Friday, 2 October 2015

Free on Friday

This is something I did for my daughter, the background is from tissue paper.  I have a wildflower children page for you today.  Keeping this post short and sweet x

Hope you have a great weekend x

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

First Canvas - Hummingbirds Faith Art

This is my first canvas.  I have had these canvases a while, but lacked confidence to use them.  I began with an idea in my head using my embossing folders and my new flowers.  I was also in the middle of a Bible Study on Colossians.  I wanted to do a piece with a quote from Colossians, but fell into reflecting was I just tagging an art piece with a Bible Quote and should my inspiration come from my study rather than a what can I add to this so I can label it Faith Art?   Then the perfect quote came into my mind!  

Colossians 3:17(NIV)

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So whatever I do - whether I tidy the house, do the washing, sit in my crafting room - everything! I realised I can't say today this is for God, later I am doing something for me.  As that isn't giving my life to God - it made sense to me.  No more trying to divide my life into little bits!

To get back to the art work - I decided I wanted a cream background so I mixed white with some raw sienna and was very happy with the colour - for a while! Next I sprayed the canvas with silver paint spray unevenly and was quite happy with that - for a while:) I used embossing folders and Buff-it Liquid to do the panels. I used the flowers I had made Saturday putting a large Papermania flower behind them. The humming birds are from a serviette that I stuck to card and cut out. Still unhappy with the background, I painted it blue and started sticking stuff down. Then I added some glitter, finished sticking - result happiness and a husband impressed for the second time!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Kitchen Roll Flowers

One month at Jennibellies, some time ago. we did making backgrounds using kitchen roll.  Basically layering kitchen roll with glue and painting the top layer.  I didn't do anything with the result till Saturday.  I had watched another tutorial on Mixed Media Art about making flowers with kitchen roll.  Their tutorial only used one later of kitchen roll on baking foil whereas I had used several layers, so my flowers ended up a lot thicker, but they cut beautifully when I used my dies.  I was very pleased with them.  Amazingly my husband was impressed!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Free on Friday and playing with flowers.

Yesterday I watched a few tutorials, none were exactly what I was looking for so I played around today and made the ones above.  I started with a Papermania flower which I used as a template to draw around on some pages of music which I had gessoed first with clear gesso, to give the paper both body and texture.  I probably could have skipped that step.  Then I put a few drops of ink in a mister and sprayed, not enough colour so I added a few drops more, not enough colour so I added a few drops more and so on (I think I had too much water in the mister to start with.  I must look to see if there is a ratio of water to ink.)  I curled the edges of the blue ones and scrunched the golden brown ones.  I think I am going to try the blue ones with  a similar, but smaller shape in the middle.  As a first attempt I was quite pleased, what do you think?  

The background is another technique that I am trying, but it is taking a while to dry. 

Here are some more vintage flower sheets for you.

Teresa has done a wonderful faith art picture, so pop over and have a look.  Don't forget to say hello in the comments x

Friday, 18 September 2015

Free on Friday Craft room ready, but not the rest of the house!

Well my craft room is ready, but the rest of the house is not :(  Which means I have not had time in my craft room this week.  I have sorted and given away a whole pile of stuff.  I am trying to be ruthless now!  The upstairs decorating is finished and given a few more days all will be tidy once more -that's what my dear husband wishes anyway :)   Here are two more botanical vintage pictures in two versions, one left more grungy.

Have a great weekend xx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Creative Sunday.

My grand daughter now telephones me to ask if she can come round and this morning she did so and I decided we were going to have a crafty morning.  I told her we were going to create something out of junk and got out paper bags, corrugated paper and a whole load of other things that I keep in my junk box.   She asked if we were going to draw first and I said no, she picked up a toilet roll asked for a pair of scissors and we were off.  Jessica announced she was going to make a tree.  This was totally her idea!

You can see I keep all sorts of bits and bobs in my junk box.  This is my one, I am not sure it is finished yet and I am trying to think of a verse to put on it.   I ripped various types of paper for the underneath, added a layer of gesso, added the cows (part of a napkin/serviette) and a little paint.  Wiped some off with a baby wipe and added a touch of black paint to the edges.

I had such a great time with her.  See you soon xx

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Craft Show on Friday and finished craft room

I went to Manchester on Friday with two friends to the big craft show there.  A great time was had by all:)  I bought a stack of embossing folders (6 for £10), some structure paste and special glue for napkin art, some Buff it Liquid from Pinflair and a few other things as well.  I slept for three hours when I got back and haven't done too much today.  My craft room is virtually ready, just a few odd items to put away.

Today I have some botanical pictures I have been working on.  The originals are small and dark and if you brighten them too much you lose the grunginess that a lot of people love.  So I have done two versions.  Which do you prefer?  The brighter ones or the darker ones?

Let me know as there are quite a few pictures in this set.  Next time I will hopefully have started using my new stuff and will have something to show you.  Until then take care, don't forget to say hello in the comments x