Mono printing 

Here’s my page for the PaperArtsy challenge #9 Mono Printing.

Gelli printing is one of my newest obsessions!!!

As you can see I did my gelli printing onto old book paper, I just love the added layer the typed print brings without me doing any work! 

This was 3 different prints all in similar colours ripped up and glued into my envelope journal. 

I had the large scribble circle already stamped out from a previous project and I wanted to use it on this page. 

So I added some more stamping of the large and small scribble circles from EEG15. The “art” stamp and small spikey circles from the same stamp plate. I also brought out my oil pastels to add some colour to the circles. 


Image Transfers 

PaperArtsy blog challenge #4 : image transfers

Similarly to the last PA blog challenge I’ve never tried image transfers before so I was so excited when my first attempt actually worked!!!! 
The technique I used was (approx. 8) layers of mod podge over the image in alternating vertical and horizontal application, soak in water and then rub the paper off to reveal the transferred image. 
For the rest of the page I brayered different shades of PaperArtsy Fresco finish paints (cheesecake, guacamole, tinned peas and Hyde park), where the paper had warped from the previous page this created a really cool texture. 
Then I sprayed dylusions fresh lime and the paint acted as a resist. 

I then lightened off an area where my image transfer was going to be with the lighter shades of paint, and stick my image transfer down. 

Next I took a hand made stamp and Hyde park PA paint and stamped leaves around the transfer. 

Finished the project off with a washi tape boarder and a quote. 

Transparent Art 

Transparent art. 
This year I have decided to play more with my crafting and a great way for me to do that is to follow the themes on the PaperArtsy blog and keep a “craft diary” of the years themes. 
So I’ve made a journal using some spare envelopes I had laying around and I can always add more pages if I feel I want to play more with a particular theme. And I will make a cover for the journal at the end of the year. 
The first PaperArtsy theme for this year is Transparent Art. 

Which is not something I’ve really played with much. 

But for some reason I’ve recently been saving old and used envelopes that have those plastic windows in them, and when I saw this theme I thought it was a great opportunity to play. 

So thats what I did! 
The writing that was already on the window “private” is what really lead me to this quote. 

I love how the window highlights the words I’ve place underneath it and the simpleness of the “cover” really draws you in to look through the window at what is underneath and makes you want to see what else could be under there 🙂 

Recycled butterfly canvas

With PaperArtsy’s new theme being Deconstruction/Recycling/repurposing etc I decided to revisit an idea I had a while back.
I actually started the project but didn’t like where I had taken it so I ripped all the bits off and have now used the canvas for a different project! Below is the previous project before I took it too far and ended up discarding it!).

First I started with a canvas (4×4 I think) added a layer of Tim Holtz tissue paper. 

And then came the messy bit! 
I really love the new limited edition frescos from Lin Brown and I had a bit of a play with the colours on some paper first (which will make some very nice backgrounds for cards etc!). 

Once I had decided on which two colours I wanted to use it was the moment of truth (can I pull this off or will this be a project that I never get to see through to finishing).
So using the frescos “Bougainvillea” and “Caribbean sea” and my trusty credit card I started to scrape the colour on. Avoiding the main focal image of the butterfly. 
I took a baby wipe to take off paint where I had gone over the image. (Because I need to see this for the next part 😉 ) 

Here comes the repurposing/recycling part….
I raised the shed and found loads of little bits and bobs! 
Cogs, washers, ball bearings, nuts, split pins, fuses, springs, chains, clips etc. 
And set about positioning these items to form the butterfly. Then stick it all down (for this I used glossy accents, because it’s what I had to hand). 
Next I added some bling to match the background colours. 

And did some stamping using PaperArtsy stamps (esn11 and eev06) using archival ink (jet black) and snowflake fresco paint.

Lastly I wanted to add a quote or some words so I raised my stash of stamps and found a few quotes that I liked. 

I decided to use a quote that goes well with the PaperArtsy theme and the butterfly “what appears to be the end is usually the start of a new beginning” 
I hope you like it, I really enjoyed making this project and it will hang on my wall in pride of place 🙂

Mini mixed media trinket box

I finally decided to finish a project I started last year here is my mini mixed media trinket box garden….thing 😜!

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So I previously painted a paper mâché box with Mermaid and Guacamole Fresco paints added some tissue paper and picked out my main 3 embellishments, being the dragonfly, birdcage and the other brass embelly that reminds me of a golden snitch from the Harry Potter books/movies! 😂

To finish my project I used Faber-castell PITT artist pen in caput mortuum, light cobalt blue and permanent green olive to add some shading and distress the edges. Added some lace around the top and the top of the base of my trinket box.
Next was to add some mossy stuff (there is a proper name for this but I can’t seem to remember it!), paper flowers and a teenie tiny wooden ladybird (that I think I bought in Amsterdam ☺️).

Crafty Storage

One thing I have trouble with regarding my crafting is not having a designated room or space to do my crafting (although it is a dream of mine to have a studio in my house where I can craft and make as much mess as I want!). Along with not having a space where I can craft there is the problem of storing all the papers, embellishments, stamps, inks, tools, etc needed to get creative.

I currently craft on my bed room floor spreading out all my tools around me and with my cat Meow walking across my creations whilst I’m working on them (not ideal!)

So in this post I want to share with you how I’ve started to store some of my crafty goodies which may give you some ideas of how you can too 🙂 (this is still a work in progress as I have A LOT of craft stuff!)


My ting tong (‘crazy’ in Thai) cat Meow. (She’s from Thailand and I love her to pieces)


I find chests like this really useful for storing magazines and paper (and they look good too!)


This is how I store my Tim Holtz Distress inks (I even went to the effort to create labels for them so I don’t have to pull them all out to find the colour I want)

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I love this little chest of draws which I have decorated with decopatch papers and Tim Holtz tape (great for holding ribbon, tape, and other embellishments)

My next storage project is for my clear and Kling stamps, I will create a new post to show you what I’ve done with them, watch this space!