Art journalling… Conversation starters… Journal52

Well now… What a lovely weekend I had. Firstly a trip down memory lane to visit a theatre I spent most of my adolescence and childhood around to see the pantomime. Now whilst I was brought up on panto, it is not my favourite type of theatre by a long shot, in fact I could have quite happily never seen one again (I have seen & been in hundreds of pantoshows already), going with the princess was a very different thing. She had asked to see a panto as her xmas present from my parents and so watching her watch the panto was perfect. Then on Saturday off to the home of one of my raggy doll sisters to meet up as a gang of six of us (we missed the others who were not able to attend). Plenty of giggles, girly chat and hugs galore. Marie and I are doing dryathlon for cancer research, so missed out on the prosecco, but I more than made up for that by eating extra cake at the afternoon tea! And our final bit of time was spent mooching in Jayne’s craft room… What a lovely creative space with plenty of lovely items around she and her Mum have made over the years. Well now, what talents they have. It really was quite inspirational. I arrived home, to a tired hubby and princess who had had guests and a sleepover of their own going on, and so once I had settled the princess into bed early, I grabbed some time to get creative.

Well now, what did I make? Well I made a journal page using the prompt “conversation starters” from Journal52. As I was doing this on the page opposite the Just Be page, I kept to a similar colour scheme …


I used the same Dylusions spray inks, this time without a mask, just sprayed direct to the page. I blotted them as they were very wet, and due to the rubbish quality paper (I hadn’t added gesso) some of the paper lifted, but this added quite a nice texture and finish to the spray so I didn’t mind.

Then I added some birdcages that I had stamped using the Claudine Hellmuth layer stamps onto book print (Charlie and the great glass elevator) and doodled the string to hold them up. Next I added some stamping (random French script stamps) and some of the Work of Art stamps like the swoosh and the heart.

Next I stamped, and coloured using Promarkers, the Gorjuss girl and rabbit stamp onto separate paper, and cut them out with the craft knife. Once I stuck them down on the page I started adding more depth and shading with some faber castell grey pens. This really adds some dimension to the page. Then I found the phrase “well now” on the page of the book I had been using for the stamping… Perfect as a conversation starter.

Happy crafting!


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