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

22 comments:

Suzy said...

I just love this page and it's even more.vibrant in real life. Those tattered florals are just fab.to.use as a stencil and your doodling is.great

I love that art journalling is.such a relaxing way to while away the hours and yes various items of.furniture in my house have been sprayed and painted too!

Thank you for.joining in with my.blog hop

Frea Konings said...

Love those gorgeous journal pages! A great colours combination, that turqoise really works with the purple flowers! Hugs Frea

Effie said...

Just love that colour combination.... It's really striking..

Maggie said...

I've never tried art journalling but I can imagine how relaxing it must be. Your flowers are lovely great choice of colours, too.

Julie Kirk said...

I'm always using the leftovers from die-cutting as a stencil - but your word 'skeleton' is the perfect description for it!

And I relate to your painted table ... I just discovered [the hard way] that my new neon inks are fairly permanent ... on white workdesks ... [time to get the bleach out I think!]

Happy 1st hop to you from a fellow hopper!

Julie :-)

Jimjams said...

Very pretty page

Lelly said...

Love your art journalling Donna I think you have a real talent for it, the colours are just stunning

Kelly Neis said...

So pretty and I love the doodling and colors too.
Hugs Kelly

BEX said...

Love your doodling. I really struggle with making mine look good. Great colours too.

Dee Morrison said...

A great page Donna, I love the colours and your doodling is fabulous, you definitely have a flare for this

scrappyjen said...

very nice journal pages... hopping along... jenx

Claireliz said...

Fab page Donna, love the way you've used the left overs from your die cutting as stencils.
C xx

sue jones said...

Really pretty just love those colours:)

Gill said...

Great pages! I love the doodling on the flowers!

Woobear said...

Donna what a fab entry love those colours and the doodled florals are brill. X

Chell said...

I really enjoy getting lost in art journaling, finding the time to get lost with my paints and pens is always the hard part.... lovely pages and doodling is another like for me, Have you tried zendoodling?

Thanks for sharing...

new2this said...

I'm not into Art Journalling, but I do like doodling and your flowers are very effective .. its addictive, isn't it?!

KraftyKaren said...

Fabulous pages and I love the colours that you have used. I am still plucking up the courage to do some art journalling.

susibee said...

What a fabulous colour combination and I love your flowers.

MiniOwner said...

Your art journal is great TFS.
Sue x

Heidi said...

Very pretty the colours work so well together

Julie Telford said...

Hi Donna, Love the colour combo of your pages, flowers are fab and like the doodling around the edges.