Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Hi Everyone,

Today's project is colourful and vibrant - makes me happy just looking at it! Using Das Air Drying Clay certainly challenged me!  Our Highveld climate is dry and warm and I constantly had to spray the clay and my hands with water to keep it moist enough to work with.  

Using silicone & ball tools and the most important tool of all  - your hands & fingers shape the 5 cats.

As mentioned the clay dries very quickly.  Keep a spray bottle filled with water close by and regularly moisten your hands and the clay.  I prefer working with the small 150g packs of clay, so that I have just enough for each project.  Just break off enough clay to use and keep the rest in a zip bag.  

As the clay dries it turns from grey to white.  The butterflies and bird was made with a mould.  I prefer leaving the clay to dry in the mould, it will pop out easily when dry.

Prime a piece of MDF with white Gesso and add the screw-in hooks when dry.

Cover the hooks with clay.

Once dry the air dry clay is easily sanded.

Paint with Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body 59ml Acrylic Paint in Magenta.  This paint is so pigmented and vibrant that one layer was enough.

Paint the cats with Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body paints.

Use a Posca Paint Marker to create a border.

Paint blocks with black acrylic paint.

Paint blocks with white acrylic paint.

Add all the painted pieces with Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Hi Everone,

Tombow Dual Brush Makers have been the go-to marker for South African cardmakers and scrapbookers alike.  Robyn Anderson, our local lettering expert has been twisting my arm for a while to stock the Tombow Dual Brush Markers.  Having never used it before, I decided to give it a go ...

What a pleasure it was!  These markers have excellent durable nibs - flexible nylon fibre brush tip on one end that creates medium or bold strokes and a fine tip on the other end for smooth straight lines or writing. The ink is water-based ink and is blendable, odourless and non-bleeding - available in 95 scrumptious colours and a blender.

I had the best results on watercolour paper, but loved the effect in my art journal with it's  Modigliani 200GSM Mixed Media paper.

Stamp poppies (Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp - Pretty Poppies CRS5096) with Ranger Archival Ink Watering Can. This stampset also includes the masks.
Start with the darkest colour for the shaded areas #879 Brown, next #837 Wine Red and then the lightest colour #856 Chinese Red.

Blend with water, from the lightest to the darkest. 

Colour the leaves starting again with the darkest colour for the shaded areas #346 Sea Green, next #277 Dark Green and the lightest colour #195 Light Green.

Blend with water, this time from the darkest to the lightest colour. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Art Journal Cover with Kraft-Tex and Brusho Crystals

Hi Everyone,

I prefer making my own Art Journal as I can then choose my own paper, journal size and amount of pages.

I am not going into too much detail of stitching and binding the journal.  Sea Lemon on Youtube has detailed instructions on any kind of bookbinding.

I used this tutorial to bind my pages:

After I have bound my signatures I adhere Cotton Wrapping Plaster (from Dischem) to the spine.

How to make the flowers and leaves for the cover: 

1.  Sprinkle Brusho Crystals on the white Kraft-Tex and spray with water - Greens &       Yellows for the leaves and Reds &Yellows for the flowers. Leave overnight to dry naturally.

2.  Stamp Flowers & Leaves with permanent black ink onto the Kraft-Tex sheets.  

3.  Colour the flowers and leaves with colouring pencils.

4.  Seal with Dorland's Wax Medium.

5.  Cut out the flowers, and make stitching holes with a piercing tool.  The Kraft-Tex is to thick to stitch directly. Stitch with embroidery thread and add beads.

6.  Add a dot of Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue in the middle of each flower and leave and again poke stitching holes around each one and stitch. 

How to make the journal cover:

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Exploring Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils

Hi Everyone,

Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils behave in the same way as classic watercolour paints. Depending on the paper being used, the pigments can be completely dissolved.  It is available in 120 colours and is fast becoming one of my favourite pencils.

Head over to Stencil-Art Facebook Page, answer the question posted and stand a chance to win a set of 36 Faber-Castel Albrecht Dürer Watercolour pencils, Faber-Castel waterbrush and a pad of 12 pages of Daler-Rowney Aquafine Smooth Watercolour Paper to the value of R1540. 

1.  I am working in my Stencil-Art Art Journal with 200gsm Modigliani paper. Roughly sketch
     flowers and stems with 263 Caput Mortuum Violet.  

2.  Activate the pencil with Tim Holtz Detail Waterbrush filled with water.  Tip:  fill the  
     refillable squeeze writer bottle with water to refill the waterbrush - the long plastic nozzle 
     fits perfectly into the water chamber of the brush.

     Add colour to stems using :
  •      173 Olive Green Yellowish
  •      165  Juniper Green 
  •      177  Walnut Brown 
  •      107  Cadmium Yellow 

3.  Add colour to the flowers using:
  •      160 Manganese Violet
  •      137 Blue Violet
  •      140 Light Ultramarine
  •      120 Ultramarine
  •      119 Light Magenta
  •      123 Fuchsia
  •      191 Pompeian Red 
  •      111 Cadmium Orange

4.  Add water to the centres of the flowers and use sandpaper to shave pigment from 
     175 Sepia.

5.  Outline the petals and stems with Pigma Micron 03 black pen and add dots to the 
     centres of the flowers.

6.  Use a pencil and softly write the quote making use of the Stencil-Art Typo Quotes 1
     (STNL00805) stencil.  Use the black Posca PC-1M paint marker to finish off the quote.

A great review comparing Albrecht Dürer & Goldfaber Aqua Watercolour pencils:

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Polymer Clay Art Journal Cover or Wall Plaque

Hi Everyone,

Join me today as I create this fun journal cover with Sculpey Polymer Clay.  I love working with Polymer Clay as it is only cured when baked in your home oven.   This means that there is no time frame to complete a project as with air-dry clay.

PRODUCT USED: (Click on the product name to view in the shop)

Polyutherane Varnish (Hardware Store)

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Do More of What You Love

Hi Everyone,

Join me today as I use tissue paper and napkins to create this page in my art journal.

Watch the Youtube video for instructions:


Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints 
      Fuchsia, Tangerine, Lemon, Lapis, Evergreen, Blackberry Violet, Black & White
Tissue Paper & Napkins 
Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium 118ml Jar
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tissue Wrap Paper Roll 12"X 5 Yard Roll/Box - Melange
MUNGYO Water-Soluble Oil Pastel Set of 12
Stencil - Magic 1 A5
Stencil Bubbly A4
Stencil – Typo Quotes 3 A5
Uni Posca Paint Marker PC-1M Ultra-Fine Black & White