About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Zendoodle designs

Here are a few more of my new stamp designs. These are the latest Zendoodle stamps, each available as the outline to doodle within or as the "Ready to Go" version. They will all be available to order at Stitches Trade show later this month.

 SDCSA6045 Zendoodle Houses

SDCSA6049 Zendoodle RTG Houses


SDCSA6046 Zendoodle Cat


SDCSA6050 Zendoodle RTG Cat


SDCSA6047 ZendoodleTeddy


SDCSA6051 Zendoodle RTG Teddy


SDCSA6048 Zendoodle Flowers


SDCSA6052 Zendoodle RTG Flowers

More to follow soon!

New Fairy Door stamps

My new stamp designs will be coming out in a few weeks so I thought I'd share some of them with you here. Personal Impressions are now releasing new stamps under the Sweet Dixie brand with each artist's name on the reverse of the packaging. These first four designs are my new Fairy Doors range. All the new designs will be available to order at Stitches Trade show later this month.
 SDCSA6053 Fairy Toadstool Home
 SDCSA6054 Crooked Fairy Door
  SDCSA6055 Gnome Door     
SDCSA6056 Curly Fairy Door

More to follow....!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Update

Sorry to have been absent from everything for a while now. Illness and other circumstances have kept me away, apart from things I had already scheduled to be posted some time ago. I'm making some changes and the biggest one is that, for the time being anyway, I'm not going to be teaching workshops or doing any demonstrations. I will still be doing my design work, including stamps etc, for Personal Impressions and selling my work on Etsy. I'm hoping to get to grips with selling online artwork too...I hate the term "digi stamps", but that kind of thing!
Apologies if you've tried to contact me over the last several weeks and not had a reply...I will be trying to catch up with messages etc over the next few days.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge..."Winter Frost" canvas

Hi folks, my turn to share the  project I designed for the DecoArt Winter Wonderland Challenge and I decided upon an abstract canvas that would convey the icy chills of the season. 

As well as various products from the DecoArt range, I also used some twigs and a dried leaf from my garden, a few beads, some mesh and and some white thread. 
Before I begin the step by step instructions, here's a list of everything I used:

DecoArt Media Line:
White Gesso
Fluid Acrylics in: Cobalt Blue Hue, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Violet, Phthalo Blue, 
                          Paynes Grey, Cobalt Teal Hue
Shimmer Mister:Violet
Matte Medium
Liquid Glass

DecoArt range:
Snowtex
Glamour Dust: Crystal

Other products:
8" x 8" canvas
A few clear, or white, beads
Mesh
Strands of thin string
Needle and white thread
A few dry twigs and leaf
Brushes, spatula, heat tool

Okay, here we go then....lots of photos!

 Begin by applying gesso over the canvas with a spatula, aiming to create varying thickness and texture.

Press a few beads into the thicker areas of the gesso.

Scratch a few "icicles" into the gesso along the top and bottom edges of the canvas using a ball ended tool or a brush handle.


When the gesso is partially dry, apply heat in a few areas...this will cause the surface to bubble up and create extra texture.

Add some strips of mesh and thin string to the surface, using more gesso to keep them in place.
This was how my canvas looked at this stage.
Add some drops of Liquid Glass to create nicely rounded blobs of texture.

Use Matte Medium to adhere a dried leaf to the canvas - if you don't have any, then a purchased skeleton leaf would work. Smudge a little gesso around the leaf and stem to fill any areas where it may be sticking up. You can also add a little to the surface as I did. Allow everything to dry fully.

Paint the whole canvas with the Fluid Acrylics (except for the Cobalt Teal Hue) blending them over the surface and getting into all the nooks and crannies.You are aiming to cover the white completely - don't forget the edges!
Spritz areas of the canvas with the Violet Shimmer Mister - this will give a subtle glint to those areas.
This is how my canvas looked at this stage...the colours didn't photograph too well here, but you can see the various shades blending across the surface.
Next we need to start highlighting the canvas surface. I used the Cobalt Teal Hue to brush over some areas, blending as I went with a dry brush and light touch.
I mixed some Snowtex and gesso together to get a slightly more fluid version of the Snowtex and then brushed this over various areas. I particularly concentrated on the raised elements.
 Some Glamour Dust sprinkled onto the wet Snowtex/Gesso mix gives the ultimate frosty effect!
After playing around with the size and shape of the twigs I wanted to use, I added neat Snowtex to the top edges of them and let them dry.
I used a large, sharp needle and strong white thread to attach the twigs to the canvas - just a few stitches at various points on each twig are enough to hold them firmly in place.
I used Fly Stitch to create the look of some birds flying in the distance. You can see how to create a Fly Stitch here
Here are a few close ups of my finished piece which show the detail and texture.
....the beads and string are a great way to add instant texture, picked up by the gesso/Snowtex mixture, and the Glamour Dust really gives the extra frosty touch.

