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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

Sketching in a magazine-entertaining myself during a flight.

I was on the way home to St Louis from Portland on the only direct flight I could find at the time I needed and I had forgotten to check in early so I ended up in the dreaded C boarding group on Southwest, there were 4 people behind and a plane full of people in front of me.  I was not looking for a luxury window or a convenient aisle seat, no, I was looking for a inevitable middle seat but what I was really looking for was one with room to breathe! I spotted it, a seat I could fit in without (hopefully) having to fight the elbows or knees of my fellow travelers. I plonked myself down and get settled. Phone on airplane mode, what shall I do?  Read my book which I had just bought and was only a few pages in?  Listen to some music or a podcast? Start reading Kinfolk magazine which I had splashed out on just before I left Portland? While I was in Portland one of …

Art supplies to go

Tomorrow I fly from the mid-west over to Portland, Oregon and I am a combination of nervous (don’t travel by myself much) and super excited! I am meeting some of the wonderful ladies from the Get Messy Art Journal community who I have got to know over the inter webs and I am thrilled to be meeting them in person this weekend. As we are gathering to make art as well as see some of Portland and eat good food, I am taking a selection of art supplies and sketchbooks. How to decide!? Airline regulations help somewhat as I am not checking a bag so I have to abide by the liquid/gel rules so I am not taking any acrylic paints or inks.  I am sure I could take a small amount but I don’t want to risk losing them. So I thought I would make a new watercolour set and team it up with a selection of pens, brushes , a water brush, some Inktense pencils, a glue stick and some hair bobbles! I …

What am I going to use for a tiny art journal?

We are in a new season over at the Get Messy Art Journal community and the journal is to be small, nay, tiny.   Always up for a arty challenge I am going to try and do the tiny and see where it takes me (new glasses most likely!). I am not sure I am going to like working small, but I will do my best and I always have options to use a larger journal if I feel the need!  In fact I am not planning to use a journal in book form at all, I am very drawn to using all kinds of papers, cards and ephemera of a small size for my tiny journaling. So what are my options? I could use a small journal, lots of brands make perfectly good little journals full of lovely paper.  Or I could branch out and see what I can find and use. The more I looked the more things I saw that I could use, vintage photos are usually small, paint chip colour samples, …

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 …