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Today I’d like to share an experimental piece of mixed media art. If any of you are following me on Twitter or are members of the UK Stampers forum, you will know I’ve been very tempted by a Geli Plate but not having the funds to buy one I’ve been trying alternative ways to create a similar effect.

Mixed Media art: 'Beneath'

Mixed Media art: ‘Beneath’

To try to replicate the geli plate I put some thick funky foam under my craft mat, spread on acrylic paint to the mat using a brayer, then pounced on it with bubble wrap. I pressed the piece of card that had a layer of acrylic paint on it, the result was very faint but now my brayer had a layer of dried acrylic paint on it was giving a lovely textured finish.

I applied more paint to the craft sheet, removing the mat, it hadn’t achieved what I’d hoped. Love the ripple look the brayer now gives and using paint still on the sheet I pounced onto that with the bubble wrap to pick up paint. Love the texture that gave too.

Call me converted. I love acrylic paint + brayers :) :) :) MUCH fun. A word of warning for the folks that like to keep stuff clean, this will leave paint on the brayer that dries. If you like using your brayer with ink, get a separate one for paint, as it won’t be the same again.  So far I haven’t tried removing the paint on the brayer, I’m enjoying the textures its creating. If it gets too clunked up and I feel the need to clean it, I’ll let you know how I do so. (OM Days did I really just say that! Yes I am a card carrying ‘won’t use Stayz on coz I can’t get it off the stamps and I’m happy not cleaning my brayer!!!!!)

If you haven’t tried it yet, rush over to Joanna Sheen who has brayers for great prices, grab a craft sheet ( I use the  Magic Non Stick liners from Lakeland) and give this a go, its so much fun. Like the geli you can’t ‘control’ it too much but that’s all part of the excitement.

Have fun playing, hope you give this a try.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS: As you probably guessed, I am saving for a geli plate ;)

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Got a bit behind with posting, the pollen count has gone mad here, so much so that you could write your name in the pollen on the cars! Fogging my brain big time.

Time for a quick round up of whats been happening at Billie’s Craft Room

  • The Craft Room Clear up

Over the last month I’ve been having a real blitz on the craft room. It has needed doing for a couple of years, now the weather has warmed up and I can move at bit, I’ve been tackling a small amount at a time and have been getting on very well. Went through boxes and anything in the wrong place got pulled out. Had a life laundry where only kept stuff I loved, or needed. From that selection it got separated into Materials, Tools, Surfaces, Finished objects. Now I’m in the last stage of sorting through those boxes to re-home ie-put back where they should be, anything in those boxes.

It has taken ages, you do need the space to make more mess before it gets better but it has been so worth it. I found my BELLS!!!! Having decided to put bells on my Cable keys for interchangeable needles I promptly lost said bells! Irony eh! but they are back in the room and back in the drawer where they live.

  • Art

Ok between sorting out, so I know where stuff is and hay-fever I haven’t had the energy or brain power to actually create anything arty at the mo. I’m hoping that once I’ve finished the clear out, I’ll have surfaces and know where things are so I’ll want to get painty again. Found some ATC sized card I cut ages ago, so that sounds like a good place to start when I get going.

  • Yarn

Have new pattern, the last one I gave up on. Being newish to knitting and with the dyslexia I find it hard to work out what the instructions are asking me to do. So when I get a pattern I write it out in longhand, each new instruction seperated so I recognise it and know what I’m doing. People say its nuts but it works for me, so its worth it to me. Well on this occasion I’m even more glad I do this, as a third of the way through the instructions had error in them that I couldn’t work out. A pain after all that writing but far better than discovering this after months of knitting!

So started with a new pattern, no more details I don’t wanna hex it. Will give you the full story when its done ;) {tease much!}

Got very excited with a new crochet magazine called Simply Crochet. Bought issue 4 as it had some nice projects and I needed a shawl pin after creating all those shawls. Its really good, home stuff, mandalas, garments/accessories, toys so something for everyone and at the back there are how to tutorials so you can get started right away.

Issue 5 of Simply crochet has features on Granny Square, ohhh love them, love mandalas. The good thing about crochet is as long as you know where you are in the pattern you can stop anytime :) Probably not the ideal way to do it, but when your hands lock up, at least it means you don’t have to battle on to the end of a long row ;)

I’m very boggled by the instructions in the magazine tho, its the brackets that are throwing me. Anyone else got this magazine? Followed the link to one of the designers blogs OMG such pretty things!!!

  • Textiles

After getting very excited watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I bought some patterns when Simplicity had a half price offer. Hoping to make a skirt! Another one I can’t say too much about for fear of jinxing it, but will shout when I get stuck ;)

Invested in a small amount of pattern drafting paper so I can either trace the pattern I have so I can make alterations to it without wrecking the original, since I don’t know what I’m doing yet. Also hope to have a go at finally drafting my own pattern. I love my book Sew What skirts and have fabric, thread and elastic good to go, just needed paper big enough to create a pattern onto. WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spent yesterday going through some books with the Brother (BM2600) in front of me. Made button holes, a casing for elastic (which I’ll need for on of  my skirts).

