Sunday, 6 July 2014

July Calendar Journal Page - better late than never!!

 Hi Folks!
Sorry I was missing in action last month.  My husband was home for a while after working away a lot lately and we had work commitments so I didn't get any time to craft.
Well rather late with this months calendar journal page, due to lack of time energy and Mojo!! I finally managed to get all three at the same time yesterday so went ahead and did my page.
No plan as usual, I just started messing around and sorting stuff out!! putting off is another word for it! hoping inspiration would hit! lol.  So I gave myself a pep talk 'just do something and see where it leads'!! well this is where it lead!
I sprayed turquoise, lime and yellow dyslusions onto one of my calendar journal 12 x 12 sheets and sprayed it with lots of water.  Not being organised, as I didnt know what I was going to do, I grabbed the first sheet of 12 x 12 I found and blotted some of the ink off the original sheet.  
Original sheet with ink and water sprayed on.  Not sure where the swirls appeared from.  The sheet was blank when I picket it up!!!  must have had some type of imprint from a page I did a couple of months ago!! I love the unexpected!
Second sheet I blotted with - it turns out a grabbed a sheet which I had gessoed so the ink reacts differently on it!  Loved it once it was dried!
Then I blotted more off the first sheet with a scrap blot off book I use so I don't waste any ink!

Well in my usual contrary fashion I liked the second sheet over the first so decided to use it this month.  The other one has been dried and put aside and will no doubt will put in an appearance in a later month!!
Next I found some squares of printed paper which I had cut out previously and there was just enough for the 31 spaces.  So I edged them with some distress in and stamped randomly on them with a marble background stamp  using mustard and aqua archival ink.  Then did a bit more stamping with a crackle background stamp using gold ink. I played around with placing but this worked the best.
When I was messing around before I started I came across a kids toy set I had bought ages ago planning on using it for a project.  It hadn't worked for what I wanted so it had just sat under the desk totally ignored.  I went through it and threw most of the contents out but it had 2 stencils in - one with an alphabet and one with a whale, octopus and jelly fish on.  The lovely stylised octopus caught my eye and I thought I would try and do something with it.
So I blended through it using 2 different colours of distress ink and then stamped over with a water droplet stamp.
The background looked rather bland behind him so I stencilled through a wood grain stencil to create a watery look.  I could have put more on the background but I wanted to keep as much of it showing as possible as I really liked it.
Octopus still didn't look right so I drew round him and added some shading.
Letter tiles were added for the title and I found  a saying which I liked, printed it off and stuck it on.
Some more distress ink blended round the edge of the page finished it off nicely.
So my rather watery July page! 

Have a great month!

Monday, 9 June 2014

June Calendar Journal Page

Hi folks - happy June to you all!!
Well I manage to get my calendar journal page done just under the wire this month.  It has been rather a hit and miss project!!
Some people when journaling and doing craft projects have a very firm idea at the outset as to what they are going to do - I'm not one of them!! If I'm lucky I have a basic idea of what I'm going to use or what I'm aiming for and then I just see what happens!  Normally what happens is it goes off at a tangent all of its own and I follow on and am invariably surprised where it ends up.  This months page was even more organic than usual.  The only thing I had in mind was that I wanted to christen my new Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paints! after that I had no idea!!!
I haven't done any creating at home for a while - apart from my calendar journal pages though I have been fortunate enough to go to quite a few work shops over the last few months.  During that time I have, needless to say, purchased some necessary supplies!! Supplies which I refuse to put away until I have tested them out.  Well the upshot of this policy is my crafting desk is covered in new stamps, paints, stencils etc and I have very little space to work in. 
So I pushed as much of it to one side and put some on the floor so that I could get this page done.
I coated my page in gesso then had to leave it to go and do other stuff.
When I came back to it I rubbed on some of the lush purple and lime green paint from Dina's line (they are so creamy to use - I Love them!) and again I had to leave it.
This was how it progressed over a period of 10 days - I would go into the craft room and try adding some more stuff that was lying on the desk then leave it till the next day!  Between visits I would come up with ideas of what I would do next but by the time I got back to it I ended up doing something entirely different!! So this is a page created in random 10 minute slots - I think its not bad for a totally mash up!

Here is a list of some of the things that I used, Dina's paints, acrylic ink, luminous green, black and purple paint dabbers, mica mist sprays, rock salt, perfect pearls spray, dylusions spray and distress ink pads in mustard seed (for the sun), shabby shutter, and seedless preserve through stencils. Write all pencils in black and green to give the  day spaces more definition.  Stamps for the foliage edge, and some background stamping for texture and the birds and for the June 2014!
I probably used way more than that but I lost track after a while lol!! 
The mountains were created using the edge of a sheet of torn paper and a blending tool and black soot ink pad!!
So for those of you who are way better at planning that I am, you might what to try doing a project this way.  It can be frustrating but liberating and you can amaze yourself with the art that you produce.
Have a great week!! 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Collage journal page with Kate Crane

