Monday, 9 October 2017

Unicorns do exist

My friend loves Unicorns, so when I found this beauty in need of a make over 
heres how I transformed this beauty for her

 Applied a coat of DecoArt Media white Gesso

 Followed with a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic Titanium White

 Applied Quinacridone Gold and Prussian Blue spritzing and dripping until happy with the coverage

 Once dry apply DecoArt Crackle Glaze and allow to dry 4-6 hours

 Once the crackle has developed and dried work in Paynes grey and blend with a wet wipe

Finished with Soft Touch Varnish

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Stampotique Challenge- Anything but a card

This week brings us a new challenge "Anything but a Card" more details here
You can create just about anything this week, except a card. Let's see tags, books, boxes or 
anything else.

I had a beautiful wooden star and decided to just stamp in black so the wood grain was still visible
I used Spidergrass, Dandelion and Swirl Stalks, with Moon girl resting her wings coloured softly 
with distress inks

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Stampotique Challenge- Only Blue

Blue Bat Box
Now here's a challenge, only use shades of blue no black or white! 
For more info on taking part click here

I cut a box on my Cricut and then applied washes of blues to the sides and top, darker at the top working downwards

One dry I stamped with Stazon Midnight Blue, using Stampotique Owl Tree, Majestic Tree and Batty and Batty about you!

I stamped Batty with Stazon Midnight and Hawaii Blue, cut out and fixed to wire for each of the corners on the box

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Gothic Window

Apply DecoArt Media Crackle paste to the Gothic MDF Frame, available from That Craft Place

Apply DecoArt Media Gesso to the backing board

Apply a run of colours light at the top gradually working down to the darker tones
I used Diarylide Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Pyrrole Orange and Quinacridone Red

 To create a subtle ombre effect

Apply DecoArt Dark Grey value 3 to the frame

 Followed by Carbon Black

Once dry, highlight by dry brushing with Metallic Silver

Stencil the CWS Trees Stencils with Carbon Black

I stamped the Lost Coast Crow onto silver painted card and cut out

Friday, 25 August 2017

Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey

I'm so pleased to have been asked to be a guest creative guide at A Vintage Journey for their latest Challenge 'Wonderful Watercolours'  as I love watercolours!, it has always been my go to medium, so I jumped at the chance!!

It also gave me the opportunity to use some of my recent favorite Tim Holtz stamps Flower Garden, Mini Bouquet and Wildflowers.
To see more details on taking part in the challenge 
and my tutorial please click HERE 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Stampotique Inchies Challenge

This weeks challenge theme is "Inches" 
What are inchies? They are little 1"x1" pieces of work. You can create your submission with just one inchie or you can create a bunch of inchies and add them to a project. 
Our design team has some great samples below, be sure to check them out!! We love seeing what you create so come and join us for this fun challenge.

I decided to make a Heads, Body and Legs Game using 1'' Stampbord tiles, it was quite tricky to stamp and took lots of attempts!
I applied tape to the back of 3 tiles and stamped each character I used Smile, Marci and Wilber and Splatter Blob and coloured with Watercolours

Sunday, 6 August 2017

DecoArt Butterfly Tag

Appy DecoArt Crackle Paste to the tag and butterfly
Once dry, apply DecoArt Media Fluid Acyrlic Metallic gold

Apply Carbon Black and Quinacridone red and blend at the top

 Apply Quinacridone red and Quinacridone gold to the butterfy

Spritz with water and then apply Carbon Black all over 
wipe back with a baby wipe

Highlight with Titanium white
Wash with Quinacridone Gold and highlight areas with Metallic Gold

I finished by stamping a script and some smaller buttrflies, finished with a stamped ribbon and coloured with Distress Inks Tattered Rose and Tea dye

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stampotique Only Animals

A new challenge at Stampotique! Use only animals, they have lots of wonderful ones to choose from
for more details in taking part check out the blog here

I used the gorgeous Cecil the Cow, along with Oodles of Doodles
Lavender Sprig, Picket Fence, Butterfly and Bee

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stone Shrine

Apply DecoArt Media White Gesso to the shrine

Followed by DecoArt Media Crackle Paste

Apply Gesso to the figures

Apply DecpArt Media Fluid Acrylic Quinacridone Gold as a wash

Followed with Cobalt Teal Hue and Carbon Black
washing and applying neat in areas

Apply a wash of Quinacridone Gold to the figures blending in the Black to areas

In Vajrayana Buddhism the Five Dhyani Buddhas or the 'Five Great Buddhas' are representations of the five qualities of the Buddha. There are different associations that go along with each of these Buddhas including a different season, wisdom and cardinality - in this case, which cardinal direction the Buddha normally faces. (These are all included in the description below). There are only four within this set as these are associated with the main seasons & cardinalities (i.e. The fifth Buddha represents the 'Centre' and does not carry a season). 

