Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A Great Australian Sale & 8 Free demo sessions!

I'm thrilled to be involved in the Great Australian Craft Show starting tomorrow!
Lots of specials and demo sessions each day ... right here ... so see you soon!

And I have a new class too ...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Colour is a Power for StencilGirl

Hello Hello ... Today I am sharing an Art Journal Page using the Typography theme for StencilGirl.

This was an easy theme for me as I LOVE using type and text in all my projects so this one was a breeze!

I started with a coat of gesso on my page to seal it. (I am working in a large Dylusions Journal)
I then used gel medium to collage on some book paper and torn mesh tape before adding some stenciling with heavy gesso through the Central Ave Stencil.

Once that was dry, I used modeling paste through the Wall of Words stencil across the middle of my page and popped it aside to dry.

I wanted to make a little flippy bit for the middle of the page, so used gel medium to join the pages together to make the book paper element a little bigger and backed it in white card.
I then used my fave Hue Tint Tone Shade stencil with a waterproof pen to trace the design.
Lindys Magicals were perfect for adding color to the design and I added a little water to them to color.

Back to the page, I used Lindys Magicals in Blues and Black to add the color to the page but 'puddling' the color around the raised stencil words.  Added a few scribbles and all done!

Keep scrolling down for a quick little video tutorial I made for you ...

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Natalie May

Stencils Used ...

Friday, April 24, 2020

All the Shades of Black with Natalie May

Hey there!

I'm back and cant wait for another amazing term with StencilGirl!

Today I am sharing a Scrapbook page featuring a photo of my Besties and I taken just before Christmas.

These girls are just my absolute superstars and I had the perfect stencil to frame my image.

Here are some simple steps to re-create this projects

I used the 9x12 Stencil that came with the August 2017 StencilClub on 300gsm Watercolour paper and lightly, using a pencil, traced one of the stars across my page.


I then used a range of Blacks from Lindys Gang, to add color to my stars.
They will act like watercolors on the watercolor paper but have a distinct permanency to them that you just cant get from watercolor - I freaking LOVE THEM!

Each star has a different shade of black in it ... I added more water to some to make them more intense and less water to others to make the pigment darker ... loving all those juicy shade of black.

Once dry, I then went back with my stencil and traced the images in Black Pen so that I could see the shape clearly.

I used the Illegible Stencil with Distress Oxide and a blending brush to add some more interest in a few places.
And finally some stamping with Distress Oxide for a little balance.

I love working in Monochromatic tines - definitely something that I am comfortable with and with a limited color palette, you certainly cant go too wrong!

Check out all the wonderful artworks in our Creative Team Monochromatic Rainbow Hop:
Shel Cee – Violet
Peg Robinson – Purple
Sue Plumb – Blue
Linda Edkins Wyatt – Green
Jennifer Gallager – Yellow
Claudia Neubacher – Orange
Carol Baxter – Red
Sunila Mahajan & Aditi Mahajan – Gold
Natalie May – White/Black
Debi Adams – Indigo

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Contest ends April 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time USA. Winners will be contacted via email the 28th.

Thanks so much for stopping by and cant wait to share again with you soon!

STENCILGIRL - SC-08-2017, S200
LINDYS GANG - Blazing Black, Blackforest Black, Screaming Banshee Black, Midnight Rendezvous Raven, Frozen Jack Frost
OTHER - XPress-it 300gsm Aqua paper, Bazzill, Distress Oxide, Paper Rose Blending Brush, Unity Stamp, Thickers

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Online Art Journal Class

I've decided to do a few more Art Journal classes online!
Its starting this weekend and is perfect for everyone!

here will be 4 LIVE FACEBOOK CLASSES with the first Saturday April 25th. Classes will not be all on the same day. You can do them at any time. Introduction - 11am Saturday 25th April Class #1 - 1pm Saturday 25th April Class #2 - 1pm Sunday 26th April Class #3 - 7.30pm Friday May 1st Class #4 - 7.30pm Saturday May 2nd Once you book in, you will be invited to join a PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP where you will be able to watch the 4 classes live or watch them back over a period of 4 weeks. There will be an introduction video explaining the materials and tools we will be using and the aim is for you to create 4 different Art Journal Pages using the supplies that you have at home or have available to you. You only need acrylic paint for the first two classes. These projects will be suitable for crafters of all skill levels and are meant to be fun and creative. Create at your own speed or create along with me I will be creating in a Large Dylusions Journal but you can use any journal or surface that you like. It's just paint and paper - its not meant to be hard

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Celebrate with a card

I recently had a friend celebrate a significant birthday and I wanted to make her a special card – actually – truth be told, she probably would have given me a hard time if I didn’t! I wanted to make her something pretty and girly but didn’t have a lot of time on my hands.
I pulled out a few pretty pinks and a couple of lovely greens in Magical pots and Shakers and whipped up this pretty little number!
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Here are a few simple steps …

I started with a Prima Tag out of my stash – I have been hoarding these for years – and I gave it a light gesso.  I then used a StencilGirl stencil and light modeling paste on the tag to create a pattern and give the Magicals a nice surface to grip into.
I then added color to the background but using a wash of four pinks and gently melding them together.
I colored the chipboard with Magicals as well before assembling them onto the tag.
My friend loves her card and it now takes pride of place on her wall in a frame.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Lindys Step by Step Scrapbook Page

Hey there guys!
Natalie here sharing another bight and happy Scrapbook Page using Lindys Sprays.
I was inspired by a birthday card I saw somewhere on Pinterest ages ago and thought this style of page would be the perfect way to showcase this great photo of my Crafty Besties and I.
Here are a few simple steps to create this projects.
I started by pulling out 14 colors that represented the color wheel … I have listed the full color range at the end of this post.
I cut some plain cardstock to be about 6×3 inches and individually sprayed each one, making sure that I got a good coat of color. Just a tip before you start spraying – use some paper towel to catch any excess and protect your workspace and lightly spray the back of your paper with water first to stop it curling.
Once dry, I started laying all the pieces out on a separate piece of paper in the order that I wanted them.
I trimmed them all down a bit into a triangle to help with the overlapping, then used a few removable dots to keep them in place.  I trimmed the whole sheet back to neaten the edges before using a sewing machine to  secure to the white cardstock background.
Once it was on the page, I went around and lifted the edges of each segment and removed the paper and removable dots from underneath so that you couldn’t see it.
I used vellum to mat my photo before foam taping it to the page to hide the messy area in the middle before finishing with the title.
I love this page and it now hangs proud on the wall in my studio – that color just brings a smile to my face and the memory behind the photo makes me laugh out loud!
And for all you Adelaide Creatives,  I have a Magical Workshop planned for Saturday 4th April – email me for information –

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hello friends πŸ“ Some sad but unsurprising news today... the Wollongong Crafters Fair has been postponed.

It’s business as usual here πŸ€— You can visit our online store and also look forward to some special online deals and new releases.
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