Thursday, 27 October 2016

Clean and simple Beki

I don't normally post twice in a day but this one is for Thats Crafty Clean and Simple challenge using the lovely new stamps by Donna Gray/ aka Inky and Quirky Designs.
I was so excited when my stamps arrived yesterday afternoon and I was off to play with them straight away with all sorts of ideas running around my head.
So this CAS card was stamped with versafine ink and then stamped again on some patterned paper to do some paper piecing. The stamp has a lovely house that dangles on the end of Beki's hair but  I decided to stamp the house plus a flower on her hair instead. I coloured her face and legs with Derwent colour soft pencils but the colour seems to have been lost in the photo.

Thank you for stopping by
and for any comments.
Gill x

Monday, 10 October 2016

Autumn is coming

Today for  AJJ Indian Summer - Golden October - Autumn   I have a mix of stamping and drawing. The background is a mix of Aquamarker pens and Panpastels. I used my eraser on the Panpastels to (try) draw a hill in the distance and give a bit of perspective.

It's been a lovely day with the sun shining, although it's now much cooler than a couple of weeks ago but still doesn't look very autumnal here.... but I'm sure autumn is coming.... soon :)

I'm still working on some Christmas decorations for the Steampunk themed tree and hopefully will have time to make some other ones for my traditional tree.
The big snowflakes (bought cheap one Christmas to use on a card) were originally white felt but I've painted them to hopefully look a bit rusty and grungy. I found that one of my cog dies fitted snuggly in the middle of the snowflake that had a hexagonal whole in centre.
The nut/bolt looking things on the one bauble I have completed so far are made from craft foam, the 'nut' was a hexagonal left over bit from one of Tim Holtz Sizzix mixed media dies.

Thank you for visiting.
Happy Monday to you
Gill x

Friday, 7 October 2016

Drips and Splatters

I'm linking to the new theme over at Moo Mania & More  which is 'drips and splatters' and immediately that conjures messy grungy things which I love. It sounds a good excuse to go mad, have lots of fun and splat a lot of paint about... but before doing that... here's a mainly digital piece using another one of my painted faces.   
I made two versions but I think the first is my favourite. 

I digitally blended the photo of my artwork over a digital background I made a few years ago (the mesh looking stuff isn't real) then I duplicated and added the face again as I wanted it a bit more symmetrical (down below is the original artwork). 
Then I added a few digital bits from some kits I had and some bits, including the red blobs from kits I made a few year ago called 'Grunge en rouge' and 'Grunge it'.
I also used a digital grungy splatter sort brush to add the black splodges that hopefully make it look like she has hair.

This is the first  piece I made before it evolved into the other
Thank you for visiting
and any comments are very much appreciated.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Gill  x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Indian Summer

Gosh its been a few weeks since I last posted, where did that go.
I've been trying to catch up for a few days and got a bit confused where I'm up to as my 'blogrolls' on two of my blogs have disappeared. But it appears (I think) not my fault but a problem which will be rectified soon ??
So... trying to get back to normal at last...'s a mainly digital piece for  AJJ new fabulous theme 'Indian Summer'  hosted by the lovely Valerie.

Digi kits used 'Autumn returns' and ' A scrap of art' both by Lynne Anzelc.
And the face one from one of my paintings  (the one that I added the stamped birds too)

I think the heat-wave we had here in parts of the UK for a good 10 days, from the second week of September, counts as an Indian Summer. The two conservatories (which came with our house) act like green houses when its hot - but it gets too hot for me and it gives me headaches, make it hard to sleep and feel right out of sorts.
So I am glad it has cooled down a bit now.

