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Art journalling… Gesso and recovering old work… Documented Life Project Journal 2015

Yes another art journal page! I am slightly obsessed! This is the one I finished, mid tidying on Wednesday and was sitting on my tidy desk at the time.

I suppose this is still a page inspired by Rae’s challenge to use gesso last week… And I did indeed start it with that in mind, but then created the moon page and thought this needed something different. Then I noticed Documented life project also had gesso as the prompt for week two so I guess it counts for this too!

So I am going to share the final picture first then the little process pics…


This is a page in a journal I started last year where the pages are a little cleaner and not as layered as in the other journal. The good thing about this journal is the quality of the paper is fab and so in this case the only gesso I applied is the leaf through the stencil.

Once the gesso had dried I started adding the ink… Here are the little process pics…


First up I added some Perfect Plum ink using a sponge. It was a sponge that was already blue with ink so it wasn’t a perfectly true colour, but it brought out the texture of the leaves, and added some colour to the edge.

I wanted my colour to the edge, so I got out the Elegant Eggplant ink and dragged some of that around the edges with a wet brush. Then I stamped all around the edge with the text stamp from French Foliage. I wanted a bit of a contrast colour next so the splodges from the same stamp set were stamped in Rose red all over the right hand side.

Then I rescued the girl! She was a watercolour I did maybe two years ago in an old sketch book so I cut her out and mod podged her into the space on the left hand side.

The finishing touch was the quote from the Feel Goods stamp set.

I know I am not the best face or detail painter, but love the way she sits in this page. A perfect resting place for her I think.

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Wild Wasabi!

Happy Monday!


Hope you are having a fab Monday! I am rather late with this as got carried away Art journalling… Oops … Ah well better late than never. I am now on my last of the current Stampin Up colours to showcase, and left rather an odd colour to the end. Not sure how I feel about this colour!


It’s another colour I don’t have the ink pad or Stampin write marker for so had to plump for some cardstock. It then needed a panel creating to liven it up and focus instead. So I chose the Papermania postcard stamp which I have probably had in my stash for over a year and never used. Just never remember about it but spotted it on my trawl through one of the baskets and decided it would do the job perfectly.

I stamped it wonky, then masked it and added the crumb cake ink around the outside. The dauber I used had some of the irridescent glimmer ink on it so there is a shimmer to this… Nice.

I then stamped the text from French Foliage set in Baked Brown Sugar. Next I took the Bliss set (one of my first ever SU stamp sets… Still love it. I stamped the flourish, then the butterfly onto separate whisper white cardstock and punched it out twice using the two butterfly punches. I outlined the bigger butterfly with a Chocolate Chip pen, then created a border for the panel using the same pen. I mounted it onto the Wild Wasabi cardstock and did the same border effect on that too.


Next I added the splodges from French Foliage in Early Espresso and then created two toppers. The first a Papermania stamp which I punched out. This was stamped straight onto the coloured cardstock. I then did the same with the sentiment and edged this in the same way as the other panels. Finishing touches were some pearls.

So now I have finished my SU colour marathon … Won’t be long till the new catalogue brings us some more colours of course, and maybe my next Colour My Monday will feature the Distress Inks I own… But I know for now, this challenge is done!

Happy crafting!


Colour my Monday! Chocolate Chip!


Here we are again … It’s Monday so time to put some colour into your life!

Well this week I’m all NEUTRAL and this is a very edible colour!


I ended up making a card for a commission actually this time, and mixed in a bit of Pumpkin Pie, More mustard & cherry cobbler .


I used a couple of masks and some ink to make the background on the piece of First Edition DSP. I then chose the French Foliage stamp set and fussy cut out some leaves once I stamped them. I also added some of the splodges in the scrummy Chocolate chip. I then added in some That’s the Ticket and a Itty Bitty Banners sentiment. Also added a scrap of linen thread just to add some texture.

Then mounted this onto some papers from the scrap box, including the gold card, and mounted it all onto a cream card blank.

Next I turned to the envelope…


I masked off an area for the address and then used the stencils and inks again. Then took the mask away, and stamped the leaves and splodges before drawing some lines round the masked area.

Happy crafting!


