Thursday, 23 June 2016


As you know on the PaperArtsy blog we run challenges every two weeks. A recent challenge topic was 'Our house' I have been doing the topics in a junk type journal as i did last year. Never spending too long on the pages and not trying to make them pretty, they are more just reminders of the topics and for trying out new techniques or products. 

Generally I don't take photos of the steps, but for this topic I did. So here is my house page. 

I began by painting the page with blues and greens, then I added grunge paste through a stencil. Once dry I sanded this back to back a smooth surface and added a little stencilling in darker shades. 

 Next I added Ranger Crazing medium all over the page and left it to dry. The cracks are very tiny and don't show up well here, but after more layers they show up really well. 

I dug out some old scraps of painted papers and used my house stamps on them. I love these houses, so funky and full of interest. 

I also coloured this die cut using PaperArtsy Infusions. I sprinkled them, then spritzed with water and allowed them to puddle, before leaving to dry. 

Then I added more powders, building up the colours till I had this shabby wood look. 

I used Prima watercolours to add drips to the top of the page. 

I also used Prima watercolours to add more colour to the houses. 

 I stamped out my title, but it was a bit small, so to beef up part of it i coloured this circle and heart die cut again with Infusions. 

once layered up it worked really well. 

a few splats of yellow here and there again with the watercolours, these act like stars in the night sky and start to lift the page. 

White highlights with a posca pen add pops of light too. 

Here you can see how well the crazing stands out after all the layers and washes of colour. 

 Although the houses were stamped on painted papers, by adding more colour with the watercolours they are now really vibrant. 

the finished page. 

Hope you are enjoying the topics each fortnight, if you haven't seen any of them yet then do check out the PaperArtsy blog. 


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Fly By..

With Batman, got a million things to do and no time to update here properly. So just dropping this in. I needed a birthday card for my Batman loving little brother... 

Black gesso, white paint and PaperArtsy London Bus. with a Jofy text stamp. Highlights with a Posca pen. 

Darcy x

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Pencil Wallet

I am over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening with another project involving fabric. This time it is a pencil wallet. 

It holds 48 pencils

The cover has such great texture, it is really touchy feely..

Do pop over to the PaperArtsy blog and see how I decorated the cover and put it all together. 


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Fabric Tags

Over on the PaperArtsy blog this week there is a challenge topic of Fabric. This can be scary for some, and others just don't like sewing, or don't have a sewing machine. So I put together these little tags using fabric but no sewing. 

I started by die cutting some tags, and then did cutting a shape in the centre. I did several, all different shapes. I also cut a piece of fabric for each tag the same size as the overall large tag. All the shaped dies that I used are from PaperArtsy. (Hearts, leaves,bird)

I glued the fabric to the back of the large tags so that it shows through the die cut shape... and basically that's it.. All that is left is to add a little embellishment. 

This was a white tag, I painted it with Fresco Lilac, then edged the tag using Crayola Twistables.(available from PaperArtsy) 

As this tag is black card I needed the edge to have a bit of shimmer, so I blended some Treasure Gold around the edges. 

I then added a ribbon and this sentiment from ESN20 using WOW embossing powder in Brass Sparkle. 

This one on Kraft card just needed twine and a little ink around the edges, and the sentiment from EKD02.

The painted tag had a little lace added and the sentiment from  ELB28,

To cover the edges of the fabric on the back I added a skinny frame of card and glued that on. 

If you fancy a go with fabric but no sewing then try these out, they are really,really easy. 

Darcy x

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Demo Day

On Sunday I was at Doncaster Dome, demoing with PaperArtsy. It was a fab day as always, seeing the PaperArtsy team and chatting with customers including some of the #PAtwits.

It was freezing when I first arrived, about 8.15am, so my first stop was the cafe to grab a cup of tea to warm up. I then had a walk around the show, chatting with people as they were still unpacking and setting up. I desperately needed a new heat gun, mine had died. So I was pleased to see that Jayne at Stamposaurus had heat guns on her stand. I also grabbed some Distress crayons from her to see what all the fuss is about. 

So then back to the PaperArtsy stand and we got started, it soon warmed up and by lunchtime it was like a heatwave. Lots of great demos with people leaving happy. 

Sorry no photos of people, I just didn't get chance, but here are the samples that I made. This one is a Crackle Glaze background, with stencilled and stamped Grunge paste and stamping over the top. I have backed it onto black card as that really makes it pop. 

This one started as an image transfer using Satin glaze, once that was done I built up the background on a 6x6 greyboard, using stencilling, stamping and tinted grunge paste.

Next a couple of little tags, the left one was blending techniques and stencil bumping. The smaller tag started with leftover grunge paste, and was finished off with Crayola Slick Stix. 

