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Here we go with another Stash Dive Challenge, our toys tools of choice for May are; Paint, Gelli Plate, Stencils, acrylic paint, pens & pencils. Go forage, hunt out your favourite materials and lets get messy. Plus free online workshop series.

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

This month I challenged myself to try new colours for my palette, baby pink, lemon and Pale umber, Powder blue and also orange! Pastels are so off topic for me so it was time to give them a try. I’ll share my results with you later on. How about trying a new medium, there are so many interesting options out there, add some dimension to your projects with texture paste, layer things up with some gel medium which is not just a glue but can be mixed with paint for a glaze or as a resist to certain areas of your work too.

I hope you will join me for this challenge and try some different colours in your palettes too, would love to see what you come up with.

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Adventures in Acrylics Online Workshop

Need some inspiration, check out my mixed media workshop series I posted a couple of years ago.

Lets make something in May, if your mojo has been flagging lately, grab an old paperback and get messy with the paints on the pages, its a great way to kick start your imagination. Rip tear and punch out the results for some great motifs and backgrounds for your mixed media projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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So here we are in a brand new year, what will be the creative challenge for 2014? Well as well as getting back to more art when my hands allow my new passion is for dressmaking. I tried last year but didn’t have the skills, so this year I have started again but with books and DVDs to help me learn how to create the clothes I’d like to wear and fingers crossed that will fit me. Now while it’s still dark n gloomy in the middle of the UK winter, what better time than to hunker down with some books and DVD and get learning. So here is my collection for this months stash dive;

Stash Dive: January 2014

Stash Dive: January 2014

I heard about the Threads DVDs thanks to a sewing forum that I’m a member of. Threads has a website and you can preview some episodes from the DVDs and purchase them for download if your internet is kind. I bought season one on Amazon and after finding out it would play on my TV/DVD set up got very excited and DH gave me season 2 and three for Christmas. The Dressmaking book is from him too, isn’t he wonderful.

Fear not, this is still a papercraft/art based blog and hands permitting there will be more of that this year but winter isn’t kind to my dexterity so actually ‘doing’ stuff has to wait for the better weather. So while I’m waiting I’ll be doing lots of research on all kinds of stuff, so I can share it with you in the form of reviews and hopefully more tutorials this year too.

How about you, what do you do with long dark winters? Do you create in the gloom or research to improve your skills and look for inspiration for when the light improves?

Lets hope 2014 will be better than the last four years.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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November already! Where has this year gone! Now the evenings are drawing in, I hope you will join me for some mixed media fun with the latest stash dive.

Stash Dive #3 Mixed media meets texture

Stash Dive #3 Mixed media meets texture

In this months selection we have;

  • Stencils. Mine are Tim Holtz Layering stencils but find your favorites
  • Acrylic paint
  • Texture paste
  • Texturing Comb but time to experiment with anything you can find to create texture in your projects
  • The DVD is Seth Apter’s Mixed Media Surface Techniques

This challenge isn’t about acquiring new stuff but having a search through the cupboards for all the lovely materials you have but perhaps haven’t used in a while. Let have fun discovering the wonderful world of texture.

Will you join me for this months challenge? I’d love to see what projects this challenge inspires. Do share a link to any creations that you make from these kinds of materials.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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This month’s stash dive includes the following mixed media items.

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

  • Creative Lettering book by Jenny Doh
  • Winsor & Newton Drawing ink
  • Dip Pen
  • Zig Writter
  • Zig Art & Graphic pens
  • Zig Wink of Stella

Growing up I was a huge fan of lettering and spent hours playing with different letter styles. Over the years I’ve built quite a collection of different pens and so I invested in Jenny Doh’s book for more ideas for lettering for my art & journalling pages.

The inks were due to the purchase of a dip pen and the wish to find an ink that would work over the top of acrylic paint. I’m especially looking for a white ink. I’ll share the results of my experiments and review some of these products on the blog too.

Will you be joining me this month? What will you create from your stash?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Ohh how I’ve missed my paints,even the smell and feel of them makes me want to create. After reading Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard’s book, part of this month’s stash dive, I decided to give some of the techniques a try. Here is the result of gel and tissue paper, don’t you just love the texture it creates.

Mixed media art. 'You Inspire me.'

Mixed media art. ‘You Inspire me.’

I adore textures and making things look old, the paint I used was Winsor & Newton Galeria and the dark chocolate colour is Vandyke Brown when I added the water to get it to run down the colour broke up a bit and left the most wonderful gritty look. The finished result is a bit shiny for me so I’ll have another go with matt medium and compare the difference. The Stamp is one of Glenda Waterworth set.

Join me later in the week to read my review of Acrylic Solutions.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Thank you for your patience while I gave my hands and brain a blog rest. It gave me some thinking time and now I’m back in love with the blog and bursting with ideas. Its amazing how many ideas that came to me, while I wasn’t actively searching for them, they just flowed. I guess stopping to smell the proverbial roses from time to time is a good idea.

Budgets being what they are for us all, there aren’t the funds for lots of new stuff, so I have started a new challenge I’m calling Stash Dive. This isn’t a new concept on the internet or blogland I know, but its new to me.

The idea behind stash diving is; that I’ll have a rummage through my stash and make myself a kit, a bundle of items that I want to use to inspire me to create that month. We are all guilty of rushing at the latest thing and forgetting how much wonderful stuff we have, just waiting for us in the cupboard.

Here’s my stash dive for September

Stash Dive #1. September 2013

Stash Dive #1. September 2013

Ok bit of a confession, in that the book is new (break your own rules much!) but I took online classes AGES ago with Julie Prichard and gathered a lot of materials that have been neglecting, so a nose through the book will re-inspire me. I also want to give art journalling another go, for too long I’ve been over-thinking it and its put me off. So I took some watercolour paper cut it to a comfortable size, not too big to be intimidating, single sheets so if I hate a result it doesn’t have to go in the final book.

This art journal will give me somewhere to do what I love, make backgrounds, I LOVE making backgrounds and experimenting with colour, so I’ll share my progress with you here. It will be so good to get back to paint, colour and paper, fingers crossed the hands will let me play, even if its only for short periods.

Chronic pain sucks and is so tiring you don’t have head space to be creative. I’ve put together a happy box, books and magazines to enjoy when I get stuck in days/weeks/months of pain with no use of hands so I can still be inspired. If you too suffer one of those conditions that leave you stuck in all sences of the word, make life a little ligher by gathering some of your favorite items, things to keep you entertained and give you something other than the pain to think about. It might not ease the pain but it sure stops your head getting quite so sad about it all.

I’m making the most of any opportunity my body gives me to create and enjoy the wonderful materials I have before the cold weather kicks off.

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Art Journalling

Have you always wanted to art journal too? Check out the tutorial I wrote last year for tips on making your own journal and we can play along together on the stash dive.

Remember keep it simple, it only needs a few sheets of your favorite paper, borrow the hole punch before the kids go back to school with it, and punch the pages. If you haven’t got book rings you can always use ribbon or string to tie the pages together. Now you can take a page out to work on it without fear of damaging the other pages around it. Have fun, I’d love to see your journals and lets see what painty, inky, fun we can get up too.

Hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing and hearing what you have all been up too as well.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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