My little crafting world....

Hi all
I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my Surrey.Crafts page on FB.
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Pink Ink Seahorse

Hi all
A quick post about a journal page I made for a challenge in JJMMMA's facebook group which was based on using a gorgeous image from Pink Ink Designs. 
I didn't take pics of steps as this was really just for fun, but here's how I made it...
On my journal page I layered and blended all the DecoArt Neon colours in the product pic below.
I then printed out the seahorse design from the FB page as per instructions and traced it onto the page 3 times. I did make slight alterations, especially to the eyes, and left off the swirls that were on the original image for speed.
I then used DecoArt Transluscent White which is a media fluid acrylic (forgot to put this in the product pic!) all around the images, and blended in the cobalt teal hue towards the outside of the page. A coat of the Matt Medium once dry, to seal the image. This way you can work on it more but have a chance to wipe things away more easily, and also it makes for great blending when you add the shading.

At that point the England quarter final against Sweden started....and so did a lot of doodling whenever things got exciting! This also explains why the black outline I drew around the seahorses kept getting thicker and thicker as I was constantly looking up and down from the telly. But I used that to my advantage as I then had a thick enough line to do some dotting in with the pink, white and yellow Posca pens! I had also made lots of paperclay seahorses from a mold, and I took two of the tiny ones and painted them with the yellow, pink and orange neons, and edged with a black pen before gluing.

I die cut almost all the shapes from the Sizzix thinlets set below just from thin copy paper- again while watching the footie, so ended up doing LOADS, lol. 
Glued them all down using the Matt Medium again. I then used a stabile all pencil to shade all around the images (the other thing I forgot to put in the pic!). Lastly I wanted to add a bit of depth to the coral/ foliage so I used a very diluted Phthalo Turquoise and dabbed around and in between areas, and going back over where I wanted it darker. I also then went over all the shading I'd done with the Stabillo All pencils as I wanted the shadows to blend with the background rather than be black. Going over the top with a wash worked really well.  Lastly a less diluted phthalo turquoise used all around the edges of the page to frame it and some around the edges of the coral. 

Thanks for looking. 
Products used in pic below.
Suz x
Here are the products I used, except the transluscent white fluid acrylic, and the Stabilo All Pencil.

Friday, 6 July 2018

'The Monster On My Shoulder' for the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge

Hi all

My project for this months Craft Stamper Make It Take It challenge is a journal page. Bit of a coincidence as I had decided to use this before I saw that the amazing prizes on the blog this month are based around art journaling!
These lines are what this page is about...…


…... that voice of doubt on you shoulder, whispering in your ear (or maybe not on your shoulder....maybe someone you work with, live with or are 'friends' with) constantly belittling and making us feel inadequate. And how we have to learn to ignore it, overcome it and keep going.
Here's how I made it.

 Layer of white gesso.
My background colour choices (I can't keep away from blue!!!) and the focal from Andy Skinners Spook set
 Couple of fluid acrylics in blue brayered on...….
 Green and white then brayered over....spritzer with water when needed.....
 Background stamping with Andy's 'Tech Trauma' set.
 Now for the girls outline and where to put my little gargoyle! I adjusted the shoulder shape for it to sit on.
 Mixed up some flesh colour (ALWAYS mix up more than you need....I found that out several times during this and other projects!).
 Painted in white eye areas....these below are the colours I used for skin, lips and eyes.
 Added in some shadows and shading with some Burnt Sienna and pulled in the cheek a bit....
Stamped, embosse, cut out and painted my lil monster......

