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In today’s post a great little tutorial for making Book ties. I’ve been making these for years and they are really handy. You can use them for book marks, for holding your pages down while you sketch outdoors and make them as functional or fancy as you like. Great for last-minute gifts too.

Billie's Book Ties

Billie's Book Ties

You Will Need

  • Sketch book or whatever style and size of book you want to use your book tie with
  • Cotton cord or flat shoe lace. I found UN Waxed cord or lace gave a better hold. The waxed ones seem to slip to easily.
  • Beads if you wish to add decoration for a more elaborate design
  • PVA glue if using cord instead of shoe laces
  • Scissors

Method

This is definitely one of those tutorials best done on film! Trust me these are super easy to do, and really quick to make as well.

Options/Added Extras

Depending on the cord style you use, how about adding some more decorative beads to use the book ties as book marks and page holders.

Try them using flat shoe laces for your art journals, they are great for keeping your place, or keeping your book closed too.

Links

Shoe laces are widely available on the high street

Cotton cord I bought from Sanctuary Beads on Ebay 

This tutorial was meant to go up last week, but You Tube put the original soundtrack back on after I dumped it. All you could hear were the budgies and DH clucnking around :( Have to re upload it and then it takes 36 hours to ‘settle’ to quality in You Tube :( Hope I can resolve this or the online class is in jeopordy!

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Join me this summer for a series of free workshops. If you enjoy creating, trying new materials and surfaces and want your materials to work for you then this series is for you. Together we will experiment with a limited colour palette to see just how far it will take us.

Take the fear out of mediums and see what they can do for you and your colours. Love Grunge, natural textures perhaps a little metallic. We’ll explore them all this summer. If you are having a staycation this year, then why not have some fun and learn some new techniques with this series.

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics

During the series I’ll be sharing; written and video tutorials on all kinds of ways to use your materials in exciting ways. These techniques will work in a variety of settings from surface decoration, altered art, art journalling and more.

You Will Need

Core Colours;

Winsor & Newton: Galeria ; Flow formula acrylic paint. Available in set of 10x 60 ml tubes. This set contains;

W&N Galeria Acrylic Paint

W&N Galeria Acrylic Paint

  • 120: Cadmium Yellow Medium hue
  • 095: Cadmium Red Hue
  • 203: Crimson
  • 706: Winsor Blue
  • 522: Phthalo Green
  • 744: Yellow Ochre
  • 074: Burnt Sienna
  • 554: Raw Umber
  • 386: Mars Black
  • 644: White

To this starter pack add the following colour; 060 Buff Titanium

Core Tools

If you have painted in the past or paper craft you will probably have most of these things to hand. Go on a foraging expedition for the following items:

  • Craft Sheet (non stick, protects your work surface and easy to clean).
  • Water pots. (jam jars are fine)
  • Something to mix colours on. I use a white enamel plate, its easy to clean and available from camping shops
  • Car sponge. (Yep, one of Halfords big yellow ones)
  • Brushes. You choice of size and shape. If you haven’t painted before Sheena has a set available from Crafters Companion.
  • Palette knife. You can get cheap plastic sets if you want some different styles to play with, my most used one is Royal Langnickel K4.
  • Bar of soap (for cleaning out the paint) Do not let the paint dry on your tools and brushes. Once set you cannot remove it.

Surfaces

Something to paint onto. I’ll be using a variety of surfaces, but to get started try;

  • Mount board. One side must be white, and if pos try to get one with a black on the other side.
  • Pad of acrylic paper
  • Daler Rowney Gesso primer; White. It’s a good idea to gesso your board before you start, as it helps the paint move better on the surface. Try it with & withourt for comparison.

You could also try, paper blanks (boxes/board books etc), wood and clay. If you wish to experiment further, gather any surface you wish to try out.

Over the coming months I’ll be adding a few extra colours and some mediums as we continue the journey. Rather than post them all here, this is all you will need to get started and I hope as I post the reviews of the products and tutorials using them, you will be tempted to try a few to take these essential items, to the next level.

Now you don’t have to choose between the price of the course vs materials. I hope you will join me for an amazing journey with this medium. You can do so much with acrylics from thin washes through to thick dimension effects. Mediums mix things up and can completely change how the paint behaves. They are very versatile and these Winsor and Newton Galeria paints are very affordable, even the BIG 250ml tubs are only about £10! These have no odour and the flow forumula is a joy to use.

Links

The best place to start to source these materials is my art supplies tab at the top of the blog. I have listed the main manufacturers that I use and also some great discount stores too. I link to that page so the links will stay updated if the sites move ;) Highly recommend, Jackson’s, Art Discount and also Cowling and Wilcox.

  • Here is a PDF version of this post, if you want to keep a shopping list to hand ;) BCR Adventures in Acrylics Materials list
  • There is also a dedicated workshop page; Adventures in Acrylics Workshop where all the related posts will also be linked to. At the side of the blog, there is also a grab button you can add to your own site, which will take you directly to the workshop page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :) :) :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share some tutorials to help you take your art outside :) Now the nights are getting lighter and hopefully by the time this post goes live, the weather starts to warm up, how about sketching in the garden or out and about. It’s a lot of fun and doesn’t have to attract an audience ;) Here’s some tips to make your field trips more comfortable.

How to make a travelling kit for sketching & painting

Travelling Sketching kit

Travelling Sketching kit

My Sketching kit

My sketching kit, pt 1

My sketching kit, pt 1

Sketching Outdoors

In this tutorial there are more tips about what I take with me on field trips and why.

