Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Miniature Classic Stroke Rose - Painting Worksheet - click to enlarge

The miniature classic stroke rose is the ideal starter rose working up to the Classic Stroke Rose (worksheet above) as the strokes will be familiar to you by the time you have painted a few of these little gems...I have painted these sweet little roses onto shoes and evening bags, notebooks and greeting cards and scrapbook pages to name but a few projects - enjoy! "Happy painting!" - Richard

The Simply Crafts Online Newsletter - July 2011 Edition - click to enlarge

The Small Open Rose - Painting Worksheet - click to enlarge

A lovely, easy rose to paint whether you're a beginner painter or more advanced. Of course the rose can be painted as large as you wish! Have fun and enjoy...."Happy painting!" - Richard

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Painting Hints & Tips - click to enlarge

There are many more hints and tips on the new CD but these are good all-rounders!

T I P : Never, ever get discouraged!!! We only learn from our mistakes! If I had never tried different ways of approaching painting with much trial and error, I would never have progressed! Simply dive in with enthusiasm, enjoy what you are doing...you are on a journey of wonderful discoveries! "Happy painting!" - Richard.

Brush Loading - Information Sheet - click to enlarge

This all important full colour step-by-step worksheet will have you loading your brushes in no time at all! It does take a little practice at first, but, you will soon get the feel for it and be painting wonderful designs! "Happy painting!" _ Richard.

Brush Care - Information Sheet - click to enlarge

The brush care information sheet will give you all the tips you will need to keep your brushes in tip-top condition!

Brush Types - Information Sheet - click to enlarge

This handy sheet will inform you about the main brushes used in decorative painting. Please don't think you need to buy every brush listed, you can start by just investing in a good quality flat, round and liner brush!

Turned Petal Wildflower - Painting Worksheet - click to enlarge

This lovely flower has a very useful role to play! It looks amazing painted in different colours surrounding your main roses used as a filler flower. Simply base in your starting circles for placement then paint them in!

It can also be a wild dog rose as below with a turned petal.

OR: Why not paint this flower up to step 3 - it makes a wonderful four petalled blossom! "Happy painting!" - Richard.

Quick & Easy Wild Dog Roses - Painting Worksheet - click to enlarge

The first in our painting series: "Wild Dog Rose" - click to enlarge

This is the first in our series of step-by-step full colour folk art and decorative painting worksheets. All the worksheets are taken from my CD-ROM "Painting Stroke Roses" Volume 2. There are many more projects, colour combinations with colour swatches so you don't need to buy extra paints, simply match up the colours! Patterns, inspiration and much more. These are a preview of just some of the content on the CD! Offered to you to enjoy..."Happy painting!" - Richard.

** THIS NEW CD-ROM WILL BE LAUNCHING IN THE AUTUMN OF 2011!**

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Summer Rose Garland Borders - click to enlarge

Summer Rose Garland - Gift Bag - click to enlarge

An exquisite gift bag for all your summertime gifts & beyond ! - Enjoy! - Richard

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - clicki to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Tri-fold Panel Card - click to enlarge

Deco Ladies Shaped Toppers - click to enlarge

Deco Ladies Shaped Card Blank - click to enlarge

Deco Ladies Backing Paper - click to enlarge

Coordinating Sepia Distressed Topper Sheet - click to enlarge

Sepia Distressed Paint effect Paper - click to enlarge

Sepia (dark) Distressed Backing Paper - click to enlarge

Sepia (light) Distressed Paper - click to enlarge

Here, I've designed 3 papers in a popular sepia distressed effect. One is a light sepia, one being dark and the final paper is a distressed sepia painted effect. Finally a sheet of toppers for good measure - enjoy - Richard

Dandelion "Clocks" (seed heads) Backing Paper - click to enlarge

This is a fun paper to use in any project! Here in the UK, when I was a child, we'd sit in the fields or by the roadside and pick a Dandelion stalk that had turned to seed and blow, watching amazed as all the individual seeds soared into the air! Why do they call them clocks? I don't know the answer to that one, but, we did have fun - enjoy! - Richard

Saturday, 11 June 2011

These tags and toppers also make wonderful envelope address labels too! Enjoy - Richard

Elegant Tags / Toppers (various colour tints) - click to enlarge

Elegant Tags / Toppers (to match inserts below) - click to enlarge

INSERTS (below) AS CARDS!

The two intricately detailed inserts below, would also make ideal base cards for either portrait or landscape cards - just add your chosen decoration! Maybe a topper from the blog!- Richard

Insert For "Wedgewood Blue Bouquet Card" - click to enlarge

This insert has been specifically designed for the "Wedgewood Blue Bouquet" card a few posts below. Simply print out and cut around the edge

Matching Root Beer Card Insert - click to enlarge

This insert has been designed specifically to fit exactly inside the American Root Beer card below. Simply cut out around the black outline and insert!

Root Beer Vintage Card - click to enlarge

This design of a vintage American advertising sign for Root Beer will make a great "men's themed" card, or, for anyone - Enjoy! - Richard

Elegant Bouquet Panel Card - click to enlarge

This is the matching card to the wedgewood blue design below, with a french inspired "twist"!

Wedgewood Blue Elegant Bouquet Card - click to enlarge

This is a beautiful card when printed out. NOTE: You only need to print out on your printer's "default" setting - you don't need to print out at the "best" setting!  All my printables on Simply Crafts are formatted at magazine quality for optimum print quality results (300dpi -  dots per inch or more). Enjoy - Richard

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Embroidered Quilt Squares - click to enlarge

Another design inspired by an old family heirloom quilt design

Embroidered Pansy Applique - click to enlarge

I designed this piece as it reminds me so much of a side table cloth my grandmother used to have! I always loved it and hope I've done it justice?! Enjoy - Richard