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, 5 October 2018

Art Dolls Rock for the Craft Stamper Blog DT

My project this month for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog is an Art Doll. I made quite a lot of changes as I worked on it, but pretty happy with how she turned out, weird and wonderful!
I've never made an Art Doll before.  I was inspired to have a go after seeing a challenge on the 'Junk Journals And Mindful Mixed Media Art's' Facebook group. And I had been looking for a way to use a pebble I've had for ages. I had played about and made an image transfer on the rock to practice for a class I'm teaching soon.  I came up with this phrase which means a lot to me at the moment.  Then once I had done the image transfer, the rock just sat on my desk waiting for a purpose - til I had the Art Doll's Rock idea. Loved finding a use!
I didn't expect it to come to anything though, as just messing about, so didn't take pics.  I just drew and coloured the face using Tonic watercolour pencils and a Micron Pen. Made the headdress by stamping a large and smaller flower from a set by PaperArtsy, cutting then out and layering up behind my doll's face. Then to work out how to add the face to the rock! I waded through my enormous stamp collection and this stamp by Indigo Blue called to me. I thought the bulb thingy on the side would be perfect. Stamped and cut it out. I started taking pics at this stage as thought it might be going somewhere! 
 Coloured in the bulb with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.
Glued that to the back of the head. Headdress was coloured and outlined with Tombow Pens.
 Stuck the head on, played with the position. To make a stand for the pebble I used air dry clay. I also worked away at the image transfer to remove the scuffy bits of paper you can see in the photo.

Stamped a butterfly - another Indigo Blue stamp. Using a dark grey archival which was really juicy so held the embossing enamel!

Added colour to the clay once dry. Repeated to build the colour.
 Added gems - although I swapped the ones on the bottom for paper roses later as not keen on how they looked.

More roses added to the base, and to the doll's neck.  The ones on the sides are like arms as the roses are on stems. I took the stem off the red neck rose and the lilac ones around the bottom,  I used one of the discarded wire stems to re-shape the butterfly wings as I didn't like them sticking straight out of her neck. I wanted something behind the doll so made a frame from rusty wire (you can get rusty wire from Hanna Oxberry ). 
The wire was a bit harsh so I cut a strip of gauze like material, frayed the edges, then I glued the material to the frame and around the pebble, it just softens the look a bit! Also tucked the wire in so it didn't hide the sentiment.
Hope you like my doll.....and you can see why I called this 'Art Doll's Rock'! And why not have a go at this months Craft Stamper Challenge - there are always prizes to be won!
Thanks for looking

Friday, 7 September 2018

Mixed Media Fossil Canvas for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog

Hi all!
My latest project for the Craft Stamper Challenge Blog is worked on an upcycled canvas.

I added layers of papers, lace, paint and heat embossing to the canvas.
 I stamped the fossil image onto calico, coloured it in with DecoArt paints, added layers of fabric, thread, gems and a bit of broken jewellery.
For a detailed tutorial on the technique I used for stamping and colouring the fossil, have a look at my YouTube channel here .
And why not have a go at the challenge yourself - always fab prizes to be won!
Thanks for looking.

Fossil Stamp 3 ways! Andy Skinner DT project

Todays post is about taking a stamp and using it in different ways. I ended up with 3 projects, all stamped onto calico, with the same technique for colouring and shading the images, but very different results. Alongside this post there is a detailed YouTube tutorial of exactly how I change the images, transfer them to my projects, and shade around them. You'll also find tips on painting onto fabric and all the tools I used. Hope you enjoy it!

To create this Sci-Fi image I used the smaller of the two ammonite stamps from Andy Skinners 'Fossil' stamp set, straight onto a piece of calico using an Archival ink pad  (not pre-washed or prepared fabric, just ironed). Click here for the full YouTube tutorial . I over-stamped with a dye based ink. Then using a wet brush I dragged out the colour of the ink pad.  Once dry I brush over the back of the fabric with a wash of watery Decoupage Glue. I created shading by using washes of colour with Paynes Grey and Quin Gold around the image, once dry I went over with a black Posca Paint Pen, and also used this to draw in the 'visor' of the fossil helmet. The brad in the middle is a silver, flat backed gem which I sanded back and glued on. And here is how I created the background that I attached the image to as this isn't in the YouTube tutorial....
I took a 5x7inch canvas board which I'd already used but didn't like. I went over it with black modelling paste through a circle stencil - any stencil would do really, it's just to add texture.

Leave the modelling paste to dry thoroughly then give the canvas a thin coat of Carbon Black with a wet brush. this means the paint will be a little diluted and some of the underlying colour will come through.
Then I added layers of metallic lustres....Copper, Iced Espresso and Champagne

 I decided to try something a bit different.....I chopped up a multi coloured crayon (I have a pack of several from Poundland!) and melt it across the surface with a heat guy - tipping the canvas so it runs across....careful with the melted wax, it's hot! 
More Lustres and a mixture of more Carbon Black, Quinacrydone Gold and Yellow Iron Oxide...

A couple of metal embellishments from my stash - they had holes and craters on them so I added crystal gems in the small holes, then dotted a few more gems around the canvas. Then a bit of rusty wire which I threaded through the metal charms and wrapped around the canvas, click here for details of the metal wire.  That was the background finished.
Here is the image at the end of the YouTube tutorial. Before adding it to the background, I cut off all the frayed edges and the corners so it fitted on the canvas. Then I added Metallic Lustres around the edges - you can easily do this by adding water to the lustres and applying with a brush -and dipped each edge into Paynes Grey to frame it .  Once dry I glued it over the wire, using Pinflair 3D glue gel, added the wing, also with the gel, and stamped the words 'Top Secret' from Andy's 'Word Up' stamp set. The paper for the sentiment was a stark white, so I added a 'dirty wash' and edged the sentiment with neat quin gold.

Here's the finished Sci-Fi person......
Here is the stamp in it's normal glory...….
And here is the same stamp but I've painted in an eye!
Thanks for looking. 

Monday, 20 August 2018

Floral Wreath card and full YouTube tutorial

Hi all

Today's post is a little different as it comes with a full YouTube tutorial for you instead of a long step by step post!
After running classes last weekend I had a full set of spares left over so took the plunge and recorded the process. Then spent hours waiting for it to upload, deleting it when it was the wrong way around and then working out how to rotate the view on YouTube when I uploaded again!!!

Click here to view - and please do never know I may be brave enough to do another (if I can learn how to edit in Microsoft)!!!

Here are the samples, hope you like them and let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for looking. ❤

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!