Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Mixed Media Canvas

At the beginning of April I made the trip up north (Teeside) to attend some Art Workshops organised by Sue Tucker and taught by France Papillon.  I had a great weekend away with my friend Lynnda and met lots of other lovely ladies.

I'm of the opinion that you do workshops to learn techniques and learn about products not necessarily to create something perfect at the end.  We made a handmade book, a beautifully textured frame and a canvas.  Here's mine:

It suffered a bit on the way home and I didn't like the colours I did the canvas at the workshop but the textures were great. So this week I've had some time -  I spun it round, added a little more Bead Paste and then covered with Black Gesso.

I've brushed on Opalite Glacier Blue re-inker, flicked on some Oak House Studio Gold Acrylic Ink and added all the embellishments.  The molded plaster pieces had a coat of Green Precious Metal paint and I rubbed some Treasure Gold wax on the metal pieces.   It's just finished with some scrabble tiles I've had for years!!

I noticed Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge is Show us your Metal so thought I'd enter the challenge!   Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they are much appreciated.

Elaine xx


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

S is for Scallops

My time flies doesn't it!  Here is my next postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is S and we have to use SHELLS.    My immediate thought was to do a beach scene but the shell definition in my dictionary concentrated on egg shells or shells for I've chosen SCALLOP.

So my postcard includes Sun, Sky, Seagulls, Salty Sea, Sand, Shells making a Seaside Scene - is that enough S's??    I've used acrylic paint for the sea and a mix of Sand Texture Paste + Sahara Terra Paste for the beach.   The stamps are Sun Rays (Tim Holtz)  Shells (Oak House Studio) and Gulls (Crafty Individuals).

It makes me want to get in the car and trundle off to the seaside.....if only the weather was a little warmer!!   Thanks for visiting and leaving comments - they're much appreciated.

Elaine x

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Tempting Rose Bumper Collection

Here's another card for the April Take 5 Challenge on the Oak House Studio blog where the theme is Something Blue.

Full details are on the Oak House Studio blog so please pop over there and take a look.  I've used:
Rose Bumper Collection stamps - there are 12 stamps in the set, the focal rose, borders, backgrounds and sentiments so it's really useful. 
Totally Turquoise, Tempting Teal & Paris Pink Pure Colour Inks
Midnight Pigment Ink
Copper Embossing Powder

Hope you like and thanks for looking.  Don't forget to keep visiting the Oak House Studio blog for more projects by the Take 5 Team!

Elaine xx

Thursday, 7 April 2016

D for Daisy

Another fortnight and another letter for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge - this time it's D and we must use Pink.    There are loads of D words but I decided to do  DAISY with a bit of Damson and Damask!

I decided to go for a damask background as I thought I had some black and white damask scrapbook paper.....couldn't find it so sprayed a good amount of Delicious Damson Pure Colour Ink over the aqua blue and beige sheet I did have.  For the main focal I stamped the big Outline Daisy (from the Double Daisy set) in Deep Purple Archival ink on some card already sprayed with Paris Pink Pure Colour Ink.  I've added some hand cut leaves, the torn Dictionary definition and the letter D Thicker.

I quite like the subtle damask background although it is a bit dark - hope you can see it in the photo.  Thanks for visiting and all your comments - they are very much appreciated!

Elaine x

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Blue Texture Flower

Over on the Oak House Studio Blog there is a new challenge called TAKE 5 - 5 different designers creating projects to inspire you throughout the month.  For April the theme is Something Blue.

Full details of this project are on the Oak House Studio blog so pop over there and take a look.
I've used:
Texture Elements set of stamps - five different but really useful designs.
Waterfall Pure Colour Ink 
Midnight Pigment Ink.
Birthday Stamp set.

Just to give you a different look with the Texture Elements here are a couple more:

Great for a man I thought with Chocolate Brown stamping and below, one for Christmas. It just goes to show how versatile this stamp set is!!

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to keep visiting the Oak House Studio blog for more inspiration from the TAKE 5 TEAM.   Not only are there 5 different designers but it goes on for 5 months too with themes including 3D designs and stampbord too.

Elaine x

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Art Journal

I've been doing the Wanderlust 2016 classes and was inspired by Karen Michel to create a material covered journal.  Can I just say that I've never made a book before nor tried to cover one in fabric so this was definitely a learning curve.

I started with some cream cotton fabric and sprayed with Pure Colour Inks from Oak House Studio - I wanted a graded effect so started with Vintage Jeans at the top, Jubilee Blue then Totally Turquoise down the bottom.  I didn't have a book to cover so just used card off the back of a paper pad and stuck the fabric on with Multi Matte Medium.

For the pages I used all the bluey-green half sprayed papers I had on my desk ie. bits that were used for mopping up and leftovers etc and punched holes in them all.  I've also used a few co-ordinating scrapbook papers too. 

I fastened the book together with some waxed cotton cord and added beads and an old earing!

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out although I may decorate the front cover and of course the pages inside are waiting to be added to with stamps, journaling, more paint and ink etc.  I'm linking this to the Anything but Cute Challenge where the theme is Crazy for Colour - I've used lots of wet inks in lots of blues and greens so hope that's acceptable.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Easter everyone!

Elaine xx

Friday, 25 March 2016


Another fortnight and another postcard for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge where the letter is G.   Nothing much stood out when I read my dictionary so I decided to go for GALAXY.

The background is a swooshy mix of Vintage Blue and Waterfall Pure Colours (from Oak House Studio).  I used a mini Star stencil for the 'milky way' with some white acrylic paint and then added Silver Stickles ......for some Glitter!!  I've edged it with some Silver Treasure Gold for a bit more Glimmer and finished with the G  Thicker and dictionary definition.

It's not very exciting this week I'm afraid but hope you like and thanks for visiting.  Thanks also for your lovely comments - it's makes it all worthwhile.