Category Archives: Raggy Dolls

Raggy doll journal… this time it’s Jackie’s turn

So I am catching up on some projects but not entirely there yet. Hopefully by the end of the week I might have got there on all my projects outstanding. 

This is the latest raggy doll journal I’ve worked on and I had to use Leannes lovely background and go with the theme of face. 

I adore the colours and the way she has applied the paint. It really is quite scrumptious.  I decided to use a Paperbabe template to start my girl off and then used a variety of paint and pencils to colour her in. 

I added very little to the background as wanted to preserve as much of what Leanne had done.  I added some flicks of paint, a few pearl accents and the texture paste word down one side. The title is a Tim Holtz stickers and I added the flower and button to finish off the girl too. 

Happy with how this came out.  The next theme is Geometric shapes and I went a little bit crazy for the background I prepared for Lynn to finish.

Loving this collaborative project. It certainly pushes me to do something a bit different when using someone else’s backgrounds. 

Happy crafting! 


Seth Apter Paperartsy retreat

I am awake at SILLY O’CLOCK! Because the hen party in the rooms next to ours have returned after their shenanigans in Ilford and now I’m awake.  So thought I would be productive and tell you about my wonderful day creating my canvas with Seth Apter and Paperartsy. 

I am delighted with it and it is so beyond my comfort zone.  Such a great project and I am really proud of it. 

Seth was such a brilliant teacher and inspired me with new techniques and some easy to follow demonstrations.

I mean looking at the picture of the finished canvas you wouldn’t believe it started life like this….

There were so many lovely layers to the project and I know if it was true Seth style it probably would have more but there is only so much time in one day! 

And everyone’s creations looked so different. We all had the same paint choice and stencils and stamps to play with but each canvas looked unique and I didn’t spot one in the room that wasn’t fabulous. 

The whole event ran so smoothly and the food provided was delicious. I took very few people pictures but did have to get one with teacher of course… 

And some of my raggy doll sisters were with me …. 

There were also some of my PATWITS circle journal gang there but didn’t think to take a pic with them. But it was great to meet them and put faces to names of some of the other PATWITS too. 

I stole this pic from Darcy who took loads of pictures of the event (in between making her own fabulous canvas) of me in my typical pose!

Not exactly sure if my tongue only comes out if I touch my ear or not? 

And then the group photo… 

Can you spot me? 

Top left peeking over the top of my canvas. 

Suffice it to say I had a wonderful creative day. And now the hen do girls have gone quiet I am going to attempt more sleep. 

Happy crafting! 


Raggy doll circle journal

So I have caught up on one of the circle journal projects I have going on… this is Lynn’s journal pages (currently loose leaf) and the background that Jackie made for the starting point. 

Lots of lovely rich colours and patterns and layers of papers. 

The theme for this month was beach so I grabbed some replica seaside related things and chose a bikini clad girl as a feature. The girl is from a small set of sketch pads with women’s outlines on so you can design clothing. I spotted them and thought they were ideal for art journalling.

I drew over the girl with charcoal to provide a more sketchy look… and added a bikini. 

Then to decide on the layout and how to finish the page.  Although there was plenty of pattern in the background I decided to add more using some Hot Picks fish stamps and then a Paper mania postcard stamp. I also added some fresco finish paint but soon realised that Jackie had used Dylusions so experienced blending and bleeding… that made me change my plans a little when it came to adhering the items on top of Dylusions.  

After trying with Matt medium and spreading the red colour onto the tickets a little I then opted for hi tack glue for the title and the picture of the girl.

I added some washy colour to the girl too which added some depth and then decided it needed more texture. I grabbed a Clarity stamp stencil and used glossy transparent texture gel through the stencil to create some texture at the bottom left hand side. Once that was dry I wanted to add some ‘sand’ so used distress ink and a blending tool for the bottom part of the page. 

Finally added some shading and outlining and edged the page with black archival to frame it. Really happy with how this came together. 

