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‘I Like’ Fridays. The travel art journal and supplies edition.



Before I went on holiday to Cape Cod I used the covers of an old book called ‘Cape Cod Folks’ to make myself a journal filled with watercolor paper, handmade blue paper, kraft paper and some pages from an old dictionary.

I am really enjoying using handmade journals because I get to choose the paper, the size of the pages and the overall size of the journal.  Full credit to the Get Messy Bookbinding class for teaching me all I know about making journals.  It really is a great class.  If you want a good book with clear instructions I recommend Esther K Smith’s book called How to Make Books. I have borrowed it many times from the library.


Once I was on vacation, it honestly took me a couple of days to get going in my art journal. It would have been easy to leave it in the drawer. I am so glad I didn’t.

The first spread I made was awful and again I could have left it in the drawer.  Then I casually sketched the whale on the wall of the cottage we were staying in thinking nothing of it.  But the magic was set, I doodled around him which made the page under him because some of the kraft paper was visible I wanted the pages to work together, so I continued to doodle over both pages.

From here on I stuck in stickers from places we had been, tickets and sketches of all kinds of things and of course some ‘messy’ colour pages.


I used my tiny homemade watercolor set  (follow the link to see how I made it) to paint our beach finds from the local beach on this watercolor paper spread. We went for a morning walk on the beach and gathered some bits and bobs which I then painted.


I included this fab photo of a very stern looking lady walking on the beach with her shoes over her shoulder.  I wonder where she is going and who she is with?  This was a photo from the shoe box full I bought from Wellfleet Flea Market.  The blue is from my brayer while I was making some gelli prints.


I took lots of photos of buildings to draw later and this house was one I managed to get down on paper.  I tore the photo of Frida out of the flight magazine (yes, I am that person!)



I played with gesso and watercolor to make this page on top of a seascape torn from a magazine.


The beach near where we stayed is covered in oyster shells and I gathered a few and drew these just using a white pen on the kraft paper page.  The opposite page is watercolor paper and on it I painted a pile of rocks using my sumi brush and black india ink.  Painting and drawing piles of flat rocks was one of my favorite things to do in this journal. It is very meditative making pile of flat rocks in different orders and sketching them.



Another building, this one was on a wildlife reserve.  The opposite page is a print out from the Chatham Marconi RCA museum.


I took my gelli plate with me (perfectly normal!!!) and these plants were the perfect subject to print with it.  One side is over a watercolor background and the other is another vintage photo from my flea market haul.



Following a lovely sunset I made this page with a pink sky!



I took lots of art supplies, it was not a compact and bijou art kit!  Heck, I even took a full sized gelli plate!  These are the supplies I used the most.

I bought the high flow acrylics while on holiday and used them lots, I also bought some regular acrylics which I left behind beause I didn’t have space to bring them back (this is where I am pleased that they were bargain craft acrylics).

I found lots of paper to use, mainly at the library where they had a free shelf which was full of all kinds of goodness.

Do you take lots of art supplies on holiday?  Do you use them all?  I really enjoyed filling my art journal and I am pleased I did, even if a page just has a sticker and a doodle, it was worth making it.

Happy Friday x




Get Messy Season of Colour


You know when you have a fancy box of chocolates and you want to just dive in and try them all, but you know you need to use restraint and savor each one.  Well, this is how I am feeling this week in the Get Messy Season of Colour.  Firstly there are some great prompts which I want to try out, then I looked at the website last night and there are three new tutorials I have not looked at yet.


I want to quickly zip into each one and see what it is about, but I also want to allow myself the time to read and look at each one and of course have a go at the artistic wonders that lie within!

Before I take a run up and jump off the high board, here is my season of colour journal so far. I have taken a different approach this season, not deliberately, it just happened as do all good things in my art journals.

One evening on holiday, the boys all went out fishing and there I was, by myself with nothing to do.  Well, that didn’t last long, I gathered some brown paper bags (the ones you see in movies and think ‘how does anyone carry all of their groceries in those ridiculous brown paper bags with no handles’), some pages from the free atlas I picked up at the library and a brown bag with a handle for the cover pages.  I had bought some vintage thread at a church thrift shop so I used that to sew the book together and I made a pocket on the front to keep any work in progress or ephemera.







I don’t consider all of these pages finished, I started them all in fairly quick succession so I formed a theme pretty naturally.  Butterflies wanted to be included on all pages and I love the marbling so much I have lots of that, so it also is adorning many pages.

Most of the pages could use more, but I also like them all as they are, so I will see where my journal takes me this season.

As always I highly recommend the Get Messy community and if you want more information go to the website at

Happy Thursday x



The Circle Zine.

I have been zined!

Mail is the very best thing when it is not bills or junk, it is the very very best thing when it is a mini book full to the lid with art made just for you.

This is what the amazing Zine Squad do, they collaborate with each other and make a zine using their talents and generosity and it ends up with a lucky recipient, this time, it was me.  I was so excited to open my very own zine when it arrived in the mail, I had just got back from vacation and among the junk and adverts, this gem shone out at me!













My heartfelt thanks goes to Jules, Vanessa, Ashley and Katie for thinking of me and creating this wonderful artwork.

This mini art journal has zipped around the world and back again, gathering art and energy as it goes.  It almost shines with the joy bursting from it!

