Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Tag winners and a quote page

Hello friend and thanks for dropping in! Thank you for all your kind comments on my tags on Valentines day. !2 of you acually specifically stated you would like to get one, so I decided to use random org to sellct two winners, so here goes:

Number 3 Counting down the list that is Alveen

Doing it again for tag number two:

Number 9 Again, counting down, that is Candy C.

Ladies, if you let me know your addresses they shall be on the way to you shortly 😍

Alright, now for a little new project sharing: As I am trying to become better at lettering, I like to create a lettered quote in my bullet journal every now and so often, so here is the lates page I did:
I found this quote and lettering style on Pinterest and copied it, just in different colours. I used my Prisma Premier softcore pencils for the letters and Gelatos for the background.

Wished I'd kept the background simpler as the whole page has become too busy, but like usual, live and learn, that's what this whole journey is about isn't it?
Anyway, hope you are having a good week, and like always, thanks for your visit!
xxxxx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Chickadees or Coletits?

Hello lovely visitors, today I am sharing another spread in my nature journal, you have all been so kind and encoraging about it, so thanks for that!!
It's not always easy to find suitable subjects to draw and paint here in the Northern Hemisphere in February. The weather has been so cold and windy, it's hard to even go out for walks. So for this spread I took inspiration from photographs, what I can see from my craftroom window, and my imagination...
This little chickadee was mostly copied from a photo on the wonderful Pamelia's blog, but I also looked at other photographs. Here in the UK we don't have chickadees, but our native coletits are very, very similar, though apparently not related... I used watercolour pencils, Prisma Premier pencils, watercolours and even a black Tombow marker.
Like usual, I also added strips of washi, old book paper and here also a few scraps of rice paper and a little stamping on tissue.. I love playing with little bits of collage around my hand painted elements to complete the pages.
This branche is based on the budding branches of a big chestnut tree I can see out of the window of my artspace (studio would be too big a word for it lol).
And here finally a couple of feathers, they are totally done out of my imagination, I just needed something to fill up the space....
The cover for this journal, as some of you may remember, was made with the Eileen Hull journaling die. I love that with the help of the elastic, I can take the actual journal in and out of the cover, which makes it much easier to paint. Here you can see it inside the cover.

Well, that's it for today. Have a lovely weekend  and thanks for your visit like always!
xxxxx

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

You are loved!

Hello everyone and happy Valentine's Day to you all! My post today is dedicated to you my lovely visitors and followers to wish you a day filled with love and happiness!
After all my posts with hand painted and drawn things, I wanted to create something using mostly inks and stamps once again, so I made these two tags to say thank you to you all, for following and visiting. At the time of writing this, more than two and a half thousand of you are following me and every day  I am surprised and humbled that you have decided to follow me on my art and craft journey here, so THANK YOU and know that you are truly loved and appreciated!!
The background to these tags was created using gelli prints with Paperartsy Fresco paints and various stencils, and a few background stamps.
I then added some Oxide and normal Distress Inks, further stenciling and embellished with some flowers, little diecuts, some strips of washi and old bookpaper and a little Tim Holtz paperdoll.
The little girl symbolizes for me the joy of life and creating.
The second tag was done in a similar way, just with a different layout. This little group represents for me all my wonderful blogfriends that I have had the joy to connect with over the years.
Like on the previous tag I used strips of washi, book paper and a few flowers etc to embellish.
The back of the tags is finished with some pretty design paper from the Prima Love Clippings collection.
Now I thought if some of you would be interested to receive one of these tags in the post, just let me know in a comment below and I will send it to you. If there are more of you I will simply pull a name out of the proverbial hat.
So once again, thank you so much for being here and following my creative journey, I appreciate you all more than I can say!!!
xxxxx

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Of Berries, Moss and Fern...

Hello friends, hope life is treating you well. Today I am sharing another page from my nature journal and also want to thank you for all your encoraging comments on the previous page I shared.
Inevitably I suppose, some pages work better than others, and I am not too happy with this one, but thought I would share it anyway.
These berries I painted from a photograph I took on my phone the other day on a walk, I don't know what they are, not rosehips, even though perhaps they look like that. It was quite rainy and I wanted to capture the wet on them, which gave them a lovely shine.
The next page is meant to be a mossy tree trunk and a fern leaf. The trunk is again from a photograph I took on another walk.


