Monday, August 22, 2016


As part of my exhibition at the local gallery I have made a series of masks.  I really had a good time making these and I love the way they have turned out.

First up is the Forest Mask.  This is made with die cut leaves and a little nest and eggs in her hair.  The markings on her face are made with eggshells and gems that were painted.

Next is a mask made with Powertex, fabric, nuts and bolts and gears and finished with Finnabair rust paste.

Another mask was made to look as if it was coming out of a stone garden wall.

Then I made one with crocheted doilies, Powertex and Art Alchemy paints.

Lastly I made a steampunk mask which I had previously made as just a mask.  Then I added the canvas background

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Southern Girls Anything Goes - Lady of Threads

Well this is another Anything Goes challenge.  I have been kept pretty busy working on pieces for an exhibition at my local Art Gallery.  Here is one of my favourite pieces from the exhibition that certainly fits the theme at Southern Girls this month.  The project is a mannequin that I have decorated.  I call her Lady of Threads.

I covered the torso with the instructions from a dressing pattern, then I covered that with the actual pattern tissue paper.  While the paper was still wet from the glue I  wrapped around and around the torso with different coloured cottons.

I used powertex on the zip and wrapped it around the torso' hips.  On the top of the shoulder I glued self covered buttons that I had covered in the sewing pattern instructions, topped off with a dome and quilting pins.  I used domes running from the torso' chest up to the edge of the "arms" and underneath those I glued a lot of safety pins to get the "fringe" effect.

I wrapped the neck of the torso with a measuring tape and added buttons around the bottom of the neck for interest. I cut the ends off a cotton reel and glued them onto two packets of pins, which I then glued to the front of the torso. I added a dome and the end of a decorative pin to the top of each cotton reel.

Under the breasts of the torso I glued hooks and eyes and down the front I glued sewing machine bobbins.  On top of each bobbin I glued a dome and a decorative pin.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I enjoyed making it and please pop over to Southern Girls and check out what the rest of the design team have come up with.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bye Bye Biplane

I am excited to bring you this project using an MDF biplane designed by the clever folks at Imagine If. I decided to make an altered tin incorporating some of the chipboard pieces and using a faux rust paint technique.

Here is the place before it was assembled.  I know it looks a lot of pieces but it is really easy to put together and due to the precision of the cutting everything slots together really easily.

I covered the wings with pieces of aluminium tape and ran over the joins with a fabric marker wheel to make the broken lines.

I painted the assembled place with black gesso.

I then found an old tin and painted it with black gesso. Then I used a combination of black, brown, orange and red paint to give a rusted appearance to the plane.

I added some circles and stars to the wings and tail of the plane.

I then found an old tin and painted it with black gesso.

I layered tissue paper on the tin, spread coarse texture paste randomly over the top of the tissue paper then added large gears from Imagine If and a diecut. I spread coarse texture paste over the gears and then I used coarse texture paste through a stencil to give more dimension.

I used the same combination of black, brown and orange acrylic paint on the tin to give a rusted, aged appearance.

I created a broken asphalt runway on the top of the tin using texure paste and black acrylic paint.  The grass poking through is from a piece of flower arrangement.  The effect I was gong for was a rusted, neglected plane left abandoned on a runway.
Anyway this was a great masculine piece to make and I hope it inspires you to try making a project with the gorgeous little biplane from Imagine If.

Imagine If Birdcage

My latest project uses a gorgeous chipboard bird cage from Imagine If. I got so carried away with making it I actually didn't take a lot of work in progress photographs. Here is the finished project.

I began with the bare birdcage which I painted with black gesso. Once the gesso was dry I drybrushed the cage with Rusty Paper paint and Lumiere brass paint. I then sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang gold shimmer spray.

Once the cage was painted I draped the back and top of the cage with muslin dipped in Powertex which I then painted in the same manner I had painted the cage.

From there I added on a chipboard flourish and chipboard leaves and flowers and leaves from Imagine If until I was happy with the way it looked. I added a wooden piece to the top, (I think this came off an old wooden paper towel holder).

Then I had to find something to put inside the cage. So having no birds in my stash I decided to put a little fairy inside.  I altered a small plastic doll I had found at a garage sale. I made her a dress out of muslin, gave her some butterfly wings and placed her in the cage.

I then glued the cage to an altered candlestick and added some beads around the edge of the cage and the project was finished. I hope this project has given you some inspiration to create your own masterpiece and remember that all the materials can be obtained from Jo at Imagine If.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Southern Girls Challenge - Altered Matchbox

I am totally in love with the Prima Rust Pastes so for the Anything Goes Challenge at Southern Girls I am posting an altered matchbox I made for a swap. These pastes are so easy to use and give such an amazing effect.  I glue two of the larger matchboxes together, then I covered I glued on various cardboard diecuts. for the top of the box I added a small plastic picture frame and a Prima cupid.  I then painted everything with black gesso and once that was dry I painted the whole piece with the three rust pastes. I used recycled earrings for the drawer pulls to finish it off.  I love the way it turned out and it was so effortless. Hope this inspires you to try these wonderful pastes out for yourself and check out Southern Girls to see what the other Design Team members have come up with and perhaps it may inspire you to join in the challenge. Remember anything goes and all types of projects are welcomed.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SENZ 2016

Well SENZ is almost here again and I am off to Auckland. I am looking forward to a weekend of crafting, shopping and meeting friends, old and new  I have designed a couple of pieces for Imagine If using their amazing products and will be teaching these over the weekend.  Here are the two projects I will be teaching.

A Memory Box with lots of chipboard and grunge.

And the second project - a grunge train.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Butterfly Configurations Box

Here is my latest DT project for Imagine If using some a configuration box and some of their gorgeous chipboard and I am warning everyone there is not a cog or gear in sight for a change.

I began by painting one of the configuration boxes from Imagine if with black gesso.
Then using a Kaisercraft die I cut out the brickwork which I glued into the individual boxes. I added some texure in random spots and on the edges of the box then I painted everything with the Finnabair Art Alchemy    paint. Then I used gel medium to adhere some red glass glitter from Finnabair and some green micro beads.

I then took the following pieces of chipboard and painted them all with black gesso.
I used Emerald Viva Inka Gold on the leaves.

These two pieces are part of the framed fern set.

After this was painted black I then painted it with yellow acrylic paint.

The smaller frame was painted black then covered with Viva Inka Gold Orange

Upright Swirl Flourish
I cut off the top piece of the flourish, painted it black then covered it with Viva Inka Gold copper and did the same thing with the top of the butterfly/garden border piece.

I painted some chipboard letters with Old Paper crackle paint and glued the words into the configuration box and then I added in a couple of Prima embellishments to add some interest.

I initially layered the leaves and the frames on the top of the configuration box but it looked a bit bare so I decided to add the words.
I attached everything using gel medium and then I die cut a Tim Holtz butterfly, painted it using a mixture of the colours I had used in the other elements and then attached the butterfly in the middle of the piece.

I love the soft lacy look of the chipboard and the visual depth given by using the configuration box rather than a flat canvas.  I hope this little project inspires you to do something creative with some of the fabulous Imagine If chipboard.