Sunday, 20 December 2015

Mixed Media with Pan Pastels!

Time for another lovely week of inspiration over at WeLove2Create again today! Pop over and join in because you can win some Pan Pastels and if you've never used them before they truly are a fantastic product to work many people are apprehensive and feel like they dont know what to do with them when they arrive but the key is to just open them up and PLAY - add water, gesso, use dry, the choice is yours because they will mix with almost anything and are one of the most versatile products you could ever wish for!

I made a project similar to this a long long time (like years) ago and I liked it so much that when I came across it in a box recently I decided to create another using my PanPastels. I just cut out a heart using a die and some sturdy cardstock and then gesso'd it to create a foundation. I coloured using my favourite turquoise and some violet and aquamarine and a mix of others in there too I think...
I have to say when I do mixed media I just throw everything at it and forget to write down what I'm doing as I go, I mixed in some of the pearlescent white to create a nice sheen...used Gold Shake Marker around the edges and just splodged it around and smudged it with my fingers to make it look like it had been gold leafed. Then I added Maimeri gloss gel over the top and once it had all dried I just bent it and it all cracked up. A simple Ranger lock and a Tonic die-cut inked up with Versamark and stamped with stars to co-ordinate and Bobs your uncle. I will cut a hole in this and then thread wire to make a hanger I think...
 You can get a better idea of the texture and crackles here...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Colouring Crazy with Pan Pastels Challenge

Hi everyone!

Make sure you head over to the PanPastel blog at WeLove2Create today for more amazing PanPastel inspiration from the team - those girls are SOOO creative!
You can also win some goodies so make sure you enter, it's an Anything Goes with Mixed Media challenge so easy peasy!

Anyone who follows my shinanigins in the craft zone will know that the last couple of months have seen me launch my new digital book series - Colour Therapy printable colouring books.
I've been SO excited to do this - it's something I've been wanting to do for the last 18 months really since I first saw Colouring Books starting to take off and as always I'm late to the party but I got there in the end!

The first Colour Therapy includes some lovely designs - there are 10 sets with 7 unique images in each set, all presized to make life easy but obviously as they're digital you can manipulate them in any way you wish and just keep printing and printing for like, for.....EVER!

Be gone, printed books, you are a one-hit wonder!
This is my favourite image from Florabunda, and I part coloured this with my adorable PanPastels of course!

I sent this image off to a Professional printer online and for a mere £12 (about $18?) I had this printed super huge at A2 Poster size which is 23.4 x 16.5" big - MASSIVE!
When I eventually get around to finishing this I think it will go on my living room wall because for once I really love it....
I have to confess having something this big in front of me in black and white was like, WOAHHHH where the heck do I start and it was a little overwhelming, but the joy of it being so huge was that it really enabled me to colour with the PanPastels properly, probably for my first time if I'm honest and if I wasnt in love with PanPastels before I sure am now!!

The Sofftt tools are truly amazing and you really MUST use them with your pastels - nothing else lays down the pigment in the same way - this looks really accomplished in the colouring but really all I did was sweep the colours on with the sponges and it kinda just happened on it's own!

I laid the colour down just dry straight from the pan, and although the poster paper is uber shiny and smooth they still laid down amazingly well. I did a couple of sprays with Artist Fixative here and there just to get some extra depth but it was minimal.

I think looking at this I actually don't want to colour the whole thing, I might just do a little of the foreground and leave the centre row of houses undone for effect.

The challenge will be finding something to mount it onto - but I'm going to scour all the bargain shops for a cheap canvas print I can just gesso over and use that, nice and cheap.

This image is on the Colour Therapy CD/download and you can get it here:

Don't forget to go and enter the challenge HERE

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Paint Draw Blend!


The amazing peeps over at PanPastel have very kindly done a little editorial piece on my Fishy Wishy that I coloured up with PanPastel last month, focusing on the whole adult colouring phenomenon which is happening right now 

I was overwhelmed at the response to this project on social media and have had several requests for prints of this artwork.
If you'd like to purchase a signed limited edition print (A3) you can buy him for a paltry £25 inc P&P, just email me for details : ) 



A little while back I did a giveaway for a signed piece of my work - you can see the post HERE.

After mucho typage into here is the result of the little draw:

and by my reckoning the 8th person to leave me a comment was Karen Pettit - well done, email me with your snail mail honey and it will be on it's way for you.

Thankyou all so much for taking the time to leave me a comment ; )

Friday, 11 December 2015

Colouring challenge at Graph'It...

So it's time for another challenge over at Graph'It blog today  - head on over and join in, it's an easy theme to follow and join in with and you can win one of 3 random prizes! 

I havent had chance to put this little fella onto a card yet but he was really great to colour. 
Now I have to admit I was really lazy this week - I printed him onto a really duff 80gsm copy paper which just happened to be in the printer and didnt realise till i came to colour him, but I didnt have much option by then so I had to just go with the duff paper and the feeling of dread, knowing how much my markers would bleed.
What happened next was a complete accident really - yes, honestly! I coloured up really quickly and as the paper was almost like blotting paper it soaked the ink so fast I realised that I was getting a bit of a watercoloured look completely unintentionally so I just went with it. I just added my blender to smooth out the blends back into the white paper and left it at that, but was super careful with the reds and made sure I coloured inside the lines - I've got so used to Graph'its not bleeding ever that it was a real shock to the system, I felt like I was colouring with some of my markers from the bad old days LOL.
I wanted to give a feeling of depth and temperature so I added a little blue shadow snowman behind him for a background effect and lots of snowflakes and some snowballs. When you colour snow it's important to pay more attention to the shadows to give yourself a feeling of depth otherwise it just looks one dimensional - make sure you get blue greys and some neutral greys involved in the shadows too....

Colours used: 7101, 7105, 7110 cheeks 4145
Red 5245, Green 8110, 8120, orange 3150
Grey 9400, 9404, Blue grey 9101, 9104

Lots of blender

You can find out more about the image and where to get it over on the 
Graph'It blog 
so go and have a peek and don't forget to enter!

See you soon!

p.s. I havent picked my giveaway winner yet - I'll catch up with this over the Christmas period when I have more time! xx

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Heartfelt at the Pencil Case

It's time for a new pencil colouring challenge on the Pencil Case today...

At the Pencil Cases we all use Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils which are just amazingly easy and creamy to use.

As usual I've completely forgotten to write down the colours I used on this image but I had fun with a lot of the ones in my tin LOL! I know it's the aqua blues and Wine, magenta and the strong pinks, I had a lot of fun! I wanted to create a background effect for this too - she's not a Christmas Fairy at all but just by adding the baubles in the background she is transformed froma  vampire fairy to a Xmas Angel I think. You can get the image here which is Oddella Fairy
To make the baubles and the background I just gently coloured some circles and built in shadow and highlights then used (I think) yellow ochre for the fairy lights, together with my Graph'It Shake white marker....

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's all in the Bag!...Simply Homemade magazine....

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

I'm back today with something else from issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the'll be pleased to know this is the last in this little batch - phew haha!
I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...
I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get here either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.

You might have already seen this project as it's one I made as a TV demo for Create and Craft earlier in the year but I really love this...
again you can get the template from the magazine too (sorry i dont have a link grrr)....

This cute gift bag is really versatile but very very sturdy and it's like a mini briefcase - I love making bags I must do more of these, I've got out of the habit lately and I do love them...
Again, all the elements and papers are from the collection and are all hand cut, I just added centres of blong to the flowers and plenty of glitter and that's it....

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