Billie’s Craft Room – FREE online workshops

My friend Billie is hosting a series of online workshops, completely free of charge this summer, called Adventures in Acrylics! Be there or be square!

Billie has been making video tutorials for Youtube for a long time now and she’s cool, calm and collected! She delivers her tutorials in a no-nonsense, fun way and has lots of practical advice to share. So, if you’re having a “staycation” this year and want to have some fun with your acrylics, which will only cost you time and materials… here’s where it’s at:

Oriental Layer Love!

I have wanted to make a small canvas for the “Wealth Corner” in our new home for some time and today’s challenge at Created by Hand – Oriental – was the perfect creative shove for me to get painting!

Here is my red and gold 5″ x 7″ money canvas… hope it works as an attractant!


I have painted on top of joss papers, chinese text, etc. and scratched symbols into the layers of paint. The papers were all supplied by Ten Two Studios (not that they’re that recognisable!!)

PS – you’ve still got 2 days left to join in the 4th Anniversary giveaway, so what are you waiting for??? 😉

Meanwhile, I have also been busy creating more altered cutlery for the Seventh Wave Gallery in Bude… woohoo! 🙂

Layers of Colours

The latest lesson in our online painting class invites us to explore layering colours, using inspiration from papers or ephemera of our choice. I received the most beautiful postcard from Crafty Individuals (last year, I think…) and decided to use that for my piece. The colours aren’t ones I would naturally choose to combine, so I am really chuffed (pleased!) with the result.

Here’s my postcard:


And this is my layered colours piece…


Artygirlz – fabric

Julie and Crissi have made some great examples – whimsical and fun – using fabric on their artwork. That’s the Artygirlz challenge this week. I too am entering a canvas, though the use of fabric may not be too obvious. However, if you look closely you can see I have used a fair bit of muslin and hessian to form texture on this mixed media canvas – “Oasis – Light & Shade”.

Sadly, scanning it hasn’t shown the depth of the black, which just looks grey in this pic, but it’s a really rich dark and light canvas and I’m so pleased with it. It’s acrylics and multi-textured, using that fabulous Oasis stamp again and the highlights are done with silver acrylic, applied with 2 fingertips!!

I finished all my canvasses today, so I can relax a little, but I still have bookmarks to make and probably another couple of bags, provided I have time! When I booked my table, November 8th seemed so far away… now it’s looming. Ah well… back to work!

Thank you!

PTW this week asked for a Thank you card and I’ve used a painted paper towel, paint, washers, staples and fibres.


As I’ve used quite a lot of paint on this card, I think it’ll fit in with Saturday’s Workout too!

Fiona’s Inchy by Inch challenge this week is to make a Thank you Inchy because of the fab blog candy on offer from Tandastamps – a whole sheet of Inchy stamps – woohoo! Here’s my abbreviated Thnx!

Thanks for looking!

More recycling!

Seems to be an ongoing theme with me lately! This week the Daring Cardmakers have asked for beads to be used on a card – no hardship at all! Sandy and Heike, who’s on holiday, (TGIF), asked us to show/use a preferred technique with our stamping and I enjoy stamping with acrylic paint and into it, so here’s a card fitting both those themes:


Background paper: Crafty Individuals; Beads: from Tracey and Cat (Auntys) and my stash; Chain: an old belt!

The word ‘life’ is stamped into black acrylic paint which I had smeared onto a piece of cardboard packaging and used as a palette. I liked the look of it so much I kept it. I took it out this evening, tore it from the packaging and stitched the beads and chain on. The packaging was very soft, so stitching through it was no hardship – attaching the ends of the chain with purple mini brads, that’s another matter entirely!! Still, I’m such a stickler for little details, aren’t I? 😉

I had a really lovely surprise today – the 2nd of 2 actually! Firstly, lovely Laura (Layers of Colour challenge), has awarded each of us a set of stamps for rising to her “Crowns” challenge last week, as there were very few entries – thank you so much! Then, this afternoon, I had an email from Silvia – Barnie’s Baustelle! I missed her vibrant stamping and playful style and had left her a comment on her blog, just to see if she was okay, not ill or anything, and she wrote to say she’s fine, taking a breather from stamping and will be back when she has more time. So I’m happier now… I know I don’t actually ‘know’ Silvia, but we share a lot comments in this arty-crafty community here in Blogland and you do tend to become ‘pals’, so I notice when someone’s not around. Nice to know she’s fine, isn’t it? *g*