Category Archives: Canvas and Mixed Media art

Bee paintings

Some more water colour paintings to share today.

My auntie saw the painting I did a few months ago and asked me to paint one for her to give to her grandsons girlfriend. I eventually got around to this last weekend.

Here are the stage I went through…

As you can see I made two… a 8.5 x 8.5 and a smaller 4 x 4 one.

I love how these came out.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Till roll canvas

This time I played with slightly more of the till roll and added it to a canvas I had added paint and stamping to…

I chose the piece with the girl on and the bird and then some random strips to add additional texture and contrast.

Love the bright colour of the canvas and how the till roll adhered nicely to the canvas board.

I added lots of mark making using the posca paint pens and then the sentiment sticker and some gem embellishments from an old Artful Days kit.

Really enjoyed this play on the canvas… it’s been a while since I’ve done anything like this.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Collaged till roll play

So my friend Chris has started me off on a new craze… collaged arty till roll! It’s such an interesting medium to play with as it’s quite strong and then when heat is applied it reacts to the heat and turns black… apart from where the collage medium has been applied.

Here is my first length I have created…

Apologies for the dodgy video but it was the best way I could think of showing it off.

This is a collage of some of the stills…

The collage materials I just pulled from my box of bits with little care and attention as to what they were… mainly focussed on thinner substrates though as the idea is to still be able to roll the till roll back up until ready to use it. I also included washi tapes I thought would be interesting too! So lots of strange and different pieces of printed materials going on. The stamps I just grabbed ones to hand and used a variety of inks as I didn’t know what would be best… so there are versafine, archival and oxides at play… all of which created different effects.

Once I rolled it back up you can see it’s got some interesting textures going on.

Anyway I decided to chop up this first length to be able to use it in some projects. The first project I used this section…

And added to to a large tag I had added paint and found object stamping to.

I added a little bit of additional doodling and then the wooden love title and decided this was done.

It was so nice to add this ready collaged and interesting piece onto the tag… Made it into something very different from anything I’ve made before.

I’ve got a few other projects I’ve made with this first strip which I will share over the next few days… but for now enjoy this mixed media tag!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Elle Smith watercolour highland cow

Another day, another watercolour tutorial… do you get the impression I am obsessed? They require very little resources or space to play with, which is an issue whilst I am WFH at the moment… hence they keep getting played with.

Anyway this time it was the highland cow one from Elle Smith Art tutorial.

Not sure I got the fluffy hair on his forehead right but still love how it turned out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Mini marvels tag book

Chris challenged us to use tickets and tags in some way as a journalling project. I slightly veered off the brief as it was meant to be expandable, but mine is just a little book…. But I used tags on every page so I think it’s close enough to the brief!

I decided to make the whole thing using gelli prints, and stash from the box of bits I have that included some preprinted quotes and some random bits of stash. So no new bits were really used. I also only used 1 stamp throughout which was the ticket stamp… very rare for me, but there was so much pattern going on with the gelli prints there was no need to add much more!

So here is a little video flip through… and then I have detailed pics later..

I started by having a good time gelli printing… mostly onto bookprint, but also some random scraps of paper too.

This gave me enough to cover the pages of the little journal signature and some tags from the stash…

Next I set to with 4 posca pens, an grey Pitt pen and some ink for edging and adding colour (black soot distress ink, black archival ink, peacock feathers distress oxide) and some scraps of book print or cream card and made each page up. I did each page as an individual page so although the patterns and colours repeat across the journal, each page has its own identity.

Super happy with this little project. Each page is 5×5 inches so similar to card front size I usually work on but nice to create with no specific aim and get a bit grungey!

Was also good to use some bits up I’ve had in a box for ages… the box however is still very full! Maybe I need to do more projects where I restrict myself to using stuff from the stash boxes and I might actually get them used up!

So that’s my project I’ve been making this Easter weekend whilst staying home. I am very glad my mojo came out to play and distract me. My anxiety has been kept at bay as I’ve avoided the news for 2 whole days! Now to eat some chocolate!

Happy crafting! And happy Easter!

Catherine

Another Art journaling page just for me

I decided to do another page in my journal to finish off the spread from the one I shared a few days ago… after all in the current circumstances it’s a good thing to share art and pretty things!

I decided to use similar colour scheme, but different mediums and used bits that were on my desk from other projects or gifts from various swaps.

The starting point was using stampin up ink pads to add colour to the background in a really loose way, just pressing them and the edges of the pads onto the background. I also used a few stamps to add some shape and variation in depth of colour (Happy Celebrations and Gummiapan).

