15 April 2015


It's Wednesday, so it's time for my next altered playing card for my
Waddington Weekly.

a thing of beauty is a joy for ever

its loveliness increases
it will never pass into nothingness

13 April 2015


The theme for April at The Documented Life Project is
Colour Safari
(Exploring Inks and Paints)

The Art Challenge for
Week 15.  Acrylics
& the Journal Prompt for
Week 15.  Cry Me a River
Well the lyrics to the song prompt meant nothing to me,
however my favourite version of this song is by Julie London
so I listened to her recordings on Spotify
while I drank tea & played in my journal.

We had a lovely afternoon together.

Over a base of gesso, I applied my paints using a credit card,
allowing each colour to dry, before applying the next.

Each time, I wiped off the excess paint on to a manilla tag.

Eco crafts acrylic paints (Rose/Pistachio/Waterfall)

I  added book text & elements from 7 Dots Studio, to which I added gesso
& outlined with my white Posca pen.

I  printed the words for the tag & covered it with some washi style tape made a few weeks ago.

A little doodling with my Micron pen to finish.

I printed the word Rejoice with my Dymo machine.

We are at week fifteen of this project
& I have come to the conclusion that I cannot follow rules,
so I am going to continue to see what the challenge & prompts are each week,
but you may find me wandering off topic.

11 April 2015

Playing with colour

Time to catch up with a class from last month.

It's been a while since I indulged in a class & I must say, I had a fabulous time.

The tutor was Helen Chilton, who demonstrated the different ways to use the multicoloured Kaleidacolor ink pads.

She is a really hands on type of tutor & oozed enthusiasm, encouraging us to experiment
& provided valuable expertise when needed.

She was so patient with her students.

As usual, I enjoyed playing without managing to finish anything.

Below is a greeting card made since the class, using three of the pieces I brought home.

One technique we used to create backgrounds was using brayers. The surface of the one I was given was marked with dried paint spots, which created perfectly imperfect uneven patterns.

Kaleidacolor ink pads (Calypso & Luau), glossy white card & a PaperArtsy Mini rubber stamp (MN61).

I recommend the Craft scrubbie from Ranger's Inkssentials range
for removing ink from your hands after playing with colour.

08 April 2015

I'll Rise

My poem for this week's Waddington Weekly is by Maya Angelou.

Just like moon & suns
With the certainty of tides

Just like hopes springing high
Still I'll rise

07 April 2015

Water under the bridge

The theme for April at The Documented Life Project is
Colour Safari
(Exploring Inks and Paints)

The Art Challenge is
Week 14.  Watercolours
& the Journal Prompt is
Week 14.  It's Water Under the Bridge
I am looking forward to playing in my art journal this month.

I plan to dive in & resist the temptation to think first.

Learning to let go ...

I love watercolours & how they blend & move around the paper.

Learning to let go ...

I created the mottled effect by dabbing the wet colour with a piece of kitchen towel.

I used Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Red, Purple with a dash of White.

My Purple had dried solid in the tube, so I just unfolded the end of the metal tube to access the solid block of colour.

Splats & Splashes

Once dried, I added definition to the lettering, using my Faber-Castell black watercolour pencil.

Watercolour paint over gesso

A quick & easy page, just going with the flow ...

05 April 2015

Easter Haiku

For Easter this year, I am revisiting a project from a couple of years ago.

Easter Bunting

04 April 2015

Rest in Peace

I'm back with a double page spread in my journal, this time I have used the pages

Sleep with the Journal
(Describe the experience here.)

I pressed my beautiful vintage rose, which I shared on Instagram.

This is a photograph of it in bloom.

Vintage Rose

Then as it faded & died.

Faded pale beauty
For time passes without care
Memories hold fast

I  covered a manilla tag in white gesso, then added Distress Ink
(tattered rose, milled lavender, dusty concord & picked raspberry),
stamping a script image in the picked raspberry.

The backing paper is old stock from Scissor Sisters (Textured Sage & Dusky Blue).

I attached my rose with washi tape
& added the elastic cord from around the bottle, to the top of the tag,

My rose can now rest in peace in my journal,
although I may be back to add a few more finishing touches.

01 April 2015

Rainbows in the Sky

This is the next altered playing card for
Waddington Weekly

The words are from a poem by William Wordsworth.

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky

As we are approaching Easter, I threw a few eggs into the mix.

31 March 2015

One Step Beyond

I'm back with a double double helping of challenges & prompts
from The Documented Life Project.

The theme for March is
Making Your Mark
(Doodles & Mark Making).

The Art Challenges are
Week 10.  As a Layer Element
Week 11.  Borders
Week 12.  As a Focal Point
Week 13.  Make a Custom Element  
& the Journal Prompts are
Week 10.   Surviving the Elements  
Week 11.  "Borderline feels like I'm going to lose my mind." - Madonna
Week 12.   Coming into Focus
Week 13.  "Ride the energy of your own unique spirit." - Gabrielle Roth
I guess this month has been about creating a set of our own elements to use in our art journals.

I had so many ideas flying around in my head, that I didn't actually get around to doing anything in my art journal & a whole month has flown by.

So, in an attempt to "catch up" here is my one & only journal spread for March.

I carved my own rubber stamps & made a variety of tapes.

Hand carved Arrow rubber stamp

With an explosion of colour, using Gelatos over a base of gesso
my theme is
Love the Life you Live

Focal Point

Movement & Energy

25 March 2015

No Strings Attached

A fun poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is my choice for my
Waddington Weekly.

Children & their toys

Don't let that horse
eat that violin
cried Chagall's mother

Dimension added with Ranger's Glossy Accents

Additional images from The Graphics Fairy.