Saturday, 17 February 2018

February 2019 Calender Page

The prompt for this month was Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose. The piece of art at the top was made from scribbling textas onto a piece of acetate and then sprayed with water and then placed on to the piece of paper making a squishy effect. I used three colours for this technique and did a few layers on top of each other. I also used the pre-printed picture of a butterflly from a stamp, cut it out, coloured it with sharpie markers and gave it a little heat to melt it. Under the butterfly is a piece of recycled packaging. I also used a 'love' stamp someone had sent to me.

The borders are done with acrylic paint, a purple and  using the dendritic technique..I think it turned out awesome.

Watch the process video here:

Thanks for stopping by...xox

Monday, 5 February 2018

Projects from Nina's Group

This year I decided to have a small 'slow down' in my arting...yeah, hasn't really happened I joined a facebook group called Nina Ribenas art journal prompts and more and I have been following along since the start  of January. The prompt for this month was 'WORD' and my first project was my word for the year done into an art journal. I chose the word FUN this year and I certainly could do with some extra fun in my life as we all could.

 I really enjoyed putting this page together. The embellishments (flowers and vase)were made from some painted fabric I recently painted.

I think it was in the third week Nina suggested we make and decorate our own calendars for next year and I thought this would be a fun idea so I was on the go to make some more art and incorporate it into a calendar.

I resized an old 2017 calendar and it was just a good size to have on my desk for next year. Process videos can be seen below of how I got to the finished layout.
This is part one of the process below...

This is part two of the process below...

Thanks for stopping by xox

Friday, 26 January 2018


I had a heap of fun painting on some fabric that I picked up at  our local thrift store. I purchased two large pieces and use one of them to paint on. My plan was to make some art journal covers out of it...and I think it turned out pretty cool in the end. I used norma acrylic paint as I don't plan on wetting or washing the material.

The video shows the process of changing a plain piece of fabric into a colourful mess...

Once I was happy with the amount of paint and marks put on the fabric, I then made journals and put the fabric on for covers. The left over pieces I cut up into embellishments to use on cards or in journals...

Hope you enjoy and paint some fabric for yourself.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

My Layout in Roz Willoughby's Silhouette Journal

One of my favourite themes is the silhouette and I finally had the chance to work in Roz Willoughby's silhouette themed journal. The pages were quite large compared to what I normally work in but I found it rather freeing, imagination wise, to try to fit something large onto the page.
After having a good think I decided to put a few smaller shaped silhouettes into the layout and making them integrated by using a window frame. I sketched the shape of the window, cut it out of some photocopy paper and this was the start of my layout.

I then copied the frame on to pages, length wise and to add a bit of interest around the outside of the frame, I ended up doing some stamping with a script stamp all the way around the edge. I then proceeded to add colour to the inside parts of the windows. The top section I wanted a full moon, night time scene so I used black and whire to get a haized effect. The middle set of windows I used shades of blue to create an ocean, water type of scenery and the last bottom two frames of the window, I went for more of a sunset vibe.

Once the background window colours were in place, I drew and cut some symbols for a template: two dogs, a dolphin, a bird and a human figure. I placed them on the window frames and traced around them. Then coloured them all black for the silhouette look. The last part was to paint the black window frame in, which brought the whole layout together.

I thoroughly enjoyed working in Roz's journal and I really love the outcome of my layout. If you wish to watch the whole process, I have included the video below. Thank you!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

My Layout in Mermaids and Seahorses

This was a fun little journal to work in. I had no idea where I was going with it until I found some stamps and dies of some cute little seahorses, so that's what I went with. I gessoed the page and then added some blues, purple and a touch of green as the first layer of paint. Trying to get a more 'bubble' feel to the page, I used the square end of a make-up sponge and made some circles and then finished off the background with a smaller bubble stencil using the colours I had previously used.

While my background was drying, I stamped a heap of images which I added some watercolour paints too. Then when the images were dry, I then used some clear embossing powder and coated all the images with it. It gave them a lovely shine and also a protective layer.

Then I placed all the images of the seahorses, shells, star fish and coral onto the page where I thought they looked good. I added a little shading around the images and also a small saying, "LIVE FULL THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGINED" and then called my layout finished.

You can also view the whole process in the video below...hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Gina Ahrens Design Team Challenge-September- Washi and Use it!

This months challenge for the Gina Ahrens Design Team was a lot of fun. We had to make our own designed washi tape and then use it in a project. I started making the traditional type of washi by using masking tape and adding some paint and stamping on it and made it very decorative. I also used a couple of Gina's art backgrounds and placed double sided tape on the back, then cut them into stips for washi. Both methods ended up being wonderful to use in my project.

Washi strips from using Gina's art backgrounds 

I decided to make some chalk and white boards and decorate the edges with the washi I had just made using Gina's products. Using a thick cardboard very similar to chipboaard, I painted one side with blackboard paint and on the reverse side I glued down some adhesive white board film.

Then using the washi I glued it round all the edges of the boards, to make them look very decorative. These message boards were fun to make and also make awesome gifts to give to your family or friends.

Below are some pictures of the finished chalk/white message boards

A video process of the making of these message boards can be seen here:

Thank you and hope it inspires you to make some for yourself .

Sunday, 17 September 2017

My layout in Jenny's Journal-Tales of Brothers Grimm


I based my layout on the tale of Hansel and Gretel for Jenny's journal. This is a well-known fairy tale of German origin and published in 1812.Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children escape with their lives by outwitting her.

I started by putting some colour on the page using gelatos and then decided to do a collage spread. The left side being the imagery of the children walking in the forest where Hansel is dropping pebbles on the ground so they could find their way out. And the right hand side being where the children come upon the house made from all kinds of sweets.

I collaged the trees on as well as the images of Hansel and Gretel and in the center of the layout is where they were coming out of the forest finding the witch's cottage.

I tried to make the witch's cottage look child like, for something different, so I used some patterned paper, cut the cottage shape out and they collaged some sweets on the front.

Not forgetting about the witch, the front of the cottage flips down to reveal the wicked witch with the imagery of the flames around her from when Gretel had pushed her into the fire. I drew the face of the witch from an image I found off google, coloured some flames around her head using coloured pencils and printed the title on the flip down side of the house.

February 2019 Calender Page

The prompt for this month was Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose. The piece of art at the top was made from scribbling textas onto a piece of acet...