Can’t see the wood for the trees

Tonight I was meant to be hosting class at my house. Unfortunately due to my head and crappy depression I have had to cancel but thought as the blog post was already written to share what we were meant to be doing…

I decided to make use of some of the many tree stamps I have… But for once not Lovely as a Tree. The whole idea is that although I have designed the four cards below, people can choose whichever trees they want for their cards from the many on offer. It should be fun to see what people come up with from the materials on hand.

This makes use of paper piecing using the Print Poetry DSP stack from last year and the fun Unity Bella stamp. Love this technique, even if my lines did go a bit wonky!

A brayered background and a silhouette stamp are always a good combination… And the addition of the sentiment from Henry Says punched out of the ticket makes this a bit of a masculine card.

A Dylusions background with a stencil design and then a freebie stamp from a magazine make this card a bit different.

Some leaves from the French Foliage stamp set finish off this Clarity split tree stamped image perfectly.

Love using different stamps and creating four very different looks for this tree card class… Looking forward to seeing what others create! Hoping to rearrange to have the class next week instead!

Happy crafting!


Needed to create … Stepped up my Swallowtail!

So I came home from my hols yesterday and last night needed to create something! I faffed around with the bits and pieces on my desk and then randomly grabbed the Swallowtail stamp, some linen cardstock (because it was there!) and the first colour that came to hand … Summer Starfruit!

I then used some Calypso Coral, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay & Crisp Canteloupe and watercolouring brush to add some pattern and detail. I also did an outline of Smoky Slate to make it pop from the page.


Next I decided to cut the swallowtail out as a panel, and mount it onto some Bermuda Bay & Basic Grey. I also did an outline of theSmoky Slate as a watercolour to the edge of the white panel to keep the same type of theme going. At this point I decided to step it up. What I mean by this is to add an extra effect and make it more special. So I dug out my perfect pearls and with water added some iridescent sheen to the wings. I used mainly a cream coloured perfect pearl, but also a bit of a blue where the Bermuda Bay was to give a slightly different look.


Pretty special looking … Oh yes. Next I wanted to give the body of the butterfly some dimension so I used a champagne liquid pearl with an edge of champagne stickles to create a raised body.


Now I was pretty happy that my topper was as good as I was going to get it. I decided that as it was quite a big topper … 5.5″ x 4.5″ I needed to make a big card with it and not just stick it onto a 6×6 card. So I took another piece of 7×7 white linen card and stamped the Swallowtail randomly in the same colours and softened the image with the watercolour technique. I added the same colours as in the main image but kept the colour wishy washy. Next I stamped all over with the Woodgrain background stamp in Baked Brown Sugar, then added some splodges and text from French Foliage and some dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Crisp Canteloupe & Basic Grey. Then I finished it with some Calypso Coral ink to define the edge.

I put the background sheet on the 8×8 card blank at a wonky angle, then the topper also wonky, with a doily underneath to soften it a little. Then pulled some paper flower embellishments out of my box of bits, and a button and some twine to finish off!


So proud of this card. I made such an effort with each bit of the card… Think I could get used to creating these bigger cards rather than lots of little cards like I normally do! It was satisfying to think of how I could improve what I was doing rather than just accepting it as it was. Think this may eventually be my Mum’s birthday card… Although as her birthday is not until August will have to remember where I put it when I put it in a safe place! Lol!

Happy crafting!


Art Journal Basics class -the preparation

A few months ago when friends were gathered at my house they were having a mooch at my Documented Life Journal and expressed a wish for an art journal class. I had a little think and decided to agree to do one. Of course that meant several sleepless nights going … Ooh I could do this or I could do that … Only to remember most journal pages take a while to do, and time to dry, so that did limit what we could achieve in a couple of hours of crafting time. So a couple of days later I set to with my idea and worked out if it was possible to create something in a couple of hours that showed some techniques and basics for them.

I started with a quote…

We can complain that a rose bush has thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses…. Abraham Lincoln

I figured this had a lovely message and also had a visual message to be followed as well.

I took a sheet of thick watercolour card and cut it to 8×8 and then thought about what colour the quote made me think of. I decided on red and spritzed spray inks in red, pink, purple and orange/copper and swished the paper through them to give a good blended coverage.


