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19 January 2017

Paints, stencils and gelli prints... Oh my!

So I've been a bad/abset blogger for a few weeks... the reason for this is my PC became a victim of the curse of 2016 and we had to add it to the list of 2016's fatalities - it died the week before christmas! This was a drama for me because
a) I use it A LOT!!
b) EVERYTHING is stored on it - you know things like holiday photos, work bits and pieces, existing designs, working designs....
c)  I HADN'T BACKED IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My friend was brilliant & took the pc apart and retrieved the hard drive and all the information (he is now my tech'geek hero!) ... YAY! WOO HOOOOOO!! (a massive thank you to him!)
aaaand breeeeaaathe!

I can now see all my information and use it but I'm working on hubby's laptop which is good but its not like using my pc - I feel like I'm working with one hand tied behind my back!  sigh  but, I appreciate it could be worse & I could have no pc at all.... so I am grateful (very grateful!) for what I have.

aaaanyhooo enough about my PC/technical woes an on to prettier paintier things...

I made this box canvas late last summer (inspired by the gelli print play day I had with friends) and forgot to share it with you (like I said at the start  - bad blogger, bad blogger).. its a gelli plate printed box canvas, painted with Fresco Finish paints in various shades of green and blue and stencilled using Stencil Girl, Artemio & Donna Downey stencils.
I really like how it turned out - so much so its actually on the wall in the lounge! I know! Shocker!! My own work on the wall in my own home! Whatever next!


6 January 2017

Coming soon....

.... new JOFY bits n pieces.... head on over to the PaperArtsy blog for some cheeky sneek peaks...

1 January 2017

Cass Art #BeInspired challenge...

... A new year brings new challenges and projects. I was recently approached by CassArts (fabulous art shops countrywide - you can find them online HERE) and invited to be part of their #BeInspired challenge for 2017.... and I've happily taken up the invitation... all very exciting!

The first challenge went live today.  I was sent a 'mystery' package (who doesn't love a mystery package!) and inside was this great product selection..

This was going to be fun!  Air dry clay has been in the back of my mind for some time as a product to experiment with and use in different ways... so this pack got me thinking....  The pack contained Das products - a slab of plain clay, a rolling pin, 2 packs of coloured/marbling clay and a bottle of varnish...  all a little out of my comfort zone of paper, paint, and stamps... but this is good!

I really like the simplicity of the rolling pin - and the removable rubber rings  - 2 of each size (one for each end) to ensure even depth when rolling out the clay - simple but effective!

I combined the plain clay with one of the colours - 'Sodalite Blue' - I just squished (I don't have a technical term for that process lol) them together and then rolled them out - I really like the unpredictability of this - no two pieces are going to be the same & I like how one side of the rolled out sheet is completely different to the other.


Once the clay had been rolled out I used a star shaped pastry cutter to cut several stars from the most interesting patterned areas of the clay, when they were dry I gently sanded the edges & painted several of them with the varnish - in the photo below the right hand star has been varnished giving it a lovely gloss finish.

I rolled the excess back into a ball, then rolled it out flat again and after pressing some rubber stamps into the surface to create an impression I cookie cuttered out some more shapes.  I pierced holes in all the shapes, and laid them on the radiators to dry, turning and flattening them occasionally.

I planned to use these pieces as embellishments for presents - they can be used all year and can be personalised, and because the clay is really lightweight it doesn't add weight to the gift wrap.

The photo below shows how I've used them on a wrapped bottle - all the stars have different effects: Top star has a pattern pressed in to the surface using a rubber stamp into the surface (red/grey rubber stamps are better for this than clear stamps as they are firmer); middle star has been varnished and a monogram stamped onto the surface; the bottom large star has been left plain.

Here's the small present nestled into the christmas tree - cute!

I created some pieces with the plain clay too - there's a blog post featuring those coming in the next week.


27 December 2016

Well reallly!! 2016...

.. 2016, has been an unforgiving year - but on Christmas Day it over-stepped the mark when it claimed George Michael for its list of celebrity passings in this year...

I was so shocked & saddened by this - George Michael has always been in the background of my life - he (as part of Wham!) was on the walls of my teenage bedroom, he's always been on my record player, or on tapes and cd's in my car... and summer has only officially arrived when 'club tropicana' is heard on the radio.. and the same for christmas - its not christmas until 'last christmas' has been heard.. but that tune has a different poignancy now...


24 December 2016

Wishing you all a .....

Eat, drink, be merry... and enjoy!

Day 4 of a FABULOUS blog hop!...

I hope you've all enjoyed the last 3 nights of blog-hopping - its been really inspiring hasn't it!

Tonight's four blogs are listed below and they are fabulous so hop on over and enjoy - don't forget to leave a message!

