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Daily Moleskine 2018. October pages

I thought I had missed a lot of pages in October, so I was pleasantly surprised that most pages are filled as they should be.

I did drop the ball for a couple of days and they are as blank as unfilled pages!  Nevermind, I carried on regardless.

Lots of pages are covered with inspiration and instruction from Lisa Congdon’s October daily class at Creative Bug which helped keep me going.

October saw lots of piles of rocks once I had made some pebble stamps along with botanicals and some stickers and postcards from my Portland trip.

Happy Thursday x

A day of indigo dyeing.


I was invited to a day of indigo and shibori dyeing and I jumped at the chance as I have always wanted to try shibori with an authentic indigo dye vat.  I got a little over enthusiastic with my dye victims and ended up with a length of voile, 2 yards of light jersey, watercolour paper, natural finish wood beads and an old dictionary.  All heading to the dye pot to see what effect it would have!

First up was the voile which I folded and scrunched and tied around a plastic tube to hopefully end up with a successful shibori dye pattern.  I had two yards of wide fabric so it took a minute to prepare, then into the pot!


First it went this colour


Then it went this colour.  The transitions of the dye as it develops are absolutely beautiful.  I could imagine a watercolour paint set in the colours of indigo dye from almost chartreuse to a deep deep blue.


I gave it a quick swish in some clean water and cut the strings to reveal my masterpiece, not knowing how it was going to turn out.


Ta da!  I could not be happier! My hands are blue and wet and I am having a great time!


Wood beads are soaked and ready to go indigo.


Here are the drying beads on the dictionary which also went for a dunk in the dye.  The book took on dye on some pages and some pages only got a border of colour.  I like the effect and I am looking forward to using some of the blue tinged pages in my art journal.




Once I started dipping the paper into the dye, I was hooked, the effects were stunning and even when they were rinsed in clear water, they didn’t lose any drama.  I dipped a whole collection of large papers, small sheets, concertina books and folded cards into the dye and love the monochrome landscapes which emerged.

What a wonderful experience to work with this dye and be surrounded by creative people to support and encourage the crazy lady who thought pretty much anything would be better once it had been in indigo! I am certainly pleased with all the stuff I dipped and submerged.

Have you used indigo dye or done shibori? Did you love it!?

Happy Monday x





Frames and mini poems. Get Messy Season of Ubuntu Week 5.

I have now filled a mini sketchbook and we are only at week 5 of the Season of Ubuntu over at Get Messy Art Journal.  Not too difficult really as my little book is only four and a half inches by three and a half!

These last pages incorporate prompts and tutorials from the current season and I really enjoyed making them.

I will be making another mini journal to carry on this season of art journaling!

Happy creating and happy Thursday x

Practicing with my sumi brush and ink in an accordion journal


I wanted to practice using my sumi brush and my sumi ink with no pressure but on nice paper and in a small journal so that I wasn’t worried about having to fill a whole book.

So, I folded a piece of Arches hot press watercolour paper into an accordion journal, grabbed some ink and a cup of water and got to work.  I filled the little book really quickly in fact it was only waiting for the ink to dry which slowed me down.

Talking of slowing down, I also made a conscious effort to go slow as I used my brush. I experimented with adding water to the ink and using it full strength.  I am often guilty of rushing through any artistic endeavour and I am aware that if I slow down I do much better.

Because of this I made sure I used the brush to it’s full potential (and my ability), with just one brush you can get nice thin lines and juicy fat strokes too.  Add some water for a greyed out effect and leave the ink full strength for an opaque strong black.

Now I want to fold more mini journals and practice some more!

Happy Saturday x

Mini art journal for week three of Season of Ubuntu at Get Messy Art Journal.

‘A shaft of sunshine falls like a fattish man across the countryside.’‘Insects hum and in a fountain water splashes the unthinking happiness of her look.’

I have rushed into the ‘Season of Ubuntu’ party clutching a gas station bunch of flowers and a bottle of cheap wine as I arrive at week three.

I have been working on my art journaling and art in general but nothing specific to the new season at the Get Messy Art Journal community.

My tiny journal has been neglected until this week and I have had a good time filling some pages.  The journal is four and a half inches by three and a half with some fold out pages included. It is a small journal page wise with only ten pages/twenty sides.

I have been adding all of my current favourite things, collage, pebble stamps and found word poetry and just letting myself get on with it without any restrictions. The good thing about using a small journal with only a few pages is one is soon full.  In fact I am thinking of concentrating on a specific idea for one journal at a time.  I love using my pebble stamps to make piles of rocks and I am planning to dedicate a whole tiny journal to using these stamps.

Wishing you a creative weekend.

Happy Saturday x


Ephemera from my Portland trip




While I was in Portland Oregon a couple of weeks ago, we visited a fabulous upcycle shop in downtown Portland called ‘Scrap‘. It is a huge space full of all kinds of creative materials from crayons and brushes to photos and National Geographic magazines via fabric and paper.  Tubs of stamps, barrels of pens and boxes of vintage ephemera.

I of course found some vintage National Geographic mags and some ephemera from the 1900’s.

The graphics on the matchbox tops are so good and the peacock looks like he is a bit cross about something!

Always looking for the vintage papers!

Happy Monday x

Daily Moleskine 2018. September pages.












I started my September pages with an idea that I would sketch something every day, as you can see that lasted all of five days! The rest of the month is my usual hotch potch of sketching, testing new supplies, magazine cuttings and lots of messing about.

Are you keeping up with a daily practice?  Of any kind.  How is it going?

Happy Thursday x