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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Friday, 3 August 2018

Look Inside Passport Book with my Eye Stamp on the Craft Stamper Mag

A little passport book for my Craft Stamper Challenge Blog Post today......using my eye stamp which is on the cover of this months Craft Stamper mag (I am soooo excited about it!).
 LOTS of layers of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in reds, greens, blues, metallic silver, black and white (using brushes, the edge of a stamp block and my finger). Background stamping next with Andy Skinners Tech Trauma stamps, some using plain black Archival Ink, his text stamp embossed with white powder. Matt Medium to stick down some red metallic confetti circles. More layers of paints, and doodling with a black Micron Pen. On separate card I stamped and cut out the eye stamp, colouring the iris with diluted fluid acrylics. I created the 'frame of white' paint mentioned above using a rectangle of ‘Cut-N- Dry’ foam, I picked up white paint and squished it onto the front cover making a frame for the eye. Then glued on the eye image. The eye, white frame and edge of the spine were all outlined with a black Posca Pen and a Stabilo All pencil (blended with a waterbrush). I stamped out the ‘’Ouija’ stamp from Andy’s ‘Spook’ set and cut the letters for ‘Look Inside’ then glued them onto the cover and framed with the Stabilo All pencil. Spine and back cover added and voila!

Here are a few pics I took along the way.....

 ‘Vintage’ Chalky Finished paint to basecoat the covers then a coat of matt medium...…….
 Distress Oxides
 Didn't like the way the eye turned out on the background so I changed that a bit later....
 More stamping...…...
 Red paint scraped on with a the side of a stamping block, white dots added when red was dry.
 Sponge on a shabby square/ rectangle of white paint, Stamped my eye stamp onto white card, coloured with cut it out and stick it over the original eye.....
 Doodled more, and added detail to the eye and blacj 'Stabilo All' for shading.
PaperArtsy stamp painted and stamped with green paint.....

Paints and splatters added to the spine....I cut it down to be the right width for this book.

 Stuck the front panel inside.....yes more eyes!
made the back cover and stuck that in too and finished!

thanks for looking, I hope you like the book and my stamp too! 
Suz xxx

You REALLY Should Have Called

How wicked do you feel when you genuinely forget to call that person you were supposed to call.....and you know they will make you feel REALLY guilty when you call them the next day? That's what this post is about.

Here's my latest post as part of Andy Skinners Creative Team. Using some of Andy's stamps and his lush 'so call me' kit plus a skull he let me have! DecoArt Paints, Stampendous Enamels an upcycled cake board (yum!) and a repurposed bracelet too.

 I used the amazeballs skull that Andy had given me, (he's got an online class on casting click HERE to see it) this had a gorgeous smooth finish and took paint beautifully. Using Grey paint to base, then Paynes Grey in all the hollows and also on the clock dial I used, then a wash of Quinacridone Gold as always! I also added Andy's 'dirty wash' to the paper clock numbers what come in the kit.

I mentioned this project started with a cake.....and this is the cake board I have up-cyled, I didn't take a pic beforehand as didn't think I'd use if for a blog project! It was from a delish caterpillar cake, lol.  I was working on a Passport Book which I've already blogged about - including colours used (see it here) and used this board just to brayer off paints (it was a green foil base, and I had washed it!) thinking the paints would add a nice texture. I really liked how it looked - so that's why I used it for this instead!

You can see in this pic I used two of Andy's stamps and white paint - but the images did really get a bit lost as I added different elements to the board!

I took the rings that are in the clock kit, put them into water for a minute and split them to make thinner rings. Gave them a coat of Cobalt Turqoise Hue.

 Once I'd done my stamping I added a layer of decoupage glue and stuck down the dial (with the numbers already stuck behind it) and two feathers - I'd worked out where I wanted to place them under the skull.
Next I added the skull, and laid out where I wanted the rings to go. 
I grabbed a few more feathers to place under the rings and glued them all down, you can see the glue still wet in this pic, but it dries clear, I trimmed off the really long feather tails.
I thought the feathers made the project looked a bit reminiscent of Native American Indian art so found a bracelet to take apart for it's discs....then decided to use the bracelet itself as the hanging part of the project. I painted both with the usual usty colours and then rubbed over with a sanding block to expose the raised areas.

I used a Stabilo All pencil around some areas of the rings, then added water to add depth and shading.
 Found a kinda spooky font on my laptop and typed out some words. Grunged with a dirty wash, edged with Paynes Grey and then Pyrol Red in random areas.
A few dried, rusty coloured flowers on the gap in the dial. Then Stampendous Embossing enamels added all around the edges. In the corners where I could add several layers, I used one of Andy's stamps from his Gothic Grunge set to add a bit of texture.

And here he is!
Thanks for looking!

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