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22 July 2018

birds were called 7

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 43 to 49.

Card 43: live
Card 44: only male
Card 45: red
Card 46: own
Card 47: eclipse
Card 48: follow
Card 49: glory

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

21 July 2018

Getting the Right Perspective

A double page spread in my collage journal
for the new Wanderlust 2018 theme,
which is

Hills &
Mountains.


I used two magazine images
& one of my own photographs
taken from the top of the hill
near where I live.


The butterflies & word label
are from Eliza's Collage Collection.

My own photograph at the bottom
There is also Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Stabilo All Black pencil
& printed text (my own words).


The butterflies are in three different sizes
as a reference to Jamie's class this week.


I am working in spare pages
from my edition of Wreck this Journal,
keeping them clean & simple,
yet creating pages which provoke thought
& prompt memories.

When hills & mountains
appear in our life,
let's see what is waiting
for us at the top.

We just need to have
the courage to climb
the obstacles in front of us.

Once at the top
rest a while,
take time
to look around
& you may gain
a new perspective.

20 July 2018

The Dimensional Quest

This project was made using a Chunky ATC
by That's Crafty.

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These come flat,
so you need to glue the pieces together
to create your chunky ATC,
which then measures 2½ x 3½ x 1½ inches.

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To create the textured base,
I used tissue paper.

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The texture is then highlighted
by using various colours of
metallic rub-ons.

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The collage elements
were a free download
from Cloth Paper Scissors,
designed by Seth Apter.

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There is also a postcard
from CPS
fabric & cotton thread
& finally Tim Holtz Doo Dads.

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It has a different feel
to my first Chunky ATC
seen here.
which demonstrates
the versatility of this substrate.



19 July 2018

be memorable

This project was made using a Chunky ATC
by That's Crafty.

be memorable
for all the
right reasons


These come flat,
so you need to glue the pieces together
to create your chunky ATC,
which then measures 2½ x 3½ x 1½ inches.


I covered it with white gesso,
then sanded back the edges.


I used patterned card by Tim Holtz
to decorate the six sides.


There is a Paper Doll
Remnant Rubs Elements
& a word definition torn
from an old dictionary.


I wrapped string around the sides
& attached a key to the top knot.


18 July 2018

Rest a While

Time for a quick project.

I used an old dvd as the base for this piece,
with collage images from Shawn Petite.


There is also printed text,
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape &
Glossy Accents.

I used Distress Ink (black soot)
on the edges of the hearts & dvd.

Today, if you are feeling tired & weary,
sit & rest for a while
until you feel strong enough to fly again.

17 July 2018

Preserving Memories

Another double page spread in my Wanderlust Collage Journal.

The current online course theme is
Meadows.

This week we were adding pressed flowers to our journal pages.

Not sure if my pages are finished, but here they are.




The flowers were picked in April 2017,
pressed & kept until I needed them.

Flowers picked April 2017 ready for pressing
I have also added some freshly picked flowers to my previous Meadows page.

Here is the original photograph.


With the extra pressed flowers.






To protect the flowers, I have inserted a vellum sheet between each page.

The flowers were adhered using Mod Podge.

I added a little gold patterned tape.


15 July 2018

birds were called 6

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 36 to 42.

Card 36: small
Card 37: ground rock
Card 38: oaks
Card 39: without eve
Card 40: countryside
Card 41: July
Card 42: Africa

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

12 July 2018

Artist Trading Coin: Open your Wings

This is my first Artist Trading Coin.



I have been admiring them on Instagram
& as I like working on a small scale,
I thought I would have a play.

Mine has a 2½ inch diameter,
using an MDF round surface from That's Crafty.

My inspiration was my Blue Wings piece made last month,
for which I had used an old DVD
with images from Shawn Petite,
which I had altered slightly.



To the right hand side, you can see the leftover printed paper,
text & numerals.

Here are both pieces together so you can compare the sizes.


The bird image is from The Graphics Fairy,
which I had printed off to use in my Mini Book.

I think I will use the rest of my coins
(as there were 10 in the set from That's Crafty)
to use up leftovers from future projects.

10 July 2018

Wilderness

This piece was inspired by the Wanderlust class by Stephanie Lee,
on our current theme of
Meadows.


For my version, I used a That's Crafty ATC Art Shrine.

These are made from 3mm MDF.

I covered it with torn & crinkled black tissue paper,
adhered with Mod Podge
& added a touch of black acrylic paint.


I composed my three dimensional scene,
using an image from The Graphics Fairy as my meadow background,
a bingo card image from Red Lead
& a Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

There are a few Clifden Nonpareil Moths,
using an image from The Graphics Fairy.


Two in the background &
 one suspended in mid flight
using lilac coloured cotton thread
& a Tim Holtz idea-ology Ring Fastener.

There is a piece of faux lavender
& a smudge of metallic rub-ons around the frame
to highlight the texture.


Finally, a few words cut from that old book of mine,
you know the one.

The finished piece measures approx. 12cm x 9.5cm x 3.5cm.



08 July 2018

birds were called: 5

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 29 to 35.

Card 29: towers
Card 30: tail feathers
Card 31: prepared
Card 32: trees
Card 33: reflection
Card 34: alone
Card 35: completed
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