Thursday, 28 July 2016

Distress Crayons and Paint cards

Addicted to Art - Distress Crayons and Distress Paint Cards
Hello everyone :)
Today I thought I would share some cards I made using distress crayons and paints.

1. I began with adding gesso to some card. I then worked in lines with either crayons or paints to build up colour.
Distress Paints

Distress Crayons
2. Next I added some black paint lines using a credit card and smudged with my finger. I also did some paint splatters using watered down paint and a paint brush. On one I also added some stencilling.
3. I stamped some images (Butterfly from PaperArtsy HP1506EZ) on deli paper with stazon and cut them out. I did this first thinking I might collage my butterflies but as I didn't you could just stamp directly onto the card. I glued these onto my cards. You can see the glue slightly smudged the distress crayon lines.
4. I then painted by butterflies and added some more distress crayons to deepen the colour. 
5. Finally I added some painted wooden butterflies from my stash and some chit chat (seasonal) stickers.
Addicted to Art - Distress Crayons and Distress Paint Cards
Distress crayons

Addicted to Art - Distress Crayons and Distress Paint Cards
Distress Paints

Addicted to Art - Distress Crayons and Distress Paint Cards

Addicted to Art - Distress Crayons and Distress Paint Cards

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


Ok. So best laid plans and all that...! We quite often work in advance and this piece is a good example of that because when I made it, it was a rainy day here in England, however since then it's been a blisteringly hot July! I wanted to share it with you anyway because of the cool effect you can get from PaperArtsy's Infusions.
I love these Infusions. You can create some really wonderful effects and this one is one of my favourites! Firstly I sprinkled some Infusions on the page and then spritzed the powder with water. You can then see the ink start to spread (which is pretty cool) and the walnut ink in each pot start to work its magic. When you've seen it work, be brave and take some kitchen roll and wipe it off. Yes! Wipe it off. You'll spread the ink across the page but don't panic! Let it dry.
Add a brayered layer (that rhymes!) of white paint over the top and instantly the background becomes muted - like a cloud. How cool is that?!
I added the stamping and then wanted to make more of the background so added a few stencilled dots.
I hope you like this layout - I loved the Dolly Parton quote!
Thank you, as always for popping by - let me know if you have a go with this technique!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Weathered Beach huts workshop

Hi Everyone, Brenda here with a 'show and tell' of the workshop we held yesterday at Country View Crafts. It was a beautifully hot day and the weathered beach huts seemed the perfect theme. We had a group of lovely ladies attend and take the plunge (pun intended lol) with a brand new technique I had devised, you may well have seen it advertised here and on Face book. 

The front .......

.... and the back.

The kit is a chipboard pack and we also provided some chipboard marine/beach pieces for embellishing the back with and of course we had fun creating the very weathered wooden doors with the new technique. We even added some faux rusty nails and a latch (see above) to give it more authenticity and realism.

Because we have moved to CVC for our workshops I also made Susan one for her office cum workroom but in different colours.

So here are some of the photos from the day.
Through the technique stages .......

..... the cakes to keep everyone going .....

..... the listening whilst working at the same time ......

.... the demoing and explaining ......

..... the quiet times where everyone is totally absorbed ......

...... the focus and attention to detail .....

.... the getting there time .....

.... the 'what was that we needed to do next?' question .......

....... the 'nearly there' feelings.

I just love these finished projects.

My thanks to Susan for hosting and to all the lovely participants, it was a wonderful day.

Until the next one in September.

hugs Brenda xxx