Wednesday, September 24, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK...........# new challenge #

Hello. #new challenge...........yes, the new challenge at paperDVIZHNIK is use a # or interpret a # in fact play with #s any way you want.
 You have the freedom to express any way you want as long as there is a little # somewhere.
Check out the details HERE 

Stencilled, stamped, water coloured and some pretty gems.


Thanks for visiting. May every # moment for you be fabulous !
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mixed Media Place.........The Beat Goes On

Mixed media wooden block with polystyrene heart, plastic tubing, metal embellishments, paper and acrylic paint.
I'm sure by now you all know that Finnabair has created her own range of mixed media gels and pastes.
My little collaged wooden block with it's 3D heart, its plastic plumbing and metal workings, is held together entirely by 3D Matte Gel and Soft Gloss Gel from Finnabair's art Basics range.
Some alterations were made to the heart's background; the pattern was "too much", it was painted just red.


There are lots of "bits" making up this piece, all with different surfaces........wood, metal, chipboard, polystyrene, plastic and paper and the 3D Matte Gel has been used throughout to secure them. An added bonus is how easy and "clean" it is to use and how it dries completely clear.
Using Soft Gloss Gel with Acrylic paint makes it more translucent, and then easier to build up richly coloured layers of paint.

A list of products I used can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place and they can be purchased from HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.

Thanks for visiting. May your heart be full of joy this week.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK Challenge No. 48......Colour.

Challenge No. 48 is up at paperDVIZHNIK. This month it's about colour. I think they're beautiful colours, both individually and as a combination.
Visit the paperDVIZHNIK blog HERE for some DT inspiration.
My page has been created using a combination of collaged lace and tissue along with wet embossing, water colour and fibres.
The photo is of my daughter and she is actually wearing a very fluffy, wooly hat. I've just exaggerated it by adding a whole lot of fibres and threads, which the birds are having a fun time in.

Collaged lace, embossed lace and a little bird cage hidden amongst it.

Thanks for visiting me today. Have a colourful week and I hope lots of nice things happen to keep a happy smile on your face.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mixed Media Place.........Music Challenge

The next Summer Music Challenge at Mixed Media Place is Adele's Rolling In The Deep. See HERE for details.
I have very "literally" illustrated the lyrics "you had my heart inside your hand and you played it to the beat."

Nothing very "deep and meaningful" about my interpretation. Just a hand (drawn and water coloured) holding a heart by strings attached to it.

My favourite part of this page is the "tatood" arm, using a stamp and Masking Fluid (see previous post HERE )

As well as paper and some washi tape a Finnabair Elementals stencil "Netting" creates part of the background, and I've used it with heavy gel medium which is a little more resistant to colour than what texture paste would be and creates a more subtle pattern.

Amongst my stash of stamps I have two favourites.....I use them constantly. Both created by Finnabair for Prima; one is the Vintage Book stamp ( in red ) from the Vintage Vanity Collection and the other one is Clear Stamp #1 from the Sunrise Sunset Collection; here it's been embossed with white.
All the colour, well there are only three, plus black, comes from Ecoline water colour. The concentric circles representing "the beat" of the heart is a TCW stencil

As always I've indulged my love for fussy cutting and collage and these floral elements create the central background for the heart.

If you love this song and you would like to show us your creative interpretation of it, here is the link to Mixed Media Place - Summer Music vol. 2 - Adele
Thank you for visiting.....may your week ahead be sweet, full of love and creativity.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Box Colour

Today I'm working on the Book Box that I started a few weeks ago. Throwing lots of colour at some Finnabair Elementals Resist Canvas.

Tomorrow I head to Melbourne for 4 days to do 3 workshops with Andrea Matus de Meng.
I am beyond excited.
Thanks for visiting. Hope your week is light, bright and full of.............whatever you want it to be full of.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mixed Media Place.......Journal Page

For Mixed Media Place this month I've made an art journal page to highlight stamps. In the past stamps were pretty much always the domain of card makers, but now with the popularity of mixed media, stamps are used by every one. For scrapbooking we tend to keep them in the background, but for this journal page I'm using stamps as my focus. These Dina Wakley face stamps are very expressive. I have also used stamps from 3rd Eye and Finnabair's range. Most of the colour on these pages comes from Prima's Color Bloom spray mists, such beautiful rich and pure colours.


