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Sunday, 15 July 2018

"Rock Pool" ATC Coins By Katie



Evening all

Another weekend flashes by, hope you have been having fun whatever you have been up to. 

With ATCOINS, been the next tend in crafting, of course Katie wanted to include them our ocean themed designs. And just how fabulous do they look? 

They take up a small amount of product, so all those goodies go much further.

If you are new to Artist Trading Coins, then they are 2.5inch circles which you can trade with crafty friends or stash them for yourself.  Its easy to make the base from die cutting a circle or maybe we have some MDF ones coming soon?????? (We do haha)






I stamped over the background with a texture stamp using two colours. 

Then I dyed some cheese cloth sea green using ink and let that dry before cutting it up and gluing it to the coins. Jules also has some Hessin on the website which would also work well.









Next I used some of the elements from the Sea themed ephemera and glued them down. 

I used 3d foam pads to layer up the shells.











I then decorated the coins using beads and gems. I also added a bit of faux moss to give it a more rock pool look to it. 









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Thanks 

Jules xx

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sea Canvas by Katie Lamb



Hello Crafter's

Slightly later than planned (due to illness, all mended now yay!!) we are carrying on with our sea loving themed projects. 

Katie has been playing digging into the Lindy's Magicals to play with a green and blue theme with a hint of colour, and wow it really stands out. The centre piece starfish are just so pretty. 

This would look amazing in the bathroom, or really any room in the house. 





Start off by painting the canvas with gesso and then use Lindy's Cathedral Pines Magicals over the top.

Use heavy gel medium to stick down the shells, micro beads and star fish, to make sure the stay in place. 



Once dry paint everything in white gesso and leave to set.


Sprinkle over the top with Lindy's Magicals and blue mist spray. Keep going dabbing and reapplying the colour until happy. Apply more gel medium and sprinkle on micro beads and glass stones.

Next add the coloured gems, Mermaid Pearls and resin starfish to finish the project. If you keep these to a minimum they have a real impact. 







If you would like to see more of Katie's projects, please check out her blog https://whatkatiedid2.blogspot.co.uk/

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Thanks 

Jules xx






Thursday, 28 June 2018

Deep Blue Sea Canvas - By Teresa Morgan



Hello Evening all 

Phew, what a warm week, what have you been doing to cool down?
Lots of fans and ice lollies here :) 

This would be a perfect time to be a little mermaid swimming around in the lovely deep blue sea, and with Teresa's help we can really imagine that with this stunning canvas. 

I just love the rusty porthole and the way all things from the sea are clustered in the corner, it looks like she is on her way to investigate the treasures of the deep. 







Mix the coloured sand with some heavy gel medium using a palette knife and apply around the canvas randomly, concentrating in one corner. Add Pearl Art Balls and Acrylic Dew Drops for added texture and allow to dry.










Pull strands out of the hessian to create an open textured 'net' effect and glue down with more gel medium. Cut a porthole from grey board and make 'nuts and bolts' with MDF hexagons and adhesive pearls. Once again, allow to dry before continuing.












Paint over the canvas with white gesso, let dry then apply Lindy's Magicals. Spritz the Magicals with water and tilt the canvas to allow drips to form. Keep building up the colour until you are happy with the effect.













Paint the porthole with gesso and let dry before painting a rust effect using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.















Add various embellishments - charms, shells, glass bottle, cork etc to the bottom corner. Stick in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.













Glue the porthole into place and paint a seascape inside using DecoArt paints. Paint the resin mermaid and glue in place sing Glue Gel.









Add touches of rust coloured paint to small areas around the edge, just to balance the design, and the piece is finished.








Shopping list 

Artful Days Decorative Art Sand: Ice BlueCream

Teresa's own stash

Canvas Board
Greyboard (to make porthole)
MDF Hexagons
Adhesive Pearls
Heavy Gel Medium
White Gesso
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
All Purpose Glue
Pinflair Glue Gel

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For more projects for Teresa please check out her blog http://thefatcactus.co.uk and You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChNbVhMz7jX66gevhKgz5Ig/feed 

Jules xx






Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Seahorse Journey By Teresa


Hello wonderful crafty people

Sorry its been a little while since our last blog, been busy working a projects and some new product releases coming soon...

In the meantime we have been in holiday mood and thinking of the beach, so Teresa has made a truly beautiful seahorse themed shadow box, I love everything about this piece, its simple but very detailed at the same time. I totally agree with Teresa that it is a treasure with the deep.

I just had to buy some of the baked textures from my friends Debs at https://www.debsartzone.co.uk/, can't wait to try them. 

We have been busy loading some sea themed products, including the resin seahorses Teresa has used (just 1.00 for pack of 2), so please do have a look at our website www.artfuldays.co.uk 




I cut two pieces of patterned paper to fit inside the mini wooden trays. (The trays originally had some little wooden embellishments in them, I knew they would be useful one day!)













I covered the sides of the wooden trays with a couple of layers of Chunky Rust Embossing powder - you could use texture paste and paint to create a similar effect). Once done, I glued the patterned paper inside the tray bases.
















I coloured the resin seahorse using Lindy's Magicals. I love the slightly aged effect, and the way the colours tone with the papers.














I carefully popped out one of the Journey chipboards and coated with Crackle Accents. I set this aside to dry for an hour, then went over it with a wash of black watercolour paint to highlight the crackle effect. 














I then backed it onto a narrow strip of patterned paper to help stabilise it as I wanted to mount the word across the front of the tray.













I applied a generous amount of glue into the lower section of the tray and poured the pearl beads in, pressing them into place. I then tipped away any excess and allowed the glue to 
dry.








I am thrilled with the colours and textures of this piece - a real treasure from the deep!





Shopping list 


Lindy's Magicals: Bratwurst BrownGutentag Teal

(from stash):
Ranger Embossing Ink Dabber
Baked Textures Embossing Powder: Chunky Rust
Black watercolour paint
2 Mini Wooden Trays
Glue

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For more projects for Teresa please check out her blog http://thefatcactus.co.uk and You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChNbVhMz7jX66gevhKgz5Ig/feed 

Jules xx







Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Artist Card by Teresa

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 Hello crafty peeps 

Just back from a wonderful long weekend away in the Lakes, the weather was amazing and the fur babies had fun swimming at the side of the lakes, wish I could have joined in...........

So Teresa has been getting the Distress Oxide inks out to make a beautiful card using the Girl002 plate. 

I just love the colours used and the washi tape is such a great addition to give extra interest.  








1.Layer Distress Oxide inks in various colours until you are happy with the balance. I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Fossilised Amber, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Spiced Marmalade. 













2. Using the large honeycomb stamp, stamp randomly over the background using some of the Distress Oxide colours from the background.














3. Stamp the girl onto a dictionary page and colour with water colours and pencils. Cut out and glue onto the card base.














4. Tear elements from the printed washi tape and stick around the edges of the card.














5. Stamp the sentiment and attach with 3d foam.
6. Finish by matting onto black card.














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For more projects for Teresa please check out her blog http://thefatcactus.co.uk and You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChNbVhMz7jX66gevhKgz5Ig/feed 

Jules xx