Sunday, September 14, 2008


Small world of inchies theme this week is sisters. I've made a twinchie ( 2" X 2" ) with a type of german glitter glass on it.



Friday, August 29, 2008


Am as happy a larry, doing this online course with Suzi Blu. Didn't realize sketching could be so relaxing......................much more relaxing than housework !!!!! LOL

have a greyt weekend

crafty joan

Thursday, August 28, 2008

practice makes perfect

Have forgotten a little about my blog as I've started doing an online course with the one and only SUZI BLU, I decided that I need to improve my artistic drawing and painting skill. Am enjoying myself so much in this online lesson community and doing assignments.

Here's one of my first coloured in with pencils faces.


crafty joan

Thursday, August 14, 2008


These are my efforts from the Suzi Blu Party Gal Kits sold by the Artist Cellar, am having a greyt time trying to learn how to paint in faces............not as easy as I thought, just can't seem to get the smokey eyes right..........I will not be beaten !!! LOL. I just adore the artist Suzi Blu, not only her artistic work but her philosophy too, she is just one sweetie. Have decided to take an online course with her as I really need to improve my artistic drawing and painting techniques and there doesn't seem to be much new going on for me here, only techniques that I already know and have used for years.........felt like the lone ranger at times as nobody else was interested to keep me company, but it's oh so different at the mo. I've also gone back to making stitcheries and primitive doll making...........just so many greyt primitive doll patterns out there and doll makers too.

It's so nice to be doing something different from the norm going on here which is gesso, gesso, gesso...........the scrapbooking world here has gone mad everything is being gessoed oh and also scrapbooking mixed mediad. As usual from an unknown technique to OTT mode, while surfing blogs you feel as if you keep going back to the same one all the time.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all those who participated in the THRINCHIE CHALLENGE that I hosted as a first time host on MIXED MEDIA MONDAY last week. You made it all worth while and thanx to Diane for accepting me as a guest host.
crafty joan

Monday, August 04, 2008


Hi everyone,
Here's my contribution for this week's MIXED MEDIA MONDAY, the theme for this week is THRINCHIE. What is a THRINCHIE ? well it's art done with a measurement of 3" X 3" square. I was participating in some swaps for inchies 1" X 1" and twinchies 2" X 2", and I thought why not go the whole hog and introduce a THRINCHIE, you can see my first THRINCHIE on this blog in a previous post in June 2008

I saw on a group that someone was questioning this use of why are we nominating names such as inchie, twinchie, thrinchie etc when this type of art has been in use for years as DECO SQUARES . To be honest I had never heard of DECO SQUARE until now........ ART SQUARED, yes , so now I have a new name to add to my ever growing list of mixed media terms.. During this challenge due to a comment left I found out that this size is also called ITTY BITTY collage / art, and Lenna Andrews has just recently done a swap, didn't realize there were so many names for this 3" squared art. I find that using these names , inchies, twinchies, thrinchies etc is easier for the people to remember and associate to immiediately, specialy non mother tongue speakers of English, as most people know how to count in English, two , three.......especially when doing swaps, so from my point of view I don't think it's that bad using these names, do you?
what would you nominate 5" X 5" square = a Quintchie / quinchie, or 6" X 6" square sexie !!! ??? LOL

Don't you just love this world of mixed media ??? I do and I've made so many friends over the years and am still doing so. So a BIG THANK YOU to all you mixed media gang out there for your friendships, your knowledge, your sharing and above all for being you.

Oh and thanx to DIANE of MIXED MEDIA MONDAY for letting me be the guest host this week.
crafty joan

Ps I would love to know if you have ever participated in any Deco Square swaps or itty bitty swaps and would love to see your work.

cheers joan

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Scrappy gals ATCs

hand drawn and coloured with watercolours and pieces of scrap paper by Basic Grey.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Satudays workout

Here's my entry for Saturdays Workout,, this week's theme is gesso or gessoed. It's a 4 X 4 page I did for a chunky book sometime back it was for the theme WHITE. I used images by artchix studio of an angel and gessoed over the whole finished image before adding embelishments.
This was the first time I had ever used gesso over any of my art work and I was little dubbious that I would ruin what I had done, but I think it came out just fine.
This page is now in a Chunky White Book amongst some greyt work by some greyt mixed media artists.


