Wednesday, October 25, 2017 art Journal Page for Scrap FX.

Hi everyone it’s Michelle back to share an art journal page I created using the fabulous new
Dramatic Dancer Stencil from Scrap FX as the main focus of the page.
Dramatic Dancer stencil - Click Image to Close
Isn’t she just so fabulous??
I just love how “Arty” she is, it makes my page look so cool, but the technique is so basic!
I also used the Fancy Feather Stamps in the background to add movement.
Fancy Feather stamps - Click Image to Close
So here is the page:
I wanted the page to look like she was creating a rainbow of colour till she moved into the drama of the darkest colour, really like how it turned out!
I started with a gessoed background and laid down the Paynes Grey Acrylic paint to start with. Then used the stamp in the wet paint to create feather images across the 2 pages.
Then once that was dry I added the bright lighter colours using watercolours as I wanted lots of drippy goodness.

I sprayed some Marabu Art spray in gold across the page and through the Flower Pattern Stencil (small), adding splashes as I went.
I stamped some script with a stamp and Stazon ink.

Now time for the Dancer! I mixed Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint with some Impasto Medium to give it some body, then applied it through the stencil.

I stamped the Quote on to some tissue paper then added it to the page with Matt Medium.

The page is now complete!
Scrap FX Goodies used:
Hope you enjoyed my little project and found some inspiration!
Thanks for visiting and please do come on back now!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Itac17 Challenge 4.

Whoo Hoo I am back with another quick share! 
This time I have done something a little different due to the nature of the challenge. This time it is the 4th Challenge "Africa".
So here are the challenge prompts, I did not get all of them included but I had a red hot crack, and think I only missed the charms or pearls.

  • Warm, bright colors 
  • Repeated ethnic patterns
  • Charms, pearls, metallic wire…
  • Words or text
  • Textures, cracks, rust effect...
So with out further ramblings, here is my take, I channelled my inner Spirit warrior!

I had just so many ideas for this one it really did go through a lot of ugly transformations, but I am pretty happy with my first mask painting in my art journal.

A few more details:
(nothing much to it really, just a whole heap of paint layers)

 And that is me done for another day! 
Still got 2 more of the challenges to do and am running out of a little mojo.... and time!
Hopefully will see you all sooner rather than later!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Aall and Create ITAC 17 Challenge 1 and 2

Hey everyone just popping in to share what I have been up to (other than my obsession with the Mini Booklets!). 
I have been inspired to have a go at the International Tournament of Art And Craft Challenges over at Aall And Create. The prompts are Here if you wish to have a go yourself, there is loads of fabulous inspiration to be had so do check it out! 
I am a little behind but I have done the first 2 challenges so far and here the are:
First Challenge: "Europe" 
The requirements are to use at least one of the following: 
  • A face
  • Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.)
  • Letters, numbers
  • Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack...
  • Ribbon, twine, string or lace…
  • Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilisations to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Something both vintage and modern

And I think I have used them all!! 

Some close ups:

I got to use a new  masculine stencil by Scrap FX, loved using this one!

Now for the second challenge: "Asia"
The requirements:

  Motifs inspired by mandalas
· Geometric shapes
· Tiles - ceramic, pantiles, glazed tiles, or their designs...
· Asiatic flowers, such as cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, orchids, lotus, Frangipani, lilies, hibiscus etc..
· Calligraphy or handwriting
· Fabric, faded or dyed
· Powdered pigments
And inspiration from a gorgeous pic.
So here is my take, a little more feminine this time!

A couple of closer shots.
 I think I have gone to town on the requirements again and used them all except the fabric!


So why not head over and take a peek, you never know, you too could be inspired!
Until next time,


Monday, August 28, 2017

"Mini Mixed Media Booklet" for Artified.

Well it is the Monday after an awesome weekend at Paperific, and as promised to all those that joined me for a little make and take fun, I have a video as a little reminder "how to"!
Thanks so much to everyone that came and played....I had a ball meeting you all!

