Category: Altered Art

I want to be a Bird Canvas #333

Woodware Love Birds Stamped Canvas

I have another canvas project again for you today.  This is a 5×7″ canvas.  I worked the background using a mixture of antique white, pale beige and a mid brown acrylic paint.  Firstly I painted the whole canvas in the antique white, then I worked a little of the beige shade and finally, using quite a dry brush I added the mid shade brown.  If it starts to get too dark, you can always add some more white. (more…)

Altered Art Love Heart Canvas #332

Altered Art Heart CanvasHello!  I’m back blogging – hurrah!  I’ve really missed it.  I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I last blogged.

December ended up just being so busy at the shop and with the website (and preparing for Christmas!) that I just could not squeeze in crafting and blogging time too… and then the new year has been busy busy too!  But finally, I have had a chance to fit in some creative time and create some projects that I can share with you. (more…)

Backgrounds Backgrounds #300


Post number 300 – wow – never thought I would post so many ideas (didn’t know I had so many ideas!).  Something different today for you.  I set myself a challenge this morning.  I have a busy week and weekend coming up so it means I need to get organised and get my blog posts prepared for the next 5 days.  However, the flaw in my plan is I only have 2 hours this morning available to do the crafting!  Oh well, never let it be said that I don’t like a challenge. (more…)

Halloween Ribbon Wreath #289

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

It has been a couple of days since I last blogged.  I’ve been housebound fending off a rather nasty cough and as they suspect I have whooping cough I’ve had to be considered contagious and keep out of public places!

I’ve felt pretty rough over the past few days – but a bit brighter today so I thought I would find something I could sit on the sofa and create.

I’ve had this idea in my head for a while after seeing some ideas on Pinterest, and as I have had a lovely new delivery of ribbons, it was the ideal opportunity. (more…)

Owl be back! #285

Oct11Today’s project features the owl wooden shape.  The blank shapes like these can sometimes be a little intimidating to work on as they come with no design.

This is what you start out with




The first step of my design was to start by drawing round the outline of the shape onto some paper.  I then had a practice run working out how to draw in his features.  If you get stuck – just look up some owl pictures – I had an owl peel-off to hand to give me some pointers.

Oct10Once you are happy with your design, transfer it to your wooden shape with pencil, and finally, trace over with a black fineliner.  You can then add your colour with your Promarkers.  A final coat of Glossy Accents or Crystal Lacquer and you are finished!  twit twooooo.

happy crafting




Christmassy Wooden Shapes #284

Oct10aBack again with some more of the wooden shapes I’ve been decorating.  This pretty Xmas wreath is ever so easy to do.  I’ve coloured the bow and the wreath with red and green ProMarkers.  Next I smudged a little stickles over the bow and then added some dots with gold and platinum stickles around the wreath.  Once the stickles was completely dry, I covered it with Crystal Lacquer – you could also use Glossy Accents – but that was what happened to be on my work desk at the time! (more…)

Xmas Wooden Shapes #280


We’ve had  a delivery this week of some cute little wooden shapes.  They are all about 7cm long and mostly Xmas designs but we have 43 different designs and all are just 60p each.  I’ll be getting them online shortly – just 43 photographs to take before I do! 🙂 (more…)

Zip-ah-de-do-dah #250

sep2fZip-ah-de-do-dah   Zip-ah- de ey… my oh my what a wonderful day!  I’m not sure quite at what point we were all singing this at the workshop last night.. I think it started because we were cutting out (blue)birds…  and we decided none of us could whistle either!  But we did have a giggle or two!

We had a lovely workshop with Marion, Jane, Vera and Sarah who were all fantastic at following instruction and keeping up with my very fast pace of workshop to create lovely textured art panels.  There was a lot to pack into the two hour slot – but they all managed fabulously!


The table was full of goodies to play with – Texture paste, Distress Inks, Distress Paints, Memory Box dies, Marianne Designs Dies, Chocolate Baroque and IndigoBlu stamps, Dictionary sheets and lots more besides!  We all worked onto a grey-board panel and started by collaging dictionary sheets to it, then we covered it roughly in texture paste.  Next was applying our colour – Distress Inks or Paints before choosing our die cuts and stamps to decorate.

As usual, I was amazed with everyone’s creations.  Everyone had the same piece to be inspired by and access to the same materials, but all picked different colours and styles for their piece of artwork.

Sarah’s piece was pretty purples and reds with the infamous ‘blue’ bird!
Jane’s piece is ready to have accents added at home – she plans to add lots of pretty detail to the heart to make it pop out of the page even further!
Marion’s piece was to be further finished at home with the cogs all to be arranged further and accented. Love the colours!


Vera’s piece was lovely warm yellows and oranges – love the textured background!

Such a fun evening!

I’ll be back tomorrow and show you what I created at the workshop

happy crafting