Friday, 1 December 2017

... And A Happy New Year!

Hello and welcome to my second post for today. At the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blogspot, we are starting our December Challenge. This month we are sponsored by the lovely Sophie at Scrappmatts, who are offering a goody bag for the winner.

I decided that I wanted to create a Christmas Plaque and used triple embossing to create the background "Tile" (which is cardboard!) and the centrepiece, which I stamped into. I also triple embossed a die cut snowflake and am thinking of making some for my Christmas tree!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that 2018 is a happy and healthy year for you all.
Happy Crafting!
Denyse xxx

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all. Another year has flown passed and it is time to put up our Christmas Decorations and spend precious time with loved ones.
This is the first of two posts for today.
At Crafts Galore Encore we are sponsored by the fabulous, Fred She Said who are offering the winner a whopping $10 voucher for their online store!

I was very lucky to use the pair of robins image which you can find here . I decided to colour them with pencils and then mounted them with some die cut snowflakes, beads and ribbon.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Mixed Media Fun with Decoart Products!

At Creative Artiste this month we are sponsored by Decoart who are offering some fabulous Decoart goodies for the chosen winner of our challenge.
Who are offering one lucky winner this fabulous mixed media starter set!!!

I particularly love a Decoart Challenge as I am at my happiest when playing with their products!
This particular project took many forms for me!
 At first it was painted with layers of Fluid Acrylics and Crackle glaze, which were then buffed with antiquing cream and cold gilding wax.
I added texture paste and chrome ink but it was looking (as a friend said) "Too Frou Frou", for me! So I took a steel brush to it and knocked it back again(as you do!)

I then started again! With a new layer of fluid acrylic. I die cut a fishing net out of card and embossed it with Stampendous embossing powder then ripped it up for texture. I stamped over the heart with Stazon then sprayed a plaster of Paris bandage and placed it on the surface (I picked a number of these up in Lille for .6 of a euro!) When dry I painted over the textured areas and brushed in gold pigment.

I heat embossed some areas with different embossing powders and then added varnish and crackle glaze. Texture paste was added, along with Frantage pieces and also the fabulous liquid glass by Decoart. Once again I added Decoart gold gilding wax to the cracks and edges.

To finish I added an industrial bulb with a hot glue gun and then painted some paper covered wire gold using the luscious Decoart Metallic Gold paint, which I twisted around the filament.

Happy Crafting !
Denyse x

The colours below are a better representation of what it looks like!

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Take a box ...

This month at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge we are sponsored by Scrapp Matts & Papertole Australia

who offer a fabulous variety of mixed goodies for crafters and artists alike, to enjoy.
For my DT piece I took a balsa wood box from The Works and decided to transform it into a vintage style box. The frame surrounding the plaque is from Scrapmatts and I painted it with gold Decoart, which is really highly pigmented paint and really gives a metallic look to the fab frame from scrapmatts.
. I am going to be sharing the techniques that I used at a workshop at Beautiful Things Brentwood, Essex and am really looking forward to it. 
I love how you can make very basic items look completely aged!
Happy creating!
Denyse x

Friday, 4 August 2017

Chocolate button?

At Creative Artiste Mixed Media we are starting a new monthly challenge sponsored by Maja Design.

For my DT piece I decided to upcycle an old chocolate button pot.
I taped the area above the silver clip, then painted it with Paperartsy chalk paint.
I then cut and inked scrapbook paper to cover both the outside and inside. I also created a bottom for the dome at the top, inked it and added a flower embellishment from the Craft Box collection.
I also inked the edges of the box.
Finally I treated some muslin with Terialmagic and inked it with distress inks to make it look old. 

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

July At Creative Artiste

This month at Creative Artiste  we are being sponsored by the fabulous

As always the theme is Anything Mixed media Goes (please refer to the rules for our definition of Mixed Media) and we love to see your beautiful entries.

The DT were lucky enough  to be given various Scrapmatts goodies to use on their creations and I enjoyed adding mine to my project.
Happy Creating !

