Thursday 30 May 2019

2019 to 2020 Design team Reveal Day 2

Welcome to the final announcement of the brand new design team! Excite! If you missed day 1 you can find it in the previous blog post earlier in the week HERE. So in no particular order here we go!

We have:

Our fabulous mid year addition from last year Gail aka: Iona B Unny (top left)

Gail very kindly came onto the team as a guest after we had a member who had to drop out due to personal circumstances, we loved her so much that we asked her to stay on for the whole year and loved her even more by the end! We are so thrilled she is staying on with us and now gets a proper more than deserved introduction! You can find Gail on her BLOG and through FACEBOOK.

Returning member Suzi Baker-McKenzie (top right)

Suzi is an amazingly talented artist, we are so happy she is staying with us this year. Her projects are cool and quirky and bang on trend, she also loves Brusho so is pretty perfect in every way in our eyes! Suzi has created some amazing projects with us this far and we are excited to see what she has in store for us this coming year. You can find her on her INSTAGRAM page.

New member Helen Moyes (bottom left)

We are so pleased that Helen wanted to join our little family, she is an amazing textile artist and will be joining in with an array of fabric and mixed media projects. Her knowledge on fabric techniques is immense and she makes a wicked card too so watch this space, we are certain she will be bringing some special projects for us this year. You can find Helen on her INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK pages.

New member Karen Telfer (bottom right)

Last but by no means least we have the amazing Karen T joining the team, have you been to her instagram page? my oh my, we were completely in love with Karen's work the first moment we saw it. Cool, trendy, colourful and unique, just what we love in our little family. We cant wait to see what she comes up with our products, her paint techniques are amazing! Did you also know she teaches workshops? You can find Karen on her INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK pages.

And that is everyone, we have a fabulous team put together this year and cant wait to see they all create for us!

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Mixed Media Artist Trading Coins with Suzi

Good Day All, Today I'd like to share with you some Mixed Media Artist Trading Coins I've created; I've combined some Gelli printed background papers that I created for a previous project with some really cute rubber stamped images that I've coloured with Acrylic Inks and Koh-I-Noor PolyColor Coloured Pencils.

Here's a look at my finished ATCoins;

Now here's how I made them;  First of all I chose a couple of the Background Papers I'd created with my Gelli Plate for my previous project, I used Eco Acrylic Paints for all of these papers.

Then using a 2 1/2 inch circle punch, I punched out some circles for my ATCoin Bases.

Next I stamped out some images that would fit nicely onto the ATCoins.

I then went back to working on my backgrounds, I cut some of the circles I'd punched into halves, as I wanted to create a scene behind my characters, so I wanted it to look like a floor and wall.  I also used a Sun die cut I had left over from my previous project and added that to a couple of the bases.

Next I added some stamping to some of the backgrounds before adding shading with a Koh-I-Noor Progresso Aquarelle Pencil.

I then coloured some of my images using Acrylic Ink and Koh-I-Noor Polycolor Coloured Pencils.  Once coloured I fussy cut my images ready to go onto my ATCoins.

I then glued my character to the ATCoin Background I'd created.

To finish my ATCoins I added a little more shading with the Koh-I-Noor Progresso Aquarelle Pencil, mainly around the characters, but also a little more around the edges.  

Here's a closer look at each of the ATCoins I created.

I had great fun creating these ATCoins, I love the cute wee characters and the lovely grungy backgrounds.  I also love the contrast between the Acrylic Ink and the Coloured Pencils.  As you can see you can get lots of creations out of one Gelli Printing Session, I've still got quite a few prints left over that I can use on future projects.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how I created my project, It's a pleasure as always to share them with you.
That's all from me for today
Bye for now

Tuesday 28 May 2019

2019 to 2020 Design Team Reveal Day 1

Today is a sad day and a happy day all rolled into one, sad because we are loosing some of our long standing members, which shall be covered more later, but happy because we get to invite new talented ladies into our family!

Today we are focusing on the happy and I am privileged to reveal the first 4 members of this years team. In no particular order, drum rollllllllllll.......

We have:

Returning member Karen James (top left)

Karen is based in France and has some stunning projects with us, and did you know she is also a bee keeper! I was very lucky to get a pot of her amazing home cultivated hones earlier this year! You can find Karen in several places including her BLOG, YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK page.

New member to the team Teresa Morgan (top right)

Teresa is the first of our new members to the team and we are super excited to have her joining the family. Teresa's style is cool and fun and quirky, we just know she will fit right in with us! You can find Teresa in several places including her YOUTUBE, BLOG and INSTAGRAM pages.

Returning member Tamara Schultz (bottom left)

Tamara is an amazing fabric artist who brings us all things fabric and fun, based in Sweden she is a wonderful part of the team, we cant wait to catch up on person at Birmingham later this year when she will be teaching a class at the Festival of Quilts. You can find her in several places including her FACEBOOK page and INSTAGRAM page.

