I love making things and sharing what I do. I have Macular Degeneration and find ways to be creative.
I am not an expert or professional at any craft I simply enjoy exploring and trying new things.

Friday, July 28, 2017

A New Start

Since starting this blog many things have happened in my life. One of those is the fact that I have both Cataracts forming and Macular Degeneration that slowly robs you of your central vision. So whilst I can, I am enjoying doing various crafts and trying new ones. I intend to find ways to still be creative no matter what sight I have left in years to come.
The other thing that has happened recently is my Husband had a heart attack and is slowly recovering, due to lack of mobility from arthritis I am now his full time carer. So crafting is my relaxation and I have lots of fun doing it.
This has never been my strong point and my old art teacher in my school days many moons ago, would frown and shake his head at my attempts in art. He called my artwork Primitive and needed a lot of work.
Well Primitive or not I have a go and enjoy the process and have fun with it.
I joined a free online class

I have completed the first class and this is the result

This is the close up of the stylized me, the hair colour was chosen to represent Spirituality, Self Love and Creativity. I do have large brown eyes and that is the only thing that is real in this picture.

This is the backgound on the other page. We were to write all the negative things about ourseleves and find reasons why they may help ptotect us. Then we were to cover them up using Gesso or paint. I used paper and tore it up to create texture and used stamping ink to colour the page. Then I added various stamps I had and added the positive words you can see.

Okay I did not have the paint and stuff suggested so used what I had which was:
Stamping Ink
Colouring Pencils
Colouring pens
Gel Pens
Water colour paint
Acrylic Paint 
Torn paper
Glue stick

I am not good at shading and doing highlights but did my best. I know there are lots of mistakes and I don't mind if others think my drawing is childish or primitive I had fun with it. This was a fun project and I enjoyed it, to me that is what counts not the imperfections. I want to improve and will try to do that with the vision I have.
Why am I doing this?
It is a challenge and I love a challenge, so what if I can't draw like others can, I am me and what I do is unique.
I am not letting my vision stand in the way of trying new things.
More art will follow along with various other things I make.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Junk Journal

I wanted to make something different so I can experiment with different art effects and found Junk Journals in my search.
They are easy to make and I used an old Notebook.
Here is a link on how to make one
Junk Journal

This is mine
I used a snake ornament as my Chinese birth sign is that of the Snake. I made the owl myself.

This was my first experiment in foil art and it was really easy to do. I made it like this.

I made it using:
Drawing of an owl a really simple one
Card stock
PVA glue
Glue stick
Foil the kind you use for cooking not too thin or it will tear
Black shoe polish the sort that has a sponge on top
Kitchen towel
Cotton Ear Bud
Blunt pencil

So armed with a simple drawing of an owl I glued it to some card stock You can draw it straight onto the card but I wanted to be sure I got it right so drew it on paper then glued it to the card.
Now comes the messy bit, using the PVA glue cover lengths of the yarn in the glue. Now add the yarn to the drawing outline leave the centre blank you are going around the pencil outline only. Add a small triangle piece of card for the beak.
Set aside to dry, I left it overnight and the yarn goes hard.
Now go over the whole thing with your glue stick making sure you cover it all.
Cover the entire thing with foil and gently pat it in place. Turn over and add some glue stick to the back edges and turn the foil over the back to secure.
Now using the cotton ear bud gently rub around the edges of the now covered yarn, don't rush it take your time. When you are happy with the result take a blunt pencil and draw in the wings and any pattern you want to the owl and around the edges.
Here comes the next messy bit. Wipe the shoe polish all over the owl and don't be afraid to add a fair bit, then wipe off the excess with the kitchen towel. You will be left with the black polish in the patterned bits. Leave the polish to dry and your owl is ready to adorn your project.
As a finishing touch I added some light green nail polish to the outside edges and wiped it off this gave the frame a sheen that I wanted.
You can do this with any simple shape like a star, heart, simple outline of an animal or any shape that is simple to draw it always looks more complex when it is finished.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

ATC's from junk

I wanted to show that you can make Artist Trading Cards from anything so I made these.

 One was made using a Cinema ticket and images from the film including Casper the Friendly Ghost as this was on the tee shirt of one of the men in the film. The film was Insidious Chapter 3.

The other one was made using the till receipt I got when we had a cup of coffee and biscotti before the film.

This is a close up of the card. I used stamping ink to colour the ticket in a bit more adding red as it is in the image I found. I wanted the the title and date to remain as it will now be a reminder of what we saw and when.

Here you can see more clearly what I did, again I used stamping ink this time a brown to colour the receipt and added images of coffee and biscotti. I left the prices showing and what we had again a reminder of what we had and how much it was.

You can use anything to make ATC's all you need is a little imagination.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mini Bookmarks

I love making mini bookmarks they are easy and quick to make. You can create several of them and give them as a gift to a book lover.

These are three I made this week

I made mini envelopes to go with them as well so they will be stored easily and stay clean when not in use.

How to make Mini Bookmarks

Card stock
Metal Ruler
Crafting knife
Patterned paper
Printed picture
Stamping ink
Double sided tape
Hole Punch
Eyelet punch
Embroidery thread

Mini Bookmarks measure 1.5 x 3.5 inches cut several of them from your card stock I use a metal ruler and craft knife it gives a straight clean edge.