We had some unusual skies in September too... 

and the birds were hot and liked to cool down
Thanks for stopping by today
and any comments are very much appreciated.
Gill x
will try and catch up as best I can :)

Monday, 5 September 2016

School Report.... for AJJ

ooops I think I've lost a bit of the colour in the photo.
'Miss will probably say do a 100 lines.. 'must do better'
This is for AJJ and Elizabeth's fab Back To School theme and you can guess what I found (and wish I hadn't ha ha )that was behind the idea for making this page.
So besides drawing out a faux report ( or is it? ) I added some bits from my old school dictionary. The left side is 'School' and right is definition for ' Geography and Geology'. Used stamps by All Night Media and Cherry Pie. Colour: PanPastels and Inktense pencils and Aquamarkers.
I expect to learn quite a few things with this challenge i.e different words and expressions from around the world and maybe even from different eras too.
When I started school in England in the 1960's it was called 'Infants school' then I went on to 'Junior school' at then aged about 11 to Senior school which was a Grammar school for girls. 
After 3 years things changed in the education system and the school merged with a nearby mixed senior school and became known as a Comprehensive school.  Sadly my education suffered because of that and my final exam results were pretty bad, however if that hadn't happened that way, I don't think I would have met my lovely husband  - so no regrets :)
Thanks for stopping by
and any comments
are always appreciated
Gill x

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Maths for AJJ and Music for me

Back to school is the new theme at AJJ that the lovely Elizabeth has assigned us.
I'm checking my spelling and sums as I don't want to be downgraded and get in trouble with 'miss'.
This is my mainly digital assignment with an acrylic background from a journal.


I spent Friday afternoon playing with my Pebeo Dyna paints and painted another T-shirt again using a large Tim Holtz mask called 'Concerto'. Fairly pleased the way it turned out -I just love the way the colours look different depending whats underneath :)
Music has always played a part in my life almost from the day I was born. At junior school I had violin lessons. At senior school I was suppose to have piano lessons but I couldn't find the class and being quite shy didn't speak up and ask where to go - consequently I never learnt to play. But 10 years after leaving school I took up keyboards and synthesizer's and even now after trying on and off to learn to read music, just play by ear.


 Thanks as always for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
Gill x

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Trees are life........for AJJ

It's Tuesday so that means tomorrow is the last day for me as guest host at  AJJ Nature'Wonders  so without further ado here is todays piece....


I started with a finger painted background with Paperartsy fresco paints and then added some scrap pieces from my old school dictionary and painted over the top of them. 
As I hadn't yet used the pages with 'Trees' and 'Bark' on - this was the ideal time to make use of those words.

Stamped some leaves and then stuck down the images I'd printed on photopaper with Galleria matte medium but I'd put gesso on back of image first. (I'm still learning about mediums etc and when I had not used the gesso first, I think I got
bleed through as the image dried a bit streaky in places).
Next I stamped a few more leaves and then coloured them with Inktense blocks, added the white dots with a Posca pen and finished with 'rub-ons' for the words.
Trees certainly are one of Nature's Wonders; trees are life.... they make most of the oxygen we need to breathe, without them life would probably not exist. They have so many other benefits too like cleaning the air by absorbing carbon dioxide, they help reduce noise pollution, they help with our landscape and erosion, provide shade, are a natural resource and so much more as well as being beautiful.
I'm finishing today with a digital piece using a photo from my garden, another of my poems and can you spot one my pastel faces blended on the tree too.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today,
Hope you're having a great day.
Gill x

Monday, 29 August 2016

All Things Bright and Beautiful.... for AJJ

I'm going bright and beautiful today... so this is my bright  page for Nature's Wonders theme at AJJ  and ok maybe this spread is not all that beautiful but further down this post I will make up for this with some real flowers :)

I started off with some acrylic paints and finger painted the background - this is so messy and so much fun isn't it? I love doing this.

Then I tore some leaves and petals shapes from my old school dictionary to create a flower on the right page and on the left page (no step by step photos for that) die cut some flowers instead.

I stuck the pieces down with Galleria matte medium, painted the stems with an Inktense block and painted the pieces with Inktense blocks or lightly watered acrylics.