I then decided to create a large panel using the leftover Art by Marlene paper and a doily. I added texture to this using a Badass artchick stamp and frantage embossing powder.

I found a stamped piece with similar colours to add along with a sticker and then the main sentiment panel which I had been gifted at some point and was certainly something I need to read at the moment. I added stamping on the edge of this and ink to add some framing. Then I added the fussy cut feather that was from a piece of wallpaper I had been gifted in a swap ages ago… I was saving it for the right moment… and it turned out it was this page!

Next I added lots of doodling round panels and the finishing touches of the embossed hearts. The wooden hearts I inked with distress oxide and then embossed with a pearl effect powder which gave them a beautiful finish.

Love how this page looks and how it complimented the other page.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art Journal page for me!

Another Art journaling page in my Dylusions journal just for me, with no pressure, love it!

I started with sticking things on the page that had been randomly on my desk either as left over bits from other projects or things I’d not got around to using yet.

This included the stamped flower on the left hand side, a piece of sewing pattern instruction, a stamped tag and the gelli printed circle.

I think the page also had some wipe off from another project on it as the gelatos had some different reactions in a few areas.

So I added gelato to the page with the exception of the flower panel that had already been coloured. I think it was distress inks used on that.

Next I added the iridescent texture paste through a stencil to the right hand side of the page and left it to dry.

I then added stamping using some different stamps… Gorgeous grunge, that’s the ticket etc. I also added some splashes of green acrylic ink and copper acrylic ink.

Next I worked on the flower that I stamped from a Creative Stamping magazine and coloured using promarkers to create a soft, no line effect. I fussy cut it out but decided it needed something between it and the background.

I had a hunt in my stash and found these stickers that I think were meant for scrapbooking.

After adding them and the flowers it was time to add doodling and the sentiment stickers. I also found the orange gems in my stash and stuck them down too.

I decided the flower on the left needed pushing back so added some gesso using my fingers and blending it on that panel and a few other spots.

I also took the Twisted citron distress oxide and did a little bit of stamping to add a little lime green onto the page too.

Once again it was fun to create with no pressure of time or finished product. The photos in the daylight show it off so much better… shame most of my crafting is done in the evening so I don’t enjoy the cokours quite as much when creating… maybe I need to invest in a proper daylight lamp?!?

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art journaling for fun

I actually art journalled for fun! It’s been so long since I have done this. It was fun to just play.

I started with a base of distress stain onto a page in my Dylusions journal.

I then added some stencilling to the background with some gesso (black and white).

Next I added some fabric stamped items, a bird image from a magazine and a little corrugated tag.

I added some doodling and then so rub ons and called it done! Such a fun thing to do, to play without purpose. Really enjoyed myself!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Patwits circle journal… Jules

Today I have another circle journal page to share with you… this time for Jules. This time I used papers as the base and sewed them together. Then I added gesso by dry brushing and then added distress stain in peacock feathers and twisted citron.I then added stamping and doodling. Onto one page I also added fabric and then the focal images from a Kim Dellow stamp set.More doodling and more layers of ink. I also added shimmer and glossy accents for the flower elements.Love how this came together so easily with the fun papers and the sewing textures. Hope Jules likes it too!Happy crafting!Catherine

Circle journal for Marie

Another of my teal and lime pages for a circle journal and this one is for my raggy doll sister Marie.

She created a fab bunting journal from canvas sheets. And that gave me the idea of fabric and sewing. And given how poorly I was meant that I could do some of this crafting whilst in bed.

I started strangely with a piece of felt and sewed each scrap of wool, fabric, ribbon and twine onto it using hand stitching.

Absolutely love this background and must remember to do something similar again as I have so many scraps of twine and ribbons.

Next I took a Jofy stamp and stamped it onto some fabric using Archival ink. Then used Inktense pencils to add some colour to some elements.

Which I then sprayed heavily with water to activate the Inktense.

Once dry I started sewing in some details and added some sequins. I am far from the best embroidery person… but still it was fun, and easy to do in bed!

I cut it out and gave it a reasonable amount of a border so it would stand out on the busy background.

Next to prepare the bunting background which I decided to use Sparks paint in the black to sponge around the outside.

Then I added some black gesso as contrast to the sparkle and break it up a little.

Time to put it all together…

An Art by Marlene sticker for the title… and lots of glue to hold it in place.

I am soooooooooooo happy with this piece and love all the textures I added. Especially considering that I am ordinarily not a sewer!

Hope Marie likes it too. I will share what I made for the other side in a couple of days!

Happy crafting!

Catherine