Sunday, July 23, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 29

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 29 : Make a wish list - images from a magazine or draw your own pictures
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life
Technique: Use up your excess acrylic paint with the best tool you own... your fingers!
Quote: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald
Another member of our FB group shared her page about Paris, and it inspired me to do a page with Italy as my focal because my biggest wish is to visit Italy one day. We're in dream time at this stage....
First some suitable gatherings. My wish images are paper serviettes and a map torn from an old book. Then I started adding acrylic paint - I wanted it soft and warm as I imagine the colours of Italy to be at this time of year so mixed just a drop of colour into gesso. You can see I dragged the excess paint over onto my collage page. I like the grungy imperfect look
This is my page with my journaling space - we have had stormy weather here at home so I used lovely lemon and orange for the imagined warmth of Italy, tile patterning for the architecture, and gorgeous blue for the sea.
Here you can see the excess acrylic paint used across on the collaged page for edging and amongst my lovely found words.
Some touches of gold because dreams always have a glow of perfection ;-)
Love the effect of the serviettes blending into the background. Here's my spread ready for the week's journaling. 
Back to school and normal routines tomorrow. 
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creative happenings in progress around here

A creative update as we come to the end of our winter school holidays. I've ticked LOTS off my holiday creative to-do list, but bit frustrated cos I can't share everything with you yet. Here's what I can share : 
Love this glazed background - a BOD lesson in progress
Finished a gift  
: this will be delivered end of July so full reveal then.
I am making progress on my Hydrangea petals
I was invited to be guest speaker at Levin Embroiderer's group on Wednesday night and shared some of my mixed media stitch projects.
Had a fun collage box play day yesterday - this is where I got to.
It's a wet weekend here so hopefully more to share on this soon....but I also have to get organised for teaching again next Saturday 29th July - Star Book class at a local quilt shop
and I've been asked to be a guest artist for Life Documented in August so need to prepare that by end of July as well. And I also NEED to make time to sort out my studio space - it's become a bit of a dumping ground!
I am very excited about this new class next month. I love Mary Ann Moss's online classes - I have taken a few in the past and she is a delightful teacher. 
Luckily for me I had some birthday money left over from June so when her latest Stitch*Bookery class became available and I realised the timing couldn't be better (it's during our second hiatus month from Book of Days) I signed up. 
You can sign up for the first LIVE session of the class until 4th August and apparently she'll be running it again later in the year. 
So obviously there's going to be lots more to share here in August! Have a happy and creative weekend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 28

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 28 : Add an Instagram or other tiny photo to your page. 
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life
Quote: "Wherever you go, go with all your love" Confucius
Prompt: light and dark - creating dimension
Technique: using color in different ways, getting loose - acrylic paint
This was last week - first week of our winter school holidays. Decided to choose a photo first - I ♥ the beach and on Sunday of this journaling week we were there (we travel 1/2 hour to get to this beach from home). This is the other photo I could have chosen. This is where I "go with all your love"
I already had the very blue background of acrylic paint in my journal. I had thought cleaning off stencils in my journal was a good way to not face a blank page, but I have found it to be more of an extra challenge than helpful when I am trying to work with these prompts. I already have my dark, so wanting to create light. First I used some lemon on one of my hand-carved stamps for the sunshine on the day. 
I love stencils, so logical for me to add more layers in that way. Light to me always means adding layers of white and gold. 
I then added a glaze layer of Turquoise (Phthalo) - adds depth and creates dimension the more layers you do. And then I decided to add some more white through a tiny stencil and some vibrant green foliage. 
All my layers up to this point were using acrylic paint and I kept it loose by not filling in the space with the same stencil pattern. Then I outlined the foliage with my lovely gold metallic sakura pen - adding light and SHINE (my word for 2017) and added the XO to my photo and some sketchy outline to my small photo.
I love adding found words, and this definition from a large print dictionary fits my page perfectly, and adds a nice light contrast to the background. Click on any photo to see it larger.
I've gone down a different road than the page demonstrated for this prompt, but I am happy with the effect. I will use white or gold pen for my daily journaling on the darker facing page.
As I went to post at this point I realised I could do a small photo this week for each day and need very little words. So that's what I did this morning :-) I really like the feel of the page now the extra touches of black pen have been added
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Sometimes simple is best : Stencil background (cleaning off after playday in January)
Paper serviette
found words and stitch

