Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wanderlust 2016

I am very excited to be starting Wanderlust 2016! A year long online class of Mixed Media and Art Journaling with video lessons from 26 fabulous teachers. It's going to be amazing! Go and check it out at

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Journal Page "Wonder" step by step

Today I am back with a step by step tutorial on how I created my latest double page spread in my art journal.

My little boy was the inspiration for this piece and how he views new experiences and learning with such excitement and awe.

All the products used are listed in the steps below.

Firstly I gave both pages a coat of Art Basics Heavy White Gesso, once dry I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain with Hero Arts stamp in Old French Writing to stamp down the edges of both pages. I then dried this with a heat tool.

Next I placed Finnabair's Harliquin stencil over the writing and pressed a VersaMark pad over the stencil. I then covered the wet ink with Ultra Thick Embossing powder and heated up with my heat tool.

 I then used Cosmic Shimmer sprays in Chestnut, around the edge of the pages and Aqua Breeze to the middle. I spritzed them both with a light mist of water to dilute them a bit and let them blend together. The Embossing powder acts as a resist so once the inks have dried you can mop up the excess with a kitchen towel.

I Painted three luggage tags with Dylusions paint in Melted Chocolate and let them completely dry.

Using the same Hero Arts stamp and VersaMark ink I stamped over the tags and again added the same embossing powder and dried with the heat tool.

Using Martha Stewart Satin paint in Surf I sponged a generous amount over the entire tags.

When the paint turns tacky I lightly rub over the writing with a baby wipe to reveal the brown underneath, which gives a lovely aged effect.

Next I cut 3 small squares of corrugated card and using a palette knife I spread Liquetex modelling paste over Mini Mix & Match Hearts stencil by Balzer Designs on to the pieces of card. I chose a different design from each of the small hearts for each square.

I then cut the squares into hearts leaving an edge of cardboard visible around them.

Once dry I used a small brush to paint the modelling paste with Inka Gold Paste in Copper. This gives a beautiful metallic finish and dries very quickly.


I cut 3 small pieces of cheese cloth and dyed them using Lidys Stamp Gang Spray in  Cowabunga Copper.  

I then attached the cheesecloth and the cardboard hearts to the tags and added some teal coloured micro beads in places using Art Basics 3D Matte Gel.

 I also added some tiny pieces of copper foil while the 3D Gel was still wet.

Next I cut 3 pieces of Dry wall tape and stuck them to the pages where I wanted to tags to be positioned over them. Using the same Inka Gold in Copper I brushed over the areas of the dry wall tape that would be on show.

I then Glued the tags down using the 3D Matte Gel.

 I matted my chosen photo to a piece of Mettalic Copper card stock using double sided tape and choose a corner flourish chipboard by Scrap FX to use around the edge of the photo.

I applied a layer of gesso to the chipboard and then sprayed both the chipboard and a piece of torn up Kitchen towel with Lindy's Stamp Gang spray in Time Travel Teal.

Once dry I added them both to the page, again using the 3D Gel.

I decided on some wording using Tim Holtz Stickers and distressed the edges with Tim Hotlz Distress Stain in Tea Dye. I then Glued in the words with Tombow Glue.

For a finishing touch I added some Bo Bunny self adhesive Gems and a wooden butterfly embellishment.

I hope you enjoyed this little step by step.

Emma x

Wednesday, 16 December 2015


I have really come to appreciate lately, more so than ever before, that whatever form of art I am doing, be it a little journal entry or a large scale drawing, the soothing qualities it brings to body and mind and the benefits it can have on mood and health. I can see why so many people have turned to adult colouring books for this very reason. If I find myself stressed out with all that is going on, I sit and create something and the tensions of everyday life just drift away.

So I have set myself a challenge to journal every day, even if it is only a quick 15 minute drawing, as all too often life gets in the way and sometimes it can be hard to find the time. It doesn't have to be perfect, it doesn't have to be a masterpiece, it just has to be about connecting with how I am feeling at that particular time. That is something I have struggled with in the past, every project I started I wanted to be fantastic and that caused me so many frustrations, I was totally hung up on others opinions of my work and placed far too much importance on how my art would be perceived, it took away the enjoyment of the process a little bit and I wanted to get that back. Since I discovered and started playing about with mixed media I have found I am much happier when I am just experimenting and messing about with new products and new techniques.  I am really embracing this new found way of creating and I love that there is no pressure on the outcome, no expectations or need for acceptance and that I feel like I am creating like a child again, full of love and excitement and wonder instead of being so precious about every stroke of brush or worried about the smallest mistake, and more importantly what people will think. I no longer worry about the blank page either I just get something down, stick something, spray something and then marvel at where my imagination took me at the end of it.

I have finally learnt the lesson that I have been teaching my children for years, that there is no right or wrong in art, art is about doing what makes you feel good.

Here are my journal pages from the last two days. I will be back with more :)

Emma x

Friday, 11 December 2015

Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays.

I ordered a whole bunch of new sprays a few days ago and I decided to make colour charts of all the sprays I have so far. I think that when you are purchasing new products it is helpful to see what the colours actually look like on paper. Pictures of the colour charts are below. All of them are sprayed on plain white paper with no gesso.

First is the selection of starburst sprays I have.

The next two photo's are of Flat Fabio sprays.

The last picture is a of a Glitz Spritz set.

Such gorgeous colours! As I purchase more I will add more pictures.

Emma x

Monday, 7 December 2015

Christmas Bird House Decorations

Hi Everyone!

I'm back with another tutorial, this time with a nice Christmasy theme.

I hope you like these sweet little birdhouses. they look lovely on the tree :)

Full list of products used in the video discription.


Emma x

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A cold day's Journalling.

Today has been a miserable, cold day, so I wrapped up warm and snuggled up with some hot chocolate and my journal.

I used some left over scraps of papers, a Finnabair stencil and some modelling paste, a few Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, some stickers and some ephemera, and I happily glued and stuck and pasted away. Here are the results.

Thanks for looking!

Emma x