I failed hopelessly on the moss I'm afraid to say, but it's all about the practice I suppose, that's why I started this journal in the first place.

The fern below I took home from my walk and painted it there, so not from a photo. I failed miserably again, it looks all stiff and lifeless...
For the background on this page I used a cool technique I saw the other day on youtube in a video by Scrapcosy (a designer for Paperartsy). You take a stamp and stamp it in Oxide ink, then take a blendingsponge over it. Because Oxides are a mix of die and pigment ink (which takes much longer to dry) the die ink keeps the image in place while the pigment ink smudges. I love this technique. The stamp I used is a background stamp by Andy Skinner.
Well that's it for today, like always thank you for your visits, which are very much appreciated!
xxxxx

Friday, 9 February 2018

Bulletjournal February flip through

Hello friends, thanks for dropping in. Today I just want to share a few pages from my bulletjournal during January and February.
First of all, some January pages.
There is not much explanation, for those of you who have not seen my bullet journal before, or don't know what it is, you can read more about it HERE
My January habit tracker and monthly calendar (obviously taken before I filled them in).

The pages below show my February cover page and monthly calendar. I decided to adopt a more minimalist (for me) style for my main pages, and then splash out into more detailed work occasionally.

Cover page and monthly calendar
I love to doodle and am trying to get better at it, just simple and fun, using pens, markers and sometimes a little coloured pencil.
Here is how my weekly spreads look this month, much simpler (and less time consuming) than in previous months, but they are functional, and afterall that is the main purpose of a bullet journal.
Each week looks similar, just with a slightly different wreath doodle at the top. This is the second week.
My gratitude and weekly meal plan pages for February
I always choose a colour theme and stick with that for the main monthly pages.
February habit tracker, - I find these really useful to help me stay on track with the habits like eating healthily, staying on top of social media, exercise etc. 
My blog planner to help me stay on top of my blog scheduling.
And finally some examples of some more elaborate pages and doodling.

The page on the right uses techniques I have explained in this post.

Future log for the next 6 months
And finally some doodles that I did as part of a doodle daily challenge on Instagram. It was good fun, but a challenge to draw in the space of a square inch ...
A few close ups, all the themes were set.




Well, that's finally it for now, sorry for this long post, and thanks for your visit like always!
Happy weekend
xxxxx
Astrid

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Custodian

Hello friends, just a very quick post today to share my next project from Lifebook 2018, this was week 5.
This was probably my favourite class so far, the teacher was a fellow Dutch lady called Juna Biagoni, an amazing mixed media artist that does the most incredible soulful portraits. The portrait is called the Custodian, because she is the guardian of our resolves and intensions, she has her eyes closed, because she looks inward, into her own soul.

Like usual, I can't really share the techniques, but let me just say it mostly involved pastels, both hard and soft ones, layered on top of a textured base. It is so wonderful finally to use some of the art materials again that I have been hoarding for years...
Juna is a fantastic teacher and I am saving up already to do another of the classes she offers on her website. I just love her style...
Anyway, that's it for today. Hope you are having a creative week and see you next time.
Thank you for your visit like always
xxxxx

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Nature Journal page 2

Hello friends, hope the month is going well for you so far. I have loved workig in my new Eileen Hull nature journal, and today I am sharing the next two pages. And thank you all so much for your encouraging comments on the first pages I showed.
This time I took the photos before actualling journalling on these pages, - hence the empty spaces.

I have always loved painting and drawing, and after years of having mainly used stamps, collage etc etc, it is great to combine my various paper crafting loves in a little journal like this.
Here in Scotland we are very much in the transition from winter into some more springlike days, and I love drawing branches that are just starting to show their buds. Pinecones are always a challenge, but I am quite happy with how this one turned out.
Here you can see some of the collage bits I used around the hand painted images.
For this page I took inspiration from a photo posted by Pamellia Johnson. I am sure most of you will be familiar with her wonderful work. She is not only the queen of shabby chic cards, but also posts the most amazing wildlife photos.
Pamellia, if you see this, I hope you don't mind I copied your wonderful starling photo....
The feather at the bottom was a very old stamp, that I thought could do with another work out.

You may just have noticed that this page is smaller than the one on the left, this is what I love about making your own journals, you can vary the size and kind of papers of the different pages, - I like the random effect of that.

Well, that's it for today, and like always, thank you for taking the time to drop in! I always really appeciate your visits!
xxxxx

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