Saturday, 17 March 2018

Gel Press Part 2!

Here it is! Part 2 of my print-to-project video for Gel Press. 
(You can see part 1 on my previous post, or ALL of my videos for Gel press *here*)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

More Gel Press printing!

It's that time again! Time for another Print-to-project series of videos for Gel Press. In this video I'm printing with the fabulous Texture Plates by Carabelle Studio. If you haven't tried these yet then you really should ;-)

Part 2 will be available on Saturday!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

More tea!

LOL! Isn't it amazing what you can fit on a tea bag?! I am loving this art form ... so small ... so quick ... so cute!

And a standard tea bag just fits inside a small box frame from Ikea :-)

Monday, 5 March 2018

Time for Tea!

I love tea. Of course I do, I'm English! But I also love tea bags and have been pondering painting on them for a while. I have seen it around and been very inspired by what Ive seen so I wanted to have a go. 

I wasn't sure how to go about it so I asked for some advice on facebook, and I got lots of lovely useful tips and links. (I know facebook has its negative side but it is also a fabulous resource). So first of all I drank some tea (like I need an excuse, right?) And then I dried the teabag(s) over the radiator till they were completely dry. One the leaves are dry they are very easy to tip out of a small slit in the bag and then you are left with a lovely tea-stained mini canvas to paint on.

I decided to add a small amount of gesso:

And then, because I didn't want solid blocky areas of paint, I used my DecoArt fluid acrylics and watered them down to add as a wash, in Quinacridone Gold and Quinacridone red.

And then the fun really starts ... adding collage elements and buttons. Here they are as works in progress:

I had a go at adding a mini portrait but it is hard! Those eyes are a bit fiddly on this scale. I haven't got them quite right but I'll have another go. I'll just have to drink more tea ;-)

So here they are in close up (don't look TOO close though!), and they probably appear bigger on the screen than they are in real life.

Words from 'All the Gals' by Dina Wakley

House on a downloadable collage sheet by me!

And I put this one in a little tiny box frame. I think it looks so cute in a frame!

Bye for now. I'm off to drink more tea!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Art journaling in miniature

OOOh I love anything small! And art journal pages are no exception, it's such a great way to try out new techniques, play around with backgrounds, and a good way to use up little collage images. I know I'm not the only one who likes things in miniature - this is always a popular class when I teach it!

I taught this class recently at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK), and we began by making a colourful background on an A4 sheet and then cut it up to make smaller cards. I'm not working to ATC size here, my cards are quite random. If you look closely you'll see they are actually different sizes!

And this next one was going great until I accidentally cut half the quote off down the side LOL!

Sometimes I actually work in a small Moleskine journal but very often I work on loose card and then store them all in little bags I made using a Tim Holtz die. (Sadly I don't think this die is available any more).

Bye for now!