Category Archives: Watercolour paint

Matthew Palmer watercolour online workshop

Last Sunday we chose, as a family, to do a watercolour class with Matthew Palmer online. I had been seeing the excellent paintings my friend Darcy has been doing with these classes so was eager to see what I could do, and whether it would interest my princess.

Well it was hard work, but fun.

Here is the end result…

And here are some process pics…

And here are the three finished pieces.

We all really enjoyed the class, so much so that we booked for the next one this weekend. So will of course share what we make after that class.

The great thing is that we can rematch the video as much as we like to have another go at the picture… might do this one again to work on some of the areas I was less happy with… but I must admit I am super happy with the end result!

Happy crafting!


Circle Journal for Tricia

Another circle journal to share with you today, this time for Tricia.

It is a lovely Kraft background to work on so I decided to go for a white gesso messy background.

In addition to the gesso dry brushing I added some stamping in white craft ink. I used a mixture of stamps from Hot Picks and this gave me a nice finish.

Next I started pulling papers and ribbons from my stash and putting them together as I fancied a layered piece and plenty of sewing. So out came the sewing machine.

Then I got the Neocolours out and added some shading and definition to the layers and added some details.

Next I started bringing together the focal images and started building up the pages. I decided to add images from the stamped fabric stash from our weekend with James Sharpe. I think Tricia (who I was lucky enough to sit opposite all weekend) would appreciate seeing me using them.

I also grabbed tags from an Artful Days kit and added them in, but before they made it into the final pages I added distress inks to change the colour a little. I also decided to add some more details to the layers with a bit of stamping and added some shimmery watercolour to add a different texture, oh and I moved things round a little on the final pages so that Albert was on the other side!

Next I added rub ons and sentiment stickers to the page. I also added some splattered black soot distress ink and some white pen marks.

And then I grabbed the black puffy paint and added some dots around the pages as embellishments. And I called it finished!

Love how eclectic this is and love that white background behind the pop of lime and teal colours.

Also love all the loose threads that come from me being a messy sewer and the loose edges to the layers. Those rub ons also work well in keeping the layers light and fresh.

Hopefully Tricia likes what I made too… and now it is time for me to start work on the next journal.

Happy crafting!


Advent cardmaking: Presents

So today I have a few cards today where I used the same stamps and some masking to create a present giving polar bear to work for day 6 theme of presents!

Love how cute these are… even if the stamping on one is a little out of kilter.

I enjoyed the different looks I could give to this polar bear with the different colour schemes and patterned papers.

So cute!

Enjoy the video here

Happy crafting!


Tag art with Marlene

This past weekend I went to Middlesborough to meet with a friend and attend a class with Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk. I had a fab time.

Here is what I made…

Fab mixed media tags… fun to make a some good ideas that I hadn’t thought of before… always good to get new inspiration.

And such a lovely bunch of people I spent time with…

Plus I had a bit of a spending spree in the shop and bought some bargains…

Plus… to make the whole weekend I spent time with the gorgeous Darcy…

Just love this girl so much!

So all in all a great weekend.

Want to hear more… check out the video I rambled through here!

Happy crafting!


Snowman two for one

Today I have two cards made using one stamp… the So many Snowman stamp from mama Elephant. This is a fabulous stamp… just like the dog and cat one I also own. Love it!

I took my inspiration from this card that Kristina Werner posted last year. Although clearly I’m nowhere near as skilled or as practised as she is.

I used watercolour to colour both the sky and the Snowman elements and then heat embossed the sentiment and chopped it into three pieces… one for on a longer card and two as panels on the standard card.

I finished both off with a white sharpie paint pen to add snow and some highlights to my little snowmen… so so cute!

I’m enjoying making Christmas cards now… good job as it’s nearly December… so be prepared there are more to come!

Happy crafting!


A quick thank you card

I needed to make a quick thank you card so I decided to make a one layer watercolour background card and use some new stamps from Creative Stamping magazine.

I kept it really simple and inside stamped a thank you message before writing my message.

Added some flicks of shimmer spray to add a bit of subtle sparkle to the background.

Happy crafting!