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

Friday, 21 July 2017

Things with Wings...

Great topic this month over at Country View Challenges being things with wings.

Jane has provided a great post with ideas and inspiration on this theme. I was very inspired, so have come up with this.

I started by cutting a 4cm strip along the longest side of some A4 stamping card, then scored at 4cm intervals to make an accordian.

In these sections of my mini book, I stamped using Clarity Dragon Fly, the wing section of a car from Indigo Blu and half of a butterfly. The colour comes from the blue's of the Distress Crayons.

 These sections are stamped with a bird from the Clarity range, a cut of from a magazine of the Space Shuttle!! and I think the aeroplane from Tim Holtz.

The 'cover' is painted with Paperartsy Chalk paints in Inky Pool and Caribbean Sea. I wrote the wordage with a Pebeo Gold marker pen.

Very pleased with my first attempt at an Accordian book!!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


This month the new challenge over at Country View Challenges is hearts.

Here is my take on this.

Initially I found this topic challenging as I don't use 'hearts' in my art. Then I remembered I read somewhere if you are stuck with a creation think of some music and base a creation around that. So I recall in the early 80's a single that I bought that was called Two Hearts Beat As One by U2. 

So I started off with brayering Paperartsy Fresco Chalk Paints in Slate and Zesty Zing. I love this colour combo!!. This plastic pipe with ridges makes a great mark making tool, dipped in some left over Zesty Zing.

I wanted some roundage so I used a stamp from PaperArtsy ELB34 by Lin Brown. Again with Zesty Zing.

The font came from my computer. Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink brayered onto the card.

I found some of the lyrics, using a white pencil and a white Sharpie added the hand written words.

Brings back lots of memories from the eighties!!!

Monday, 29 May 2017

Altered Art

I was very pleased and proud to receive an email from one of my friends Irena Stefanova this week asking if I would like to be a Guest Designer over on the Kartishok Mix Media Blog.

I have been saving some coffee cans and storing my brushes, pens and mark making tools but have not got around to altering them.

So I came up with this for storing some of my mark making tools!!

My coffee can first had 2 coats of black gesso, the a coat of Pebeo Dyna paint in Silver. I wanted a metallic effect. 

I then played and added more colours from the Pebeo Dyna paint range in blue green, green and green blue!! I found these die cuts so glued into position and added some Pebeo Guilding wax also in silver.

The words were written with a Zig marker and the background I used some colouring pencils.

Fun and useful project, perfect for storing some of my collection of mark making tools. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a creative week!!!

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Changing Seasons

Very proud today as I have another project over on the PaperArtsy blog.

My inspiration came from a view from our house. Our village is situated within a 'basin' and surrounded by fields. This is one of the views.

I have often wanted to capture this in some form of art. When I saw the new releases by Lin brown, my fave was ELB34. I wanted to use the leaf stamp as my 'trees' and the rest of the set for the foliage etc as you work your way down the landscape.

I wanted to use this old bit of wood as it has great dimention. I used Grunge Paste and smeared it onto the wood and sprinkled on some In The Navy Infusions. With a wet kitchen scourer made some marks and swirls into the paste. 

I have displayed this in between 2 rooms, so when you walk one way you see spring first, when you walk back winter is in view.

This is my fave bit, you have to lift the flap to see autumn!!. The pieces of wood where whittled from a cherry branch.

Winter, love the feel of the cold with the clear embossing on the leaf..

I had great fun creating this, looking forward to my next post!!!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wall Hanging.

I have made this using some scrap wood, all the sections were hand cut.

Each section was painted with white Gesso, I used the Sillouette Grasses stamp set from Chocolate Baroque and stamped onto tissue paper. Whilst the matt medium was still wet I sprinkled on some Brusho crystals in Lemon and Yellow.

I also added some chalk paints in grey, love the colour scheme.

Funky piece of wall art, great fun!!!

Friday, 5 May 2017


Found this great challenge blog here in Bulgaria.

This month they have a challenge called Fly.

Here is my make..

I painted some wood with some white Gesso, and sprinkled on some Brusho Powders in Lime Green and Sea Green. Spritzed with some water and allowed to dry. The moth is made from scrap fabric, and his body is some wound up wool. Antennea is some copper wire.

