Friday, 15 February 2019

Sow a little kindness where ever you go

Hello friends and like always, thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope this last week has been a good one for you.

I have two projects to share with you this week. The first one is a Valentines make, a mixed media piece I created to wish all my online friends the most wonderful Valentines day.

I know I am a day late here on my blog, though perhaps not for friends across the pond. In anycase, I hope you had a day full of love! This is a  4 x 6 canvas panel.
And here are a few steps of how I created it:
1. Cover board in Gesso.
2. Adhere diecut (Tim Holtz Thinlets Organic die)
3. Add some stencilling.
4 Colour with a mix of acrylic paints (I used Distress paints as well as some Paperartsy and some Decoart Media paints).
5.Do some drybrushing to highlight some of the raised bits.
6. Add some embellishments: a digital download slightly distressed, a Tim Holtz paper doll and word band, and a Facetted heart also a Tim Holtz die, cut from metallic cardstock and coloured with alcohol inks.
Below a few close ups:
The second project is my calendar page for the past week. Seeing it was Valentines, I also added a heart to my page.
I layered various home made and downloaded ephemera, added some colour with Distress crayon and also a dried fern from my garden.

Well, that's it for now. I hope you will have a good and creative week ahead and thank you for dropping by today!

Friday, 8 February 2019

Each Day Has Beauty....

Hello friends and happy Friday! Today I have two projects to share, both using the same papers that are a digital download you can purchase on Etsy. Just in case you are interested, they are by Tracy Fox of Fox Creative and you can find them HERE.
The first project is my weekly calendar page.
I layered up the papers, added washi, did some background stamping and finally finished with a wax seal and a hand written sentiment.

Below just a few close ups:
One of Tim's paper dolls whom I gave a pair of wings for a bit of whimsy.
The hand written quote, written with a dip pen. Much of my crafting time these days is spent doing my dip pen practice, I'm afraid to say, progress is very slow and I am not really ready to share much of it...
I always add a little colour and or stencilling to the facing page too, to tie them together.

I had lots of fun creating the second project which was for an art swap:

The swap was for 3 Artist Trading Coins, but I decided to add some extra bits, just for fun and created a little folder and decorated envelope, just because I love doing things like that.

Here first of all are the 3 coins:
And here a close up of the envelope: Obviously before I added the address
The little folder was adapted from a tutorial by Nik the Booksmith  I found on Youtube, and I used the same printable paper as for the calendar page:
It has pockets inside, where I stuffed bits and bobs that I hope she will enjoy using in her own artwork.
Well, that's pretty much what I have been up to, have a good week ahead and until next Friday...

Thank you like always for taking the time to visit

Friday, 1 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire for A Vintage Journey

Hello all, - happy Friday and Happy February!
Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and no surprises, - there are some hearts and love involved in our challenge theme this month.
Our fabulous host this month is the talented Annie, and this is what she had to say about the challenge theme:
Since February is the month of love, include hearts as the main focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles we prefer.

Well, I decided to alter one of Tim Holtz's ETC tags, but started my project with a Graphics 45 tag and then cut some scrapbook paper with the matching G45 die. I love the shape of these tags.
I embellished the tag with another G45 die, it comes as part of another tag die. Instead of the clock hands I then added a heart cut with an old Movers and Shapers die.
I sanded the edges of the adhered paper for a distressed look.
The heart was cut from mettalic Kraft card and then treated with some alcohol inks and a crackle stamp stamped in black Archival ink.

Time to put it all together.

I covered the ETC tag with Gesso and then some buff acrylic paint. Next I added crackle paints and when then had created its crackle added a thin wash off watery dark umber.
I diecut some leaves, and added some flowers from my stash for a little cluster.
And finally added this happy couple from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls collection to finish of my love themed tag, and also added a handlettered sentiment, using a dip pen and some Prima paint.

Well, that's it from me for today. Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my marvellous teamies have created and we all hope you will share some heart themed projects with us too.
Have a great month!!

Friday, 25 January 2019

Journal time

Hello friends and welcome. Another week has passed, how time flies. So it's Friday and like usual I am sharing a few more journal pages, so here goes.
First up my planner
I used the same techniques I usually use for this journal, Gesso over Dyan Reaveley's original artwork, then some acrylic paints and finally background stamping, stamped ephemera and washi tapes.
Here's a close up of my right side page.
The focal image this week is of course one of Tim Holtz's paper dolls. This boy looks to me as if he is ready to get on with things, - just what I need to do in the coming week...

Stamped ticket and hand written sentiment, trying my hand at some medeaval script
The other part of the same ticket (both from the Tim Holtz Ticket Booth stamp set), and a ruler piece cut from an old Tim paper

I though I would also share one more page from my daily junk journal.
I decided to add a pocket and some stamped journaling cards. I did a tutorial a while back on how to make these pockets, you can find it here
And here a closer look at the other side
For this page I decided to leave lots of blank space for journaling and writing practice.

Well, that's it for this week, I will be back next Friday with a project for A Vintage Journey, see you then and have a great week!

Friday, 18 January 2019

Friday journal post

Hello friends, it's Friday and that means another post here. There is not much new to share this week, as any arty crafty time I had, has mostly been spent doing writing practice.

