Tuesday 26 November 2019

Wacky Christmas Shoes tutorial

What better time of year to transform a pair of shoes! You can be as sensible or as wacky as you like or you can even do as I have done here and make the embellishments on the front interchangeable :)
I painted the shoes, made the resin reindeer and then attached them with hook and loop adhesive so that I can remove the reindeer and have resin buttons or felt penguins (or whatever you fancy) instead!
All the products used and the full photo instructions are listed below the photos of the shoes themselves.

How to make them -

This was where the idea came from. I had this pair of shoes which I hadn't worn for a long time and I liked the idea of  resin reindeer and glitter!

 You will need:
acrylic paint (for shoes) - green, white, red
Extreme Glitter Paint (for shoes) - Peridot, Red and Glam Gold
acrylic paint (for reindeer) - brown, white, red, black
Extreme Glitter Paint (for reindeer) - Red and Glam Gold
Pebeo Gedeo Crystal Resin
Pebeo Gedeo Christmas Mould
Pebeo Gedeo Button Mould
Pebeo Crimson Fantasy Moon
Dot & Dab Hook and Loop Adhesive Dots
Ribbon for bows
Simply Creative Felt Penguins
Mod Podge Gloss
Hot glue gun

 1. Paint the whole uppers, heels and soles with gesso to give a key for painting on. Paint the uppers with green paint (2 coats of necessary) and then apply 2 layers of green Extreme Glitter Paint. Paint the platform white.

 2. Paint the heels white and leave to dry thoroughly. Use masking tape to mark off the areas you want to paint with red stripes. Paint the red areas and carefully remove the masking tape.

 3. Paint the soles red, leave to dry and then paint the arches with red Extreme Glitter Paint. Paint the tips of the heels black.
Protect the shoes with 2 layers of Mod Podge Gloss.

 4. Mix 20ml of Crystal Resin with 10ml of hardener according to the instructions (for at least 3 minutes) and pour into the reindeer mould. NB see photo below.
5. Only fill the reindeer head area and not the bow at the bottom. You can remove the loop at the top with sharp scissors just before the resin has completely hardened.
Set aside to cure overnight/ 24 hours and repeat for second shoe.

6. Mix the remaining resin with a little gold Extreme Glitter Paint and pour into the mould at the bottom right of the photo above. 

                            Set aside to cure overnight/ 24 hours and repeat for second shoe.

               7. Paint the backs of the reindeer with 2 layers of brown paint. Leaver to dry and then                                                                                  paint the fronts.
      Mix a little brown and white for the faces and antlers, paint and then add a layer of gold Extreme                                                 Glitter Paint. Make two little ribbon bows. 
                                    Paint the noses red and then add a layer of red Glitter Paint.

                  8. Attach the hook and loop circles to the shoes and the backs of the reindeer.

9. Pour Carmine Fantasy Moon Effect into the buttons and set aside to dry. Make up a tiny amount of               resin (5ml resin and 2.5ml hardener) and cover the buttons. Set aside overnight to cure.

10. Attach the hook and loop circles to the back of the felt penguins and use them as alternative decorations on the shoes.

Monday 25 November 2019

Resin Beach Scene YouTube Tutorial

I have been using Gedeo Glazing Resin from Pebeo to create beach scenes on wooden panels and have posted a video on my YouTube channel showing how I made this pair. Have a little look and let me know what you think.

Tuesday 19 November 2019

Paint pouring experimenting

 I've been doing lots of experimenting with different types of paint pouring for a few days. Some of t he random pours have been amazing so now I'm trying a few more "strategic" pours.
The Pebeo Silicone oil has been giving wonderful cells :)

Gedeo Christmas decorations - Pebeo

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed making these Christmas decorations with Pebeo's Gedeo Crystal Resin and Christmas Moulds! You can see below how I made up some clear resin, divided it into tiny amounts and coloured it with paint and glitter. I poured these into the moulds to make the specific areas you can see in the photo, then left them overnight before making more resin, adding the chosen paint and poured another layer. Then I left them aside for another 24 hours to cure.

 In the bottom left ornament, I poured a layer of clear resin, left it until it was tacky and then added a gold star facing downwards. The following morning I poured in a layer of resin mixed with gold glitter paint.

I added some painted detail to most of the shapes when they were dry :)

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Montana Cans - Glitter Effect Coat

 I was sent some Montana Glitter Effect cans to try out and made myself a canvas with one half white and the other black to show the different effects on each background. I only wish I could show the results better in a photo!

Demos at Bradbury Art Store, Belfast

I've got another couple of demo dates for the diary.
I'll be demoing Pebeo products and possibly some other craft ranges at Bradbury Art Store, Belfast on the following dates -
Sat 30th November and Sat 14th December. I'll add more details soon  Looking forward to seeing some of my crafting friends there if you are free 

Tonic Studios Craft Kit 28 - YouTube

 I've just uploaded a video with Tonic's Craft Kit 28. I've made a little box, card and a hanging decoration. The hanging decoration could be adapted and used with Christmas papers to make an advent calendar.
You can subscribe to the kits by following the link here -

See the full video on YouTube

 The main dies make up a cute little heart shaped box but there's so much more you can do with a little imagination :)

How can I work ?

 This is how my days go now!
There's a really comfy little doggy bed beside my desk but Nicco would rather be on my knee :) - then around my neck! I have to say, I don't put up much resistance ❤