Live from Dec. 24
Kay Carley
Emma Godfrey
Cindy Gilstrap
Karen Gaunt

23 December 2016

We're halfway through the PaperArtsy / Stencil Girl blog hop and I'm sure you'll agree the projects so far have been fabulous and I'm sure those coming in the next 2 days will not disappoint either, and will be well worth a visit. 

Blog Hop Order:

Live from Dec. 21

Darcy Wilkinson

Kim Dellow
Mary C. Nasser
Gwen Lafleur

Live from Dec. 24
Kay Carley
Emma Godfrey
Cindy Gilstrap
Karen Gaunt

Head on over the blogs listed above (on/after the dates shown) for lots of inspiration and a chance to win a prize - remember to leave a comment.

Thanks for all the comments left on my blog - so glad you liked my project, and I hope its inspired you to get busy with the stencils, masks and paints!


22 December 2016

A marvelous mash up of a blog hop!

PaperArtsy have teamed up with Stencil Girl Products to bring you a wonderful blog hop featuring work by their product designers and design team members. There are sixteen blogs to visit over the run of the hop, and chances to win prizes!

One lucky winner will receive a $75 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a £50 Gift Certificate for PaperArtsy!!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced onStencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

My plan was to create a masterboard with the intention of turning it into an upcycled book & journaling cards, or greeting cards, but when I finished the masterboard I could hardly bear to cut it up! :o)

But I did!  I made several cards and a canvas...

The largest panel (8.5x8.5in) was embellished and mounted onto a 12x12in box canvas.....

To create the masterboard I covered heavyweight cartridge paper with vintage music sheets. To soften the black print I white washed the entire sheet.
I chose masks rather than stencils so I intentionally chose statement colours to cover the background because I knew they would be visible through layers, so I chose Bougainvillea and Coral Fresco Finish paints ('go-to' colours!). I loaded up a Gelli plate and printed over the entire surface - these paints are semi-opaque and translucent which allows the papers to show through.  I wanted a bright base colour so pops of colour would pop through the mask's pattern.

Next I brayered on White Fire (pale gold) paint - I chose this because it is a) a gorgeous subtle gold & b) translucent and so allows the deep pink layer to show through.  The background's colour/finish is patchy which is what I wanted to achieve.

Next came the stencilling/masking - on the photo below the masks laid in position ready for a layer of Chalk paint to be applied.  The mask (deconstructed cluster of lilies mask s297, love collage mask L312) had to be painted and then repositioned elsewhere on the sheet...

The finished masterboard ready to be (eek!) cut up... and you can see all the lovely background colour coming through.

I made 3 cards from the masterboard, each featuring one of my stamps:

This card has mini JM54 stamped onto the solid flowers, the words are from Stencil Girl stencil S261

 I doodled onto the flowers on this card, the phrase is from JOFY09.

I never get bored of using this stamp from JOFY38, here I've teamed it with another phrase from stencil S261.

I'm so happy with the finished canvas - I sewed detail on with my sewing machine, and attached it the canvas with matte medium and hand stitching.  The gold flowers were created by stenciling embossing ink onto the design and embossing with WOW Metallic Brass Sparkle Embossing Glitter.

I don't often hang my own work in our house but this one is definitely going on the wall!

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop - don't for get to leave comments on each of the blogs for a chance to win.

19 December 2016

6 days left!....

.... I don't mean to worry/panic any of you but there's only SIX shopping days left before christmas!

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for you or the arty/crafty person in your life then I have the a great suggestion for you... (and you don't even need to leave the house to buy it!).

Wanderlust 2017 would make a great gift for a paint/ink covered person in your life - a gift that will keep on giving all through the year - who wouldn't want a gift like that!!

It is an online mixed media workshop experience featuring 26 amazing tutors (including Alena Hennessy, Sandra Everstson, Mindy Lacefield, Dyan Reavely, Kate Crane & me!) and 50 inspirational video classes over the course of the year.

Until the 31 December 2016 there's is an early bird price of £79 which is well worth taking advantage of (will increase to £99 after this date).

Grab yourself a bargain that will be enjoyed all year long - you won't be disappointed

Click on the graphic below to purchase.

I look forward to seeing you there.


PS  Merry Christmas!!

18 December 2016

Exciting news...

BLOG HOP...coming soon!

Something very exciting is coming this week that I'm thrilled to be part of:  a collaborative blog hop between

PaperArtsy and Stencil Girl Products

Just 3 sleeps to go and all will be revealed!

Visit the PaperArtsy blog each night and follow the links...and if that not exciting enough there's also....

Leave a comment on each blog while hopping and you'll go in the draw to win goodies! 

Leave comment's before... 
Friday, December 30th at 11:59PM USA Central Time

Winner will be announced on...
StencilGirl's Facebook page and PaperArtsy's blog on Sunday, January 1.

Details of the designers from both companies involved will be revealed on Wednesday Dec 21st