I've been having a play with this MDF heart I bought the other week and have finished it just in time for the Fashionable Stamping Challenges 'Show Some Love' challenge, which is sponsored by the lovely people at Cottage Crafts. The original smooth surface of the heart was in need of a little texturising, so I decided to firstly, give it a coat of paint and then a coat of crackle paint medium. I topped this with a further coat of paint and left it to dry I then rubbed in a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink, which has given it a rather nice wood-like texture. To continue the transformation, I used some Artist's Spackle, and Diane Reavley's leaf stencil. The lady was stamped on to white tissue paper before being collaged onto the surface. I then used the Spackle through a diamond pattern mask, around the image. I highlighted the leaves with some Treasure Gold paste and applied a little to the sides and edges of the heart, a few words and a bit more distressing and some pearls add the finishing touches.x
Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed dabbling with a variety of crafts. My earliest crafting memories are of spending hours doing 'corking' or 'french Knitting' at my grandmother's house, using a wooden cotton reel with four short nails tapped into it and endless tangles of coloured wool. I also have fond memories of those little knitting kits, that came in a container that was made of the same material as an egg box. Happy days!
My interests now, range from textiles to ceramics, with knitting,felting, sewing and card making in between. I've reached a stage where I feel I know a little about a lot of different crafts. I'm still striving to become a master of at least one!
My favourite craft adventures at the moment, include digital collaging using PSP Elements, rubber stamp making with my imagpac kit and getting to know my Craft Robo.
When not crafting or looking after my family, I work part-time as a teacher, supporting visually impaired children.I also teach ceramics in a primary school and do occasional art residencies in mainly primary and special schools. Phew! I didn't realise I was that busy.