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Get Messy Art Journaling – Stencil and Pink


This week in my art journal I have been playing with stencils, single line drawing and making a spread using only pinks.  All super fun!  Thanks to the fine folks at Get Messy Art Journaling for the ideas and enthusiasm.


This double page was made by applying a thin layer of gesso then I used the stencil I made to create the all over design. All in an old book I have selected to use as a sketchbook.  Watercolor paint created a nice gentle colour which is lighter and darker at random.  You can see the stencil on the right of the photo, so it took a few layers to cover the page.  I am a little bit in love with this effect though and I have fallen hard for stencil making.


Making a drawing using a single line and not taking your pencil/pen off the page until you are done sounds rather intimidating, but this was such a great exercise.  I took the pressure off myself and grabbed a teal blue colored pencil and started with the pencils in the jar and worked my way down the page until it was full.  A very loose interpretation of the junk on my table when I am drawing, but a very enjoyable one.


Finally, Emily at Squiggle and Swirl threw down the colour gauntlet and challenged us to make a page using the same colours. I decided to use pinks.  I really liked making this page even though the dots which were made with a hole puncher, took an age to stick down. Pink hedgehogs are rare I think!

So that was my week of art journaling, I wonder what will appear in the next week?  You never know do you?  What might happen when you open your sketchbook and grab a pen or a brush or a stencil?!

Happy Thursday and happy journaling!

Paper tube heart stamps.


Make your own fabulous Valentine greeting with these easy peasy stamps which you can make with a paper roll from a toilet roll or kitchen paper towel roll.  I used a kitchen towel roll and cut it into three to make three heart stamps.

The paint I used is from Target’s Hand Made Modern acrylic paint range. It is inexpensive but with a great range of colours to choose from.

To get the heart shape you have to gently squeeze the tube so that the top folds in slightly and the bottom forms a point.  Squeeze the point to make a sharper shape and ease the rounded top into a heart shape.

Once you have your heart/hearts grab some paint and brush some around the end of the tube, coating the whole heart in paint.  If you prefer, you can stomp the heart into the paint to load it, like a traditional stamp.  I like to brush the paint to control how much goes on to the stamp.

I started with single colours and then I got all crazy and mixed some reds and pinks and gold on the same heart for some variety.  Both turned out nicely I think.

I did end up using one heart more than the others as it seemed to give the best shape and you might find this too, or you might be a heart making genius and have a handful of perfect hearts!

Once the hearts are stamped and dry, you could draw and doodle inside or around them, or write a note to that special someone and give it as a card.

Stamp out some blank postcards and send some heartfelt snail mail.  Oh, I think I am going to do this!






Stamped heart card

Lots of lovely heart goodness to make for Valentine’s Day, with the kids or in your sketchbook.

If you have a go and want to share, tag me on Instagram @catseatdogsmakes or share here in the comments!

Happy Wednesday and happy stamping!

Weekly Photos 5/52


I feel like I have done nothing so far this week except walk to the shops and the dentist.  Oh wait, that’s because that is pretty  much what I have done!  Why is there always something you need for dinner which the cupboard does not contain, off to ‘Trader Joes’ I go.

I went to the dentist this morning in the whirling snow to get a crown put on, well the temporary, I have another appointment to put the real thing on, yay. It has been swirling snow all day but none of it has stayed on the ground.

This first photo is a lovely sunset earlier this week which I snapped while we were out metal detecting.  No treasure this week I am afraid.  Still looking for the chest!


Over the weekend the skateboards were pulled out and my youngest was zipping about on his wheels, I spotted this circle of lichen on a tree.  Pretty cool.


Shadows at the end of the day in hazy sun are the best.

Tinkersketch - repetition

Yesterday’s Tinkersketch was ‘repetition’ and I painted some triangles in my altered book which is a kids book about insects. I am loving how this book is turning out, just with a few doodles a day.  I highly recommend looking for an old book and using it as a sketchbook. So much fun!

Have a lovely week!  Happy Monday x


‘I Like’ Friday. The snail mail postcard edition.

Postcards Snail Mail

Postcards.  I like to send postcards just as a little ‘hi there’ in the mail, they don’t take any writing, add the address and a few sentences and ready to go and brighten someone’s day.

Of course I wanted to make my own cards to send out.

These were all created with the ‘Phonto’ app and the ‘Little Moments by Fat Mum Slim’ app.  I chose these two because they allow you to use postcard dimensions rather than just a square.

I used backgrounds from the apps except the one photo on ‘Life is Good’ which I took at the Saint Louis Zoo of the flamingos.

They were printed onto card stock and I drew on the ‘postcard’ back to write the address and place the stamp.

