Sunday, 2 October 2016

New Workshops at Art From The Heart

Hey there beautiful people, it's been so long since I and a full time day job just keeps getting in the way !!!

Well no more !!!! I am now officially a part time worker 🤗🤗🤗

For the first time in my working life I'll have extra time to play.....wahoo !!!! I'm just a little excited about this...can you tell??

Well to kick off my new found freedom I have 6 new workshops released at Art from the Heart here in the UK....


Treasure Box

Fast and Fabulous Art Journalling

Twinchies, Inchies & Rinchies

Altered Christmas Decorations

Envelope Junk Journal

Check out the website or click the link above for details and prices. 
Classes will be released online Monday for bookings. I'd love to see some of you there. 

Bright and painty hugs

Thursday, 14 July 2016

DecoArt 'Under the Sea' challenge

Hey there beautiful people and welcome to another DecoArt Challenge......

This time we have a fabulous under the sea theme !!

Come and join in the fun and enter the challenge to be in with a chance of winning a $100 giftcard to spend on the fabulous DecoArt products from the online store.

Click HERE to enter and upload your piece before the 12th August and the winner will be announced on the 19th August......Come on give it a go !!!!

I was inspired by the swirling under the sea plants and knew that that was the route i wanted to approach for my piece........

I used a 7x5 Canvas board for my substrate and covered with gesso leaving to dry and chose the following media line colours for my background....

Prussian Blue Hue
Cobalt Teal Hue
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Titanium White

Mixing the colours up on my canvas meant that i could create lots of different shades of blue for my background

Step 1
Using my fingers i started with the lightest colours towards the centre of my canvas board building up the layers and darkening the colours as i moved to the outside (i like to use my fingers to do this stem but it can be equally acheived with a paint brush id you prefer!!) I continued to build up the layers until i was happy with the result.

Step 2
Once the background was dry i heated up my hot glue gun and layed down the basic shapes of some under the sea plants (you could sketch this with a pencil first if you are worried about freehand!!)
I didnt worry if the hot glue wasnt completely smooth as it came out of the gun and has little lumps and bumps, i think this adds to the effect. I then added some little bubbles with the glue around the outside of my design.

Step 3
Using the following Media Line colours......

Green Gold
Phthalo Green Yellow

I then started to colour in my leaves using a touch of titanium white to highlight and using the darker phthalo green to create shadows.

I continued to build up these colours until i was happy with the result

Step 4
Next using my very favourite Metaillic Lustres in the gorgeous Gold Rush i began rubbed this over the top of my hot glue outlines. i just added some of the metallic lustre to my finger and started rubbing over the top of the lines until the desired opaqueness was acheived.

Step 5
Using the titanium white and the prussian blue hue paints i added a small amount of these to my fingers and dotted them around my canvas board

Step 6
Back to my fabulous Mettalic Lustres in Majestic Purple i rubbed this all around the outside of my canvas board with my finger and also added some to the leaves for cohesion.

Step 7
My final step was to add a pre cut chipboard quote to my piece and this was adhered with Matte Gel

I love my final piece and will definately be trying this technique again in the future, maybe ill create a whole garden next...mmmmm.....the possibilities are endless !!

Thanks for stopping by and i hope to see you all again soon

bright and painty hugs

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Wooden Bangles !!!

Morning gorgeous people !!!

There is a new challenge coming up on the DecoArt Media blog soon to decorate plain old wooden bangles !!!

Straight away I knew this was something I wanted to have a go at.....way out of my comfort zone but so excited to give it a try !!!

Decisions decisions the possibilities are endless. I decided to go for a matching pair of bangles and concentrated on putting more detail into the larger of the two.....

Colours I used are all decoart media line and are as follows.....

Cobalt teal hue
Primary magenta
Carbon black
Titanium white

I really enjoyed the challenge and can't wait to see what all the other designers have created !!!

Bright and painty hugs

Wooden Bangles can be purchased here 

Monday, 22 February 2016

'Colour' Art Journal Page Tutorial

Good morning lovelies, Im here today with a little tutorial on my newest page in my Square Dylusions Journal for the 'A Sprinkle of Imagination' design team....

