Monday, 22 January 2018

At Random

At Random

Hi There!

It seems that winter is upon us
with much of the country
experiencing snow and icy
conditions.  What better time
to turn your mind to a
craft project!

Leave you with that thought
as I turn to Craftyfield who has
brought in a fabulous project to
share with you:

"I do like making "wearable" art, such as
 handbag charms, keyrings and such like.
 These things don't take much space,
 are unique and therefore completely personal.

Instead of hard covers for my phone I tried
 to make my own and I am now on my 
3rd and still like them! 

Someone else saw the advantages and 
commissioned me to make one, 
so of course I obliged!

This first side is simply stencilled 
(Tim Holtz) with So Soft textile paint 
mixed with Starlight Textile paints.

 On this side I stamped the Chambord castle
 image (Paper Artsy) with Archival ink and 
coloured sky, castle and grass with
 diluted So Soft paints.

Just make sure to decorate before 
making up the cover as it is a lot easier
 to stamp or stencil on flat surfaces!

To make up the case I use a scrap of
 ironing board cover (an old one of course) 
but any kind of felt, wadding or 
thick material will do the trick too.

Don't worry too much if the finished item
 isn't perfect it all adds to the "personal" touch. 

And as I have already given this, 
I can tell you it was well received...

So what wearable art have you
 done or are intending to make?"

This is marvellous Craftyfield,
I can almost feel the sewing
machine coming out .......

Speaking as one who suffers
from the dark coloured case for
'phone and also for specs, 
hiding in the depths of my
black lined hand bag this is
a great idea!

You won't know why I used the
term "suffers" unless, or until,
you are in a similar position 😁😀

Now if you have a yen to try
decorating a fabric, or any other
 item, the SALE is still on 
so take a look at our Alter offers

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Sunday, 21 January 2018

At Random

At Random

Hallo There!

Saw some canvas bags on the
website and thinking about the
projects that were created with
bags during the last year I just
had to buy a couple.

So glad I did.  I couldn't believe
it when I came across a lovely
idea by Angela Radford and here
 she is to show us what to do:

"Hi all, here today to show you what
 fun I've had with Starlight Textiles Paints.

 Start by masking off the areas where
 you don't want the design and attach
 the stencil to stop it moving.

 Place a piece of card or craft mat inside 
the bag to prevent the colour going through
 to the back.

 I sponged the colour on as I find
 that works better than a brush.

When all the stencilling is complete allow it 
to dry over night and then iron to fix
 the colour. 

You could leave it like this but.....

 I couldn't help it had to do some stitching
 to complete the design and added ribbon
 and little bells. 

Hope you like my sweet little bag.

 Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Thank you Angela, I for one am
smitten with your sweet little bag!

Now folks, if like me, you don't
have any Textile paints, then you
can use any acrylic paint with 
the addition of a Fabric Painting Medium
I'll let you know how I get on......!

Otherwise you know that Starlight Textile
Paints are available from the Craft Barn

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  Don't forget the SALE

Friday, 19 January 2018

At Random

At Random

Hi Everyone!

Fed up with the long dark nights?
Well, here's a cheery thought, this
time next month we shall be
having our tea in daylight.  Now
there's something to look forward 

To help us on our way, 
Louise Thomson has brought
abeautiful canvas with her:

"I made a simple canvas using PaperArtsy
stamps and fresco finish paints.

To begin with I simply blobbed some paint
on to my canvas and spread it using a small spatula.

Once dry, I stamped using archival inks and began painting.

When all the pink flowers were painted 
and dry, I added in more stamping
 and painted this. 

There's a shimmer coming from the 
white gold fresco paint which has
 a lovely metallic finish."

Thank you Louise - makes me
feel all smiley inside as I
contemplate summer walks
in the countryside

'Til tomorrow

Mickie xx

PS:  Have you been to the SALE
today?  take a look you might
just find a few surprises!