Friday, 21 July 2017

The Colour of Sea, Sun and Sand

Our monthly prompt on Wanderlust 2017 was to finish the following sentence: This morning was in the colour of .................. Inspired by my longing for the sea and the warm days earlier this month I added the words: sea, sun and sand. I wish the sea was a bit closer, the sun was out more often and I would love to feel the sand between my toes. Perhaps just looking at this spread will help.

I'm working in a Finnabair Mixed Media Journal sized 7 x 9". As you can see it's ring bound.
The background was collaged with a variety of tissue wrap, and I then used bright sunny colours and stencil L570 Crazy Quilt Crosses and Rounds by Stencilgirl Products to make the background. I added more texture by rubber stamping with the Stitched Mixed Media Background stamp from Carabelle Studio.
The imagery, all coming from the Flow Vakantieboek (Flow Vacation Book), was summer themed too, showing the lounger and toes. The sun itself came from the smallest stencil from the July 2017 Stencilgirl Club and was done with gold paste.
The words were cobbled together from magazine. I finished by outlining all the imagery and words with a black Stabilo All pencil.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Bullet List

The latest prompt this week on Joggles Art Journal Adventures was to do something with a Bullet List. This follows in the wake of a bullet journaling (BuJo for short) movement everywhere I look, such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. I seem to have been in the vanguard of this phenomenon, as I have done it as long as I have kept diaries, and that's many more years than I care to remember. 

Still, I'm interested in how it is done now and avidly read all about it but I'm not going to indulge in buying special BuJo journals, nor will I change the way I work. All my lists as well as my appointments diary and my written journaling about the day come together in my planner. This year I'm using The Quilter's Planner 2017 which I love because there is lots of room for every day. My only grumble is that the week starts on Sunday in this planner, whereas I like to finish my week there. No doubt I will eventually get used to it but we're already half way through the year, and it continues to be a bug bear. 
I followed the brief and made a bullet list of things I love. By request I left one item of the list (guess??!!) but you can see the rest of the list above and it is in no particular order. I knew however that Flora had to be next to the red heart. The hearts are all from a sticker sheet and the text was done on a Dymo writer.
The background was made with a wide selection of paints. I had fun using the brightest,  most summery colours I could find. They were combined with stencilling using stencils L541 Mandala Floral and M103 Bittersweet Mini stencils, both from Stencilgirl Products. I also collaged with vintage texts.
I was working on the pages for the #artmarks30daychallenge  (see yesterday's post) at the same time as this spread and that definitely influenced the way I worked here. The pages reflect my love list.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017


There are always fun challenge to be add on Instagram and all too often I simply can't resist. Here are 3 little pages in a tiny (to me) art journal, sized 3.5 x 5.5". It's in fact a notebook but I have prepared it by glueing alternative pages together and added heavy gesso as the bottom layer on every page. The art challenge has the hashtag #artmarks30daychallenge and is organized by Rae Missigman. She is also one of the teachers in a lovely online class to make a mini journal just for the mark making challenge. I have bought the class but at the moment there wasn't the opportunity to make it in time for the challenge, hence the little notebook.
I am also not aiming to do these challenges in 30 days, but at the moment I am managing to keep up.
I did so many different things on the pages that it's impossible to let you know, mainly because I have already forgotten what I did. There is collage, stencilling, rubber stamping, vintage imagery, mark making and a lot more. I'll only show you some of the pages here with the prompt underneath. You can find the rest on my Instagram feed in due course.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017


The prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures this week was: Wonder. I used a quotation by Abraham Joshua Heschel that reads: "Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge". 
As I was one of the Voices for Stencilgirl Products this month I had received the July 2017 Stencilclub stencils early (and utilized them for my Voices project that you can see here). I used the flower part as well as the circles of the large stencil for the background of these pages, done in a 5.5 x 8" art journal.
 I added multiple layers of paint but always the same parts of the stencil i.e. the flowers and also the circles.
To show "wonder" I collaged on the eyes and then added the large orange flower (both from magazines) and was amazed by how much that made the page look like a face.
Some more eyes were added with eye themed washi tape from Jane Davenport. I outlined the flowers and some of the circles as well as the large flower using black and white markers. The text was collaged on with words and letters cut from a variety of magazines.


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