Cover one side of your mini bookmark with double sided tape making sure tape is close to the edges of the bookmark.
Turn your patterned paper face down so the pattern is now on the table and the back of the paper is facing you. Place the bookmark onto the paper and press down making sure it is well stuck down.
Cut around the bookmark and set aside.
You know have three choices repeat the process on the other side of the bookmark, use stamping ink on the back or leave it blank.
Cut out the printed picture and go around the edges of the picture with stamping ink and glue it onto the patterned paper on the bookmark.
Using the hole punch place a hole in the top of the bookmark not too close to the top. If you have them use eyelets to create a neat finish these have a raised part and a small disc.

Hole Punch, Eyelet and Eyelet Punch
Eyelet and disc
 Push the raised bit into the hole that you made in the bookmark so the raised bit is at the back turn the bookmark over and place the disc onto the raised part using the punch place it in the hole and hammer it in place. This flattens the raised bit and secures the eyelet in place.
Now cut some embroidery thread I used three colours at least twice as long as the bookmark longer is better than shorter at this stage. Folded the length in half to form a loop at the top. Push them through the hole and secure by taking the ends through the loop and then tie a knot close to the top of the bookmark. Trim so all the threads are the same length. I finish the tassel off by making a knot in each piece of thread this helps stop it from fraying.
You can use ribbon or yarn, I use embroidery thread as on mini bookmarks it looks neater.
 You can use whatever you like to make these just remember not to add heavy embelishments as they will mark the pages of your book. You can use thicker card stock if you want to use stamping ink for the background, you can draw something, create a pattern or collage your mini bookmarks.

 Mini Bookmark Envelope
I make these to keep the bookmarks in they are simple to do and you can use either the same paper as you did for the bookmark or one that matches or contrasts with it.

I use this template

 The template measures 3 ¾ inches x 4 ¼ inches (3.75 inches x 4.25 inches)
The solid line on the template represents a glue edge these are ¼ inch wide
The dotted lines are fold lines measure from the solid line to the centre of the card ¾ inch.

The centre part between the dotted lines will measure 1 ¾ inches (1.25 inches) this makes it easy to slide the bookmark into the envelope.
The tab at the bottom also measures 1 ¾ inches ( 1.75 inches) cut the waste away

Place your template onto the paper you have chosen again have it face down and draw around the template.
Cut out the envelope.
Score down the dotted lines lines and fold the paper. Make sure it lays flat you may need to trim a little off so it closes neatly.
Place some glue down one edge no further than the solid line and fold the side without the glue over then the glued side on top press down firmly.
Put some glue on the tab and fold overt o form the bottom of the envelope.
The back will look like this

 You may have to trim the to curved bit at the top so they match up, I know I do. Your envelope is now ready for the mini bookmark. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards (ATC'S) are small cards with various forms of artwork on them
They measure 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches. They are made to swap with people and there are forums set up to do just that I used to do this but postage costs got rather expensive so I stopped swapping. The site I used was ATC's For ALL
A lovely friendly site that give a warm welcome to everyone so if you want to do this I would say this is best place to go. They have a theme to work to and you add your  board name, Real name, Theme title, series number ( this is usually 1of 3, 2of 3 3 of 3 as you normally make 3 cards in that theme) and contact details usually an email address on the back of the card.
You post the cards to the swap organiser and she will sort them out and send you three different cards back.
It is great fun and I did it for along time until postage costs rose and I found it was getting too expensive to post to unless it was in the United Kingdom only.

I make cards for myself and for friends as part of their gift. When making them for myself I use the back of the card for Positive affirmations, Motivational quotes, Inspirational quotes, Chants, Poems and Sayings.

I belong to a team on Sparkpeople it is a site about fitness and nutrition to aid in living a healthy lifestyle and weight loss. The team I belong to is Hogwarts yes you guessed it I am a Harry Potter fan and this team is like Hogwarts with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw Houses.We do all sorts of activities that help us focus on we need to do to aid us gain a healthy lifestyle and have some fun as well. Being creative is part of this so we have lots of creative things to do.
I am in Ravenclaw House and decided to make this ATC.

A mixed media card, for this I used:
Card stock
Pencil, Ruler, Metal ruler Scissors, Craft Knife, Glue
Ink pads
Ink Pens
Embroidery thread, pin and blunt cross stitch needle.
Printed picture and words

I coloured a piece of card using ink pads by wiping them over the card.
On the back of card I measured out as many 2.5x3.5 cards as I could get out of the card. Using a craft knife I cut these out using the metal ruler to make sure I was cutting nice and straight.
Then I drew a heart on the remaining card and  cut this out with scissors. I went around the edges of the heart using a blue ink pad and wiping it along the edges. Then with a pin I made holes at equal distances apart.
Then using blue thread I sewed a running stitch all the way around the heart and repeated the process using a copper coloured thread. This gave the effect of one blue stitch and one copper stitch.
Printing off the Ravenclaw shield I carefully glued it to the centre of the heart  then I glued the heart to the card.
I drew a feather and outlined it with ink colouring pens and wrote Ravenclaw in the opposite corner. Finally I used the printed Ravenclaw motto to complete the card. I used an ink pad to go around the edges of the card to give the card a finished look.

I love Crafting

I have been asked many times to explain how I make things so I have created this blog.

I have always been creative and enjoy making things for the home, friends and family.
Some are gifts like these
A cross stitch cushion for a friend
John Lennon cross stitch for Colin my Husband

A Yarn Fairy

Dragon collage Artist Trading Card

A mini bookmark I made in 2012 and still use it today.
I also make things from felt and create Artist Trading Cards, Bookmarks and Recipe cards all of which will be included with instructions on how to make them.

Front of a Recipe card I made
Back of the recipe card

Inside Recipe card