.. If they don't like what you bring to the table, let them eat alone...

Monday, 13 March 2017


Very proud today, as this is my first post for the Paperartsy blog.

The background started off with a brayered coat of Fresco Chalk Paint Cheesecake. I brayered on some masking fluid, and some Fresco Chalk Paint Tango mixed with Cheesecake.

This layer shows neat Tango applied with a kitchen scourer.

The picture frame consists of several die cuts glued together and some kitchen paper towel wrapped around them. The gates were heat embossed in Gold and a wash of Infusions Lemoncello.

The fabric and wool were dyed with a mixture of Inky Pool and Zesty Zing Fresco Chalk Paints and used to re connected the cut sections of the board.

This project was so much fun, I enjoyed all of the processes and it all came together really well.

Monday, 6 March 2017


This is a A5 water colour board that I have 'recycled' as I did not like the original picture I had made. 

I had run out of Texture Paste, so I made my own using some wood ash and matt medium.

The wood ash was a little damp when I mixed it with the matt medium, so I left it overnight to harden off.

I sprinkled over some Paperartsy Infusions Blackcurrant and sprayed with water, A little later when I checked the wood ash mixture started to break up a little, I guess it was a little too damp.

I did not like it at first, but after a couple of days I began to really enjoy looking at it. It reminds me of an ariel photograph of a ravine or river bed, the infusions like tributaries!!

The larger particles are charcoal, nice effect!!!. Boulders brought down when the glacier melted millions of years ago!!

This certainly needs more experimentation and playing, and with different colours.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

30 Minute Challenge !!!!

The current challenge this month over at Country View Challenge is Time challenge 30 minutes or under.

Here is my make..

Kitchen timer set and off we go!!. I have this tag that I had a plan with some die cut pipe work.. I started off with a mixture of white gesso and Fresco Chalk paint in Inky Pool, applied with a brayer..

Whilst this was drying I die cut my pipework and used the wet paint as a glue. I ended up with paint all over my fingers, so I smudged this on the tag!!

My original plan was to cut several lengths of wool, soak in paint and attach to the tag, when I reached onto the shelf to get some tubes of Pebeo Dyna paint, my arm caught a pot of paint. I just caught it before it fell on the floor, when I put this back on the shelf the label was facing me. It was Indigo Blu called Banana Custard. The word Custard caught my imagination, I changed my plan and decided to have custard coming out of my pipe work!!!

I like apple pie and custard, so I drew a very quick sketch...

By the time I had faffed with all of this, I checked the kitchen timer, 5 mins to go !!!!. So I quickly coloured in the pipes with a alcohol marker and some silver Pebeo Dyna Paint and some Copper Dyna paint and the timer went off.....

Great fun, Don't forget to take part, £20 voucher to spend....

Friday, 10 February 2017

Little Card/Tag

Masks is the current challenge over at PaperArtsy this time, so I have made a card/tag thingy for a friend.

I was inspired to make this after reading the post by Gabrielle Price, I just loved how the background was created, and the masking techniques.

My background started life as a layer of Fresco Chalk Paint in Inky Pool. Depth was added by mixing with white gesso.

A bit more white gesso...

My masks are Washi Tape, the lamp comes from Urban Snapshots Arched Apertures USAA2..

Keeping with the blue theme, I used Infusions in Royal Blood and some matt gel medium..

Like this technique.. Just scuffed up the edges and glued onto some black card. Wordage is also from the same stamp set. 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Rusty Panel

I came across this picture on Pinterest and was instantly inspired to create a project based on Rust!!

So, here is my interpretation...

Substrate is Kraft Card, torn up to 4 pieces, A6. I like working in this size, not to intimidating and can be displayed in varioous locations in my home!!

For my 'rivets', I used Spellbinders Labels 7, the smallest one. Cut out 4 times and glued together. I used a ball tool to create the number. 47 my age!!

I decided to use Paperartsy Fresco Chalk Paint on this, The paint goes really well with the Kraft Card. I chose Caribbean Sea as I like the combination with the brown rust.

I love the flat matt finish of the chalk paint along with white gesso that I used to create a weather beaten effect.

I wanted to create the fake rust effect around my die cut rivets, to give the effect of the rain just collecting around that area, streaks of colour applied with my finger created this effect.

At this point I was really pleased, it looks like someone has cut out a section from a gate or door..

I am glad I used a lot of pressure for the numbers, I was worried in case the paints would cover them..

Pleased with the end result, funny where inspiration can lead you to...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Mail Art

Mail Art is the current challenge on the Paperartsy blog this week.

Here is my take on this..

I was inspired to create this after seeing the post from Wendy Mallas with her fab creation.

I started with the front piece of a Please Do Not Bend envelope, I always keep the card back for projects but always throw away this front piece. 

Wendy said towards the end of her post to try  paler shades for the background, so I used some blobs of Cheesecake and 2 blobs of Claret Fresco Chalk Paints. Recently I have seen artists using a window blade to move paints, so I tried this also!!

I chose the images I wanted to use, from Wings Plate 4 and Letters Plate 5, and like Wendy I stamped them onto some tissue paper.

As Wendy suggested, I thought of different ways to use these images. In my mind they could be pictures that could be hung on a wall. For a bit of fun, I sketched onto the envelope some telegraph poles and used my pictures to hang from the wires!!. A white sharpie pen completed the frames.

Thanks to Wendy for the inspiration, great fun to think of different ways to incorporate your stamps into artworks!!