Happy crafting!


Raggydoll sisters … a new circle journal

My raggydoll sisters are some of my favourite people in the world.  We formed our sisterhood through a circle journal and I know we will be friends for life.  One of the group had had some time away from art journalling and needed some help getting started again so I suggested a journal swap and a few others wanted to join in… so we are currently a group of five on this project. 

The idea is to do a background on a journal page and then pass it to the next person for them to finish.  They then create a background and pass the journal onto someone else who will then finish the page etc.  No idea how this will work in reality but it was a bit different from the usual circle journal ideas so I thought it was worth a try.

So I wanted to keep costs low for this for my journal so created this loose leaf journal from pieces of scrap cardstock that I had to hand. They are all the backs from patterned paper packs or watercolour pads.  I cut them down to roughly 6×6 inches.  The covers were a thicker cardstock and I cut these slightly larger.  For the time being they are bound with book rings to make life easy for posting and for them to be created on.


So my first background I decided to add some sewing pattern pieces to.


This added some texture and pattern.  As I had them out I decided to add Brushos and use satin glaze to activate them which should make them more permanent.


I used Purple, Brilliant Red and Cobalt Blue.  I loved this effect and will be trying this again but for this background I wanted something more.

So next I took my brayer and some cream coloured acrylic paint and added it to the page.


This picked up the texture and muted the colours a little.


Next I stamped the Dictionary stamp in archival and the Everything Eleanor swirl in purple acrylic paint.


I then added the stencilled pattern and loads of white and black splatters.  And done!

The theme for this page is flowers… I wonder how Leanne who will finish the page will finish it… It is such a strange but cool idea to now leave the whole page for her to finish off!   I also get a page to finish off that Marie has started.  This is an exciting project and will share how it goes over the next few months.


I also started on the journal cover. Not entirely sure that the plan was to do the covers too at this point but at least I’ve got it started.

Here is the first stage.


I used brushos and satin glaze to add the background and then acrylic paint for the stencil and stamping.

Happy crafting!


Art journalling, raggy dolls, all about me!

Last month I shared with you that my group of crafting friends, aka raggy dolls, have embarked on a new challenge.  If you don’t remember… Go look at my post here.

Anyway, that was last month, and that was all about Lynn.  This month it was my turn to be interviewed! Scary!  It turned out to be quite funny and ended up talking about all sorts of stuff! 

Here is the page I made inspired from that chat.

I decide to make my page, my front cover for the journal I am using for this project.  So I cut a piece of card to fit and worked on that.  I added some layers of papers that happened to be sat on the desk at the time and had a fair amount of green in them.  Then I pushed back that layer with some gesso scraped on.  Next I took another piece of cardstock (very thin cardstock) and heat embossed this tree scene … Inspired by the original artwork for A Little Night Music.  I added some paint, masking the moon, and then cut that out.  Then I added different colours of blue paint to the background piece.  

I decided on placement of the tree scene and then used the foliage mask to create some textured leaves… Representing some plants in a dream planting scheme.  Whilst this was drying I set about creating the Desiree in my mind (character Judi Dench played in National production of A little night music).  This could also be representative of a strictly dancer.

I used a Julie Nutting stamp and lightly stamped it in Smoky Slate.  Then used a pencil to change the image.  The cut it out, and added paint.  I placed her in place and then left the page for a couple of nights.

Then as per usual got carried away and forgot pictures in progress except these two…

I added some pearlescent paint to the raised plants in the foreground and around the edge , using my finger to blend.  I had also added some stamping to the background using a grid type stamp from Kaisercraft. I also added some black soot distress ink to grunge up the edges some more. 

Next I stamped a birdcage onto acetate using Stayzon and cut it out.  I added a bird and some music to the background and stuck the birdcage down with glossy accents.  This represents I know why a caged bird sings.

I used inktense pencils to add some depth to the woman and then stamped out a quote from a Maya Angelou poem.  I stuck it down using mod Podge and then added the washi tape border to add some protection to the edges. 

