Tuesday, 15 August 2017

You can be Heros just for one day...

Below are three art journal pages of inspiring people.

Anyone who knows me will tell you David Bowie was and still is a huge inspiration to me. His death in 2016 was a shock and left me feeling numb, sadly we lost many great people last year. 
 David Bowie
 Bob Marley
Audrey Hepburn


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Exploding Box



Simple things please simple minds so they say and I'm never tired of an exploding box! 
I used stamps from Tracy Scott at PaperArtsy to create this latest colourful version. There are fabulous instructions to make your own exploding box from Sazzle Craft Here.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Colour by Numbers?

Below are a couple of pieces of my colouring, I do this for relaxation only. I'm really pleased with the results. These are from a colouring book by Johanna Bashford called Magical Jungle.





Saturday, 20 May 2017

Christmas is coming........

Only Joking!
I thought I would share a few Christmas cards I made with my lovely friend Ann.
 A little bit of stamping and glitter 😝
A little of PaperArtsy always a good sign.
Peel off glittery lines, perfect!
These are such easy designs to follow but very effective. Sadly I did have to use glitter!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Ministry of Magic

Ok so not strictly Ministry of Magic but it does feel that way when you attend these wonderful weekend retreats.
I have attended 3 of these so far, the latest being last month in Coventry. This time we had the lovely Kate Crane and France Pappillon as teachers.
The two photos below show a project previously made with Andy Skinner and then the project with France last month.
If you haven't experienced one of these weekends I cannot recommend them highly enough. They are run with Tando Creative and details and booking can be made HERE

Saturday, 13 May 2017

All Counties Craft Challenge


Many of you will know all about John Bloodworth and his All Counties Craft Challenge. Full details are available HERE.

I am delighted to say that John recently completed his challenge and handed over a cheque to Mind for £22,500!

I was lucky enough to get involved, organise and attend 2 workshops with him. The photos below show what we made, Glazed Creations were kind enough to allow us to use their studio free of charge for this wonderful challenge.

 Here is Rachel working hard!Our
 Our wonderful group 'The Demented Cats'
We are called the Demented Cats as mental illness affects us all in some way either directly or through family and friends.
 Jazz hands!
 Our stunning canvases.
 My effort.
We presented John with a special travel mug we had made at Glazed Creations.



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Craft Stamper & Inchies

In April, Craft Stamper magazine invited readers to make and share their 'Inchies'
An Inchie is a piece of art created on a 1" x 1" base. Anything goes so long as it fits on that 1" x 1".
I was lucky enough to have 5 Inchies chosen for publication in May's Inchie Gallery.
Below are the 5 published plus 6 more I made for a challenge swap.
Its a real challenge trying to find the tiny stamps to use but fun at the same time, as you can see I used various techniques on my Inchies.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Feathertastic!

During a technique evening at Glazed Creations we had a play with feathers.
We splodged various colours of glaze onto a bisque bowl and placed the feathers on top randomly.
 We then covered the feathers with white glaze.
 After a couple of coats we removed the feathers.
 This is the result after firing, feathertastic!
I used the same technique on this tile, this is an 8 x 8 tile and these cover my craft desk.
This is such a simple technique but incredibly effective.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

If you follow me on Facebook.....

Good Afternoon!
If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some of the projects I will be posting over the next few weeks. Facebook seems to be the place where everyone show cases their latest projects but I am adding them here for those of you who prefer reading blogs.

A few months ago I joined an art journal group that 'Travelled the World' as a theme. Each month we were given prompts to aid out journaling. Below are 5 of my pages, I used the large Dylusions journal for my pages. 
My France page was inspired after a recent visit to The Moulin Rouge.
I have used many techniques and products on these pages, the Mexico page above is actually just one 12 x 12 stencil, I used Grunge paste through it and then painted each part using Americana and Fresco paints.