Where have I been?

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it’s been three years since I wrote a blog post! Where have I been? Well, to be honest, lots has happened in that time! I did a year at University; got married and had a baby!! Haha. So yes, I’ve been busy!

My little girl, Darcy, is eight and a half months now, so time for art is pretty limited, but it’s nice to squeeze in a little time for some crafty things. Plus, having a baby is a perfect excuse to tap into your imagination and make stuff!

I recently made this Santa plate for Darcy to leave out on Christmas Eve. I’m so pleased with it that I’m contemplating selling them. So watch this space for more info, if you are interested.

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Facebook and Magic….

Well, I have finally set up a Facebook page! I have been hesitant to do it as I don’t want friends and colleagues scrutinising my artwork. I guess this boils down to insecurities and fears of criticism. For some reason it’s easier to have strangers look at my art!

Do you find this too? Or do you prefer to keep it among friends?

If you would like to keep up to date with my latest projects, please ‘like’ my Facebook page! It’s very unloved at the moment!!!

You can find it here

Anyway, I’ve just finished this mixed media canvas today. She’s a cute big eye girl with lots of sparkles, texture and an air of magic!
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This was created using gesso, dylusions inksprays, glitter, modge podge, sequins, glitter, acrylics and more glitter!

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Did I mention, please feel free to come like my facebook page!

Thank you!!!!!

Have a lovely evening all.xxx

Mixed media Mindfulfulness Canvas

My friend recently won a weekend meditation retreat in a raffle and she very kindly donated her prize to me.  So, to say thank you, I have created her this mixed media canvas with my favourite Mindfulness quote.

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Materials used: Gesso, Acrylic and watercolour paint, sparkle medium, ‘The Black Currant Stack’ paper, gems, pearlescent liquid acrylic, modge podge and Dylusions ink spray.

I just hope that my friend likes it!

Always Make Time for Art….

It’s been a while since I posted, as life often gets in the way of my creative time.  I dream of having more time for art. It would be lovely to work less and create more, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen.  Therefore, I have pledged to myself to always make time for art, even if it is just five minutes of sketching.

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I find it hard to create art quickly and I remember my art teacher at school telling me to speed up!  Perhaps sometime soon I will set myself a challenge to create art in one hour. I think that could also help me to loosen up and stop trying to be so meticulous!

This page was created using gesso, scrapbook paper, acrylics and ribbons.

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Cupcake Fairy

This was a piece of artwork that I previously wrote off because I wasn’t 100% happy with it. But, I picked it up a few days ago and started painting it again. I’m still not entirely happy with it, but I will persevere!

I really love big eye art and have been adopting this style in my artwork over the past year.

Here’s a sneak peak at it so far……

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Tweaking Twyla….The next steps

I decided that I wanted Twyla’s hair to be curly, so purchased some white Wemsleydale fleece from EBay which was supplied in a bundle and the curls had to be carefully separated. As her skin is a blue/ purple colour, I thought white would look quite striking. I’m thinking of an Ice Queen type style for her new image.

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I made my own re-rooting tool using a sewing needle with the top of the eye cut off (one side needs to be longer than the other), which I clamped into a tool that I have for hair extensions. If you have a craft cutter, this would also be suitable to clamp the needle into the cross section. The hair for re-rooting is then pushed into the fork of the needle which needs to be pulled taught and then pushed through the plug holes on the dolls head. Please check out YouTube for some really good videos about different rooting methods.

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I had previously painted her scalp white, but she has so much hair, this probably wasn’t necessary.

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I worked my way along the bottom of her head inserting the new hair and trimming away the excess inside. As it won’t be possible to brush her hair, I will place some flexible glue inside the head which will hopefully be enough to hold it in place. I worked most of the holes inserting new plugs of crazy white curls, but I’ve left some at the front unplugged for the moment, because I need space to insert her eyes and lashes.

I’m loving her big bouffant hair! What do you think so far?

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