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Weekly Photos 3/52. 2017









1. We went to Route 66 State Park this weekend and explored in the sunshine!

2. A naturally formed terrarium in an old bottle.

3. Yay for sunshine over the fields.

4. I climbed out of bed early on Saturday to go to a local estate sale and scored this ace tin of buttons and buckles.

5. I also bought a whole fabulous box of vintage travel ‘accordion’ postcards from the same sale.  I bought them to draw and paint on, but I am not sure I can bring myself to!

6 & 7. Two sides of the same painting at the St Louis Art Museum, I love the two colour palettes.

8. One of my favourite paintings at the Art Museum, cakes by Wayne Thiebaud.

Happy Monday x

‘I Like’ Friday – some things I like.


I was visiting my friend Annette at her lovely blog I Give You The Verbs today and she has a great post which is a list of things she likes.  So, I grabbed a cupful of inspiration and here is my list of things I like.  Appropriately on ‘I like’ Friday. Yay.

Snapea crisps in black pepper flavor – I just discovered them and they are super duper good!

Buying paints in a lovely colour palette, I went to ArtMart for Glow in the Dark paint and came out with a handful of fabulous colours.  I can’t wait to try out the Glow in the Dark!

Painting with the above!

Reading a good book, I look forward to reading every night and I am so disappointed when I find that I really am not enjoying the book in my hand. I am about to start a new book called ‘We Are Unprepared‘ so I hope it is a good one.

Libraries, I hunt out the library wherever I go!

Sunshine, it has been so gloomy here the past few days, I need some sunlight.

Drawing on the papery side of gum wrappers, this is not my thing, but my youngest has quite a collection of arted wrappers!

Estate sales, the thrill of the rummage!  In fact there is one locally tomorrow morning, so I wonder what I will find.

Freshly made coffee with frothy milk.

Sheets dried on the washing line – hanging washing outside is frowned upon here (not sure if it an American thing) but I rebel and out it goes!

Baking cakes  –  baking is kitchen magic and usually with a delicious result to share.

Getting into bed at night because it is so comfy! I know I will sleep badly, I always do, but I love my bed anyway.

People who are nice.  Someone told me today that I looked like a young(er) Jane Goodall.  I’ll take it!

Anyone who makes anything creative then shares and is willing to tell how they did it. I learn so much from generous artists who share their processes.

Unlike Annette who I viciously stole this idea from, I like odd numbers, I will take 7 or 11 over 10  any day!!

What do you like?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy Friday x



Hand-Made small and mini journals.


Are you easily influenced? I am and I have been spotting mini art journals all over the interwebs, mainly Instagram and I wanted to make my very own teeny tiny journal.

So I did!

I have lots of paper ephemera ranging from maps to paper bags via old National Geographic magazines and sports order forms, so I thought I would drag it all out and make a book or five!  You know how it is, once you start, you can’t stop.

I started with a couple of small but not mini books, they are about five and a half inches by four inches and some of the pages fold out to make a wider spread.




To stitch them together at the spine, I used wax linen and pamphlet stitch.

I found a good book at the library with lots of clear instructions called How to make Books by Esther K. Smith which is full of great ideas including the single signature pamphlet or leaflet style book.


I cut out three different size mini journals, the biggest is three by two inches and the smallest is three by one inch.  I used a finer thread which I think is upholstery thread (thicker than regular sewing) to sew these books together.



Making your own books is such fun, you can use all kinds of paper including plain and/or ruled and make whatever size book you want with extra fold out pages too.

There are only a few plain pages in these books because I like to work on a page which is not completely blank and I love old pages with text or information on them.

Some of my favourite art journals are made from altered vintage books or ledgers from years gone by.  I am often found at estate sales and thrift shops looking carefully at the old books or even any random piles of papers, it is amazing what you will find.

I can’t wait to get started in one of these books, in fact I almost guarantee I will be starting on at least one or two to work alongside each other.

When the paint in one book is drying I need to be able to carry on in another book, so I am happy that I have made a pile!

I hope you are having a creative day,  Happy Wednesday x

Weekly Photos 2/52 2017








I missed week one of weekly photos this year because I was deciding whether to carry on with weekly photos.  I decided, no I was not going to and it threw off my whole blogging week, so I thought I would reinstate the weeklies!

1. I spotted this Old Man’s Beard fungi on a fallen tree this week, apparently they are edible, but even if I was super sure I could eat a wild mushroom, I don’t think I could.