So here is the video:

Enjoy and have fun playing with this easy technique!


Monday, August 21, 2017

Mini Book Obsession

Hi Everyone, just a quick post to show you my little mini books that I will be showing everyone how to do at Paperific on Friday and Sunday at the Artified Stand. So why not come play with me? I am really looking forward to seeing everyone and having a little painterly fun!

So here are the mini books I have been playing around simple but look great as little gifts instead of cards!  
If you wish to make these for yourself there is a little step by step on the Artified blog if interested....or you could come join me at Paperific....hint hint!
They are made with the Watercolour Mixed Media Kit available at Artified HERE.

So here are some pics of the books I have made so far:

They are so much fun, give them a try, they can be customised just how you like them.
 The first One: "JUST BE YOU"

Here is what is inside:

And another: "XOXO"

Inside the cover:

And the last one: "BE BOLD BE BRAVE"
Front Cover:
Back Cover:

And inside:

And that is it so far, want to make one? 
Come see me at Paperific or follow the link to the Artified Blog for a step by step!
Have fun everyone!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Art Journal Page for Artified

Hey everyone, 
I am back with a journal page created for Artified.
I had a little play with the new Acrylic Art Sprays by Marabu
These little bottles of colour are just awesome, so bright, beautiful and permanent!

These sprays are permanent when dry, they will not reactivate like other water soluble sprays like Dylusions. They are a flat colour spray so they can be used in combination with other shimmery mists  to create beautiful effects, I am going to play a little more with them to really discover how well that permanent property can work.
Here is the page that evolved from that play:

If you are interested you can see a step by step how I created the page HERE on the Artified Blog.

Do try and get your hands on some of these babies they are a heap of fun, and combine really well with all the other sprays in your stash. When I went in to grab these they were flying off the shelves!
Till next time, keep happy!


Friday, May 5, 2017

Newbies by Scrap FX!

Oh my how the year is flying by!
It’s May already Arghhh!
I think the older I get the faster time flies! Is this because I am having more fun???? 
Well fun was definitely on the cards when I got my hands on the new products from Scrap FX!
The stencils and the stamps really made me break out in a happy dance! 
So enough chit chat here are my Art Journal pages I created and the gorgeous FX Products I used.
Take a look at these gorgeous stamps, those “Lace stamps” just look fabulous, and the “She Stamp” well that speaks for itself!
Lace B Petals stampLace A Loops stamp
She stamp

The new stencil is just awesome, had a great play with this one Liz And Sue (which comes in 2 sizes).
The new  silhouette stencils come with the both the positive and negative images.....told you they are awesome!!!
Liz & Sue stencil LARGE

I cut out the silhouette out of scrap paper that I have beside me on my desk that I use as a paint palette and to clean my stamps.

I used that lace stamp on the background in several spots.
Modern Girl stencil
Then these two, what I like to call “disco” chicks are the Modern Girl Stencil.
Here I bonded with my fave “disco chick”!!

Newbies used: Modern Girl Stencil and She Phrase (Black)
The phrase is a black lazer cut piece.
She phrase BLACK
In my excitement I have glued it on a little wonky ..... but hey it kinda suits the look!

 I used the mask this time with a little black paint applied with a sponge to reveal the silhouette shape.

And the awesome stencils continue with the fabulous “Felicity” Stencil.
Felicity stencil
I love how the stencil makes it look like I can draw!!

Items used: Felicity Stencil and Circular Shawl stencil.

But wait there is one more gorgeous Girl to introduce, meet the “Denise Stencil”.
Denise stencil
I adore that the image is the back view. It just adds a different aspect for all your creative needs!

Art Journal page featuring the Denise Stencil.

So there you have it!
Have I got the creative juices flowing yet?
I hope so, thanks for sticking with me till the end! 
See you next time!