Friday, 17 April 2015

Art Journalling - Cards

Week 15 over at Journal 52 is all about the theme of cards. What immediately sprang to mind was ATC's. I knew I wanted to create a selection of different ATC's and display these across the journal page. But what to put on them was a different matter.

I started by creating a crackle effect background using acrylic paint and crackle medium. On top of this I added a line on the lower third of the page in dark grey & blended in some turquoise. A touch of pink washi tape made it pop. I use a range of different stencils, stamps, decoupage and collage to create several mixed media ATC's. I distressed the edges of these and the journal page with distress ink, include it all into place.

After a busy week, it was good to find time to get this done. Looking forward to the new challenge.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sweet Treats

Week 14 at Journal 52 has the prompt of Sweet Treats. Most apt with Easter at the weekend! Hope you all had a fab Easter and didn't feel too sick on all that chocolate floating around! I knew what I wanted to include in my journal page this week, but how to do it? That was a whole other issue!

I love Lindt Gold Bunnies! Everyone has to have one at Easter - just to look at! Well, maybe have a nibble on too. So I took a photograph of the Gold Bunnies I bought for friends and family this Easter and then created an image transfer onto my journal page. Around this I added Tim Holtz tissue tape, layered with acrylic paint and then added some stamps - a fern, birds, postcard writing and honeycomb. They were stamped in acrylic paint as well as Stazon. This took a lot of layering and re-painting to get something that I think kind of works! I finished with a bit of doodling around the bunnies and a bit of text, then added a dark brown distress ink edge. Hope you are all enjoying this Easter week. Definitely loving the sunshine that has finally appeared here in the UK!



Seeing as it was Easter at the weekend, lots of images around that theme and Spring are floating about! Loving the theme of eggs for SPA this week, so chose to create a mixed media postcard with a nest made from a variety of threads, then created a background layered with Tim Holtz tissue paper and distress inks. The eggs were from a blue scrapbook paper, sprayed with distress sprays to add that 'speckle'. I used foam tape to raise the eggs and finished with some button details. Hope you all had a great Easter!


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Spring Clean...

As we have officially hit spring, Journal 52 set the prompt of Spring Clean for Week 13. I'll start first with the finished piece:

I have to say I struggled with this one, starting the page several times, then painting over it! I love spring, the burst of colour arriving in the garden, sunshine, lighter evenings and the promise of lots to come. As for spring cleaning - there is always something better to do! I started my page by spraying with distress stains, adding clock stencils and blending colours. But once dry the colours did not work as well as I wanted them to. I'm not really a pink person, but on this occasion I wanted bright spring colours.

I re-painted the page with distress paints and acrylics. Once dry I layered Tim Holtz Melange tissue paper and washed over with another layer of paint. I made my spring clean fairy using Prima and IndigoBlu stamps. I then stamped the flowers on the background and added some paint and white pen.

I then remembered a sign my Mum gave me once - I refuse to organise my life... It would interfere with the creative process! So totally me! So I made a version to add on. After a bit of further searching I came across the idea of a REAL To Do list - doing the things that really matter! So I made my own and added this too. Hopefully the layers now work together and give a feel of Spring.

My REAL To Do List:
1. Laugh
2. Read under a tree
3. Love
4. Dance like no-one's watching
5. Walk barefoot in the grass
6. Hug your loved ones
7. Hope
8. Keep on loving
9. Take deep breaths
10. Jump in!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Inspiration Board

Week 12 of Journal 52 - so far so good! This week is a chance to journal about inspiration. Where do you find yours?

Inspiration is everywhere for me, take it from all around and all you do. Life, travel, love, friendship, family... I didn't want to do a collage of clippings, but share my inspiration through my photography, drawings, paintings and abstract painting for the  background.

I started by creating a torn paper background, using coloured scrapbooking papers. This got covered with a layer of Gesso applied with a palette knife in a random manner. Structure gel pressed through a harlequin stencil added raised elements. Once thoroughly dry, random brushings of distress inks in blue and brown picked out the textures and shapes. I added a rainbow of dribbles with distress inks and put to one side to consider my imagery for the top layer.


I decided to use brown craft tags and apply images on the top. I used image transfer, painted and drew three things that inspire me, created a word cloud from stickers and created a frame with metal charm wings in. I found some rub-ons and added a few onto the background to emphasise the images I drew. I finished by adding a title, butterflies, arrow and metal cogs.

The final journal layout:

I hope you find your inspiration this week!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Just Write

This weeks prompt for Journal 52 mulled around my head for a while! It took me time to figure out how I wanted to approach this one. There is so much you could do with words - words are great, writing is a great release in so many ways.

I have a great old typewriter and wanted to feature this within my page, so I photographed it on my polaroid camera and put to one side to tackle the page... I tore up old book pages and layered to create my background, adding distress ink on the top by rubbing the pad over, and stamping a few random background images. On top I added white gesso with a palette knife, making textures in the surface & used a script stencil to create raised sections. Once dry I sprayed some distress ink and let it drip down the page. Layering acrylic paint and ink on top of this to link the two sides. I finished by layering the photographs, a stamped image and the title. I was rather stained blue, brown and red myself once finished! It's great to get messy.

Enjoy your week. Have fun getting messy too.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Colouring Book Inspiration

Week 10 for Journal 52 is taking inspiration from colouring books. I was never very good at that, I always wanted to draw my own thing, and keeping to the lines? So frustrating! So my journal page for this piece is my own doodle, taking inspiration from spring and a variety of different illustrations I have come across on my travels of the internet! Then I coloured outside the lines too!

I drew in pencil first then went over the outline with a fine line pen, adding in the detail that I wanted and coated this with masking fluid. Using watercolours I painted outside the lines to build the background.

Once this was dry I removed the masking fluid - and nearly cried! It took the top layer of paper off and most of my drawing! I had to re-draw the whole thing - grrrrrrr...... So I was definitely colouring outside the lines! To finish, I then added a little touch of colour inside the lines of the blossom and leaves and finished with a few flicks of paint over the top.

I had fun creating this piece. Go create and colour outside the lines! Have a great week everyone.