Monday, 23 April 2018

Life is better at the beach : Beach themed cards

 Hello everyone,

I've been working with the 'Beside the Sea' Imagine Design Create collection recently (as seen on Hochanda TV) and really enjoying it. I created two cards with similar toppers but different backing designs and i couldn't decide which was my favorite so i thought i would share both with you!

The topper i made with a scalloped circle die and stamps from the 'Better at the beach' stamp set. I then used a backing paper from the 'Marbled Sea & Sky' paper pack, these papers are so useful i find myself using them all the time! 

In the top design to create the backing i used the nesting circles medium stamp from one of Claire's stamp sets and teamed it with one of the shells from the 'Better at the beach' stamp set and then finished with Sea Breeze Nuvo Jewel drops.

In the bottom card i used just the shell stamp and Nuvo drops, i went for a more subtle finish. 

I'm not sure which i like better, which do you prefer?

If you like beach themed paper crafts then do check out the 'Beside the Sea' collection available on the Hochanda website now

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Hand Lettering and Brush Script : Pens & Practice - Zebra Brush Pens

Hello everyone, I thought I would share with you today some hand lettering brush script practicing that I have been doing. As you will be able to see in the video below I haven't been doing it for very long and I am still very new to brush script especially. I have enjoy hand lettering for a long time in that I like to get creative with fonts and writing but for me that was mainly a personal thing for my planner and bullet journal.

I recently got myself Zebra Brush Pens, I got each size so I could test them and see which worked best for me. I found that I liked using the medium best, it worked well for the fine up strokes and thick down strokes i wanted to achieve.
I have been practicing using free download sheets available at Amy Latta Creations blog they are brilliant for practicing simple brush script. You get each letter in black first, then in grey to practice on and then space to get creative and try your own style. The important thing to remember is that with hand lettering it is about being free and enjoying it, get creative and find your own style.  

I've uploaded a short video showing the pens and practice sheets over on my You Tube, please do take a look and leave a comment if you have time.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Watercolour florals with Aquaflow pens

 I've been playing around with watercolouring again, i'm really loving it as a relaxing craft i can do of an evening once all my design work is finished. My favorite thing to do at the moment is abstract florals, just going with the flow with no real aim or goal just enjoying the pens and the watercolours as they mix and blend. 

I love the fact that i can get so many different colours and tones with my Tonic Studios Nuvo Aquaflow pens, they apply so well both directly from the pen and watered down with the waterbrush.

I was practicing in the shop the other day and a customer asked if i would sell one of my pieces, i was shocked and humbled so i let her have one of them, she was delighted and said i should definitely start selling them in the shop. It's amazing how lovely people can be, it is a real boost to know someone likes my creations, especially when they are just practice pieces! I've taken the ladies advice and I've mounted some of my A6 watercolour images up, they will go into the shop today, just on the side in the box. Hopefully they will find new homes with people who will enjoy them.

I'm off to do some more practicing now, i wonder what my brush will create this time...

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Fun new watercolour technique with Nuvo Aquafow pens and water droplets

I was preparing for a workshop and had a few minutes space to experiment with some of my favourite pens, the Tonic Studios Nuvo Aquaflow pens. I was messing around with droplets of water using a pipette and managed to create the above effect, it looked beautiful and i became obsessed (as you can see) I don't know why i love it so much, but it is my new favorite technique and i'm making lots of background pages with it! 

I've done a super quick video of how i did it here that you will find to the left.

Please do let me know what you think in the comments and if you have a go i would love to see some pictures! 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Freehand Watercolour 'Pot of Lavender' : Watercolour Pens & Pencils by Tonic Studios

 I wanted to share with you today a picture of my first freehand watercolour 'Pot of Lavender' that I created when running a mini workshop at Imagine Design Create.

The workshop was 'an introduction to Watercolour pencils and pens' focusing on the Tonic Studios Nuvo range of watercolour pencils and Aquaflow watercolour pens. Everyone had a great time experimenting with the pens and pencils testing out ideas and techniques.

The feedback on both the pens and pencils was fantastic, everyone loves them! I think I have created some new Tonic Addicts!

We coloured some stamped images and then I got brave and did a freehand drawing. Everyone loved it and so had a go at recreating it themselves. It was lovely to see the different styles of the same image, one of the ladies was worried that her piece was not as 'artistic' as the others I reminded her that being creative is all about having fun and enjoying it, there is no judgment needed. We all have our own style and we all like different art and craft pieces.

I still class myself very much as a beginner so for me I just enjoyed the process and figuring out that actually even if you are not a confident freehand artist it is always worth having a go because even if you don't like what you have created, others probably will!
 I would love to know what you think of my little lavender pot and if you have drawn one I would love to see a picture so feel free to link to your own in the comments!

*To those who have asked for a You Tube video of me creating this watercolour pot of lavender it is now available on my You Tube