It’s a lot of fun to sketch outside in good weather, if you are well prepared and have your kit together it doesn’t need to be hard. The less you take with you the more options you have about location and the less attention your drawing will attract. I hope you give this a try or let this inspire you to get your kit together for the warmer weather.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Tutorial; Colour Cards

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A quick n easy tutorial today, but one I’ll hope you’ll find useful. When you start painting with watercolour paints, it can be a little tricky remembering which colour is where on your pallet just by sight alone. Once the colours dry, some of the darker ones look identical. Here’s how to make a paint chart, so you will know where your colours live and what they look like painted up.

Colour cards for watercolour paint

Colour cards for watercolour paint

You Will Need

  • A piece of card, just smaller than the paint box you want it to live in. Use the cardstock that you paint on most regularly.
  • A pen, that will not be affected by moisture, but will write on your cardstock of choice.
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Paint box of your choice
  • Brush and water

Method

  • Start by ruling your cardstock into squares to match the layout of the paint box, you need a smaller square for the paint patch and a larger one next to it to write the colour. My paint box has three rows of paint so I need six rows of squares.
  • Paint one square on your card, for each of your paint colours
  • Next to each painted square, write the name of the colour that was painted there.

If you travel with your paint box, you might also want to write your contact details on the back of the card, so that if you were to loose your box, it could be returned to you ;)

Colour cards for watercolour paint; in use

Colour cards for watercolour paint; in use

Options

Help, I don’t know the names of the colours in my paint box! Now What?

If you have a Winsor and Newton paint box and your paints are in removable pans, carefully remove the pan from the paint box and look at the side of the little pan. In more recent years, the names of the colours have been scanned onto the pans.Handy eh! :)

If your paints are older or from another brand, try checking the manufacturers websites for their colour charts, they are often available as PDFs. Compare your painted squares to the colours on the charts and you should have a good idea of which colours you have.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a go, call me sad but I do have a paint chart in each of my paint boxes. I never remember the names of the darker colours or the exact locations of colours, even though they are in the same places in the box. It’s really helpful to have a little card, so when you need to add a little dash of a particular colour you have a quick and easy reference point to check back to.

Links

Check out the Art tab at the top of the blog, beneath it you will find listings of the main manufacturers of art supplies.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The practice sheets that come with Sheena’s Paint Fusion stamps are great, but sometimes you want a few more images to practice on. Repeats of shapes you struggle with or just more of an image that’s new to you. Had a think and came up with a quick and simple way to create your own practice sheet, to your own choice of image.

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

You Will Need

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

  • Mat board or other stiff cardboard
  • Piece of acetate
  • Piece of card to stamp onto
  • Clips
  • Paint Fusion stamps of your choice
  • Versafine Onyx black ink or other pigment or permanent ink pad

Method

  1.  Cut your piece of paper to the size you wish to stamp onto.
  2. Stamp your Paint Fusion or other stamp images on to the sheet
  3. Cut your piece of acetate to the same size as your stamped piece of card or a little larger
  4. Cut your mat board or strong card to slightly larger than the acetate

Assembly

  1. Place your acetate over your stamped sheet
  2. Place your stamped sheet onto the mat board
  3. Place your clips at the top of the page to hold the pages in place

To Use

Simply paint over your designs. Acrylic paint will not permanently attach to plastic, so even after it has dried (don’t leave it for weeks though). It will still be possible to wipe or scrub the paint from the acetate to reuse your practice sheets time and again.

You can now choose the images you want to practice and have pages of them to work with, it’s also a great way to practice painting layouts. Stamp your design onto a sheet of card/paper, place it under the acetate and you can now work out what to paint in what order :)

Options/Added Extras

If you have a lamination machine at home, stamp your designs onto a sheet of thin card (220 gsm) and then run that through a laminator. Trim your card before laminating to ensure you have a generous clear border, this will give the plastic more room to adhere to itself and make it more robust. If you want to store your laminated sheets in a ring-binder, look out for the sheets that have pre-punched holes in the edges. This will stop any paint leaking into the card, that may happen if you just hole punch plain laminated sheets.

If you don’t have your own laminator, often the photo shops have a laminating service, where for a small charge they will laminate card you take in.

Once you have your laminated sheet, simply paint over as you did with the original design.

Links

Paint Fusion stamps are available from Sheena Douglass.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s very near the gift giving time of year again isn’t it. Here’s a quick selection of gift box tutorials to use for your own projects.

Exploding Box with Template

Exploding Box with Template

  • Origami Box Featuring Clarity Stamps, includes video. As demonstrated by Barbara from Clarity Stamps on Create and Craft.

My Origami Gift Box. Decorated using Clarity Stamps

Dig out your favorite cardstock or make your own with rubber stamps or printed paper from CDs. Some of these projects are also suitable for children to try too.  Hand made gift boxes don’t have to be time-consuming and are simple to make. Have fun, and I’d love to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you have lots of craft CDs or photographs on your computer? Would you like to make hand-made gifts for the special people in your life? Read on for Tutorials and tips for making your own handmade calendars. They are quick and simple to make and if you have youngsters at home they can help to make them too.

You will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Cardstock Patterned or plain if you wish to stamp your own designs on.
  • Decorative papers, main images I used Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD
  • Calendar, see downloads in the links section

Desktop Calendar Gift Set

Desktop Calendar

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Use your favorite crafting CDs to modify the styles to your own taste, and download the calandars from the links  below.

Links

Calendar Templates

Basic Calendar – Original. This is a modern yet classic font, which will compliment most styles of project.

Basic Calendar – Oriental Style This is an oriental style font which will compliment Eastern projects.

Basic Calendar – Elegant Style Font. This is a classic style font, it suits the Edwardian Lady themes and would work well with Anna Griffin styles too.

Why not ‘collect’ all three. These templates are for personal use, you are welcome to create projects using them for gifts or as completed projects to sell. If you use these templates for projects you publish in print or online, please link back to me here.

Would love to hear what you think of these, and to see your finished calendars :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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