Shrinking Plastic Cuteness!

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I may be 31 but I feel like a kind in a sweet shop when I get new craft things to play with! And that is what I’ve been doing on my week off. I bought a mini toaster oven to make shrink plastic things and I love it. I’ve been experimenting as well as reading Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! to get ideas on size and how well different ideas lend themselves to plastic.

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Sweet Dreams Matchbox & Book

I made this a little while ago and put it to one side because I wasn’t sure what to do with it. However, I actually think now it is finished and so cute! I love making small items and especially themed things. I had a lot of little embellishments that went well with a sweets and cute theme – I love the tiny ice cream x

Some Things To Come….

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While I have been super busy recently, I still have time to work on some new craft projects which I am excited about sharing. I thought I would give a sneak peak of things to come on the blog, including:

  • My take on using fabric pens – and tutorial
  • My continued passion for stamps and carving
  • New Art Journal Pages
  • My Smashbook
  • Some adventures with my new camera!
  • My new obsessions which includes skulls
  • A new mixed media project
  • Info on new art magazines I have found and love

As you can see, there are lots of new things for me to get stuck into! I hope you are into them too and keep an eye out 🙂

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Carving Stamps!

I’ve only just begun to try this and now I think about it, it seems strange seeing as I love mixed media art so much. I got a few pieces of lino and a carving tool with 5 different blades from the art shop last week, but didn’t start til last night. I didn’t have much of a plan, just drew a swirly shape onto the lino and began carving.

It is super relaxing as you focus on how you want your image to look. It also forces you to think differently about your art because you are taking away to reveal the image, whereas a lot of other materials I use you are building up the image.

I have lot of ideas on where to go with these, and I love how it adds a new dimension to my art. While I love bought stamps there is something more personal and unscripted about creating something yourself.

Smash Book and Other Nonsense x

I thought I would put up a small post with some things I have been doing recently. The first is an A3 sketchbook I was covering, although I seemed to run out of ideas half way through! So it is still a work in progress.

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The second is my Smash book I bought for my birthday which I am just obsessed with. I have only doodled on the front cover and sort of started a page without a main idea, which is what Smash books are all about, but my art journaling and shadow boxes have been my focus for the last two months really so I feel I have neglected my Smash book. I have been collecting things for it though, whenever I find something interesting in a magazine.

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Well that is all for now guys, have a great week!

Nautical Themed Shadowbox

I am so happy with the way this box has turned out. I’ve been thinking and working on it for ages, collecting and finding things to go with my theme. I did intend to use a much smaller box but then I got the little boat and it didn’t fit. I felt the boat and message in the bottle were the integral pieces, so I just got a bigger box! I also love the shells, and used some sand textured gel at the bottom to give it a beach effect. I can’t wait to do another one! I’ve actually got so many craft/shadow box ideas going on at the moment!

I am going to put this up on my Etsy Shop, so if you are interested please click the link and have a look. Thanks! 🙂
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New Art Pages

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I have been so productive with my art journal, I think because I’m really excited to be using my new materials! This one looks quite dark, I think because I used so many things on the page, including grunge paste which I scrapped into, then dylusions sprays, acrylic paint, pen, and grunge paper I die cut into the flowers, butterflies and hearts. I am still quite happy the way it came out as I think it is quite interesting and gave me the opportunity to play with my art and enjoy the process much more.

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I love the colours of this page (which I scanned in) and I used the grunge paste more sparingly with a stencil to get a different effect. I also made my second video of me making this which you can watch here:

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I’d love to hear what you think!

Finished Tray! How I Made It…

I thought it might be fun to make a blog on how I made my very first Printer’s Tray 🙂

I had to banish stressy thoughts about making it perfect, because I knew that would never help me begin! So first I arranged the little boxes where I wanted them and glued them into the tray. Then I covered the sides of tray with patterned paper. With a colour theme in mind I got a mixture of white, red, blue and purple arcylic paint and squished a few big blobs in different corners.

It looks a bit of a mess!

While I was a bit worried about how unblended the paint was, once I started to cover the backgrounds in different papers, the whole colour theme started to emerge. I used tissue tape round the box edges to bring everything together, although this doesn’t stay down that well. I used some pva glue to make it smoother and stick down, especially in the corners where it can get a bit fiddly.

Some of the papers I inked round the sides to give the boxes more depth.

I tried to balance the different colours and patterns of paper I used. I like to mix things up and not have them too symetrical. I was also going for a bit more a muted colour theme to tone down the painted background.

Then comes the fun part: embellishments! I just love adding embellishments to things! I had so many different things for this tray, but wanted to keep to a earthy nature theme as it is for my boyfriend’s parents. Otherwise it would probably be much brighter!

I just started to add pieces and knew I wanted some small prima flowers in one of the biggest boxes. I place a few key things like the light bulbs and metal flower, then just naturally built the whole thing round these. I used metal leaves in gold and bronze, buttons, wooden pieces, a few small bottles I filled with beads, a keyhole, an ornate plate, ribbon, small gift tags, hat pins, lots of glitter and gems 🙂

I also used loads of superglue, especially for the metal pieces.

And here is the finished piece!