I do love the finish that Dylusions inks give when doing this. So different everytime. I also spritzed some water to remove some colour in places … Although by the time the page is finished you can’t see any of this … But still it’s all part of the process.

Next I took a rose stamp which was a freebie with Craft Stamper, and stamped it down one edge in Archival ink, and also lots of times onto old book print. I then took a script background stamp and stamped that down the other side, along with the harlequin stamp and the sun shine stamp. Next it was time to add some paint. I actually started with a layer of gesso thinly brayered across the page. Then added some of the book print roses which I had cut out. To these I added some dark pink/maroon paint with my fingers, and some grey gelatos. I then added more white by using Distress Stain. I actually had a big accident with this as I squeezed the bottle and the dabber came out and flooded the page with white. Fortunately most of it wiped up … It is just a shame I wasted most of it!

Next I added more of the grey gelato and some more of the pink and maroon paint.

I also added silver paint down the edges, and made marks using lids and edge of credit card and the paint. As per usual I forgot to take any pictures of these stage … So my next picture includes, stamping with paint/ ink and using masks to push paint through and ink through. Oh and stamping the number/alphabet stamp with distress stain too!


At this point I had been working on the page for about an hour and a quarter. So time to move to finishing touches if this is to be a class.

I handwrote the quote (my printer wasn’t switched on so couldn’t be bothered to type it up instead) and then edged each piece, and sprayed with some ink. Next I took the remaining book print roses and coloured them with some gelatos and the spray inks. I added more copper to them to make them stand out a bit. I then layered these up … One of them has several layers to make it more dimensional, and rubbed some stickles over them once they were adhered to the page to give them a sparkle.


So this was my sample for the class. It meant I had finished a page under 2 hours with some basics in there. I could rule out certain techniques due to drying time, but this sort of thing was definitely doable.

A week or so later I decided to try the same process again but using different stamps for the background and different colour scheme. This time yellows and oranges. I didn’t do process pics as I forgot and just immersed myself in the process. I also didn’t get round to adding a quote at this point!


So in prep for the class I chose a few different quotes, and have printed them up in readiness. I also thought I would let people choose their own colours rather than dictate to them … After all I had started out choosing red for my first one, and it ended up very much more pink!

For me art journaling is so much more about the process rather than the end result. The hope is that the end result is good, but it isn’t a given, and shouldn’t be given as much consideration. But that’s just me!

Hopefully the girls in the class will take their enjoyment from the class and find their own way of art journalling … Given a few of them mainly like clean and neat things, it may well not be their thing! But company and playing with stuff should hopefully make it an enjoyable evening regardless!

Will post the result from the class in another post!

Happy crafting!


Thursday treasures! Photo prompt

Yes here is Thursday again!

And this week I thought I would go for a photo prompt… And boy have I found a gorgeous prompt for you!


I wonder what you will choose to take from this prompt… The heart, the hands, the sunset, the colours? Whatever you fancy!

I went with colours as they reminded me of the autumnal trees we saw at Disneyland and so looked through the papers and decided that the Howlstooth and Scaringbone dsp I had was perfect to go with the colours in the photo and teamed it with the Crumb Cake cardstock.


I started the page off by stamping Gorgeous Grunge splodges along the bottom part of the page using Crumb cake ink. I also used the splodges from French Foliage to add some different patterns.

Then I cut papers and cardstock to sizes that seemed to work. The sketch I was following was based loosely on this one I had pinned on Pinterest.

I inked everything on the page with either Tangerine Tango or Crumb cake using a sponge to darken and define the edges. I added the French foliage stamped leaves too which I fussy cut out of the Very Vanilla cardstock, and the little Paris stamps … Appropriate for the venue of the photo obviously!

Then the title I created from some new alpha stamps that fit my tiny circle punch – perfect! And of course some stickers. The journaling is on strips of very vanilla and then I also added some sticker words.

Finally some Liquid pearl dotted around the bottom to add texture and bling!

Love this page and whilst I admit when I chose the picture for the prompt I wasn’t expecting to do an autumn page I think it worked pretty well in the end! Not sure if this picture would have ended up like this without the prompt I have to admit! Good fun … And as I’ve attended my second funeral in two days today, it was good chill out therapy too!

Happy crafting!