Sunday, 16 October 2016


Late again!! Must try better! We get 2 weeks to complete our piece of art on the Alphabet Challenge over at the Craft Barn and I seem to sit back and relax in the first week, thinking about what word I will choose and generally getting on with life and then before I know it, it is Sunday and I am dashing madly to finish my picture and post it!
Never mind - this fortnight is E and I have chosen what I think is a beautiful and architectural plant called an Echinops or globe thistle, the flower heads are a bit like spiky alliums. 
Only the background has stamping on, music paper stamped onto green tissue paper and some more Ellen Vargo abstract printing at the top. The leaves were me looking at pictures of Echinops on the web and creating some stencils to paint through and then painting lots of long blue brush strokes as spikes for the flowerheads.
The dictionary definition is painted yellow right at the bottom, not very clear in this picture though!

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

A tree full of Love

So, by the skin of my teeth, I have finished my X picture for this fortnight's Alphabet challenge! Of course the letter is X and following in the footsteps of one of the design team, I decided to cheat a little and make an Xmas tree - with a love theme twist.
Sometimes when you leave things to the last minute, you end up just doing it without too much fuss and umming and urring! It takes me ages sometimes wondering just what colour or stencil or stamp to use next but I loved that I just went with my first choices and that I am happy with the result.
The picture just blurred when I tried to enlarge so I have kept it this size instead -  

One bit that I especially love is my star. You can't really see the glitter but I just drew the star, coloured it in with neo-color crayons and over-stamped with the rectangle stamp from the Paperartsy Ellen Vargo EEV02 set - I bought this set with the money from a Paperartsy challenge win and have used it ALOT, very pleased with it. It then has some glitter glue squeezed on - looks fab and the kids oooed and ahhed when they saw it!

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Owls in an Oak Tree

Wow, I've just bought myself a Gelli Plate with a voucher I was given for my birthday way back. I had 'ummed and 'arred over whether to spend my precious voucher on one as I've heard mixed things about them - mainly from people saying they were fun to use but then didn't know what to use the prints for.
Well, I must say the surprise element you get every time you peel the paper away can be a squealy moment, no 2 prints are the same and the options of what strange household object to use next to get a different print are endless.
With this in mind, I decided to get my browns and orange paints out and create a few prints to use for a branch for my O picture for the Craft Barn Alphabet challenge. After my positive paper piecing picture called Colour a few weeks back, I thought that I would try the same process to stick my Gelli print pieces down.
Love this process! Tear and stick!
The owls are from one of the first stamp sets that I ever bought, but unfortunately I haven't kept the packaging so don't know who made them and the leaves are of course from Jofy 12 Paperartsy set.

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Rachel x

Friday, 2 September 2016

Hedgehog Home

Over at the Craft Barn alphabet challenge this fortnight is the letter H. I thought that I wanted to do - house - and so set about creating the background - lots of book paper, and various colours of paint were stencilled over this, some neo-color II crayons added and blended in - all good fun.
But then when I came to creating a house, I seemed to draw a flower pot - if a flower pot is a house, then which animal would live in it and that was when I found the only stamp creature in my stamps, that would fit through the door - a hedgehog - another H and of course she has to be named Henrietta!

So I ask for a little poet license as I filled my pot with flowers that look as if they are sitting in water - not sure what Henrietta would think of that! The flowers were cut out of paper napkins, stolen idea from other artwork, this seems to be a popular thing to do!

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Children's art

What a wonderful idea - over at the Simon Says Stamp blog they have a children's challenge - basically anyone between 2 - 16 years of age can enter and their artwork has to contain glitter.
Well  Jessica (12) thought that would be a fun challenge to enter and after setting her up in front of my craft mat with paints, stencils and stamps, she set to work. 
This isn't an easy thing for a crafter to do - leave their child with access to all their precious supplies, so I half lingered nearby, I guess we all become immersed in the project we are making but at least I was on hand to make sure that brushes were washed fairly quickly, and stamps were cleaned after use etc - you get the idea!
She added her glitter on the roses but it isn't very obvious in the picture and she was very happy with her outcome - I love that, no worries over how it could have been improved, such a lot to learn from one's own daughter!

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Inspired by the very colourful work Tracy Scott produces, I've thrown practically all the Dina Wakeley paints I own at this flowery Zig Zag picture. That is proper playing!
This fortnights letter at the Craft Barn challenge is Z and I had chosen the word zigzag before I realised that it would also pair up nicely with the Paperartsy challenge, which is patterns!
I've also managed to squeeze a pearl in right at the bottom of the picture, this was something that had to be added for the Craft Barn challenge - not sure what relevance it has but it's there!

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Zesty enough?

I've seen so many people using pictures out of magazines in their artwork, mainly pictures of models but it can give you a focus for journal pages when you are needing some quick inspiration - plus I never would have been able to draw Zac Efron!
Anyway, after pinching the Sunday magazine supplement, I set about cutting out all the people in it that were 'talking to me'! 
Zac was shouting - 'pick me' - I'm just desperate for some flower ears and a zesty hairband! 
Well, it puts a smile on my face......

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