Sunday, 15 July 2018


        You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have
...Maya Angelou...           



 I have never realised just how relaxing creating mini works of art on stones can be...where I live we have a beach and this is often the place for treasure hunting and foraging with my Granddaughter, now she loves to create and it was her idea to draw on stones and shells...and now I can't stop lol...





...it's funny how little it takes for you to become hooked... 





...have a wonderful day...

bye for now

X


Friday, 13 July 2018

Old and New - Work In Progress





Hello...you lovely creative lot 😊 it's been a while...


Thought I would share with you a work in progress...this is a latch off a trunk that is getting a make over, its having new life breathed into it Mel style.  It's been a good while since I have touched my media products and boy I have loooved having a play...



This trunk has been painted in Annie Sloan chalk paint, I have used a custom blend of various whites and have diluted my favourite colour provence to enhance the crackle...


I have used DecoArt mixed media crackle paste to achieve this effect...the size of your crackle depends on how thick you paint it on ie smaller crackles spread thinly and larger crackles spread thickly...I love this product, it is so versatile and the effects you can create are insanely good...


...below is the before photo...



...as I said this is a work in progress so a lot more to come from me but I do hope this has whetted your creative flow to get out your crackle paste...

see you soon
X




Sunday, 5 July 2015

SUNBURST





- Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour - Rumi

...Hello everyone...

...it's been so nice to have a DecoArt play day, lots of mess & lots of fun...

...I've created an 8'' by 10'' canvas and 3 mini media boards by Tando-Creative to share with you using Andy Skinner's Sunburst Stencil/Mask and paints and mediums from the DecoArt Media Line...
...I have to say I have stepped right out of my comfort zone and loved it!...


...the fluid acrylics have an amazingly high colour pigment, that give a wonderful vibrancy and add great depth...


...the crackle paint adds thousands of teeny tiny crackles, which come to life when the paint, misters and water flows into them high-lighting their amazing formation...


...lots of circles, hand drawn along with splodges and splatters, no rules...


...tiny fissurs...


...loving this stencil/mask by Andy-Skinner...


...this canvas had been gesso'd, then crackle paint was spread randomly with a pallet knife to add texture...modeling paste was mixed with colour and spread over the stencil...


...liquid glass was added over the top of the dried modeling paste...


...paint, misters and water were layered, dried and layered again, endless possibilities, the Quinacridone Magenta is ahhhhmazing and my new fave colour! I'm a blue girl but this vibrant colour changes when mixed with water etc to become a delicious raspberry I love it...


...the light captured the liquid glass, love this stuff it's so versatile...


...I used black & white Pitt Pens to add some whimsical scribbles to define borders...


...all the pinky tones are Quinacridone Magenta in various stages of dilution, ahhhhmazing colour! I hope you find time to have some fun and see where the paint takes you, sorry these piccys are slightly blurry (think I may need an eye check lol!)...

...all paints and mediums in these photo's are by DecoArt ...

XXX










Sunday, 15 February 2015

50 SHADES of GREY


...hearts are wild creatures, that's why our ribs are cages...


...hello peeps...well, you may of heard that an adaptation of a certain book/trilogy hit the big screens this weekend and so I thought I'd give you my take on 50 Shades of Grey...


...if you'd like to re-create a similar look here is a simple step-by-step guide...
...I already had some chunky blocks coated in Gesso for future projects...


...next up the paint, I love a flat matt finish so DecoArts Chalky Finish was my choice... 


...one all over coat of Everlasting & dry brushed random swipes of Carbon... 


...50/50 mixture of black Modeling Paste & white Crackle Paste...this was then spread over DecoArts Distressed Harlequin Stencil...


...a nice spreadable texture which does not seep under the stencil...


...this was repeated on all sides of the block and dried with the aid of a heat tool...


...I brushed some Everlasting paint over the block to reveal the cracks and wiped back with paper towel...then the random spritzing of Shimmer Mist in white and Carbon Black...


...this looks scary but don't worry, roll paper towel back and forth over the surface, the paint merges together beautifully...then the entire block was coated in One Step Crackle and left to dry over night (don't use a heat tool on this product or it will blister & bubble and not give the desired effect)...once completely dry the magic begins...I mixed 50/50 paint in Vintage and Carbon and using a stubby brush, pushed the paint into the tiny crackles and immediately wiped back with paper towel...


...this was repeated over the whole block...then I added a heart from the Spellbinders collection...


...no need for any priming, the Chalky Finish Paint adheres beautifully to the metal, Everlasting was dabbed on with the stubby brush for movement...


...then some Fluid Acrylic in Silver...when dry the heart was covered in One Step Crackle and left to dry...


...the left over paint combo from earlier was again pushed into all the tiny fissures to reveal the luscious little crackles, when dry the heart and the entire block were then given a coating of Ultra Matt Varnish (I love this stuff!!)...

...the heart was attached to the block with sticky foam tape and secured more firmly with black jute twine...some finishing touches in the form of Tim Holtz Ideaology (the feet, faucet knob & identity tag)...


...some over all piccys...







...a few little additions, a Spellbinders Heart filled with glitter chips and covered in Liquid Glass and some keys given the Iron Texture_Fierro treatment...


...well that's my 50 Shades of Grey...I hope you like...

...these products can give great texture and dimension to your projects, I hope you have fun experimenting...

XXX

All paints and mediums are by DecoArt





















Sunday, 11 January 2015

FIND CHERISH & ADORE


...once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale...


...hi there, I know it's been a while...Christmas has been and gone and the New Year has rushed in already and we now have Valentines knocking at the door...
...I've put together a mixed media tag using products from DecoArts amazing Mixed Media Line...










...thank you for stopping by today...
XXX



PRODUCTS USED

DecoArt: Fluid Acrylics: Green Gold
                                           Pyrrole Red
DecoArt: Shimmer Mist: White
                                          Red
DecoArt: Texture Sand Paste: Neutral
DecoArt: Gesso

Masks:  Andy Skinner#Burning Rubber
              Tando#hearts background

Stamps: Tim Holtz