Gaming and selling cards

August 15th, 2016

Over the Easter weekend I held a card stall at a gaming convention, an alternative to running a game as I had been unwell and didn’t have time to write it.  I didn’t do my usual range of cards, instead focusing on a range that reflected the themes of the games – fantasy, horror, historical, alternate history etc.  I also did a selection of children’s cards as there is a day where younger players are the focus.

I was surprised by what did sell – dragons and wizards, and Egyptian themed things – and by what didn’t (children’s cards and anything steampunk).  I might do it again in the future, but not for all four days of the weekend.  Still it was an interesting experience – and if you are interested in anything here let me know, I probably have some left…

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Elder sign book marks & trinket boxes

Small cards

Small cards


Wedding triptych – mixed media art

November 11th, 2014

I have not posted for a while, as I was extremely busy with work right up to the day I went to Europe (yay) for nearly a  month.  There was sightseeing involved of course, but the main purpose was to attend my brother’s wedding.  He has lived in London for the past 10 years, and got married to his lovely French partner there in October.

Although they wanted money for their ‘dream honeymoon’ experiences, I decided I wanted to do something a little more personal than that.  So, using the paperblocking technique that I had previously used on Curiosities, I decided to make a triptych using the gorgeous ‘Curtain Call’ papers from Graphic 45.  Techniques:  paper blocking, stencils, stamping, embossing, sponging ink, gold leaf.

So without further ado…


Panel 1 - Let's dance

Panel 1 – Let’s dance

Panel 2:  Curtain Call

Panel 2: Curtain Call

Panel 3:  Cinéma

Panel 3: Cinéma

(note:  for reasons I don’t understand, these pictures are very small.  I will investigate and see if there are larger ones)

Mixed media – Paper Blocking

August 28th, 2014

I created this for the August 2014 Craft stamper ‘Take it, make it‘, it is the first time I have entered anything like this and I enjoyed the opportunity to play around and challenge myself.  NOTE:  sadly I missed out uploading this by the cut off (I blame the International Date Line), but I still had a lot of fun making it.




I have created Curiosities based on the following articles:

  • the Paper Bocking style as shown in the ‘Pretty in Pink’ article by Jean Hardy, August 2014, p10; and
  • making my own embellishments from silicon moulds, as shown in ‘Hearts and Flowers’ article by Trish Latimer, January 2014, p30.

I really loved the concept of paper blocking, and it meant I dared to use those papers I love so much I keep ‘saving’ them for something special.  Now I have used them but still get to keep them.  However instead of using a pencil to outline the papers, I used my sponging block to swipe aged mahogony ink around each piece to give definition.  It seemed to really pick up the creams and burgundies in the papers.  The Gold leave Rub n Buff is also randomly on the canvas, and also on the embelishments I made using paperclay.  I added a little more texture around the edges with my Ageing Block from Lucy’s Stamps (sadly no longer in business)


Curiosities - close up

Curiosities – close up

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The Great Gatsby

May 12th, 2013

There was a competition that I entered this week, to create an artwork inspired by the Great Gatsby.  No images or stills from the new movie could be used.

I decided to do a mixed media collage on a canvas.  I had a lot of 1920s and vintage images that were suitable, and I printed up some of my favourite quotes in 1920s inspired fonts.

Gatsby - the Well Groomed Man

Gatsby – the Well Groomed Man

Size:  16inch x 16 inch mixed media canvas
(acrylic, ink, stencilling, stamping, crochet, with paper and metal embellishments, on canvas) (more…)

Floral Steampunk – mixed media class

April 6th, 2013

A few weeks ago I was able to get into a mixed media class – on a cancellation at the very last minute – with visiting Polish artist Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska).  It was a 4 hour workshop, and I was able to take the morning off work.  However as I was working til late, and then had boot camp the day before, I had very little time to organise myself.  I had to get a black & white photo (I have one of myself only), get to the late night print shop and print it up after I left the gym, and then pack all my art supplies so I could be there nice and early.

I thought it was going to be a class with perhaps 15 max – that is the biggest I have ever done previously.  But no – there were 40 people there!  There was a bit of a fee, but I didn’t mind, as most of the supplies were included, I just had to bring the usual stuff – scissors (left handed for me of course), glue, ruler, paper cutter, heat gun, our own distress inks (with 40 of us there I know why!), and a few other bits and pieces like that.

The class was on how to do feminine, floral steampunk mixed media – full of colour and flowers as well as the usual steampunk motifs.  It was fabulous fun, the first class I have done in years (since my canvas art class way back in 2005 I think), and it was hard going to work for the afternoon – not the least because I was covered in ink and paints!

So here is how I got from this:

Mixed media class - starting image

Mixed media class – starting image

to this:

Floral steampunk - final

Floral steampunk – final

in a 4 hour class, with a whole lot of cool materials and a bunch of other people.  The items are from the Sunrise / Sunset collection by Prima Marketing, and papers are from Seven Dots Studio.  Plus of course distress inks and sprays and so on, most of us have that in our art stashes these days.


Red Sparkle Shoes

November 6th, 2012

I made this for a friend at work, called Red Sparkle Shoes.

Red Sparkle Shoes

Mixed media canvas.  Canvas painted with cream acrylic paint, then sponged with red dye ink.  Wooden shoe painted with poppy red twinkling H20s, heel covered with Black Soot Stickles.  Images and quites edged in red dye ink, then attached to canvas with gel medium.  Whole canvas then sealed with two coats of gel medium.  Once dry, black soot stickles used to create swirls.

This is similar to a piece I did a few years ago for another work colleage, but hers was a shoe and a handbag and was shopping themed.  This was definitely shoe themed, so it has a different look and feel.  Lots of fun to make and to find some quotes that suited the work.

La Tour Eiffel

September 1st, 2012

My best friend’s daughter is obsessed with the Eiffel Tower.  His family are French Mauritian, many of them are multi lingual (sadly not my friend so much), and one of them gave little G a tshirt with Eiffel Tower on it.  It immediately became her favourite thing, and she has a book on it, and even got to visit a few months ago.

Anyway I had a few stamps, images and papers relating to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and thought I would do a mixed media canvas themed around it.  It is the first one I have done for a while, but it was a lot of fun.  I tried to make it bright and airy coloured for a little girl.

La  Tour Eiffel

Stamped image on gloss cardstock, layered on patterned paper.  Canvas painted with acrylic paint, stamped with stazon black ink, embellished with coloured flowersoft.

Dance the Night Away

February 15th, 2010

This was the final canvas of the five I created last year for work colleagues.  I did give it to her before Christmas, I just didn’t post it here (and the pics from #3 are missing, so I am waiting on that colleague to get me a new digital photo  of it.

SB has been taking belly dancing lessons, and I used that as the basis for the concept, centred on a vintage image of a belly dancer.  She said she likes blue, and I added a medium depth purple to the palate for some variation.  The beaded ribbon was added to evoke an exotic, beaded curtain feel which I thought went with the theme, and there is gold foiling added randomly across the canvas.

Dance the night away

Dance the night away


December 23rd, 2009

This was for a colleague who is from Fiji.  When I asked her what colours she likes, she told me pink and orange.  I was going for a lush, tropical feel and highly saturated colours.



I had a lot of fun with this, and got to use some of my bollywood braiding.  It was also great to use such a colourful palate.


November 4th, 2009

I forgot to say that the past two posts contained photos that I took myself, with Daedalist’s funky camera.  He has taken all the other photos for me.  The white on the face of the lady in Etoile is due to the flash making the sealer all shiny, but it was my first attempt and it’s all cool.

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