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What happens when you take two acrylic paintings and merge them? Today I’m sharing a picture which is a digital blend of two of my recent mixed media backgrounds.

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

When two mixed media backgrounds collide

The first picture was

Mixed media background with stencilling.

Mixed media background with stencilling.

The second was

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

Mixed media distressed background Pinks & blues

These were two of my favourite background paintings so I scanned them into the computer and then took them into Photoshop Elements and played with the opacity and this was the result. Play a bit more and you could add a photo in there somewhere too.

Hope you like it, think I’ll do more of these :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Want to add some dimension to your mixed media projects? Today I’ll share how to create a textured stone effect, perfect for book covers and all kinds of projects.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

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Here we are for Lesson 7 in the Mixed Media workshop. This week Embossed Stone. I love this effect and it’s really easy to create with just a few simple steps and not many supplies.

Hope you have fun with this technique, do leave me a comment and show me any projects you create using it, I’d love to see what you are all making. How are you getting on with this series, are you learning lots of new techniques to take in your own directions?

If you are enjoying this series, do tell others about it, the more the merrier. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 8.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Another new colour for distressed art, yellow! Break outside your colour comfort Zone and see where it takes you. Grunge and distress doesn’t have to be brown ;)

Mixed media distressed background, yellow is new for me.

Mixed media distressed background, yellow is new for me.

I tend to stick to earth tones for distressed look but have decided to break out of that rut and experiment with new colours. This bright yellow was a Daler Rowney and scared me silly but a gentle wash of Paynes grey soon put it back in the aged and worn look I love so much for backgrounds.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

I love Craftsy but get very annoyed at how hard it is to stream their videos smoothly. I tried their suggestions;

  1. Watch in Google Chrome (this is a must the platform seems to hate anything else)
  2. Let Craftsy test your connection and choose the best speed at which to send you the video
  3. Press play, then pause for a while then replay

But it was so much simpler than that in the end.

How to turn off the High Definition option on Craftsy videos

  1. Use Google Chrome (this seems a must)
  2. Having chosen let Craftsy decide on the stream rate, then press play on the video you want to watch
  3. This is the key bit. On the right hand side, just under the video you will see a ‘HD’ logo, meaning the video is High Definition, all you do is right-click on it to TURN OFF the HD. Yey happy dance, it worked a treat!!!!!

When I clicked play the video gave the dotted polo for 5 seconds then the whole video played the smoothest I’ve ever had it play. I was watching upstairs with the laptop on a wired connection rather than WiFi as a usually do but I can arrange to be on that now and then but this simple toggle off of the HD has solved my issues.

So I humbly apologise to Craftsy for my grumpy rant on Twitter the other day, this has allowed me to watch your excellent videos at last. I’d have bought more long ago had I been able to watch them.

To all those people swearing at their computers or cursing their internet and the Craftsy platform I hope sharing this will help you too to get the videos you want to see to work on your PCs.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :) :) :) :)

 

 

Welcome Back In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Staedtler Triplus Pens

Staedtler Triplus Pens

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Staedtler/ Triplus
  • Item number: 323 SB20
  • RRP at time of writing: £24.50 but cheaper on Amazon ;)

Reason For Buying

I wanted some colours to use with Doodling and struggling with my dexterity I wondered if the triangle-shaped barrels of these pens would help.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Good selection of colours
  • Triangle shaped barrel comfortable in the hand
  • The caps fit very well but are easy to remove
  • The plastic case is robust and folds back on itself to act as a stand as you use the pens
  • Case stays closed for travelling with your pens
  • 1.0 mm fibre tip pens, work well on cartridge paper and cover well

Cons

  • The option of more colours would have been nice, but the range is still good for general doodle style of art

Build Quality

Excellent! The nibs are robust and seem to last well. The firm fitting caps mean if you travel with these pens there is much less risk of the caps dropping off. The case being able to be used as a stand is a nice feature and like the lids is a secure closure but still easy to open.

Value for Money

TBH I would be a bit tight and not want to pay £25 but these were a bargain at just over £11 on Amazon and at that price I am very happy. They are quality and are worth their higher price, I’m just on a tight budget at the moment.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, they have a finer nibbed version of these pens and I’m looking to get a set of those for working in smaller areas and for lettering.

Summing up

Superb pens, love them a lot. Great for bold lettering or doodling. Bear in mind they are water based so not ideal for mixed media if you plan to use wet media over the top but that a niggle. Great pens, try them see if you love them too.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon Billie :)

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As Part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure project, I’d like to share a tutorial from my mixed media workshop:

How to create this dimensional crackled effect.

Great for all kinds of mixed media projects.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

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I hope you are enjoying this series and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 7. I’d love to see your projects that you create using these techniques do share them and any questions you have in the comments below.

If you are enjoying this series do tell others on your favourite social media sites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

This is the strange case of the colour change Filofax!

After I missed the chance of a blue (light blue) A5 Finsbury on Ebay, I leapt at the chance to get an A5 one in Electric Blue from WHSmiths online sale. They had the A5 binder for £60 instead of £80. Ordered on the Friday it was delivered on Wednesday 4th June in the morning but…here’s where it gets strange.
Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Filofax Finsbury A5 in Electric blue

Box or no Box?

I thought, being the more expensive and leather Finsbury, that it would be in a nice sturdy Slip case style box (as my mini had been) but no sexy Filofax branded box, just a flimsy white one with just a barcode sticker.

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

Sad box from WH.Smiths no sexy Slip case :(

The binder did arrive in a padded envelope, and inside had a fabric wrap (like the material that comes round the rings).

There was a fabric wrap around the binder inside the box

followed by the clear plastic binder ‘branded cover’.

 Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

Filofax Finsbury A5 came with Plastic wrap but no slip case.

The colour Electric blue or Purple?

The colour (which I like and prefer to the look on the website) I would call Purple, the blue end of purple nothing like the red tone colour bias of the Pennybridge or Malden but if you are buying online it doesn’t come up like the cobalt end of Elelctric blue as the pictures suggest either. Strangely though, when I tried to take a photo of it, through the lens it turns the blue bias colour you see online! So I took another picture with what in real life looks to me like electric blue pen.
Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Filofax Finsbury A5 with what I would call an electric blue pen for colour comparison.

Contents & materials

The contents varies from the Filofax own site, in that you get top-loading envelope in place of the business card one (a bonus in my case but be aware if you want lots of card storage) this is listed in the WHSmiths description though. Colours of paper varied too but that’s being picky.
Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

Filofax Finsbury A5 inside.

The back inside pocket’s surface feels tacky/grippy, ie almost sticky to the touch, that pocket area feels like faux leather or vinyl not like the leather on the rest of the binder. It also looks a bit different material. I can’t decide if that pocket is leather or has just reacted to being against the plastic top loading pocket for storage.
Diary: Week on Two pages; YEY but..I’m not keen on the column layout version personally BUT since we are only just into June it was a nice surprise to find a complete 2015 diary included. I’d expected it to still contain 2014 so a nice surprise.
I love this Filofax, and the purple/violet cast to the colour, if that’s its standard colourway I’ll be seriously considering getting a Personal one too, I’d have leapt at that chance as they too were reduced on the WHSmiths site to £44 instead of £55. This is almost a review but I’ve not used it yet, so I’ll post again once I’ve ‘moved in’ to it.

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