Thursday, 20 November 2014

Original Watercolour ACEO'S


 

I have painted a lot of watercolour Aceo Art Cards over the years and think its about time they started going to a good home! Wether you're a collector or looking for a special gift or stocking filler, each piece is unique and one of a kind! More to follow soon...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

JoJo Christmas Collection: Digi Stamps & Watercolours

You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
Double Sided Tape
A5 White Card & Coloured Card
JoJo Collection: JoJo Penguin
1. Fold your A5 card in half to create an A6 white card blank.
2. Print out the JoJo Penguin Digi Stamp sheet onto card and cut out your chosen image slightly smaller than A6 size. 
3. Using water colour paints colour in the digi stamp. 
Our tip: Start with the lighter colours first, you can then build up the image by applying darker shades of colour to give the image more depth. If your not happy with the outcome simply cut another design off the sheet and start again!
4. Once the watercolour paint is dry I like to work in some coloured pencils over the top to add further detail and shading!
5. Matt your image onto a coordinating coloured card and attach to your card blank using double sided tape.

Here are a few more Digi Stamps from the JoJo Collection using the same technique!
 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP)



 We recently visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an international centre for contemporary and modern art. The weather wasn’t on our side however it did not dampen our day. We walked the expansive historic grounds discovering a variety of sculptures around every twist and turn.

Our favourite exhibition was Roger Hiorns: Seizure. It’s a truly unique and immersive experience. To find out what’s on and for more information please visit: http://www.ysp.co.uk/home

Friday, 10 October 2014

Design a Sock Top 30



My sock design made it to the TOP 30 of the Sock it to Me 10th anniversary Design a Sock Of Awesomeness Contest! Get voting for 'Hole In One' Voting finishes at 5pm Oct 10th! 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Character Portrait Commission

Here's the final result of a recent character portrait commission. I illustrated this image digitally but kept the final image quite sketchy to give it a slight caricature feel as asked by the client.

Wether your looking for something fun and characterised or realistic imagery, I can work in a variety of styles as you can see on the blog. If you have an idea in mind for a unique Christmas present this year then don't hesitate to contact us!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

JoJo Collection: JoJo Super Star Decoupage

You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
Foam pads
Double Sided Tape
A4 White Card

JoJo Collection: JoJo Super Star
1. Using a sheet of White A4 Card create a 15cm square card blank.
2. Print out the JoJo Super Star decoupage sheet onto card and cut out the main image first. Attach to your card blank using double sided tape. We have cut this down leaving a white edge to make the image really stand out on the card.
3. Cut out each numbered decoupage layer and using foam pads attach each layer to the main image. You don’t have to use every layer if you don’t want to! A few decoupage layers will be enough to give the card dimension.
4. Cut out a coordinating paper ribbon from the craft sheet and matt onto white card. Attach as shown using double sided tape or craft glue. If you wish to use material ribbon, cut a strip to the appropriate size. Wrap the ribbon around the main image before you stick it to the card blank then tie a bow on the the front.
5. To finish cut out a sentiment and attach to the card with foam pads.
We would love to see what you create with our craft sheets! Share your creations with us by emailing jpegs to contact@thecurioustreehouse.com or tweet us at curious_tree

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

JoJo Collection: Blue Whale Decoupage Card

You will need:
A Craft Knife and Cutting Mat
Foam pads
A4 White Card

JoJo Collection: Blue Whale Decoupage Card
1. Print of the Blue Whale Decoupage pdf onto card. Cut the elements off the main sheet first, then cut to the edge of each image with decoupage scissors or a craft knife. Our Tip: When creating a decoupage a craft knife gives you a neater finish and is much easier to get into fiddly corners! Just guide the knife arounds the shapes pressing firmly. If you cut to far in on a layer just neaten the cut. You can always take a little bit more off the next layer above. Alternatively just print the sheet and start again!
2. Once you have cut out all the elements, add your foam pads around each layer and position on top of each other. Our Tip: Before peeling the back off the foams pads position the decoupage layer over where it will be stuck to ensure your happy with it!
3. Your image should now have great dimension! To add this to a card fold an a4 sheet of white card in half and cut down to a square card blank that is slightly bigger than the decoupage. Attach to your card with double sided tape leaving a white gap around the edge to frame the decoupage.  
3. Add a sentiment with foam pads to finish the card.
Our Tip: Decoupage images also look great framed!  This would make a great piece of artwork for someones bathroom!