Stand Out - Unruly Wall Hanging

Back in September one of the projects the participants at the Unruly PaperArts Retreat got to make was this wonderful Mixed Media Wall Hanging - a workshop by Unruly Creative Contributor Julie Short of Time to Create. While we were planning and preparing for the retreat this project had actually morphed from a dream catcher, to a wreath before finally becoming this project.  Julie's prototype was done in Turquoise/Teal Tones which you can see over on her blog here.

I had originally planned to do mine in the same colors however at the retreat we had two color choices and it just happened that on the night we played with the Ken Oliver Color Bursts I played with the warmer tones.

At the retreat Julie had her sewing machine on hand to stitch the background pieces of burlap ribbon and cardboard to our Colorburst and Stenciled Background.  I just love the wonderful birds and feather images which are part of a Carabelle Studio Stencil.

Once the stitching was done we took some some bonsai wire, beads and colorful ribbon trim to weave and thread around the piece to add extra interest and create a hanger.  Craft feathers, real feathers and die cut feathers were added to the bottom.

It now proudly is hanging on the side of my fridge where I can regularly be inspired by the quote too.

Angels all Around Us!

Angels are everywhere and currently along with their fairy friends they are taking over my studio.

I have been guided to work with a variety of Articulated Angels, Angel Art Dolls and Fairy Shrine Kits from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.  My order arrived yesterday so I have been playing with lots of color and the mixed media products from DecoArt Media. They include their Fluid Acrylics, Crackle Glaze, Antiquing Cream, and Metallic Lustres.

Witches, Pumpkins and Black Cats Too!

Witches, Pumpkins and Black Cats Too are just some of the images from Altered Pages I have today to share with you.

But today you are in for a treat as I also share my background technique. I know you'll find it kinda neat. Its one of my favorite ways to use up the off cuts and paper scraps that I always collect when creating my other projects.

Using PVA glue stick down paper scraps to a backing paper/cardstock.
Add a few drops of Orange Paint (I have used Deco Art Fluid Acrylics) and brayer over papers.
Using a Fluid Paint allows for the designs of the papers to easily show through.
Take a wet (with water) paint brush and ensure areas where papers meet and overlap are covered with paint.
Then dry with a heat gun.
Using black paint, add further detail with a stencil.  Allow a few seconds before taking your brayer and rubbing over stenciled design.  This gives my background a more distressed look.  Once more dry with a heat gun.

Your background is now ready to cut to size.  As already mentioned above I am using this to make some ATC's.
Once cut to size I used my Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to Ink the edges.

Because Halloween Eve is very near, I decided to use this theme but do not fear, as cute is the type of imagery I am using tonight, nothing too spooky to give you a fright.

Select, cut out and decide on the images you wish to use and their placement.
  The images I have used are all from Altered Pages Collage Sheets.

Stick down and add finishing touches such as other paper strips, words and embellishments
I have added a touch of DecoArt Metallic Lustre to these ATC's.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

I am entering my displayed ATC's into the following challenges.

ATC Around the World - #10 Halloween
Try it On Tuesdays - #Lots of Layers
Tuesday Throwdown - #268 To Cute to Spook
Crafty Boots Challenge - #Autumn and Halloween
Where the HeART is - #2 Anything Goes/Use Stencils

Tag Along with Me over At Altered Pages

Hi Everyone!  Today I invite you to tag along with me as I share my latest creations over at Altered Pages.

Having recently attended the Australia/NZ AFA Meet in Sydney I was inspired by one of my crafty friends and her Altered Tag Workshop to create some tags.  Six to be exact, with 3 different themes -Summer, Fairies and Halloween.

To see them all you will have to pop over to the Altered Pages blog, where I also share the details of the Collage Sheets and Papers I have used.

I'm back creating with Altered Pages

After almost a year hiatus I am back creating on one of my favorite Design Teams - Altered Pages. They specialize in Collage Sheets as well as selling a whole host of wonderful art supplies from all your favorite companies.

Throughout August the Design Team have been traveling the USA with all their wonderful creations and today it was my turn.  Having never been to the States I decided to create a Shadow Box Shrine featuring one of the destinations we hope to visit, as it is our goal to travel to Hawaii next see my whole project and read why we will be heading to the Big Island you will have to head over to the AP Blog.

Here's a bit of a sneak peak...........I am using the Blue Hawaii Collage Sheet for the wonderful imagery along with some Graphic 45 Papers which were part of the Mermaid Fantasy Mailbox Muse Kits which are seasonal mail order art kits also available for purchase from Altered Pages.

Things with Wings

This month over in the Unruly PaperArts Facebook Group I am hosting a Things With Wings ATC Swap.  The cards wonderful cards have started to arrive from our participants and I plan to share some of these with you next month on the blog (Unruly PaperArts Blog).

Today I wanted to share the cards I have made which are created using one of my most recent stamp purchases from Carabelle Studio.  It is called Collage avec des oiseaux , These stamps are available from Time to Create who is the only stockist of them here in Australia.  I am a huge fan of these Carabelle Studio stamps and am slowly but surely adding more and more of these to my collection. They even have stamps A4 in size of which I own a few.

For my ATC's today I have also used some other bird related stamps such as feathers and a bird cage. My backgrounds are a mix of paint, gelatos, stencils and washi tape.

We are also currently hosting a Fairtytale Fiction and Fantasy Postcard Swap over at Unruly too........I will share my Postcard for this in the coming weeks after we have moved.  Tomorrow it's packing and shifting the small stuff before the revivalists arrive on Tuesday to move the bigger items.

Planning, Painting and Packing

Hi Everyone!  I've been a bit quiet on here of late as I have been busy planning and preparing for for a number of upcoming events including the Unruly PaperArts Retreat, Packing to move house next week.  In between I have been spending some time in my studio playing with paint.  I have been enjoying creating on large canvases and large mixed media paper sheets and over the past weekend I had the opportunity to join a number of other highly creative ladies to play with paint, pastels and other mediums sharing ideas and techniques.

My latest work in progress

Here's a look at a couple of my recent creations including some from the weekend.

Butterflies in the Garden (Mixed Media)

In the Woods on a Rainy Day

Lighthouse Beach Close Up (Pan Pastels)

Waterlillies (Acrylic)

Clowning Around
 (ATC Traded for recent Art Athon at ATC's for All)

Halloween Mona
created for Mona Lisa Outtakes ATC Swap

Our theme this month over at Unruly PaperArts is called Chip off the Old Block and it is exploring the wonderful ways you can dress up and use chipboard and some other specialty papers in your work, so be sure to pop over and take a look.

Masking Marbled Backgrounds

Hi Everyone earlier this month I shared over on Unruly PaperArts some fun Marbled Backgrounds created with Shaving Foam and Dye Reinkers.  Today I am sharing the next steps taken using these backgrounds.  I am exploring the technique of masking using some beautiful masks and art templates from Carabelle Studios.

To see everything I got up to you will have to pop over to Unruly PaperArts.