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Weekly Photos 2017. 26/52







1. Tiles, shards and a marble found in the woods.

2. Pizza rolls before looking a bit of a mess!

3. Pizza rolls cooked still looking a mess!!  Tasty though.

4. We found an ‘F’ which I think was an ‘E’ in a former life.

5. Funghi which looks like plates!

6. I pass this building every so often and it looks like it has no entrance or exit, no signs and no windows.  I wonder what it is/was. I am sure it has a door somewhere…..

Happy Monday x

Get Messy – Season of Colour Week 4.





Lots of colour play this week, using a few colours and using lots.  I learnt that I don’t love using yellow!

I painted on these vintage library catalogue cards using a very marvelous tutorial and idea from Julia via the Get Messy members blog.

What to do with the cards now?

I added two of them to a page I started in my Season of Colour journal (made from paper bags and atlas pages).  This page was a fighter, I almost painted ‘I hate this page’ all over it at one point (I am not even a little bit joking!).

But I persevered and after a slice of orange in my corner, I jumped back into the ring and finished the page.


I am so pleased that I didn’t scribble all over the page in a tantrum!

Happy Thursday x

Taking Stock June 2017



A stock take at the end of June, inspired by the wonderful blog that is Meet Me At Mikes.

Making : A sketchbook with pages of watercolor paper for a class I am starting in July,

Cooking : Egg fried rice for dinner.

Drinking : A hot cup of Typhoo tea!

Reading: ‘Project Calm’ magazine.

Wanting: All the paints in all the colours!

Looking: At the bird feeder out the window.

Playing: The radio.

Deciding: What to do for my ‘100 day project’ tomorrow – 100 Days of Creative Ideas.

Wishing: I had chosen an art based ‘100 day project’.  Less than 20 days to go, I am not giving up now!

Enjoying: Digging around in the woods with my kid!

Waiting: For tomorrow to call my Mum and Dad who arrived home from their holidays.

Liking: Cool evenings.

Wondering: If I can fill an sketchbook which would be good enough for the Brooklyn Art Library‘s sketchbook collection.

Loving: Making sketchbooks using old book covers.

Pondering: Should I buy wine?

Considering: Buying wine?

Buying: High Flow Acrylic paints (you thought I was going to say wine didn’t you?!)

Watching: ‘A Man Called Ove’ on Amazon.

Hoping:  For a good weekend.

Marvelling: At how big my tomatoes are getting in their pots in the garden.

Cringing: At my aching muscles following two pilates classes this week.

Needing: Milk, we are nearly out!

Questioning: My latest book choice – The Women in the Castle – I have only just started it and it is slow going.

Smelling: Mint and basil growing in my garden.

Wearing: Linen trousers and a sleeveless t shirt.  It is hot!

Following: Bloglovin’ to keep up with bloggy events.

Noticing: Nature.

Knowing: The more you look the more you see.

Thinking: How much I like working part time at the library.

Admiring: The squirrels as they run up the trees going round and around the trunk!

Sorting: All the finds we have made in the past couple of years-marbles, keys, tiles, bottles and shards of china. (today’s finds are in the photo at the beginning of this post)

Getting: Interested in the history of the objects we find in the mud and the creek.

Bookmarking: Magazines as I never finish reading them in one go.

Coveting: Vintage papers and photographs.

Disliking: 90 degree weather.

Opening: My mouth to yawn, I need an early night.

Giggling: At my pilates instructor as she tries to distract us from the arm numbing plank she has us hold forever and ever…..

Feeling: Comfy.

Snacking: On ice cream and sprinkles.

Helping: With library craft night – this week we are painting rocks!

Hearing: The dishwasher swishing and swishing.

Here is a blank stock take in case you want to take your own stock!

Happy Wednesday x

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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