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My 7th Bloggiversary

I started blogging in 2010 and here I still am 7 years later with post #893. I love the connection with creative soul-mates, the learning, the sharing, the record of my creative journey. One of the reasons I keep blogging is to share my process to hopefully encourage others to get ideas or inspiration to make creativity central to their lives and well-being. The other day I got such a lovely email that confirmed this is happening ♥ "I'm a newbie at art journaling. My journaling gave me an outlet to express my sadness but also appreciate my blessings.I'm not a very good artist in the mainstream view, but I love it. Your blog really encouraged me to at least try, and many ideas to implement in my journal. I can't speak for others, but I want you to know that your effort is highly appreciated by someone you don't know." This touches my heart.
The look of my blog has changed a little bit over time. This is a screenshot of my Blog header from 2012 :
And I updated it with new photos for 2016 :
I hadn't intended to change anything this year, but at the end of last month, my blog suddenly had a big icon hovering in the background from Photo Bucket. I was mystified since I couldn't remember ever having joined them, but eventually realised it came from my blog background above of the purple swirls. If you visit regularly you may have noticed that I sat with plain white surrounds for a couple of weeks. Luckily it's been school holidays and it's given me time to have a bit of a sort out. I updated the background, and while there decided to revisit the layout so now we have the list of labels on the left and there's more white space. I love the Tapa surround pattern and with the new template I decided to streamline my header as well : 
Hope you like the new look. I thought it might be fun to look back at my favourite projects from the first 6 months of my blogging journey :
Paris Book - gifted to a friend. Fabric cover, stitched papers
Lutradur Gift Box 
Hearts and Butterflies handmade cards
First experiments using sprays and stencils! - now one of my favourite and most used techniques
Stitched treasure box 
Fairy slippers made for my Grandmother's 100th birthday (Feb 2011 but had to add them here)
I also gave my first talk about mixed media fibre art in 2010 - little did I know that I'd end up teaching from this first foray ♥
Each year I've done a post where I look back on all my projects from that 12 months - click on the year to see those : 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
In case you're new here, I thought I'd also share my favourite projects so far this year. It's obvious that art journaling plays a much larger role in my creative life now and I'm doing 3 main journal projects this year. 
Life Documented is my Daily Journaling project. I loved decorating my cover.
I ♥ Book of Days - hard to pick a favourite art page - this might be it
or this
Or....See all my work from this class HERE. 
My word of the year is SHINE - read my post about choosing my word HERE. This is my Vision Board from Ali Edwards' monthly prompts :  
See all my work from the One Little Word class HEREIt was definitely my time to shine in June when I turned 50!
I have just had my lovely sewing machine serviced and am looking forward to more stitchy projects in the second half of this year.
I've already completed a quilt : Disappearing 9 Patch
and just started a new one that is a long-term project!
See my previous post about this hydrangea quilt. You know I'll be blogging about my progress - I hope you'll continue to follow me on my creative journey here or through my FB artist page. Talk to you again soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Hydrangea quilt project

This is me happily starting the school holidays this past weekend with a day-long class to find out how to make this beautiful dimensional hydrangea quilt by talented quilt maker Adrienne Walker : 
We were well set-up at a friend's house 
the pot-luck lunch was delicious
and by day's end I had made a single leaf
an organza sandwich for a skeleton leaf
and a couple of flower petals
This is what the whole group completed : 
Since then I have set myself up a wee kit so I can make more flower petals every chance I get - MANY more flower petals. One of those flower heads has at least 70 petals! I am going to do a variation on this quilt but probably still need to complete 2 heads....
Only 133 petals to go, and quite a few leaves as well. I will keep you posted with my progress. 
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