123 Challenge for April

"if you believe you can then you will, even if it makes other people uncomfortable"

Hello again for another month of exciting challenges!
The criteria for this month’s 123 Challenge is:

text using a liner brush and acrylic ink

Okay….so you’re now asking, “Gi, where are the beads??!!!”
Ahem, I took some creative licence with it this month for 2 reasons. Firstly, I put rocks on last month’s challenge, so putting actual beads on this one was a bit much for me; and secondly, I think sometimes we need to push ourselves beyond the obvious and think a little more laterally or CREATIVELY if you like, hence the absence of actual, run-o-the-mill beads.

So here’s what I did to create this cool effect.
1. I covered the page with random colours and just basically made a colourful mess.
2. Using a liner brush and black acrylic ink (you could use black paint) I drew a pattern over the colour, trying to highlight some really interesting combinations.
3. Colour outside the lines with varying shades of “mint” and add some complementary or contrasting colours too. Blend them nicely!! Don’t worry about messing up your black outline. We’ll go over this again later.
4. Grab your Glossy Accents and create “beads” of little dimensional windows inside the black outline. Don’t place them too closely together or make the beads too small. Let dry for about a day. Seriously, walk away and do something else.

masking technique

5. Thin out a different colour (I used a blue/green) and carefully paint inside the black lines. When dry, take a baby wipe and carefully buff the beads until the paint is removed.
6. Re-paint your black outline and there you have it.

You can use this technique to make an embellishment on your scrapbooking layout. That would be so cool. Just cut out the design and add to your layout!!!!!

Would love to see you play along this month.
Oh, did I mention I’m giving away one of my prints as a prize this month? Get cracking then and show me what you’ve got!!



123 Challenge for March

It’s time to catch-up on this!

123 Challenge for March

Here’s the March challenge criteria:
WORD – actually this time it’s the numerals 1 2 3
COLOUR – metallic blue
TECHNIQUE – incorporate organic materials

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Many great prizes again this month and more fabulous examples from the diverse and talented Creative Team.
ANY medium will be accepted as long as the 3 criteria are met. This is not solely for scrapbookers so if you need a challenge for the back-end of this month I urge you to go to the blog and have a look.

Time to rise through the end of another challenging month with a challenge !!!

Thank you for your responses to my previous post. I really wasn’t expecting that level and depth of support and encouragement. But it was lovely to read your words and I thank you for taking the time to write. I honestly never know what will happen when I open up and I never really REALLY open up completely on the blog so when I get the email notifications, I am surprised; really surprised because I often don’t have the time to reply to blogs I love to read. So again, THANK YOU.

Art Journal in an hour

I had my cranky pants on yesterday, you know, bit of this and bit of that…blah blah blah
So I decided I needed to let the crankies out on a journal page and grabbed by latest prompt from A Year in the Life of an Art Journal.

So I gathered all my fave sayings from an issue of Frankie magazine (it may be sacrilige to some, but not me LOL) and glued them onto some Strathmore Mixed Media paper (gessoed, but not necessary)

Then added some colour – Micador water soluble oil pastels – cheap and awesome!!

Random scribbling around and between the text, then spritz and smoosh to get some yummy watercoloury effects.

Now these oil pastels will RUIN your journalling pens, so I mixed up some Windsor & Newton Clear Gesso (loosely following instructions LOL) and not being too careful, covered the entire page.

Initially it’s milky looking (see pic), but dies clear-ish with good “tooth”.

Now more colour using some Jo Sonja background colour from the workshop and adding glazing medium.

Once again “loosely” following ratios, apply with sea sponge through a stencil (here Crafters Workshop raindrops) – very cool!!!

I splurged on some Speedball printing ink WHITE…OMG WHITE!!!

So grabbed one of my own designs and inked her up Baby!! (yes, that is a Cuttlebug plate being used as an inking plate LOL)

Looks awesome, right?!!!!

Some huuuuge Lil Davis mega mega jumbo random sized stamps for the title, used glaze medium + carbon black.

And journalled over the whole thing without ruining the pens….yay for me.

I also used acrylic inks and dropped them from a great height to get a splattery effect and some drippage too.

If you want to play along with a One Year Art Journal, go to their blog and have a look around. You don’t have to complete all the prompts or include all the criteria. IT’S AN AWESOME PLAYGROUND!!!
Tell Rachel I sent you
Oh and remember to upload your workshop canvases to the right blog post and it’s also the last day for the 123 Challenge.

NO EXCUSES TO PLAY (except for maybe work and family commitments LOL)….but get cracking on something. xx