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25 May 2017

Index Card A Day 2017




ICAD  is the Index Card A Day creative challenge,
which runs for two months from 1st June,
(a week from today).

This will be the third year that I have taken part.

Last year I used Dina Wakley's two Art Journal books,
Art Journal Freedom
&
Art Journal Courage
by Northlight,
as my daily inspiration.

This year I will again be following my own prompts,
this time using

abstracts in acrylic & ink
by
Jodi Ohl


For me ICAD is the perfect excuse to open a new book
& explore it's hidden depths.

I aim to post my cards daily on Instagram,
but only publishing a blog post once a week.

If you are thinking of taking part,
below are the two videos I made
for 2016 & 2015
which I hope may inspire you to grab some cheap index cards
& join in this year,
whether you follow the "official" prompts or not,
join us in creating art every day.



It is all about the doing,
the daily practice of being creative in some way,
forming habits,
exercising those creative muscles
& having fun.



Are you going to join us?

23 May 2017

When in doubt ...

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
a year long creative challenge,
following prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 20 was T for Teal.

Try Empathy And Love


The teal background is a colour blend of Dina Wakley Media
acrylic paints (Lapis & Lemon) with a dab of white gesso.

The lady is from a 1967 two piece dress pattern by Simplicity,
(among this week's charity shop finds).

The polka tape is Trendy Tape by Queen & Co.

The text was printed on card.

19 May 2017

Bloom where you are planted

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
a year long creative challenge,
following prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 19 was S for Spring.
.
Thought this little lady suited the prompt,
daisies are a sure sign that Spring has arrived.


She is from a 1970's dress pattern,
(charity shop find)
the background paper is by K & Company,
& the tissue tape is by Tim Holtz.

The text was printed onto white card.

She is a companion of these two.

18 May 2017

Free from all restraint

The Wanderlust lesson for week 19 was by Kate Crane.

Her theme was patchwork.


The base of my page is watercolour card,
with a thin layer of white gesso.

 In the photograph below, you can see some of the texture I created in the wet gesso.


The word May was cut out from the calendar
I have been using for the Wanderlust course.

Every month I have included the name on one of the pieces made during that month.


Detail was added with doodles
& a hand carved rubber stamp.


I added a variety of washi tapes,
including this numerical piece of handmade washi style tape.


The book text was cut from my copy of Pride & Prejudice.


So why did I choose those particular words?

I usually find that following someone else's direction restricts my creativity.

My pleasure in art, is doing my own thing,
& following my own lead.

I stared at my piece ...
at the butterfly,
examined my feelings
& realised that although the patchwork style is restrictive in it's essence,
what I had created was still identifiable as my own work,
therefore I had allowed my own style to show through,
so I had been free to express myself.

It was just a different kind of freedom.


So what did I learn from this week's lesson?

I have learnt that using soft sable paint brushes
to try to control acrylic paint
 is not such a good idea.
I think the moment has arrived for me to invest in more suitable brushes.

That it is good, at times, to force yourself to experiment
with different styles & techniques.

I actually prefer the background on my mop up page (shown below),
which I created using the paint leftover on my craft sheet.

Learning what you don't like
is as important as understanding what you do like.


I also used acrylic paint (Waterfall/Tide Pool/Pistachio/Black)
Distress Crayon (twisted citron)
Gelatos (Pistachio & Snow Cone)
Distress Marker (black soot)
dylusions paint pen (black marble)
Uniball Signo pigment ink pen (Silver)

13 May 2017

The One Day Project: A Little Piece of France

This morning I would like to share a new page in my chunky gluebook collage journal.

You can read the story behind this project here.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


These images are all cut from paper designed by Tim Holtz.


12 May 2017

Adventure Journal: Video Flip Through

Thought I would do a short video flip through of my Adventure Collage Journal,
made for Week 17 of the 2017 Wanderlust online course,
inspired by the lesson with Kasia Avery of Everything Art


Hope you enjoy watching.

11 May 2017

Adventure Journal: Treasure & Reflection

The last two pages of my mini paper collage journal made for week 17
of the online Wanderlust class with Everything Art.

The pages are 3x4 inches in size,
made using just one 12x12 inch sheet of kraft resist paper by Tim Holtz.


Detailing was made with a Stabilo All black pencil.


The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).

09 May 2017

Adventure Journal: Timeless, Search, Discover & Find

Two more pages in my mini paper collage journal made for week 17
of the online Wanderlust class with Everything Art.

