Sunday, 20 December 2015

Mixed Media with Pan Pastels!

Time for another lovely week of inspiration over at WeLove2Create again today! Pop over and join in because you can win some Pan Pastels and if you've never used them before they truly are a fantastic product to work with...so many people are apprehensive and feel like they dont know what to do with them when they arrive but the key is to just open them up and PLAY - add water, gesso, use dry, the choice is yours because they will mix with almost anything and are one of the most versatile products you could ever wish for!

I made a project similar to this a long long time (like years) ago and I liked it so much that when I came across it in a box recently I decided to create another using my PanPastels. I just cut out a heart using a die and some sturdy cardstock and then gesso'd it to create a foundation. I coloured using my favourite turquoise and some violet and aquamarine and a mix of others in there too I think...
I have to say when I do mixed media I just throw everything at it and forget to write down what I'm doing as I go, I mixed in some of the pearlescent white to create a nice sheen...used Gold Shake Marker around the edges and just splodged it around and smudged it with my fingers to make it look like it had been gold leafed. Then I added Maimeri gloss gel over the top and once it had all dried I just bent it and it all cracked up. A simple Ranger lock and a Tonic die-cut inked up with Versamark and stamped with stars to co-ordinate and Bobs your uncle. I will cut a hole in this and then thread wire to make a hanger I think...
 You can get a better idea of the texture and crackles here...

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Colouring Crazy with Pan Pastels Challenge

Hi everyone!

Make sure you head over to the PanPastel blog at WeLove2Create today for more amazing PanPastel inspiration from the team - those girls are SOOO creative!
You can also win some goodies so make sure you enter, it's an Anything Goes with Mixed Media challenge so easy peasy!

Anyone who follows my shinanigins in the craft zone will know that the last couple of months have seen me launch my new digital book series - Colour Therapy printable colouring books.
I've been SO excited to do this - it's something I've been wanting to do for the last 18 months really since I first saw Colouring Books starting to take off and as always I'm late to the party but I got there in the end!

The first Colour Therapy includes some lovely designs - there are 10 sets with 7 unique images in each set, all presized to make life easy but obviously as they're digital you can manipulate them in any way you wish and just keep printing and printing for like, for.....EVER!

Be gone, printed books, you are a one-hit wonder!
This is my favourite image from Florabunda, and I part coloured this with my adorable PanPastels of course!

I sent this image off to a Professional printer online and for a mere £12 (about $18?) I had this printed super huge at A2 Poster size which is 23.4 x 16.5" big - MASSIVE!
When I eventually get around to finishing this I think it will go on my living room wall because for once I really love it....
I have to confess having something this big in front of me in black and white was like, WOAHHHH where the heck do I start and it was a little overwhelming, but the joy of it being so huge was that it really enabled me to colour with the PanPastels properly, probably for my first time if I'm honest and if I wasnt in love with PanPastels before I sure am now!!

The Sofftt tools are truly amazing and you really MUST use them with your pastels - nothing else lays down the pigment in the same way - this looks really accomplished in the colouring but really all I did was sweep the colours on with the sponges and it kinda just happened on it's own!

I laid the colour down just dry straight from the pan, and although the poster paper is uber shiny and smooth they still laid down amazingly well. I did a couple of sprays with Artist Fixative here and there just to get some extra depth but it was minimal.

I think looking at this I actually don't want to colour the whole thing, I might just do a little of the foreground and leave the centre row of houses undone for effect.

The challenge will be finding something to mount it onto - but I'm going to scour all the bargain shops for a cheap canvas print I can just gesso over and use that, nice and cheap.

This image is on the Colour Therapy CD/download and you can get it here:
http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/adult-colouring-books-pages/

Don't forget to go and enter the challenge HERE

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Paint Draw Blend!

Woohoo!!

