Monday, 23 October 2017

Art Journal - Intuitive painting

Hi friends,

I love art journaling... it offers so much freedom without any expectations, guidelines, just painting the way you feel like. I did start with the colour palette from Words & Paintery. My art journal is my safe place, where I pour out my feelings, question the direction of my life and record a lot of self talk.

Check out the other inspiring projects by the Words & Paintery DT here.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

( VIDEO Tutorial) : Scrapbooking on Canvas using 2craftychipboard & Prima Marketing

Hi friends,

Have you seen the moodboard at More than Words this month? 
It was instant inspiration for me & this what I created
using 2craftychipboard goodies & Prima Marketing medium and flowers.

My first thoughts on Delicate : Baby's touch, tissue, flowers
Fabrics: Lace, tissue

 Isnt this dreamcatcher chipboard from 2craftychipboard adorable?
Goes so well with the pretty Prima flowers and bird cages from the Rosibelle Prima pattern papers.
Here is the step by step video. I hope you enjoy the video.

More than words challenge
 The sketch was inspired from Mixed media & Art moodboard

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
 ❤ --- Happy creating --- ❤

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Giveaway WINNERS : Video Hop With Us August 2017

Hello friends,

A big huge THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart...

... to all those who stopped by my youtube channel,

... for all the sweet, encouraging comments,

... & to all my subscribers ❤

Here are the Winners of the August 2017 'Video Hop With Us'


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

VIDEO Hop & Giveaway : 'Mini Album' Cover

Hello friends,

Week 4 of Video hop with Us.  
Every Tuesday of August 2017, I will be sharing a video tutorial on my youtube channel.
(Scroll down for links to the rest of the Video Hop)

To win one of 4 exciting prizes, SUBSCRIBE to our youtube channels & leave a COMMENT.
'A Wish Come True' 
Mini Album Cover

My project this week is a Travel mini album to document a trip to Europe.
Today, I share how the cover page came together.

Watch me create the cover here

Be sure to Subscribe & Comment on all the videos to win some exciting prizes. 

Here are a few close ups.

Linking this to Mixed Media Place August Challenge
Alongwith using the colours from this prompt, the book inspired me to make a mini album.

Simon Says Stamp : Wednesday Challenge - Add a Sentiment

Definitely, the theme of the album was inspired by Aall & Create challenge - Europe. Thank you ITAC'17 for making me begin a looooong overdue project :)

Ive included in my project
  • Pattern Paper
  • Lace
  • Letters (chipboard)
  • Textures (background chipboard & key to represent the beautiful mysterious doors in France 
  • Something vintage - distressed pattern paper, lace
  • Something modern - sequins & gold

Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you enjoyed the video tutorial.

Happy creating,

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Video Tutorial : 'Art' Journal using 2crafty chipboard and Colourarte

Hello friends,

Im so overwhelmed with the response to the two previous videos as part of Video Hop with Us -
 ❤ THANK YOU for your appreciation & support

If you missed it, this month I'm collaborating with two very talented ladies to bring mixed media Video tutorials every Tuesday this month.

To win one of 4 exciting prizes, SUBSCRIBE to our youtube channels & leave a COMMENT!

 Here is my project - an Art Journal page.

Click below to watch me create this page.

So, here is the story of the inspiration behind this page - the first challenge at  
Aall & Create - Europe

Its been 5 years since I was last in Europe but I still remember those beautiful, huge doors we saw all over Austria & France.  Ooh la la those vintage colours & textures! That's what inspired me to try and recreate a window on an old wall.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the video hop & visit me again next Tuesday.
Be sure to Subscribe & Comment on all the videos to win some exciting prizes. 

Until then,


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

(VIDEO Tutorial) : Mixed media scrapbook background using Gelli plate printing

Hello friends,

Week 2 of Video hop with Us.  
Every Tuesday of August 2017, we will be sharing a video tutorial each on our youtube channels. 

To win one of 4 exciting prizes, SUBSCRIBE to our youtube channels & leave a COMMENT
'Love You' 
12x12 scrapbook layout

I used a Gel Press to create the background and of course used my favorite 2crafty chipboards & Colourarte paints with the beautiful Maggie Holmes pattern papers.

Enjoy the rest of the video hop.
Shilpa Nagaonkar - 

 Linking my layout with 
Simon Says : Splatter it

July challenge 

'Wings' made me want to try something very different, something I had never thought or tried before - using a gel press to make the background of the layout. The soft colours & the madonna like image made me want to choose this photo of mine with my kids. Brushes ofcourse to splatter & paint all over the page & background.

Wishing you sunshine & creative happiness this week.