Love love love my zine!

Happy Tuesday x





Weekly Photos 2017. 24/52







1. Walking the dog and finding the interesting shadows.

2. Think big, start small, connect the dots.

3. I had a go at making marbled paper and this was some ink in the water all ready for the paper.

4. I spotted this recipe on the bottom of a Trader Joe’s bag and we had to make it!

5. Some marbled paper.

6. A turtle catching a bit of sun.

Happy Monday x

100 Days of Creative Ideas 51-70


51. Gather some lovely beads and some thread or beading wire. Make yourself a pretty necklace.

52. Let’s design some borders. Put them along the bottom of a page. Make your own stationery or a pretty card.

53. Paint some blocks of colour onto sheets of paper.  Cut out random shapes from the painted paper. Stick the shapes onto a blank page to make a stunning collage.

54. Find patterns. In the course of your day, be on the look out for patterns. As I was sitting on the plane heading to our vacation I found some shapes to make into a pattern.

55. Sketch your day. Make small sketches of things you come across in your day. A flower in bud or a ticket to  flea market. Have fun!

56. Use a funky phone app to alter a photograph.


For this photo, I put it into the Diptic app and turned the colour all the way down.  Play around, see what happens!

57. Stitch in your sketchbook. Find some cotton or embroidery thread and a nice thick needle. Either sketch a shape or go free-form and hand stitch on a page or two.

58. Make a pattern of rocks and draw it. Repeat and repeat!  You will soon have lots of rock arrangements. I picked up flat pebbles from the beach and piled them up in different ways for this exercise.


59. Make bread. I used this basic white loaf recipe from “The River Cottage” .


60. Sketch butterflies from your imagination or from a book. Use a water soluble marker to colour them. I used Tombow markers. Drip some water onto the butterflies and let them dry.  Draw lots of pretty watercolor-y butterflies!

61. Make a magazine collage garden. Cut out some flowers and grass shapes from random magazine pages. Glue them down and make a beautiful garden. Add details with pens and paint if you fancy.

62. Using an old plastic card, spread some acrylic colour onto your page. Mix it or keep the colours separate. Use the page as a background for a collage or a sketch or leave it as it is.

63. Paint a vase of flowers.

64. Write or sketch a quote.

65. Make a sketch and use some stamps for the details. I drew some shelves and filled them with stamped objects.

66. Grab a good pen, one you like, or a pencil and draw a ‘scribble tree’. Leave your pen/pencil on the page at all times and scribble draw a tree. Give it leaves or flowers, maybe a bird nest!

67. Cut out a lovely face from a magazine and cut the hair off. Stick the face down and draw her a lovely flowery hair-do!

68. Get an old book from the thrift store or library sale. Rip out a page ad draw on it. Make doodles, a pattern or a sketch. Book pages make a lovely background.

69. Paint a planet. Start with a wet circle of white watercolor paint and drop black ink and blue ink into the circle. Sprinkle salt over the whole ‘moon’. Let it dry completely and  brush off the salt.

70. Draw a cactus or two, or three.

Follow my process with the 100 day project over at Instagram at catseatdogsmakes.  Are you doing the project?  I hope it is going well, we are almost three quarters of the way through!

Happy Wednesday x

Weekly Photos 2017. 23/52


Fancy a seat at the dock!  This was taken at Wellfleet harbor, I hope there are cold drinks in that cooler.


I liked the colours of this boat.


Baker’s hardware store in South Chatham, opened in 1950 and not much has changed!  It is a great shop, I bought two paintbrushes and a Stanley knife from there.


The Goose Pond (minus any geese!) at Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary.  It was a cold windy day but we braved the trails anyway, oh and it was raining!!  We still enjoyed the walks though.


My boardwalk obsession continues, this one leading to the beach at Wellfleet Wildlife Sanctuary.


An old mailbox in Chatham.


Playing silly buggers with filters at Chatham Lighthouse beach view-finders!  I used Hipstamatic for this photo.


Sunset at Rock Harbor, Orleans.


Red river beach in Harwichport has all the shells in the world, if you are looking for slipper shells you are in the right place here, there are carpets of them!


Red river beach also has the whitest sand I have seen on Cape Cod.  It is a lovely beach.


One of my favorite places we visited while on holiday on Cape Cod was Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport. It is an amazing place to visit with so much to see.



A couple of pictures from inside the Edward Gorey House, above the photo on the windowsill, it says “What is your favorite journey?” to which Gorey replies “Looking out a window.” Perfect.

We had a lovely holiday on Cape Cod and now we are home, in the oven like temperatures of St Louis!

Happy Monday x




Weekly Photos 2017. 22/52

The end of the Sandwich boardwalk in Sandwich MA.

Parnassus Book shop on Route 6A, Yarmouth, MA. This shop is amazing, books from floor to ceiling and nooks and crannies galore.

Bass Hole boardwalk at Grays beach, Yarmouth MA.

Fishing lure hanging out at Chatham Light beach.

Nauset Beach, one of our favourite beaches on the Cape.

My art desk on the deck! Gelli printing seaweed into my art journal and onto old atlas paper.

Boats at Fort Hill in Eastham MA.

This is how all general store windows should look! Wellfleet MA.

I hope you had a great weekend, happy Monday x