 This panel was painted with Paper Artsy Chalk paints, stamped with Paper Artsy stamps and foiled rub ons were added. The  Scrapmatts frame was inked  with distress inksand buffed with treasure gold and the Scrapmatts label added with some pearls.

Friday, 2 June 2017

June Challenge at Creative Artiste

Over at Creative Artiste we have another fabulous "Anything Goes using Mixed Media" Challenge, sponsored by our very own team member Judy McKay who is offering a lovely stamp bundle as a prize.

I have been coveting the Screen Sensation silkscreen printing kit ever since it first came out and my lovely Mum, very kindly bought it for me when it was on a recent PoD on Create and Craft!!! I decided I wanted to make a little sketch journal for my holidays to I used chipboard shapes to create a cover which I gessoed and then used mod podge to stick muslin on to. I then used my Screen sensation to print butterflies on to the muslin. I chose a bright blue ink with a plain white background as I love the freshness of the combination and it reminds me of salty seas and sunny skies!
To complete the look I added  a butterfly charm made from stamping text on to card and then die cutting a butterfly shape and overlay. The book and charm were punched using my cropadile and eyelets were added. I used binder rings to construct the book and filled it with white mixed media paper.
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Crafters Cafe Travel (this was made for my holidays!)

Friday, 5 May 2017

A Garden Plaque

We have a fabulous new challenge over at Creative Artiste today. The sponsor this month is Lindy's Gang and the lucky winner will receive some Lindy's Stamp Gang products to play with.

For my project I created a garden plaque using Powertex. I began by covering the board with Powertex and then fixing the plaster cast girl and face into position and covering everything again with Powertex. Strips of cotton fabric were soaked in bronze Powertex and then arranged on the board with banana skin to "ground ", the girl. A tab to hang the piece by was also fashioned out of cloth. Once completely covered I added the dragonflies and the project was left to dry. The whole piece was then buffed with pigment mixed with a small amount of water based varnish (almost to the point of being dry brushed). 

Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

Friday, 14 April 2017


At Crafts Galore Encore our Challenge for April is sponsored by A Day for Daisies who produce the most AMAZING images!
I chose Bewildered, (which I am most of the time!) as I simply love her face and hair. When I saw the image I decided she needed to be a redhead and coloured her using my Copic pens. For my background splots I used Paperartsy Infusions on watercolour paper which I die cut. I then gave the image a simple, single layered mount.
I hope you like her :)
Happy Crafting and Happy Easter,

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Papershelter #289 Girl Power

Friday, 7 April 2017

A Decoart Tray to Brighten Your Day!

This month at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge we have a fabulous new sponsor DECOART a company with a huge range of products for mixed media artists.

I was really delighted to be able to use my Decoart stash for this project and boy did I use a lot of it!

I began by using Decoart gesso to cover a wooden tray. I then used Decoart Fluid media Acrylic paints to cover it in patches. I knocked this back with Decoart tinting base and then added more colour on top. I stenciled through punchinella with more paint to add patches of dots.
I then began mark making using a credit card and different sizes of lids, which were dipped in the paint.
I added washi tape and pen marks and doodles in both black and white pen and also Decoart Metallic paint and glitter paint.
I sprayed Decoart Shimmer Mists in pink and yellow and then finished with drips of carbon black fluid media paint.
The techniques were ones that a learnt at a Kate Crane Workshop at the Ministry of Mixology!
When I had finished I sprayed the whole thing with Decoart Americana Varnish and added a black vinyl decal which I cut on my Silhouette Cameo machine.
I am using the tray to store my Decoart Glitter paints!
Happy Crafting,

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Lots of layers!

This month's challenge at Creative Artiste is sponsored by the lovely Judy, a member of our DT and you can win this glorious set of goodies!

I decided that I would have another go at, "Excessive layering", and lots of fun and dire moments doing so.
I began with a tag which I covered in white gesso and then with printed tissue paper.

