A Quirky Mess!

Hi guys, it’s time for the latest Quirky Crafts Challenge! This time the challenge was set by Caro, and the rule is to get messy and stay away from those designer papers. For the original challenge post click here.

The first thing I made was this art journal page:


To make this ‘messy’ spread I layered acrylic paint, scraps of painted paper, india ink and the gorgeous ‘Paisley Elephant’ stamp from Bugaboo.

After that I became a production line and made eight cards with the ‘African Giraffe‘ from Squigglefly. I had so much fun with this I thought I’d share a quick tutorial with you.

First, grab a sheet of paper. I used an A3 sheet of sketchbook paper, nothing too expensive. Then start brushing acrylic paint across the page. Make patterns if you want, but don’t worry about making the page ‘go’, it should look haphazard. Once that layer is dry, stamp some left over paint onto the page. Use a couple of different stamps for a more eccentric look. Collect some random scraps of paper from your table and stick to the page. I use white PVA, one coat underneath and another on top. Let the page dry completely before you do anything else. Cut the sheet into pieces, I folded it into eight and trimmed down the folded edges to make pieces about the size of a standard cad blank:


Next, grab a pen or two and start adding doodles. Remember to use permanent ink if your paint is shiny (waterbased ink will just smudge). If you want to make your cards look like part of a ‘set’ add the same patterns and colours to each one, if not then just go with whatever you feel like:


Pick a bunch of focus images. These could be family photos or typed greetings or whatever you like, but I used these:


Finally, glue on your images, neaten up your edges and stick onto blank cards:


If feel like having a bit of messy fun, link your crafts up the challenge page and you could win one our three prizes!

D x


5 thoughts on “A Quirky Mess!

  1. Found you via QUirky Crafts. Was going to have a go but not sure now, there are so many wonderful pieces linked up.
    L_o_v_e this very much! Thank you for showing us how. :0) Mo

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