Wednesday, September 9, 2020

It's time for another SHOW ...

 


Catch me online from Thursday September 10 for the Great Australian Craft Show.

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There are some great special plus daily demo sessions live on Facebook and a daily exclusive as well!

Check out all the details below ... Dont forget its starts at 9am Thursday Morning until midnight Sunday!







 










Tuesday, September 8, 2020

***HOME DECOR PROJECT*** Coffee Anyone? Create Cups with Stencils

Hey guys,


Today I am showing you a cool little project creating your own custom coffee cups!

 


This is really easy and super fun.  
Here are a few simple steps on how I created these two bright mugs!

I purchased two cheap glossy cups and gave them a light spray with Krylon Gesso Spray so that the acrylic paint had a nice surface to sit on.



I then used a combination of colors to color the mugs and allowed them to dry.

 




 
Using a latex sponge, I added some light pattern to the background using the same colours to add simple dimension.

 



I used a latex sponge and Ranger Black Archival ink to sponge on the images from the Scared Hearts ATC MixUp & Alchemy and the heat set them to ensure that they were dry

 



Next I used Pilot Pintor Paint pens to go over the sponged images to give them a darker black and bring the images all together. 



Once dry, I popped them into the oven for an hour to set the ink before giving them a light spray with a semi gloss sealer to give them a shine.

  

 

Have a fabulous day ... and go create something!

Natalie May

Monday, August 3, 2020

Two Colors = One Awesome Layout with Magicals

Hey there Gang.

I'm on the Lindy’s blog again with a super quick and easy Scrapbook Layout using just two Magical Shakers!

I had these gorgeous stamps that I hadn’t really used yet so figured I’d make them the hero of the page by giving them a splash of Bavarian Blue and Guten Tag Teal!

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I stamped them on Marshmallow Mixed Media Cardstock using black archival ink.
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Then on my glass mat, I made a little puddle of Guten Tag Teal and Bavarian Blue, this became my paint palette.
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Using a round paintbrush and water, I colored each of the stamped images, layering the colors to create a gradient.

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For the body of the layout, I cut a piece of cardstock to be 8×11″ and printed some song lyrics from my computer (the song is Be Yourself by Hilltop Hoods– great Australian group).

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I taped the left-hand edge to a base page and then taped all the cut out stamped images to the open edge so that they stuck out the side.
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A few little splatters were needed to balance out the page so I used a light wash of the two colors and flicked it on with my brush.
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I searched through my million packets of alphas for the right black letters for my title but didn’t find any – so the next best thing was to make my own by coloring them with a black paint pen.
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I love that just two colors can look so good and compliment the photograph so perfectly!

Don’t overthink it – Just Create!

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Thanks for stopping by.

Natalie

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

A Journey through Art with StencilGirl


Hey there guys!


Today I am sharing an Art Journal page created for the Passages theme this month.


I admit I had to Google the meaning of Passages and how it applied to me ... and I realized that an important stage in my life is my art and my teaching of art.


Creating a little project to tell that story was going to be easy - or so I thought. 
All of a sudden I had too many ideas and too many options so the best thing to do was break it down into what makes me happy ... simplicity and ease.

Here is how the page breaks down into simple steps ...

I started with collaging some music paper and Dictionary paper with Gel Medium and then gave it a quick coat of clear gesso.


Next, I used a brayer to roll on some neutral paint to lay a foundation.


Now for the stenciling ... I used a couple of different "Mark Making" stencils to start building the page in simple shades of beige, grey, and blue.










To give the page a gentle shimmer, I used Gansai Tambi Watercolour paints in Gold & Bronze as well as added some stamping in black.






Next, I used the Pen and Ink Stencil to add my focal point images. I only wanted to use a couple of the elements so using a sponge was perfect for doing this.



I finished with adding some definition with black and gold paint pens and finally my scribble journaling alongside the brushes.





Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Wash your hands.

Natalie May