See you back next Tuesday.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Video Hop with us & Giveaway : Art journal in my altered book

Hello friends,

Super excited to be part of a youtube video hop with 3 very talented designers.
Every Tuesday this month, we will be sharing new videos on our youtube channel.

Here is my project

Watch me create this page.

Be sure to Subscribe & Comment on all the videos to win some exciting prizes. 

Here are a few close ups of my page.

 Isnt that kite chipboard adorable. 
Excellent quality chipboard too as its taken on quite a few layers of paint and gesso.

Thank you for visiting today. Hope you enjoyed my video. 

See you back next Tuesday.

Linking this with Mixed Media Place challenge. The beautiful flowers, swing, winding road made me think of outdoors and cycling. I feel beautiful within when I also feel strong and that made me use a kite for this journal page.

2crafty chipboard used:
Chevron Bits, Title - Today is perfect, Kites

Colourarte used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics: Teal Zircon, Kiwi
Acrylic Silks: Mango Mamba, Terracotta Rose, Forest Green
Twinkling H2Os: Pink Cloud, Hopeful honeysuckle, Apple Blossom, plum blossom, bashful blue, Mystique, Summer breeze, buttercup, mustard green

Thursday, 20 July 2017

VIDEO Tutorial : Beginner Mixed Media A4 Layout

Hello friends,

I'm back to share my next layout for 2crafty chipboard & Colourarte for this month.

Further down is a link the video tutorial for this page.


The colours are inspired by the Words & Paintery moodboard
You have until mid August to play along.

All the chipboards were first covered with white gesso, dried and then painted over with Colourarte Vivid Ultra Metallics. The pink paint on Doodled Heart was looking very bright after painting, so Ive dabbed some white gesso to soften the colour and give a distressed look.

Gigi's flowers got the tiniest amount of twinkling H2O watercolour, for the most part they retain their white from the gesso. The title from the Fine Words Set was painted over with 3 shades of pink Vivid Ultra Metallics from Colourarte.

Can you spy 4 ways Ive used roses on this layout - decoupaged roses from an Ikea serviette, roses on pattern paper, stamped roses and chippie roses. Roses 3 ways on a kraft background is the challenge at Kraftplus challenges this month. I just couldnt resist joining in.

I hope you enjoy the video. 

Colourarte Supplies:

Vivid Ultra Metallics 
African Jade, Teal Zircon, Jasmine, Pink Azalea, Playful Peony
Twinkling H2Os 
Apple Blossom, Pink Cloud, Bashful Blue

2crafty Supplies used:

- Gigi's flowers
- Doodled heart
- Fine Word Set 2 

 Thank you for visiting today.

❤ See you soon ❤
Happy crafting 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

(VIDEO Tutorial) : 'Cool Dude' using 2crafty & Colourarte for ARTastic Challenge July 2017


Hi creative pals,

Today, I want to share one of my 2crafty chipboard & Colourarte projects this month.

The colours and shapes are inspired by this painting which is the challenge prompt at 
ARTastic Challenge blog. 
To participate, just upload a project inspired by the painting & use pen on your layout.
So, you can doodle, outline paper layers, or just use a pen to write on your layout.

All the chipboard pieces were first coated with white gesso. I stuck the Triangle clusters on the layout and then dabbed Twinkling H2Os on them using a brush; a tiny bit of yellow, a touch of blue and a dot of red. Remember to leave some white space. It brightens the colours (visual illusion).


Using foam dots between the layers of patter paper behind the photograph, makes it easy to tuck in chipboard to embelish the layout. I outlined the pattern paper layers and Cool Dude Title chipboard with a pen so the letters standout.

To balance the page while not taking the spotlight away from the Triangle Clusters, Ive used 3 pieces of Chevron Bits chipboard.

Here is the video of how this page came together. I hope you enjoy it.

Look forward to reading your comments.

Colourarte Supplies Used:
Forest Green Vivid Ultra Metallics:
Teal Zircon
Twinkling H2Os: 
Sweet Alfalfa, Daffodil, Ginger Peach, Poppy Red, Blue Bayou, Tahitian

2crafty chipboard used:
  • Chevron Bits
  • Triangle Clusters 
  • Cool Dude Title
  • Cute Cogs
  • Gears
  • Steampunk Gears Small
  • Steampunk Gears Medium 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

(Tutorial) : Beginner Mixed media Grungy Masculine Scrapbook Layout

Hello creative friends,

My project today is a grungy, masculine scrapbook layout using Colourarte's Vivid Ultra Metallics and Primary Elements Artist Pigments and 2crafty chipboard made in May as a Father's day If you are a beginner, this is an easy layout that can be completed within and hour or two including drying time.

