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22 June 2018

Free your Mind

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
prompted by Eliza's Art Jar on the new theme of Meadows.

Free your Mind


Inspiration was my photograph of daisies I took earlier in the week.

The rest are images from her collage collection,
(free when I purchased the Wanderlust online course at the Early Bird price).


I have included a few lines from a poem by William Wordsworth
entitled
"A Poet! He Hath Put his Heart to School"


How does the meadow-flower its bloom unfold?
Because the lovely little flower is free
Down to its root, and, in that freedom, bold;


The page is from my Wreck This Journal book by Keri Smith.

Make a mess.
Clean it up.

It is a rule which we should all adhere to.

After we have spent time having fun,
messing about in nature's beauty,
we should ensure that we leave none of our mess behind.


So if you need a ticket to go & play
in a nearby meadow,
take one of mine.

Just promise me that you will play
with childlike freedom & wonderment
& laugh,

... laugh a lot.


Items also used:-
Distress Ink (mustard seed)
Tim Holtz Design Tape (Rose)
printed text
black photo corners

21 June 2018

Blue Wings

There is a beautiful blue sky today,
which inspired me to alter this old dvd,
using altered images from Shawn Petite,
printed text & edged with Distress Ink. 


Hope you are having a beautiful day today. 


Don’t forget to use those beautiful wings of yours & fly.


20 June 2018

birds were called: 2

For the 2018 Index Card A Day creative challenge,
I am creating a paper collage & ink series entitled
birds were called

The challenge started on 1st June & runs daily through until the end of July.

My aim for ICAD this year,
in addition to being creative each day,
is to focus on colour observations &
examine balance & flow within each piece of art.

I am using ruled index cards which are 4 x 6 inches.

Below are cards 8 to 14.

Card 8: a particular moment

Card 9: isolated
Card 10: words


Card 11:escape notice
Card 12: greater times

Card 13: white tail
Card 14: one time

The lined index cards were purchased from WH Smith
in a clear plastic two holed ring binder.

The images & book text are cut from a bird handbook,
found at a charity shop last year.

The stunning illustrations are by Květoslav Hísek.

I am using scraps of coloured card,
some used envelopes,
Distress Inks,
Mod Podge,
& printed bird names.

Look out for the following tags on Instagram

#dyicad2018
#ICADchallenge2018
#BirdsWereCalled

16 June 2018

Count the Number

This page in my Wanderlust collage journal was inspired by Kasia's lesson,
which was the final one on the theme of trees.


I used one of the fruit tea scented pages I made back in October,
teabag paper from my afternoon cuppa,
book text from Pride & Prejudice
& an image from a magazine.

The teabag material worked well over the book text
& the lighter background, rather than the darker areas,
however the circles still lead the eye to follow the caption.

He could number the fields in every direction,


and could tell how many trees


there were in the most distant clump.

I may go back to add to this page at a later date,
but for now it is a wonderful link into the next theme,
which is meadows.



14 June 2018

birds were called:1

The 2018 Index Card A Day creative challenge is well underway.
It started on 1st June & runs daily through until the end of July.

It is always so inspiring to see all the other pieces
of small artwork from around the world.

Reconnecting with familiar artists & meeting new creatives
is the best part of this annual event.

I am creating a paper collage & ink series entitled
birds were called

My aims for ICAD this year,
in addition to being creative everyday,
are to focus on colour observations &
examine balance & flow within each piece of art.

Here is a recap of my first seven cards.

Card 1: birds were called
Card 2: tree bird
Card 3: North wood
Card 4: far beyond
Card 5: a short life
Card 6: small me
Card 7: sharp thorns

Look out for the following tags on Instagram

#dyicad2018
#ICADchallenge2018
#BirdsWereCalled


I am using ruled index cards which are 4 x 6 inches.

They were purchased from WH Smith in a clear plastic
two holed ring binder,
hence the holes.

I am using scraps of coloured card,
some used envelopes,
Distress Inks,
Mod Podge,
& printed bird names.

The images & book text are cut from a bird handbook,
found at a charity shop last year.

The stunning illustrations are by Květoslav Hísek.


07 June 2018

A Simple List for June

This month's
To Do List
inspired by a regular feature in The Simple Things magazine.

Each month they publish a list of things to try.


The card can be used
to  prompt me to try something new,
give focus in my journaling,
lead me on an adventure
or just spark my imagination.

I have taken their words,
adapted them slighty,
typed them onto background images
from Emily at Sweetly Scrapped
& adhered them to Tim Holtz Resist kraft card.
.
They measure 7.5 cms by 5.5 cms
which I keep in an altered matchbox.

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06 June 2018

Pause for Thought

The current theme on the online Wanderlust class is Trees.


This double page spread, using spare pages from my Wreck This Journal book,
includes a photograph I took on a walk through the forest a few years ago.

"Trees are the visual marker
of the changing seasons."

Trees are a reminder of the changes we go through in life,
the reassurance that one season will lead to another,
that nothing stays the same forever.


Walking through a forest,
listening to the breeze moving through the trees,
setting aside time just to think,
is the perfect way to collect your thoughts,
& place them in perspective.


I also used tape from Tim Holtz,
 an image from a magazine, 
a word from my Dymo machine,
newspaper letters & quote.

01 June 2018

How delightful

This is my One Word card for June.

My chosen word is
Delight.


This project uses old scraps of paper
that would have normally been thrown away.

I also found this lady,
who has been sitting in my paper scraps box for
10 years.

She was originally printed off for this project.

I also used
hand stamped letters with Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
on Dina Wakley Media Tape &
word definition patterned paper.

Throughout June I am going to make a concerted effort to find
& record moments of delight from each day.

My previous One Word project cards

31 May 2018

So they say

This project was an idea to use up some patterned paper
I had leftover from other projects.

It was from a docrafts Papermania range called Madame Payraud's.

so they say

Together with a selection of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls,
I cut out sentences from my Pride & Prejudice book
to complete each page.

be ready for anything/we will not expose ourselves

There is also a little ribbon & some washi tape.

and very pretty they were

There are 6 pages in total,
each measuring 3 x 6 inches.

perfectly indifferent

They are bound together using 6 Tim Holtz Mini Book Rings.

all wondered who he could be

To find the right caption for each page,
I search through the pages of the book
to find words that speak to me.

she remembered everything perfectly

I add a heart shaped gem on her belt.

he was the wisest and best of men

The next one needed a cover up as I realised,
once I had finish it,
that the printing on the dog had been misaligned.

he had a very good opinion of himself

More paper & a different dog to the rescue.

All were struck with the stranger's air.
The last page.

let me persuade you to walk up and down
I hope you enjoyed looking through this little project with me.

29 May 2018

Be daring

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
prompted by Eliza's Art Jar on the new theme of Trees.

Be daring

My inspiration was a photograph of my Silver Birch tree.


I used Eliza's images from her collage collection,
(free when I purchased the online course at the Early Bird price).

The pages are from my Wreck This Journal book by Keri Smith.

The paper is quite thin, so today I printed my collages elements on
premium inkjet paper 160 gsm.

This thickness allows me to sand & distress the edges of each element,
whilst giving the collage page more strength.

I used a sanding block by PaperArtsy
& a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser by Tonic.

I also added a little black smudging
with a Stabilo All pencil.