Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Live With No Time Out

The new prompt on the Joggles Art Journal Adventures was: include a reference to time. I think I have fulfilled that mission with time quotations as well as clock images. I'm working once again in a small (6 x 8") notebook (with peacocks on the front) and have added gesso to make the pages more sturdy as well as gluing pairs of pages together.
  started with collage using vintage clock images from a Household Encyclopaedia as well as pieces of Tim Holtz's tissue wrap Postale. Pieces of a previously gelli plate printed page were added, on which I had used the L320 Batik stencil designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stencilgirl.
 Colour was added with Distress Crayons as well as Distress Paints and Golden Fluid Acrylics.
I stamped on Time Flies (designed by Rebekka Erickson for Stamp World) and also used alphabet stamps to add the quotation "live with no time out"  by Simone de Beauvoir. The words were stamped onto that same gelli plate printed paper, torn out, edged with a blue stamp pad, and glued on. 
 Then I stencilled on the clock and parts of it using the large stencil from the April 2014 Stencilgirl Club.
Outlining was done with white and black markers and the pages were edged with a blue stamp pad.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A February Day

 Everywhere in the garden things are popping out of the ground and there is quite a bit of colour about already. Hopefully the snow that is forecast for later this week won't stop it all in it's tracks. Above a crocus, not yet open but that purple is a treat.
 A pink only variety of pulmonaria or lungwort is fully in flower.
And another pink beauty! It was Flora's three month anniversary with us yesterday and what a lot she has learned in that time. Her eyes positively sparkly back at me, she has her COME command cracked (biscuits work wonders) and her tail has come up from between her legs. She is a sweet, loving little darling.
The snowdrop display in our garden is still going strong too. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017


These pages are a real mix with a little bit of this and a little bit of that to finally end up with a spread for Colour Me Positive 2017 where this week's prompt was: Progress.

When I am working in my art journals I always have another smaller journal nearby into which I dump the left over gesso, paint and spray I'm working with.  In this case it's a 6 x 8" Seawhite of Brighton journal. I try out rubber stamps and clean off stencils and generally fill it without any regard for design or planning. So it is a bit disturbing that I frequently like the results in this journal better than what I am doing in my "official" art journals.
In fact, I liked the results of the background so much that I made the decision to continue on with it and make it my spread for Colour Me Positive, by collaging on the figure and the quotation I found by Khalil Gibran: "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing to what will be".  In honour of Khalil I also added some collage with Islamic patterns.
The random things I did on these pages in the background came from ideas from a variety of sources. Someone (Nathalie Kalbach) mentioned gold gesso, so of course I immediately felt an urgent need for it and tried scraping it onto the pages (love it). Someone else (Kasia on Wanderlust) told us to add masking tape scraps so I did (had to glue them on with matte medium as they kept coming off). I did like the additional texture they provided. I had just acquired a bottle of High Flow Golden fluorescent pink so that was added to the mix (you can never go wrong with a bit of pink!).

I also used stencil L474 Mesa Verde, designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stencilgirl Products, as well as one of Nathalie's stamp sets. This one is called Marks. You will also notice I tried out that little spirals stamp on this spread (unknown source), and went to work making marks with a Stabilo All black pencil. The pages were edged with a blue stamp pad. The circles were stencilled on through a piece of sequin waste.

Finally I wrote the quotation using my new Jane Davenport Inkredible Pen on one of the pages you find in the middle of Somerset Studio magazine, tore them out, edged the pieces in blue and glued them on. As you can tell I had fun with these pages and I like the end result. Eventually this journal too will end up filled with art.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Let's dance

Here are my two dance related Journal Quilts hanging at the quilt show at Ingliston near Edinburgh. The light conditions weren't ideal for photography!

So here are pictures I had taken before sending these 2 A4 sized pieces to the competition. First off there is Dance to the Music of Time:

And underneath: The Last Dance:
Both were inspired by a quotation from Goethe that reads: " True art can only spring from the intimate linking of the serious and the playful". That link for me is dancing. I made a spread in my art journal last February, and that was the springboard for these journal quilts.

These pieces were done on a background of loose silk fabric snippets and threads, that was covered with a chiffon scarf and then machine and hand stitched. Figures are in silk and were seed stitched, before being machine appliquéd onto the background and embellished with beads and sequins. All the embellishments were acquired during my trip to New York last year so they bring back many happy memories.

Thursday, 16 February 2017


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