Sunday, 26 May 2013

UKS Monthly Challenge

Back to scrapbooking his week (well, at least while the art journal pages are drying). The sketch for the UKS monthly challenge didn't inspire, it has to be said, but then I spotted an Andy Skinner mask on Angel Crafts table at the EK crop. 

Yet another LO for the Californian album!  This time documenting the fabulous journey down Highway 1.  The background papers are Lemon Owl (yet again from the lovely Angela at Angel Crafts).  I am enjoying doing this album (only a thousand photos to go) as it brings back so many fabulous memories!

Here is the LO and the sketch. Right - are those art journal pages dry?

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Suzy's Blog Makeover Hop - This Art Journalling Malarkey

Well, this is the first time I have taken part in a blog hop, so please be kind to me. The blog hop has been organised by the lovely Suzy over at Sea Glass and Sand who is wholly responsible for the painty mess I keep creating! You should have arrived here from Lesley's blog "Lelly's Crafty Stuff"You might even have come straight here!

My project is pages from my art journal, something I have got into lately, as I said, encouraged by the lovely Suzy, who is much cleverer at it than  me.  These pages are my favourites so far. They use a technique I picked up from UKS when doing a scraplift challenge - thanks to UKS Alipeeps for the original LO.  I wanted to use a favourite quote about flowers from Wordsworth.

The pages (and the dining room table) were painted various shades of green using the usual layers of gesso and acrylic paint.  I then used various masks, especially my favourite dots one, with picket fence distress strain to finish the background.

The flowers were painted using the card left over after cutting out with my Tim Holtz tattered florals die.  The skeleton makes a terrific stencil.  The flowers were painted with acrylic paint through the stencil.

I then doodled around the edges of all the flowers, experimenting with various styles as you can see in the close up below.

I drew round the edges but also in the middle of the flowers - it took along time and I kept going back and adding bits but I was pleased with the end effects.

I find the whole art journalling thing very therapeutic!  I seem to be able to lose myself for a while which is good because work is quite stressful at the moment.  Doodling is great!

Well, thanks for visiting my blog - off you hop to Sue now! You can find her at Me and Mine

Monday, 13 May 2013

Money for Malaria

Beth and Eleanor aka The Welcomers of Langbank Church raised the phenomenal amount of £401 at their Coffee Morning and Book Sale and now have enough to fund a Christian Aid Malaria Nurse - well done, girls!! Bob & Beth made cake pops and Beth made cakes to sell - they were yummy! Beth made welly cakes to match the welly boots in which we collect the money!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

National Scrapbooking Day

It is National Scrapbooking Day.  I have the house to myself.  I don't have anything else pressing to do - so why does my mojo go walkabout!!  I managed to mess up an art journal page and had mislaid my photos. 

So I got out my Bo Bunny Mama-razzi stamps and my sewing machine - sewed and distressed borders & stamped a background and - voila - inspiration stuck and mojo returned!!  I even found this fabulous picture of Beth & Bob - she;s still Daddy's girl.

These stamps and papers are amongst my favourites ever!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Blogger on my phone!

No excuses now - Suzy has pointed me at the phone app - apparently I am to blog on the train!