The amazing peeps over at PanPastel have very kindly done a little editorial piece on my Fishy Wishy that I coloured up with PanPastel last month, focusing on the whole adult colouring phenomenon which is happening right now 


I was overwhelmed at the response to this project on social media and have had several requests for prints of this artwork.
If you'd like to purchase a signed limited edition print (A3) you can buy him for a paltry £25 inc P&P, just email me for details : ) 

xx

GIVEAWAY WINNERS

A little while back I did a giveaway for a signed piece of my work - you can see the post HERE.

After mucho typage into Random.org here is the result of the little draw:

and by my reckoning the 8th person to leave me a comment was Karen Pettit - well done, email me with your snail mail honey and it will be on it's way for you.

Thankyou all so much for taking the time to leave me a comment ; )
xxxx

Friday, 11 December 2015

Colouring challenge at Graph'It...

Hey! 
So it's time for another challenge over at Graph'It blog today  - head on over and join in, it's an easy theme to follow and join in with and you can win one of 3 random prizes! 

I havent had chance to put this little fella onto a card yet but he was really great to colour. 
Now I have to admit I was really lazy this week - I printed him onto a really duff 80gsm copy paper which just happened to be in the printer and didnt realise till i came to colour him, but I didnt have much option by then so I had to just go with the duff paper and the feeling of dread, knowing how much my markers would bleed.
What happened next was a complete accident really - yes, honestly! I coloured up really quickly and as the paper was almost like blotting paper it soaked the ink so fast I realised that I was getting a bit of a watercoloured look completely unintentionally so I just went with it. I just added my blender to smooth out the blends back into the white paper and left it at that, but was super careful with the reds and made sure I coloured inside the lines - I've got so used to Graph'its not bleeding ever that it was a real shock to the system, I felt like I was colouring with some of my markers from the bad old days LOL.
I wanted to give a feeling of depth and temperature so I added a little blue shadow snowman behind him for a background effect and lots of snowflakes and some snowballs. When you colour snow it's important to pay more attention to the shadows to give yourself a feeling of depth otherwise it just looks one dimensional - make sure you get blue greys and some neutral greys involved in the shadows too....

Colours used: 7101, 7105, 7110 cheeks 4145
Red 5245, Green 8110, 8120, orange 3150
Grey 9400, 9404, Blue grey 9101, 9104

Lots of blender

You can find out more about the image and where to get it over on the 
Graph'It blog 
so go and have a peek and don't forget to enter!

See you soon!

p.s. I havent picked my giveaway winner yet - I'll catch up with this over the Christmas period when I have more time! xx


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Heartfelt at the Pencil Case

It's time for a new pencil colouring challenge on the Pencil Case today...

At the Pencil Cases we all use Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils which are just amazingly easy and creamy to use.

As usual I've completely forgotten to write down the colours I used on this image but I had fun with a lot of the ones in my tin LOL! I know it's the aqua blues and Wine, magenta and the strong pinks, I had a lot of fun! I wanted to create a background effect for this too - she's not a Christmas Fairy at all but just by adding the baubles in the background she is transformed froma  vampire fairy to a Xmas Angel I think. You can get the image here which is Oddella Fairy
To make the baubles and the background I just gently coloured some circles and built in shadow and highlights then used (I think) yellow ochre for the fairy lights, together with my Graph'It Shake white marker....

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's all in the Bag!...Simply Homemade magazine....

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

I'm back today with something else from issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the UK...you'll be pleased to know this is the last in this little batch - phew haha!
I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...
I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get here either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.

You might have already seen this project as it's one I made as a TV demo for Create and Craft earlier in the year but I really love this...
again you can get the template from the magazine too (sorry i dont have a link grrr)....

This cute gift bag is really versatile but very very sturdy and it's like a mini briefcase - I love making bags I must do more of these, I've got out of the habit lately and I do love them...
Again, all the elements and papers are from the collection and are all hand cut, I just added centres of blong to the flowers and plenty of glitter and that's it....



Monday, 30 November 2015

Wrapping it up...Simply Homemade magazine

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

Are you sick of me yet? I told you I'm on a blog mission! I'm back today with something else from issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the UK...

