Friday, 31 January 2014

Memory wall hanging

Today it is pouring down in the UK, it has been for weeks now, so this makes it very difficult to take decent photo's because it is so dark.
A depressing January this has been due to the weather, apart from the Creative Jumpstart class for the whole of January! As I said before, it has been run and organised by the very clever and talented Nathalie Kabachs

Today I wanted to show something I made from tutorial made by a wonderful lady, who I was lucky enough to meet before she retired, Suze Miller Weinburg. She called it a wrap I think (Don't quote me on that) but I am calling mine "A trip along memory lane wall hanging!

I started by taking two wooden door handles

Sealed them with DecoArt Faux finishing medium, let dry. Gunged (very descriptive) with Texture glass, dried. Then dry brushed the heck out of it!

I don't think it is fair to Nathalie or Suze to go into much detail of how I made it, but here it is. Next came a cardboard tube left over from wrapping paper.

Then wrapped and wrapped my chosen items around the the cardboard roll

This is it in situ above our hatchway from the dinning room into the kitchen.

It is a bit wonky at the moment, waiting for hubby to get home and straighten it for me. I might add some hangy things, just thinking about it at the moment!

Two door handles
Then strips of string
old broken necklace
Ribbon from very important gifts
A bit of a tie dyed dress of my mothers
scraps of fabric of my daughter cot cover from 33 years ago
a very favourite (clean) sock, that just gave up the ghost and developed a hole (sob)
Bits of sheet metal left over, so painted and embossed
strips of an old shirt, I have been wearing for the last 25 years, that finally died on me!
and probably other things I have forgotten about! 

There is a lot more things to make from Nathalie's course, as I was rather late in starting, due to being a bit poorly at the time. Hope she does it again next year as this is fun

Thanks for looking x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Creative Jumpstart

Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to tell you about a fantastic month long, on-line course called Creative Jumpstart. It is run by the very talented Nathalie Kalbach (  She has lots of her crafty buddies along giving really helpful videos on using all the house hold things we have around us to make art. 
This is what I had after watching Anna Dabrowska video. 

I used an old canvas
Firewood kindling
Old plastic vitamin bottle
Tissue paper from a gift I received
Old lace lying around for years, that I never knew what to do with.
Butterfly off a Christmas cracker
Plastic net from oranges
Cardboard roll from Christmas wrapping paper
Cardboard from cereal packet
Old paint brushes that had gone hard
Old tube of paint, also hard from age
A heart that had been wrapped around a gift 
Yawn are you still with me?
DecoArt gesso
Lumminarte Primary Elements paint
DecoArt paint

Hope you like it! x