Added hair around the girls features, defined face shape and started to add some tendrils over the shoulders. Stuck my monster on and added the title words, shaded around the monster with Pitt pens.
Added some white highlights with a Posca paint pen to the monsters' fangs, eyes etc....
Thought I was finished at this point.....
But came back and thought she looked traumatised, unhappy, unwell and like her 5'o'clock stubble was getting out of control. The point of this page was to BEAT the monster, not the other way around! So I completely re-painted the face, took out the shadows and altered the shape to make her less ill looking! I even gave her a coat of glitter paint on her face and a proper nose!!! Stamped lots of words from Andy's 'Word Up' set onto tissue paper and glued them onto her face, shoulders and hair.  This is safer than stamping directly onto a very textured project, or one you don't want to ruin, or if you are just a bit tired! I then had fun doodling, drawing hearts, outlining some words, adding white hairs and journaling (writing stuff) around the outline of her head and shoulders.

 I went back around my monster with a Stabillo All pen and a water brush to shade.
I also gave her mouth a kind of 'sealed lips' look.

In this pic below you can just about see the glitter on her face.....
It has taken me months to feel this is finished! Mainly because the face went through a stage where I thought I'd finished then would come back to it and hate it! Even now she is far from prefect! But that kinda ties in with the whole purpose of the page. Not to listen to doubts but to trust your judgement and keep going!!!

Thanks for looking and good luck with your monster......and the competition!
Suz xxx

Sunday, 24 June 2018

It's Time ...mixed media project

Hi all

Here's my latest post for Andy Skinners DT. It was the classic 'happy accident'!

And here's how it started.....

 A sheet of Bubbalux Craft board, with hole punches and a diagonal section cut out.....I had started out with a plan, that changed a bit further on!
 Blending phthalo blue and quinacridone magenta...
 Added dioxazine purple. I spritzed with water, turned spritzed, turned......
 Splashes of diluted titanium white.
  colour added to the back of the board as you'd see it (in my original idea!).
 Stamping with Andy's Tech Trauma stamp set and embossed with a pale blue Stampendous powder...….and then I realised my daft mistake; I HADN'T TAKEN THE PLASTIC COVER OFF THE CRAFT BOARD1111! I realised as some of the paint seemed to be moveing and coming away from it. This meant I would have to peel it off and start all over again! AAAAARRRGGGGG! Lol.
 But I loved how it had turned out on that bit of plastic wrap...… I zapped it with a heat gun again. And this time, as it was not stuck to the board, I got it to shink and shrivel to add some great my plan then completely changed (store previous idea for another time), as this was going to be on my project!
 I set aside the hole punched craft sheet (I still have plans for it!!!) and AFTER PEELING OFF THE CLEAR COVER....I painted another sheet of Bubbalux!

 From that sheet I die cut 3 feathers, once cut I snipped into the edges a bit more with my Tim Holtz scissors.
 Here's the shrunk piece of clear film from the Bubbalux...
 It was peeling off in some areas after the shrinking so I gave it a coat of Matt Medium.

The heart is from Andy's greyboard Tagtastic 2 kit, and the clock shape from his Compendium kit, find all Andy's kits HERE. I used Andy;'s snakeskin stencil 'Shedded' and put black modelling paste through it. Then coats of pyrol red fluid acrylic, wiped some back to expose the black underneath. Separated the heart pieces and edged each with the 24k metallic gold paint,  I also just dabbed on bit of the blue and some gold with my finger.
 I cut away the part of the bubbalux I'd cut the feathers from and had this rectangle left which was already painted with the blue, I added a little diluted purple, heated and bended over two corners and painted them with 24k Gold Metallic paint. The clock I had painted blue then added gold, dabbed back to dull and added more in places to highlight.

I edged the feathers with the gold too, and a bit of dry brushing with it to pic up the embossing. Added some silver splashes of paint and then some of the Intereference paints which is what has given the feather s that multi coloured look - and a beautiful iridescence which you can't really see!

