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A month of creative lettering.

During October I joined Pam Garrison and Creative Bug for a month of creative lettering.  Each day a new video was released on the Creative Bug site to instruct and inspire a new lettering idea or technique.

I chose a handmade book which was waiting for the opportunity to be filled with letters and lettering. Inside are just over 30 pages of a variety of paper from navy thin paper to cold and hot press watercolour paper via a few sheets of brown kraft paper.


Here are my favorite pages from the month.


















I enjoyed the whole month but I think my favorites are the sumi brush and ink alphabet and the watercolor shape alphabet.

I love a  monthly challenge!

Happy Wednesday x


Weekly Photos 2017. 43/52






1. A lovely orange fungi spotted in the woods this week.

2. Dried hydrangea flowers gathered on a dog walk.

3. The last tomato before the cold weather came in with a vengeance.

4. We went to a great estate sale this weekend, I liked the box of cutlery but I didn’t need it!

5. This phone caught my eye, it was behind an open cupboard and not for sale, but it took me right back to chatting with my friends on a phone fastened into the wall.

I like the unintended orange theme this week.

Happy Monday x

Weekly Photos 2017. 42/52.










1. I had a great time this week painting some background papers for future use!

2. Chrysanthemums in the park.

3. The kids craft at the library this month was making masks and here is a selection of the mask making bits and bobs.

4. A trip to Elephant Rocks state parks this weekend under blue skies.

5. The ruins of the engine shed at Elephant Rocks.

6. The top of one of the ‘elephants’.

7. Two rocks.

8.& 9. The pool at Elephant Rocks with the trees just starting to turn into Autumn colours.

Happy Monday x

My Favorite Art Journal Pages

I had a wander through some of my art journals this weekend and I was very happy with what I found.

Some pages I had forgotten about and I loved coming across them again.

Lots of ideas come back and bring new ones at the same time as I see what I did on the pages and remember how I made them.


This page is from the Season of Fairytales and is a vintage National Geographic image with wings drawn with a Signo Uniball white pen.  The wings on the seated figure are on the next page and can be seen through the circle I cut in the page.


A page from the Season of Colour in my journal made from grocery bags and pages from a 1981 giant atlas found at the library while we were on vacation!  I used a lot of butterflies this season and loved making my own marbled paper. This page also has a cut out to see the butterfly on the following spread.


This is a page I made in a book called ‘The Shape of Towns’, I used neon and copper for the base layer and added shapes with my sumi ink and brush, doodled with my fine black pen and swooshed a stripe of white across the whole thing.


My new favorite thing to paint on is old library book cards.  I also added to this page some found word poems which were cut out of a fairy tale book. This spread is also from the Season of Fairytales.

Do you keep art journals?  Are you surprised when you look back? Any forgotten pages?

Happy Sunday x




Get Messy Season of Connections. Week Three.


The season of connections over in the Get Messy art journal community is in full swing and I am really enjoying it.

I suppose I do use things with connections to me in my journal just by the nature of the fact that I chose it or chose to draw or paint it, but I am more and more fascinated by this as I fill this journal.

For this spread I painted and sprayed and splattered the pianola paper to get started.  When I was merrily slapping paint around, I didn’t have a plan for it, I was just making some background paper.

Once I saw the tutorial on the Get Messy blog which covered mixed media self portraits, I thought I would give it a go.

I grabbed a handful of library cards (I work at the library, so there is that connection) and painted some self portraits on each one.  I do these very quickly with no sketch or outline, so they are all different even though they are painted from only a couple of hasty selfies!

The pianola paper was folded into an accordion and the portraits along with some collage were added.  I drew some frames and stuck the whole thing into my journal onto a map page with Nottingham on, which is where I went to college way back when.  See, connections everywhere!

I really liked that the pianola roll had the words to the song on it and the line on the piece I had used is ‘I am a girl and by me that’s great!’ Perfect.





Happy Creating and Happy Thursday x

Get Messy Season of Connections. Week 2.

I have been exploring connections of all kinds in my art journal this past two weeks since the Season of Connections started over at Get Messy.

Once I started thinking about it, connections are everywhere, physical and abstract.

I have a strong connection to nature, so there is usually a botanical theme to my journal somewhere.  It may be flower shapes or organic leaves or a landscape or two.

So far in this journal I have printed leaves with my gelli plate onto dry wax paper and stuck them in, I have stitched leaves and painted them with watered down sumi ink.

A completely random connection appeared when I printed a leave on a page from an old dictionary and when I tore it up to stick down, I noticed that I had printed on a page which had ‘folk dance’ at the top. This is an immediate connection to my maternal grandparents who used to take me folk dancing when I was a kid.  I loved it and have very fond memories of folk dancing with my grandparents, listening to the caller who told us all what to do, where to be and when to change partners!

I also made some inky watery leaves which I think are the beginning of a page but I may leave them be.  I have a feeling that I will start lots of pages and then come back and make more connections on them and between them.

At the end of the season these pages may be completely different! Or not.  Only time and connections will tell.






What are you creating?  Are you filling a sketchbook or an art journal?  Do tell!

Happy Thursday x

My collections. Cigarette and tea cards.


When I was a teenager my grandma gave me a ‘British Home Stores’ (now closed down all stores, but I think they are still online) plastic bag full of small cards saved from cigarette packets and tea boxes over the years.

The cards were given away in cigarette packets, tobacco tins and boxes of tea. My grandma kept all of the cards she collected and I am pleased she did because I am the happy owner of our collection now.

Because  I was a cool teen, I put them under my bed where they stayed for many years maybe until I left home to go to college.  I fished them out, sorted them into collections and stored them in vintage wooden boxes left to me by my other grandma and great gran.

When I was a poor student I took them to be evaluated and maybe sell them, the dealer offered me five pounds and thankfully I wasn’t that desperate to sell them, so I didn’t.


I am so pleased I didn’t part with them on that skint day because they are such a treasure.  They are not likely to make me rich (I am sure they are worth more than a fiver though) but they are rich in memories and I love to look through them all.

Sometimes I use them to make cards or in art journal spreads but always a photocopy!


I don’t have any complete collections but I have cards featuring – Famous Jockeys, Transport through the Ages, Famous People, Sporting Personalities, The Sea-our other world, Champions of Screen and Stage, Tarzan, Inventors and Inventions, Flags and Emblems of the World, Portraits of Famous Stars and Film Partners.

My favorite collections are ‘Film Stars’ and ‘Inventors and Inventions’ which covers everyone from Edwin Land who invented the Polaroid camera to the invention of the hearing aid.

Do you have any collections you love now, but not so much when you started them or received them?

Happy collecting and happy Wednesday x