Sunday, 6 August 2017

'Lost' ......

Yet more mixed media .... I'm on a roll here!!
This project was totally fascinating as it started off as an experimental piece. It was an old 'painting' (a not very good one lol) which I painted over with white gesso. I decided on some collage background which consisted of some thin card that had been embossed on my big shot for another project and again unused. Tore them up and stuck them down randomly. I wanted to make the texture a bit more interesting so raided the recycling bin and found some netting that had previously contained satsumas!!

Because it was coated and bright orange I smothered it in gesso as it would give it a good Base to colour later......and this is where I got a bit 'stuck' and 'Lost' with what I was going to do next!!
So, went off and had a coffee and a good think!
It was then I remembered I had bought the Seth Apter Spellbinders 'Broken Maze' die a few weeks before and thought it fitted well with the getting lost part. So cut that out on the big shot using an off cut of card that I had been spraying and distressing other embellishments.....was a great colour and lots of random 'stuff' on there!!

One side of the canvas seemed a little bare so I added some lace to give it a bit more texture. Because of the different textures they all took on the colour differently when sprayed so this whole took a completely different direction colour wise! I wasn't  sure about the colour to start with but thought I'd leave alone to see what happened when I added the smaller embellishments of buttons and generally stuff that gets lost.

I decided it needed a bit more blending and then used the Cosmic Shimmer antique wax just to finish it off.
This project took me on a bit of a journey but I was an interesting one and at least I didn't need to 'fight' with it to get it to work! Loved the learning process in this piece and SO wish all my projects were like this.

Thanks for dropping by

Take care

Jackie x

More mixed media madness!!

Woah !!! COLOUR!! Something a little different colour wise from me this time! Turned out a little stronger than I thought it would and not my usual choice of colours but I am pleased with it anyway.
I started off with texture paste through a small Tim Holtz stencil (alphabet), then when dry I set about building up layers of colour using Cosmic Shimmer sprays and PebĂ©o Dyna iridescent paint in blue and green. The door hinge,  key and keyhole are alterations dies from Tim Holtz which were painted with a rusty look for a previous project but left unused so I painted over them to try to blend them in a bit better.
I also painted and stamped onto a chipboard tag, then stuck that down over some printed calico tape that was sprayed to change the colour. Paper flowers were sprayed with Cosmic Shimmers and stuck down over a distressed tag.

The frame was created by using UTEE in a silicone mold as was the gem in the centre. I was going to use resin but I was a bit too impatient  (us crafter usually are lol) as it takes a few hours to set so thought i'd experiment with the UTEE to see how it would turn out. Really pleased with the result so i'll be using that technique again at some point!

The paper butterfly was cut from patterned backing papers from my stash and stuck stuck down over fusible fibres. I added a couple of decorative pins for the antenae.

Really pleased with the way this turned out despite the strength of the colour.

Thank you for dropping by
Take care

Jackie x

Mixed media madness....

Many apologies for the lack of blogging recently but I have been busy creating!!
It has been thoroughly enjoyable being able to get back into my style of work and just generally  doing what I love best. This was quite a large a project but a fun one.
After spending three years at college studying contemporary art it was nice to get away from how things 'should be done' and be able to experiment with all my craft stash that I have accumulated over the years as well as experiment with some new things as well.
I have only recently discovered ...yes I know ... where have I been?!! Well wow! What a stunning box to receive.  All beautifully presented with the most scrumptious embellishments, ephemera, charms, resin frames and card and papers, all wrapped in a beautiful quality box!
I REALLY need to get my budget in order a bit to get more of her gorgeous products! Especially the paints and sprays!!
Anyway....I digress.... back to the project...
I used a mixture of two craftboxes for this project. The Apothecary Box and the Steampunk box..... I just sat and played and had some serious fun mixing and matching the contents of both boxes to decorate each individual little box.

Above is a photo of the book style box, the inside cover is decorated with tissue paper and then painted with acrylic paint mixed with matt medium to make it transparent as I wanted the images to show through slightly.

Here is a better view of the seperate boxes within the main box itself. Lots of different embellishments and techniques used creating them.
This little box was fun to put together and just slightly quirky! I used a tiny balloon shaped jar embellishment from the Apothecary Craftbox , I turned it upside down and created a little hot air balloon using some string, a tiny crown embellishment from my own stash and hot glue. Has a bit of a Steampunk feel which fitted with some of the other elements from the Steampunk craftbox.

