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Water colouring with Derwent graphik pens + Video

Hi all! As promised here's a post & video to show you how I use my new toys, the Derwent Graphik line pens, to watercolour my flower stamps on a dark distress inked background. I also compared these markers with other pigment/dye ink markers I have. AND I just received the whole 20 colour box… Continue reading Water colouring with Derwent graphik pens + Video

Cards · Distress Oxide inks · Watercolor

Watercolouring with Distress Oxide inks + Video

Sometimes you want to make a card that doesn't take 2h but still comes out looking good, and with this card I think I managed to do just that. Apart from the drying time, I think it only took me 15 minutes to make, a personal olympic record in card making for me! And I… Continue reading Watercolouring with Distress Oxide inks + Video

Cards · The Ton stamps · Watercolor · wow embossing powder

Easy watercolour flowers

My daughter and I have started an online beginner's water colouring course with Yao Cheng on Creativebug. I really love Yao Cheng's loose abstract way of painting botanicals, creating with emotions instead of trying to control every stroke, what I really needed to learn and now I'm helping my daughter adapt to that too!  Today… Continue reading Easy watercolour flowers

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Trompe l’Oeil

"Trompe-l'œil is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions." - Wikipedia. OK... my card is not that sophisticated, but I was going for that effect! I used to think using design paper on hand made cards was "cheating", and so I put away… Continue reading Trompe l’Oeil

Cards · stamping · Watercolor

Relax…and go with the flow

Some days you have to don't you, just have to breathe, let go and go with it. Its too stressful anyway, on crazy days, to try and control everything when nothings going your way. Or go over and over in your head about what you could have done, should have done, shouldn't have done. ..it… Continue reading Relax…and go with the flow

Cards · Colour pencils · Painting · Watercolor

1st Painting Lesson

The last time I took a painting class, it was in school where I tried to make an apple look more than a round object with a twig on the top...and I failed miserably. Since then, I have always considered myself useless at creating anything with a pen, brush, crayons or anything else where my… Continue reading 1st Painting Lesson

Cards · Die cuts · Watercolor

Artistic Compromise

When I started out making cards, it was just an outlet for my artistic cravings that was pent up in me for so long that I never even knew I had them! Since I started turning my card fanaticism into a tiny business though (only in size not in hours spent...), I have been confronted… Continue reading Artistic Compromise