Returning member Ewelina Gryglak (bottom right)

What can we say about Ewelina? apart from she is totally amazing and has been with us from the start, a die hard Brusho fan and a fabulous friend, we love Ewelina and her dedication to her craft, such a talent we are honoured she wanted to stay on with us. You can find her in several places including her INSTAGRAM, BLOG.

Tune back in on Thursday to find out who the final 4 team members will be. We are excited!

Monday 27 May 2019

Man In The Moon Mixed Media Tag by Gail

Hello, Gail here today with a mixed media tag that was really fun to make.
I found a piece of MME patterned paper with a big moon face on it and decided to make a corrugated card tag with Silver Aztec paint stripes and Brusho SprinkleIt bling!! 

I cut a tag shape from a piece of corrugated card and ripped off some of the covering paper to expose the corrugations.  Rip until you are happy with the look.

I used White Eco Acrylic Paint to roughly cover the remaining flat areas and the top of the exposed corrugations.  I also worked some into the lower corrugations, making sure I left some areas unpainted.  Then I used Silver Aztec Eco Metallic paint through a stripe stencil, varying the stencil orientation for added interest.

I used a brush with water and wet a broad stripe from the top left to bottom right side of the tag.  Then I sprinkled Brusho SprinkleIt Iridescent Flash.  I used a dry brush and tried to remove some of it from the silver stripes.  This stuff sticks to wet really well!!!

I added the moon face cut from the patterned paper and framed with a chipboard ring.  I added some metal charms from Korthobby, a goodluck heart and a small bell, cos jingles are such fun, and attached it all on a ball link chain,

The sentiment is from Carmen's Veranda, stamped on ripped vellum. 

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you have time to be creative today.  Hugz

Saturday 25 May 2019

Wax resist mini books

Hello! I recently got a bottle of Aquawax that I wanted to test out. I thought it might be fun to decorate some paper with Brushos using this and some other techniques to make some small art journals.

I decided to use a heavy duty craft paper for my experiments. This a thick brown paper that is actually normally used for protecting surfaces while painting! I started with the wax, a stencil, a wooden block, and a texture roller. I then marked my paper using these tools and the wax. Some of the wax I blended with Olive Green Brusho.

While I let the wax dry, I started decorating a second piece of paper using a wax resist stick  and started adding Brushos and spraying them.

When my first piece had dried, I added Brushos to that as well!
Very pretty effect- but I wanted more! So I took the same stencil and stamped and used them with Gesso.

Loving it! I took my other sheet and added doodles over the color changes using paint pens.
Once everything was thoroughly dry I cut the covers to size (I had some offcuts from another project
that I used as pages), stitched some funky details and sewed together my little books!
This was a SUPER fun project, and these little books make great gifts! 
See you next time!

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Shrink plastic key fob with Karen

I acquired yet another set of keys recently and wanted a nice key fob for them so set about making one myself: I think many people have some shrink plastic lurking in their stash of crafting goodies and it is such a fun material. If you haven't already tried it, I urge you to get some: It can become quite addicitve when you start thinking of all the things you can make with it.

I chose a stamp that would otherwise be far too big for a key fob and stamped it on one side of some shrink plastic with permanent ink suitable for impermeable surfaces (StazOn).

On the reverse side to where I had stamped, I painted in the details with some of my finest golden brushes and my Colourcraft Acrylic paints. These are good on the plastic surface and air dry quite quickly.

This is from the stamped side before it was shrunk:

I then cut round the shape leaving a good margin and avoiding having any sharp edges. To enable a jump ring to be added afterwards, I punched a hole through before using a heat gun to heat the plastic and watch it twist and curl before magically straightening out in to its smaller size. Here is the size of the original stamp in comparison to the size after heating and shrinking!

It's important to remember that any colours will become darker and more intense as the plastic shrinks: Plan for this by keeping colours lighter than you want the finished look to be.

With the jump ring added to attach my new fob to my keyring, I am happy with the new addition. Shrink plastic can be used to make necklace pendants, charms and a whole host of other things. I hope you think to give it a try or dig it out of your stash and have some more shrink fun!

Thanks for stopping by.

ColourCraft Crystal clear shrink plastic

Monday 20 May 2019

Alice in Wonderland inspired mixed media canvas with Ewelina

So here goes... confession time... (please, don't judge)
K was all inspired this weekend to make a little mixed media piece on canvas inspired by Alice in Wonderland... I even prepared all the elements ahead - I never do that!!! 

I sat down at my work table, set my phone on recording and started working on a project that I could so clearly see in my head... first stamps; then stencilled texture paste; splashes of Black and Red Brusho over that...

... layers or embellishment and Brusho splashes were building up and after an hour or so of work, my project was finally ready!

You can imagine my ... unimpressed exclamation when I checked the phone only to see that within minute of setting it to recording my tutorial, someone called and passed the process... 
Yes, I have on video exactly 53 seconds of my hands trying to decide which way to put the canvas on the table... 

So... yes, you've guessed it - no tutorial this week; just a project.

... story of my life ...

See you in two weeks (hopefully, with a tutorial!)

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