Art Journaling, Craft Stamper Magazine, Creative Inspiration, Mixed Media, Tutorial

Shimmer Art Journal Page

I love receiving my copy of Craft Stamper magazine each month. It is full of beautiful mixed media projects, fantastic inspiration, new techniques and product information. One of my favorite projects in this months issue (March 2019) is Be Authentic, a mixed media grunge piece by Preeti Datta. Her project has a fantastic mixture of texture and colour compliment. After reading the article I decided to dig out some similar supplies and use the project as inspiration for my next art journal page.

I decided to work on one of the cotton rag watercolour pages in
my original size Dina Wakley Media journal . I had previously applied a thin layer of gesso to the page. This ultimately helped create a nice smooth surface for stamping on and also allowed the inks to flow a little then sprayed with water.

The first step of my page was using Distress Oxides in Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber to stamp the Aall and Create #111 A4 stamp Designed by Olga Heldwein. I randomly inked the stamp with the three inks and spritzed with a little water before stamping. I spritzed the page with a little more water to spread the ink and cover more of the background.

I then used some Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo to stamp the Art by Marlene background stamp #11 a few times across my page.

Next, I randomly applied some washi tape to the lower quarter of my page. Using the Aall and Create stencil #39 by Autour de Mua I spread some modelling paste across the area of washi tape. I sprinkled a little clear embossing powder over the texture paste and dried the paste with my heat gun.

I applied a mix of Lindys Gang sprays in Ocean Breeze Blue, Bells of Ireland Green, Tainted Love Teal and Smokey Sapphire and Dylusions shimmer spray in Polished Jade on top of the modelling paste area. I used a fabric rag to dab away some of the excess spray from the raised areas of paste.

To finish the page, I created a collage focal point of thread, Scrapiniec brick style chipboards, Tim Holtz paper dolls, snarky stickers and little wooden stars. I used some distress crayon in Antiqued Bronze and Burnished Pewter to add a little colour to the stars.

I really love this page! I’m hoping to create a similar page in a different colourway soon.

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Bookbinding, Learning

Bookbinding with Cass

Happy New Year!!

My 2019 has started with a burst of creativity. On Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon at the first workshop of the year from Cass of Bookbinding with Cass.

For those of you who don’t know Cass, she is an enthusiastic workshop tutor who is passionate about making books and giving new life to upcycled materials in order to create unique one of a kind makes.

This weekend was her first ever Midori style travelers notebook workshop. The class was choc a block of gluey bookbinding fun. We created travelers notebook covers with cork fabric, leather spines (pleather was available too) and finished them with our choice of vibrant elastics.

There was plenty scope to personalise our journals with pockets and envelopes. We also created a selection of notebooks to fit inside our covers. Cass provided a great selection of papers and other materials that you could combine with your own favourite papers. I opted to use some colourful inked canvas that I had leftover from a sample I made for one of my own workshops to create my envelope. I also used some of the beautiful Art by Marlene collage papers to cover my notebook inserts.

The class was such a success and sold out so quickly that Cass is running it again on the 24th of February. You can find all of the workshop detail on her Eventbright page here.

I look forward to seeing what Cass will be creating this year as she embarks on her new adventure, taking her creativity full time.

Keep an eye on my Instagram, Facebook and blog to discover the latest makes and news from the Wee Art Maker and to find out more about what 2019 has in store.

Art Supplies, Assemblage, Mixed Media, Tutorial

Maremi Tiny ART Challange

Hey makers! Today I would like to share with you my latest mini make. It is inspired by the wonderful Marta of MaremiSmallArt and her #MaremiTinyARTChallange. Marta has a fantastic YouTube channel which is filled with wonderful tutorials and projects suitable for all abilities and budgets.


Marta’s #MaremiTinyArtChallenge is a perfect hashtag to use to find everyone’s Marta inspired tiny art pieces. Working small is one of my favourite things to do (hence ‘The Wee Art Maker’) so this challenge is right up my street.


For my take on the challenge I decided to use an MDF tag that had been in my stash for ages along with some Finnabair Mechanicals that I had left over from some recent workshops. In the end my supplies list was as below.

  • MDF tag approx. 4inch x 2inch
  • PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Pumpkin Soup, Green Olives and Baltic Blue
  • Finnabair Art Ingredients Melange Art Pebbles in Vintage Retro Antique
  • Finnabair Art Ingredients Art Sugar in Light Pink
  • Finnabair Art Alchemy Metalique Wax in White Gold
  • Finnabair Art Basics Heavy White Gesso
  • Finnabair Art Basics 3D Matte Gel
  • Yarn Yarn Sari Silk Chiffon Ribbon
  • Lots of odds and ends from Finnabair Mechanicals


After deciding on my composition I secured everything together using 3D Gel and covered everything in a layer of white gesso.