2. The roses on this bush are still pretty even when they are dry and crispy.

3. We had a small ice storm on Friday and lots of schools and businesses were closed.  The trees were coated in a layer of clear ice and these bracket mushrooms also had an ice coat.

4. These berries look dramatic in their frozen cluster.

5. This sculpture on the Delmar Loop looks ready for some ice!

6. Coffee sacks at Blueprint coffee in The Loop.  I had a latte and it was one of the best I have tasted.

7. Lovely chunky oil pastels in Dick Blick Art Supplies.  Thankfully oil pastels are not my favorite medium, so I was not disappointed that I couldn’t own them all!  They come in the most gorgeous colours though.

Welcome back to Weekly Photos and Happy Monday!



‘I like Friday’ 13 things.


On this icy cold Friday 13th I am sharing thirteen things I have liked this week.

The new Hipstamatic lens/film park – Boulder is super cool and I also am loving the Frutiger film which adds the random imagery to your picture like the typewriter on my shed door above! The seeds below are taken with the Boulder pak.


Project Runway Junior is rather addictive as usual!

Lots of tea in my biggest mug.

I have been using my vintage Polaroid Onestep 600 with a Duo-Chrome 600 Yellow film and it is very dramatic.  Instead of the pale tones they are replaced with yellow.


Flora Bowley books, YouTube and Creative Bug videos are so inspiring to me at the moment, her method is much freer that I usually do, so I am trying to loosen up in my paintings and art journals.

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman is another fabulous read by Mr Backman.  So good.

After falling in love with the A3 Moleskine sketchbook, I discovered a giant Strathmore 500 series mixed media sketchbook. It is not quite as big as the Moleskine but the paper is much thicker which I like.

The Flow Book for Paper Lovers is always a favourite and I just enjoy browsing it.

I like that another art journal is filling up, some of my favorite journals are the Ranger Dylusions books.

Books to alter and journal in are always a great find and I got both of these at a local second hand shop.  The blue book is a book of Mexican art and architecture from 1968. I can’t wait to get messy in them!


Home baked blueberry muffins for breakfast on an icy day .

The Lisa Congdon Sessions ‘Idea Generation’ is a very informative class which I am working through.

Fish chips and mushy peas for dinner!


Happy Friday!

Get Messy Season of Gifts Week 6. Blind Contour Faces.





I have a love/hate relationship with blind contour drawing.  It is super fun to do but the results are always at best hilarious, but more often just horrific!

On a couple of these I cheated a little and looked every so often.  They are all done using a sumi brush and ink except the last one.   The ones which look like a bald monster were done following the rules and no looking, even when I was filling my brush.  While doing the other two, I peeked a couple of times usually when filling my brush.  I think they retain the free and loose effect, but a little less horror story!

The final one is in my handmade journal and I started the page with some vintage dress pattern paper and some pink acrylic paint.  I drew some faces directly onto the page and some onto dry wax paper which I glued over the whole thing.  I also used a water soluble pencil which has dissolved a bit under the matt medium I used to glue the paper down.n

This was the final week of Get Messy’s Season of Gifts.  If you want to join this ace art journaling community go to for all the information.

Happy Thursday x

Art Journaling. Get Messy Season of Gifts Week 5.

I have been playing in my Season of Gifts journal and it is filling up nicely.  I am doing a horrible job at following any prompts, so the gift I am appreciating is the gift of being able to create these pages and share them with you.


Because the journal is all kinds of different papers, not many spreads have the same paper on both sides.  This one has water colour paper on one side which I painted a galaxy using the Liquitex ‘muted’ inks and a white ink as contrast. The other side is the back of the red pattern paper which is really crinkly.  I added my lady and gave her a gold border then I drew with white pen and inadvertently ended up with a cat/owl creature on her headscarf. I have a feeling this character will show up some more now I have ‘invented’ her, I love the idea of an owl/cat creature!


This spread is a magazine cutting of a landscape with a gelli print on dry wax paper glued on top.  I like the vintage book paper peeking through.


This is a rare spread with the same paper as it is in the middle of a signature in my handmade book.  Before I joined the pages into a book, I made a sewn spiral pattern on this page.  I used pink acrylic paint applied with my fingers and some copper ink for the background then I stuck down my crazy girl and painted with silver ink around her.

Get Messy is a wonderful community of art journaling ladies, if you are interested in becoming a Messian, go to for more information.

Happy Thursday!