 Silver splashes on bachground board too. I worked out where I wanted the clock and heart to sit and used my 'crop a dile' to punch holes and thread through some rusty wire to hold the clock in place and also the feathers. Good idea to use gardening gloves with the wire as it is a bit rough.....and you guessed it, a bit of gold on the wire too!
 Ltttle clock charm also threaded onto the wire, bits stick down with Matt Medium.
 Some pics to show the layers.....oh and stamping added as the background needed something!
 Love that gold!!!
 Words added - 'Broken' fron Andy's word up stamp set...find all Andy's Illusionary Artist Stamps HERE

Finally some marks made with a bottle neck in black and the edge of a bit of greyboard in white and words framed with a micron....and here you can see the green intereference paint on the left, over some text stamping (another stamp from Tech Trauma set.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Abstract Art Passport Book for the Craft Stamper DT

Hi all. Here's my project for this month Craft Stamper 'Make It Take It' 
monthly challenge for June, as usual there are some fab stamps to be won! 

I really enjoyed using my Eileen Hull Passport Book Die! I'd been desperate to get hold of it.
As luck would have it I was having a chat with Susan from Country View Crafts at 
the Ministry of Mixology Art Retreat in April, she said they had them in stock 
and would be loading them on the site that night!!! 
So at Midnight, after a marathon day and teaching a Make and Take in the evening , 
I was ordering this in bed on my phone!

Here is a quick run down of how I made this colourful little book.
Using my DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paints, I painted the cover by blending reds and yellows from the bottom and greens and turquoise from the top then adding golds in the middle. I took the colours from a gorgeous Abstract Art pic on pinterest. you can hopefully see it here in my Pinterest  'Abstract Art Board'.
I painted a die cut  butterfly (Tim Holtz Bigz Texture Fades) using primary yellow.
Stamped an Andy Skinner stamp from his 'Tech Trauma' set, heat embossing with a glittery WOW embossing powder. Then gave it some depth with a Stabilo All pencil. I stamped and embossed a gorgeous sentiment from the PaperArtsy set below, the colours were just left over on the stamp after I had tried different colours - embossed with a holographic clear powder.

And managed to add a bit of bling along the spine by using these fab 'BeaDazzles' on wet glue!
I gave this away as part of a 60th birthday pressy to a cousin who is an art teacher too.

Thanks for looking! Suz xxx

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Hope is the Key...For Andy skinners DT using Bubbalux Craft Board

Here's my latest DT post for Andy Skinner check out his blog here! I really enjoyed having a play with this Bubbalux stuff - it takes paint really well and even die cuts using Sizzix Bigz dies, (take the plastic sheet off of it first, and best to use a sturdy machine). Plus it bends when heated so that could be useful!

I cut a piece of the Bubbalux so it would just fit through my Big Shot machine over the Sizzix Bigz Arch Die - you MUST peel off the film before doing this as it makes it tough for the die cutting machine to cut through if you done. After cutting the arch I then ran it through again with the Bigz Hope word die.
I used Media Fluid Acrylics to paint the board. First the Cobalt Teal Hue, followed by the other blues, then a layer of Media Line Crackle Glaze.
Once the glaze was dry I painted on Patina Antiquing Cream.
Once dry I wiped a lot of it back and layered up more paints. I randomly swiped over a clear Versamark ink pad, then added Stampendous Aged Silver embossing enamel powder. While I was heat embossing the Bubbalux warped a bit like shrink plastic but without shrinking(that could be useful!)I flattened it out with an acrylic stamping block but it did change shape slightly which I really liked!

I stamped the text onto the arch using white paint, stamped the winged key onto the panel too. But the key didn't show up too much so I stamped it again onto card, cut it out, coloured with the paints and glued it on. Then I chose some embellies to decorate the arch - teensy metal cogs and clock hand, an old zip, a button which I added string to then I painted it with the cobalt teal hue. I then added the cog and zip to the centre of the winged key and another at the base.
Before gluing then on, I used the same Versamark ink pad and Stampendous enamels on the cogs.

Layered the cogs behind and on top of the arch, lastly I added highlights with a white Posca Paint Pen. 

Last of all I added a piece of black card behind
to make the words pop.

That's it! Thanks for looking. Suz xxx

Here are the products I used.....

Plus Andy's stamps, the text stamp on Illusionary Artist Tech trauma set and Steampunk by Stampendous  :
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