Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz

Blue nature art journal page

Today I have an art journal page to share that I made a few weeks ago…

I added some distress stain onto some mixed media cardstock and then added texture paste through a Claritystamps stencil. I then added plenty of stamping and more ink around the edges.

I then added the sentiment to some scraps of bookprint.

I love the depth to the layers.

Next I added a tag I made separately using distress stains onto a canvas tag and then added another layer of tag which I used distress oxides to add colour and then added the stamping.

I added this to black cardstock to frame it and then found a page in my journal to add it to. I added some blue paint to the background with a baby wipe to add it like a wash.

Really happy with how this came out. Love all the layers and the how the different colours combined. And for those interested… here is the video of how I made it.

Originally this was supposed to be for a swap but the swap didn’t happen so happy to have this artwork for myself.

Happy crafting !


Art Alchemy paints, Artful Days Goodie Box, Badass Chick, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Go Fish swap!

I’ve joined in a swap with a Facebook group called Mini Marvels where the theme is go fish! So I decided to do something with a 6×4 box canvas …

I started with some layers of paint in blues and turquoise and then added some texture paste through a stencil and let it dry… Then I added some lime paint splashes too.

Then I worked on the feature images and finished off the canvas without in progress pics.

I chose to add a laser cut wood veneer shape from an Artful Days Goodie box and added layers of Art Alchemy Sparks paint. I then added some patterned chiffon that had been in a goodie box too as a bag. I thought it looked quite sea themed.

I then added some stamping onto some bookprint using the Badass art stamps and colouring them with Distress Oxides. I then added some sparks paint onto the seaweed. The fish I then added a layer of versamark and then clear embossed powder which made it all shiny. Then I added some spots of white paint pen.

The title for the canvas is also a Badass artchick stamp. I cut it out and added some shading with Inktense pencils.

I then added some glossy accents to the sentiment strips and added some drops to the artwork as clear drops.

Finished off with some splashes of white gesso and some archival ink to the edges.

Happy crafting!


Crafters Companion, Distress oxide ink, Inktense, Derwent, Petal Palette

Three Petal Palette ATCs

Tonight I have three ATCs which started as a bit of playtime with some book print and Inktense black watercolouring. I adhered the book print to a piece of cardstock to give it strength and coated it with Matt medium. Then started adding lots of water and Inktense colour using a brush. I dried it a couple of times to add layers and then added lots of flicks of colour too plus some splashes of pink shimmer spray.

Once it was completely dry I cut it into three ATCs in landscape.

I added a scrap of patterned paper from the stash and then started stamping. I used the petal palette stamp set for the image and although I changed the position for each one I kept to the same image. I used the stamping platform to ensure I could make the image darker. I then added a little colour using some distress oxide water coloured. I then added the sentiment heat embossed from a Crafters Companion stamp set and then edged them with the distress oxides.

Love how these came out and the soft finish to the background I made.

The theme for this month’s swap at UK stampers is florals so going to be swapping these lovely ATC through that swap.

Happy crafting! Catherine

Derwent Line painter pens, Distress Crayons, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Petal Palette, Watercolour paints, YouTube video

Petal Palette art journal piece

I made an art journal page and used my current favourite and go to stamp set for the feature… Petal Palette.

I made this with the video running so you can check out the progress here.

Love the layers, textures and the gentle images I used with this warm colour palette.

And that sentiment spoke to me perfectly at that moment… always a good way to choose your title for your piece!

Hope you like it. It was originally destined for a swap but then I realised that I had misunderstood the rules and that blue needed to be in the page…. ooops…. ah well a thoroughly enjoyable piece to make regardless. Once I realised that I found the perfect place to put the page in my journal… which covered some stamping I wasn’t keen on!

Happy crafting!


Art and crafting styles, Distress oxide ink, Gummiapan, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Finishing off a journal page

Quite some time ago I wiped off a few stencils onto a page in my Dylusions journal and also added some texture paste that I had coloured through a Seth Apter stencil and then just left it be… well on Friday I decided it was time to finish that page and this is what I ended up with.

I added Inktense over the full page using the blocks and then adding water to give it a wash. I also added some white gesso and then more Inktense using the pencils and waterbrush to activate.

I added a little bit of stamping using the Gummiapan text stamp and archival inks. I also added some doodling with charcoal which added some interesting effects.

Then I added some sentiments/titles using the distress oxides and clear embossing powder. These are some Visible Image stamps.

Of course I also added splashes … I’m addicted to my fan brush! … of both white gesso and the dark blue inktense.

Super happy with this page and how it ended up… not bad for a work in progress of about 18months!

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Art and crafting styles, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

52 mixed media cards week 6 … pretty shortsighted

This week the prompt of “pretty short sighted” had me a little stumped… but then I popped into Poundland on my lunch break and spotted a fancy dress monocle and immediately I had the idea of adding it to a card somehow and using pretty colours! Weird I know but that’s what I went with!

Want to see how I got to this final card… well I videoed the process! Here is the link.

Loved the playtime and quite chuffed with the eye drawing too.

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Art and crafting styles, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils

Circle Journal for Marie

Hello. It’s been a while since I’ve shared any circle journal pages as we had a little break to allow for people to catch up. So I’ve been holding onto Marie’s journal for some time.

I did play with the video recording…

… So pop over to You tube to check out how I did this…

I adore the colours and the layers and how something so small such as the patterned paper Marie had included in the envelope sparked my mojo to make this! Such fun!

Happy crafting!