I added die cut tissue shapes which I spritzed with water and then removed when dry.I then knocked back with white paint and repeated several times building up the layers and leaving the tissue in the last stage. I added inks and sponged on paint. I cut the sentiment out of vinyl on my Cameo and stuck it on, then melted wax crayons and dribbled them on.

I used wire to create balloon shapes and stuck old papers behind them. These were coloured and then filled with liquid glass and then stuck on to the tag.

The final result is really quite interesting in real life but the photography doesn't really show how the layers work.

Happy crafting!
Denyse x

Friday, 3 February 2017

Colour, Colour and More Colour!

A new challenge is starting over at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. This month it is sponsored by Scrapmatts Australia and as always the theme is Anything Goes.

For my project I decided to try a new approach by following a video workshop by Mary Wagerin as part of Wanderlust 2017.

The essence of the workshop is that your project is a journey, so you create many layers which you continuously cover up. It is a hugely difficult thing to do, to let go, trust in the process and cover up work that you like!
I loved some of my layers and then, covered them up and really disliked how the next layer looked!

I used Decoart fluid media paints, DecoArt Elegant finish metallic paints,Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints, tissues, papers, mod podge, Posca Chalk Paint pens, acrylic ink, Neo color II crayons and a Scrapmatts circle stencil!

I will show you the twists and turns my journey took, with the final piece at the bottom!

 The beginning of a focal point!
Placing the butterfly to see how it looks.

Very scary ... covering over AGAIN!

The Finished Article!!!

Not sure how I feel about the process but I was pleased with myself that I let go enough to follow the process and not resist the covering up!
Happy Creating!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that this year brings you all good health and happiness. My first post for the New Year is for the Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge DT. As always the theme is Anything Goes, which is great as you get free range with your creativity!
This month we are sponsored by the fabulous "Things to Alter", who provide all sorts of fabulous MDF goodies at exceptionally good prices!

I decided to alter a glass bottle which I picked up for £1 in a local charity shop. As you can see it

was a misted glass with red neck,
 I began by giving it several coats of gesso until it was well and truly covered and looked more like a pottery bottle. I then painted the whole thing gold using DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint. It's the first time that I have used this and I have to say that I am very impressed with it. I then painted a layer of DecoArt crackle glaze all over and left it to dry. Once dry it was covered in DeoArt antiquing cream (black) and left to dry, then this was removed with a baby wipe. I repeated the last two steps three more times building up a patina of cracks and adding depth and texture with each coat. I then used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush to bring up the gold in some areas and dragged Treasure Gold White Fire down the bottle to add coppery glints as well. 

To decorate I used a silicon mould of a swirl and also one of a rose.I poured Powertex into the moulds and left them to dry. I also found two white pearl leaf embellishments. All of these were buffed with Decoart Antiquing Cream in Patina Green and I deliberately left traces of it on to give an aged affect, they were also given a good amount of Antiquing Cream in black and a small amount of the Treasure Gold wax . The swirl was glued on to the neck of the bottle. I did the same with some bright pink flat back pearls which I have never found a use for! 
I also took a lovely metal embellishment and buffed it with the antiquing creams in Green and Black and the Treasure Gold. The powertex rose was glued on to the centre of metal embellishment and the leaves to the top and bottom of it. The pearls were added as studs around the bottle.

I used a bright silver aftershave bottle lid to finish off. This was sponged in DecoArt Black Fluid Media paint and also the gold. it was also daubed with the Treasure gold once dried and a flat back pearl was added to the centre to finish it off.

Finally I took a length of cord and a Tim Holtz Brass tag which says (appropriately enough!) "Altered", and hung it around the neck of the bottle.

I must admit I am really pleased with how it turned out. I meant to take more photos at different stages but it got difficult as I got messier and in the end I was too engrossed to remember!! will try harder next time!

Happy Crafting!
Denyse x
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BSCB #232 (weekly)