This last one was a blended and brayered background, tinted grunge paste stencilling, topped with Ranger crazing glaze. Once that dried I added stamping, cut out stamped flowers, and some Distress crayons through a stencil.

Here is the crazing glaze detail, I was really impressed with this glaze.

So I managed to cover loads of techniques, hopefully everyone that stopped by saw something interesting. 

Darcy x

Sunday, 29 May 2016

A Special Day

Someone very lovely that I know has just had a very special day.. she is now a 'Mrs' 

Huge congratulations.. 

1. Card embossed with a Cuttlebug folder then a heart removed from the centre. 
2. Mount over turquoise mulberry paper
3. Fill the centre with buttons and liquid pearls. 

Darcy x

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

New Journal..

My friend Miriam found some cheap journals recently and very kindly sent one to me, we have decided to do paired journals. We each do a page in our own journal and then swap  and work in each other's journals and then swap again and so on.. 

So to start with i decorated my covers, using Grunge Paste through stencils, painting this black and then using 2 coats of Glossy medium to seal and protect. 

The pages in this journal are very thin, so I have gone right though the whole book glueing pages together in pairs. Although this cuts the page numbers down by half it does mean you have thicker pages to work on, very helpful when using wet media. 

So here is the first page done by me.. I began by scraping layers of Fresco paint. 

Then adding black, more white and then brighter translucent colours. 

More black, and some portfolio crayons, also some white dots in the black areas. 

I love all these layers

I then sketched out my focal design and whited it out. 

Added in some underpainting. 

I also added some texture , using Grunge Paste on the mushroom tops and on the stalks. 

I added shading with paints and once dry I added more shading with coloured pencils.

The last shading was around everything with Stabilo pencils. 

I added the text.. 

I think this might be my favourite area, love the layers and bits of texture,

This now needs sending off to Miriam so she can do the next page, can't wait to see what she does. 

Darcy x

Friday, 13 May 2016

Gelli Plates

Over on the PaperArtsy blog this past two weeks we have seen lots of inspiration using gelli plates to do mono printing. I do have a large (real) Gelli plate, but I fancied playing with some smaller ones, especially the small shaped ones. 

When I looked into buying some I found they were just too expensive for me, so I had a play at making some. 

There are many recipes online, I modified the amounts used for this session to achieve an amount of gel that would be just enough for the shapes I wanted. 

First I sourced my moulds, these are lids from tins and boxes,  mostly metal or plastic. The heart is only cardboard,(it was a chocolate box) to be able to use this I had to coat the inside with some matte medium. 

In a bowl I poured 1 and 1/2 cups of glycerin, to this I added 6 tablespoons of powdered gelatin , allowed it to soften a little and then gave it a good mix. 

I then added 1 and 1/2 cups of boiling hot water. 

The water will sit on the surface to begin with, you have to mix it really well, but not whisk.. you do not want lot of bubbles. i mixed a little bit and then let it stand a minute or so while I got on with making dinner, then I mixed again and let stand again. Each time the gelatin sinks a little so you keep going back to it and mixing some more. 

You have plenty of time, this does not set immediately, and remember the water is boiling hot, it will stay hot for a while. 

I think i went back to it and mixed maybe 5-6 times.. as I said i was making dinner, so it was no problem to keep mixing it as i went past. 

Pretty soon it was all well blended and time to pour. 

I filled my moulds and left them to set, this takes about 4hrs. Though you are better to leave them overnight if you can. 

The tiny circle tore badly as I released it, I had thought it might, it was shallow and very small. But that was ok. I popped that gelli into the microwave with some other leftover gelli and melted it for 30seconds. I then poured it into another lid. 

I used the small square and circle lids twice, I let the first lot set, released them and then poured more gelli back into them. I had my leftover gelli in a jug, it set in the jug but was easy to remelt when I needed it. 

So here are one of the circles and one of the squares. I made a paper template from baking parchment and used this and a large sharp kitchen knife to make the straight cuts. 

Voila! here are my shaped gelli plates, along with the heart. 
Heart is 7cm wide x 5.5cm tall (dip to bottom point)
Triangle 9cm long on each side
Hexagon 8cm across

Here are the other two squares. 
Medium square 12.5cm x 12.5cm 
Small square 9cm x 9cm 

Finally the circle and rectangle. 
Circle = 9.5cm diameter.. 
Rectangle = 7cm x 10.5cm

This recipe does not need to be kept in the fridge, just lay then somewhere flat and free from dust. I will be keeping mine in a plastic box that has a lid.I have them laid on acetate sheets so they are easy to lift out, with another sheet between the layers. 

Now to have a play with them. I shall make another post once I have some prints. 

Darcy x