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.

Art Journaling

Craft Stamper Magazine – Frozen Flurry


Woo hoo!! Super exciting news! My first ever feature in a real life magazine publication. I have been truly honoured to create an article on behalf of Stampers Grove for Craft Stamper Magazine. For the past couple of months I have been working with Stampers Grove on a secret wintery project for Craft Stamper magazine.You can find my first ever article in the just released January 2018 (which happens to be my birthday issue) of Craft Stamper magazine.I was inspired by the wonderful PaperArtsy matching snowflake stamp and stencil set designed by Kay Carly. The finished panel is a lovely mix of wintery colours, fun textures and delicate stamping. It looks great as a wintery decor piece for your home or craft room. My panel is living in my lounge on my Christmas shelf with my Christmas cards.If you are interested in creating your own Frozen Flurry you can find all of the supplies I used on the Stampers Grove website of their Frozen Flurry page here.


I hope you enjoy the article!

Creative Inspiration, Mixed Media

Creative Inspiration

I love visiting independent art studios and galleries, particularly the studios in the highlands of Scotland. I find it fascinating to see how each artist has been inspired by their surroundings, the colours and textures of the landscape, sea, coast line and wildlife.

I visited a great gallery in The Isle of Harris, Mission House Studio. The studio of photographer Beka Globe and ceramic artist Nickolai Globe was full of beautiful pieces inspired by sea and landscape of Harris. The back of the gallery housed the artist studio workspace and separating the studio and gallery was a wonderful collection of inspirational artefacts.

I fell in love with their assortment of textures, colours, rusty pieces, nature pieces, industrial pieces and rural finds. I have included a few photos for you to enjoy.

Art Journaling, Creative Inspiration, Mixed Media, Stamp Carving

Carve December Prep

Do you enjoy taking part in monthly challenges?

I love a good arty challenge! Two of my favorites this year have been Rae Missigman’s, Art Marks challenge and DaisyYellow’s, Index Card a Day (ICAD) challenge.  I found them great for getting me to focus on one type of art, style or format every day for a month (or more). They were both a great way to practice and experiment with finding my own style.

This year I have also decided to take part in #CarveDecember which is run by the wonderful Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. It is a fantastic challenge in which you hand carve a stamp every day in December. So by the end of the month you will have 31 new hand carved stamps to play with. Check out Julie’s challenge details here.

So I am ready for the 1st December, I have been getting my supplies and a list of design ideas together . I created this wee star stamp as a little bit of carving practice. I made this dreamy star/butterfly/cloud/drip page out of my stamping experiment samples.

Hope to see you in #CarveDecember 🙂