Once the gesso was dry I covered the entire piece in a gradient effect using three PaperArtsy paints. As some of the paint was translucent I used several layers to create the opaque look I wanted. To create some depth I used black Archival Ink and a cosmetic sponge to add touches of dark here and there. After drying the archival ink with my heat tool, I dry brushed a little white gesso over some areas to create some highlights.


I added touches of Finnabair metalique wax with my finger to accent some of the areas of raised texture. I also added some touches of Finnabair Art Sugar to tie everything together and create a sparkly magical look.


To finish off my tiny piece, I added a Finnabair light bulb embellishment . I covered the flat back of the bulb with a little metallic wax to make it opaque and tie it in to the rest of the piece.

Keep an eye on the #MaremiTinyARTChallenge hashtag for more tiny art inspiration.

Art Journaling, Creative Inspiration, Learning, Mixed Media, Stampers Grove, Tutorial

Dendritic Print Circles

In my latest workshop, Journaling Dina Wakley Style for Stampers Grove, I shared a bonus technique with the class which works great with Dina inspired journal pages. Dendritic printing is one of the easiest techniques you will ever use. I first learnt about this fun printing technique at one of Tracy Scott‘s classes. It can be used in lots of different ways to create interesting backgrounds but my favorite way of using it is to create lots of circles for collage. It is a bit addictive, so you will likely create lots in one sitting.

List of Supplies

  • Acrylic Paint (I like it best with heavier bodied paint like Dina Wakley’s)
  • Paper/ Journal Page/ Collage Paper
  • 2 x Stamp Blocks (I think it works best with thin stamp blocks)

This is a super easy technique which looks very intricate but couldn’t be simpler.

1- Squeeze a small dot of paint on to one of the stamp blocks.

2- Place the second block on top and press the two together firmly.

3- Peel the two plates apart without sliding then against each other. If they are stuck together, try gently prying them apart with a pallet knife.

4- Place your paper or journal page on top of the paint splodge. Gently run your finger over the back of the paper and then lift it off of your block.

Do the same to lift the paint on your second block. Ta Da! You now have two dendritic print circles.

I have created a super short real time video tutorial to show you how easy and quick it is.

You can use your dendritic prints in lots of different ways. I like to have a selection on hand in different colours so I can match them up with my journal pages and use them as collage element to add a pop of interest. I have recently created a page using loats of dendritic circles. Stay tuned to see it in a post coming soon.

Alcohol Ink, Art Supplies, Creative Inspiration, Learning, Mixed Media, Stampers Grove, Workshops

Alcohol Lift-ink Tutorial

Yesterday I spent a lovely day demoing the new Alcohol Lift Ink on the Stampers Grove stand at Ross Papercraft Show. One of our lovely customers requested a quick tutorial as a reminder of how all the products work.

Demoing Alcohol Lift Ink

First I made a quick alcohol ink background on Yupo. Yupo is a synthetic (plastic) paper which is non-porous. Alcohol ink can be used on many non-porous surfaces such as glass, plastic and metal but the lift-ink works best on Yupo.

In the example below I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Denim, Oregano and Espresso with a little blending solution on a round blending tool. By pouncing the blending tool over the Yupo you can create a fast background that is full of interest.

You can then use a little of the Tim Holtz Alcohol Lift-Ink Reinker on a foam pad to lift the alcohol ink through a stencil. I used the Creative Impressions Mini Stencil Star Circles.

The alcohol ink that you have lifted is now held in the foam blending pad. You can transfer this alcohol ink to a porous surface through another stencil.

With the Alcohol Lift Ink pad you can use your stamps to lift the alcohol ink from the Yupo. Firstly, remember to clean your stamp before and after you use the Alcohol Lift Ink, otherwise you might end up with older ink transferring to your new project. I used the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp my image but it will work just a well with a stamp block. Using the Alcohol Lift-Ink pad ink up your stamp as you usually would and stamp your image onto the Yupo.

I used the Dina Wakley Media stamp set Sketched Layered Fronds. When you lift up your stamp, move the Yupo to one side and bring in something porous ie. paper, card stock, glossy cardstock etc. and without adding any more ink to your stamp re-stamp your image. You will see that the alcohol ink on the Yupo acts as an ink pad and the alcohol ink lifts from your Yupo to your stamp and then onto your tag (or other porous surface)!

Now go back to your Yupo. Using a clean paper towel, gently press off any of the remaining wet Alcohol Lift Ink. This prevents the wet lift ink smudging your stamped image in the next step.

Once the image looks dry, gently buff over your stamped image with a clean corner of you paper towel to remove the remaining Alcohol Ink and reveal your image. Tada!

The Alcohol Lift Ink and Re-inker are pretty cool products which bring a new life to your Alcohol Ink collection. I will definitely be playing with these more so, stay tuned for some finished pieces.

