It feels like an age since I updated my blog but since life has slowed down slightly (due to the current situation), I’ve found a bit more time to do a few things I’ve wanted to do for a while!
I was fortunate enough to be able to hold a workshop just before everything closed down and self isolation became the norm. It was a requested workshop to create a mixed media canvas. I spent ages wondering which sort of canvas to create seeing as we’ve already done collage, texture and mixed media in the past and I really wanted to create something new.
One of my favorite artists is Flora Bowley. I bought her book a while back called Brave Intuitive Painting and love it.
Intuitive painting is the technique of letting go of your inner critic and letting your heart and hands do the painting. The results can be colourful and lively and full of spontaneous doodles and mark making.
I thought I’d let the others experience this for themselves and gave them the canvas and a few materials to get them started.
As watercolour is my favourite medium to use I created a watercolour background to start, letting the colour flow into pools on the canvas and adding some spray to help it move. If you want to add contrasting colour it’s best to let each colour dry first before adding the next otherwise you’ll end up with dirty colour which you don’t want. Once this was dry I started to add doodles and patterns with watercolour pencils. I used them wet and dry as I loved the texture from the canvas coming through. I further added doodles with white and black pens along with a snippet of text paper collage at the bottom.
It’s already pushed me to get out my art journal and start creating again so while I have some time I intend to make the most of it.
Take care of yourselves and if you’d like to create a canvas of your own you can find the canvas, watercolour pencils and more in the Basement Studio shop.
What could say summer more than a dandelion just waiting to explode into the warm air? I think that is probably one of the reasons why I love this stamp set from WOW! Embossing. Teaming it with a simple watercolour background emphasises its delicacy I think!
Welcome to a two day hop with a fabulous colaboration between WOW! Embossing and Technique Tuesday. It will run over 2 days and be split between the teams with the winners being announced the week of the 1st of July on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Technique Tuesday Blog.
If you’ve just arrived here this is day two of the Hop where you’ll find inspiration a plenty!
PRIZES – No Blog hop is complete without a prize! WOW! Embossing Powders has 6 powders of your choosing along with a WOW! carry case to store your powders safely in. Technique Tuesday is giving away 2 x $20 gift certificates to their store and the Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on ALL THE POSTS on both days. We encourage you to leave comments on both days the more comments you leave the more chances you have to win these fabulous prizes. To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally.
I was very lucky to be sent this beautiful stamp set by Technique Tuesday called ‘Inspired Dragonfly’ which I love. I can see it becoming a firm go to in my craft box. I also recieved a coordinating die too which you can see on my card below.
I’m so happy right now to have my workspace studio in my basement because believe me when it’s 38° outside the basement is the only place I want to be. If I open the back door to go out it’s like standing in front of the oven so I’m here squirrelled away as much as possible so I won’t melt.
It means I can get lots of things done and plan for all the new projects ahead.
As it’s August already there’s a new challenge on the WOW Embossing Powders Facebook page and the theme this month is “Rainbow”. What better excuse for bringing out as many colours of powder as is possible on one project? Plus it’s a wonderful excuse for going a little bit mad – not that I need an excuse.
On the card below I created a watercolour background over stamped and embossed butterflies from Pretty Pink Posh and added a floral die cut border embossed with various colours of powder.
Hello there, I hope you’re all good and ready for another week of fun and inspiration. Today marks the start of the blog hop between WOW Embossing powders and Catherine Pooler and I’m totally thrilled to be part of it.
I fell in love with this stamp from the “Love Is In The Air” set the minute I set eyes on it as it’s just gorgeous. I can see it’ll become one of my go to stamp sets in the future as it’s so virsatile.
As well as the stamp set I also used two beautiful Catherine Pooler ink pads and created the watercolour background by smooshing some on my craft mat and spritzing it with water. You really don’t need much as the colour is so juicy and intense.
I used Chocolate Caramel Pearl powder from WOW to emboss the image and the contrast is perfect.
Wow February is here and I for one am truly happy about that. January is such a dismal month with most of it spent trying to either catch up on stuff not finished from last year, feeling down because already the promises made on January 1st have fallen by the wayside plus the weather is usually dull and dreary like the mood. So…..February is here folks so fear not, all will be well.
February is the month of finding the first signs of an eventual spring. Only this morning I swear I heard the croaks of a bull frog coming from the pond next door. There’s alot to look forward to this month and yesterday was Candlemass or Liichtmess as it’s known here where light is brought in to the home to see us through those last weeks of winter and to hurry on the Spring. Here it’s a big thing with the children who walk from house to house with lamps chanting the song and asking for sweets. Like trick or treat without the trick! It’s a colourful and light filled occasion and of course the kiddies love it. Then at the end of the month it’s pancake day (shrove Tuesday). I love pancakes, who doesn’t? In the middle of the month I’ll be off to Birmingham for the Stitches show at the NEC. This time last year I was all nervous and excited to be part of it on a stand of my own as part of the CHA designers section. I’ve learned alot in a year and realise how naive I really was back then. I’m happy to be going this year as a visitor, it’ll be more relaxing for sure.
Right now on the Canvas Corp web site, I’ve a little project using scraps of paper and fabrics to make prayer banners. They include motivational words to help carry me through the year and the banner hangs in my studio.
I’m pleased to say my planning is right on track and I’m really enjoying the process. I think I’ve found something which suits me and my style and is really working. It’s only taken a year of experimenting to discover what I actually like but I’m now using my A5 Carpe Diem properly but putting my own stamp on it, my Travelers Notebook from Websters Pages which holds my sketchbook and my personal which I’ve totally renewed making all my own dashboards and inserts for.
I’ve very pleased to say I’m involved with a wonderful community of people called Paper Pen and Plan who bring monthly planner goodies to you in the form of a subscription box. They have a web site here Paperpenandplan and a great Facebook group too.
My February planner pages have been created using stickers and downloads from their February Sweet Treat box the theme of which is Rainbows and Unicorns. What could be more adorable? They are also running a challenge within the Facebook group with the opportunity to win prizes. You can join the group here.
Have a good weekend everyone and I hope it’s a colourful one.