Die cut letters and painted with some gold paint.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Rusty Ram!!!

Found Objects is the current challenge over at PaperArtsy this fortnight..

I have found lots of rusty metal and kept them in a bucket. I selected a few just to see what I could come up with.

I came up with this fish type of thing, inspiration came from the fish example that Darcy provided in the intro post.

Then I saw this butterfly??

Then I came up with this, my fave!!!

This piece of wood is also a find, really old and falling apart, I glued it back together and applied some Paperartsy Fresco Acrylic Paint Caribbean Sea, Inky Pool and some Infusions Slime. A good rub with some coarse sandpaper added some age.

Used some nails as eyes, also this holds his head in place, a big pile of 3d glue gel holds the rest in place.

One funky ram!!! 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Folk Art Houses on Wood!!

This evolved this week, there are no step by steps as it sort of just came together. I had created the 3 houses some time ago, they just got knocked over all of the time by the cats!!

So I decided to mount them onto a larger piece of wood and ready to hang on the wall.

Underneath each house I have spread some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste, when dry added some acrylic paints.

I found this little wax seal some years ago, it has my initials BGE, how cool is that!!!

I have set up a little Etsy store, listing here.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your week!!!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Resin adventure!!!

Resin and UTEE is the subject of the current challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog this fortnight.

Here is my take on this...

This is only the second time I have used Resin, so I have probably done all of the wrong things!!

I mixed up 100 ml of product and hardener and separated this into 3 plastic cups. Having seen some video's on You Tube, I wanted a 'dirty pour'. In 1 cup I added a squirt of Alcohol blending solution, in another a sprinkle of Paperartsy Infusions Rocky Road, in the last cup a squirt of Paperartsy Fresco Chalk Paint Cheesecake.

I poured all 3 cups back into 1 cup and poured this onto a canvas. At this stage nothing happened, just a bit of a mess!!. Not wanting to throw it all away, I decided to play. I had no idea if I was doing the right thing!!. I sprinkled on some Infusions In The Navy, it just seemed to float on the surface, so I added a few drops of Alcohol Solution, this 'opened' up the resin and 'allowed' the Infusions in!!. I continued with Infusions Rocky Road, Slime, Rusty Car and In The Navy.

I also added a few blobs of Fresco Chalk Paint in Bouganvillia. When I added a few drops of Alcohol Solution nothing happened, the chalk paint sat on top of the resin!!

Not enough resin to completely cover the canvas, starting to drip off a few of the sides, managed to level off enough to stop this!!

Still moving!!

I hope it sets, checked after 24 hours, seems to be setting, still a little tacky.

Well after over 24 hours it has started to set, I can see a problem where the resin has slightly pooled in the middle. I should have put a book to fill in the recess on the reverse of the canvas. Never mind, I am still learning!! Another factor could be the temperature. I read somewhere it has to be 18-30 degrees. Typical, the temperature dropped here today to 5 degrees and the room temperature also dropped.

I did mix up 10 grams each of the resin and hardener and mixed in a blob of Cheesecake Fresco paint and poured this onto a smaller canvas. I again added some Infusions In The navy, Slime and Rusty car. I placed a stamping block underneath to fill in the recess. Still learning!!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

..a new breed..

Fab new challenge over at PaperArtsy this fortnight, being Blue/Ochre.

Here is my take on this...

My inspiration came from all of the creations that Darcy has shared on the intro post along with my fellow bloggers!!

I started off with some pieces of wood..

The head was fun, spent some time with several blue tones of PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints in Beach Hut, Caribbean Sea and Inky Pool. I applied Inky Pool with my finger, I am really enjoying using my fingers, they make great tools!!!

The body I stamped two of the new stamps from Lin Brown ELB34 in Inky Pool and Caribbean Sea..

For my Ochre part, I made up a mixture of Zesty Zing, Tango and 2 taps of Paper Artsy Infusions in Lemoncello. By using these translucent colours the stamping shows through. After spending some time drilling holes into the wood along with my hand and the tiled floor, decided to use a piece of copper wire to attach the head to the body..

There you have it, a new breed, I will call him Fresco Fancy!!!

Don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers and have a go, Really enjoyed using both blue and ochre...

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.