Category Archives: fresco finish paints, Paperartsy

Christmas tree coins

The theme for the swap in December was Christmas trees… here is what I made…

Three coins featuring triangle Christmas trees

I made the coins by die cutting the mountboard and then added some gelli printed patterns using the fresco finish paints.

I then added the triangle trees using post it notes to block out the rest and using a dauber add the paint.

Next I added the doodling with white and black pens and a bit of pink!

Finally the stickers from the stash!

Love how these came out. Hope the recipients liked them too.

Happy crafting!


Christmas Decorations!

I’m grabbing 5 mins to blog whilst I have a coffee before taking the 13 yr old shopping for her Christmas presents (clothes!!!) … believe me, this coffee is essential!

So at the weekend I decorated my third (yes I have 3 trees) Christmas tree… but this year made some new decorations!

They started life as wooden hearts anf I chose Paperartsy fresco finish paints that worked with the purple dangler on the left hand side of the photo as these were the decorations I knew I was using.

I started by adding texture through a stencil.

I started 4 off with a base of Midnight and 3 with a base of Mulberry.

Next I built up the layers of paint…

By now you couldn’t tell which started navy or purple.

Next step was to add splatters and stamping and stencilling. Layers upon layers!

… and embossing…

I had to them one side at a time to allow for drying…. so here is the other side… similar but not the same!

Next out came the paint pens and doodling time!

I included silver, pink and white paint pens and a purple shimmery gel pen too for different finishes.

Super happy with how they ended up… and super pretty on my tree!

In the natutal light they are more of a cool purple than the in progress photos show!

Right, that is my break over… time to brave the idea of shopping at the Trafford Centre with the 13 yr old!!!

Deep breathes!

Happy crafting!


Decorated tag

Today I have a tag I made for the UK stampers forum swap.

I chose to use some bright autumnal coloured paints as the bottom later and then sone crackle glaze with a grey paint on the top.

Then I added some stamping with the dictionary stamp.

I then decided to add the little Gorjuss girl stamp.

After cutting her out and colouring her, I decided to paper piece her dress from matching orange painted paper.

I added splashes of the Art Alchemy sparks paint to the background behind the girl and then added the sentiment and then some doodles of white paint pen.

I added sari ribbon to the top and decided it was finished.

Happy crafting!


Calendar – November 2019

For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their November artwork.

I decided to create a background using Paperartsy fresco finish paints and then chose a Visible Image stamp to emboss onto the background.

I wanted some contrast and chose some washi tape and a strip of alcohol inked glossy cardstock to go down one side.

Then to add some shimmer I stamped the smile for the same stamp set using Sparks paint. Love the shimmer to this. Finished off with the month stamp from Paperartsy.

Happy crafting!


Sunset coins

These coins were an experiment really … I was just playing and this is what resulted…

I started with a paint background and added stencilling, then some more paint using a bottle lid and a credit card. Next I did some doodling.

And then I decided it looked a little like a sunset and added the silhouette tree.

Like how these came out and hope the recipients do too as they are for the UK Stampers Forum swap.

Happy crafting!


The eyes have it ATCoins

This month the theme over at my Artist Trading Coins UK swaps group is “the eyes have it”.

And this is what I made….

I used the a text stamp and some grey paint for the background and then edged the coins with the same grey. Then I stamped the faces using Jane Davenport stamps and drew in the hair.

Next I watercoloured the faces using stampin write markers. I love how different choice of colours for the hair and eyes changes the faces.

Next I added the Tim Holtz stickers to finish off.

Love how these finished up.

Happy crafting!


Painty Christmas cards

I promised yesterday to take some better pics of the cards I made yesterday for the arty play session… and here they are!Be warned there are a lot!And the ones I made as samples…Love these! And all so easy to make… a 12×12 masterboard with lots of layers, some embossing and cutting out, and then some die cut panels and frames.Happy crafting!Catherine