Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Fast & Fabulous with Tracy Scott

Good morning!
In the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of going to workshops being taught by 3 new tutors at AFTH
The first one by Karen Hayselden but I haven't finished it yet but as soon as I do I will blog it.  Check her work out - shes fab!!! 
The second workshop was the one I did earlier this month with the amazing Tracy Scott.
Her work is so colourful and full of life I just love it.
So in the workshop she decided to give us an insight into her process and to show us how she produces her work so quickly!!
She so quick its unbelievable!! (check out some of her youtube videos) - however she did manage to get us working quickly and we produced a lot of great work.
 I created the first 3 in the morning and they only needed a little doodling when I got home to finish them off.

I was surprised how this one turned out as I'm not really into flowers but this piece took on a grunge feel which seemed to work well for me.  I cant believe I not only used pink but did flowers too!?!?!  Oh dear am I going to turn into a girly girl....... no don't think there is any worry about that happening any time soon ! lol!!!

This last one was produced in a very short afternoon - I wanted more time as I didn't want to go home - I was having so much fun!!!

With this one I did need to do a bit of stamping as well as some doodling at home to finish it off but I totally love the way it turned out!!
All of this was so far out of my comfort zone I still cant believe how well they turned out!!
But today I saw a quote which I thought was quite apt :
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!"
I hope you get a chance to step out of your comfort zone and try something fresh and new!!
Have a great day!!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Regular Art Journaling - Collage

Hello folks!
Just another quick catch up post.  
Yet again another workshop I did with Kate Crane last year (she must have been sick of the sight of me lol!) at AFTH.  But I am so loving the monthly art journaling workshops - I'm learning so much - I just need to find the time at home to put all these new techniques into practise!!
This day we created any sort of backgrounds we wanted and then used downloaded digital collage images to create our pages.  Stamping, and doodling with various tools helped pull the pages together.
These are the 2 full sized pages I got done in that workshop!! I think I might be coming round to the collage idea - haven't been a big fan till recently but I think I'm finally being converted!!!

As always I wish you all the opportunity to find time to do some Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Regular Art Journaling - Painted Houses

Hi again - I thought I would just do a quick blog post of a page I started in one of Kate Cranes workshops a while ago, but I forgot all about it until recently.  It was a Kate style painty background but where we collaged houses in journaling before these ones we painted ourselves!!

I needless to say had to put silly faces in the windows etc - but it was fun!  I think I need to add something else to finish it off but I haven't been able to figure out what that 'something' is!!!
So it will be classed as finished for now!!!
Happy Journaling!!! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Christmas journal pages

Hi everyone - sorry that you are getting inundated with posts at the moment but I have finally found a bit of time to catch up on the things that I have made in the last 6 months and I'm getting a chance to blog them.  So this month will be rather over loaded but it will go back to normal next month I'm sure LOL.
These are 2 pages that I did at Regular Journal class with Kate Crane just before Christmas.  We had a lovely festive day and as it was the 22nd of December it started my holidays off really well.
I loved adding this Stampotique stamped character as the 3 Kings!!!

Enjoyed learning how to paint these guys!!
All in all it was a fab day!!!
Hope you all manage to find some time to be creative today!!
xxx hugs xxx

Monday, 16 February 2015

Stitched canvas shapes

Hi everyone - well I might not be getting much crafting done at home but I have been going to workshops rather regularly so have been letting my creativity out there!!
This was a workshop I did at AFTH with Dyan Reaveley!
We painted, inked and stencils some canvas and then with some cutting and sewing thrown in we made some lovely canvas shapes!!

If you haven't ever tried to stamp, stencil, paint etc on canvas give it a try!!  You can get some amazing and sometime unexpected results but the uses you can make of your self decorated canvas in endless!!
Go have a play - and have come fun!!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Regular Art Journaling with Kate Crane

Kate Crane has been doing a regular journaling class for a few months now at AFTH and I'm glad to say that I have become one of the 'regulars'!
Kate has been trying to push us out of our comfort zone by making us do things like draw faces or animals - use paint in different ways - collage with digital downloads as well as with our own photographs or backgrounds.  We have produced some amazing work and learnt so much and I'm looking forward to learning and creating much more in the future.
For now however I wanted to show you what I made in class this month!!

As it happens the workshop fell on Valentines day - so of course we had to do something with heart!!! Here's the two pages I produced!

This first page was done in my large Dylusions Journal!
Using a brayer and acrylic paints we created a multi layered background then as the focal point, stitched on 3 triple layered hearts which we had cut out of on a separate sheet.
When I got home I did add a bit of stickles on the hearts for a bit of bling!!

This second one was done in my small Dylusions Journal! The background created much in the same way as the other first one but with only 1 triple layered heart!
 With the addition of a Stampotique figure (Hiya Cinth by Janet Klein) and a quote the page was very quickly finished!!!
Lovely fast technique for creating vibrant backgrounds - I love it!

If you would like to go to any of Kate's workshops please check out her website HERE.
Happy crafting folk!!!
xxx Donna xxx

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Altered Drift Wood

I had a great time on Wednesday at AFTH doing Kate Cranes Altered Driftwood workshop!!
With her usual unflappable, elegant style Kate had us painting lovely backgrounds, beach huts and little girls in no time at all!!  We even had a go at painting on pebbles!!  Well you can pretty much alter anything!!
It was a fab class and I am so looking forward to doing some more beach combing in the near future!!

Hope you all get a chance to do some altered art and possibly a bit of beach combing yourselves, to get some fresh air before diving right back into the craft room to alter your lovely new finds!!!
Have some beachy fun!!
xxx hugs xxx