Art Journaling, Art Supplies, Mixed Media, North East Art Workshops, Workshops

Return of Autour de Mwa

I have just had the absolute pleasure of spending another weekend with the wonderful Ab’s (@AutourdeMwa) owner of the brilliant Aall and Create.

Autour de Mwa and The Wee Art Maker

I was back in Middlesborough at North East Art Workshops which is beautifully organised by Sue Tucker. Sue has a wonder light and airy space which is huge and gives everyone loads of room to create.

Art Workshops

The weekend had to be one of the hottest of the year. We frantically painted away with our brayers, sweat dripping and guzzling iced water. There certainly wasn’t any need for for out heat guns!!

Ab’s at work

Ab’s is a calm and inspiring teacher. Learning from him for a whole weekend was really a treat. He taught us wonderful background techniques using Aall and Create masks, stencils and stamps. Over the two days we made three wonderful projects including, two different journal covers using Eileen Hull Sizzix journal dies and a brilliant MDF art block.

My Finished Projects

As always Sue had her wonderful Tuck shop (Artist Trading Post) ready for us all to snap up some goodies. I took a little video at the start of the weekend. Check out all of those awesome supplies and there was even more once the Aall and Create stamps and stencils came out!!

Obviously I left the weekend penniless!!

Can’t wait until next time 🙂

Art Journaling, Art Supplies, Crafting Live, Creative Inspiration, Mixed Media, Workshops

Paperartsy Zinis Make and Take

I’m in love with these little Paperartsy Zinis stamps.

I have been creating samples for the Crafting Live show in Edinburgh on the 2nd June. I will be teaching a full day of make and takes for Stampers Grove. I have been making ATC (Artist Trading Card) samples using Distress Oxide refills and Brushos.

We will be making two ATCs using both products to colourise our fun Zinis stamps and create beautiful backgrounds.


If you are interested in coming along to one of my free Make and Takes come to the Crafting Live show on 1st June (for classes with Emma) or 2nd June (for classes with me) where you can book FREE onto one of the time slots below. To find out more about the show check out their website.

Make and Take start time -10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm.

See you there.

Art Journaling, Craft Stamper Magazine, Creative Inspiration, Mixed Media, Stampers Grove

Craft Stamper Magazine, Love’s Dream

I have had the exciting opportunity to write another feature for Craft Stamper Magazine on behalf of Stampers Grove. You can find my feature in the June 2018 edition.

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My project is a deliciously textured double reverse canvas. I created some yummy texture using Tyvek from Colourcraft and played with coloured ink sprays and gessos to develop my piece.


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If you are interested in creating your own Love’s Dream you can find all of the supplies I used at the Stampers Grove shop or on their website link here.


Art Journaling, Learning, Mixed Media, North East Art Workshops, Workshops

Autour De Mwa Junk Journal Workshop

It is always worth the journey when Sue Tucker is hosting a weekend of workshops. Sue runs North East Art Workshops based out of Middlesbrough. Sue has a list of the famous and fabulous of the mixed media arty world who regularly teach workshops and weekend retreats. This time was the turn of Ab’s aka Autour de Mwa one of the founders of Aall and Create.

IMG_20180324_121953.jpgIn the midst of a crazy busy period of my life I decided to take a me day and travel down to Middlesbrough for relaxing day of messy junk journaling fun.

IMG_20180324_180038.jpgI love meeting different people at every workshop I go to. This time I was at a table with the lovely Pam (@pamMcGlade) and Claire of ClairesCraftyMakes. Two wonderful like-minded arty peeps.

IMG_20180324_164247.jpgAb’s took us through a wonderful day of stamping, painting, collage, printing and stencilling with lots of texture, colour and play. I came away with lots of inspiring new ideas and even a new desire to start saving up old tea bags (much to Sue’s dismay). It was a very relaxing and inspirational class and has got me back into making mode.

IMG_20180324_173729.jpgAs for new products I was very taken with the Izink3D texture paste. It comes in a great array of colours and is a fantastic consistency for running through stencils. I used it in orange through an Aall and Create stencil on the cover of my junk journal above. I also left Middlesbrough with a bag full of goodies from Sue’s Tuck Shop! More on that later.

Assemblage, Mixed Media, Stampers Grove, Workshops

Mixed Media Paint Brush Assemblage

Yikes, where has the start of the year gone? My latest class marks the end of the first quarter of the year and the first batch of 2018 workshops at Stampers Grove.


Last weekend I spent a lovely afternoon teaching my Mixed Media Paint Brush Assemblage workshop at Stampers Grove. The workshop was inspired by the Finnabair products that Stampers Grove have recently started stocking. It focused on composition, texture, assemblage, colour, paints, inks and a hint of bling!


I am always amazed by what we can create in just a 2 hour workshop. This workshop was no exception! Check out this amazing collection of pieces created at the class.20180317_160011.jpg

Check out my Workshops page for current details of where and what I am teaching. My next round of workshops at Stampers Grove should be released in the next few weeks.