Creative Jump Start 2016 with Michelle Ward


Third lesson with Nathalie’s Studio Creative Jump Start 2016 is with talented Michelle Ward illustrating her version of Matisse’s cut outs.  She cleverly used spray can paint onto handmade stencils. It was such an experience watching her techniques.

As I did not have spray paints, I tried with Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains but did not get the results I wanted.  I did manage to get lots on my hands though!

Next attempt was with Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads where I used ink blending foam and blended the colours onto the stencil.  Much better!

My stencils, I drew on paper first and then cut them out on acetate.

I just love the way you can overlap the stencils, partially paint them, and use both the positive and negatives of the image.  I quite like the white shadow effect too. To cut the patterns, I used a stanley knife.  Next stencil, I will design on the Funtime software and cut them out on the Blackcat Cougar cutting machine.  has more info on the  cutting machine.

Thank you Nathalie and Michelle!





Creative Jump Start 2016 with Julie Balzer


Second lesson was enthusiastically presented by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, working with water colour.  Again the theme is Matisse – Portrait of a Lady.
I have never properly painted with water colour, so this lesson just blew me away. I learnt heaps and saw how water colour reacts with the paper and how it can be manipulated to get the look required.  It was fun mixing colours to get the hues I needed.

All this possible via
Thanks Nathalie!

As I did not have the water colour sticks that Julie used, I used what I had.  For my palette, I made do with a cake base plate that a friend brought for dinner which had a yummy cake on it!
For a bit of bling, I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic Burnish Copper on the lady’s button and hat.

Had lots of fun doing this!

✏  QOR Watercolor – Pyrrole Red Light, Sap Green, Hansa Yellow Medium, Paynes Gray, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Magenta
✏  125gsm paper

image   Original Matisse



Creative Jump Start 2016 -Lesson 1


I enrolled at Creative Studio’s Creative Jump Start 2016 classes .
Classes teach you mixed media from a variety of paints & inks etc.
I’m learning heaps from lesson one.  All videos are downloadable and are step by step demos.  So easy.
Love my first attempt here.

My art book, I am upcycling Harcourts Blue Book property guide.  Background on page is covered with part of Weekly Times paper glued using Golden Gel Medium – Regular Gel.
Here is a list of paints and accessories I used in this project:

✅ Monte Marte Two Seasons Acrylic Colour – Orange Red, Fast Light Yellow, Purple, Olive Green, Titanium White.
✅ Stampin Up – Reason to Smile set (Flower Petal)
✅ Tim Holtz – Distress Spray Stain – Peacock Feather
✅ Stampin Up – Whisper White Stampjn Pad
✅ Jo Sonjas – Acrylic Paint, Titanium White, Carbon Black, Rich Gold
✅ Stampin Up – Black Project Life Journaling Pen




November Mood Board Challenge

With Jot Magazine


Jot magazine has a vibrant mood board challenge for November.

I just love vibrant, happy colours.

It inspired me to create a birthday card for my best, long time friend.

I dabbed acrylic paint to a floral stencil. Painted some shimmer on green and pink parts. Applied a light media paste which I coloured gold through a tear drop stencil. Printed ‘Happy Birthday’ with an elegant swirl on a laser printer and gold foiled with my recently brought Minc. Added a sticker, ribbon and flower.
Loving how it turned out.

I am enjoying using stencils and experimenting with distress inks and acrylic paint.

Thanks Jot Magazine for the mood board challenge.




ColorKeeper with CrochetHome


I was given the chance to help test the beautiful flower design by Nela of CrochetHome .
I fell in love with the pattern.  You can press the flower flat or leave it scrunched up like I have done.
I always wanted to make a bag and it ended up to be a bag to hold my crochet projects.
I used cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills .  4ply.
I lined the bag with cotton material.
So happy how it turned out.

Thank you CrochetHome for allowing me to help test your flower.  Follow Nela’s blog as she has some lovely projects with flowers and mandalas.

Jot Magazine Challenge – May 2015

Jot Magazine has. a great mood board for their May 2015 challenge.

Loving the colours.  So vibrant and bright.

Here is my take on this challenge.

There is a few techniques I picked up from an art journal class I took recently in Drouin with Scrap 2 Relax

Jot Magazine Mood Board May Challenge

My layout is on a white background, spritzing the card with water and applying Dylusions London Blue ink spray.  Then I added texture with Grunge Paste on a stencil.  Stamped abstract pattern on top.

The eggs are cut out from white thick stock that has been spritzed with water, sprayed with Dylusions Funky Fuchsia, London Blue and Distress Spray Stain Salty Ocean. Not forgetting a splotch of Barn Door.  I then drew around the eggs to focus on it.

We moved into our new home this year, different location, into the countryside, 15 acres.  We wanted to get away from the city but still be accessible within an hour or so.

New Home, New Life, New Adventures!

New Home

Settling into our new home

Its been over 4 weeks now since we moved to our new home in the countryside of Warragul, and we are loving the atmosphere and the serenity … just like in The Castle, the movie!

We are still unpacking, and I have now managed to restart the Stockholm blanket project, following Mel’s progress in her blog One Crafty Mumma

I have completed 31 white edged squares, 9 Beige and 13 Brown ones.

Progress is good.  I have crocheted while on the train from Melbourne to Warragul, in the car (as a passenger!) or in the evenings while relaxing.

The previous owners have established a beautiful garden and I have included some flowers in the picture below with my Stockholm blanket project progress.

Autumn Flowers

Finding crochet projects

On Friday, I went into town and popped into Morris & Sons in Collins St to top up on brown and beige 8ply cotton for the Stockholm crochet blanket project. Tally so far:

✂ 20 Cream squares

✂ 3   Beige squares

✂ 4   Brown squares

✂ 28 Coloured squares

Total of 55 squares of various stages.

As we are moving house, progress will slow down.

I have been looking at which facilitates an online magazine.  I have been finding lots of crochet online mags and storing them in my account.  There is an app for issuu allowing you to browse on you smart phone. This is a great addition to Pinterest where I store my other ideas for projects. Next update will be from our new home.