Pastel Birthday Card

For Christmas my mother gave me these adorable stamps! I love them so much. So when her birthday came around, I wanted to do something with her stamps, of course. I really love the stitched hearts in the background, it was my first time working with them. The soft and pastel pink is a bit different than my normal style, but it was fun to play around with. And, more importantly, my mom loved it!

I loved the colour combo’s so much that I stamped the images on label paper, coloured them, and then used the matching dies to cut them out. So now I have adorable pastel stickers for my bullet journal!

Offering bowl restoration

Many years ago, at a fantasy fair, I picked up a small black offering bowl with a small silver pentacle in it. I used it for a while, then put it away, then burned a candle in it which I couldn’t get out of it anymore, and so on. This bowl I have both loved and felt completely indifferent over in the years that I’ve had it. However, I wanted to make an offering bowl for Baduhenna, since I had none on my altar. So, time for some restoring and re-loving this small bowl!

Before! No longer black, stained and faded. I picked up my matte black and metallic silver paint and went to work.

Back to what it was when I bought it! Gorgeous matte black. I wasn’t done however, now it was time to link it to Baduhenna.

Baduhenna had a sacred forest somewhere in ancient Frisia. Because of that I wanted to add some greenery to Her bowl in the form of ferns. I have no idea why, but I associate ferns with Her. I also added the bindrune I made for Her a few years ago in silver paint. The bowl now sits proudly on my altar, filled with labradorite, garnet, moss, fern and a metal raven skull charm. I love it! And I actually feel much more connected to it than even when I first got it.

Hippy Trippy Fairy

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As you guys might know, I’m a huge fan of anything fairy and, most of all, colourful {I mean, we had a rainbow themed wedding… enough said, right?} So when we got Jasmine Becket-Griffith‘s amazing Fantasy Art Coloring book the first picture I fell in love with was this one. A hippy trippy fairy that I could make as rainbow-y as I wanted! {For the shop of course. To display. Totally! Ahem.}

I’ve been in love with Jasmine’s art for years and it has been amazing to follow her growth and search for style through the years. She has gone from 2D, almost monotone fairies to amazingly detailled oil paintings in too many colours to count. It’s amazing to see {google strangeling and look at the images, you’ll know what I mean.}

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I used a combination of Panduro colouring pencils, because they had better skin tones and pinks, and the amazing Faber-Castell Polychromos, which I totally fell in love with. It was my first time colouring with these {since I don’t actually own them, but we had a set open at work for testing} and I must say, I’m sold. They’re creamy, smooth and so intense. To illustrate: in the picture above the skin and hair are done with Panduro, the rainbow wings are Polychromos. Look at that difference in intensity!

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I’ll end with a little detail closeup of the ‘branches’ she is sitting in. Those were coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle – Metallics, specifically the black one. Look at that shimmer! The black is by far the most beautiful in that set. To be honest, the gold and silver are a bit too dark for me, almost burnished. Although I’m working on a steampunk page now that they are perfect for!

So, that’s it for the first of what are sure to be many colouring pages I will share with you. Stay tuned, the next one I made to show what else fun things you can do with your colouring pages!

Mixed Media: Rust

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The absolute best thing of working in a craftshop is hearing: “We’ve got a new product, will you make something with it so people can see what it does?” I get to craft and get paid for it, which is of course the dream! This time we got a new Rust Effect spray by Edding and it worked like a charm.

First I took one of the wooden book-boxes we have in our collection and started sticking things on it I thought would look nice together. Don’t bother looking at the colours, go for texture! I added a layer of what we call ‘spiderweb paper’ {the closest thing I could find in English is fiber paper, but spiderweb is even more open} and a lace ribbon. After that I started adding flowers, buttons, crocheted flowers and rhinestones until I got the composition that I wanted.

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Then it was spraying time! I must say, I was amazed by how easy this was to work with. It covered everything in one easy coat and within a few minutes it was touch dry. It took longer for the glue to dry than the paint… Covering was good and it gives the entire piece a little bit of texture and shine, just like something completely rusted over. Love, love, love the effect!

The only thing left to do was drybrush a bit of bright turquoise acrylic paint to strengthen the aging/rust effect and tadaa: easy peasy awesome rust book-box. I totally fell in love with this product and can’t wait to use it for other stuff…. Like D&D or Warhammer terrain… {which I will of course show you guys when I’ve made them!}