Thursday, September 21, 2017

Embrace Imperfection - and Art Journal page for Lindys

Hi there ... Natalie here sharing a little Art Journal page I have created using a few gorgeous 
colors from Lindys and a few extras floating around my desk!

I have a few different sized Art Journals on the go at the moment and love that I can pick up a journal and use some of the extra bits from previous projects and create a page!

Here are a few simple steps to create the page ...

  • I use a heavy body gesso like Liquitex to coat the page first - the coat of gesso not 
  • only seals the paper - it creates a surface for the color to sit on
  • Next I started with the lightest color and and used a generous brush stroke 
  • application to puddle the color on
  • Give it a solid hit with the heat tool in between coats to ensure the colors dry 
  • thoroughly sot that they sit together rather than mix.
  • I added a few splatters of color so that the droplets pooled and dried in nice little spots.
  • I then added some stamping using my fave Dina Wakley stamp and some grey archival ink 
  • I had two partially cut die cut on my desk from another project, so I added these using a fine glue from XPress It and added some layers of Washi Tape to finish.

I am loving the soft finish this page has - and with the addition of the 
washi ... I'm pretty happy with the result!

That's it from me today ... have fun creating up a storm!

Lindys Products Used

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Big Week coming up ...

Big Week coming up ...

Wednesday is Cards & Crafts on Wednesday!  

Join us for a casual day of crafting and chatting at my place! 
Starting at 10am til 2pm, bring your supplies, come and create whatever project you like -
finish a layout, make some cards, create a page from one of my kits or just come for the
coffee & bikkies! $20 (cash & card available)

Call or text me 040 999 4322 to book in and for the address.
Everyone welcome


 I'm super excited to be the Guest Artist at the
Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair at Wayville from
Thursday to Sunday!
Come and say hi, watch me demo the Gel Press or join in the $5 Make & Take.

MAKE & TAKE: Join Natalie each day at 11am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm
for a quick and easy technique class learning how to create a ‘watercolour’ effect for cards,
artist trading cards, scrapbook layouts and art journals.
You’ll have lots of fun and learn something new that can transfer over into your chosen craft.
The class will be $5 per session. Book with Natalie, at her stand on the day

Monday, September 11, 2017

Class on Saturday 16th September in Adelaide

What are you up to on Saturday 16th September?

I have some spots left in my Triple Layout Day and
would love for you to join us! 

Create 3 fun scrapbook layouts + have plenty of
product left for more!
$50 includes all materials, class,
morning tea & onsite mini store!
Call 0409994322 to book in.

Please bring a trimmer, tape & glue

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Art Journal & Cards

The September Art Journal Class and Arty Cards Classes aer happening this weekend!
If you are in Adelaide and would like to join in, please call 8277 1298 to book.

September Art Journal - 10am

These are the products that we will be using this month - if you have them,
please bring them along. (if not I will supply)
  • Dylusions Large Journal
  • Gesso
  • Matte Gel medium 
  • Dina Wakley Paint in Cheddar, Gilt, Night, Umber & Ocean
  • Brushes in varioussizes
  • Light texture paste
  • Word script Stencil
  • White pen
  • Black Pen
  • Heat tool
  • Water spray
  • Paper towell
  • Apron
  • Messy Mat
  • Script stamp 
  • Archival Black ink
  • Baby Wipes
Maybe you'd like to create a Layout instead of an Art Journal Page ... Just bring some heavy 12x12 cardstock!

Following the Art Journal class at 1.30pm is my Arty Cards Class.

September Arty Cards - 1.30pm

This month we are playing with Watercolours and stamping.

These are the products that we will be using this month - if you have them,
please bring them along. (if not I will supply)
  • Big Shot Machine
  • Tim Holtz Flutter stamps and matching dies if you have
  • Watercolours
  • Brushes
  • Archival ink
  • Trimmer
  • Foam tape
  • Glue
  • Paper Towell
  • Black Pen
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Acrylic Block
  • Paint Brush

The classes will be held at Cumberland Park Community Centre on September 9th

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Wonderful Girl with Lindys

Hey gang – Today I am sharing a scrapbook layout I created using the Lindy’s August challenge.
{{{Note the awesome color swatch by me lol}}}

Such a beautiful combination of colors and I had the perfect photo of Jessica and I ready to scrap.
I started by adding some sewing to some Marshmallow cardstock. I love the simplicity that the sewing gives – instant embellishment!  Mind you – I can’t sew a button on a shirt!
First, I lightly wet the cardstock then I used Whale Watch Blue with a number 12 round
brush to add color, lightly pushing it around with the brush.