Added some details with white Posca pen and some more red and yellow paint to background. And sorry.. I cheated with digital words.
 and now for the beautiful...which just happens to be bright too
... don't flowers just make you want to smile and feel happy?

 and when you want some of Nature's Wonders inside....
how about this for an idea...
This is something we had about 1997-ish
The walls were sponged in two tones of grey and then
 we stencilled 4 columns and a hanging garden
 with butterflies and dragonflies.
The two photos show the 4 columns.

I'm particularly proud of the columns as I designed them on my pc

and to get the correct size, they are made up of a few pieces.
Once I had found large enough and suitable stencil material,
 I traced the design on to it and cut the pieces out.


The two long winding leaves and rose looking stencil were shop bought stencils.
Some of the other stencils I made by  tracing a design from a book and then cutting them out with one of those tools that looks a bit like a soldering iron. 
just a few more days left if you would like to join
Thank you for taking the time to stop by
(and sorry for the long post)
Gill x

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

Hi everyone

Hope you are having a nice weekend and for those where it's been too hot, I hope your weather hasn't stopped you having fun.

Its been quite a bit cooler here today which will hopefully mean that it's more comfortable for sleeping tonight :)

I have two pieces to show today...
My first piece is for  AJJ challenge Nature's Wonder and my second piece for MOO Mania Nature's Beauty and I've gone all Butterfly-ee today ( you know what I mean) for them both.

Both backgrounds on the pages were created with
Brusho crystal powders and Aquamarker pens. 
On the right page I  used a mask (called 'Grunge texture' made by 'That special touch') with acrylic paints. The Peacock Butterfly stamp and the quote are from two Sheena Douglass sets called ' The Butterfly effect' and 'True colours'.
The Butterfly was stamped on to tissue paper and coloured with Inktense pencils and then stuck down with Galleria matte medium, Then dots were added to the page using white Posca pen.

When I had photographed this I took it into my software programme, duplicated it and digitally cut out the Peacock butterfly and added back on top of the original but with a 'hard light' filter effect.  Then I finished off the page by adding some digital smaller butterflies and grungy foliage/flowers.

Left page background which was created with Brusho and Aquamarkers also has various digital elements added.
 The quote on the left says 'just when the caterpillar thought its world was over it became a butterfly'
Butterflies often have a tough time surviving for various reasons. It is sad to see so many once green gardens reduced to concrete paving with little planting. It not only makes life difficult for Butterflies but also for bees, insects and birds.
These are some of the Butterflies I occasionally see in my garden.
And finally below is my digital piece I'm linking to Moo Mania's 'Nature's Beauty' theme which is made up of digital elements from various kits.
Thank you for visiting
Gill x

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Flowers always.... for AJJ

Hello everyone hope you had a nice Saturday.
Here in the UK we have a longer weekend this time, with a holiday on Monday.
It's the last public holiday before Christmas, so hopefully the weather will be nice, but not too hot.

My time as guest host at A J J is coming to an end and there are only 4 more days left, but still time if you would like to join in with this months theme Nature's Wonders. Here's my piece for today.

For todays double page spread I have started with a background using Brusho crystal powder in Turquoise and lime - just shaking some of the powder on and spritzing it. 

Then on the left page I stamped the tree (not sure what that is, but maybe a Datura Tree) by La Blanche. Small stamps from 'The Works'. The small alphabets by Dove craft. Flower stickers by'papercraft4you'.
And I also printed part of one of my poems on to paper. It says 'Respect all life and the earth you're on, no going back, when its gone its gone'. 


 On the right page I printed one of my photos of a spiders web on to photo paper and stuck down with Galleria matte medium after coating it with white gesso on the back first. (the gesso seemed to stop the matte medium from seeping through the paper) 
I used the same stickers as on the left page. The main quote from a stamp set from PaperArtsy Electica3 ELB05 by Lin Brown which says 'there are always flowers for those who want to see them'. The small script stamp from 'The works' but the web stamp unknown.

 Both pages finished with dots and scribble using a black Pilot pigment pen and white posca pen.
 All for this time...
Thanks for stopping by today.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Gill x