Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Something Exciting is Happening

I've been working on something for a little while now and it is finally happening.
I love mixed media and colour, I wanted something that works, something easy to use and something Solvent free.

So lets show you my Mists that will be exclusive to Essential Crafts and we will have them at an amazing price.

Acrylic Mists

Cool Colours
Purple Rain, Lagoon and A little Pinky

Warm Colours
Green Fingers, Sunshine and In The Red

Putting on the Glitz (metallic range)

Jewel Colours
Royal Velvet, Sea Spray, and Oh So Pink

 Precious Metals
9ct Gold, Copper Pot and Silver Slipper

All stunning colours and 100ml in each mist ( I love value for money)
They will be in the sets of 3 as seen above the Acrylic Mists will be £11.99 and the Putting on the Glitz will be 13.99 a set making them exceptional value.

Now available to buy at Essential Crafts by clicking here

Happy Misting Everyone x

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tonic Studio Mixed Media

Did you see it?
Tonic Studios media die launch.
I was curious to how well these would work but to be honest I should have known that they would be just as fabulous as their other dies.
At the same time they launched the Media Dies they also launched the Expanding Mousse.
As soon as they arrived I got to play.

I started my journey cutting out the Traditional Timepiece and the Steam Cogs and Widgets from the Tonic Grey board and as soon as I had them cut out in front of me I knew I was going to build a 3D vintage clock.
Using black foam board a began cutting out several pieces to create the clock face gluing one on top of another until I had the depth that I wanted, then using black gesso I painted the inside to hide the foam.

I then started to add the Expanding Mousse in Tuscan Gold all over the outside of the clock face, I used a heat gun over the mousse and watched it expand and bubble until it looked distressed and vintage.

Now to decide what to do with the cogs, I wanted them to shine unlike the clock face housing.
Tonic gilding flakes are wonderful, you get quite big flakes in a large pot and the Nuvo glue pens work beautifully with it.
Just look how gorgeous they are.

Next to use another colour of the Expanding Mousse for the clock face this time I used Old Linen.

Adding the cogs inside the clock face housing building them up in layers. Adding the pointer hands onto the clock face.

For the base I had an MDF plaque that my husband kindly made for me and paired with the black gesso then I cut out some of the Media Frame dies and joined them together before rubbing in the Tuscan Gold Expanding Mousse

Now putting it all together.
I used a couple of different sized dowels to sit the clock housing onto the plaque.

I’m thrilled at how this turned out.

Tick tock. tick tock.

As you can see it has a very rustic look to it.

It just needed a place to sit....

Monday, 3 September 2018


Ok hands up, who is afraid of colour?
It's a funny old thing isn't it, so many rules, Blue and green should never be seen unless there's something in between..... unless of course it's lime green and vivid blue then that rule gets thrown out of the window.
Colours can clash but then again some clashes look good.
So throw the rule book out and use the colours you like, rules are mean't to be broken so go with what works for you.
I started a mask with Powertex, stone art and texture balls.

I decided I wanted something with a bit of sparkle so started adding some metallic acrylic paints.

I loved the effect over all of the texture that I had added

I blended one colour into the other as I didn't want any harsh lines.

So this is where I broke the blue and green rule. I think it works.

I'm quite pleased with the result.

So how about you? does colour scare you?

Monday, 27 August 2018

New Workshops

I have a new list of workshops that are coming up.
I always try to pop then in the workshop tab just below the top picture header on my blog so if you are looking for them that is their home for easy access.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Garden Poppy with Stone Art Clay

As this is the last year of the WW1 Centenary 2014 to 2018, I wanted to commemorate this with something of my own.

Creating a Poppy from Stone Art clay and Powertex, It was quite a task to bring it all together as I wanted a large piece to put in the garden.

After making the poppy I created the seed pod.
My garden is mainly decking and plant pots so I popped them into my neighbours garden to so that you could see how good they look.

A little close up for you.

I will be running a workshop for these and I have added my next couple of workshops below with details of how to book for them.

Places fill fast for these so if you are wanting to book please don't leave it to last minute.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Stoneart Bottle Upcycling

Made using Stoneart , with powertex, such a lovely way to upcycle old bottles. 
I also made some stone art clay which works perfectly with Katy Sue Designs moulds.

 If you would like to see around the bottle you can look at the video below.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Creating Art Journals

Journal making is big fun, whats more is they are beautiful hand made craft gifts, you get the pleasure from making them and the receiver has the pleasure of owning them.
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun in creating.
Items used in the Journals are listed at the end of my post.

This first one was grabbed by my eldest Daughter. She fell in love with it.

So as you know, what you do for one you have to do for all so this one is my Youngest Daughters Journal.

So that meant I then had to make another to keep so mine was a Seascape one.
you can see that in more glory in the below video.

All Journal were created using Black Powertex Fabric Hardener
Moulds used where from Katy Sue Designs

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Workshop Days

Continuing with workshops and loving it.

Today we made spell books, lots of work but well worth it.

Our ladies did amazingly you could of heard a pin drop with the concentration levels.

Everyone decorated both front and back and have some spell pages to add inside.

This is a few pics of the one I prepared for the workshop.





And just to top off the month of January I was awarded this. 

My working life just couldn’t be better.