Wednesday, 21 September 2016

More journaling, classes, and paper punches!

Well, as you can see, I'm still playing with paper punches. These are leftover from my card making days ... but these days I use them in quite a different way. I especially like the negative shape which is left behind when you punch a shape so I made it the focus of my page here.

Here are a few progress pics and close ups.

Before I added the journaling:

And this is how it looks just as the background:

I am IN LOVE with my new texture cube for Stampotique Originals. I know I designed it and I should be a bit more modest, but hey, it's fabulous! haha!

Got to love a bit of washi tape:

Ooh, lovely metallics!

And a random bit of stitching, complete with dangling threads completes the page:

I included this page as part of my regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart yesterday, and what a very lovely day it was. Lots of messy, painty creativity, chat, laughs, mess, and biscuits. LOVE this group :-)

And they all produce beautiful art journal pages, using mine as a springboard but then giving it their own twist.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a new toy to play with - a large hexagon punch to go along with my small hexagon punch. A few of these and my sticker machine makes me very happy :-))) Byeeeeeeee

Monday, 19 September 2016

Art journal play :-)

If you read my last post you will know that I have increased my hours at work in my day job as a school teacher. This is bringing its own challenges, but I am still squeezing a bit of art time in :-) 

Here's a page I just created in my beloved Dylusions black square journal. Lately I am loving little punched shapes, and especially the negative which is left behind. Like many of us, I started out as a 'neat' card maker so I have plenty of my card making supplies and tools to use, it's just that I'm finding different ways to use them.

I made some papers first using Brushos. You get lovely, random, unexpected colours when you use Brushos. Love! I punched out the butterflies, and then used the negative too.

You will notice my new Texture Cube stamp for Stampotique Originals creeping into all of my art lately. I Love it! Can't live without it ...

A bit of glitter, stitching, washi, and doodling, and I think I'm calling this finished!

In my last post I shared a work in progress with you ... I *think* it may be finished, but I'm still not completely sure. I used paper punches on here too, including the hexagon shape and the negative left behind. 

 It seems strange but I rarely have any of my art out on display in my house. It tends to be in my little studio, or in my journals, but I think I might want to put this on the wall in my bedroom. We are currently in an 'in-between' state in our bedroom. The old, old wallpaper is off, the cast iron fire place has been stripped back to it's original bare metal, and we're now waiting for the plasterer.  If I'm feeling brave enough, I may even do this again but on a BIG scale. Yikes! Watch this space!

Byeee for now!

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A work in progress ...

Stencils by Kasia for Crafters Workshop, and Tim Holtz

Well, not much to report from my little art studio of late, life has been busy busy busy. This year I am doing more hours in my 'real' job as a school teacher, and a lot of my time has been taken up with getting ready for the new school term. I love both my art, and my job as a school teacher and it genuinely is very difficult getting the balance right, Have I made the right decision this year? Who knows! Time will tell..... The way I look at it is that I have half of my time in school, and half of my time for art, but one thing has a habit of taking over from the other ;-) I'm really really hoping that I can manage it this year and KEEP THE BALANCE.

So, here's a work in progress. I suppose this is a bit like an art journal page but it's not in my journal, it's on a large gesso board which has a beautiful smooth surface for painting on. I love it! Sometimes when I'm painting I don't want to make a pretty picture, I want to FEEL it. Do you know that feeling? So here is my messy, raw, scribblings and finger painting in it's early stages, step-by-step, snapped with my phone, so you can see how it is evolving. 

I have no idea where I'm going with this, I just need to let it takes its own course ...

And don't forget I'm taking part in the fabulous Wanderlust again next year. It was fab last year and the teacher line up is amazing. You can it now at the early bird price! *Click here for all the details*

Byee for now :-)

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Wanderlust 2017!

Yay! I'm so happy to reveal that I'm going to be a teacher on Wanderlust 2017!  I absolutely LOVED being a part of this fantastic collective last year and I'm so excited to  be a part of it all again!

Wanderlust is whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers..
Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Buy Wanderlust 2017 before 31st December 2016 and save 20%! Click *here* for all the details!
Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)
Now it’s a great time to buy the class to take advantage of the current exchange rate!

Now, I feel very honoured and fortunate indeed to be appearing alongside some fabulous mixed media teachers. The great reveal has already begun, and more teachers will be revealed on a daily basis. But lookie at this so far! Woweee!

So, how did my class go down last year? Well, just have a look at just a few of the very lovely comments I received:

I absolutely love your teaching style and this project!  I just joined up so I'm so very excited to begin!  

Such a wonderful class and a FANTASTIC instructor. Thank you so very much Kate! I learned so much, I am besotted with your color palettes and I'm so excited to make my version of this journal. I so appreciate how professional your presentation was, your attention to important detail and I just adore your lovely soft voice. You are a wonderful teacher and I hope to take more classes from you. I enjoyed this so very much.

I can't begin to express how much joy making this journal brought me. I love it so much! 

LOVE your classes!! You have such an amazing way of making the creation process easy and fun!! I look forward to more of your classes!! Thank you!!

This class was SO wonderful!!!  I loved the book and really enjoyed making mine.

Loved this class. Really happy to have something finished to start the year on a positive note. 

Fantastic videos and some great techniques. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching all the videos several times.

Amazing class Kate, I just finish watching it. I love it. So many ideas... Thanks

This class is awesome!  I'm definitely downloading this one and saving it.

Wow! Thanks Kate!! I am having so much Fun with this! I am relaxing and experimenting with different brushes for applying and blending the paint then doodling, stenciling, etc. LOVE THIS!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Getting back into the groove!

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz
Butterflies from Papillon set by Tim Holtz

I'm back from my little summer break! Did you miss me?! I had such a very busy time in the run up to the school summer holidays that I just needed to step away from social media, from my art, and spend some time with my family recharging the old batteries. 

I find that it is remarkably easy to switch off, but not so easy to switch back on again ;-) However as I had a regular art journaling class scheduled at Art from the Heart this weekend I was forced to get back into my little art room and get creating again. Needless to say the first art journal page i made was awful (I won't show you that one haha!) but you just have to work through it and keep going. Creativity breeds creativity ....

When I returned from my hols (a wet camping trip to Wales!) I was very lucky indeed to attend a class with the very gorgeous France Papillon. What an amazing teacher! If you ever get the chance to take a class with France then do!  It was completely different from what I usually do but I learned so much and got to try lots of different things, including the Prima Rust Kit. *LOVE* *SWOON* A very quick and simple way to make a rust effect.

Made at a class with France Papillon

This inspired me to add some of my newly learned techniques to my art journal pages (done in my FAVOURITE black square Dylusions journal). How fab do these rusted washers look on my colourful background? In case you are wondering, I cut them using a Sizzix die from an old Cheerios box.

I also delved into my rather large stash of clothing tags which are just too nice to throw away ...

I also made this simpler one colour version. Although it looks simpler it has a lot of layers, and lots of hidden journaling underneath.

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Beach hut by me! for Stampotique originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz

And I just love the combination of blue/teal with rust:

I stamped my *new* beach huts stamp onto an old book page (for the nice colour paper) and cut out just one of them to add to my tag:

And here's just a snippet from my rubbish page that I didn't like, because I used my new sailboat stamp. This is the only bit of the page that I actually like.

Sailboat by me! for Stampotique Originals

And I had a very lovely day indeed with the regular journalers at Art from the Heart where there was much laughter, chat and biscuits. Here they are all hard at work:

And finally .... I have updated my workshops page *here* and I will be adding to it as bookings for events go live etc so keep an eye out. Maybe I'll see you at a workshop in the future?

Byeee for now!