Monday, 28 July 2014

Burlap book


Well Saturday was very exciting...Andy Skinner came to Jendeninks to run a class. There were 13 of us and we had an amazing time. Here is my finished result.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Craft Barn Challenge Imagination and/or Logic

The first song that came to mind with this challenge was a song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory sang by Gene Wilder. The verse I have chosen is:

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you'll be free
If you truly wish be

The lyrics are by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

It says it all for us crafters doesn't it? Also it was an excuse to let my imagination run riot. I made the the background with acrylic paint, my bubble stamp and flower masks. Next the fun bit of making up the picture. I got out my stamp stash and picked a child stamp and the rest is their day dream. Flying like butterflies, off on a merry go round like Mary Poppins through loads of flowers. I added glasses because well.. because. I had to stazon ink for this as the paint and ink background sucked the colour out of usual ink and I wanted it vibrant. The butterflies, balloon, glasses and leaves where stamped on inked and stamped background papers from my stash and cut out to give a little depth.

This was a fun page to do.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Alice In Wonderland


This canvas is a blatant copy of one made by Alicia Hayes who is featured in July/August Somerset Studio magazine. I love the colours and Nigel (long suffering craft widow) loves Alice in Wonderland.

The above are the original photos from the magazine. Alicia Hayes painted straight onto the canvas which is much too scary for me.

I used spray inks on the background and while the layers were drying I painted each character with water colour inktense on watercolour paper. They where then cut out and stuck on the background. As you can see mine didn't all fit on and the queen is partly walking of the canvas, but I think that's OK.  Finally I used pastels to blend the characters with the background and inktense for the ground.

Nigel loves the result.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A photo canvas.

Last weekend I spent Saturday at Jendeninks craft shop and spent a lovely day making a canvas using all different bits of metal, lace, fabric and a photo. My Photo is of a gargoyle from Notre Dame.

After adding all the bits of metal and stuff the canvas was covered in gesso.

Then it was time time to have fun with inks. At first the result was too coppery, it needed to be more stone like so out came melted chocolate and black. I love the way the inks interact with each other as you add more layers. I am really pleased with the result.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Craft Barn Challenge path and or hoizon


Now, I have two adorable black kittys who are two years old. There is Spook, aka The Fat One and Sebastian, aka The Thin One and it is just as well they are of different build as they are both totally black with no markings and it can be hard to tell them apart. I have often wondered as they race me down the stairs and try to trip me up on the way to the fridge to fetch them prawns are they good or bad luck? So I did giggle when I came across this quote by Grouch Marx:-

'A black cat crossing your path signifies the animal is going somewhere'
(With mine it is the fridge..)

I used the skills I learnt with Dyan Reavely to make the black ground using dylusion inks. I was very bold and included black. It is amazing - when you follow instructions things come out not to bad. I used watercolour paints for the cat and black and white journalling pens for the whiskers and writing.

Hope you like. X