Friday 2 May 2014

Practising Gratitude day 1: Create

For 21 days in May I am running an art challenge blog called The Art of Practising Gratitude.  Today's post is here.  On my blog I am showing what I did in response to the blog post.

Each blog post has an action to take and today's action is to create a Gratitude List and add one thing each day for the month of  May.  I started on my first double page spread in my altered book and stamped the word thankful.

On the table where I'm working I have put a piece of a tablecloth.  It's a paper one that looks like linen.  It is excellent for cleaning brushes, rollers, stamps etc on to and then at the end you have a serendipitous piece of art which could be used as a cover.  I bought this one in Walmart but you can get them in supermarkets here in the UK.

I have decided that I am going to keep my colour scheme simple and where possible I shall only use Distress Inks because I find them easier to control.  I have chosen Ripe Persimmon, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry.

I used a stencil to randomly put pattern onto the page.

I used some washi tape to make the 31 numbers I need for the month and added the first thing I'm thankful for.

 Then I moved on to the day's page.   I took a piece of 90lb watercolour paper from a pad and put a water wash over it before applying some orange and yellow watercolour.

Whilst it was still wet I put the clingfilm on top scrunching it up as I did so.

When it was dry I peeled off the clingfilm and was left with this pattern.

I stamped the word create on my page.

At my local crop I was able to use the new Tim Holtz die that had been bought and I had cut out the shapes from some random bits of scrapbooking paper.  I stuck some of it down on my page.

I stamped some flowers with Dylusions stamps on the watercoloured paper but you could draw your own and then cut them out.  I stuck them to my page.

I cut out the Bible verse for today and inked the edges before gluing it down.

I added my journaling and stamped an edge to the page.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I love you page Bernice, I think I will try some of your techniques on my page.

  2. Love both your pages! Love those flowers especially!

  3. That looks great, love that die and you've used it so well.

  4. Love this. I will be trying the techniques and incorporating them into my pages.

  5. I love your spread. Bernice! GRATEFUL for you and your giftedness (is that a word??) When I get home this evening. Im gonna try something similar with what I have on hand. In the meantime, I'm going through my day reflecting on the many blessings I have for which to be Thankful!

  6. What a great page. I love the honey comb shape. And what a great way to put together your gratitude list. I love the variety of ways there are to approach your classes. I"m doing a tag journal. I just blogged about it, and it will go live later tonight.

  7. LOVE those borders... and I'm thankful that you have the time to prepare this blog for us! Thank you x


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