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07 March 2017

Life is a Journey

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
creating art on playing cards
following the prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The next prompt is J for Journey.


I coated the playing card front in white gesso,
then added crumpled tissue paper,
to create some texture.

I also used
Book text
Tissue Tape
Distress Marker (antique linen)
Printed Text

06 March 2017

Add a Sprinkle of Colour

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05 March 2017

Use what you have ...

A delivery from Art from the Heart arrived this week.
Wrapped in red tissue, tied up with string,
opening them is like receiving the very best of presents.

You know you are always going to be delighted with the contents,
because you chose them.

Inside were my Dina Wakley Media paints
together with a piece of cardboard to protect the delivery.

So ... I combine the two to create my mixed media art journal page.


I trimmed the cardboard to fit into my Wanderlust journal,
15cm wide by 21cm tall.

Then I added torn pieces of crumpled white tissue paper,
applied with Mod Podge.

Once dried, I coloured with Dina's paints (Lemon & Lapis)
& left to dry again.

I dry brushed some white paint over the top,
to highlight the texture of the background.

Finally, I splattered the last of my mixed paint over the background.


I added detail with a black Fude Ball 1.5 pen,
then exaggerated the lines with a black Stabilo All pencil.

Then came Distress Crayons on the top,
& Distress Inks around the edges.

The mark making was made with black paint.


To add more dimension to the piece,
I cut into the cardboard in three places to create depth
& to create height, adhered three slivers of cardboard scraps.


The focus is the rusty key.

To age the K&Company key, I used
Ranger Texture Paste,
Distress Inks
& Perfect Pearls,


It is tied to the largest cardboard off-cut
(coloured with Dina's Ruby paint &
Chocolate Gelatos)
with the string from my AFTH delivery.

28 February 2017

Free your Imagination

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
creating art on playing cards
following the prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The next prompt is I for Imagination.


I coated the playing card front in white gesso,
then added crumpled tissue paper,
to create some texture.

The butterfly image was stamped on top of dictionary paper.

You might just be able to read some of the text.

I added a scrap of printed paper
to add colour & detail.

Dictionary definition
Stamp: Anna Griffin
Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Background paper: Kasia Avery
Printed Text

27 February 2017

Start where you are

This week's Art Journal page is inspired by one of the Wanderlust activities.


Eliza Trojanowska challenged us to find a random quote that resonated with us.

After a few tries, I found this quotation by Arthur Ashe

Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.

Sounds like a very apt motto to me.



The base of this week's page is Tim Holtz Idea-ology white cardstock.
This piece has arrow resist motifs.

It was a reject for a earlier experiment that didn't quite go to plan,
but a quick coat of white gesso gave me a clean base to start again.


I added Ranger's Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (Flourish).


Once this had set hard, I added Gelatos & Distress Crayons,
Perfect Pearls (Heirloom Gold) & a multitude of pen lines around the edges.

The white arrow resists are just showing in this corner.

There was some Distress Ink (peeled paint) as well.


The paintbrush was wrapped in gold coloured beading wire,
metallic gold & hessian threads,
orange sewing cotton & a piece of blue fibre.


I have tried to capture the different textures & layers in these photographs.


23 February 2017

Getting Lost in the Storm

Some of the best times I have had when travelling
have been when I have got
lost,
finding treasures that I would have otherwise missed
& enjoying unplanned moments in my life.

The same is true of Wanderlust.

I am getting lost
& enjoying every moment.

Fellow Wanderlust travelling companions may be confused
as to how my art journal/mixed media pieces relate to the week's lessons -
well I am here to tell you that they probably don't.

This week more than any other week,
I have dawdled off,
taken a side road that everyone else walked by,
lost in my own little world ...


The base of this week's page is white watercolour paper,
which already has a great texture to it.


I just threw all kinds of colour
& different mediums on to it.
Acrylic Paints, Distress Crayons,
Getalos, Perfect Pearls,
White Gesso
Distress Marker ...


Added a few elements from 7 Dots Studio,
including a large circle that I had copied
& made into small button tabs,
to mark the monthly Activities pages,
(using Kasia's lettering from the free Newsletter from Everything Art).

Tab on my Activity Page from Week 4

Then I turned to my favourite artist,
Joseph Cornell,
for inspiration to finish off this piece.


The second day I spent working on this page was the day that storm Doris hit the UK,
so I dared to brave the strong winds to collect a few small twigs
which had been blown down from my Silver Birch tree.

I coated these in white gesso.


I also added some book text (from you know where)
some printed text,
abaca ribbon &
fabric ribbon.


The finished page certainly reflects the dark stormy colours of the last two days.

22 February 2017

Open your Heart

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
creating art on playing cards
following the prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The next prompt is H for Heart
&/or Hummingbird.

Marta couldn't choose between to two, so we have both this week.


I coated the playing card front in white gesso,
then added a layer of crumpled white tissue,
to create some texture.

Now the hummingbird is a favourite of mine,
has been for a few years,
due to the fact that I am often given cards made by Papyrus.

Their logo is a hummingbird
& with each card they enclose a gold hummingbird sticker
(to seal the envelope),
together with a card detailing the legends of the Hummingbird.
You can read about it here.

I took the words to create my background,
printing them on tissue paper.

My heart is cut from corrugated card,
first painted black then coated in Crackle Glaze,
followed by white paint.

Golden Gesso
White tissue paper
Mod Podge Matte
Printed text on white tissue paper
Pritt Stick
Corrugated card by Inspire me
PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze
Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paints (Black/White/Pure Gold)
Printed text on white card
Hummingbird charm
Gold Metallic Thread

17 February 2017

Be Strong

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
creating art on playing cards
following the prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The next prompt is G for Gears.


I coated the card front in white gesso,
then added a layer of crumpled white tissue,
to create some texture.

I created some gear style elements from card, using circle punches
& added three screw top brads.


I used the following to create texture & colour.

Golden Gesso
Golden Soft Gel (Matte)
Ranger Texture Paste
Ranger Perfect Pearls Aged Patina  (Blue Patina, Green Patina & Heirloom Gold)
Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paints (Aged Silver & Waterfall)
Distress Ink (walnut stain)

14 February 2017

Seen & Noted

Inspiration for week 6 of Wanderlust was brought to us by Amanda Grace.

Amanda's inspiration for her art journal spread,
was Valentine Day.
She composed a love letter to her husband,
incorporating an image transfer of a photograph from their wedding day.

My interpretation is below.


Before you say anything,
it is obviously nothing like Amanda's
& I know that.

The base this week is a hessian page,
to which I added another piece that I had coated in gesso. 


On top of that is a #8 size kraft tag by Ranger.
I added a piece of a Tim Holtz Pocket Card,
to make a pocket,
some lace & three more images from the pocket cards.


I used a white Uni-ball Signo pen to add some detail to the edge of the kraft tag.


A couple of staples to adhere two of the images.


The pocket holds my linen envelope,
hand cut & sewn with red cotton,
with a cute heart button.


Inside holds the butterfly tag,
with words cut from an old novel
(you know the one that I always use).


My love letter is attached to the back of the aeroplane tag,
made from two more pocketcards & a staple.


My Wanderlust journal so far.


08 February 2017

Trust your Feelings

I am taking part in #52CafeCards which is a year long creative challenge,
creating art on playing cards following the prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The sixth prompt is letter F - Folk.



I coated the card front in white gesso,

Added colour with tissue paper,
detail with printed text, Dylusions Black Paint Pen
& sanded the edges.