Sunday, 22 November 2015

We Love 2 Create and a Giveaway!

Hi! Happy Sunday!!

My turn to post over at We Love 2 Create challenge today and I am determined to make more 'me' time to craft my way that I really love so hopefully you'll be seeing a bit more mixed media from me in the coming months, it's very good to renew my creative juices LOL.

The We Love 2 Create challenge is ANYTHING GOES so you can all enter! Get over there now! 

As you all know I do love my colouring but I also adore creating mixed media - just letting go of all your inhibitions and just throwing it on whatever you're doing and see what the result is. I'm not one for making plans, I actually think creatively it can be very restrictive so I just go with the flow and see what happens, I really think a lot of people totally overthink it - just let it be what it is.

I'm actually going to choose a random commenter to receive this little piece of me as a giveaway so if you'd like to win this please leave me a comment below and I'll pick one out at random. 

I've had this Oddella fairy image printed off for ages and have been dying to do something funky with her but havent had chance to sit down properly with my Stampbord and PanPastels for a while.

I transferred this digistamp onto my Stampbord using a laser print and Acetone (just print with a laser printer then rub acetone over the image to transfer it onto virtually any surface). Nail varnish won't work because it's not pure Acetone by the way (well it doesnt for me anyway) - but you can get Acetone from Boots the chemist and it's only a couple of quid for a decent size bottle - just look in the nails section I think it was or ask at the counter.
Basically it's just like working your blender pen, it evaporates off really quickly just make sure you're in a ventilated space as it is a little stinkypoos...I apply it just with a tissue over the top of my paper.

I didnt get a brilliant outline (cheapo copy paper works better than printing on good card) but I quite like that as I then traced over the faint lines with a fineliner to outline them more and it meant I got more of a sketchy feel which was fine for this anyway....

This is a 3" Stampbord coaster. If you've never used Stampbord before it's a piece of hard wood with a white clay surface applied to one side. The clay is super silky smooth (it's sooooo tactile you wont be able to stop stroking it) but the clay will take any pigment virtually and it drinks up PanPastel pigments, paints, inks, watercolours, alcohol markers, alcohol inks - it just loves everything and gives you an amazingly smooth surface to stamp on. Also because it's clay you can scratch into the surface - but, want to know the best thing about Stampbord?

If you go wrong you can sand it back and start again with ZERO waste - yes, ZERO WASTE!

I just coloured the surface with various PanPastel colours, some went on dry with a Sofft tool or a small paintbrush, others I mixed up with a little water to paint on where I wanted a more vivid colour. I then scratched into the Stampbord to get some texture, scratched out the pink heart and some details as highlights and as we are all thinking of Paris this weekend, scratched out the word Peace as it just was the only thing that came to mind. 
The background is made using a star texture stamp and versamark ink, it just holds the pastel so well, and I sprayed with hairspray in between layers to seal them and enable me to layer the colour up properly. 
This is REALLY important - make sure you seal as you go, otherwise the PanPastels can actually mix too much and you end up with a brown sludgey colour - just use a cheap hairspray BUT...this will discolour and yellow over time so if you want an everlasting piece use an Artist Fixative or use the Maimeri Matte Medium in a spritz to seal instead (or another matt sealer but it needs to be sprayed or you'll smudge the pastel)....
Finally I edged the square with the Graph'It Glitter shake gold marker and added a few white dots using my Graph'It Shake white marker (best white in the world). 
I used the following products on my make: 

Stamp: Polkadoodles Oddella Fairy

The We Love 2 Create challenge is ANYTHING GOES so you can all enter! Get over there now! 


Don't forget - I'm actually going to choose a random commenter to receive this little piece of me as a giveaway so if you'd like to win this please leave me a comment below and I'll pick one out at random x

I've entered this make into the following challenge:


  1. That's really cool the funky colours ....I'm so not brave enough to du that ! :) x

  2. Absolutely stunning. The layers of colours are fantastic and I love how vivid they are. Fantastic colouring. Love the touches of white and the stars in the backdrop. Tracy x

  3. I love how you colored Oddella. And I love when you use pan pastels! Your creations are always awesome!

  4. Simply stunning, what a fabulous giveaway, I have my fingers crossed

  5. Wow, this is absolutely STUNNING!!!! That stamp board sounds amazing. I just recently started playing with mixed media through art journaling. Your work is incredible. Those Pan Pastels look like so much fun. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win this gorgeous piece. ♡♡♡

  6. It's beautiful Nikky and I would love to give it a home where it would be hung to inspire me. I've used Stampbord for stamping and colouring but now want to try with my Pans. Thanks for the chance Karen x

  7. Wow, I can't believe how you managed to get so much yumminess in to a 3'' square.

  8. Very cool project! Great texture. Thanks for playing at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  9. Stampboard? Ooh that sounds like a fun new challenge - thank you for sharing!! And great pan pastel work - she is beautiful! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!


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