Thursday 26 September 2013

Little Details

Carolyn has a weekly meme on Thursdays called Messy Little Details.  Find out about it here.  Why don't you join in?

We saw these Squash for sale in the open air market in Augsburg.   I just had to take a photo because they looked so much like a flower.

I saw these outside a shop in Munich.

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Tuesday 24 September 2013

School Stories

On 12 Months in View today Carolyn has provided us with a look at the children's book genre of School Stories.

The art challenge was to produce something school related.  Carolyn altered the cover of a composition notebook.  I chose to do a collaged journal page.

I collected together some scrapbooking papers and some other bits.

I tore up bits of paper and glued them to the page in my journal using Multi Medium.

 When the glue was dry I scraped a very thin layer of gesso over the whole page.

I used two colours of Dabbers through stencils and added several patterns of washi or tissue tape.

I printed out a photo of my Masters Degree graduation on copy paper and tore round it.  I added the lettering.

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Friday 20 September 2013


On 12 Months in View today Susan has provided a great collage tutorial.

Here's how I did my page.

I found some papers - a piece of scrapbooking cardstock, two pieces of textured paper I had already done some stencilling on, some more scrapbooking paper with script on it and a piece of a map.

I put out the colours of acrylic paint to use.

I daubed paint on with a sponge and stencilled and stamped.

The papers looked a bit dark to me so I added some white.

I cut some of the papers up into strips.  I didn't measure - I cut them the width of the finger guard on my cutter!

I liked the piece with the stamped key shape so I put that in the middle and began to build up pieces around it.

Some of the pieces I took over the edge and cut them off when the glue was dry.

The trimmed page.

Where there were slivers of white from the page showing because the pieces didn't butt together properly, I smeared some orange paint with my finger.  I added some 7 Gypsies stickers.

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Thursday 19 September 2013

Little Details

Carolyn has a weekly meme on Thursdays called Messy Little Details.  Find out about it here.  Why don't you join in?

My third MLD post sharing my Munich holiday shows a man doing his Tai Chi exercises being filmed by a colleague.  They were on the beach of the River Isar that runs through the centre of Munich.

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Monday 16 September 2013

Challenge Blogs

Over the last 10 months I have run various challenge blogs.  Each blog has provided quotes, Bible verses, inspirational videos, journaling prompts and art techniques which are usually accompanied by a YouTube video.

I began with An Attitude of Gratitude - a daily prompt through November to produce a finished Gratitude Journal at the end of 30 days.

In February a similar format led to An A to Z of Me with 26 daily prompts.

During July there was Passport to Art with travel related prompts to build up an Altered Book.

All of the above are still available.  You can set yourself the goal of working through them on the same timescale as when they were originally posted, dip in and out of any of them or work through each topic at your own speed.

Whichever you choose to do the linky tool is now closed and the comments box removed.  However you are very welcome to post your work in the appropriate Facebook group which I still keep an eye on.

There is also a year long blog, 12 Months in View, which is ongoing at present.  You are very welcome to join us.

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Saturday 14 September 2013


In September 1st I started a new online class developed by Beth Morey.  It is called made.
It's for Christian Creatives - art journalers, photographers, poets, embroiderers, writers.  Anyone!  And you can still sign up

We are on week 2 at the moment but it is one of those courses that you can take at your own speed and so you can never be behind!  And I have met such a lovely group of supportive people on the Ning forum and the Facebook group.  Some are online friends from other workshops and some are new but feel as though I've known them a long time.  It is a very safe place.

I haven't shared week one with you because I haven't done it.  My head wasn't in the right place last week to answer the questions so I did some other journaling instead.

So on to week two.  This week's class was provided by Megan Armes.  And we were shown a bookbinding technique to make our own journal.  Regular readers will know I love making small books so I loved doing this.

I had done some pages on brown paper when I was doing a Roben-Marie Smith online class.  We were to use Manila folders but I didn't have any so used brown paper instead.

I also found some of the gelli prints I had done which are mostly on thin card.

I thought I'd add some sketchpad paper.

I followed Meagan's instructions and here is the inside of the finished cover.

Here's the outside cover - this is also a paper made on Roben-Marie's course.

Here's the finished journal.

Here you can see how I had sewn the signatures and then attached them to the cover.

Here you can see some of the inside pages.

Just have to decide what I'm going to do inside it!

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Friday 13 September 2013

Journaling the Dyan way

In 12 Months in View today the challenge is to make an art journal page in a Dyan Reaveley style.

First I sprayed 3 colours of Dylusions inks on the page and spread them ovver the page with a wet wipe.

I stamped with Archival Ink on a piece of acetate packaging.

I tried to cut it out so I made a stencil and a mask but the acetate was too thick for the knife I was using so I ended up using the scissors.

I drew round the mask (template) 3 times - the first one on the left and then the other two - stopping as I drew round the template when I got to the previous one so that they look as though they are standing slightly behind each other.

This is the page I did at one of Dyan's workshops at Art from the Heart.

And this was the page I did from where I blotted the stencil.

I own one of the Dylusions Journaling Blocks so I used as described in Dyan's video.

I felt I had left too much space between the edge of the page and the first border so I added another border around it.

Then I drew some patterns and coloured them in with black pen.

I added my journaling.

And then the white highlights.

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Thursday 12 September 2013

Little Details

Carolyn has a weekly meme on Thursdays called Messy Little Details.  Find out about it here.  Why don't you join in?

Another photo from my Munich holiday.

A small fountain in the gardens at the Lindhof Palace.  I was able to get almost over the top of it and take a photo down inside.  I love the monotone colours.

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Wednesday 11 September 2013

Make your own stamps

On 12 Months in View today there is a challenge to make our own stamps.

I didn't make any new ones I thought I would share with you some I have made in the past - how's that for recycling?

These two were made by using sticky backed foam that's made for putting on rubber stamps.  I put it through the die cutting machine with some Tim Holtz dies and then stuck them onto acetate packaging.

These are made from string on offcuts of foam board.

These are made from the sticky backed foam you use on blisters and things on your feet.

The one on the left is made from thin pieces of styrofoam from meat packaging stuck onto cardboard and then for some reason stuck to a rubber mat!  The one on the right is string on foamboard.

This stamp is made from chipboard letters stuck onto cardboard.

For the page in my journal and sprayed 3 colours of Dylusions inks and spread them across the page with a wet wipe.

Then I just stamped the stamps above randomly on the page - not to create a page but just to show the stamps.  I have usually used acrylic paint particularly with the string ones so it was interesting to see what happened with Archival Ink.

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