Saturday, 1 August 2015

Calendar Challenge -August

Here we are again, time to show and tell.. The months are flying by, it's August already, how did that happen. 

Here is a reminder of the rules for August
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Use found objects to stamp with
3. Add – a silhouette
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from August 1st 2015

My calendar started out like this..

I added a thin layer of gel medium to add tooth, then whited out most of the page with gesso, leaving just the central figure. 

I then gave her some clothes, it might be August but jeez its not that hot.. 

Next i reached for my 'found objects' bubble wrap and a spring. 

I added paint with the bubble wrap and then over that I added lines by rolling the spring into paint and then onto the page. 

More found objects, credit card, a lid, sponge ear plug and the tube thing i think was the inner tube from something or other. 

Using these i added circles, dots and lines. 

Next for the other rule to add a silhouette, i decided to add buildings for her to stand on and some butterflies. 

I echoed the colours onto the bottom half, the title is added over a patch of black to match the silhouettes. 

This is how the bottom half looks, i really like this. 

And the top half.. I felt she needed something extra so added her wings. 

And here is the whole thing finished.. 

Hope you like it. 

Here are the rules for September. 
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - add lines using the edge of a ruler or credit card dipped in paint
3. Add – use a random word generator to pick 10 words, use these to make a sentence to add to your page
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from September 1st 2015

Friday, 31 July 2015

The Jello Tour...

Some lovely friends from America are currently on a Wendy Vecchi tour to the Uk, visiting several towns and doing workshops. Yesterday myself and Clare went all the way down to Stratford upon Avon to meet up with them. it meant 10hrs or travelling for me, a really long day, but it was worth it. 

I set off by train at 7.15am, it took 2hours to get to Huddersfield where I was meeting Clare. I whiled away the time by watching Penny Dreadful on my ipad, clearly watching vampires and other monsters is the done thing on a busy train!!! I also did some messing about with a Dreary Dead girl face in my journal. Obv she is a train driver.. 

I covered the page first using Peerless watercolours, then sketched the face, and then shaded using Stabilo pencils. Finally added highlights with a posca pen. just a play with minimal supplies on a train. 

Clare picked me up from the train station then we had a 3hr drive ahead of us.. though we did stop off for coffee.. 

Finally we arrived and after lots of hugs we sat down with Diane, Darcie and Johnna. 

We ordered afternoon tea and chatted and laughed and went online to stream and we exchanged gifts. The girls brought so much stuff with them and gave me so much, including composition books, stamps, stencils, ATCs and more... including a 1960's girraffe costume lol

I had made the girls one of my painted panel bags, and Clare made Ice Resin embellishments to hang off the bags. 

I made cakes, here is Darcie pouring tea and tucking into one.. 

Apparently it was good!

Johnna was playing with her selfie stick..

and when it wouldn't work she shook it lol

Before we knew it time had flown and it was late afternoon, so we went for a walk around Stratford. 

I have no idea where she thought this would lead lol

While out and about we bumped into Wendy Vecchi. 

The birthplace of Shakespeare..

no idea if this has significance to the town, but i liked this jester statue.. 

We stopped for a cuppa in a lovely little cafe, which had this cool wallpaper. 

All too soon it was time to head home... but not before lots more photos.. 

Clare and Johnna doing glam poses lol

I finally got home at 1am, after stopping off at Clare's for a while. Fantastic day, thanks everyone. 

Darcy x

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bag Lady... {Workshop}

I love bags... I really do. I have a lot, and I thought you might like to have a new one too. 

How would you like to make this bag panel with me... It is open at the top so it actually a pocket on the outside of a plain calico bag. 

There is lots of painting, stencilling, stamping and sewing... yes sewing!, well beading to be exact!


We will be using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and stamps, some of my older releases and some of Lin Brown's new releases. 

If that is something you fancy doing then please join me for the afternoon.. 

When: 13th Sept 1.30-5.30pm 

Get in touch with Nina to book your place.. 

Darcy x

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Remember Those Days...{Workshop}

I have a special little memory book to share...

It has a fun brayered and stamped set of covers... along with a bit of WOW embossing. 

