Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Still going ....

Happy July everyone! I like July - lots to look forward to. It's summer for a start, and here in the UK the weather is truly wonderful ... unusually hot and sunny. And then of course it will be the school holidays and we are all sooo ready for a break from the relentless routine. And then it's my birthday month yippee! And my son's birthday! And my wedding anniversary! Oh, and did I mention it's my birthday month?!

Well, here it is - June finished. I'd like to say I'm all ready for July but I'd be lying! I've even got a couple of gaps in my journaling for June ... it's been such a busy month for me that I got a bit behind and if I don't fill my page in on the day itself I really can't remember what I was doing. If anyone knows what I was doing on the 1st and 26th June perhaps you can let me know.

Every month I say I'm not going to use pink this month, I'm going to do a different colour. Guess June was an epic fail on that front then!

Don't forget, this challenge is on Facebook so come and take a peek if you're interested in journaling EVERY day!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Playing with Color Burst

Ooh, I love playing with a new product, and these are fun!  Color Burst by Ken Oliver, are highly concentrated water colour (color??!) powders in little bottles with a built-in nozzle. Just add water!

I made a little video of my playtime :-)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Colour wheels and rainbows.

Just completed a couple more pages in my small hand-made journal, using my DecoArt Media Fluids.  The colour wheels have been influenced by the work of Sabrina Ward Harrison - LOVE her art! Of course I always love a good colour wheel, but after recent much publicised legislations and celebrations I wanted to include a rainbow too. Which actually turned out a bit like a mandala. Mm mandala ... now there's a thought for a future journal page ....

Byee for now!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Making journals

I just love a ready made journal ... the instant accessibility is a winner. And I should know because I have got lots and lot of journals (none of them are finished of course!)

But I don't think there is anything more satisfying than making your own journal from scratch.

I recently went to a proper bookbinding course (!) I learned a lot, but the finished book was a bit too neat for me so I couldn't wait to do my own freestyle version.

I finally got the time to play with my new Decoart Media goodies yay! The combination of fluid acrylics with the white tinting base is right up my street. If you have seen any of my DVDs or watched any of my on-line classes, you will know I nearly always begin painting with white and add colour to it allowing me to build up depth of colour, so this combination is great for me :-)

I started by making a colour swatch. You knew I would do that didn't you?!

And then I made a concertina style journal using cartridge paper. Some of the pages are already complete but I still have a lot to add to the others:

This is how the pages began. Yikes, it looks really messy!

 The cover was constructed with grey board covered with Ranger Sticky back canvas. and coated with Paynes Grey. I then gave it a good coat of Decoart Matte Varnish, before stamping and embossing in clear:

I have started to add the pages to the inside but I am keeping it 'free' at the back of the journal to allow me to pull the pages out fully to work on but you can see here how it is starting to look like a book.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Messy mark making

It has taken me a while to get round to blogging these messy mark making pages ... June just seemed to get super-busy all of a sudden. I don't like it when life and work get so busy, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow ....

A while ago I taught my lovely regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK). I want to be really careful that we don't just fall into a rut with this class, it would be so easy to do! I want us to keep pushing on and learning new skills, try new things ... even if we don't always like them LOL! 

When you want to break out of a rut you can't beat a bit of mark making. It is just SUCH fun to do. I really seriously got engrossed in these pages. I worked on loose leaf card and then decided that I loved these so much I wanted these in my journal so I just stuck them in.

I like how these pages look side by side:

I have not time at all to just 'play' recently but hopefully things will quieten down a bit because I have got new goodies to try! Ooooh look at this lovely lot! I can feel a bit more experimental mark making coming on ...!

Byee for now!