My family give me “Wings”

Kelly’s Guesting at Mixed Media Monday this week and her chosen theme is “Wings”. I love birds, wings, angels, like a lot of people and use them often in my artwork. I was multi-tasking and messing about waiting for other things to dry when I prepped this page. I also had a toothbrush in my hand and decided it’d be fun to see if I could actually ‘paint’ with it. All the bold black marks – including the birdie shapes – were made with an old toothbrush…

Lots of  layers were required to hide the journalling, which is basically about how my family are the wings with which I fly… They enable me to achieve my goals. We measure success in happiness in my house and for the most part, we’re very successful!

I used a page in my altered annual, white crackle paint, blue base paint, black acrylic paint, Neocolours, pens and Tempra (for the flowers). I called it “Toothbrush Birds”!!


Gothic Arches – Shabby chic…

That’s the challenge today on GA – Nancy chose “shabby chic” and to be quite honest, I went OTT with the shabby… well, there was so much paint around this morning, and you know what I’m like when I get paints out!


I’ve been seeing quite a bit of the corrugated cardboard around again late last year and now too, so in an effort to be good, recycle and declutter, I went looking for cardboard this morning. This was one of those boxes you get catfood puches in – nice cardboard, but tricky to dis-assemble without tearing… unless you poke the tine(s) of a fork in a groove, push and flick! Push as far as you can and the top paper lifts and you can tear it up nicely without ripping all the layers. Great texture! [The gold spots are simple round paper fasteners].

Once I’d done that, I gessoed and painted it, naturally! Lots of dry brushing – oh and in the interests of science, or the need to experiment – playing what if? – I used a toothbrush to paint with. This toothbrush has uneven lengthed bristles and so you get a more random texture and stroke…

While it was drying (before I cut out the arch), I used the remaining paint plus, in my altered book, preparing a piece for tomorrow [Mixed Media Monday]. Then I decided to see whether I can paint a picture on a bamboo placemat, with a toothbrush… it’s coming along nicely! I bet some people reading this think I’m demented – using a fork on cardboard, painting with a toothbrush, covering textbooks with paint, trying to paint on placemats, etc. It’s just having fun and I can’t stand waiting for paint to dry!

The image I used for the arch is from my seemingly never-ending stack of Miniatures by Crafty Individuals, which I love! I see they’ve brought out some new papers and stamps recently… I am tempted but my pockets are “to let” at the moment, which is probably why I’m experimenting so much! 😉

E for Experiments and P for Playing!

I’m having a ME day today – woohoo! There’s a Fabric Paper swap on one of the Groups I belong to and Adrienne gave us her recipe which I have printed out and followed diligently. Here’s stage 1 – painting a large piece (my choice) of muslin with PVA/water. I put the whole thing on a Messy Mat on a plastic bag, ‘cos when I paint, it happens in the kitchen!

I bought an old dressmaking pattern for soft toys yesterday and used that as my base for the tissue paper, painted that with the PVA/water mix and then laid a sheet of plain white tissue paper over that, smoothed it down and painted that as before. I then used bright dyes randomly applied while it was still wet, following the recipe and here’s what it looked like at that stage:

And a close up of the pattern reveals that yes, it does say DOG!

I added some more blue and red and here it is drying in front of the kitchen window.

I have a feeling that when it dries, it’ll be so pretty I won’t want to cut it up and use it… I shall have to be strong though, if I want to join the swap, won’t I?! I have just found this on someone’s blog… and I’d say it’s a fair representation of me (strangely!):

What Rosie Means

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You’re always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can’t handle you. You’re very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you’re likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are the total package – suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don’t always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don’t have as much going for them as you do.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It’s easy to get you excited… which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don’t stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.