The pages are 3x4 inches in size,
made using just one 12x12 sheet of kraft resist paper by Tim Holtz.


Detailing was made with a Stabilo All black pencil.

The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).


The strip of torn text was taken from my favourite book.

07 May 2017

Adventure Journal: Journey & Story

Two more pages in my mini paper collage journal made for week 17
of the online Wanderlust class with Everything Art.

The pages are 3x4 inches in size,
made using just one 12x12 sheet of kraft resist paper by Tim Holtz.


Detailing was made with a Stabilo All black pencil.

The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).


Words were torn from my favourite book.


06 May 2017

Adventure Journal: Imagine & Travel

Two more pages in my mini paper collage journal made for week 17
of the online Wanderlust class with Everything Art.

The pages are 3x4 inches in size,
made using just one 12x12 sheet of kraft resist paper by Tim Holtz.


The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).


05 May 2017

Remember

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
altering a set of playing cards,
following prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

This week her prompts are R for Roses
&/or Rocks.

I chose Roses.


I reached into my paper scraps pile & found the cut roses & spotted paper,
both remains from two Wanderlust art journal pages from earlier this year.

The playing card had a base coat of white gesso
& it was edged with Distress Marker (antique linen).

The text was printed onto white card.

04 May 2017

Adventure Collage Journal: Moments

For the creative lesson from week 17
of the online Wanderlust class with Everything Art,
I created a 3x4 inch mini journal,
using a kraft resist page by Tim Holtz.

To see the cover & first page, click here.


The next page uses papers by Tim Holtz
& masking tape from mt.


The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).


There will be more pages to share ...

03 May 2017

A Small Adventure begins

The creative lesson for week 17 of the Wanderlust class
with Everything Art,
was about working on a small scale.

Inspiring us this week was Kasia Avery.


I used a sheet of 12x12 inch scrapbook paper to make 3x4 inch pages,
using a kraft resist page by Tim Holtz.


The ruler & bird image are both by Tim Holtz,
so is the grungeboard label holder
& adventure doo-dad.


I dipped into the same pot of left over papers that I used for my vintage gluebook
& found more pieces to add to the now depleted supply.


I added some texture paste & white gesso
& some detailing with a Stabilo All black pencil.

The edges have been distressed with Tim's Paper Distresser by Tonic Studios
& coloured with Distress Ink (walnut stain).

There will be more pages to share ...

27 April 2017

Altered Playing Cards

I am taking part in #52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
altering a set of playing cards,
following prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The next two prompts are P for Peace
& Q for Quote.


The background paper is by K & Company,
the ladies are from a 1970's dress pattern
& the tissue tape is by Tim Holtz.

25 April 2017

Extraordinary



Week 16 of the Wanderlust 2017 online class with Everything Art is Activity Week.

I chose to do monoprinting with rose leaves for my journal page,


I used three colours of acrylic paint
Orchid, Tidepool & Rose.


I cut five rectangles, all the same size, from the prints.


Using the remaining print to create the background.


Layered the rectangles
& used a Stabilo All Black pencil to edge them.


Added lettering cut from a newspaper.


Added a few winged creatures
& my Activity Tab.


The leaves had been accidentally broken off the rose bush in the garden,
so I was pleased to have put them to good use in this project.

22 April 2017

The One Day Project: Wren

Do you have a project that you keep walking past,
muttering to yourself, "One day I'll .... "

Well I do, actually if truth be told, I have a few.

Those ideas that won't rest until you actually do them.

Well here is the story behind one of those projects.


It began a few years ago, around Christmas.

Various charities in the UK sent out letters asking for donations,
& included in the envelope were promotional bookmarks
& drinks coasters.

The coasters were too solid to throw away ...
yes I am holding my hands up
& admitting that the thought certainly crossed my mind.

So I just starting "collecting" them
& my Mother kept hers for me too.

Once I had 14, I decided they would make a nice chunky journal.

I altered two to make the covers & punched holes in the rest.

3½ inch square drinks coasters

Then it went back into the drawer ...

Back in 2011/12 I did an online gluebook course with Mary Green
of Green Paper 
& took part in her monthly challenges.
I kept all the little scraps of paper,
all those little pieces
which I didn't have the heart to throw away.


This week, whilst looking for something else,
I picked up the small tub containing these treasured pieces
& finally made the decision to tie the two projects together 
to make a chunky gluebook.


No paints, no inks, no fabrics.


Just paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


So I turned my When into a Wren.

What projects have you been putting off?
Is it time to just start?