Sunday, 17 August 2014

August Calendar Journal Page

Hi Folks - sorry its been so long since I blogged and I'm very very late putting up my calendar journal page!!
But there is a story about this one.....OK I know when isn't there but this one was me at my ditsy best!!!
I was running late getting the page done and it was already 7 days into the month, so I grabbed a bit of time over a couple of days and got cracking with the page.  Got it finished by about the 9th or 10th... took some pictures and happily started to put it on facebook.  
Had the post all ready to put up when I realised that I had done September instead of August!!! 
I couldn't believe it!! 
So I thought no problem I will take off the September note and put august in its place - then I realised for the first time in a while I had put the data squares in order and of course I would be one short!!! 
So back to the drawing board... and trying to grab a few minutes here and there again and this is what I came up with!
Very different from what I normally do!! 

So in a state of panic I started looking through my background paper stash box hoping that something would jump out so I could do another calendar journal page this month - but quickly!! 
whilst scrabbling frantically I came across a scrap of paper which I had obviously used to protect other pages when I was blending with a distress ink tool and it was covered in random colours and lines going in all directions - it looked quite cool (I imagine that's why I kept it) so I thought I would give it a go doing it intentionally!!
So a stack of different coloured distress ink pad and blending took in hand I got started.  (I have to say the sheet I used to blend against turned out looking great on its own as well!!)
After I was happy with my blending I tried to find out what would work for the squares.  I tried different thinks but found I didn't want to cover up the background, so out came the stamps.  
Piles of them later I found this square one and thought it would be perfect.  Only realising after I started stamping that there was a gouge dug out of the top left corner!! Well I had started so I had to finish!! as it turns out I really like the little flaw on the stamp!!!
So happy with how it was looking I tried different things for the title and all of it looked way to heavy on top of this background.  After a long frustrating time, I decided to leave it be and go back to it the next day.
I usually don't like to use my own writing and drawing on my pages because I invariable find my self unhappy with the end result, but I do keep trying hoping that eventually with enough practise I will be able to start pulling it off.  So feeling rather brave I started to draw the title on in pencil! It looked right so I went over in in pen......oh it now didn't look right - the line wasn't heavy enough but anything I tried on a spare piece of paper didn't look like it would work either!
  So finally I settled on the second line and was pleased with how that looked.  To try and emphasise the letters I went back to the blending tool and added one colour on one side of the lines and another on the others!!
It looked strange but it was happy with this weirdly angular page (I normally prefer curves not angles!!)
So for the first time in nearly 3 years I have forced myself to do 2 pages in one month due to my cotton wool brain!!!
I hope you all have a great month and don't find yourself being as ditsy as me!! lol
xxxx hugs xxxx

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!!