Monday, January 09, 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge and a new direction

Hi everybody,

Hope everyone is well and settling back into our normal routines again. All the kids are back at school again now so back to some sense of normality.

Thank you all so much for your lovely words about my sneak peeks both here and on twitter (i am @pinkhairdelf). It really does make my day to hear that people like what I am making.

My Spellbinders project should go live today but not until about 8.20 MST which I have no idea about translating to GMT - but I promie as soon as they publish it their end I will hit send on my post here.

This week the crafty boots challenge was entitled "New Beginings". Which I thought was quite fitting as I have a long list of resolutions this year and a need for change.

As I am sure many of you crafters can relate too sometimes its nice to do something totally different, try something new.. so thats what I did for my challenge project.

Heavily inspired by my lovely mixed media artist pal Emma and by a workshop I did with Christy Tomlinson called "She Art" I decided to have a go at a mixed media canvas.

I had a ball! I got painty and inky and really enjoyed creating for creativity sake! Even if we did have a power cut half way through and I couldnt move for fear of touching something with my painty hands or knocking open paint pots over.

Im afraid I cant tell you exactly what is on the canvas as I just splodged bits and pieces everywhere. I used a lot from the Scarlet Lime mixed media monthly kit, acrylic paint, mod podge, tissue paper, random rub ons and stamps, templates fom crafty boots, Faber Castell PiTT pens, Neocolour pastels, ooooh and a gorgeous Cocoiro pen from Kuretake...

I am in love with that pen! It wrote clearly and every time on paint that was still a bit wet, on rough surfaces and with such a brilliantly clear ink - I think I may need to get one in every colour, and certainly will make it an essential tool in my journey into art journalling!

Would love to hear what you think about my new direction? I will still make cute cards but want to try to push my art into other areas too. In fact the lovely emma and I have a deal.... I will teach her to colour, if she will teach me art journalling... so expect more "experiments in the future!


Michaela said...

Hi Tracie
I am loving it. It is very vibrant and eye catching. You did a great job. Looking forward to your experiments to come.
Michaela xx

Faye said...

I love this and it's always good to try new things :)


Stephanie-Emma said...

You already know I love this. I'm going to look at those workshops it sounds like fun! xxx

Daniele said...

amazing Tracie, you have done a brilliant job if that is just slodging as you say

Crafty Daffy said...

Your piece of work is really beautiful. I love the colors and the different patterns! xx Denise

The Octopode Factory said...

great journal page!

Helen Anderson said...

I love this Tracie, it is stunning! And you would never guess that this was your first attempt - imagine what you will be like when you've had a bit of practice!! I'm also wanting to venture into the world of mixed media, and your piece has inspired me to crack open my book :).
Helen xx