Sunday, 1 May 2016

World War Robot Square ;-)



So how's everyone doing?
Things are still busy here but I managed to finish a little project just for me.
This is my World War Robot Square. 
WWR is a story created by artist Ashley Wood, Not your typical comic book artist, Go take  look ;-)
he created WWR and since its start he has bought out 1/6 and 1/12 scale models of his characters and robots. I have been collecting them over the last few years and recently bought Andy skinner one of the DIY robot Squares which Andy painted up at the CHA show earlier this year. You can find his Here.
I finally managed to pick one up for myself so I will apologize now for the picture heavy post but there are lots of sides and angles to capture ;-)

He started off looking a bit like this.





I have used lots of Decoart Media Fluids  to paint my Square starting with some dark blues and lots and lots of dry brushing lightening with each layer.
A little black Media Mister and then the edges were distressed.
Some Stenciling was added using Andy Skinners Industrial Elements and once finished He was given a coat of Satin Varnish.










Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon xx.

I would like to enter this into the Simon Say Stamp Monday challenge, their theme is 'Show Us Your Metal'   I have rusted my Robot x


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Lots going on Round Up Post Magazines, workshops and Day Of The Dead Seating ;)

Sorry it's been a little while, it's been a whirlwind the last month or so.
I thought I had better do a little (not so little) round up of what's been going on and what I have been working on.
Warning, Picture heavy.

First up I was given the amazing opportunity to create a Decoart  feature project for Craft Stamper Magazine for their April edition, now they may issue is out I can share my project on my blog.
I have used Decoart Media fluids and Americana Decor Chalky Finish paints along with some of Andy Skinners new Stampendous Stamps and lots of  stamps from Carabelle Studio's.
A huge thank you to Trish and the team as well as Decoart for the opportunity x.




Sticking with some chalk paints I wanted to try a colour that I wouldn't normally be a go to colour so I broke out the Decoart Chalky Finish Inheritance and sanded back for a distressed look. Finished with Satin Varnish and some Day of the Dead fabric.





Told you it was a long post ;-)
I kicked of my crafty teaching year this month starting at Andy Skinner and Tando-Creative's Ministry of Mixology retreat at the beginning of the month.


I helped out on Andy's Saturday workshop and was one of the demonstrators for the saturday night doing make and takes, I was working with the chalk paints and we made several different technique tags.
I also painted up this bottle using more of Andy's new Stamps chalky finish paint and washes of Media Fluids.




We even used Stampendous's Stamp n Bond to add some gold leaf.




Such a good event, Thank you to Andy and Di for having me along, great to see so many of you from blog land and facebook in the flesh and making new friends like Graig from CHA. I even got to play on the Sunday in Kate Crane's workshop.
A selection of Andy's kits ate available from Tando-Creative.



Thanks Kate for a great class. was great to finally meet up with you in person. It was such a fun day crafting on Sunday as I got to hang out with one of my oldest crafting friends and fellow Haunted Design House DT member Helen. lovely to spend the day chatting and painting.

Last weekend I was at That's Crafty  in Essex teaching my Mixed Media Paint Caddy class using one of their new kits. they have stacking storage crates with different inserts for the different sizes of paint pots misters etc.



More Decoart Media Fluids, some Carabelle Studio stamps and more Stampendous Stamp n Bond.



As I write this post I am just about ready to head off in the morning for the Mixed Media Mayhem retreat held by Rowan Tree Crafts in Cumbria where I will be holding 2 workshops. My Mixed Media ATC and storage class and y Alice In Wonderland Fat Book.
These kits are available from That's Crafty.










And finally, If you are still awake I will have my first article in Making Cards Magazine that hits the shelves this Friday (May edition).
Thank you Sally and the team for asking me to create some cards. I have 3 cards with a little step by step.


Thank you for stopping by and thank you for sticking with this mammoth post.
You can find me on Facebook HERE, I,m a little more up to date with my crafty goings on there. xx

Class Schedule:

23/24 April Rowan Tree Crafts Mixed Media Mayhem Retreat Cumbria
7 May Pickwell Farm Southampton Atc Workshop.
30  July Daisy Jewels and Crafts Coventry
31 July Crafty Bunch Telford 





Thursday, 14 April 2016

Decoart Boho Suitcase Tutorial


Thanks for stopping by, I'm sharing on the Decoart Media Blog today a tutorial for my Boho Suitcase using Decoart products, Carabelle Studio Stamps and some Stampendous Stamp n Bond.
If you have some time it would be great to see you over there. xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Stacked Acrylic ATC Birthday Card





Afternoon all, Thanks for stopping by.
I have been playing with the Stacking Atc's I helped designed with That's Crafty for my mixed media Atc class.
Today I have used it as a Birthday card for my sister who's birthday is tomorrow.
I have used stamps from Carabelle Studio, My sister had a pair of red shoes like these when she was young and this stamp just put me in mind of her wen she was young.
I have added a layer of some gold leaf using the Stampendous Stamp n Bond. This product acts like an embossing powder and once heated you add the gold leaf, It's so much cleaner and easier than using the gilding glues.
To add my colour I have used Decoart Media Fluids. and for the spacey look for the back ground I added a couple of pinches of Stampendous,s fine white embossing powder.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hopefully I will see some of you at the Andy Skinner/Tando-Creative Ministry of Mixology retreat next month xx.