Monday, 23 October 2017

The Labyrinths of Thought

Grids speak to me! I'm not a quilter for nothing. I made a small grid on one of my journal pages some time back,  and loved it so much that for this Stencilgirl Project I returned to making a grid on the page so I could share it. It's great to be back as Guest Designer for Stencilgirl Products this month and I hope you will enjoy my grid as much as I enjoyed making it.

As always you will find a step-by-step tutorial on the Stencilgirl Talk site today. This is the only place where I share such elaborate instructions on how I made my pages and there are other great tutorials from other wonderful Designers on a daily base there, so add it to your Favourites! You will also find a full list of all the materials I used specially the stencils.
Filling the grid lines with small white circles is a bit of work but it is also a wonderfully Zen activity and I am very keen on the finished effect. You don't have to use circles but could doodle in whatever pattern is your preference
The spread was made in an A4 Dylusions Art journal. I love the quality of the pages. They will stand up to anything.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

How they fit together

This week's prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures was: puzzles. I could have sworn we had at least one jigsaw puzzle in the house but if so it proved illusive. I managed to destash some drawers during the search process, but had to accept that I would have to find an alternative solution to actual puzzle pieces.
I started making the background in my 5.5 by 8.1/4" journal by using acrylic paints and the medium stencil from the October 2014 Stencilgirl Club. I then added rubber stamping with a stamp from an ImpressMeNow stamping sheet, followed by more stencilling, again using the previously mentioned stencil as well as the small stencil from the January 2017 Club and the M080 Repetition Stencil. Some collage was added using tissuewrap (7Gypsies).
I then added the puzzle pieces by drawing on the pages using a thick black marker. I found a quotation I liked: "It is not about the pieces, but how they fit together", and cut words and letters from magazines that were then glued unto the pieces as shown with a glue stick.
The final step was some outlining with black and white markers, only within the pieces of the puzzle.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Far Hills

After all the days of wind and darkness, this morning loomed light and bright. It put a sprigt in our step during the dog walk. Flora ran ahead of me in her eagerness to enjoy a dry walk. She is very fastidious about getting her legs wet and dirty.

The views along the old railway line path were stunning. There was a golden glow and I loved the way the trees were silhouetted against the horizon. Very much like a Japanese woodblock print.  I have walked here over the past 22 years with 5 different dogs and yet I never get bored with it.
As you may have noticed there hasn't been much art on this blog lately. I am working hard to finish beading a quilt that has been on my work desk for far too long. I have no idea how long I have been working on this quilt  (definitely more than a year at least) but the main problem has been that it has been on that desk but no work has been done. Life kept getting in the way and if I don't give it a good bash and get it done, I very much fear it might be abandoned. So I'm beading like a woman possessed!

However there have been so many photographs taken every day what with the wealth of fungi about that I have resorted to using my phone almost exclusively for blogging as well as blipping and I am continually impressed with how good my iPhone camera is. And of course it's always with me. However I will try and grab that big camera a bit more often!


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