Friday, 5 March 2021

Creative Artiste March Challenge ~ Anything Mixed Media Goes

 Hello Creative Friends, 

It's the first Friday of the month so let me 
our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes. 

Today i'm sharing my 
Everything Spring junk journal cover. 

As March see's the start of Spring it's written that 
the Green Man is a symbol of rebirth, new growth and 
an environmental guardian amongst many other things. 


Here's those how to do's and how he came to be... 

Pouring melted UTEE onto an old book cover, I used clear embossing 
ink to protect the large Lavinia Green Man stamp, pressing the 
image firmly into the hot UTEE transferring the impression. 


With a pair of Tim Holtz creepy eyes, i'd planned to paint and
simply add die cut oak leaves but I could already sense this 
was not going to give the result I was really hoping for..


So using the outer oak thinlit from Tim Holtz leaf print die set 
I used it like a cookie cutter pushing into paper clay to cut out the 
leaf image, forming those leaf creases with a ball tool and knife. 


Making those branch lines more prominent by tracing with a glue pen 
I painted the surface when dry framing the face by gluing down those 
cut and formed oak leaves, leaving to dry until the following day. 


Pushing beads into the clay adds extra detail as the whole 
leafy area is painted with acrylics and a dab of gold paint.


With texture paste dragged down the spine stippled in bark brown 
paint, a junk jewellery book mark adds a little more to it's design.


He's a mighty statement feature, makes me want to preserve him 
and keep him in the garden, he looks very much at peace there..


So if you have a passion for mixed media we'd love 
you to share your creations with us over HERE

Pop on over and see what the Design Team 
have created to inspire you this March 

Look forward to seeing your mixed media makes.. 

Stay safe & creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing todays creativity with: 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

WOYWW 613

 Hello creative friends, 

Three unexpected days of blue skies and sunshine kept me away from 
my crafty haven this weekend, spending all my free time in the garden 
having a pre Spring clean up and enjoying the warmth and fresh air. 

So there's not been much going on at my desk but after spotting 
my first Bee of the year I thought i'd sketch it. Coloured with 
ink, watercolour and pencil, those Yucca leaves still need some 
major tweaking, the're looking rather like green banana's 😂

That's what's on my workdesk this week... 



... and for pencil lover's out there don't panic that mine are all 
bottoms up, their wee noses are resting gently on a foam liner 
inside my mug, much easier to use when work's in progress 😉 

Look forward to seeing what you've been up to.. 

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

WOYWW 612

 Hello everyone

This woodware stamp has been a good companion this year, 
a nice big image to test out old pens, pencils and watercolour, 
much more constructive than scribbles on paper and with a little 
extra outlining it really sets those sweet gnomes off a treat... 

At this rate I can see everyone I know receiving one 😁 
and as both my Boys have Birthdays 2 weeks apart, 
I think they will raise a smile on their special day..


Had a good clean up of this desk when I got home yesterday, 
scraping off paint splodges and splatter after a messy weekend. 
Don't you just hate it when your creative area is mess free 
and then an idea comes to mind just before bedtime..?? 

Making use of some twisted wire and bits and bobs found 
at the bottom of a bag full of over tipped what nots.. 
Got to make good of every scrap!! 

That's what's on my workdesk. 



Look forward to seeing what's on yours. 

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Friday, 19 February 2021

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #138 ~ Anything Goes

 Hello creative friends, 

It's time for a new Paperbabe Stamps blog challenge 
this fortnight it's everyone's favourite Anything Goes.. 

Come play along with the challenge and share 
your *Anything Goes* creations HERE 

Today i'm sharing a page from my fabric journal, decorated in a 
mixture of media left over from previous Paperbabe creations. 


Collaged with die cut Art Doll Vintage Papers, snippets of Stamped Faces 
framed and painted with Aleesia style hair. Paste pushed through various 
Paperbabe stencils creates texture and interest in vacant spaces where 
I've played with paint adding gold and silver metallics into the mix. 


The sentiment *Make your Mark* is stamped using the 
Fun Alphabet Outline stamp set painted in Bronze .


For a chance to win a Paperbabe stamps prize 
Pop on over HERE see what the DT have created and 

Stay safe & creative everyone 
Hugs Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creative play with: 

Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's theme Heavy Metal 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge ~ Add some Texture

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

WOYWW 611

Hello sweet creatives, 

Desk sharing day @ the stamping ground.. 
What's on your Wednesday Workdesk? 



Shaz *Silverwolf*

As one of the group's biggest enabler's of crafty goodies, tricks, 
tips and pure zest to share her creative talent sadly lost her battle 
to that stinker called cancer, this desks dedicated to dear Shaz... 

