Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Cottage Flower Garden

Hi, it's me again,
this time to show what I made in the make'n'take
at the Stitches & Craft Show last week. 

I've often admired this type of mixed media
so it was great being able to have a play without having a big outlay of products.

The base is a piece of chipboard,
and we used a stencil and paste which was fairly quick to dry.
Next we pushed black airdry clay into molds, which is quite easy 
although initially I had too much overhang, so less is better.

Once we'd finished using the airdry clay, we fossicked around in a big jar of findings,
then arranged all the pieces and glued them down.
Next we drybrushed Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint over the whole design
including the base card.  The colour I used was violet blue which was quite fascinating as when it went over the black it became violet, but over the base and the white paste, it became blue!
We then used a second colour to highlight different pieces, I think it was a champagne sort of colour, then to finish we used a bit of gilding wax.

What I like about make'n'takes and classes is that you get to try things out before spending up big.
Just the silicone molds for this were quite expensive but I'm sure I could get a similar look using bits'n'bobs from my evergrowing stash.
Looking back over the last couple of weeks, I've played with
paint pouring, japanese book binding and mixed media.
Lots of fun with each of them and something I would definitely like to play with more.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Japanese Book Binding and More

Over the last few weekends I have been to the  
Sydney Planners Market, Craft Alive and yesterday
The Stitches & Craft Show.
Each one was different and I enjoyed them all.
Although I didn't spend very much at any of them,
I did, however, learn some new skills by doing some make'n'takes and a class.


 Japanese Book Binding was a class taught by the lovely Michelle
from Paperazzi Design Studio.

We started with the design on the left and built on those skills with each of the following three books.

I really enjoyed the process of making these books, and from just a few sheets of paper, we turned them into something pretty and practical.  
I think the hardest thing about these books was threading the needle!
On my next post, I'll be showing you the make'n'take I made,
so please come back and take a look.
Happy Crafting!


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Original Masterpiece

Original Masterpiece?
..... for me, yes!

Last Friday, I headed off to Penrith with a crafty friend,
to Craft Alive, which is a regional craft show.  

The majority of the stalls were selling fabric for quilts etc, however there were a few papercraft stalls as well including Scrapbook Fantasies.

There was a table set up for curious people
to have a play with paint pouring.

We added layers of paint in a small plastic cup,
then upended it onto our canvas and waited for the magic to happen.

Each and every canvas (or whatever you choose to use) would come out looking different. I think it would be impossible to exactly replicate a canvas, no matter how hard you tried.

We had a lovely day out and both agreed that our little masterpieces were the HIGHLIGHT of our day!

Happy Crafting!