Thursday, May 29, 2008

USA atc

I have just joined a new Google group called Alterdesignes which I am very excited about. Each week they do a Friday ATC mingle with a different theme each time and on a Monday they give you an image to do something arty with. So, here is my first Mingle ATC the theme was the American flag and I had just the image I wanted to put with it. Hope it is up to their high standard !

Thursday, May 15, 2008

E for Explorers

The challenge for our E page was experiment. I had been meaning to play with melting nappy liners as Claudia had shown us on AN for ages so as I wanted a snowy feel I had a go. I was so pleased how it came out like a frosted window, it took some practice to get it like it but it was fun , if not fumy trying. To get the background I slopped on thick gesso and drew snowflakes into the wet gesso and added some texture with a stipple brush, then sprayed the wet gesso with Perfect Pearls. The pictures are of Shackleton and his boat. The E is a clear plastic letter coloured with alcohol inks and the little snowflake is a sizzlet snowflake cut from shrink plastic and shrunk

Book for Lucy

My neighbour Lucy is off today for a holiday in Japan ! So I just had to use my "Tales of the orient" CDrom to make her a book with the good old Bind it all !

Art Quilt swap

I always said I would never allow myself to do fabric work as I know I love the quilting fabrics as much as I do paint and paper and that can only spell disaster for the bank balance but my finger just slipped and I was taking part in the art quilt swap on AN. I had great fun with these, first I painted the background calico with paint and ink, which I wasn't sure would work but I was very pleased with the results. Next the nightmare for me , draw a design ! I chose a house and hill as I knew I could cope with that, and after cutting the pattern and pieces stitched them onto the backing , added buttons and printed the words onto printable fabric and they were done ! I am so looking forward to receiving the other pieces of the quilt, I will make them up into a hanging for my craft room and of course will post the finished piece on my blog

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


This is my new favourite thing ! Its highly coloured tissue paper that you just tear into bits and stick on with their special glue. My hubby gave me a box blank for Christmas to use as a jewellery box, it has taken me all this time to decide what to do with it as I wanted it just right, well I am so pleased with it and now if it stands still for more than a few minutes in the house it gets Decopatched !!!