Ta da, all ready to be written and mailed.

Happy Friday and have a fab weekend x


Get Messy Art Journaling – Happy!


Last year I joined the fabulous group ‘Get Messy Art Journaling‘ purely on inspiration.  The thing is I had never ever done any art journaling and I had no clue about it or how to create one of these pages.

What I did know was that I liked the work I was seeing made by the talented folk of Get Messy, and deep down I thought I might be able to give it a go.

So, I did.  I got a sketchbook or two and started to make backgrounds and stuck a few bits and bobs down and did some drawing and doodling and I began to repeat this process in no particular order.  Some pages I liked and some I really didn’t, in fact I ‘finished’ a page this morning and didn’t like it one bit, so I started again and came up with the above page and I am super happy with it.

To start with I didn’t really follow the prompts provided by the group because I was getting bogged down in even making a page let alone following any guide.  This new season is all about ‘happy’ and I am dipping my toe in and this is my first ‘happy’ page, hopefully of many.

There is happy right in the art work, as soon as I started putting down the initial colours, I was happy to be creating this page spread, I found the picture of Ava Gardner in a 1947 Hollywood magazine and I loved the far away relaxed gaze she has.

I may add more to the page but I think it is done, onwards to the next!

Happy Thursday and happy creating!



#WIP Crochet Blanket and Drawing


I am joining Catherine at Saint Cardigan for this post all about some of my work(s) in progress.  I narrowed it down to a couple of projects although I have a week’s worth!  Once you have had a little look at what I am up to, you can pop over to Saint Cardigan and look at what everyone else has been doing.

This crochet blanket is my second ever and the one I have already completed is pretty much the same, just in lots of colours.  As you can see, I am no crochet genius, I can do granny square stitch (I am sure it isn’t even called that when it is not an actual granny square) and that is that.

For this blanket I decided to start with a dark dark grey and as I crochet out, I will use lighter and lighter shades, ending with white or a super pale grey.  I am currently at shade two and I am liking where I am heading.  The pattern is from Pip Lincolne’s book Craft for the Soul.

Learning to crochet took me so long, I am happy to have actually made something and now I am making this lovely blanket and I should finish it, yay!


This funny little notebook was at an estate sale this past week and I picked it up for 50c.  It is empty of writing or notes and each page has a grid and the Dewey Logo.  When I snagged it, I didn’t have a plan for it and as February started I decided to draw a house/building every day and I am drawing them in this book.


This is day one and I am excited to have a sketchbook full of twenty nine or more buildings.  I already feel like I want to draw a page of windows and one of doors, so that will be a couple of extra pages.


Day two was a block of flats!

I am already thinking what I will do every day in March.  Maybe a book of doodles or of faces.  Through January I drew a fish a day, all on the same page which worked really well as a daily creating project.  So I plan to do something along these lines every month through this year.  By December I should have a little collection of sketchbooks full of ideas and drawings.


This was a super fun project and literally took less than ten minutes every day.

Do you have lots of WIPs?  Are you more of a start a project, start a project, start another project person?  Or do you start one, finish one?  I do have various things on the go, but the finish of each is in my mind unless it really is not working.

I hope you are making lots of fabulous things!  Happy Wednesday x

Weekly Photos 4/52.

I am happy to see February, not that January was bad, it was a perfectly good month, but for some reason February feels like my new year.  January was a kind of warm up and a successful one, now we are second month in, I feel like I am more on course.  Better plans and more importantly, ideas to complete said plans.  Hurrah for February.

This past week has been a fun one, we have had some sunshine and warm days.


I decided to have a go at making some postcards to send out to people.  To make some cards I used photos I have taken, like this one of the flamingos at the zoo with some text popped on.  Some I just used a plain background with text.  All done in apps like Phonto and Little Moments. I like these apps because you are not restricted to working in a square.  Fun!


At the salon! This glamorous shot was taken in the Hipstamatic app.


I picked up a box of vintage math cards and I have started to use them for an art project, not sure what I will do with them yet, but I will be working into them. Any ideas?


I have some cool seed pods in the garden.  I noticed these as I was putting my tomatoes and sweet peas into pots to start life indoors.  I now have so many tomato seeds in tiny pots, I am not sure where I will put them all if they all grow!!

imageWe went out with the metal detector and found this fire truck with only one wheel.  It was about a foot down, so it took some digging out.  Don’t worry we filled the hole back in! I was impressed as we usually only find bottle caps and ring pulls!

imageHere is the truck all washed up (the wheel fell out).  It is a 1976 Hot Wheels ‘Fire-Eater’. Pretty cool!

A good week gone by and another even better one coming up I hope!  Have a wonderful week, happy Monday x