Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Out of my comfort zone ...

for Stampotique Originals

I hold a regular art journalers workshop at my fab local art shop - Art from the Heart - and a fab bunch of hard-core journalers come along once a month to get painty and messy, and generally try out new things. They like to push me and give me ideas for future classes ... things they'd like to try, and this month they have pushed me right out of my comfort zone. BLACK AND WHITE!!!

As you know, colour generally rocks my world, so when you take that away ... well, let's just say it was a shock to the system. But the funny thing is I really enjoyed it. Really. I had to work at the whole balance, texture, composition thing because I could not rely on my tried and tested colour combos,  but now I am actually very happy with the result.



But of course, I couldn't stop there. I then wanted to try out black and white with a pop of colour, and this I really do like :-) Mmmm, black, white and a touch of Magenta. Lovely.

for Stampotique Originals




Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard, and it doesn't always work. But sometimes, it pushes you to try new things ... to work a little harder ... and the sense of achievement is truly worth it.

And here they are side by side on my little desk easel ... surrounded by colour of course.


 If you are coming along to my regular art journaling class this weekend, you will need a white pen. And if you can't make it but want to try the black/white thing then don't worry, you can do it next time (are you listening Pam?!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

It's April!



Well, it's that time of the month again, and this time I'm ready for once! Spring is on it's way here in the UK... well, sort of ... we've had ALL types of weather this week, but I've got lots of frogspawn in my garden pond so that is a sign ....

I used my delicious new Dylusions paints for my background. Mmmmmm, I'm liking these! Fab colours ......


... and lovely consistency great for art journaling. And the open pots are back yay yay yay! I missed those.

I used one of my new designs for Stampotique as my Easter Bunny. I coloured it with Copics but then stamped on it too, using Design Cube 2 by France Papillon.


Here's a few in-progress pics:




Don't forget the calendar challenge is on Facebook and Flickr, or you can ;link up in the comments below.

Byeeeee for now. Happy April everyone!


Friday, 20 March 2015

More quickie mini journaling ...


Ooh, I love a quick bit of mini journaling. And a lot of stamps are the perfect size for small journals. This one is my mini Moleskine which measures just 10x15cm.

The Bunny Boy stamp is one of my new range for Stampotique Originals. This stamp makes me smile ... it reminds me of my kids in their onesies ;-)

I painted a frame for the bunny, and then I stamped around the edge with the new Design Cube 2 by France Papillon for Stampotique. Love that crackle effect!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Art journaling ... on a mini scale ...


I truly love playing around in my mini moleskine journal. It measures just 10 x 15 cm when closed, so the pages are quick, quick, quick to do! And so much less pressure than working on a large scale.

I used my new Guardian stamp for the page above, and she is looking over a fab quote I found. Anyone else recognise this feeling?!

Smaller stamps are perfect for working in a small journal as they fill the page nicely, but hey! if your stamps don't fit, chop them in half and make them fit!

Perspective by Tim Holtz


I like a good ol' grump in my journal every now and then. Ok, ok, it's probably a bit more frequent than that ;-) Daniel Torrente's stamps are perfect for when I'm in the mood for a moan ... they have such attitude!

Penelope by Daniel Torrente

Sometimes just something random such as a capital letter from an alphabet stamps can work ....

Letter O from Numeric by Tim Holtz

... I think they look pretty good side-by-side:


I'm teaching  class on mini journaling at Art from the Heart (Harrogate, UK) on 26th March - still a couple of places left if anyone fancies it. 

And why not check out the new classes schedule at Art from the Heart *here*. Classes are filling up really fast so if you fancy something you'll have to be quick!

Byee for now!


Monday, 9 March 2015

Playing around with Stampotique ...


Boots by me!
Daisy Daisy by Jo Capper-Sandon
Design Cube 2 by France Papillon

I've had a very nice day indeed playing around with Stampotique stamps :-) I wanted to see what my Boots bunny would look like on a birthday card. I painted a background and added texture with France's fab new design cube stamp, then stamped by bunny and coloured her with Polychromos. I kind of like the way it turned out all blue except for eh boots and the heart - love those pops of colour!


Then I decided to make an ATC. Just because a stamp doesn't technically fit within the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 " boundaries of an ATC doesn't mean you can't use it - it just means you just have to chop something off!

Kate's Angel by me!

And then I made a tag using Daniels's lovely new 'Skiddy' - another girl with attitude! Love her!

Skiddy by Daniel Torrente
Sentiment by Carol's Collection
Design Cube 2 by France Papillon

Ah, I LOVE having a play day :-)