Baked Texture embossing powder, Deco art fluid acrylics, Paperartsy - Ellen Vargo stamps, Paperartsy Hot Picks, Paperartsy, Eclectica -Darcy, Washi tape

Next circle journal page

I had to do the other side of the journal page that I shared yesterday and chose a completely different colour scheme.

I chose to cover even less of the background with paint and instead layered up some papers and washi tape to create the main base and then added some paints to it. I also added rub ons and some doodles.

Then I assembled lots of layers for under the main image of the Darcy heart.

I chose to use some neon pink painted card and some alcohol ink coloured vellum along with some copper thread. I heat embossed the heart onto some painted paper and then added gold pen around the edge to give it a gilded look.

This more junk journal approach really spoke to me when I made it… and contrasted lots to the previous page.

I also have a little extra for Hazel as I made a little piece for inside the envelope too…

This is again very different from the other pages. I really wanted to play with the Chunky Rust embossing powder from Seth Apter. This gave me the perfect opportunity.

First I created an earthy and rustic backgroynd with paints and stamping. Then I added the lino print style house onto another piece of painted paper.

I then took a piece of card and added lots of layers of the rust embossing on it. I also added more of it to the panel in a more organic way around the edges. Love how this looks.

So overall three very different pieces of art for Hazel in her cool journal.

Happy crafting!


Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, YouTube video

The other part to the circle journal

Earlier this week I shared the page I made in Marie’s journal… well I had to do both sides of the envelope so today I am sharing what I did with the other side. I also have an apology for the wobbly video as I kept bashing the camera! Ooops.

Anyway… check out the video here to see the process…

And here is the final piece…

Absolutely love this … and the fact it is such a contrast to the other side of the envelope. This side was a much softer page and more about nature and flowing … the other side more graphic and edgy…. which do I prefer? Neither and that is the joy of art journalling… Everything can be different and take you in a different direction and style.

Here is a close up of the yummy textures and colours…

Happy crafting!


Paperartsy Hot Picks

UK stampers forum postcard

Today I have a postcard to share that I made for a swap. It was an anything goes swap and I decided to go for a sewing theme using paperartsy stamps.

I started with the patterned gingham paper and then layered up the stamping around the outside and added the focal image and the embossed label.

I also added splatters in the pale pink and blue and lots of faux stitching in pen to add to the sewing theme.

Quite a clean and simple type postcard for me… love it!

Happy crafting!


Art Alchemy paints, Dies, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy Hot Picks

Christmas canvas challenge

Last year my friend Chris organised a weekly instruction challenge for creating a tag. Here is my post about that.  Well she has also been doing one for Christmas canvases the past few weeks.  So here is what I did… 

1. Gesso and paint a base colour

So I chose 3 4×4 canvas boards and because I had too much paint left I also did a larger 5×7 board too.  This photo doesn’t show the colour at all… it is a mix of blue oyster and South Pacific and is quite a bright turquoise colour. 

2. Add stencilling with an acrylic medium and a Christmas themed stencil

I used modelling paste and used a clarity stencil mask for the snowflakes one and the holly stencil (I think this is a ranger one) for the larger board.  And this shows the colour much better. 

3. Add Christmas paper/bookprint/music paper or something similar. 

I chose some strips of paper from the retired Stampin Up Winter frost paper and some book print for the smaller canvases.

Next step is to add two analogous colours. 

I mixed Baltic Blue with a little bit of metallic art alchemy paint.  And added it through stencils to each of the panels. 

I then mixed chalk with green patina to lighten the colour and then added the paint in places with a sponge. 

I then added in more Baltic Blue with a text stamp.  

Again these pics above don’t show the colour correctly… but these close ups show it better. 

So far so good! Although at this point I am not sure what’s going on with the larger one but the smaller panels I’m loving! 

The next instruction was to add a contrast colour sparingly in at least three places. I found this easy for the small canvases as I knew I wanted to add metallic pink and decided to die cut the sentiments from painted card. I then also added the same pink paint in a few lines using the edge of a credit card to add balance. 

The larger panel I struggled with a little more I must admit. Whilst I was happy to add the pink I wasn’t sure how I wanted to add it. In the end I decided against the pink and instead added some red patterned paper strips. 

It looked weird and I wasn’t happy with it but decided to live with it until the next instruction was provided and hope I could deal with it then and come up with something I was happy with! 

Next step was to add a feature image…

So for the small canvases I chose some wooden embellishments from the stash and gave them plenty of layers of paint. O also added glass bead gel in places on the canvases and on the star embellishment.

And for the larger panel I added die cut trees and glass bead gel and Inktense block waterolouring. I grounded the trees with some white paint using a large nibbed posca pen. And at this point I fell in love with this canvas again. 

Over the course of a few days I added some more depth using Inktense and more white with the posca pen. Then I added more shading with Faber Castell Pitt pens and some highlights using a Sharpie white paint pen. I also added lots of flicks of art alchemy sparks paint to give lots of shimmer. Finally a Tim Holtz sticker for the title and some doodling with a black pen.

I immediately placed it on display in the lounge and will eventually get around to framing it! 

The small panels I also added flicks of sparks and then added white sharpie bits and pieces and then some shading with the Pitt pens. 

The next step is to somehow make these panels into a hanging but that will have to wait till another day and for now these little panels can live on the little easels. 

Loved this challenge and hope to do so this again at some point. 

Happy crafting! 


Art Alchemy paints, Distress oxide ink, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, PATWITS circle journal

Claire’s Patwits circle journal page


Today some art journaling to share… this time in Claire’s Patwits circle journal which has safely arrived with the next recipient! 

She provided a piece of watercolour card and an envelope for us to decorate as we please but to include typography somewhere! 

Well I add book pages and some stamping which should meet the criteria! 

I started with a distress oxide background and chose yellows and browns for the main colours as I fancied doing a vintage style page.  I added lots of hot picks stamping in the background and then layered a few pieces of bookprint I had also added distress oxides to. 

The main feature I chose a Hot Picks hot air balloon and stamped it using archival onto bookprint and then added versamark and embossing powder all over to give it a waxy appearance and a glossy finish. 

I layered it up with some Angel hair to add texture. 

I added the whole panel to a piece of patterned paper that I added the embossing powder border to. I love the texture and colour this added. 

Finally I added Inktense pencil shading round the edge of the layers and the title stickers and some doodling. Oh and some added sparkle with some shimmer ink splats.

The envelope I went for a more organic finish. I added gesso and modelling paste with a palette knife and then stamped some Lin Brown stamps and used the fresco finish paints to add colour. I mainly painted with my fingers to blend it nicely.

I also added some of the Sparks paint and then the feature of the mini stamp which I stamped and then added the top layer by stamping onto a piece of cardstock I had painted the Sparks paint onto and then cut out the hand and pen image and layered it up.  I love how this came out. Simple but effective.

Happy crafting!


Canvas and Mixed Media art, Masks/Stencils, Paperartsy - Eclectica Lin Brown, Paperartsy Hot Picks, YouTube video

Playing in my journal… out of the box

Today I’m sharing a video of last weekends playtime in the craftroom. I had nothing in mind when I sat down to play other than I needed to do something with colour! And the result… well I’m very happy with the final page. The video doesn’t cover the doodling which I did the day after to allow for everything to dry properly.

Here is the link to the video. 

Hope you enjoy watching the page emerge. 

Happy crafting!