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







Tuesday, 11 February 2014

SOME DECOART LOVE


...its your light that lights the world...
- Rumi -


...hello everyone, just a quick post to share some Valentine crackle with you...



...I had a couple of natural rattan hearts, that were crying out for some DecoArt magic...


...I randomly coated the heart with Gesso, then when dry, I dry brushed over the top with Americana Sea glass (this is an amazing soft subtle green, the camera hasn't picked it up very well)...


...the same with the small one, a coating of Gesso, then a coating of Traditions Naphthol Red (a wonderful true red with high density pigment)...both hearts had One Step Crackle drizzled unevenly back and forth and left to dry over night...then I dry brushed over the lot with Gesso and wiped back...


...the plain wooden frame was covered in Texture Fierro (love this stuff) it has a wonderful course iron texture...


...this too was Gesso'd all over and rubbed back, when dry, Sea Glass was dry bushed all over and rubbed back...


...I then dabbed on some One Step Crackle, not all over just here and there and left again over night...a mixture of Gesso and Antiquing Medium was painted over the entire frame and wiped back and into all the crevices...


...out came the fine grade sanding paper and a good rub down all over paying attention to areas of natural wear...


...I love the washed out shabby look and the Texture Fierro has given the frame a rough/courseness...  


...a fun and easy project all made possible by the DecoArt beauties below...


...spread a little DecoArt love...

XXX














Saturday, 8 February 2014

SHOW A LITTLE LOVE


...I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free...
- Michelangelo -


...hello everyone, just a quick posting, thought I'd share some wooden hearts I'd altered...




...I bought these chunky wooden hearts for one of my little Christmas trees and was going to pack them away with the decorations, but thought I'd keep a few back for an idea I had... 



....instead of writing thank you cards I thought it would be nice to make thank you gifts for the girls in our crafting group (we meet once a month and share our makes and ideas) they had made some wonderful Christmas presents for me...



...just choose some left over papers from your stash, glue down, when thoroughly dried sand the outer edge with fine grade paper, add some definition and a sentiment and transformation is complete...shabby chic lovelies...




...why not show a little love this Valentine's and give friends and family something from your heart to theirs...

...thank you for dropping by today...
XXX






Wednesday, 29 January 2014

SHABBY CHIC ALTERING





...Creativity takes courage...
- Henri Matisse -


...hello everyone, here in England it seems to be doing nothing but rain and rain and rain...well, I've come to the conclusion the best way to beat the Winter blues is to get your paint out!...on a recent rummage through an antique store I found a large hideously painted letter E, just crying out for some DecoArt magic...


...a quick prime with two coats of DecoArt's wonderfully thick quick drying Gesso...


...big improvement already, next a coat of Americana in Pink Chiffon (a wonderfully pale & delicate shade) then a layer of one step crackle all over, applied extra thick in random places (I left this to completely dry over night)...then the next step was to mix some Traditions in Quinacridone Violet (a beautiful vibrant pink) with some staining/antiquing medium and rub this all over the gorgeous crackle, wiping back with a soft cloth to vary the depth of colour...


...when applying the one step crackle medium you can see from the picture the different sizes of crackle that you can achieve with the thickness of your coating...


...I had also wanted to achieve a very flat finish so gave the whole letter a rub down with a fine grade sanding paper...


...in the places of natural wear I used a higher grade of sand paper and you can also see the gorgeous depth of colour in the smaller crackles...


...some black shimmer Metallic Lustre was rubbed around the edges and buffed for definition, a few stars and a heart to complete this piece for my little Granddaughter Emmie's nursery...


...a few simple steps with quality ingredients have transformed this once ugly letter into something beautiful...


...look around and see what you have waiting for some DecoArt magic...


...thank you for dropping by today, I hope you feel inspired...
XXX










Saturday, 2 November 2013

HOLIDAY WREATH


...style is a way to say who you are without having to speak...
- Rachel Zoe -


...hello my crafting buddies, just a quick & simple posting today to share a few piccy's from a batch of Christmas cards that I have made a start on for my Mum...



...I have used the Holiday Wreath die designed by Tim Holtz & the Sizzix Nesting Stars ...


...above, the star has been laid on embossed glassine paper...


...Basic Grey paper & sequins with candy cane bakers twine...


...this wreath was covered in pretty shabby chic Tilda fabric...



...and a splash of hot pink with natural twine...



...have a lovely weekend, hope the weather is being kind...
XXX






Wednesday, 23 October 2013

ICE MAIDEN













...hello everyone, hope this day finds you all in fine fettle...I'm sure you all know the wonderful King of texture & technique Mr Andy Skinner who also just happens to be Executive Creative Consultant for DecoArt...

...well, back in Spring DecoArt asked Andy to create a Design Team...WOW my heart skipped a beat when I opened the email that day :)))...my fellow teamies, all of whom you will know very well from their wealth of outstanding creations and designs here in our crafting world, the team has been up and running since May, but the platform to show our creations has only just been finalised and the Design Team formally announced...

...here is my creation for today...
...DecoArt have created a vast range of paints and mediums and the one I'm showing you today is called Texture Glass, an amazing product, which I'm now in love with!!...

...I started with a body form from Decopatch which I covered in 2 coats of Gesso...


...whilst that was drying I took a template from Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia Die and set to work...


...you can see below the thickness used...


...once the template is removed you can see what your left with...


...I used a run of baking parchment, but you can use a non-stick craft matt also...now this is not a quick process, the Texture glass at this thickness takes a good 24hrs to dry and you can't rush it (ie: use a heat tool or a radiator, the product will turn brittle and snap, I know this as I tried to hurry things up and ruined the whole batch of poinsettia's which put me back 24hrs!!)...



...so whilst the glass was drying I took some cut & dry foam and roughly coated the body form in Americana Spa Blue, then used the 2 Step Crackle Medium over the top half of the form and aged it with Transparent Red Iron Oxide...


...I used a florist crystal pins to attach the flowers to the form and created a glass/ice gown, as you can see in the photo the flowers remain slightly flexible and do not crack with the pin put through but still be careful as the tattered leaves are delicate at the narrow part...


...single and double flowers all round the front back & sides...


...a close up of the amazing texture this product gives!...


...every Ice Maiden needs a glass choker, I used the centre of the poinsettia & a crystal pin to secure all around the neck...


...the back...




...I also added tiny beads randomly...


...well there she is, I do hope you like her :)) and I do hope you have fun with this incredibly versatile product...


...below are the products used to create this project, along with time and a little magic...



...thank you for dropping by today...
XXX