Saturday 23 February 2019

Under the sea

Hello everyone,

For my AALL & Create project today,  I have made another 6 x 6 panel. I love making these because the size is pretty perfect for me. Not too big, not too small. Of course you could make this as big or as small as you want !

I love these 'Rubarb and Custard' colours and enjoyed making it although it almost landed in the bin when I messed up the edges and had to put a few more layers of paint on to hide my blunder ! lol

Anyway, here is how I made it:

I cut a panel measuring 6"x 6" out of thick white card stock. I then brayered on the yellow acrylic paint. I used all Amsterdam Acrylics for this project. Next I brayered on the pink and then put the stencil over it when it was still wet. I used a baby wipe to wipe away the paint through the stencil. This is a fab technique and I love doing it. 

Next, another two of my favourite things: I used this 'Digital Bubbles' stencil; I smeared Distress Oxide ink on it, sprayed it with water and printed it onto my panel. I then dabbed off the excess. It is very subtle but it is there. Next I brayered white paint over the top to tone everything down. 

Another favourite is heat embossing over paint. So, that is what I did. I stamped this fantastic stamp over the top of my panel using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I love this effect. 

I also brayered brighter pink around the edges and added some modelling paste through this stencil which is called 'Rota Vitae'. I didn't like this bright pink and so the problems started... I added grey, black, didn't like it, doodling, stamping, didn't like that either so I went back in with light pink and white paints and it ended up a little lighter as you can see in the finished project photo. I like it much better now. 

I stamped the seahorses onto book paper, which is another favourite of mine ! I cut them out and did the same with the sentiments. 

And there it is. I added some stamping in grey along the left bottom and right top corners and doodled around the panel with a pencil, I also added some black splatters. I used a pink pencil to add some colour to the sentiment strips. 

A detailed photo.

And another, you can still spot a little of the grey and black mess under the pink paint. 

Here is the finished project with all the AALL & Create products I have used. 

I used the following stamps:
#137 - Underwater Wonders by Olga Heldwein
#58 - Scribble it by Autour de Mwa

#41 - Mickle Muckle by Autour de Mwa
#45 - Digital Bubbles by Autour de Mwa
#49 - Rota Vitae by Olga Heldwein

For more information about all the fabulous AALL & Create products and a list of worldwide stockists, please visit the website HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by today !


  1. thanks for the tutorial, love your background :)

  2. Ah ok so I found your blog on the group... I am sorry if this is a bit stalkerish but I am so excited to start playing with my stamps and stencils in a different way. My normal style is very clean and simple and I am really keen to get into a bit of mixed media by playing small first in an art journal book. So I have a couple of questions...
    1. Do you gesso your page first and if not how do you decide if you need to or not.
    2. Do you have an idea of what you want to do before you start or does your idea evolve as you are playing along.
    3. Is it all trial and error or is there at least some science to it all.
    Thank you in advance.
    I really love your projects :D

    1. Hi Val-Belle, thank you for visiting my blog ! I think you will enjoy playing with Mixed Media because it is so much fun ! I will try to answer your questions.
      1)Using gesso on your page is entirely up to you. If you want to continue with acrylic paints you'll find they go on easier on top of gesso and you also don't need as much as it won't all get soaked up by your paper. Sometimes it is nice to just try things out. I use gesso f.i. with spray inks because I like the effect but you don't have to. Maybe you should make yourself a little swatchbook with pages or tags with different materials, use paints with and without gesso, use inks with and without gesso etc. You can always have a look later to see what effect you want for your project.
      2) I usually have an idea of what colours I want to use and what stamps. Most of what I do is for design teams so I have to use certain stamps and sometimes certain materials. It's also nice to just put a layer of something down and see where the mood takes you.
      3) There is some science to how products work or don't work together but it is great fun to find out while you experiment !
      I hope this helped ! Let me know if you have any more questions ! There is a 'contact me' button on the right hand side if you'd rather send me an e-mail... Have fun !

  3. I'm very much enjoying the unusual colour combination with those seahorses - you are always coming up with something unique, my artsy friend!