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18 April 2018

a quiet word or two

Those of you among us who already receive the daily email
from Melody & Kathy at Brave Living,
may have seen that Melody has started a weekly newsletter called

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with the last two weeks worth of prompts.

I turned Melody's graphics into inchies,
1 inch by 1 inch little tiles.

These are for when you feel doubt.

These are for when you are weary.

I used mountboard for my bases,
which I had already cut out & were lurking in my Project drawer.

The background uses patterned paper from past Brave Living projects,
again found lurking in a drawer.
These were both backgrounds for Truth Cards.

All I needed to do was print out Melody's artwork from her newsletter
& put them together.

I love the calming  relaxing nature of fine cutting
& sanding the edges. 

Now I need to finish off writing in my journal,
before the next edition arrives.

14 April 2018

The Morn Awakes

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
using a blank page from my Wreck This Journal book,
prompted by this months theme of

A line from Pride & Prejudice asks the question.

 The lines of poetry are taken from a poem written by Phillis Wheatley.

I used printed text &
images from Eliza's collage sheet

Patterned paper & card from Brave Girls Club
with gingham fabric tape
& a drop of Glossy Accents for the bright eye of the bird.

11 April 2018

Finding the Right Words

Lesson 14 of the Wanderlust 2018 online course was with Cat Kerr.

She used metal pieces with soldering equipment
to make a bobbin style object.
Then she wound mono-printed paper around it to make a scroll.

I opted to make a 3¼ inch tall cardboard bobbin.

I used the inside of a roll of cling film for the middle
& cut two circles from a cardboard box for the ends.

I used Golden Soft Gel Medium to adhere the pieces together.

Once the medium had dried, I painted it with DecoArt Media Black Gesso.

I selected a piece of scrap paper 
& cut to fit around the middle of my bobbin.
It was a page from my old typing workbook.

I swiped DecoArt Media White Gesso lightly over both sides
& left to dry.

Next I found a poem that spoke to me.

This was one of my April Prompts,

The poem is Friendship
by Elizabeth Jennings

Such love I cannot analyse;
It does not rest in lips or eyes, 
Neither in kisses nor caress. 
Partly, I know, it’s gentleness

And understanding in one word
Or in brief letters. It’s preserved
By trust and by respect and awe. 
These are the words I’m feeling for.

Two people, yes, two lasting friends. 
The giving comes, the taking ends.
There is no measure for such things.
For this all Nature slows and sings.

I also used washi tapes
fabric tape
two old buttons
Distress Marker (black soot)
printed text &
a butterfly image from Percy & Bloom

I enjoyed making this piece,
using what I had to hand,
created in my own style
& made with gratitude to Cat for her inspiration.

07 April 2018

The Simple Things

A quick project inspired by a regular feature in The Simple Things magazine.

Each month they print a list of things to try.

I have taken their words,
added them to background images from Emily at Sweetly Scrapped
& adhered them to a kraft card backing.

Each month the prompt card can be used
to help me start something new,
give focus in my journaling,
lead me on an adventure
or just spark my imagination.


I will be keeping them in an altered matchbox.

My cards are 7.5 cms by 5.5 cms

The kraft card is Tim Holtz Resist.

06 April 2018

The Present always has a Past

A 6x6 inch piece made for the #ArtfulEvidence challenge.

The theme was

The Present always has a Past

Lateral interpretation for this piece.

Spring is a new season,
a time for new beginnings,
but none of that can happen without that which has already been.

This photograph is part of their story.


Why don't you make up a story for them.

The base is Mixed Media paper by Daler Rowney.

I also used
free images from Cloth Paper Scissors
a bird image from The Graphics Fairy
fabric, black satin ribbon & old lace
a black Micron Archival Pen
& Ranger's Glossy Accents.

01 April 2018

Going on an Expotition

This is my One Word card for April.

My word is

As for the rabbit, well today is Easter Sunday
& they seem to be appearing everywhere!

The original aim of this monthly project
was to use up all those little bits & pieces,
scraps that might otherwise have been thrown away.

This rabbit has been sitting in my little piles of scraps since March 2009,
that's over nine years!

He was originally printed out to use on a specific project,
(see below)
but was actually too large for my Moo,
so I had to print off & use a smaller version.

You can see the original project here.

Moo 2009

So why did I choose Explore?

I am a curious person.
I love to explore,
be it my thoughts, creative ideas or new places.

I worked for a while in Pooh Country,
home of the Winnie the Pooh stories.

It is a beautiful place to explore,
where nature is all around,
where your imagination can run free.

There is nothing finer than a walk through the forest,
& you never know what adventures you may find.

The piece below is taken from a photograph taken on one such walk,
(see here).

I must do more exploring this month.

Digitally Altered Photograph with Haiku 2011

My previous One Word cards

31 March 2018

Between Sleeping & Waking

This a collage page in my Wanderlust 2018 journal.

The theme for April is

Using inspiration from Eliza's Art Jar prompts
together with an image & text from her collage sheet
& a photograph I took of a sunrise earlier this year.

Between Sleeping and Waking

This uses another spare page from my Wreck this Journal book.

I used images of Eliza's fragmented word segments to create my found poetry.

"between sleeping and waking.
a consistent and visible sign.
a whisper from above.
today and tomorrow."

The blackbird has been singing so beautifully this Spring,
as he welcomes in the new day.
It has been a joy to listen to him every morning.

The blackbird is taken from a photograph
of a page from my Altered Coaster gluebook from last year.

I also used patterned paper from Brave Girls Club
a Faber-Castell Watercolour pencil &
DecoArt Media Black Gesso

29 March 2018

Perfectly Imperfect

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
prompted by Kasia's A look in the Mirror lesson,
but my inspiration came from Eliza's collage collection.

Perfectly Imperfect

Apart from Eliza's images,
I also typed & printed the label
& used patterned paper designed by Vanessa Arbuthnott
for The English Paper Company.

28 March 2018

Be in the Moment

A 6x6 inch piece made for the #ArtfulEvidence challenge.

The fourth theme was
Tea or Coffee

Be in the moment

The base is Mixed Media paper by Daler Rowney.

I used
a magazine image for the background
 a blue Dew Drop gem (on her ring)
Ranger Glossy Accents (as nail polish)
Tim Holtz Kraft Paper
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
letters cut from a newspaper
printed text
& string.

27 March 2018

Follow your Curiosity

A 6x6 inch piece made for the #ArtfulEvidence challenge.

The third theme was

Follow your Curiosity

The base is Mixed Media paper by Daler Rowney.

I used
scraps of printed paper for the background
white tissue paper
a Tim Holtz Paper Doll
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons
(mustard seed, spiced marmalade, vintage photo & walnut stain)
Faber Castell Gelatos (Pistachio)
Stabilo All Black Pencil
abaca & ric rac ribbon
printed text
together with a butterfly from The Graphics Fairy.