Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A catch up.

A catch up post today, as I have been really busy - here, there and everywhere! 

First of all I wanted to share pics of the latest publication by Dawn Sokol, and I'm in it!! Wheeeeee! So happy to be included in the gorgeous book and very excited to be published alongside so many of my arty on-line buddies :-) There's a lot of people and art I recognise in this book, it's fab!
Dawn's previous art Journaling book - 1,000 artist journal pages - has kept me occupied for literally hours!

At the weekend I headed 'darn sarf' to teach the last ever workshop at The Stamp Attic in Oxford *sniff sniff*. Wendy and Colin have decided to retire which is fabulous for them, but a little sad for the rest of us..... Still, we made the most of it this weekend and created lots of messy, painty, inky art. Thanks to everyone who came along, to Lisa and Wendy for the yummy cakes, and to Colin and Wendy for their awesome hospitality.

And finally, I have been posting pics of my crochet over on Facebook and lots of you have been asking for the pattern. First of all I should explain that even though I have been a life-long knitter I am totally new to crochet. I have been watching some of my friends crochet so I decided to have a go. Actually it's not that hard! I bought myself this book, watched a few you tube vids, had a bit of a practice and then started on this blanket designed by Lucy at Attic24. I chose this one because it seemed to be the easiest, and also LOOK AT THE COLOURS!!!

 Early beginnings ....

Added a bit more ....

Over 2/3rds of the way through and already keeping me warm in the garden!

Lucy's designs are amazing. She has put the funky back into crochet, and she shares lots of photos of how it SHOULD look, oh so helpful for a novice like me!

Byee for now.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Cake is the answer ...

Cup of fun certainty by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique Originals
Text circles from Love Struck Lucy by Dylusions
Paints and stencils by Dylusions

I've been wanting to play around with repeating images on a journal page for a while, and this cup cake just seemed to fit.

Cake is the answer? Of course it is! 

I added a teeny tiny tag in the corner and borrowed a quote from Alice in Wonderland. Not that I need reminding to eat cake, I LOVE cake!

A bit of random stitching under each cake helped to 'ground' them a little ...

It can be quite tricky to achieve balance and cohesion when using repeating images used all over a page. I found that by repeating images and bringing them off the edge of the page I was able to achieve a truly random look. I used lots and lots of circles in the background, as well as added stamped text circles, to kind of hold everything together. And I was careful with my colour choices, adding touches of pink to tie the cupcakes to the background. 

The background was painted with the *new* Dylusions paints. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Nicely fluid which is great for your art journal and BRIGHT colours. Yum! And I coloured the cupcakes with my Copics but then scribbled a bit with my Polychromos pencils to scruff them up a bit. Can't have anything too neat and tidy now can we?!

So now I am feeling like eating cake! Byeeeee

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Out of my comfort zone ...

for Stampotique Originals

I hold a regular art journalers workshop at my fab local art shop - Art from the Heart - and a fab bunch of hard-core journalers come along once a month to get painty and messy, and generally try out new things. They like to push me and give me ideas for future classes ... things they'd like to try, and this month they have pushed me right out of my comfort zone. BLACK AND WHITE!!!

As you know, colour generally rocks my world, so when you take that away ... well, let's just say it was a shock to the system. But the funny thing is I really enjoyed it. Really. I had to work at the whole balance, texture, composition thing because I could not rely on my tried and tested colour combos,  but now I am actually very happy with the result.

But of course, I couldn't stop there. I then wanted to try out black and white with a pop of colour, and this I really do like :-) Mmmm, black, white and a touch of Magenta. Lovely.

for Stampotique Originals

Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard, and it doesn't always work. But sometimes, it pushes you to try new things ... to work a little harder ... and the sense of achievement is truly worth it.

And here they are side by side on my little desk easel ... surrounded by colour of course.

 If you are coming along to my regular art journaling class this weekend, you will need a white pen. And if you can't make it but want to try the black/white thing then don't worry, you can do it next time (are you listening Pam?!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

It's April!

Well, it's that time of the month again, and this time I'm ready for once! Spring is on it's way here in the UK... well, sort of ... we've had ALL types of weather this week, but I've got lots of frogspawn in my garden pond so that is a sign ....

I used my delicious new Dylusions paints for my background. Mmmmmm, I'm liking these! Fab colours ......

... and lovely consistency great for art journaling. And the open pots are back yay yay yay! I missed those.

I used one of my new designs for Stampotique as my Easter Bunny. I coloured it with Copics but then stamped on it too, using Design Cube 2 by France Papillon.

Here's a few in-progress pics:

Don't forget the calendar challenge is on Facebook and Flickr, or you can ;link up in the comments below.

Byeeeee for now. Happy April everyone!

Friday, 20 March 2015

More quickie mini journaling ...

Ooh, I love a quick bit of mini journaling. And a lot of stamps are the perfect size for small journals. This one is my mini Moleskine which measures just 10x15cm.

The Bunny Boy stamp is one of my new range for Stampotique Originals. This stamp makes me smile ... it reminds me of my kids in their onesies ;-)

I painted a frame for the bunny, and then I stamped around the edge with the new Design Cube 2 by France Papillon for Stampotique. Love that crackle effect!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!