Really pleased with this … Especially considering at the end of the “interview” I had no idea what to do.  It took a little bit of chatting with the hubby to go through some of the questions before I managed to latch onto a visual image and go with that… It was most definitely that of the amazing Judi Dench in the red dress as Desiree in A Little Night Music.  I so wish I had seen this production.  Watching her perform send in the clowns for the Sondheim prom on TV a couple of years ago sent shivers down my spine!  Here is a link to the UTube video of that performance… I could watch the first thirty seconds of that video over and over as a masterclass in becoming a character.  She walks on as herself, she acknowledges the hall, then she bows her head and out comes the character.  Stunningly talented actor.  A true artist at work! 

So this was my page about me.  Not sure who is next to be interviewed, but this is a fun project and leading some really interesting artwork. 

Happy crafting!


Raggy doll art journal page… Inspired by Lynn

This year my gang of raggy doll sisters and I have a new challenge… Make a page inspired by the answers of one of us to some questions. Darcy is our organiser and her Blog explains it really well… This is the first page I am sharing.

Inspired by Lynn!

And here is how I made my page…
1. Create a background by doodling across the page creating many sections.
2. Coloured in the sections randomly using SU markers.
3. Sketched a Tudor circus chicken… Don’t ask!?!
4. Cut bits of the chicken out of book print.
5. Added a layer of gesso and then added some texture paste through a stencil which is Latin type text.
6. Make up the chicken and colour using Inktense pencils. Add to page but decide it needs to be a more muted background.
7. Add black paint to the background and wipe off with baby wipes for a more translucent effect that captures the texture.
8. Add the chicken back… Yes that’s a bit better
9. Add gilding wax to the pages which helps give the pages a metallic and more regal look.

Then forget to take pictures!

Stick the chicken on the page. Create some fab clown shoes and stick them on. Carve an egg stamp and stamp onto book print… The chicken is created from Charlie and the a Great Glass Elevator from pages talking about youth, the eggs and the bunting are from Shakespeare in keeping with the Tudor theme! Both relevant to the answers Lynn gave. Stick the eggs down. Handcut some bunting that looks a bit like the awning of a shop.

Scrape paint onto cardstock and stamp the question and answer. Stick this down and buff the gilding wax some more. Add some doodling.

Hey presto… The strangest page I have probably ever created… Love it!


This month… It’s my turn to be questioned…. Can’t wait to see what that leads to! 

 Happy crafting! 



Paper cutting obsession … No ink in sight!

I am obsessed with something new!!! Papercutting! I entirely blame my gorgeous friends Lynn and Marie who have been sharing with me some fabulous papercuts they have created as gifts and got our whole raggy doll group obsessed with them… So I took the opportunity whilst feeling ill (revolting tummy bug) and confined to bed to start playing at the idea of paper cutting.

Now normally you would draw or print out the image after flipping it, but I just set to with paper and craft knife and created this…


It is quite small… Maybe 3″ in length and as you can see fairly raggedy and scruffy but still without a guide and my first use of a craft knife to do anything like this I was quite pleased, but also unable to stop there!

The next one I did sketch on the back and this improved the cutting no end …


Again this is a tiny one … About 2″ in length … So a real minature. I then wanted to use up some of the paper I had to hand so created this 2″ heart.


It was suggested that bigger may be easier … So I went to a different extreme and made one that is almost a4 in size… About 8″ x 9″


By this point the bed was full of bits and it was time to clear up my mess and lie down again … But I suspect many nights might be spent in the coming weeks (until another obsession starts) creating these beauties! Such fun, quite easy to start, I imagine difficult to perfect, a cheap to produce!

Happy crafting!


P.S. Yes I know I am behind on M & M and Tinsel Tuesday challenges… There has been a lot going on in this house so little time to get stuck into all my challenges but will catch up eventually! Watch this space!