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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!


More arting with friends samples…

… Yes I made some more samples for the class with the same materials but a different shaped canvas! Be warned … Many pics!

Here is my step by step for the canvases I made…

Covered the two square canvases with tissue paper, patterned paper, book print, paper doilies and music sheets … All stuck down with modpodge and left to dry.



Next time to add some ink and stamping… on the left canvas I did stamping in Stayzon, rough stamping, not precise and finished edges or anything, then added some Dylusions ink through a mask. The right canvas has the Dylusions through the mask but no stamping as yet, because I needed the Dylusions to dry before stamping (school girl error!)


So once the Dylusions was dryer I set to on stamping…


Then adding paint, first white and cream, scraping the paint on and off to give a very thin layer in places and to accentuate the texture and blend the background. Then I added some pale coloured paints… Lime green and pale duck egg blue type colour…



Next a bit more ink sprayed through a different mask, and some stamping with bubble wrap using paint.


I did the same with the other canvas, keeping to the same colour scheme and generally making them similar (but of course each unique). Next it was time to make the girls for the canvases… I started with music sheets and cut the head, neck and torso/arm shape out. I wanted these girls to be side on rather than face forward so a slightly different shape from the other she art I have made.

Next to dress them. I chose some papers I thought would work with the canvases but were also a bit of a contrast and designed little outfits for the girls. Again each is different but using the same papers so they clearly go to together. Then laid them out on the canvas to check I was happy with them before I stuck anything down!


At this point I always think they look like some weird creature from doctor who or something… But apart from some dimensions I am pretty happy with them. What I do next is stick the girls together with some modpodge, and start trimming them a bit, as I always make them big and then trim them when I think they need a different shape. If I trim too much I go get some more paper and start again… No big deal! Lol! So my girls start off rather ‘robust’ and usually end up ‘svelte’! Ha ha ha! Once I’ve trimmed to shape and stuck together they get mod podged to the canvas and then the painting of the girl commences. Of course I got carried away at this point and forgot to take any pics! Ha ha ha! So the next pic is once the girls are down, painted, have hair added, doodles added and some more stamping!

I chose to make a border with the circles across the two canvases as I really see these being hung next to each other and so wanted them to be connected in some way.

Next it is time to blend the girl into the painting so she looks less “stuck” and to do this I added some more paint with a mixture of using the bubble wrap to stamp and a baby wipe dipped into a little bit of paint and wiped and dabbed randomly on the canvas.



The last steps are to add some rub ons and a little phrase or something, but for the time being they are as done as they get and work as samples for the class. At some point I will get them finished, but for the moment they are as they are!

Wondering now how others will get on with the joy that is she arting!

Happy crafting!


Arting with friends!

Tomorrow it is time for me to host ‘class’ with some friends at my house, and the plan is to attempt something ‘She Art’ like that of the work of Christy Tomlinson. Christy is sooooooooooo talented, and her classes are fun to take, so this is never going to be as good as hers but, hopefully everyone will take home a canvas they have created and be happy with it!

Bearing in mind I am currently struggling with my mental health, this evening with friends around me, playing with paint and paper, is a perfect tonic!

Here is my sample I created for the class. My intention is to limit the choice of stamps, paints and papers everyone has access to to reduce the amount of choice. Fingers crossed people are ok with that! So this is what I created with the same stash that they will have access to!

Starting point is to tear papers to cover the canvas and add texture with doilies.


Then I stuck them down using Mod Podge. I love this stuff… I know there will be some nerves using wet glue with one of my friends in particular … So much supervision will be required on the night! Ha ha ha!


Whilst the glue was drying, I then started on creating my girl. I started with the book print body and then started dressing her… Once I start to dress her, the body usually ends up getting trimmed as I decide how big she is. It is important to keep an eye on the canvas size at this point so you don’t end up with a minuscule figure on a big canvas … Unless that is what you are aiming for?


Next I went back to the canvas and started adding stamped patterns using random stamps and some Archival Ink. The type of ink is important at this point as you want something that won’t smudge when adding the next layer on top!


The next layer was some acrylic paint, a small amount of spray ink through a stencil and more stamping… Most of this was done quickly and roughly. I use a credit card to scrape the paint across the surface, or a brayer.


Then my girl gets added, using Mod Podge to stick her down, and the credit card to scrape it to make sure there isn’t a big bubble of glue underneath, and also no flappy bits! I then start adding colour to the skin using my fingers usually to blend and rub in the colour to make it more subtle. And then hair!!! Hair i usually do with a paint brush…. This time I seem to have ended up with a lot of hair on this particular girl!


I then start doodling with a pen to give her an outline, and some little doodly marks where I feel it’s needed. I add detail to the hair (I ruined a pen in doing this before the paint was dry though!) and then pick up some stamps to start stamping again, this time slightly over the top of the girl too so she becomes part of the canvas and not an addition to the canvas.


The next stage is to add rub ons… I have a lot of random rub ons in my stash, and for this sample I did use different ones than class will have, but only as the packs I bought for class I didn’t want to break into when making the sample. I also added some small areas of paint too just to break it up a bit.


This is not the best picture I must admit. It was taken just before I headed to bed after creating the canvas and the light is not brilliant.

The next morning however she got hung in the hallway … And although there is a stage to be completed… A quote… She has stayed there for the past two weeks!


So this was the sample for the class… Wonder how they will all get on? You will have to wait and see!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Pistachio Pudding!


Happy Monday everyone! It is time to start playing with colour!

This weeks In Color 2013-15 has sort of passed me by … I really haven’t used it all! It just doesn’t appeal. I don’t know why. I don’t dislike it as such … It just doesn’t grab me as a colour I particularly want to use! So this weeks Colour My Monday was a challenge… And this colour is exactly the reason why I decided to try this challenge this year … To make me not always plump for the same old colours!


So this is the colour I have struggled with. As per usual my starting point was to use a background stamp and just start… I chose a random one I’ve had a long time, and added some “cracks” in it using a Sheena Douglass stamp. This provided the base panel onto which I added the cardstock pennants and then a piece of the Pistachio Pudding cardstock to the back with some doodling around the edge in the ink. I then rummaged through my random stamp box and came across some Claudine Hellmuth stamps I had completely forgotten about and never used. These are stamps that are in two sets… One set clear acrylic stamps with the outlines, and the second are foam stamps for the inside. Perfect I thought for this card. So I stamped out and fussy cut the dressmakers dolly and then added the foam colouring. I then decided it needed shading so took the aqua painter and added more ink using that.

I then found a sentiment stamp that had the word dream which I felt was lovely for this, and then added the paper button with a touch of peach bakers twine that I felt contrasted perfectly!

I then added it to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then added the final layer of the Pistachio Pudding. Finishing touches were of course the obligatory bling.


Love how this surprise turned out! I am not sure that I would ever have created this kind of card if I hadn’t just plunged in and started stamping and I don’t think I would have done that if I hadn’t created this colour challenge! So pleased I have!

Happy crafting!