Paint the canvas with a layer of gesso and let it dry
Decide on colours for your project and paint the canvas.
While the paint is still a bit wet, wipe off some of the paint 
with your baby wipe. Let it dry.

Tear the tissue paper after you have decided which section to 
use. Place all the elements on the canvas and do your layout.
Use gel medium and glue down your tissue paper and let it dry.

Glue the doily into the canvas with gel medium.

Make your heart element. 
Use gel medium and glue the canvas paper and the 
water colour paper together. While it is still damp, put it through 
the die cutting machine and the embossing folder.
Leave to dry.

I made two hearts and then decided on the pink and white one.
Use your applicator tool to deepen your colours on the canvas
and to colour the heart.
Place washi tape strips on the canvas to fill some of the empty spaces.

Paint the word with distress paint and let it dry.
Turn the word over and apply little dots of Mono Multi Glue.
Let the glue dry before you place the word on the canvas.

Take the Distress markers and draw shadows in and around the doily.
Use a water pen to soften the effect.

Stamp around the edges with a stamp and Archival ink.
Sew a little charm to the heart.
Place the heart on 3D foam squares and adhere to the canvas.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.
Keep well!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Art Journal Cover


This is the cover of the art journal.
I found the letters for the cover in my stash. 
I made them years ago for another project 
and never used them. The colours and the theme matched, 
so.... I  used the word!

For the cover I used:
chip board
tissue paper
gel medium
distress markers
grunge board elements
rub ons

 I finished the journal by binding it with my Zutter.

The colours of the cover are happy colours.
That was what my intention was with this journal.
A bit of colour therapy.

It is like a pair of new shoes, you need to look at them.
This is half the pleasure!
So I displayed the journal in my studio so I can look at it.

Have a good weekend.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Colour Therapy III. Art journal

Through the whole process of creating this journal
I learned a lot and I enjoyed it a lot.
I handled the papers a million times and thought
maybe I should do it differently.
But then I stuck to my rule of: No RULES.

The next step is to journal in your own handwriting.
That needs a bit of practice, but I will definitely get there.
Between the other projects on my table and the ones in my head,
I am working on the cover of the journal. 
It is tissue paper, gesso, texture paste,
paint and more.

For the next class in August, 
we will be using mixed media on a canvas.
Hope you can join us.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Colour Therapy II

A few more photos of the pages that belongs 
to my colour therapy art journal.
The quote on the first page is so true, I love it!

As always a bit of glitter here and there.

The black ink was to harsh, so I over stamped with white ink.

I used some kind of mica flakes (to leave a little sparkle) 
and adhered it with Glossy Accents. 

Orange, Pink and Yellow!
What more do you need to get you going?