Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tag & Atc Swap

A few of us have got together to do a tag and atc swap, 2 of each and the theme was faces. I cut the pieces from heavy weight white card and randomly added colours from the media paint range. I took titan buff, napthol red and dioxazine purple and stencilled with them. I stamped some script in black versa fine.

Emma very kindly bought me the Dina Wakley set of ladies faces called All the Gals, so I decided to use them for this project.

I stamped the images onto white paper, cut them out and coloured them with gelatos. Once glued on, I outlined them in black smudgy black pencil and blended it in.

And edged in black pen and added fibres. I had to add the word to the right one as the pen slipped!

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Altered Box Frame

I gave the wooden box a coat of gesso.

Randomly spread modelling paste around the outside edges and over the cross in the middle.

I mixed some texture sand paste with matte medium and coated the curved edges.

Once dry, I painted everything in paynes grey media paint.

The whole box was the painted with patina antiquing cream and then was rubbed back. A coat of matte medium was applied and allowed to dry. The outside flat edges were painted with white antiquing cream, and rubbed back and again a coat of matte medium was applied. Once dried everything was painted with watered down quinacridone gold.

Close up of the outside of the box.

I painted the inside of each little box in cobalt teal hue media paint.

Added pieces of script tissue paper and adhered with matte medium.

Painted the inside boxes with quinacridone burnt orange and then transparent yellow iron oxide.

Love how it turned out, just need to find something to put in it now.

All products are from DecoArt Media range.

Thursday, 22 January 2015


Background is media paints and easy float. Black modelling paste put through a stencil for the image (love that stuff).

Used the carbon black mister spray to flick onto the background.

Stampotique letters are stamped in black versa fine and outlined in white posca pen.

White shimmer media mister was splashed onto the stencilled image and outlined in white posca pen.

Products by DecoArt black modelling paste, media paints, easy float, media misters.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Aquarius Star Sign

I look a 4" x 6" canvas board, gave it a coat of white gesso and masked half of it off diagonally.  I painted the top half in metallic silver and once thoroughly dried masked that off and painted the bottom in a mix of ultramarine blue and cerulean blue.

Then after a bit of research on Google, I found that I had relevant stencils to loosely replicate the Aquarius star sign and one of the traits is that they are born to teach, so I got my idea-ology letters and set about spelling it out.

All products are from the Decoart media range - gesso, media paints, black modelling paste.  If you pop over to Deb's site and join in with this months star sign, you could be in with a chance to win some Decoarts products - get over there and good luck.

Monday, 19 January 2015


I used a few die cuts on this piece. The background is corrugate cardboard sprayed with carbon black media mister. The TH framework die is coloured in black modelling paste, the background square of chipboard was painted with a mix of white crackle paint and textured sand paste, one dry, painted in paynes grey. Skull, washers and cog painted to look like rust. The clock die and banner were tinted with onyxite treasure gold directly onto the chipboard.

Clear crackle paste was applied to the clay heart and then coated in black anqituing cream and wiped back, love how it highlighted the fab cracks.

All media products used from the DecoArt range. Waiting for some metallic lustres to arrive, can't wait to compare them to the treasure gold products.

Sorry about the photos but we've had varieties of weather today but not much sun!!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015


I took a square of corrugated and pulled most of the top layer off, then gave it a spritz with the carbon black media mister. I added the skull and wings die cuts which I'd coloured with silver media paint.

Painted some little nails to look rusty and added black eyes to the skull.

Rusted the charm, washers and clock hands using texture sand paste and quinacridone gold.

Think I might go back in and outline the idea-ology word with a black smudgy pencil.

All products are from the Deocart media range.


Lin and Kirsten kindly sent me a plastic skull, both different sizes. Using mold-n-pour I made moulds from them.

So after I'd revived my clay, I made some copies and also used a cookie cutter to cut out the hearts.

The background was created on a piece of chipboard by firstly painting it in white gesso, followed by a layer of white crackle paint, once dry the layers were built up using black paint, a layer of ultra matte medium and then another layer of black paint and finally dry brushed with white gesso. 

The heart was painted with gesso, cracked with crackle glaze and black antiquing cream applied. The washers were rusted with quinacridone gold.

I added a strip of metal which I got at last years Version Scrap show, coloured the skulls and added gems for the eyes.

All media products used are from DecoArt.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Playing with DecoArt Media Crackle Products

I wanted to have a play with the new to me range of crackle products made by DecoArt for the media range.  I started off with the clear crackle paste. The mdf shape was base coated in white gesso and then sprayed with the yellow shimmer media mister. Once dry a thickish coat of the clear crackle paste was applied and left to dry over night.

I did exactly the same with this one but used the orange mister spray this time.

This is a chipboard die cut shape, again gesso'd and painted in phthalo green yellow media paint.  This time I just dabbled the crackle paste in certain areas.

I then rubbed carbon black media paint over the pieces.

And then rubbed most of it off, so it just stayed in the cracks.

Did the same with this one except used titan buff media paint.

Close up, you can see the cream colour in the cracks.

Another chipboard die cut, gesso'd and painted with primary magenta media paint, then a thin coat of the crackle glaze applied.

Same again this one was painted with primary cyan and the crackle applied thinly over the top.

This one I gesso'd and crackled straight over the top.

I added carbon black antiquing cream over this one, rubbed it back and sealed with a coat of ultra matte varnish.

I added white antiquing cream to the magenta crackled heart shape and wipe back.

Then I added quinacridone gold to the white heart.

I stamped the script over the magenta heart with black versa fine ink and run it round the edges.

And I did the same with the blue coloured piece of chipboard.

Next I tried the white crackle paste, I coated the mdf tag with matte medium and applied a thick coat. Left over night to dry, then watered down green gold media paint and painted over half.

I did exactly the same with the white crackle paint and to be honest, don't really know what the difference is, so will keep playing with these 2 products.

Next I painted wooden hearts in carbon black and napthol red. I put a thin layer of the white crackle paint over the red one.

And a thin layer of the white crackle paste over the black one. Again I could see any difference in the products. 

Next I experimented with stencils.

This is the white crackle paint

And the white crackle paint again.

This is the white crackle paste. Again, I can't tell any really difference in the two products.

Hopefully you'll see these samples used in some projects in the near future.


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Hi I'm Sam, 43, birthday in October - Any piece of art gratefully rec'd - Thanks. OH, Martin, been together 23 years and still no plans to get married!!! We love spending time with our pupster, especially when the weather is dry and we get to take him to the woods. I love any sort of crafting and would say that I am adventurous with new materials. We love going skiing in any winter resort, but mainly the States or Canada, they have better snow!! We lost our first beardie, Max, August 2006 at a ripe old age of 14 and 1/4. Since then Frazzie has come along, he is now 6 years and 7 months old and is still a little Bugger, Bugger!!! Unfortunately in December 2008 we lost Alfie at 14 months old after only having a short time of 7 weeks loving and caring for him. He found a good buddie in Fraz and loved him to bits.

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