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30 January 2016

Let me think ...

This is my Artist Trading Card (ATC) for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.

The next letter is Q.

The letter Q is always is a tough one,
especially when you are working with a theme.

Throughout this year I am focusing on the word Resilience for my art projects.

One of the aspects of this is to understand your thought patterns when you face a challenge.

When faced with a challenge, you can react in a variety of ways,
so you should train your thinking to focus on the solution,
thus reducing stress & anxiety.

Whilst you cannot control some situations or events,
you can learn to control how you react to them.

These words were cut out from an old book that I use for my art projects.

 The patterned paper is by K & Company
from their K-ology Addison range.

The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art.

This ATC will have place in my Art Journal for Week 4.

27 January 2016

Art Journal Week 3

I have followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive, by using a Haiku I wrote last year 

Every minute counts
As time passes by so fast
Each moment matters

The background is acrylic paint, with Distress Ink (broken china)
overlaid using a Crafters Workshop stencil.

The paper shapes are torn from an old book, adhered with Mod Podge.

There was a moment of pure delight when I noticed the words on this square.

Serendipity in action.

I am trying to keep my pages simple, but varied.

I made an ATC inspire by the snowy day we had at the weekend.

The image of the girl is from Lisa's Altered Art
& the papers are from K & Company.

The image of the clock face is from The Graphics Fairy.

I have now added another graphic to this page, from Shanty2Chic.

My Art Journal is always a work in progress ...

13 January 2016

New Beginnings

During the first few weeks of January,
I have given much thought to how I want to spend my creative time this year
& have settled on a few ideas.

I have chosen a word to focus on during 2016, which will form the basis for my art projects.


It is a multifaceted word which will allow me to draw inspiration
from it's many parts throughout the year.

More on that later.

I will be working in an art journal, which is the same Dylusions journal by Ranger,
that I started to use for the Documented Life Project last year.

Those pages have been removed, so that I can begin again with a fresh clean journal.

Using one page for each week, I have enough pages left to last the year.

I created a page template, which can be used four different ways 
& will bring some continuity to my pages.

The large rectangles are big enough to contain an ATC
& the smaller squares can be used for inchies.

My journal will be a way to document my year, with space to insert other projects along the way.

For Week 1,
I have used the prompt from Colour Me Positive,
together with a Truth Card from BGU.

I have also used the space to include a couple of cut-outs from a publication.

This new butterfly, which has been named after Sir David Attenborough,
is a Black-Eyed Satyr.

Hidden under the Truth Card, is something that made me laugh.

Truth Card hinged using Tissue Tape
The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then Gelatos (Passion Fruit) through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil
& the larger circles were made using a Faber-Castell dabber tool.
Week 2,
I again followed the prompt from CMP,
together with an ATC made for The Craft Barn 2016 Alpha Challenge.

ATC attached to journal using photo corners
I have decided to join in with their challenge as I thoroughly enjoyed it in 2013,
but this time I will be making ATCs rather than tags.

I grabbed an old dictionary from the bookshelf
& a part used pack of paper by K & Company
from their K-ology Addison range.

I have used a small blue gemstone for the bird's eye.

The bird image was from The Graphics Fairy,
(as was the image of the girl,
which is held in place by a strip of tissue tape from Tim Holtz).

The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then black acrylic paint through a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.

Both pages were edged with black acrylic paint.