28 June 2016

Prima goodness !!!

Morning gorgeous people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you again...

So this week I've been playing around with the amazing Prima Watersoluble Oil Pastels, I've used the neocolours for a couple of years now so wanted to see what these new beauties from Prima could offer....

My substrate for this was a black and white napkin from my local supermarket, and i adhered this to a 6x4 index card with my gel matt medium before drying it fully. 

Once adhered I started by laying down small amounts of colour directly on the napkin and then going over it with a wet soft brush to dilute the colour around the design ( you can only do this technique if you have gel matt medium over the top as it stops the water absorbing into the napkin giving time to move the colour around)
I continued doing this until I was happy with the depth of colour, you can keep going back to areas adding more colour until you are happy. 

Once I was happy I went in with the oil pastel dry and added some darker areas to the stalks of the leaves and centre of the flowers etc smudging in with my finger ( you could also use a blending stump for this)

My final step was to use white acrylic paint to add some highlights and detail to my card and of course their had to be glitter !!!

I had so much fun with this technique, the oil pastels are rich and creamy with a stunning array of colours and they are current on sale !! ..... What's not to love !!!!

Thanks for stopping by
Bright and painty hugs


24 June 2016

Technicolour or Monochrome?

Hi peeps, Shirley here.  I've been playing with this gorgeous stamp from Karen Hayselden in the new Stampotique Originals range. Meet Herbert Hare - isn't he wonderful?

I stamped out a couple of images, and coloured one with Derwent Inktense pencils and gave it a light wash.  Once it was dry I went back and added more dry colour.  Around the whiskers:
 Around the ears:
And a  shadow wash to ground the image.
Then I did a monochrome version, using just the black pencil.  A light wash inside the ears - always wash inside your ears ;)
Then pencil shading on the face and around the outside of the image.
Followed by a shadow wash to ground the image.
Pop on over to the store for a look at the rest of Karen's and other Stampotique designers' ranges.

Have a great weekend!
Shirley x

20 June 2016

Crazy Town !!!

Hey there lovely people
Tracy here and it's great to be back with you today for a new post....

It's been a while and I've been working on lots of great projects but I always come back to one of my favourite techniques....

I just love to create these colourful collage whimsy houses and whenever I have scraps of paper on my desk to use up I just can't help myself.....

Using various scraps of paper, old tags & the gorgeous Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints I set to work to create a truly unique 'crazy town' 

Every time I makes these I have no plan how they will turn out, I just start to cut up scraps of paper, card, tags etc and play around until I'm happy with the look. 

Once all my pieces are glued down I can start going in and painting, I love to use my fingers for this process as I like the messy random look it gives ( you can use a brush for this if you don't like finger painting !!!)

Once I'm happy with my brightly coloured houses, I start to add detail. One thing I like to do is add shadow with a black watersoluble pencil around all of the edges of the houses, this really does help to ground them onto the page and really makes the colours pop !!!

One of my last steps is to add words or phrases to my houses and sometimes I like to add small pieces of metal embellishments, buttons etc to add some extra depth. 

I hope you love my 'crazy town' as much as I do and can't wait to be back to share with you again soon...

Bright and painty hugs

17 June 2016

Time Flies

Hi guys!  I've been playing with various media to make this Time Flies canvas.

I started off by making my weathered wood panel by swiping Distress Ink minis from top to bottom.

Then scoring it every half inch before stamping with the Peeled Paint background stamp from Darkroom Door.  I painted my canvas with black gesso and adhered the panel to the canvas.

Added a few buttons, paper flowers, bandage fabric scrap and some moulded items from my stash, and painted those black.  
Once everything was dry I sprayed Dylusions White Linen over it and when that had dried, rubbed on some Viva Decor Inka Gold in Lava Red, Jade and Gold.
The Inka Gold adds a lovely antique metallic look to the painted flowers.
Using the Julie Nutting Mixed Media Doll Wings stamp as a template, I cut out a pair of wings from black card and painted them with Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint - Opal Magic Rose-Gold.  You see the gold in one light, and the pale rose colour in another.  The clock is from Tim Holtz Curiosities, sponged with Antique Linen.
I hope time isn't flying too quickly for you this summer!

Enjoy your weekend.
Shirley x

12 June 2016


Howdy folks, I've  sadly made it to the end of what has been a couple of  relaxing, crafty weeks.  It's back to school for me on monday where I shall be daydreaming of my little crafty hideaway and doing maths, of course!  So with that in mind I have prepared myself a little door hanger in anticipation of the monday morning blues.

On the door hanger I painted with the following Dylusion paints: Bubblegum pink, cherry pie, vibrant turquoise, white linen.  I also used black linen for the circles.  I doodled around my mark making 
with a white Posca pen.  I chose Kate Crane's delightful Stampotique character 'Boots' with hope that she will lift me from my doldrums.  I coloured her in with Inktense pencils, cut out and adhered her to my door hanger.  

All I need to do now is decide where to hang it.  Dare I hang it in my teaching area at work or just on my bedroom door to warn the family to tread carefully?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 

04 June 2016

Happy you!

Hi guys I'm here today with my latest post for A Sprinkle of Imagination.  Along with me I have brought Nina Angel, Magda Polakow's cute design from the Stampotique originals.

I started to work on a piece of black card.  Using Dylusion paints, bubblegum pink and vibrant turquoise I blended through Dylusions starry night stencil.  Once my colours were dry I bumped the 
stencil over and blended some white dylusions paint through the same stencil.  I doodled over the constalations with a white posca pen and set aside.

Nina Angel was stamped, cut out and then watercoloured using distress inks.  From a piece of card that has previously been sprayed with Dylusion inks I die cut a star and added some white dots.  From the Lawn Fawn die 'Happy birthday to you' I cut out the words happy & you and joined them together. And added some more white dots.

Thank you for stopping by today, remember to stop by the ASOI shop and check out the fabulous selection of stamps, stencils, paints and mediums galore.

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x