I'm really starting to love these 8x8 inch pages, having always worked in the Large Dylusions Journal it took a bit of getting used to this format.

I started by using Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylics in lime, lemon, turquoise and lapis and also Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint in teal, I put the colours on with my fingers and just spread them around the page until I was happy...

Next I went in with a Dina Wakley Stencil and some texture paste, I chose this stencil as it reminded me of the colour wheel, I heat dried the texture paste and once dry I used Dina's ruby and umber paints and again spread them on randomly with my fingers, I also added some red dots with Goldens Fluid Acrylic Red paint and again just using my fingers to do this, I also added some black lines with the side of an old credit card...

Next I painted in some of the colour wheel segments with Dina's magenta paint and also with my fingers added some of this randomly to my page to tie in the colour, I used one of Dina's stamps from the Woodcuts set with a black archival ink pad and added to various places on my page. 
I used another of Dina's stencils and some white paint to add some further detail to my page, and then scribbled around those shapes with a pencil. I then took some black paint and went around the outside of the colour wheels and inbetween them to make them stand out from the page....

Next I used the Dylusions bubble stencil and some texture paste and stencilled randomly onto my page leaving to dry (you could use a heat gun for this) and added some white splatters to the whole page, earlier in the day I had been sorting out all my paints and had pulled some dry paint out of some of the lids (you know where it all gets clogged up around the top of the tubes or bottles) I knew some of these would be perfect for this page so I used some of Prima's 3D Matt gel to glue these to my page. Once everything was dry I then went over the top of everything with gold paint, I added a touch of paint to my finger and rubbed it over all the raised areas and added some randomly to my page...

Nearly finished... I stamped the word 'Colour' with the Tim Holtz alphabet stamp set and used a black archival pen to scribble circles around my colour wheels and paint splats, I also randomly scribbled around some of the texture paste bubbles....

The final touch was to add some white gel pen to the letters to give them a little bit of interest...

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you are feeling inspired and you give it a try !!

Bright and painty hugs

Saturday, 23 January 2016

All about that face !!!

Hi there you lovely people

You all know I love to draw and paint faces and I wanted to share with you a fabulous 6 week long workshop I've just discovered from Tiare Smith

  • how to draw faces in a variety of ways.
  • how to make 6+ awesome faces
  • how to practice making faces daily
  • how to use various mediums to create faces
  • how to blend colors to create beautiful, brown faces (tips to blend for other shades, as well).
  • techniques for creating wonderful backgrounds to add your face to.
  • techniques that will empower you to make great faces again and again.
Here’s what you can expect:
  • Step-by-Step Mixed Media Tutorials
  • Video Tutorials
  • Downloadable PDFs
  • Work at your own pace
  • Lessons delivered to your inbox
  • Access to Private Facebook Group, a supportive, safe place for sharing
  • 6 Week Workshop
  • Wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to build their “face making” practice.
  • This workshop begins with the first lesson when you sign up.  Complete lessons at your own pace.
  • Long-term access.

Click the link to find out more or to sign up....I highly recommend this workshop...

Thanks for stopping by
Bright and painty hugs 

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Come and Join me on the 'One Badass Art Journal' Workshops

Good morning and welcome !!!

Oh my goodness my dear friends i am sooooo ridiculously excited to be here today sharing this fabulous news with you....

For the first time ever i will be participating and by participating i mean 'teaching' in an amazing online course with some truly 'Badass' tutors organised by the very talented Tiare Smith.

A sneaky peak of my lesson is shown, you all know me, i looooove my bright colours and my lesson will be full of the brightest and most vibrant colours i can find. Learn all my techniques, colour choices, favourite materials and mediums and join me to create a fabulously colourful 'Crazy Town'.

'One Badass Art Journal is starting on the 1st February 2016, the course will consist of 16 Badass tutorials from 14 amazing artists including 'little old me' sent to you weekly and at the end of the course you will have learnt some great tips, tricks and techniques and have created one truly 'Badass Journal' !!!!

I am truly ecstatic to be teaching amongst the talented teachers that Tiare has brought to you on the course and hope that you will join us all on this mega 'Badass' adventure together.

For more information or to sign up please click on the link below and show me some love.......