I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...
I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get here either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.

So today here is a very very quick make - I LOVE making Tags when I'm a bit stuck for time and ideas - they just come together so quickly and you don't need to worry too much about composition...

All the elements are obviously from the Collection - the only extras are the berries and ribbon, everything else has been hand cut and didn't take as long as you'd think!
The Collection also has these cute paper bows which are all stitched so it saves loads of time and is a great cheat LOL...I always decorate my gifts at Christmas in boring brown paper (I have a roll I've had for about 5 years I bought in bulk haha it's saved me a fortune on wrap)....and then I go all out by adding lovely tags like this to cheer up the parcels, it makes everything look nice and traditional but with a really modern twist...

Sunday, 29 November 2015

We Love 2 Create - Art Journal

Hey!
Time for a new challenge over at the WeLove2Create blog today - go and join in, the theme is Anything Goes with mixed media so uber easy to participate and you can win some lovely Pan Pastel and Stampbord goodies...

I coloured this Oddella image up a few weeks back for the Graph'It colouring challenge and when I looked at it the following day I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to make her into a journal page which I have not done for absolutely eons...and I mean eternity eons!
I've recently had a disaster purchase - I needed to bulk buy some diaries and like the numbskull I am I bought 50 (yes, that's 50!!) diaries - then realised when they arrived they were 2015 GRRRR!!! So I have 50 journals to use up this year haha!!
So I didnt lose the mojo for her I rushed upstairs as soon as I got in from work and decided I was only allowing the time it took for the pizza to cook and no more - I'm trying to set myself time goals so I just go with the flow and dont procrastinate too much as it's killing my melon, man....
this was the coloured image before and after... 
 I just got all my fave colours out and random stamps which just happened to be the nearest to hand which were all my textures from Premium Art Brands and threw it all on. I did actually spritz and seal between layers but because I was rushing they did get very muddied and I used a lot of yellow ochre which I dont normally do.
Not what I was aiming for at all but this was pizza journaling!!...
 I just ripped the original coloured in image off the paper and glued it down with photo glue then applied all the Pan Pastel colours around it, using a Versamark inkpad to overstamp - love using Versamark ink as they just stick to the Pan Pastels like glue and make it so vibrant...
 A bit of doodling to finish off using a black Graph'It marker which will go over virtually anything and the must have Graph'It White Shake marker...

colours used: magenta, perm red, yellow ochre, phthalo green, black coarse sparkle medium, white sparkle medium, violet
Walnut distress ink to stamp, Versamark to stamp, Graph'It white Shake pen, Graph'It Black alcohol marker, Graph'It Glitter shake silver and gold (character)

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Little Robin Redbreast...Simply Homemade Magazine

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

I'm back today with something else from issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the UK...

There are a few so I'm going to share these with you over the next few days : ) 

I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...
I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.

So this card is using the lovely Robin from the collection and I really went to town on layers and texture with this one.
I LOVE using gesso and texture pastes (in fact it's one of the things I kinda covet and I have a really big hoard of it lol)...

The papers are all from the collection and I used a Tonic frame die (can't remember which one now) and the flourish is by Tattered Lace, it's one of my favourites I use again and again and it always cuts sooo easily too. I then cut out the holly and flowers which are again from the collection and just layered them up to get lots of dimension.
I tend to find my cards are either dead flat and minimal or blinged and dimensioned to the enth degree - I'm an all or nothing girl LOL!




Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Ho Ho Ho...Simply Homemade Magazine

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

Me again  - wow so many posts haha!...Again I'm back today with something else from issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the UK...

I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...
I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get here either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.

I drew this Santa earlier in the year and I have to say I just adore him he's soooo cheerful and gorgeous you just pray this is actually what Santa does look like don't you - and I love having my Father Christmas dressed in non-red outfits, I just think it makes him a little different.