I love the detail that is picked up on the dry leaf.
It's worth playing around with the placement of the twigs before committing to the stitching. 

There you have the completed canvas. You could create a series of these for a feature wall, or why not try making a set of four - with one for each season? Don't forget to check out all the other Design Team projects for our Winter Wonderland Challenge and remember that you still have until the 29th to submit an entry yourself - there's a great DecoArt Media prize package up for grabs!


Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year...

I hope that everyone has a great time, however you choose to celebrate or welcome the New Year in. I pray that, beyond personal wishes and goals, we can work together to lessen the fear and hatred that has blighted this past year and go some way toward that seemingly impossible dream of peace. Love and blessings.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Happy Christmas wishes


Like many other people this year, I'm not posting out Christmas cards and am using the postage costs towards buying gifts which we collect at Church for homeless and disadvantaged people. 
So, I've made an attempt at creating a photoshopped, digital card which is a small triumph for me as I really struggle with digital imaging! 
I really hope that everyone will have a wonderful Christmas and that we might all look forward to a more peaceful and happy new year.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Christmas Canvas

Here is a fun project that there's still plenty of time to make for Christmas. I do like having things other than tree ornaments and tinsel that I can bring out each year to adorn my walls over the festive period.
Even if you are nervous of painting this is a very achievable canvas so I hope you'll give it a try!
The snowman is created using my "Winter Wonderland Snowman" stamp set (PICSA6451) available from stockists of Personal Impressions products. I stamped him onto white card and carefully cut him out. Note that if you don't want to include the word blocks on his body, stick strips of masking tape over them, ink up the stamp then remove the tape before stamping the image. (Clever eh? Not really!)
I placed the cut out image onto an 8" x 8" canvas and drew around the shape and then applied DecoArt Media Line white Gesso over the canvas, leaving the snowman shape clear. I find it best to smooth the gesso into the snowman outline so that there isn't a harsh stop line. I used DecoArt products throughout except for a black Archival ink pad.
I then applied DA Crackle Paint over various areas of the canvas, some thin and some thick - the thicker the application, the heavier the crackling will be. Set aside the canvas to dry and, whatever you do, don't use a heat tool to try and speed up the process or the gesso will bubble and the crackle paint will not work. I usually place mine in a warm spot and keep checking...patience!

Meanwhile, we can turn our attention to the snowman. Using the Translucent White Fluid Acrylic, paint over the snowman's face and body - I use a soft brush that is just damp.There's no need to add water to the paint as it's very fluid as the name suggests. You will still be able to see the stamped details through the paint so you are effectively just colouring in the image - easy! Here are the colours of Media Fluid Acrylics that I used for the whole project...
Continue painting the snowman in your choice of colours. I like to use ball ended tools in various sizes when I add the facial details in black as this gives a nice round shape - you can use the end of a paintbrush too. Remember to paint the edges of the image to cover any white card that may show otherwise.
Once the canvas is dry and has nicely crackled, you can start to paint it...I added a row of simple trees and a sunrise to mine. Just have fun with the colours! I also smoothed Metallic Silver over the crackled areas and immediately removed the paint with a baby wipe which just leaves the silver in the cracks.
I painted on the words and extra snowflakes using Titanium White and a fine brush.
Once you are happy with the background, glue the snowman to the space that you left on the canvas - DA Matte Medium is ideal for this. Make sure it is well stuck, especially around the edges. I like to add some shadow around the image so that it looks grounded...simply blend colour that is slightly darker than the background around the snowman's outline. 
Next, apply a couple of coats of Soft Touch Varnish over the snowman, allowing it to just go over the edge of the cut out image which will nicely seal it to the canvas. Whilst still wet, sprinkle in a little Glamour Dust for extra sparkle!
Use a spatula to apply Snowtex to the base of the canvas to give a really snowy, textured surface for the snowman to stand in. Again, a little Glamour Dust looks very festive. I then mix Snowtex with gesso to let it down a little before using a small brush to add snowy details to his hat and the trees.
I really hope you'll give this canvas a try...using the stamped image separately in this way really does make it much easier!