Tuesday 28 December 2021

A completed Journal

As you read this, the season of Advent and of Christmas is over, but I would like to share the 4th week of my Advent Journal with you.

I had two pages left in my journal so I used more printouts from Visual Faith Ministry to fill the pages.

Thank you very much to Mary for working so hard on this Advent study.  It has been most enjoyable.

In addition, I'm pleased with myself that I completed the whole study and the journal.

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday 25 December 2021

Merry Christmas

Wishing you

a very merry Christmas 

and a happy new year


Tuesday 21 December 2021

Advent Journal part 3

You can catch up with my Advent Journal, if you want to, by looking at my previous posts.

Here are my pages for the third week of Advent.

Pages ready to start week4.  The fourth candle is 'lit'.

Thanks for joining me today


Tuesday 14 December 2021

Advent Journal part 2

In this post Advent Journal part 1 I showed you my pages for week 1. Here is week 2.

Starting with the candle wreath with two candles lit

As before printouts from Visual Faith Ministry.

Ready for week 3.

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday 11 December 2021

Notice What You Notice

This month with Notice What You Notice we talked about research and how to go about it.  I tend not to research in the strictest sense for new work.

I have done researched projects in the past particularly for my City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Certificates and for the Master Practitioner course I did.

Since then I've tended to veer away from this type of research.  I've immersed myself in the photos I've taken related to a theme and then tried to reproduce the feeling rather than the photo.  For example this sketchbook is based on a local canal.

Kate Green, who I know through the Artist Mentoring programme we're both in, recently posted a video about her MA research project: Hidden Potential.  The work looks amazing and I'm so impressed with all the research she has put together.

If you're a Creative, what research do you do?  Do you have a style of working before you start on a piece of work?

Thanks for joining me today

PS There's an opportunity to enrol on Notice What You Notice starting in January - on zoom or in Christine's Eastbourne studio.

Tuesday 7 December 2021

Advent Journal part 1

In my post Starting Tomorrow, I showed you how I had set up my Advent Journal.  I am doing very simple pages. I've tried a different way of photographing my pages for this post.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

The Cover

Advent Words 2021

Week 1 words and candle wreath

Days 1 & 2

Days 3 & 4

Days 5 & 6

Day 7 and image from Visual Faith

Ready for week 2

It has been great to use the free images from Visual Faith.  They have lots of other resources.

Thanks for joining me today.

Saturday 4 December 2021

November pages

I'm still keeping up with journal.  In the past I've often given up around June or July so I'm pleased I'm still going.

Valerie's theme for November was music and so I used my music washi tape to decorate the page.  I also found some scrapbook cardstock with music on for the backgound for month square.

I like having weekly to do lists as it makes me feel as though I've achieved something when I tick them off.

The theme for this month is Joy.  Valerie provided a PDF of the music and 'borrowed' her wreath artwork from the devotional PDF she also provided.

My word for 2021 was Intentional.  I haven't started investigating a word for next year yet.  Have you?

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday 30 November 2021

More fabric collages

Last week we were back at Littleheath Barn for the next session of Textile Explorations.  Liske suggested some ideas for experimenting.  One of which was to use water soluble fabric.

They have yet to be cut down to 10cm square.  And I'm not sure what backing fabric I'm going to use.

A second suggestion was making two contrasting squares and cutting them exactly the same to mix and match the pattern.

The bottom two have had foil added.  The one on the left had glue applied through a Thermofax screen and the one on the right had little strips of bondaweb ironed on.

I tried the four samples done with water soluble fabric on different colour backgrounds

Which colour would you have chosen?   This is my choice

 And here are the other four cut to size.

Thanks for joining me today

Saturday 27 November 2021

Starting tomorrow

My friend Mary produces amazing Bible studies and in particular I love the one she does for Advent.

Advent Words is a Bible Study combined with a creative response.  Mary posts the study every day through Advent which starts tomorrow.  You can follow along with Advent Words without the creative journaling if you wish.

Last year I put my Advent Words in my Living Your Word of the Year Journal.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do this year and then I happened upon this concertina sketchbook in Hobbycraft for just £2.   I bought 3.  They come with the concertina part fixed to the covers. (top left).  With one I cut the end fold so that I can use the back of the pages (right) and with the other I removed the spine from the cover (bottom).  I will probably remove the ribbon tie from the this last one.

I downloaded some free images from Visual Faith Ministry.

I found some scrapbooking papers I had stashed away.  Not at all Christmassy, but all my Christmas stash is packed away in storage with all the Church Studio resources whilst we have no building.

I printed out the words in a font called FilledABC.  I don't usually like words to be in capitals but I thought I would go with these.

I've set up the journal ready for tomorrow.  It's mostly still black and white.  I will colour in the images from Visual Faith.

Each week will have a layout like this - with the candle wreath and the words for the coming week.  I will colour each candle flame on the appropriate weeks.

And here are my pages prepped ready to begin.

I still haven't found a way to take decent photos of concertina journals.  I think I will make that my mission for the next 4 weeks - to master taking photos of my journals.

Will you be celebrating Advent or recording December in some way?  December Daily and Journal Your Christmas are popular ways.

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Snapshot Girls

We had a choice of four themes through October & November from which we were to choose two.

My first choice was Panel of 3. Although we weren't totally sure of what that meant I took three photos in my garden and then put them together using an App called Layout.

My second choice, surprise surprise!, was corrosion & decay.  I used photos from my archive for this.

Thanks for joining me today