My Welsh dresser - before & after

Sometimes when you move to a new house all you need is a... new dresser! Well, we definitely had a nice spot in the kitchen/diner that needed a dresser desperately. So Jamie went hunting (eBay hunting of course, no animals hurt!) and he found a nice second hand Welsh dresser that was enough for what I wanted to do with it. I like pine, but not that much, you know.

I don't like when it all gets yellow/orange and it even seems softer than it really is. So... there I was on the next day, in the workshop (this place does not exist anymore as it was by the way, but I will tell you about it in the next few weeks), with my apron on, with my focus on, with my paintbrush in my hand, armoured in Annie Sloan paint. I was ready!
We chose two colours that... well, I'm not sure that were made to go together but they PLEASED our eyes more than anything, so why would we care?

So of course, as it always is with me and painting/up cycling furniture, in the middle of the whole process (or maybe even earlier) I had totally enough. I was getting bored. The most exciting bit was gone (the first brush stroke, that's it) and now all there was was a hard work to do. But I did it and after a few days our new dresser was ready. Waxed, polished, with a few new knobs and totally different life.

I absolutely love how every little detail seems more visible now.  

In the inside of each drawer I glued some tissue paper (this one from 7Gypsies) and I think the effect is really brilliant. The tissue isn't smooth (sorry, I have no ambition to be smooth with papers :) which adds even more of this vintage look to the whole dresser.

Figa is always there, always involved and helpful.

And don't these flowers just look perfect with such rich background?

It was a hard work to me and by that I mean that I just had to force myself to be patient and keep on going. But then again... wow, it was so rewarding. It turned out that the most exciting moment wasn't my first brush stroke but sanding and waxing. Pictures with flowers were taken right after bringing the dresser home - it was two months ago. Today it's full of stuff and you know what... I love it so much, especially for it's colours. That's the thing I think - we have to stick to our intuition and create what we like.

ps. some of you probably see this dresser from time to time on Wanderlust videos as we temporarily use it as a background for our lessons (studio still in progress, but it's getting very close now!) and it works perfect, even for that. 



Wanderlust is back!

Hi everyone! Today I'm very happy and proud to announce that Wanderlust class is back in 2017. 2016 is still in full swing and it's more than fabulous (thank you all who created it with us!), but September is a good time to start think about next year and plan something to learn from.

Wanderlust is a year-long mixed-media online class with 24 different Guest Teachers (here is the list) from all over the world. Each one of them will be sharing a full-lenght in depth lesson to inspire you and teach you.

Then there is me and Jamie and we are the resident Teachers on Wanderlust class. Each one of us will have 13 full lenght and in depth videos. Jamie is our Product Expert and this year he will be experimenting a lot, believe me! He will get very adventurous so if you are fancy finding out how to incorporate soldering or dremels in your craft and art then you are going to love it.

What about my classes?
For 2017 I'm giving myself a little bit more freedom so I won't have to be limited to supplies that I want to show. I will get more adventurous too! On 2016 you can see some of my classes recorded outside, in the garden, in Welsh valleys, because I'm not exactly the type to sit down at my desk all the time. I will be teaching a lot though and I will make sure that each of these 13 classes is interesting and inspiring!


Here you can find some of the testimonials from our Adventurers about Wanderlust 2016 class.

Come and join us my Friends! You will love it, I'm pretty sure about it.


"My people" mixed media canvas

Today I would like to share with you my come back to the series of canvases that I called "Connections". It's all about people, situations between them, stories that they carry and feelings that they hide. This particular ones title is "My people" as it features some of my family members, ancestors and closely related personalities that I feel connected to.

I made this piece on my latest Wanderlust 2016 class, so if you would like to follow me step by step please sign in to the class here (on sale only until midnight this Sunday!).

To see more of my works from "Connections" series please click on the banner below:


Paintbrush in a... book.

...this is what it exactly is and there is probably not much more left to explain.

Altering books is one of my favourite things. The one that I used as a base for this little project was destroyed by me but believe me that my intentions were pure and good. Its cover is now a part of my art journal from one our recent trip and it serves me very well. I'll show it soon but for now let's see what happened to the guts. 

A book turned into a frame to praise one of my favourite tools - a paintbrush.

This paintbrush is of course one of the stamps from our recent set made with PaperArtsy:

{set is available here - worldwide shipping included}

A little bit of painting, spraying... pure pleasure. I think I like these little forms a lot.
Have a great evening!


Everyday Art Diary {July}

My Everyday Art Diary: This stuff is random and imperfect, but I allowed myself to be more careless about perfection this time. This is my true and as not-influenced-by-anything as possible expression. Raw but pure, very intimate and close to my heart details from my everyday life. I'm sorry I had to blur some writing, doesn't look very professional probably, but as much as I want to share I also want to keep some bits only for myself.


Colour wheel feast part II

In my last blog post I was on about this new set of stamps that we created with PaperArtsy, but there wasn't much of a good sample, was there? Well... maybe 20 minutes of a video is some kind of a sample, but I guess some of you just want to see some hard evidence that these stamps really work well. And they do so here are a few samples:

You can get yourself a set of these stamps from Everything Art shop.

Colour wheels, colours wheels and colour wheels again. They are a great fun, believe me. In a few minutes I was able to try some of the colour combinations that always were on my "to try out" list. Crayons, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, fabrics, scraps of papers - anything goes and everything works! I think it's a great idea for all of us who like some experimenting with colours or need to learn how to nicely mix them and combine them.

A good colour and material combination can  lead you to a good art journal page. This will always be a great fun because colours are already chosen so all you need to do is to stick to them and play.

Colour wheels as a gift tag and decoration item? Why not! I'm sure some of my arty friends will really really appreciate getting a present packed like that.

Mood boards! O my, that's a big thing. Don't you love mood boards? I always have mine in front of my desk. A good bunch of inspiration bursting with colours and positive energy! No better way to get things going, I'm telling you! I'm simply creating a few colour wheels and choosing which colour combinations I love the most. I stick them on my mood board and they keep me inspired for a few next weeks.

And what do you love most about creating your colour wheels and how would you use them? I'm sure there are some pretty good ideas in your head! 
Why won't you share on your social media using #EAstamps as a hashtag. 
We would love to see them and pin them to our Pinterest board.


Colour wheels feast!

Hello, hello! Are there any stamping addicts here to share my love to a good piece of rubber? :)
Well, guess what? We (Everything Art) have just released a new set of stamps and they are... amazing and I really mean it. Why? Well... they are super useful and very versatile. Just have a look:

Who doesn't like colour wheels? I love them and they are pretty addictive. Please have a look at our video where I demonstrate a few ideas on how to use this set.

Everything Art EEA03 Summer Stamp Release from Everything Art on Vimeo.

Now guys, it's your turn to show us what you can do with these. You can get them from some of Wanderlust partners but also directly from our Everything Art shop. The worldwide shipping is included in the price so wherever you are in the world I will pack it in a nice bag for you and we will take it to our little post office to ship it for you.
I'm sure you will enjoy them! 
Have a lovely day!

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