Drying in between layers, I then added Open Arms Amethyst
and then 
Bodacious Blush the same way.

Then I decided it needed a little drip, so I gave it a light water mist to wet the paper, then gently allowed the Blue to drip down off the page … I then did the same with the Amethyst.

Once dry, I added some stamping with Black Archival Ink, colored a little tape and adhered my photo.  Last, I added some white splatters using correction fluid.
I’ve made a short process video for you to watch so you can see how I’ve made this background.
And a few close ups of the project.

Lindys Products:

Other Products:
  • Archival ink, stamps, vellum, 13arts veneer, Tim Holtz stickers, mesh tape

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kraft+ Challenge

I am thrilled to be part of the Guest Designing Team this month over at Kraft+ Challenges!

This is just the most inspiring Challenge site and I love entering - if only I allowed myself more time to create - but the brief this month is 

Criteria KRAFT + be inspired by trees. 

I decided to create an Art Journal page. 
I used my Dina Wakley Media Journal - one of the pages is Kraft so it was ideal!
I started with a little background stamping then using a Crafters Workshop stencil,
applied a combination of Gilt & Night Dina Wakley paint using a sponge.

Using book paper painted with Dina Wakley Night paint and Dina Wakley
Gilt paint, I cut curves and layered them to create 'hills'.
The Imaginarium Designs chipboard leaves - my hand drawn design - 
were also painted in Gilt & Night! 

So make sure you head over and have a go - so much fun!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The August Update ....

Hey there ... most of you are subscribers to my newsletter, but I thought I'd
pop it up here too.
So many awesome changes are happening and I want to
share them with you all.

So if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that I have had a busy 

few months of traveling and teaching.  I think I've clocked up more frequent flyer 
miles than ever before, taught some amazing fun classes, met some incredible 
people and made lots of pretty things - doing what I love - sharing the Papercraft love!

Next weekend, Fiona Paltridge & I are heading back to Melbourne to teach 

at Paperific. This is Melbourne's best Scrapbooking and Papercraft event and we are 
teaching 7 classes over 3 days.  The classes are designed to be fun, 
quick & full of techniques. You can get all the information 
and book into classes here on our web site!

Speaking of websites ... mine has been a little under the weather recently.
With all the teaching and traveling, I have not had the time to keep it updated but ...
come September, there are a few changes happening in my life!

Some of you may know that I have been working and teaching in a scrapbook store
here in Adelaide for nearly 11 years.  On August 26th, Seriously Scrapbooking will be
closing it's doors...this is super sad as the SS team and all of our customers have
been not only friends but have become my family. I have been lucky enough to have
an incredible Boss in Jane Tregenza - she is my friend, mentor, boss and without her,
I doubt very much that I would be where I am today.

But ... we are moving forward ... This is the site of my NEW STUDIO...

Trevor and I are building a Studio/Classroom right here at home in Dover Gardens.
The plans are all approved and by the end of this month, we will be ready to start.
I plan on taking regular photo updates so make sure you check my
Instagram & Facebook!

So ... what am I going to do now the shop is closed? 
I am still teaching - in fact... I have some great things lined up for the next few months.
Plenty of classes and some NEW CROP DAYS too!

There are 2 great locations here in Adelaide where you can catch me teaching ...
I'll still be teaching with Jane but only once a month... my very popular Art Journal
class and Arty Cards class will be held at Cumberland Park Community Centre and I am
holding Crop Days and classes at Clovelly Park Community Centre.
You'll find all the information below.

The new year will see me doing more classes, including Beginners Scrapbooking &
Mixed Media + Paper Pages & Card Classes and heaps more!
 I am in the process of trying to find a date in the next few months to also do
another Abstract Art Canvas Class so stay tuned for that too!.

Plus ... I am holding a MEGA CRAFT DE-STASH day on October 28th where
you can sell all your 'unwanted' craft supplies ... EXCITING STUFF!

Back to the website ... come September, I'll be listing quite a bit more online -
look out for Nat's Fave Products. I don't plan on having a comprehensive store -
just a few of my fave things that I like to use. 
Seriously Scrapbooking has a great online
store that has a great range of craft supplies.

Also, at each of my classes, I'll be having a mini store where you can still get
your crafting fix. You certainly wont miss out on anything! Exciting times ahead!

