Thursday, 21 September 2017

Pick N Mix Week 5

We have a weekly challenge on the Mixed Up Mixer Facebook Group called Pick N Mix, the aim of which is to create a deck of inspiration cards. Each week I pick a prompt at random and create an ATC-sized card using that prompt. When I'm done, I will have a pack of 52 creative prompt cards for when my mojo takes a hike.

This week I pulled out the prompt 'Print with bubble wrap'.I love bubble wrap for mark making and it's something I often use on my journal pages. 

(In the photo you can see my card backs, and a printable version of these can be purchased from my Etsy store for your convenience.)

Here's a brief step out:

I had a play with the new Americana Premium for this project - and rather nice they are too! I added blobs of Hansa Yellow Light, Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Red onto my ATC (I was a bit heavy handed - you don't need nearly this much!). A teeny blob of each is plenty.

Use your fingers to spread and blend the paint. Continue working the paint until you have a nice blend. This paint has a reasonable open time so you can work it for a bit without a gesso undercoat.

Stamp in black all over (stamp by Prima). Use permanent ink.

Spread some Translucent White paint thinly onto a craft mat. Press bubble wrap into the paint then 'stamp' the texture onto your ATC (use a light touch so you don't get messy blobs).

Add a really thin wash of the yellow paint to blend the white back into the rest of the background colours.

Stamp the flower (PaperArtsy) and ink the edges to finish. I stamped the flower heads on a scrap of patterned paper and went over the stems with Posca pen to make them stand out a little.

Please come and join us - we'd love to see what you make!

Katy x

Friday, 6 January 2017

GIVEAWAY! Win some gorgeous stamps by Deborah Wainwright

I'm hosting this week's Freebie Friday on the blog, as I want to share some makes with you as well as the wonderful prize we are giving away today!

Those of you who read regularly will have seen Deborah Wainwright's lovely work in the magazine before - and now this multi-talented lady has designed a set of stamps in collaboration with Crafter's Companion!

We have TWO SETS to giveaway - one on my blog and one on her blog. Leave comments on both blogs for your chance to win a set.

Click here to visit Deborah's blog.

Here are a few bits and bobs I've created with the set - Debs is sharing some pieces on her blog too!

Entries close: 31st January 2017, midnight GMT
Good luck!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Issue 4 Out Now!

Issue 4 is on sale NOW and available from Pocketmags or via your app store - you can find full details here.

I really like this issue, if I do say so myself - and I hope you do too. Our cover stars are Helen Chilton who's created that beautiful wall hanging from altered cutlery, Claudia Neubacher with a stunning mini album project using Artful Days' latest Goodie Box, and Veerle Moreels who shares a really atmospheric watercolour technique.

This month's freebie printable is a gorgeous image drawn for you by Deborah Wainwright - if you love it check out more of her designs in her etsy store.

Also in this issue:

Craft with real leaves with Corinne Rollet

Wearable art with Erica Evans

Striking stamped stationery by Nathalie Kalbach

Super fun image transfer technique with Nicoletta Zanella from Pink Your Life

Stunning drop album from Riikka Kovasin

We interview Australian mixed media artist Mimi Bondi
Our gallery showcases lots of art featuring faces of all kinds
Four designers take on Pentarts Patina Kit with stunning results

See you next month!
Katy x