I have to thank my friend Susan as she inspired me with this amazing star shape! She made this last year on a sample for me and I vowed to make my own - it only took me a year but I got there in the end - thanks Aunty Sus!
Don't you just LOVE the height and depth you can get with this, it's amaaaazing!  There was a template for the star included in the magazine so try and find it - I tried but I couldnt get the link for some reason....
I don't know why but I think this is one of my fave Xmas cards I ever made, I just really like everything about it and it didnt take very long at all....

This whole card was made from the Picknix Nordic Winter collection - I just added some kraft card and lots of glitter. The flourish die is Tattered Lace.


Monday, 23 November 2015

Upcycled Festive Humbugs

Hey Dahhhlinks!!

So I totally forgot about some projects I did way back when for a couple of issues of Simply Homemade Magazine which is one of my favourites here in the UK...

There are a few so I'm going to share these with you over the next few days : ) 

I lost track of the issue these were in but it was issue 61 and 62 I think (me bad, so sorry!)....

I was asked to do a little upcyling/ homespun kraft feely theme to some makes...this jar was an absolute bargain snip at just £1 - from Poundland of course! LOL!
Filled with yummy humbugs although I have to confess they were a little stuck together when I tried to steal one out the jar before sending it off to the magazine haha. I just basically did a quick make by creating a wrap with kraft card and strips of papers, a few ready made embellies and bob's your uncle - a great £1 gift for a neighbour or a stocking filler - it would make a great favour to add to the place settings on the Christmas table too, I think I'd like to add the person's name to the front as an actual place setting, it would be really different and so much better than a naff cracker.

I used papers and elements from my Picknix Nordic Winter collection which you can get here either on CD or download if you love it as much as I do - it's great for getting a really modern but festive look to all your cards, decorations and gifts this year, I just love it.



I'll be back tomorrow with more loveliness from this collection xx

Sunday, 22 November 2015

We Love 2 Create and a Giveaway!

Hi! Happy Sunday!!

My turn to post over at We Love 2 Create challenge today and I am determined to make more 'me' time to craft my way that I really love so hopefully you'll be seeing a bit more mixed media from me in the coming months, it's very good to renew my creative juices LOL.

The We Love 2 Create challenge is ANYTHING GOES so you can all enter! Get over there now! 

As you all know I do love my colouring but I also adore creating mixed media - just letting go of all your inhibitions and just throwing it on whatever you're doing and see what the result is. I'm not one for making plans, I actually think creatively it can be very restrictive so I just go with the flow and see what happens, I really think a lot of people totally overthink it - just let it be what it is.

I'm actually going to choose a random commenter to receive this little piece of me as a giveaway so if you'd like to win this please leave me a comment below and I'll pick one out at random. 

I've had this Oddella fairy image printed off for ages and have been dying to do something funky with her but havent had chance to sit down properly with my Stampbord and PanPastels for a while.

I transferred this digistamp onto my Stampbord using a laser print and Acetone (just print with a laser printer then rub acetone over the image to transfer it onto virtually any surface). Nail varnish won't work because it's not pure Acetone by the way (well it doesnt for me anyway) - but you can get Acetone from Boots the chemist and it's only a couple of quid for a decent size bottle - just look in the nails section I think it was or ask at the counter.
Basically it's just like working your blender pen, it evaporates off really quickly just make sure you're in a ventilated space as it is a little stinkypoos...I apply it just with a tissue over the top of my paper.

I didnt get a brilliant outline (cheapo copy paper works better than printing on good card) but I quite like that as I then traced over the faint lines with a fineliner to outline them more and it meant I got more of a sketchy feel which was fine for this anyway....

This is a 3" Stampbord coaster. If you've never used Stampbord before it's a piece of hard wood with a white clay surface applied to one side. The clay is super silky smooth (it's sooooo tactile you wont be able to stop stroking it) but the clay will take any pigment virtually and it drinks up PanPastel pigments, paints, inks, watercolours, alcohol markers, alcohol inks - it just loves everything and gives you an amazingly smooth surface to stamp on. Also because it's clay you can scratch into the surface - but, want to know the best thing about Stampbord?

