Sunday, 15 February 2015

50 SHADES of GREY


...hearts are wild creatures, that's why our ribs are cages...


...hello peeps...well, you may of heard that an adaptation of a certain book/trilogy hit the big screens this weekend and so I thought I'd give you my take on 50 Shades of Grey...


...if you'd like to re-create a similar look here is a simple step-by-step guide...
...I already had some chunky blocks coated in Gesso for future projects...


...next up the paint, I love a flat matt finish so DecoArts Chalky Finish was my choice... 


...one all over coat of Everlasting & dry brushed random swipes of Carbon... 


...50/50 mixture of black Modeling Paste & white Crackle Paste...this was then spread over DecoArts Distressed Harlequin Stencil...


...a nice spreadable texture which does not seep under the stencil...


...this was repeated on all sides of the block and dried with the aid of a heat tool...


...I brushed some Everlasting paint over the block to reveal the cracks and wiped back with paper towel...then the random spritzing of Shimmer Mist in white and Carbon Black...


...this looks scary but don't worry, roll paper towel back and forth over the surface, the paint merges together beautifully...then the entire block was coated in One Step Crackle and left to dry over night (don't use a heat tool on this product or it will blister & bubble and not give the desired effect)...once completely dry the magic begins...I mixed 50/50 paint in Vintage and Carbon and using a stubby brush, pushed the paint into the tiny crackles and immediately wiped back with paper towel...


...this was repeated over the whole block...then I added a heart from the Spellbinders collection...


...no need for any priming, the Chalky Finish Paint adheres beautifully to the metal, Everlasting was dabbed on with the stubby brush for movement...


...then some Fluid Acrylic in Silver...when dry the heart was covered in One Step Crackle and left to dry...


...the left over paint combo from earlier was again pushed into all the tiny fissures to reveal the luscious little crackles, when dry the heart and the entire block were then given a coating of Ultra Matt Varnish (I love this stuff!!)...

...the heart was attached to the block with sticky foam tape and secured more firmly with black jute twine...some finishing touches in the form of Tim Holtz Ideaology (the feet, faucet knob & identity tag)...


...some over all piccys...







...a few little additions, a Spellbinders Heart filled with glitter chips and covered in Liquid Glass and some keys given the Iron Texture_Fierro treatment...


...well that's my 50 Shades of Grey...I hope you like...

...these products can give great texture and dimension to your projects, I hope you have fun experimenting...

XXX

All paints and mediums are by DecoArt





















Sunday, 11 January 2015

FIND CHERISH & ADORE


...once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale...


...hi there, I know it's been a while...Christmas has been and gone and the New Year has rushed in already and we now have Valentines knocking at the door...
...I've put together a mixed media tag using products from DecoArts amazing Mixed Media Line...










...thank you for stopping by today...
XXX



PRODUCTS USED

DecoArt: Fluid Acrylics: Green Gold
                                           Pyrrole Red
DecoArt: Shimmer Mist: White
                                          Red
DecoArt: Texture Sand Paste: Neutral
DecoArt: Gesso

Masks:  Andy Skinner#Burning Rubber
              Tando#hearts background

Stamps: Tim Holtz










Saturday, 18 October 2014

Spellbinders Love





...I saw the angel in the marble and carved till I set him free...
- Michaelangelo -




...hello peeps...just a quick lil posting from me...after many months away I have managed to find some time to play with the new Media Line from DecoArt and what a joy...

...I had been given faux book as a gift which was perfect for altering with these amazing high pigment paints and mediums...





...it felt nice to get my hands dirty again...


...this beautiful pendant is called 'Love Wings' from Spellbinders...their stunning range of products are exquisite and the Fluid Acrylics adhere beautifully to this product...


...the book was coated in Gesso allowed dry then layered with colour...


...one step crackle was applied, thickly for deeper cracks and thinly in places for smaller cracks...




...the back of the book was given greater texture by using Modeling Paste through a stencil (Burning Rubber) designed by Andy Skinner...


...love the effect these paints can achieve...


...shimmer mist in white was spritzed at random...love this delicate opaque milky white liquid...


...that's it from me...hope as always you like this piece, it was a joy to create..

XXX




























Sunday, 30 March 2014

PEOPLE PAINT & PEOPLE POWER



...we cannot all do great things in the world but we can do small things with great love...


 ...hello everyone, today I'd like to share with you something rather special...




...in the photo below is an amazing lady called Jane, she has been a dear friend of mine for the past 25years and this year she will be running the London Marathon in aid of SeeAbility...living in Eastbourne, SeeAbility is right on our door step, with a base a few miles along the coast at Seaford...




...at present SeeAbility covers most of Southern England...they are a specialist registered charity supporting people who have multiple disabilities, including visual impairment, learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life limiting conditions...

...we held a fundraising weekend (22nd/23rd March) at Favaloso our local Ice Cream Parlour...a wealth of local businesses gave generously to the prize fund for the raffle,  we made cupcakes galore and a spot of face painting for the kids!...

...also running the Marathon alongside Jane will be Poppy, she is pictured below...




...Poppy's parents who own Favaloso were more than delighted to host the charity event... 

...yes Simon Cowell had to get in on the act too! courtesy of Steve Hewlett who was a Britain's Got Talent contender in 2013 and got as far as the semi finales! he popped down to lend his support for an hour or two with some of his best loved puppets!...


...we'd painted some plain white beads with the SeeAbility logo, to be used as friendship bands or necklaces...


...for this we used DecoArt tradition paints and sealed them with triple thick (not shown)...



...then the fun began with the face painting, when DecoArt heard of the charity event they very generously sent from America a box full of people paints in a whole array of bright colours to play with...




...the people paints are just like markers pens and allow for greater precision and are a lot simpler than a brush...







 

...Sally and Sandy in action...


...the kids loved this, and for those who didn't have the time to stay for a face paint, a hand paint was just the ticket...


...such concentration!...


...from monsters and ogre's to hello kitty...


...the kids loved the paint pens, a cool and mess free time was had by all, thank you DecoArt for making this happen...



...it was a wonderful, fun filled two days...peoples kindness and generosity were in abundance...from the sale of the raffle tickets, the cup cakes and the face painting we  raised £1700.00 ...an amazing amount which will help ease the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves, people power makes it happen :) it doesn't matter how great or small, it ALL counts...



...many thanks to local amateur photographer Darren Waller who captured the event with some cool piccy's...


...thank you for stopping by today...
XXX