Having tried my hand last year on learning brush pen lettering, this year I have moved on to an actual dip pen, - and boy, it's a whole different ball game... Trust me, I am not ready to share that yet, other than a few little try outs in my journal. So all I have today is a little video slideshow of said journal
I also have one further page from my planner to show, so here goes:
As I explained in a previous post, this is a Dyan Reaveley diary. I love the format and the quality of the paper, but my style is so very different from Dyan's that I think most weeks the first thing I will do is gesso over the artwork in the diary, as I did this week.
Next I set to work adding colour with the help of some acrylic paints and a small natural sponge.
Then I added some text with the help of one of Lynne's Affirmations wonderful stencils and some paste. When the paste had dried more stencilling followed with Watering Can archival inks. The final steps were adding some ephemera, (hand stamped on tea dyed paper) old book paper and washi tape.
I also added a wax seal and some black tread for a bit of texture.

This lovely Mucha image was part of a stationery box my daughter gave me for Christmas.
The final steps were to add some background stamping and lastly adding a light wash of Decoart Translucent white paint to tone it all down a bit and some white gesso splatters for a bit of a wintry feel.

Well that's it for this week and of course thank you for your visit like always.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Next step on my journaling journey

Hello friends, - it's Friday and that means another blogpost from me. As Journaling is the main thing I am doing art and craft wise at the moment, all I have are a few more journal pages to share, so this will be a short post....
First of all, my weekly calendar page, the photo was taken when it was partially filled in.

Here is a slightly closer look:

-Next up a spread from my "Draw Your Day" journal. I don't manage absolutely every day, but most days I do.
And finally a few further pages in  my junk journal, this is where I record some of the deeper aspects of my life and as these are quite personal I have redacted some of the writing....

I am using this journal also to write quotes that I love, practising the next steps on my calligraphy writing journey. I have moved from brushpens to dip pens, and as you can see, it's like starting all over again, - what a mess, - but hey, I'll keep practising.
And here is the final one I will share today:
Well that's it for this Friday post. I hope these journal pages are not too boring for you. I am sure that at some point I will come back to more mixed media stamping and Tim Holtz inspired stuff, but this is what I am at now.

Thank you for your visit like always

Friday, 4 January 2019

A Vintage Journey Put A Stamp On It- My journal set up for 2019

Hello lovely friends and visitors, it's Friday, so that means posting day and today's post will double up for both my Creative Guide project for A Vintage Journey, and my regular Friday post which this week will feature my journal and planner set up for 2019.
I have decided that 2019 will be my year of journaling, more than any other creative outlet. The theme at AVJ is "Put A Stamp On It, and Deb our fabulous host has this to say about the challenge:
For this challenge we would like to see some stamps on your creations, a minimum of one stamp but the more the merrier!  Stamp your backgrounds, fussy cut or die cut some stamped images, add some stamped sentiments; whatever you'd like as long as it is in one of our preferred vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steam punk styles".

So for this post I thought I would share some of the ways I use stamps at least for some of my journals.

The photo above is from what is probably my favourite journal. It is a midori sized journal that was part of a stationery box I received as a Christmas present from my daughter. You can see the cover and further page in the post below if you are interested.
 Apart from the journal insert this lovely box was filled with wonderful vintage ephemera, a stamp, washi tape and lace. It comes from a Finish outlet called Paper Garden. This journal will be filled with uplifting quotes and sayings that I collect through the year. Stamps are used to enhance the pages and create some further ephemera.
A few close ups below.
On this page the main stamp is actually a wax seal, but I guess as I stamped it myself, it could count as stamping too right?
Here is a further page created with a mix of washi stickers and stamps.
The hand stamp was stamped on a scrap of tea dyed paper I still had in my stash from previous junk journal.
 Another piece of home made  stamped ephemera this one functions as a flap for extra journaling on the back.
Here you can see the other side. All the quotes are written with a dip pen, the other journaling is all done with a fountain pen, something else I want to do much more of this year. Below just a couple more of the pages prepped to start journaling on in the days to come:
The postcard on the right forms a pocket for further journaling cards.
Well, so far the junk journal. Onto the next one....

Some of you may remember that last year I kept a bullet journal. I kept that going for just over a year and have shown pages from it on and off. Towards the end of this year I was getting more and more frustrated with the quality of the paper, and so I decided it had to go and has now been replaced with one of Dyan Reaveley's Creative Diaries. One of my oldest blog friends, Yvonne, who some of you will know as Meggys Way, always shared her version on Fridays last year, and inspired me to keep one myself. So below my version that will function as my new planner.

The original diary has Dyan's artwork on the right side page, from time to time I may incorporate some of that, but for this first week I simply gessoed right over it and then did my own things. Stamps are mainly used to frame the edges, and I am happy to say, the quality of the paper is great!
My final journal that I'll share today is another totally new venture and does not include any stamping at all I'm afraid to say. Recently I discovered this book Draw your Day by Samantha Dion Baker. It's a guide to keep a sketch journal, something I have wanted to do for a long time in an effort to improve my drawing and watercolour skills. So the final two photos are the pages from this journal I have done so far.

Well, that's it for today and another week. Do go over to A Vintage Journey to see the wonderful stamped creations my talented teamies have created and of course we would love to see you play along to share your.

Finally, and completely unrelated, Hunkydory for whom I did some designing last year are looking for new design team members, - if you are interested you can find all the details HERE and for people interested in stamping HERE
Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope 2019 will bring you lots of happiness and creativity!


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