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Get Messy Season of Seasons week 7







This week I have embraced more collage in my Get Messy Season of Seasons journal and I have been messing about with spray paint, lace and doilies as I have been creating along with Caylee and Lauren in the Creative Bug daily practice classroom.

I bought a pile of lacy doilies and vintage trimmings at an estate sale this weekend so I could wait to get printing and stenciling with them.

Happy Thursday x


Get Messy Collage time!

This month I have been playing along with Get Messy Art Journal’s Caylee and Lauren over at Creative Bug where they are hosting a fabulous daily class through September.  Each day a video is released with an idea and direction to take inspiration from and make it your own.

This week Lauren used some collage materials on her page in unusual ways so I thought I would have a look through my mountain of vintage National Geographic magazines and see what I could put together!

I started by selecting a pile of ‘background’ images and a pile of ‘character’ or ‘foreground’ images.  I cut out the characters and started to pair them with the backgrounds until I started to find some good matches.  Of course they are far from matching but I like them together, so I call that a match!

I like to use original images so I don’t copy them, I just get right in there, cutting,  ripping and arranging.

To add a little more ‘me’ I did some extra sketching on some pages which was super fun!

All of the collages are in my Season of Seasons altered book and  I like the diagram backgrounds which are already on the pages.

I hope you are having a creative weekend!

Happy Saturday x


Daily Moleskine 2018. August pages

Into August in my daily Moleskine planner where I make some kind of art (sometimes this word is used loosely!).

I am still enjoying faces, mainly this month starting with an acrylic base shape and some ink for the features.  I made a couple of new stamps and mess about with them.  Some stuck in pictures and leaves along with some paint smooshes!

I hope your month has been creative and your year continues in it’s creativity.

Happy Wednesday x

Marvelous Monday

What is marvelous this Monday?  These things are!

The Joy of Watercolor by Emma Block is a beautiful book from cover to cover, I even love the size and shape of it.  I love a square chunky book! She shares lots of specific watercolor projects but they are not just step by steps, they are full of ideas and information which you can use in your own work.

The most gorgeous jewelry from British designer Layla Amber.  Delicate woodcut necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings galore for all seasons.

I am reading the new Joanna Cannon book ‘Three Things about Elsie’ and really enjoying it, I am only about 50 pages in and already it is full of intrigue and characters.

Tinkersketch  August challenge is one I came late to, but I still jumped in even though I started about two weeks into the month!  Rachelle of Tinkerlab (the host of Tinkersketch) suggested on her Instagram to combine prompts and used ‘building’ as an example.  This got me thinking I could do the whole prompt list as buildings, so I am and am now halfway through.  Quite happily doing a prompt a day even though I am behind rather than panic and try and catch up.  I am very pleased with my little book of buildings so far!

There are two classes over at fabulous Creative Bug which I am really enjoying and these are Andy Wahol inspired monoprints and Treasure hunt your artistic style.

Cabbage, yes really. Cabbage is the most versatile vegetable in my kitchen at the moment!  I love it with nachos, in noodle soup, in salad and to add crunch to a sandwich!

What are you finding marvelous on this Monday?

Happy Monday x

Get Messy Season of Seasons week 3


Week three of Get Messy Art Journal’s Season of Seasons is already here, we are almost half way through!  I feel like I have just started which I am interpreting as a good thing!

These are my art journal pages from this week and I have included repeat patterns from Alicia’s tutorial and of course I had to do more gelli prints using leaves and stalks from my garden.

I picked some Magnolia leaves which I printed with and drew and cut out for collage pieces.  I also snipped a couple of tomato plant stalks which gave me some very effective prints using the gelli plate and some Sennelier acrylic paint.






Prints from the garden into pages in my art journal.  I am enjoying using this old book for my journal and the addition of library cards in glassine envelopes.  I am considering these tomato plant prints on the old library cards a success!




Happy creating and Happy Thursday x


Get Messy Season of Seasons week 2

A few pages and cards from week 2 of the Season of Seasons over at Get Messy Art Journal.  In this found book as journal, I am covering some pages completely and some I am embracing the original page.  Thankfully the paper is not too thin so it is pretty nice to work in and the spiral binding is not getting on my nerves like I thought it would. So hurrah!

I have been making marks and using these pages as collage as well as using some flowers I have been playing with as a pattern on top of collage, paint and gesso (the page with the flowers was a hot mess and needed a layer of gesso very badly!).

As well as the book I am working in, I have a pile of old library catalogue cards which I am painting and doodling on.  I got hold of some glassine bags which fit the cards in perfectly so I am pleased with that.

The season of seasons is rolling on and I am enjoying myself immensely!

I hope are finding time to be creative.

Happy Thursday x


Daily Moleskine 2018 July pages

Seven months into my daily Moleskine practice and I love how my little planner is getting fat and full!

In July’s pages I have been continuing my stamp making and playing, practiced some faces (not sure what everyone is looking at on the last pages!), adding some simple collage elements and messing about generally.

This is one of my favourite things about this practice, I get to just play, the paper in this book is thin and the pages end up crinkly and with the image before or after showing through, and because of this there is no pressure.  If I want to paint  face with strange hair and wild eyebrows, I will and I will pretend that is the image I was going for. Ha!  This is where I will try new supplies and ideas, I will test a new stamp or stick in a fresh gelli print or print right onto the page.  It is a wonderful and precious record of where I am at and what I am doing with my art.  Wild eyebrows and all!

I hope that all of your projects are going well and if you are planning a new project, go for it!

Happy Monday x