Shaz.. I know I never met you but you made me feel like I had. 
The first to welcome me to the WoywW blogging community 
Fly Free sweet crafty lady xx

Friday, 12 February 2021

Delightful thing's

 Hello Creative Friends, 

I've been discovering lots of stamped, coloured and cut images 
recently that never quite made it to page. When I came across an 
unfinished journal page displaying a huge pair of stencilled gold 
scissors I thought this selection would sit so prettily upon it.. 


Edged with lace, pearls and a metal button it's like a gathering of 
Spring where I love to paint, sew and sow delightful thing's outdoors. 


Wishing you all a safe, happy 
and creative weekend 

Take care 
Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creativity with: 

Stamping Sensations ~ February Colour my World
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's Theme Heavy Metal 
Country View Challenges ~ February ~ First signs of Spring
We Love Chocolate Baroque ~ February Flowers, Butterflies or Birds


Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Woyww #610

 Hello everyone, 

Wednesday desk sharing day again @ the stamping ground
 
The clean up continues taking time to pen test, no good having tools 
to hand if they don't make marks and those used for mixed media are 
worked a lot harder than those extra special ones hidden behind me. 

Now there's half a dozen toppers to find cards for, 
more things to add to the *To do* list this weekend..



Amidst the clean up I found a tin of hand carved stamps from 2018/19 
encouraged to "have a go" by Donna Gray a fab quirky stamp carver. 
The Hare/Rabbit I remember using on Easter envelopes in 2019. 

Blog buddy Alison has challenged herself to carve one a day in the 
100 day's project, seeing Alison's has definitely encouraged me to 
keep these to hand, they don't take up much space after all..  
Thanks Alison x


Look forward to seeing what's on your workdesks. 

Stay safe, creative and
take care of each other. 

*Keeping Shaz & Doug in our healing thoughts*

Tracey xx

Friday, 5 February 2021

Creative Artiste ~ February Challenge #68

 Hello Creative Friends 

Welcome to Creative Artiste's 

This month I have an altered notebook to share with you BUT 
before I do may I say I lost a whole weekend early January 
cutting and water colouring these stunning colorize blooms, 
my main focal this month and I loved every second of it..


I digress.. oopps now where was I..? 
Oh yes onto those altered notebook how to do's.. 

First covering a plain notebook in Kraft card embossed using Tim Holtz 
Texture Fades 3-D Typewriter folder, I dry brushed with black gesso 
adding a tickle of gilding wax to highlight those typewriter keys. 

There's not many mixed media creations of mine that escape without 
the addition of lace and when teamed up with pearls it just adds to 
the romance.. The strawberries and champagne of mixed media.. 😊


Cutting out individual letters from the embossed Typewriter folder
I chose to spell the word noted as my intention for this book 
was to use it to document and sketch creative ideas.


Layered leaves, buds and rose with twisted wire and bead 
stems it just brought everything together harmoniously..


Complete with it's pearl & glass heart junk jewellery bookmark 
roll on spring so we can enjoy those pretty blooms for real !!..


Thank you for taking time to stop by today. 

I hope you maybe inspired to mix it up and share your 
Mixed Media creations with the Creative Artiste Team HERE

Take care everyone 

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx 

Sharing todays creativity with: 

TFJB Challenge Blog ~ Groundhog Day ( for me.. Pearls & Lace)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Woyww #609

 Hello everyone, 

How you all doing? 

First Wednesday desk share of 2021 
sneaking in the backdoor over @ the stamping ground
think I might just make it before Thursday if I hurry..😊

Busy in the background of January any spare time was taken up re-organising 
my creative space, fixing broken things, revamping storage for tiny spaces 
and working on some promised things i'd just not got around to...

The sorting out stage can be very uninspiring.. booo


What to do with the pile of.. I NEED IT ALL..?


Found a couple of 3D embossed panels crushed amongst it, 
a wash of ink makes them much more respectable..


Lots of snow last week, Freya tried sneaking snowballs home after walkies.


Nice to sit and enjoy an early morning cuppa before another day begins


With the rapid roll out of the Covid Vaccine's in my area it's been an 
important job for me during January to get people to their destination.. 


Take care everyone 
I'll catch up with you all asap. 

Stay safe 
Tracey xx

Friday, 8 January 2021

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Picture Inspiration Challenge #135

 Hello Creative Friends 

as Paperbabe Stamps starts the New Year 
with a Challenge Picture for Inspiration .. 

Use the picture below to inspire your creativity and 

 
taken inspiration from the colours in the Challenge Picture 
transforming my 2021 Art Diary cover by simply stamping and 
colouring in my favourite stamps with coloured pencils. 


This stamped quote is very close to my heart right now..


For a chance to win a Paperbabe prize 
pop over and share your creations HERE 

Wishing you all the best for 2021

Stay safe & creative 
Tracey xx

Joining in with:  

Art Journal Journey ~ Erika's Favourite Things
We Love Chocolate Baroque: January ~ Feminine 
Stamping Sensations: January ~ Favourite Stamps