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Inspired by Michelle Webb

Published January 12, 2013 by isisimaginings

Good Saturday evening, blog visitors, hope you’re enjoying your weekend so far.  Isn’t it chilly?  Apparently, we’re to have snow tomorrow.  Meh.

Today’s project was indeed inspired by this post on the PaperArtsy blog, from their guest designer for this week,  Michelle Webb.  She has shown us amazing & beautiful projects, using stencils, PaperArtsy stamps & Fresco Finish paints & you really should take a look.

I chose an 8×8 canvas to work on & I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve, but as usual, it didn’t work out as I planned.  Here’s the first attempt………


It’s a disaaaaster, dah-ling.  I knew as soon as I lifted off the damask stencil that I’d messed it up, but kept going in the hope of rescuing it.  It could not be rescued.  Much too busy – I need to learn when to STOP adding stuff –  and the background paint seeped through onto the face.

So on to the second canvas, (luckily I had another one).  This is still not what I wanted, but I think it’s an improvement.  The photos are RUBBISH, I took dozens from all over the house & these were the best of a very bad lot.


I used the following;


Fresco Finish Paints:

  • Mermaid
  • Beach Hut
  • Nougat
  • Snowflake
  • Lilac
  • Eggplant
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Brown Shed




After putting the texture paste through the Swiss dots stencil, I dried it with my heat tool, until it bubbled, left it to cool slightly & then burst the bubbles.


I had finished when I thought of adding the gold liquid pearls to the image.  I think it was the right decision.


So, my thoughts on this.  It’s ok.  It’s better than the first one, less busy; more open spaces are a GOOD THING.  But.  And I don’t know what the ‘but’ is, so I shall live with it for a while & see what thoughts occur.

I really like working with Fresco Finish paints.  They’re such good quality, so easy to use, (with anything from a brush to a baby wipe), they dry with a heat tool & the colours are beautiful.  And I need more colours, especially the bright ones – see this project from Michelle, aren’t the colours gorgeous?

Ok, I have waffled on enough.  If PaperArtsy are new to you, please visit their blog & website & watch Leandra’s excellent  technique videos on their YouTube channel.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Until next time,

Love & light.

Oy Universe, Stop It!!

Published February 7, 2010 by isisimaginings

Let me start with a question…..Why is it that just when you think you’ve got a handle on things, you can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, the universe turns around & slaps you upside the head?? Five weeks ago, I got the news that I’d been waiting eight months for; weirdly, it threw me for a loop slightly, but once I got my head around it, I was ok. Then the whole thing collapsed around me & now I’m back where I started. I’ve been angry, upset, frustrated, but now I am trying to find the lessons in this whole experience. I have made decisions that will make some of the people in my life unhappy, but at the age of almost 46, I have finally decided that I cannot live my life for other people. I have spent my life doing what was expected of me, agreeing with & to, things that made me very unhappy. I have been incapable of making virtually any decision, in case other people didn’t like it. I now firmly believe that the way I lived my life is one of the reasons I got breast cancer. I’ve been a second chance & I’m hoping that, Goddess willing, the people who love me will respect my decisions & respect ME as I am expected to respect them.

During the last four weeks of turmoil, I have been creating; not much, but a few bits & pieces. The first objects I made still make me smile, even though they no longer exist. One night during the snow I was waiting for a train, (long story; I got the wrong train originally & ended up in the middle of nowhere – almost!), feeling like I was slowly freezing to death, when it suddenly occurred to me that I could not remember the last time I made a snowman/snowperson. There was plenty of snow on the low wall beside the train track & these are what I made……
An angel & a………….. Fertility figure. They certainly wouldn”t win any sculpture prizes, but I like the basic nature of them & I enjoyed the few minutes I spent forming the snow – they are MY little pieces of art & as I said, they are no more, except in these pictures & my memory.

This week, for the first time in about thirty years, I picked up a paintbrush, dipped it in acrylic paint & put the paint onto pieces of cardboard – I’ve been saving cereal boxes for a while. 🙂 It’s a strange feeling, I’m battling with my inner critic, who takes pleasure in repeating what my art teacher told me all those years ago; “I don’t know why you’re in this class, you’re completely hopeless at art”. So, while thanking the IC for sharing, I tell myself that I am simply playing with the paint; putting colour on card, making shapes & not being concerned with whether or not the end result is any good; in effect, being a child again. So far, so fun!

I’m getting a lot of help from a number of creativity books that I received as Christmas gifts. At the top of my list at the moment is “Taking Flight”, by Kelly Rae Roberts. In many respects, Kelly’s journey mirrors mine, although she is further along the road. She is inspirational & hugely creative. Her book combines her story with that of other artists, as well as easy to follow techniques, which add great depth & layers to her work & I’m excited about trying them for myself. Please visit her site & if you like what you see, you can purchase her pieces & her book is available on Amazon, & no, I am NOT on commission!! 🙂

That’s it for tonight, I’ve waffled on enough. Until next time,

Love & light.