Hi again folks another quick post - I forgot I hadn't put on these lovely pages that I did in another one of Kate Cranes workshops - back in March I think?!?!? the year is going by so quickly I cant keep track.
It was a creative collage workshop. 
 I managed to get 2 journal pages done in the day!! 
So paint and stencil backgrounds and cut out shapes to make the focal points and doodling to finish off!!
Haven't really been able to get to grips very well with collage, I've always been a bit dissatisfied with the end results but could never figure out why.  These 2 however I was very happy with.  Loved the eyes I added to the left hand house for a bit of fun lol!!!
Used the every useful stabilo write all pencil to add shadows and some extra detail.
Some washi tape was added to this one for a bit of extra detail!!!
They are quite different from a lot of what I do but I love trying 'different' and one of these years all these attempts at 'different' are hopefully going to merge in to what will end up being my style!  Well I live in hope.... I just need to practise more!!
Take care

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Journaling with Kate Crane - drawing whimsical faces

Hi folk I hope the weather is not as confusing for you as it has been where I live - we have had sunshine, torrential rain and warm temperatures today - confused... totally.
Earlier on this month I was yet again at my home from home AFTH but this time it was to go to regular journaling workshops which Kate Crane has just started doing.
We didn't know what we were doing before hand but as it turned out it was whimsical face, much to the horror of some of the ladies in the class.
So we started off doing some practise and trying out some different styles.
From there we went on to explore adding colour - I really love my inktense pencils and neocolor 2! 
Then we finished off painting a face in our journal!! 
I had a great day and learnt to much and watched some amazing faces being created!! Even the ladies who were convinced they couldn't draw faces ended up with some wonderful work!! 
So remember don't let your fear stop you - have a go anyway!!
Have a great month!!
xxx hugs xxx

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

She Art Canvas with Michelle Webb

Hi Folks hope your not getting too burnt with all this sunshine!!!
Had a great time last week at AFTH in a workshop with Michelle Webb and we made 2 she art canvases!
I have admired some of the she art I have seen over the last couple of years but haven't got round to having a go myself, so this was the perfect opportunity! 
To make the day even better we got to play with Dina Wakley's lovely new heavy body paint which have just been released and tried the Faber Castell Big Brush Pitt Pens which I haven't used before.
So it was a inky messy play day trying new things!!
 I loved it needless to say!
This is what I ended up with!!

As always Michelle had done loads of prep work for us and it was great to add our own take on her project!!
These are a bit different for me and I wasn't sure about them half way through the day but by the time I headed away I was very happy.
I added the quotes on when I got home and it finished them of nicely.
If you have thought about giving it a try - stop thinking and just do it!! its great fun!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Altered Matchboxes Workshop

This week I has great fun doing the sometime fiddly altered matchboxes workshop with the lovely talented Kate Crane!
So we got messy inking, distressing stamping and sewing and I ended up with these little beauties!

Made a little journal to go in the big matchbox!!!
A concertina journal in one of the minis - along with a paperclay heart!! Still need to put finishing touches to the journal and colour the hear!

Made 12 little cards to go in this one - going to put journaling prompts on them - still have to do that!!

Lastly made a teeny tiny brown paper journal for the last one!!!!
I had such a great time making these minis that I had to buy some more matchboxes from AFTH while I was there so when I have a few minutes I will play and make some more!!
Give it a go guys - its super crafting fun in miniature!!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

May Calendar Journal Page

Hi everyone - well here we are at the beginning of another month and I have just managed to get this months calendar done!!!
Ok I have to say at this point I don't like it.....Yet!!!!!  This month I think is going to be a work in progress. 
I decided to stop for now because I think I've been looking at it too long and I still cant see what to do with it to make it feel more finished for me!!
I like it better than I did an hour ago and I'm hoping by tomorrow I will like it more or will have come up with something to tie it all together!!

I started by using bits and piece that have been sitting around for a while - just bits of half done 'things!!
The background has loads of layers as I started off with spraying and dribbling inks over a month ago.  Each time I looked at it again I sprayed or splatted something else that come to hand.  Next time it was a bit of stamping and some mica, so its a real hotch potch!!!
The bird was a card that I had in my 'Journal Soup' box on my desk which I made after doing a workshop with Dina Wakley about adding animals to your art. (I will get round to blogging about those wonderful workshops one of these days lol). It was just a bit of a play using gloss card and a printed image.
'May' I cut out of a piece of inked card which has been in my paper stash box - like forever!!! And it seemed to go with the over all colour way.
So I put the heavy elements on, the month and the bird card and realised I had no clue as to how I was going to do the day spaces.
After much pratting about and fiddling I got my old faithful write all pencil and started to mark out the spaces, I hate it when I miss count and can't fit them all in.  But the marking turned to scribbling and the application of a water brush blurred the pencil a bit more and suddenly I had rather messy spaces.  They looked too light weight compared to the other elements so I scribbled over them with a glaze pen.
It still doesn't quite work - but its getting there.
I wonder what it will look like by the end of the month when I have finished writing something for each day and adding other touches to try to make it 'feel right'?!?!?
Well its going to be a bit of a journey!!
I hope you all get time to express your creative side this month!!
Happy May guys!!!

P.S. as I finished the post I thought of something that I thought might make a difference.  You will probably all think Im mad but all I did was added some black distress paint round the edge of the page and it made a big difference for such a small thing!! I know you can hardly see the difference but i'm happier now!!