When in Rome, do as the Romans.

my late entry to MMM, theme travel. An ATC, background is the crackle technique with decoupage serviette glued on top and then vintage images.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Once, Twice, Thrice.................I thought I might as well go the whole hog and make a THRINCIE as well, 3" X 3". don't know if there is another name for 3" art squared but I thought I would nominate it a THRINCIE/ THRINCY. What do you think is best?

As I was making one I thought I would add it to the inchie and twinchie I did for

SMALL WORLD OF INCHIES challenge 'Celebration', so here they all are together.

bye for now



The challenge on this weeks SMALL WORLD OF INCHIES is CELEBRATION. I have done a GARDEN TEA PARTY as summer is here and the British love their outdoor parties, also I have used fairy images as I also think of Shakespeare's MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.



Friday, June 20, 2008


This weeks challenge on WEDNESDAY STAMPER is TWINCHIES. What's a twinchie? well, it measures 2" X 2" double size to an inchie.

Background is with watercolours then stamped over and then a stamped butterfly and vintage image. As It's hot here in Italy I thought something colourful and summery.

have a greyt weekend


Monday, June 16, 2008


TRY SOMETHING NEW is the challenge on MIXED MEDIA MONDAY today. Here's my contribution, this double page LO is for a scrapbooking chunky book about me, 4" X 4", well it's ages since I've really done any scrapbooking, actually years, so I tried to do it in my best mixed media way, this is the nearest I could come up with, to try and keep it to how their taste as, my mixed media isn't usually girly wirly, flowery, colourful enough.

I tried a new acrylic paint with micro pearls inside , same consitency and texture as that of a facial or body scrub, mixed it together with an acrylic blue irridescent . Lovley colour and texture but be warned ...............blinking difficult to then collage anything on top of it due the the surface not being smooth due to the micro pearls !!!!!!!!!!!!!! took me forever and a day to glue on my painted girls and writing.!!!!!!!!!!!! next time images and writing first and then micro pearls acrylic paint !!!!! learn't my lesson thanx to mixed media monday.
crafty joan

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Made these PHUNKY DOLLS last night, now to write out the patterns.

Special thanx to SUZI BLU and EMILY IPOLANI who have inspired me in my work.

These PHUNKY DOLLS are about 4" - 6 " tall, they can be filled with sand/ grit so they stand up or you can sew on a beaded loop so you can hang them or an attachment so that you can put them on you cell phone, bag, backpack etc you can even wear them as part of a necklace, brooch.

Now to think of names for these PHUNKY DOLLs
crafty Joan

Monday, June 09, 2008


Here's my contribution to the weekly challenge on the blog MAKE A MOO OR TWO. This week's challenge is CATS, my moos are handrawn and watercoloured.



Sunday, June 08, 2008


Look what I've found a SUZI BLU.
This gal and her art rocks and her
check her out.

Monday, April 28, 2008


This is my first attempt at trying to do a mixed media painting, I just can't seem to be able to paint faces especially the shading part of it. This still has to be finished as I have to put some text onto it.

thanx to Suzi, Kelly and Diane who have been my inspiration and giving me a jump start in trying to have a go, specially Suzi and her Vlogs....... Thanx gals.


have a greyt day

crafty joan in italy

Monday, March 31, 2008


Here' s what I got some ATC Kits .................just luv em.

and some dotee dolls I've made for swaps.

ciao ciao
crafty Joan

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


These are for another swap I'm participating in. I decided to take the plunge and sign up to swap-bot and I'm glad I did.

There is such a wide choice of swaps and a low number of swap partners which does not make me feel over whelmed by how many I have to make...................only problem.... I'm now hooked on swaps !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
crafty joan in Italy


This is a valentine dotee doll I made for a swap I'm participating in. This is the first dotee doll I've ever made and I am now hooked. I've named her TUSCANY due to the colours.