Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout with Dawid

Hello everyone,

Winter is coming in my part of the world and the days are shorter and darker.
I decided to look back through my memories to find a holiday and blue sky.

I prepared a blue mixmedia page. I used a water inks in two shades of blue, white gesso, chipboards and few pieces of papers.

You can see how I made this page :)



Friday, November 17, 2017

Altered paint brush with Joan

Joan here today and  I have discovered the art of altering paint brushes ... my new favorite thing to alter!

For this altered brush I started out with a 4" (new) paint brush from Lowe's.

 I covered the brush handle and bristles with a couple light coats of white Gesso.

 Next I gathered my supplies from my stash of things I thought I might use.

 Then I painted the handle and metal band with several layers of paint.

I coated the wood handle with a light coat of Mod  Podge and added the tissue paper to the handle.

My favorite part was adding the embellishments.  For me it's a process of finding balance, proportion, variety and harmony.

Thanks for checking out my new favourite creation.

Joan (The Gov)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

October challenge winners ....

Hi Crafters

Thank you ever so much to our October sponsors.

We are pleased to announce our winners are ...


Please contact

to claim your prize.
*** Please note, prizes are provided by the sponsor so may take some time to arrive ***

Still time to join in with this months chic moodboard.

Happy Crafting.
Louise xo

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November moodboard challenge mid month reveal with the DT

Welcome to the mid month DT reveal.

The team have some really great projects and you've still got plenty of time to join this months moodboard challenge.

Here are some projects to get your creativity flowing...


This month we thank our wonderful sponsors:

Memory Maze

Memory Maze Design

Australian owned ,Wholesale supplier of Laser cut chipboard, glass engraving,Stencils, 3D Stackums Card making designs, for Scrapbooking, Cardmaking and Papercrafts.

Narelle Fasulo

& Bev Code

Great inspo from the DT.

Hope you can play along.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Art Journal page tutorial with Julie

My turn to share a tutorial with you today and I wanted to share an Art Journal Page I created recently.

I find that my interest in Art Journalling is growing and I just love the variety of techniques that are waiting to be tried.

This is the page

I am using a Finnabair Art Journal that I have had for a few years. I have taken the journal apart so it is easier to work on each page and when I have completed all the pages I will re-assemble it.
The pages in it are a kraft colour so I have applied a light coat of Gesso to tone it down.

I then applied some Mont Marte Modelling Paste through TCW's Mini Cubist stencil

When everything was dry I used Distress Ink's and a blending tool to apply Dusty Concord and Broken China to the entire background.

Extra texture for the background was achieved by stamping with Archival Ink and Carabelle Studio's art stamp XXL "Texture Chevron et Quadrillage"

I then watered down some white acrylic paint and added some splatters all over the page.

It is a bit hard to see in this photo but they are there

To create the flowers I took some book paper and coloured them with an assortment of Thinking H2O's. I used at least 2 shades of each colour and some gold on each of the sheets.

I cut circles in varying sized from the book paper and stuck them to my page using Gel Medium but they faded too much into the background for my liking so I cut more circles from the book paper and corresponding circles from white cardstock to put behind the book paper to make it stand out from the background more.

I attached these with the same Gel Medium. They definitely stood out more but were not really as dark as I would probably have liked.

Outlining the focal points was next. For this I actually used a normal biro. I have done this before and found that it is not waterproof so if you are going to do this be aware of that. This made everything stand out much better.

Now the fun part. Lots of doodling and decorating on the flowers. The white detailing on the flowers is done with a very thick acrylic  (Duncan Scribbles) that I have had in my stash for about 10 years. It is very similar to the Viva Pearl Pen

When I was happy with that I used my Faber Castell Big Brush markers and some water colour paints to add some shading around the flowers and leaves. I used some Gellato's to add a blended border to the page

I added some scribbly details with a Sharpie to the outlines of the flowers and leaves just for a bit of whimsy

 Lastly I added the title with shading.

Hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and I would love to see any pages that this tutorial may have inspired you to make.

Till next time

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mixed Media Canvas tutorial with Tania ... and farewell :(

Hi there!

Tania joining you today with a last share as part of the Off the Rails Scrapbooking Design Team.....  I have had a fabulous time over the past two years on this team so I a huge thank you to Amanda and the team!
So to finish off I thought I would share one of my favourite techniques with you Creating Mixed Media Canvas's!  If you like getting messy you will love this!!

"Finished Mixed Media Canvas"

I start by raiding my craft room for lots of embellishments, it can be anything from chipboard, flowers, buttons, metal trinkets, beads the list is endless!  

First up I used a scrapmatts triangle stencil with texture paste to add texture paste to the background.  Next was the fun bit adding your embellishments to your canvas, there is no right or wrong way, just pop them on and stick them down :)  I must admit I did position mine on this canvas more than I usually would as I wanted them to flow across the page..  As you can see they are all different colours, that doesn't matter...... why??

Now you are going to give them a thick coat of gesso, until they are all covered>

Next is the best bit, it's all good but this is so much fun adding all your colour....  I kept to the yellow/gold tones on this canvas as it was made for my daughter and yes she is yellow mad :) :)  I just kept adding colour until I was happy, but remember to dry each layer of colour with your heat gun, so you don't end up with a muddy mess especially if using several different colours......

This is my canvas before adding a photo!

Some close ups........

These are just a few others that I have created over the last year!!

Well that's all from me today, I hope I inspired you all to raid your craft room and get a little messy it's so much fun.  Thanks so much for visiting me on the blog over the last two years and all the lovely comments........

Happy crafting Tania xx


We are sad to see Tania moving along but it's been wonderful to have her on the team and we would welcome her back any time.

Please leave Tania some love for her last share at Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

Louise xo