Saturday, 28 November 2015

Steampunk Christmas Tree

Do you ever say you are going to do something and then regret it but have to do it just cause you said you would?
Apparently when partaking of some nice wine on my birthday (too much?) I suggested to my husband that a Steampunk Christmas tree might have been nice... I say 'might have' as the traditional tree was put up the day before and decorated. Next thing, he jumps up and orders a second tree - a white one this time.

Tuesday the tree arrived and now I have a month to get it decorated - oh! ...........
Here's a small taster of some things made so far.


Keeping this fairly short and sweet as I am going back to the Steampunk factory production line and get some more done.

Have a great weekend
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Inspired by Autumn Colours

ooooh hello I am a bit late today blogging - is that the time?
I am linking to Art Journal Journey where the theme this month is 'Inspired by Autumn colours'.
I'm not sure what seasons colours I prefer but certainly at this time of the year the warm golden colours cheer me up when it is often overcast outside.

I was trying to get her neck to be a bit 'tree trunkish' to go with the leaves.
Used oil pastels. Background using Letraset 'AquaMarkers'
Quote is a Lin Brown rubber stamp from PaperArtsy.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by
Have a great day
Gill xx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Girl with Blue Hair; faces 'In the style of' .....

Hiya.... Do you have moments where you are merrily going along and suddenly something jumps out at you and grabs your attention and next thing you're off in all directions at once?
For me it was in August where I stumbled upon a book on faces by Jane Davenport which led me to the authors website. Her beautiful artwork is so inspiring and by the end of August I had bought the book (which has so much good information on drawing and colouring) and was hooked on learning to draw and paint faces.

So I am linking this today to Kim Dellow 'Show your face' where the theme this month is creating faces in style of an established artist....
so here is mine inspired by Jane Davenport

My blue haired girl is one of the first things I drew and is a mix of oil and soft pastels... and is more the result of a happy mistake than intentional - I got carried away and not sure what planet I was on, but I suddenly realised I wasn't using one type of pastel and probably not the best paper. It wasn't the effect I'd hoped for so next I tried scraping some off the oil pastel off but it looked messy.  I had nothing to loose so I used the soft pastels  over the top (especially on the face and neck) and liked the interesting texture it left. The background was Black pan pastel and used an electric eraser to give the swirly pattern.

At this point in time I only had a cheap set of soft pastels and oil pastels and a few PanPastel colours to make do with... and of course that has now changed - my 'off in all directions at once' has been buying and trying different pastels and brands, using watercolours to paint (not just use to colour my stamped images)
I also got two further inspirational books by Danielle Donaldson and Pam Carriker 
Yep I am now a face addict :)

Come see all the fantastic inspirational faces over at Kims
and maybe show your face too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today
Have a great day
Gill x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Hello .... its another miserable overcast day here on the Essex coast, and an excuse to stay in and squeeze in some creative play. (just as I typed that the sun has momentarily peeped out from behind a cloud to say hello and gone again)

I was recently very lucky to win a voucher which then got me some lovely goodies from PaperArtsy  (thank you x )...

Here are some things I've made so far ... have quite a few ideas for some other things but non crafty stuff has delayed my creative projects in the last couple of weeks.

Made 2 Christmas cards, a pot for my brushes and a wooden(thing?)...not sure what it's for yet, but it previously had 3 pots of Primulas in that a very distant cousin sent as a thanks for solving a 60 year Genealogy mystery for her.
I love to re-cycle, so this large yoghurt pot has come in very handy as a brush and stuff holder. A layer of Gesso under the Fresco paints, then stamped directly on the pot and used transparent Fresco paints on images.
I'd been meaning to get these fabulous rubber stamps by Darcy Wilkinson for ages as I just love anything Steampunk and adore the flamingo in the set.
I like to look at what's in a set and think of what I can do with them and to see if I am able to get something from a stamp that it wasn't probably intended for. I saw that the group of swirly bits (although a challenge) was ideal to make a Christmas tree. I worked out the tree shape first by stamping on rough paper.
On the square card for the background I used PaperArtsy fresco paints, then next using Brusho powder on a craft sheet spritzed to make an ink, used a La Blanche script stamp on top.
At the top used one of the other stamps in set (upside down?) as it looked fairy lights.  (Christmas word stamp from my stash).
The Flamingo and tree were stamped on tissue paper and coloured with Promarkers and Inktense pencils. I cut away some of the additional steampunk on the flamingos back and then drew a Christmas hat on tissue paper to fit its head. The tissue had paint on the back of it so the background didn't show through it and stuck down with a matte gel medium.
Then after I took the photos I decided to make a tag as well...

Fresco paints for tag background, stamped with a copper embossing powder and coloured in mainly with intense pencils. Cogs are die cut on fun foam and painted with various metallic paints. Key saved from a tin of ham.

My goodies I chose from the lovely people at PaperArtsy
Have a great day
thanks so much for stopping by today
Gill xx