Gold Foil is my favourite....the photo below does not do justice to the intense gold shimmer that this product produces.



I have used a total of 5 different coloured mists on this tag. By not allowing each colour to properly dry before adding the next colour creates a soft, subtle, blended look....mmmm, maybe some people would say 'muddy', but it was an experiment that I liked the look of.

When the tag is flipped over the mood of the page has changed. I am almost to the point where I don't want to watch the news or open a news paper any more. The atrocities that are happening in so many places all over the world due to conflict just continues: and it breaks my heart.

The tears will never stop falling until the guns stop shooting.
I feel that this post is 'gloomy'. I don't apologise for it. My journal pages will always reflect my thoughts, my ideas, my emotions. The image this week of a little boy holding up a decapitated head and being told by his father that this is a good thing is beyond belief, but it's real.
In my 'lucky' part of the world life goes on. I'm fortunate and I'm thankful.
All stamps, mists and materials are from Mixed Media Place. For a full list of materials see HERE.

Thank you for dropping by. Enjoy what's left of this week. I am off to prepare for a little art adventure. Next week I'm heading HERE. I am nervous, I may be out of my depth, but very excited.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Ten Days Of Winter

I love winter, I don't want it to end, but here we are already into August. These are some glorious winter images taken in the last few weeks on my iphone.
From left to right
Amazing view through the trees and across the lake at at the beautiful K1 Winery
Moody edit of a winters day at Knights Beach
Lani and the old tractor on the farm at Handorf
View down the valley and across the Adelaide Hills from the deck of The Lane Winery.
My cosy reading chair
Out door working boots
Camelias in full bloom
Jonquils flowering; a little early
Cold morning view across Lady Bay
Poinsettia and candles
Thanks for the inspiration Kim at Art in Red Wagons.
As always thanks for dropping by. Hope your keeping warm or enjoying the sun. Have a great week.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK Sketch Challenge #46


 Love this sketch at paperDVIZHNIK for their latest challenge but have only just got around to working with it. So much fun....paint, ink, a few bits of paper, simple.

How gorgeous are these Prima Lace Stickers ?! I wanted my page to be grungy but feminine, so the punched floral heart and lace title are thrown in with animal print paper and paint splatters.

 Embossed with white through a stencil and coloured with Silks.

Coloured paper is left over from some stamping experiments.
If you like to throw ink and paint around this challenge is for you...all the details HERE.
Thank you for dropping by, enjoy whats left of this week.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mixed Media Place.......Summer Music vol.1 - Freedom


The first of a series of music challenges at Mixed Media Place.
This song inspired me to create two faces, representing the other person we sometimes need, or are forced to be. I've let loose with my love of pattern using tissue, stamps and rub-ons. I have embossed pattern for texture and used watercolour to soften . The base paper and die-cut doilies are from Finnabair's beautiful 9th Wave Collection. I've also had some fun playing with latex masking fluid (see below ) and "empty" marker pens that you fill yourself with whatever you want.
Check out the Mixed Media Place for materials I used, to be inspired by the DT girls interpretation of this song AND how you can play along with this challenge and win yourself a prize from Finn"s shop.


Patterned applied with tissue, stamps and embossing.

Outline lips with rubber latex masking fluid, then you can add your colour with what ever medium you want, ink, paint stamps, texture etc. with out it going over the edges. This looks kind of gross here...........

Lips and eye lid coloured with a marker pen ( one that comes empty and you fill yourself with any ink or paint you want ) before being stamped.

Masking fluid around outside edge of eye brow first, then add colour, dry, then stamp, dry, then peel off masking fluid.

After stamping with black ink and making sure it's dry, use your finger to rub and roll off the yellow masking fluid. You can see where the stamp has gone "over the lines" of the eye brow shape and onto the masking fluid; when you peel this off, the excess stamped image comes away with the dried masking fluid and you are left with the sharp edge of the eye brow.
Not George Michael but my favourite band......hip-hop and art comment.

Thanks so much for visiting. May the music in your life sooth your soul and excite your creativity.
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