Another fun and quirky box. This embellishment is simply gorgeous! It is articulated and also headless (a bit like me most days)! I used a paper flower for her head and a metal flower to further embellish as well as a quote sticker. It always makes me smile this one!!

This box contains a heavy wooden quote whit was then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer inks and then stuck down over backing papers and stickers which also came with the craftbox.

This is part of a set of three and was the first one I tried. This embellishment came in the box and I had planned to 'set' in CLEAR UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) but I lifted the wrong pot and ended up using interference blue instead, which was opaque and obliterated the charm. I managed to salvage it though by adding some copper coloured embossing powder to kill the colour slightly. The other little boxes I did with clear UTEE! That'll teach me to pay more attention next time!!

All in all this project was really fun and I enjoyed it immensely.  Was so good to get back into my crafting style again.
Thank you for dropping by

Take care
Jackie x

Thursday, 29 June 2017

It's been a while....

Many apologies for the lack of blogging but life just seems to have got in the way.
Anyway, I managed to take some time out to do some art journaling.
This page was created using the Spellbinders ' Broken Maze' by Seth Apter. The background is a palette  clean up (not into wasting paint lol) and I just finished it off using some old plastic stencils from my stash. Added some paint splashes for a bit of extra 'grunginess'.

Thanks for dropping by and hopefully it won't be quite so long before my next post.

Take care
Jackie x

Monday, 24 October 2016


Hi Everyone, again many apologies for not being around much, just been a tad busy with 'life stuff'.
Anyway I decided to take a little time-out from the miserable 'life stuff' and create a couple of abstract paintings.
They are both reworked canvases and created using texture paste, matt medium, acrylic paint and gilding foils.
I had a a whole load of fun doing these and i'm rather thrilled with how they have turned out.
Thanks for dropping by and apologies for the short post.
Jackie x

Friday, 15 July 2016

Assemblage Clock

Hi Everyone,  sorry I haven't been around much lately but I've busy redecorating my living room.
Anyway, I thought I'd  share  this project I did a while ago.
I finally managed to get my hands on a Tim Holtz assemblage Clock.  I had been looking for one for ages but they always seemed to have been sold out! I just couldn't  wait to get to work on this!
I coloured the shiny chrome surface with alcohol inks to make it look old and rusty. Used some off cuts of Tim Holtz papers for the insides which were then coloured with Distress Inks. I used The Artist Stamper ' Tick-Tock'  butterfly and flower stamps to create the 3D butterfly and rose and then added a little glass phial filled with watch parts and then added a quote and some ribbons to finish it off. Had loads of fun doing this project as I do love this kind of work but it has been such a long time since I have done any because of college studies.
A close up of the ' contents  ' of the clock.

And here is a close up of the finish.

Thanks for dropping by.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend. 
Take care
Jackie x

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Art Journaling

One of the first things I promised myself when I finished college was to do more art journaling. I think it is a great way to practice to practice new techniques and try out new ideas as well as a great way to blow off some steam and vent a little.
I was lucky enough to be able to take a workshop with Glenda Waterworth a couple of weeks ago. It was a very informative class which I thoroughly enjoyed. It also boosted my confidence a little as I haven't  really done a lot of journaling in this kind of style.

I started this journal in Glenda's class as I had bought it when I was at college specifically for working in when I had finished. It is a Pink Pig spiral bound A4 size.
This page was done fairly quickly by starting out using Gesso.  When dry I then did some writing using pro markers. The purpose of the Gesso was to make sure the pro markers didn't  bleed through the page. Anyway after writing in the 'normal' direction (left to right) I rotated the page , changed colour and wrote the same again. I did this three times changing colour each time. Then covered the whole page in another coat of Gesso.  When dry I then sprayed with Dylusions inks. Dried them off and then used some stencils with Distress Inks. The words were also done using stencils. I used a black rollerball and a white Posca Paint marker to highlight the word Change. These two words relate to the journaling which was covered up.
I didn't  really plan this page as such, I just sat down and played around and this is what came out.
I am feeling pretty rotten today (stinking cold) so had to give the redecorating of the living room a miss.

Thanks for dropping by

Take care

Jackie x