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14 August 2018

A Ramble through Time

Another page in my
Wanderlust 2018 collage journal,
this time inspired by Kasia's lesson.


The basis of the class was how to use inspiration
from a book in an art journal page.

Well, call me predictable,
but of course I had to use
Pride & Prejudice
by
Jane Austen.

This book has been my constant source
of creative inspiration for many years.

It is a story of human endeavour,
demonstrating the consequence
of making assumptions,
as we then follow the characters subsequent journeys
as they break down barriers of mistrust
to find love
& tearing down walls of deceit
to find truth.

Although written over 200 years ago,
the awkwardness of family relationships,
the complications in friendships
& the rush to form those hasty first impressions,
all have something important & relevant
to teach us today.


The base page is watercolour paper,
coloured with splashes of Distress Ink
(mustard seed, peeled paint & broken china).


The another page is one from my Wreck this Journal book,
which I have been using throughout the Wanderlust class this year. 

I used Eco-Crafts Acrylic Paint
(Pistachio & Waterfall)
with white gesso.

I used a rubber stamp from Papermania
over the dried surface
with Ranger Archival Ink
(Jet Black).

This page was then cut into panels
to fit my base page,
then edged with Distress Ink
(black soot).


There is also torn patterned vellum 
(also from Papermania)
some book text
& printed text.


The images of the lovely ladies
are all from The Graphics Fairy.


There is some old lace,
a few die cut hearts
cut from textural handmade paper
& a vellum sentiment from Sarah Lugg.

In all things of nature
there is something of the marvelous.
Aristotle 


11 August 2018

Artist Trading Coin: Live Laugh Love

This is an Artist Trading Coin,
which has a 2½ inch diameter.


The background uses scraps of tissue paper,
pieces of printed paper from my off-cuts folder
& white gesso.

There is a Tim Holtz Paper Doll
with some Doo-Dad words.

A little shading with a
Stabilo All Black pencil
& green ribbon.

The base is an MDF round surface
from That's Crafty.

I used a We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
to punch a hole through the MDF.

It went through it with ease!

10 August 2018

Artist Trading Coin: In Search of Hope

This is an Artist Trading Coin,
which has a 2½ inch diameter.


The background uses patterned paper
from Hot Off The Press,
book text cut using a Sizzix die,
found text from the same book
with a Tim Holtz  Doo-Dad.

Just a few glitter gems
to add that touch of bling.

The base is an MDF round surface
from That's Crafty.

09 August 2018

Artist Trading Coin: Moments

This is an Artist Trading Coin,
which has a 2½ inch diameter.


The background is made of paper scraps from my desk,
including numbers from a bingo card image from REDlead,
with a Tim Holtz Paper Doll
& one of his word Doo-Dads.

The base is an MDF round surface from That's Crafty.

08 August 2018

The Mountains of Life

Another page in my
Wanderlust 2018 collage journal
on the current theme of
Hills & Mountains.


I used an image from a magazine,
washi tape
with printed text
& words cut from
my Pride & Prejudice book.


The quote is

Be still like a mountain
& flow like a great river.


A simple page,
but one which offers food for thought.

03 August 2018

Artist Trading Coin: Have Patience - Make Today Count

This is an Artist Trading Coin,
which has a 2½ inch diameter.


The base is an MDF round surface from That's Crafty.

The image of the little girl is from Stephanie Rubiano
& the bingo card is from REDlead.

I used scraps of torn paper from my typewriting manual
& two words from my Pride & Prejudice book.

I also used scraps of white tissue paper,
black & white patterned tissue paper,
light blue mulberry paper,
buttons & cotton thread,
white gesso
(the base was coated with white gesso
coloured with blue Distress Ink).

The quote is from a Kaisercraft Indigo Skies Paper Pad.

02 August 2018

A Simple List for August

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.

I have taken their words,
(adapting them slighty)
typed them on background images
from Emily at Sweetly Scrapped
then adhered to Tim Holtz Resist kraft card.

Each card can be used
as a prompt to try something new,
to go on an adventure that month
or just spark your creative imagination.

Each card measures 7.5 cms by 5.5 cms
& they are kept together in an altered matchbox.

01 August 2018

birds were called 9

For the 2018 Index Card A Day creative challenge,
I created a paper collage & ink series entitled

birds were called

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

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

I used 4 x 6 inch index cards.

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

Below are my final cards in this series,
numbers 56 to 61.

Card 56: watched
Card 57: for certain
Card 58: down
Card 59: double clutch
Card 60: divided
Card 61: blue

To see them altogether on Instagram,
click here or watched the video flip through below.



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

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

A colour guide to familiar
Garden and
Field Birds
Eggs and Nests

by Jiří Felix

Illustrated by Květoslav Hísek

Published by Octopus Books

28 July 2018

Leap of Faith

Another page in my
Wanderlust 2018 collage journal
on the current theme of
Hills & Mountains.


I used an image from a magazine,
with words & letters cut out
from a newspaper.


The idea behind this piece,
is that once we have climbed a steep hill
or traversed a rough mountain side,
we need to open our wings
& take a leap of faith.


25 July 2018

birds were called 8

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 50 to 55.

Card 50: difference
Card 51: bill
Card 52: The long
Card 53: individual
Card 54: measured
Card 55: leave
Look out for the following tags on Instagram

#dyicad2018
#ICADchallenge2018
#BirdsWereCalled

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

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.

A colour guide to familiar
Garden and
Field Birds
Eggs and Nests

by Jiří Felix

Illustrated by Květoslav Hísek

Published by Octopus Books