Yes please i want to create 'One Badass Art Journal' SIGN ME UP or TELL ME MORE

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge

Good morning all, hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and are looking forward to everything the new year will bring !!
It’s my turn today to take part in the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge and what a fabulous challenge it is, using purple & blue hues to create a winter inspired piece. It’s cold here in London at the moment so it wasn’t too difficult to get inspiration for my design.


Step 1
I used two canvas boards for by substrate, 10x8 and 6x8 inches in diameter and covered the boards in the following media line colours using my fingers to mix the colours together….

Phthalo Turquoise

Cerulean Blue

Dioxazine Purple

Translucent White

Antiquing Cream – Patina Green


Step 2

Using the Media Line Modelling Paste and the following DecoArt Stencils, I added detail to each of the canvas boards with a palette knife…..


Large Stencil – French Living

Small Stencil – Doily


Step 3

Next I used the Media Line Crackle Paste and randomly spread this on to my smaller canvas board using my palette knife, putting it on in different thicknesses to allow for different degrees of crackle. This needs to be allowed to dry naturally and not with a heat gun.


Step 4

Using a brown distress pad and blending tool (vintage photo) I then went around the edge of both of my canvas boards and also rubbed a small amount over the raised stencil designs in places.


Step 5

Moving on and using the following Metallic Lustre Paste colours I went around both canvas boards and randomly added the luscious colours with my fingers to the edges and also onto the raised stencil designs……


Metallic Lustre – Majestic Purple

Metallic Lustre- Brilliant Turquoise

Metallic Lustre- Silver Spark

Step 6

I found this set of 6 plastic heart Christmas tree ornaments at a local supermarket for just a couple of pounds and thought they would be perfect for altering and knew one of them would be great for this project.


Step 7

I had some vintage tissue sewing patterns that I decided to use for collaging onto my heart, as I really liked the colour of the heart in the first place I did allow some of that colour to show through, however I could have just added more layers or used book paper if I wanted to completely cover it up.


Step 8

Next I took some more of the Media Line colours as listed below and added random colours to my heart in this layers still allowing the pattern of the tissue paper to shine through. I did this step using my fingers (I do love to get painty fingers, weird I know!!)…….


Metallic Silver

Quinacradone Magenta

Interference – Violet


Step 9

For the next step I have gone back in with my fabulous Metallic Lustres again, adding more colour to my heart randomly rubbing the colours over the heart with my fingers.


Step 10

I had some thin 22 gauge silver wire lying around on my table so decided to wrap some of this around my heart to give some additional interest, securing at the back with a dab of hot glue


Step 11

I have a huge collection costume jewellery, brooches, earrings, rings etc that I buy specifically for braking up and using for projects. This piece was a cheap brooch but has a nice vintage feel to it with a bit of sparkle so I removed the pin on the back and then attached to the heart with a large dollop of matte medium. Put to one side and allow to dry.


Step 12

Next I took one of the Tim Holtz Christmas Flash Cards, distressed all the edges, screwed it up, opened it out again and then inked the edges and across the card with the brown distress pad (vintage photo)


Step 13

Next I took my collaged heart and added some brown distress inking to that to make it look more aged.


Step 14

Using my hot glue gun I decided I wanted to create some icicles along the top of my small canvas board and also along the top of the flash card, this was so easy to do (I found it easiest to start at the bottom of the icicle and move the glue gun up towards the top of the board/card)


Step 15

Now it was time to start putting all the pieces together, I glued my small canvas board to the larger one making it central and then using matte medium glued my heart to the centre of my small canvas adding some fibres I found in my stash,  allowing to dry thoroughly.


Step 16 

I attached my flash card to the bottom of the small canvas board as well as some jewels and a metal piece I found in my stash using the matte medium and again let dry into place


Step 17

For the finishing touches I used some glitter glue and added it between the icicles and randomly on the rest of the small canvas board to give it some sparkle and glued on some small pearls.



I used a lot of techniques on this project that were completely new to me but I am absolutely thrilled with the result and will definitely be using them again.

What a great challenge DecoArt….., if you want to enter with a chance to win a fabulous prize then please follow the link below, create a project of any kind following the rules and you could be receiving yourself a lovely new year surprise !!!

Thanks for stopping by


Bright and painty hugs