Here is the middle page inside.. stencilling and stamping.. 


This project uses my stamps from February this year and the brand new ones from Lin Brown. 

I would love it if you could join me in making this memory book. on the day we will make the covers and pages and decorate the centre page. You will then be able to add to the book on the other pages in your own time. 

When  13th Sept 10-1

Get in touch with Nina to book your place. 

Darcy x

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Oh Summer wherefore art thou?{Workshop}

Well just in case we do get some more sunshine  have this handmade paper fan. 

Don't be fooled, this is deceptively time consuming, but a a lovely project. It even comes with a little case. 

How would you like to spend an evening with me making them?

Lots of painting and stamping with PaperArtsy Fresco paints and stamps. 

When : Saturday 12th Sept 6-9pm. 

Get in touch with Nina to book your place. 

Darcy x

Monday, 27 July 2015

Slashed Canvas! {Workshop}

Don't panic, it wasn't a random act of violence, but absolutely intentional. Why? well to create this little beauty.. 

How would you like to spend a day with me creating this slashed,box canvas.. 

Lots of brayering and stamping with PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Darcy Eclectica³ stamps from February of this year. We will also be using some of the latest releases from Lin Brown, launched just this month. 

I do hope you can join me, it promises to be a fun (but busy) day. 

When : Sunday Sept 6th 2015

Get in touch with Sandy to book your place. 

I will also be in the shop all day Saturday demoing with new stamps, so please do come along and say hello. 

Darcy x

Friday, 17 July 2015

Cakey Baker

Last weekend we had a family get together. My sister in law was over from America with the children so it was a good time to meet up and celebrate all the birthdays, fathers day, and other special days that happen when we are apart.

The most recent birthday was that of my younger brother, so I set about making him a cake.

I started with my favourite mix of beetroot and chocolate.

This makes lovely moist,chocolatey cakes that are ever so slightly pink.

I wanted the cake to be memorable and had a look online for ideas. I kept seeing 'gravity cakes'... Seriously, search for them..there are loads. They look like a stream of chocolate balls are pouring down onto the cake, but at the same time defying gravity.

While there are lots of photos I didn't see any detailed explanations, so just had to wing it.

Usually I would make up a batch of butter icing, but for a change I made a ganache. Here I met my first challenge... Getting it to stiffen up enough to spread.

The reason for the difficulty, well this turned out to be one of the hottest days possible... Not ideal baking weather.

Eventually the ganache was ready, this was spread between the cakes and also on the top.

Now, how to suspend the choc balls?. I grouped 4wooden skewers together and pushed then right down into the middle of the cake. Then I covered the top with choc balls.

The sides had more ganache added, then choc fingers placed upright all around the cake...leaving a gap at the front.

Now for the tower construction. Using 2colour balls i added 4around the skewers. Then took another 4, dipped them in melted chocolate and cemented them around the sticks ...effectively gluing them to the previous layer.

Now into the fridge for 10mins. You have to do this after every layer of 4. I tried to do 2layers at once and they just collapsed. So 4balls on and into the fridge...another 4balls on and into the fridge...

Not difficult, just very time consuming.

Once the tower was built, the rest of the balls were placed at the front of the cake.. as if spilling down.

The final touch is to add the packet, resting just atop the wooden skewers/choc balls tower. To give the impression they are falling out of the packet.

As I built up the tower I found it would not fit in my fridge, by the end I had to take out all the shelves and squash everything ,that could not be safely left out, into the chiller drawers.

So the cake spent the night like this.

Next morning came the challenge of how to deliver it. We had a 90mins car journey ahead of us..and it was getting warm!!!

I stood the cake in a plastic box..then in a bag...then in another bag. Between all the layers I added freezer blocks.

This was all sat on my knee in the car...with the aircon on too blowing right at me.

This was my view for 90mins, by the time we got there I was sooooo cold lol

But the cake made it intact. We added sparklers and sang Happy Birthday to my brother...

Then we dived in...

No chocolatey ball was safe from little fingers...

And pretty soon, this is all that was left.

Oh and it was very tasty.

Darcy x