Here is a step by step of how the page came together.

1. Start by applying clear gesso on the pattern paper. Take a closer look at the photo on the left, you can see a very thin layer of texture paste through a gears stencil.

Before adding paints and more, I like to place the photo and decide on a sketch of sorts so I know where the next layer of paints should be applied.  

2.  Stick a few of the pattern papers and wire mesh tape. Mix some Spiced Pumpkin,Majestic Blue Primary Elements Arte Pigments individually with gel medium and a tiny blob of sand texture. Mix well and apply through a stencil as below. 

After applying the paste, I placed the stencil as is and cleaned it on the pattern paper with a dry wipe. That gave the faded brown marks on the far right.

3. Dilute some Teal Zircon Vivid Ultra Metallics and using a paint brush apply around the stenciled gel paste and spray with water to move the paint around. This helps reveal the gears texture. This is the reason I gesso the entire layout before adding any medium.  I like to use water to make drips and move the paint around. Without gesso, the paper will soak up the paint and it wont move as much.

You can use a heat gun to dry the paints, but I didnt want to wake the kids with my noisy heat gun. So, I went on to prepare my embellishments while the background air dried.


4. Apply a layer of white gesso on all the 2crafty chipboard pieces using a sponge dabber and then using your fingers add some blobs of sand texture very unevenly and in a few random places on all the chip boards except the title.

Dry and then add any remaining paints from the previous steps onto the cogs. Spray some water so the paint gets into the cracks and the crevices of the sand texture so that it gets highlighted.

5. Here is a close up of the layers behind the photograph. Just cut some pattern paper, distress with the edge of your scissors, layer behind the photograph with a wire mesh tape. In between the layers, Ive glued cardboard (instead of foam dots) so that I can tuck in some chipboard pieces. Can you see the shiny paints!

6. For the title, after a layer of white gesso, only one word was painted with some Primary Elements in Spiced Pumpkin. Here is a closeup of the title. Finish off by stamping using Black Archival Ink & texture stamps from Kaisercraft & Prima.

 Another look at the layout.

🌈✨ Thank you for visiting me today 🎨
I would love to invite you to visit my youtube channel for more inspiration.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

(Tutorial) : 'Moments' Shabby Chic Scrapbook Layout

Hi crafty pals,

My first share this month is a shabby chic layout featuring a photo of my little boy. 

I think I can still get away with using pink as he is a toddler :)  
This picture was taken in our backyard one spring day but I cant remember what he was pointing to. 

 Although I didnt record every step along the way, here is a tutorial of how the page came together. Add clean water to the pots of Colourarte Twinkling H2Os : Coral Berry, Apple Blossom, Blushing Caramel, Pink Cloud, Chiffon Pink.

Prepare the background as shown and give a coat of clear gesso. Use white gesso to tone down the bright colours of the eyelets. Ive roughly torn a lace strip to thread through the eyelets.

These are Prima Marketing Rosibelle Collection pattern papers. While this dries, fussy cut flowers from pattern papers in the same collection. 

These are the 2crafty chipboard pieces used in the layout: Frame handrawn hearts, Circle Lace Panel, Leafy Silhouettes. All of them have been coated with white gesso and then white acrylic paint. Tuck in some Circle Lace Panel chipboard pieces between the layers while the gesso is wet.

Using a tiny bit of Apple Blossom, Blushing Caramel, colour some lace and tuck alongwith the chipboard.

 Apply modeling paste through a stencil.

Time to add colour to the background. The first one added was Pink Cloud. It matched the colour of the background and blended very well with the background. Dry well. Then add Coral Berry, Apple Blossom, to finish splatter some Chiffon Pink.

Edge all the papers with Blushing Caramel. Using paint to edge gives a more distressed look than ink pads.

Arrange all the paper layers behind the photograph and embellishments.

Add more of the same twinks along the egdes of the pattern paper layers and make them drip using a water spritzer. Dry. Repeat till you like the way it looks.

After all the embellishments were added, add micro-beads and glass glitter, splatter watered down gesso and stamp using black archival ink. 

The photograph chosen for the layout is inspired by this painting by Ethel Spowers titled The Kite, which is the inspiration at ARTastic Challenge Blog this month. 
Criteria is to use a photograph of children or vintage style or both. 
You have till end of the month to play along.

The lace and flowery layers are inspired by the current moodboard challenge at Mixed Media Place

& the idea of a pink layout is from the challenge See it in pink : Scrapki Wyzwaniowo

I have plenty of unblogged layouts to share this month. 
I hope you will visit me again later this week :)
 Happy long weekend (my Oz readers)hope you find some creative time.


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