Akshobhya - Second Dhyani Buddha

Faces East, Represents the Water Element, Winter Season, the Colour Blue & the Wisdom of Reflection.

The Dhyani Buddha Akshobhya is usually represented by exhibiting the Bhumisparsa Mudra (spiritual gesture, or pose). This gesture can be translated as 'Touching the Earth' or 'Calling to Witness the Truth' Mudra, where the right arm is pendant over the right knee. This figurine is this set however has a similar pose to the Buddha Amitabha (Fourth Buddha), and exhibits the Dhyana Mudra where the two palms are folded face up on top of each other and are lying in his lap. This gesture is said to promote the energy of meditation and deep contemplation.

Akshobhya's symbol is a sceptre/Vajra, (a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond).

Suggested placement: At the centre of your home, or at the main entrance.

Ratnasambhava - Third Dhyani Buddha

Faces South, Represents the Earth Element, Spring Season, the Colours Gold/Yellow & the Wisdom of Equality.

Ratnasambhava usually depicts the Varada Mudra, this is the gesture of charity and gift bestowing. His lift palm rests on the lap with an open palm, whilst the right is extended downwards. The Varada Mudra is said to express the energy of liberation and compassion whilst offering acceptance.

His symbol is the Jewel; within both Hindu & Buddhist traditions this is said to be the equivalent of the philosopher's stone (a wish-fulfilling jewel)

Suggested placement: In the home office, or library/study.

Amitabha - Fourth Dhyani Buddha
Faces West, Represents the Fire Element, Summer Season, the Colour Red & The Wisdom of Observation.

The Buddha Amitabha is shown with the Dhyana Mudra; both hands are placed on the lap with the right hand on the left, fingers fully stretched and the palms facing upwards.

His symbol is the Lotus; this usually represents rebirth, faith and beauty.

Suggested placement: In the centre of the home, study or a meditation room.

Amoghshuddhi - Fifth Dhyani Buddha
Faces North, Represents the Air/Wind Element, the Autumn Season, the Colour Green & the Wisdom of Perfect Practice.

The fifth Dhyani Buddha Amoghshuddhi depitcs the Abhaya Mudra, is this gesture, the arm is elevated and slightly bent, the hand is lifted to the shoulder level with the palm turned outwards and the fingers are extended. This pose usually represents protection or fearlessness.

His symbol is the double vajra/ the double thunderbolt.

Suggested placement: In the main entrance of the home, or the living room. 

Thursday, 13 July 2017

DecoArt- Antique Canvas

Apply DecoArt Media Crackle paste through stencils onto a canvas board

Once dry arrange embellishments and fix

Apply Media white gesso

Spritz with water and brush DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Diarylide Yellow

Followed with Quinacridone Gold

Apply Doxadine Purple to shadow areas

Dry and then do the same with washes of Carbon Black

Once dry I stamped a script and stenciled areas with Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Umber and  Dioxadine Purple

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

DecoArt- Fear

As the classic song by Ian Brown quotes youve got the fear! 

L.O.V. E 
Andy Skinners Skull doggery and has his new MOM kit as just been launched it was a great opportunity to use and overcome the clown issue!

Apply Crackle Paste quite thickly with a palette knife

Apply Paperclay embellishments

Stamp image and colour with Pencils, Apply washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic
Carbon Black and Quinacridone Gold

Apply neat around the stamp and blend outwards

Apply Carbon Black, Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Umber and blend outwards highlight with Cobalt Teal Hue

Apply darker around the moundings

Wipe back with a baby wipe to highlight the mouldings

 Apply Carbon Black around the edges to define

Andy Skinner Stamp and Kit can be found HERE