Sunday, 22 October 2017

Finished Mini Journal from Kate Crane Workshop

I made my own version of a mini journal with the pages I created at Kates class on Friday at Art from the Heart. This is the front.

And this is the back.

And this is it when it's been opened.

This is a view from the top. It looks like a star book.

And these are the mini pages inside.

They are a mix of collage pages and T!m's paperdolls and we made loads of them!!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sew Saturday at Jaylaurs of Brigg

So today I popped along to Brigg (approx 20 miles) to a fabric shop, Jaylaurs, who were holding a Sew Saturday event which was on all day. There were lots of different taster workshops being held throughout the day. This is the first one that I did, English paper piecing patchwork. We got a bag of 15 hexagons, which was a tad ambitious, as you can see, I only mananged to complete three!!

Straight after was a crochet workshop. I've never ever tried it before and it's been on my wish list forever, along with learning how to knit. We got a set of instructions to take away too and the wool, so I bought a crochet hook so I could carry on.

Then I popped to Costa and got myself a coffee and let some other people have my seat for the next couple of workshops which were Christmas ribbons and inserting bias binding and piping! I attended the next one, creative embroidery. The pack to do the workshop was £6 for all the above materials and we all also got a piece to practice on. I think we learnt how to do about 5 or 6 fancy stitches.

And of course I couldn't come away without buying something. I found these lush laces in black, purple, pink and red. The white and natural are more like cotton trims.

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon of my birthday.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Mini Journalling Workshop with Kate Crane

Today I went to the mini journalling workshop at Art from the Heart taken by the lovely Kate Crane.

Other end of the table.

Gesso'd and when dry Dina paint mixed with a bit of white. Finger painting. We were creating the background. We added more colours until the background was covered.

Stencilled and marks made and Kate very kindly lent me her white gel pen to hi-light areas. We had some mini collage sheets which you can just see bottom right, which I started to cut out.

After lunch we started on the black card which had been covered with white gesso, but we left some parts of it black.

This time we used Dylusion paints, but again finger painted it on to create the background in pretty much the same way as the first one.

This one is pinched from Kate, just to prove I was there!!

These are my backgrounds after stencilling and stamping. They still need some doodling on them. Everyone was using the new Carabelle stamps but they were sort of flower and leaf orientated, so I chose not to use them, instead I wanted to use T!m paperdolls and was going to do them at home. But Kate very kindly found me some, I think you can just see some heads at the bottom of the photo!

When I got home, I cut out some more collage pieces and I think I am going to go with something like the above. Nothing is glued down yet, so things may change!!

And these are the paperdolls. I swapped some of them as some of the ones I chose were a bit big. Again they are not glued down, because I still need to doodle on the backgrounds.

I will be back with my mini bag and journal when they are completed. Thanks again Kate for a lovely day.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Moulds and Air Dry Clay

So then, this is what I've been doing this morning. I've been playing with my new Artyco moulds and some others that I needed to stock up on.

These are the mummy's and they have come out fabulous, so much detail, all those bandages!

And this is one of the smaller wings of the two on the large set. Again, the detail is fabulous and they are so easy to get out of the moulds.

And the medium sized skull, can't wait to use this one.

This is the largest and second largest butterfly on the plate of four, and wow, again the detail is so impressive.

Another close up of the mummy's, you can see how their arms are cross over - just brilliant. Would love to get this in a bigger size too.

And the cogs are so crisp, they have come out brilliantly.

These are the larger wings of the large wings set.

Now I have to tell you, I really didn't think this butterfly was going to work. It looks so delicate on the mould and just look, it came out perfect yet again. I'm very impressed.

And top right are the really tiny ones, you can tell how tiny they are as each of the squares are 1cm and it only just covers a square.

If you like what you see, go and pay a visit to Artyco, they have a huge range of moulds at extremely reasonable prices and P&P is free with no minimum spend. They also welcome trade enquiries too. Please tell them I sent you over there if you place an order.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mini Die Passport Book by Eileen Hull

Chris kindly sent me the pieces from the Eileen Hull, Passport Book die cut to make like a mini journal. She also sent assembly instructions too, which was very helpful!

 I thought I'd crack open my new to me DecoArt premium acrylic paints.

Then I used them to create the backgrounds for the inside pages and the cover.

And these are the other sides. The bottom two pages were black, so it's covered them pretty well.

Then I got some bits and bobs out to make some marks with the black paint. I used the white from the DecoArt chalky range. I didn't get the white or buff in the premium range - yet!

So I did a bit of stenciling and mark making to further decorate the pages and covers.

And this is my front cover with my favourite stamp of all time on the front, even though I don't own him yet, but I'm still trying to get my hands on him.

And this is the back cover.

A couple of the inside pages.

And a couple more.

These are the middle middle pages.

And a couple more.

And another couple.

The inside cover and the first page.

The view from the top.

And finally the front and back covers and the spine.

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