Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Paint isn't art, it's love Background tutorial.

Hey Arty peeps, I'm back today sharing  a layout and background tutorial I created for Flutterby Designs. Its messy, textural and celebrate all things mixed media!

First off, grab all your supplies you need to create your background. I've used a combination of Blue and Purple Dylusions Colour sprays, Black house paint, matt medium as my glue, Heidi Swapp alpha's and a heavy weight white cardstock. Also handy to have is a skewer stick, water spray and LOTS of paper towel!

Start off by sticking your alphas down onto your cardstock with the Matte Medium. However you arrange them is up to you... You can see I've drawn a square where I 'think' my photo may go... Once you have added all you alpha's, allow it to dry thoroughly in the sun or with a heat sun. 

Start adding layers of Dylusions sprays, playing with the colours and pooling them in areas. You can dry between layers, and because these reactivate with water, dribble or flick sections with water to give a droplet effect. 

This is the messy fun part, and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Experiment with spraying and pooling, and you can even un-do the top of the bottles and use the inner straw to flick colour directly to the page. 

Once your happy with your colours, allow to dry in the sun or set with a heat gun. Using the wooden skewer, flick/dribble/splatter the black house paint over the top. 
This will need some good drying time, but once its set you have a background ready to work on!

Dont be afraid if your page is buckling forward to give it a good bend backwards to get it to lay flat. 

Happy Arting!!

Love Skai

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year Arty Peeps!!

This is going to be an amazing year for me personally as an artist... I'm already very honoured to be a member of the 
and today was announced as a 
for 2017!!

Come at me 2017- I've got big plans for you!

Friday, December 9, 2016

D-Lish Scraps December challenge

I was lucky enough to snap up a D-lish Scraps 'just add paper' kit this month, you have to get in quick because these babies sell out quick. This months theme is 'peaches and cream' and I had this picture of my daughter in my photo stash that I knew would just go with it perfectly. 

This was taken on Christmas Eve when she was 23 months old... how do I know she was 23 months, she turned 2 in the January just 3 weeks after Christmas. This is one of those pics that just brings a little tear to my eye when I look back over them... so little, so innocent, and a reminder of when Christmas's held so much magic and joy.... both my children now know the 'truth about Santa' and while the day is still filled with family and joy, a little of the magic has gone...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Show Us Your Stuff November Challenge

'Stay Wild Moon Child'

I don't know about you but this challenge from Show Us Your Stuff couldn't have come at a better time... I have a moody Mr 15 that refuses to let me scrap pics of him, and a Miss 10 that I am kinda a little over scrapping at the moment (I love her dearly, but she features in 90% of my scrappy pics) 

This pic is one of 25 million I save to my phone while I'm trolling Facebook late at night in bed, and when this challenge came up I knew this was the pic I was going to use. 

Inspired by a YouTube video I watched, I've used a mixture of watercolour paints and Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals and Colour Blast Shimmer Dusts to create the moon, with some random washi tape and a WOW Creations laser cut chipboard constellation. 

A really simple layout that uses minimal elements but has a big impact.. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Seeking Serendipity - D-lish Scraps November Mood board


My apologies for the sentence enhancer but its been a looong week, one that literally ended in me up to my eye balls in poop... the joys of being a Family Daycare Educator. 

Hubby was away working this week, Moody teenage boy was hibernating in his bedroom like a vampire and Miss 10 was binge watching Friends... cue uninterrupted art time...

This layout was inspired by the mood board over at D-lish Scraps... and its a fun one this month! 

Purples, blues, teals, squeeel!!! 

I pulled out every Colour Blast I had for this one. If you haven't fallen in love with the Colour Blast products yet, get your butt over to their BLOG or FACEBOOK now! All Australian owed and manufactured, these product are an absolute must have in your Mixed media stash. 

 I mixed up the Shimmer dust in Passion, Cobalt and Peacock with a little water in my pallet and added it to my card stock in layers, letting it pool in places, drying inbetween with my heat tool and adding some splatters at the end. 

Next I added the Colour Paste in Royalty and Just blue through a stencil and set is aside to dry. 

I used the left over Shimmer dust in my pallet to colour some white flowers and a crochet doily. 

I used the Colour Embossing Powders in Dusty Charcoal and Stormy Weather to coat the 'Serendipity' title I grabbed from Kinder Kreations. Added to the embellishments was a Charms Creations heart embelle and some Dymo tape. 

Simply delicious isn't it! Feeling like my Mojo is returning... 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Your vibe attracts your tribe

So ive been a dark and moody lately with my scrappy pages, so I though it was time to play with some colour.... Ive had this pic sitting in my pile of photos for a little while and was waiting for the right colour mood to hit me to use it... taken at a local scrapping fundraiser day, it capture some of my 'tribe' pretty well... 

So I started scrapping back when my daughter was about 2ish, so 8 years ago... Back then mixed media wasn't a 'thing' and clean cut scrapping, Making Memories and Kazzaz where pretty much the trend... my sewing machine, paint splatters, layers and texture were not received well by the 'masses' and I soon fizzled out. 

Hello 2015 and my first retreat with the super amazing Peta from Scrapbooking from Scratch. Here were these awesome ladies that were creating things I had only envisaged in my mind and I found myself singing to the heavens, I HAD FOUND MY TRIBE!!! and with it, my MOJO soon returned... 

 Here are a few of the awesome ladies Im honoured to know and create with... 

Scrap the Girls November Sketch

- SLIPKNOT 2016 - 
- He might be a complete idiot when he's wasted - 
- But I love him -

So over at Scrap the Girls this month they have a super fun sketch challenge, and well... I started out with a vintage inspired page with a photo of my grandmother and somehow ended up with this... Its not a true 'scrap the girls page' as it somehow ended up featuring my bonehead husband. 

We had a friend 'try' and take a picture of us together as we made our way into the Arena to see my most favourit-ist bad ever - SLIPKNOT- and this is what I got.... not a picture to hang on the wall, but captures us pretty well... Jimmy being an idiot wasted and me grinning like an idiot oblivious to his shenanigans... 

While I cant enter this into this months challenge, I did have fun playing along... Head on over to the Scrap the Girls blog HERE and check out all the super talented chicks on their Design team...