Hmmm... what else has been happening ???
  • I have become the Australian Ambassador for Gel Press!
    I am absolutely thrilled the be representing Gel Press and have been doing
    demos and classes all across Australia over the last few months
    PLUS I'll be doing a class here in Adelaide very soon!
  • I'm off to Perth at the end of this month to teach at a fabulous Scrapbooking Retreat
    alongside my bestie Fiona Paltridge + Michelle Grant & Belinda Spencer.
    There are still a few spots left - head HERE for all the details.
  • A couple of weeks ago, I was thrilled to be the Guest Artist at the Melbourne
    Craft & Quilt Fair at South Wharf in Victoria and had an incredible weekend
    of demonstrations and Make & Takes. I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to be the Guest Artist again at the Adelaide show in September!  If you are in Adelaide,
    come and say hello - I will be doing 3 Make & Take sessions a day for
    only $5 - having a play with Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals and Watercolour Card. 
  • I am pretty thrilled to be asked to be an Artist & Judge for the Aall&Create
    International Tournament of Arts & Crafts ... this is a MASSIVE worldwide competition where you can win a heap of amazing prizes. There is a new
    challenge each week ... check out my project below for Week 1 and all the
    other amazing Artists work HERE
  • Do you like to CRUISE? There are still are few spots left on the
    Workshop Wonders on Water event from November 18-29th around
    New Zealand. If you are keen - please contact Alison HERE

So that's the round up for me!  

Please see below for all the information about my classes and events coming up!

And I'll leave you with a few images from the last couple of months

Saturday, August 12, 2017

ITAC 2017 ... The Face of PrintMaking

Hi there
I am Super EXCITED to share my project for the Europe... 'Face of Printmaking'
challenge for the International Tournament of Arts & Crafts!!!
{{{{{all the info is HERE}}}}}

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this incredible team and couldn't wait to get started!
For this project, the theme was ideal for where I am with my creating and life at the moment ...
It's all about PrintMaking for me (as I LOVE my Gel Press) and all of the challenge elements fitted in just perfect. I incorporated lots of different techniques to create this page, each one different to the other but all working together beautifully.

I have created a short video showing the process to create this page 

Aall&Create Stamps & Stencils
7 Dots Studios Papers
Gel Press
Darkroom Door Stencils
Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays
Gansai Tambi Watercolours
13Arts Black Ink
XPressIt Adhesives
Liquitex Paint
Art Basics Clear Gesso
Golden Light Molding Paste
Prima Wire
Prima Stamp
Archival Black Ink
Beads, book paper, map paper, vellum

Thanks for stopping by and I cant wait to see all of your creations.

Much Love
Natalie May 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Oh. My. Gawd.... So excited ............

I am absolutely over the moon to be invited to be an Artist & Judge for the new 

run by Aall&Create

 We wanted to think big so it’s a tournament on a global scale, and that’s important to AALL & Create because one of our key objectives is to bring together the many communities of artists around the world under one roof to allow people to discover different styles, techniques and ways of working and to enable an exchange of ideas and break down barriers between some of those communities.

The aim of this tournament is to inspire you, so that you not only enjoy yourself but so that everyone can enjoy participating in something creative together.

Over the course of five weeks, between the 11/08 and 08/09 our five teams, including international guest artists representing the five continents of the world, will be setting a series of five challenges, each with its own theme, set of instructionstipstutorials and masterclasses to inspire you.
After this there will be the grand final, which will be the sixth and final challenge the 15/09.

It will be a friendly and laidback competition and only one deadline at the end of the competition 24/09 – the most important thing will be to have fun !

How to take part ;
  • Create a piece of artwork following the theme and instructions given by the artists for each challenge.
  • Post your work on the AALL & Create Fanatics Facebook group [HERE] in the relevant album for the challenge. Please note that only work posted in the correct albums will be eligible for inclusion.
  • Anyone who does not have a Facebook account but who still wants to take part can do so by posting their work on their own blog or website and emailing the link to or just by mailing us the image of the work.
  • AND post your work on your own social networking account pages and/or blogs along with the link and the hashtag for the challenge. (These will be made available as each individual challenge is launched).

This tournament is open to everyone!
You don’t need to be signed up and there aren’t any other conditions.

At the end of the tournament, after the deliberations of the judging panels, there will be lots of prizesfor the winners and special bonuses for the other participants, thanks to our generous sponsors and partners.
But that's not all! Some of our sponsors have confirmed the exciting news that they are going to use this tournament to discover some new talent to recruit to their design teams DT! Ssssh, don't tell them that we have let the cat out of the bag! LOL
If you want to take part in the tournament, while you are waiting for the start why don’t you share the news on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…etc. or on your own blogs/websites with our image (below) to say that your are taking part, the link for the tournament and these hashtags #itac17 #AALLtournament2017 #aallandcreate

Will you just check out this INCREDIBLE bunch of artist I am working with

I am super excited to share my project with you ... so pop back soon - 
and make sure you click on the link HERE to read up on all the information