Talking of The Great British Sewing Bee, after a good look at the book IRL, I bought the sewing bee book from Amazon for £10, I’m happy with it for that price but there are a lot of very valid issues readers have brought up on Amazon about the book, which I agree with. Will review it, once I’ve had a better look through.

Ohh eck! Its a bit of an essay without pictures isn’t it. I have pictures but none that were sorted for the blog, so thought it best to just let you know whats happening.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for October 2012 is:

Season’s

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for the Season’s theme.

Colours

Here in the UK we just arrived at autumn, so a warm colour palette of earth tones for us

  • Reds
  • Greens
  • Yellows
  • Browns

Of course if you live outside the UK you are likely to have a different colour palette to match your own current season, choose from that for your project this month.

Techniques & Styles

Lets go off the wall a bit this month, how about trying a different craft for the first time. Here’s a few to get your ideas going

  • Art be that painting/drawing or paper crafts
  • Jewellery making
  • Knitting. There are some fabulous yarns around in all the colours you can imagine
  • Holiday projects. There are plenty of holidays coming up, where ever you are in the world jump in early and save yourself some stress.
  • Baking. (My cooking is awful but I bet yours is great) How about baking up your favorite supper/pudding with seasonal products.

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another picture of an ATC background that I made using Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint.

Mottle Gold

Mottle Gold

This piece is likely to be stamped over in the end with text or images, this is just a starting point. It has various colours of System 3 Original acrylic paint and a gentle wash of Imitation Gold Pale Cryla to add a subtle brightness.

I’m enjoying experimenting with colour and texture for this month’s Virtual Crafting Challenge. How about you, have you got the paints out yet this month? Give it a go, its all about having fun and trying new stuff. Use what you have in the back of the cupboard, neglected, forgotten and just waiting for a challenge like this to be given permission to come out and play.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A while ago I had a try with Friendly Plastic, which really was a disaster. After getting some new plastic and seeing Liz Welch demoing flowers I managed to modify the technique and made these.

Friendly Plastic Flower

Friendly Plastic Flower

Liz makes hers using a pan of hot water, I can’t do plastic indoors because of the birds and created mine on a heat proof sheet using a heat tool. If you would like to find out how to make these flowers check out Liz’s DVD Bend it Shape It, which I recently reviewed.

I’m going to use these as closures on my hand-made journals. I’ll show you a picture when I have one ready ;)

What do you think, I like them, not so sure the red one came out so well with the extra layer in the centre, I used a Crop A Dile to punch a little disc to add ‘gem’ style to the middle. I really like the purple one though.

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Friendly Plastic Flowers

Links

If you would like to find out more about Friendly Plastic, how to use it and where to buy it, check out the links below.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post something a little different. A vintage style ATC that features glitter! Yep you did hear that right I’m using glitter! Now before you think I’ve lost the plot entirely I should say that this is no ordinary glitter. Oh no, this is unlike any product you’ve seen before. This features Wink of Stella by Zig!

Vintage Floral ATC

Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella are a fabulous new pen range by Zig, I’ll be reviewing them on Wednesday and on Friday you can see a video tutorial I made, showing you round the pens and some techniques using them. It’s tricky to get the light right to show the twinkle, can you see it in this one?

Close up of Vintage Floral ATC

Wink of Stella pens, add some sparkle

 

Get your wish lists ready, its gonna be a very exciting week!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s post is a shameless love in and advert for Julie Prichard’s Layer Love class over on Ning. I really want to learn how to paint, I’ve always tried and not got very far, so when I saw Julie was offering this online class I was jumping up and down. I love her style and really wanted to learn how to create the grungie backgrounds she is famous for. Sadly I thought I had missed my chance as registration for Layer Love closed before I had available budget.

Luckily for me and for you too, is that Julie has now reopened registration, so we can all get a chance to share some Layer Love. I joined earlier this week and now I’m desperate to get hold of the required paints, so I can give these new techniques a go.

 

Are you on a tight budget and worry that you can’t afford the supplies, as well as the class at the same time?

Why not get the class now, see how to do the techniques and invest in the materials a bit at a time. You get access to the class videos till Spring 2010 so there is plenty of time ;)

 

If you like the Tim Holtz grungie backgrounds, you are going to love Julie’s style, I’ve added links below so you can have a look at her work. Hope to see you soon, over on Layer Love.

 

Links

Julie Prichard’s Blog

Layer Love Class

 

Thanks Julie, your video’s are superb and I’m learning so much, even before I put brush to paper.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

 

Billie

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