Friday, November 4, 2016

" Christmas in the Country" 2016

Rose Petals Past, discover our handpainted vintage styled Artwork
at " Christmas In the Country" Gatton Qld
Sat 5th November

Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Covering" a Mixed Media Tutorial

I have wanted to paint this canvas for ages! I love the imagery of heartfelt words, brave courageous statements of vulnerable hearts being covered by the wings of peace and protection. Be free to express who you are and how you feel.
Psalm 91 v 4
"He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings"

Step 1. Print out laser copies of your favourite quotes,
 poems and sayings, adhere them to your canvas
 using #Decopage Matte Medium 
When dry add a thin layer of Gesso over your words.

Step 2. Using a graphite pencil , draw in your wing shape,
 Basecoat your wings in a neutral Grey. I have used #Americana DECOR Chalky Finish in the colour Yesteryear.
 Next add shadows in Burnt Umber.

Step 3. Using the graphite pencil, outline the paper quotes in the background,
 add water on a brush to smudge around the corners.
 Start to paint in your feathers individually,
 first with Warm White, then highlight with Titanium White.

Step 4. Block in your rose and leaf shapes, add shading and highlighting layers.

Step 5. Finish painting in your roses using an angle brush, 
 wash some diluted pink around the roses and a hint on the wings,
 add a touch of Paynes Grey for shading around the outer edges of some feathers.

Step 6. Using Modelling paste and a palette knife, apply texture through various stencils into the edges of canvas. Allow to dry. Using the grey basecoat colour add some shadow to the edges of canvas using a small foam roller.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Workshop Wednesday Transformation of Cardboard Folders

 This is my version of a makeover for Cardboard Folders for the office.
 Start with plain folders. I found these at Kmart for $2 each. Bargain!

Glue some music paper or other collage paper to the front of folder,
 I have used #Decopage Matte Medium
Choose a stencil and apply design repeatedly over the front and side of folder using Gesso and a makeup sponge. The Gesso will act as a resist for our project.
Choose another stencil and apply texture paste through stencil, leave to dry. I used a Stencil Girl floral mask on this folder.
Next  choose at least three/four spray ink colours.
 I have used a combination of Dylusion Sprays and Kaisercraft Sprays.

Keep spraying over your design in different colours, adding water with a spray bottle, allowing some colours to run into each other.
 Keep the middle section fairly clear for where your inspirational words will be placed later on.

If you wish to lighten the intensity of the colours
 just roll over your texture with a roll of paper towel.
 As the ink dries and sinks into the texture the colours will lighten slightly. 
See what a difference a little spray of yellow can do!
To finish dampen a fan brush, dip it into Titanium White and splatter over
 the folder with random dots.
 When completely dry I have added some more texture leaves
 using # Decoart Media Crackle Paste.
Choose your saying, print it out and cut and paste into place using the matte medium.
 I have then given the whole folder a coat of matte medium for protection.

I can't stop making these! Great for presents for those organised people in your life or the ones that need a push to get organised!
For this folder I chose a different rose stencil, softer spray colours, more water  and more white speckles.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Brave Girls Club Featured my Birdie art!

Today Brave Girls Club featured one of my original artworks on their Daily Truth Emails, They have a fantastic program that combines art and healing which empowers women all over the world.

 This is the Artwork Brave Girls Club chose to feature today

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Workshop Wednesday Vintage Style " Don't Be Afraid of Change" Canvas Tutorial

Step 1.
Start with a canvas (20cm x 30 cm) that have been collaged with papers that you love. I have chosen  a black and white theme using paper napkins, tissue paper, paper doily and some Tim Holtz idea-ology music paper. I have used #Decoart Decoupage medium to adhere paper to canvas.

Step 2
Brush on a little Gesso here and there to blend out the background. Block in circles for your roses.

Step 3
Use a filbert brush with washes of Olive green, Vines and Raindrop ( Jo Sonja Artist Colours) for the leaves. Add rose shadows in Burnt Umber.

Step 4
Load the filbert brush (or angle brush) with your rose colour and Warm White, Paint in the strokes around the Burnt Umber center first, then work outwards for side and bottom petals. 

Step 5
Choose your printed vintage image, cut out the shape and use the Decopage medium to adhere to canvas.
 Do the same with your printed paper butterflies.
 Draw in the butterflies feelers with a Black alcohol ink pen. 
Using fabric stiffening medium adhere the embroidered lace butterfly to the corner of canvas, allow to dry.
 Print out your chosen saying, glue onto canvas, when dry outline with a black graphite pencil.Also outline your vintage girl image.
 Using a damp brush go around the wording strips and butterfly girl to smudge out the graphite for a shadow effect.
Use an old dampened toothbrush dipped in the rose colours to speckle the canvas lightly by running your thumb over the bristles and flicking the paint.
Use the Decopage Medium or brush on varnish to give the canvas a final protective coat.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Workshop Wednesday- " Sing a Little Louder" Mixed MediaTutorial

"Sing a Little Louder  " Mixed Media Tutorial
I have created this piece on Canvas 30 x 40 cm
But the project would also work on Journal paper.
Step 1. Collage pieces of old music sheets and paper doilies.
I use # Decopage Matte Medium 
Step 2 Choose your stencil and sponge the image with Gesso
Step 3 Use spray inks over your canvas. I have used Kaisercraft inks
Step 4 Spray with water and let the inks do their thing!
Step5 Apply more stencils #Tim Holtz, over your canvas with Texture Paste
Step 6 I have used Butterfly stamps by Kaisercraft,
 Stamp out onto lunch wrap paper using Black Stazon ink, cut out and glue onto canvas. 
Choose a paper napkin with flowers, peel off the backing and collage onto your canvas.
Step 7 Load your filbert paintbrush In Titanium White and highlight the flowers.
 Paint in a few extra leaves using Jade and Titanium.
 Dyrbrush the larger butterfly wings in Titanium.
Add some music washi tape, pink self-adhesive rhinestones, 
Whatever else you want to embellish with. Make it your own!
Step 8 Print out your verse and collage it onto your canvas.
 Use words that express your personal message.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mothers Day, Art and Craft Exhibition Sale - Coming Up Soon

If you would like to purchase an Original Artwork from Me,
 I will be participating in the Mt Tamborine "Craft Extravaganza"
 This is held in Main Steet, North Tambourine from the 6-8 May 2016
I only attend a few shows a year,
 so here is your chance to own something from my "Vintage Romance"  Collection.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Workshop Wednesday Tutorial- Mixed Media on Heart Shaped box

Ballerina Box

Start by choosing your Cardboard or Paper Mache box to work on.
 Take a piece of lace big enough to cover your box lid and scrape Texture Paste using a palette knife through the lace,  lift lace carefully, decide where your image transfer is going the smooth that area of texture down with your knife and leave to dry.
Choose a laser copy of an image you want to use. I chose a vintage ballerina from Graphics Fairy. Cut around the image and apply Deco-Page Medium# ( Deco Art product) to the surface and to your inked image, apply to box and leave to dry for a few hours.
Use a water spryer to dampen image and begin to rub the backing paper to reveal your transferred image, be gentle with your rubbing to avoid tears.
Paint in your roses around your image using a 1/2" Angle brush, same brush to paint in leaves, Hightlight leaves with Titanium White, add shadow of pink on some,Raw Umber on others, paint in thin ribbons amongst the roses with a liner brush to finish.
To finish project I have added a word transfer  from Kaisercraft# next to the ballerina.
I Hope you enjoyed the steps of transformation to this box. Nothing needs to be plain or boring when you have paint and a little imagination.
Allow painting to beautify your home and your soul x