If you go wrong you can sand it back and start again with ZERO waste - yes, ZERO WASTE!

I just coloured the surface with various PanPastel colours, some went on dry with a Sofft tool or a small paintbrush, others I mixed up with a little water to paint on where I wanted a more vivid colour. I then scratched into the Stampbord to get some texture, scratched out the pink heart and some details as highlights and as we are all thinking of Paris this weekend, scratched out the word Peace as it just was the only thing that came to mind. 
The background is made using a star texture stamp and versamark ink, it just holds the pastel so well, and I sprayed with hairspray in between layers to seal them and enable me to layer the colour up properly. 
This is REALLY important - make sure you seal as you go, otherwise the PanPastels can actually mix too much and you end up with a brown sludgey colour - just use a cheap hairspray BUT...this will discolour and yellow over time so if you want an everlasting piece use an Artist Fixative or use the Maimeri Matte Medium in a spritz to seal instead (or another matt sealer but it needs to be sprayed or you'll smudge the pastel)....
Finally I edged the square with the Graph'It Glitter shake gold marker and added a few white dots using my Graph'It Shake white marker (best white in the world). 
I used the following products on my make: 

Stamp: Polkadoodles Oddella Fairy



Remember!!
The We Love 2 Create challenge is ANYTHING GOES so you can all enter! Get over there now! 

xxx

Don't forget - I'm actually going to choose a random commenter to receive this little piece of me as a giveaway so if you'd like to win this please leave me a comment below and I'll pick one out at random x

I've entered this make into the following challenge: http://mixedmediamc.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-18-texture.html

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Green green green - and Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils

It's time for a new pencil challenge over at the Pencil Cases! Please pop over and join in we have some lovely prizes and you can win a set of these amazing pencils too! YAY! 

I've not had much time this week but this was also the first real foray into the green section of my Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour tin LOL, so it was quite exciting mixing them all up! I had a jolly green time in the end just playing around - problem is as usual I forgot to write the numbers down but basically I mixed a bit of everything together! My favourite green is by far and away Veridian but it's more of a bluey green really but I have to use it somewhere! The dress was cedar I think...
The face is brown ochre with some cinnamon. 

So please pop over and join in the challenge - it's all about the greens!


See you here again tomorrow! 
xx

Friday, 20 November 2015

Christmas colours at Graph'It colouring challenge

Wow the weeks are flying by right now! We are uber busy as ever at Polkadoodle towers but i'm managing to keep up - somehow- with some colouring challenges even though all my aches and pains are still with me...I'm trying not to moan about it too much as I know I have it pretty easy compared to most people but I guess it's all relative and when you're busy constantly it gives you a reality check and makes you remember how old you are LOL!....

So today is colour challenge day over at Graph'it and I had to try and remember the colour palettes from my teeny brain and I completely misinterpreted them but never mind...I wanted to keep the colours on this one really light and soft...
apologies this is completely out of focus but I was really struggling with the light and just after I photographed this I then used it for another project which has changed it completely so I couldn't retake the pic...
Which brings me on to backgrounds...they can completely transform your colouring...this is the same image 30 mins later after I added her to a journal page and used Pan Pastels and stamps to create a background for her...you'd think it was a completely different image but I did nothing whatsoever to the image other than tear it out, glue it down and then sweep colour around it, the image itself is unchanged...
The image is from Polkadoodles Ickyink range available here.
Graph'It colours used:
skin: 4124, 4145 cheeks, 4150, 3105
hair: 7220, neutral grey 2, 4, 6, 8
clothes: 4145, 4135, 4105
Graph'It silver and gold glitter Shake, White Graph'It Shake

Please pop over and join in the challenge - it's all about Christmas colours this week so a nice easy one to enter and you can win some great prizes!  xxx