Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Papier Mache Rock Pools

It's been a long time since I've played around with papier mache, it's something I used to do lots of as it was cheap and relatively easy. It was one of my 'go to' crafts for my children to do during school breaks or dreary winter months when they were stuck indoors. I used the simple method of soaking paper in water for a few hours then squeezing the water out and adding good 'ol PVA glue.

I made 3 little bowls and added a few rock pool details, in a couple of them I added some glass pebbles, the type you can buy for flower arranging etc.

 Painted with acrylic paints in lovely bright colours.

A great 3D effect

 Added a couple of coats of varnish

They look good individually or grouped together.

These are just paper and pva, the mixture I used was a bit lumpy because I didn't work it very much, it's more difficult to get any detail when it's like this, if you want more detail and a smoother finish there are lots of different recipes online, u-tube is a great source for information and ideas.

I'm pretty pleased with them and I love the design, next, I think I'll try something similar with Polymer Clay.

Jan x

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

12 Days of Folksy, Day 12 - All Wrapped up

This is the last day of the Folksy #12DaysofFolksy Challenge and the subject is #AllWrappedUp, now that could mean Brrrrrrr it's cold outside, I need to put on more layers or it could mean The presents are all done (or being done) soon to be under the Christmas Tree. Here are a few All Wrapped Up things I found on Folksy

A little Mouse All Wrapped Up by Llangollen Ceramics

Wire Wrapped Necklace by Beadstorm Jewellery

A warm and pretty wrap by Baker Welch Studio

Penguin Wrapping Paper by Jane Crick

Robin Wrapping Paper by Natalie Laura Ellen

Christmas Tags by Ali Dufty

So that's the Folksy 12 Days of Christmas All Wrapped Up, I hope you've enjoyed reading and seeing them as much as I've enjoyed doing them.

Thank you for reading

Jan x

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

12 Days of Folksy, Day 11 - Stockings

Today is Day 11 of the Folksy 12 Days of Folksy Challenge, no post from me today so I'll point you in the direction of the Folksy Twitter and their contribution for today.

Folksy Twitter

This beautiful Stocking can be found at ElmTreeStudio on Folksy

Jan x

Monday, 10 December 2018

12 Days of Folksy, Day 10 - Feast

Day 10 of is

What will you have on your table this year? Will you have sprouts? 
How about Christmas Pud? 
Do you have traditional or do you prefer something different? Here is my choice.. 


You can find all these shops over on Folksy 

Jan x

Friday, 7 December 2018

12 Days of Folksy, Day 8 - Let it Snow

Today is Day 8 of the #12DaysofFolksyand and it's #LetItSnow yes folks, it's Let it Snow, now I don't know about you but I like to see pretty pictures of snow, I like to look out of the window at a beautiful blanket of whiteness, with picturesque icicles hanging from the eves, it's even nice to stroll  about the park and admire the view or build a snowman with the children.... but, it's not good for driving in, not good for slip sliding your way to the stores to get the shopping in and not good for trying to keep your hands warm and dry whilst building said snowman.

Jan x

Thursday, 6 December 2018

12 Days of Folksy, Day 7 - Your Wishlist

Day 7 of the #12DaysofFolksy is #wishlist. 

My wishlist is very short and simple, a Happy Christmas surrounded by family and friends... and don't forget the glass of Bailey's Irish Cream (or 2) and a mince pie (or 3)

Whats on your Wish List this year?

Jan x