Monday, 3 August 2015

New Rubber! And other things ....

Christmas Boots by me! for Stampotique Originals

Ooh I just love new rubber! This week my latest designs for Stampotique originals arrived all the way from USA and I'm so exciiiiited!! You can see all of the designs *here*

I decided to start with Christmas Boots ... which is a little unusual in August but you know it's only 144 days till Christmas. Just saying. I coloured her with Copics and then a bit of Polychromos pencils on top.

Christmas Boots by me! 
Design Cube 2 and barcode by France Papillon
Journey Collage by Amy Wilson Wellenstein

In fact I have had a very pleasant afternoon just colouring in - one of my all-time favourite pastimes ;-)

(A little while ago I did a quick step-by-step guide to colouring images which you can find *here*)

Frock, Christmas Boots, Foxy, Curlz

In the UK Stampotique Originals are available from:

I don't know about you, but once I have images stamped, coloured and cut out I am usually fairly eager to stick them somewhere. Today my planner was open on my desk, and so the images just had to be stuck in there. I think they look quite at home on my busy planner pages.

Now, this isn't just any old planner. No. This is my new Foxydori planner given to me by my lovely friend Mell for my birthday, with handmade inserts. I just LOVE it and it has already kept me quite occupied over the last couple of weeks. This is my place for art, stamping, doodles, shopping lists, meal planners, etc etc you get the idea. It is also a place for me to stick tickets, receipts, notes etc which I am obsessive about collecting (at least I am honest).

Something else I am fairly obsessive about is cutting out cute pictures from magazines. All the magazines in my house have bits missing. Oh Comely magazine is my all-time favourite mag - full of quirky articles and lovely illustrations, and the pictures on this page came from there:

And these pages are full of bits I have collected. Oh, and a meal planner. Now, I am not proud of this meal planner, even I can see that it looks unhealthy and unappetising. But hey, sometimes when the fridge starts to look a bit empty you just eat what you've got left, right?!

After seeing a lovely tutorial on-line to make a card holder, I made one to fit inside my journal, to hold all of those annoying-but-essential cards that just clog up your purse. If you want to see the tutorial it's *here*

I plan to carry this planner around with me all summer, and every time I can snatch just 5 minutes I shall add a little. And it will make me happy :-)))

Byee for now!

Monday, 20 July 2015

More mandalas!

Well, I have decided that mandala painting is a little addictive. There's just something so soothing about going round in circles..... This time I wanted my mandala to be a little less structured so the main rainbow colours have been painted with my hands to get rid of any harsh joining lines. I used DecoArt fluid acrylics from the Media line, with the tinting base to allow me to build up layers of colour. (I am in love with the tinting base!)

I added some touches of collage using scans of my own backgrounds and a little moth for the centre.

I almost did this in my journal but changed my mind at the last minute and decided to paint it on wooden box frame.

 And I used some of my mark-making techniques (see this blog post here) to fill in around the edges.

It's the summer holidays here in the UK which means we ditch the routine for a few weeks (hurrah!) but it also means I step away from the art a little and concentrate on spending some quality time with my kids. I'll still be around I just won't be as productive for a few weeks!

I'll leave you with some pictures from our first summer holiday outing yesterday to the seaside. Noe, this is what I call a bit of driftwood! How I wish this would have fit in the car ...

Byee for now. Have a wonderful summer wherever you are!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Going round in circles.

I've been thinking about creating a mandala in my journal for a while ... it seemed like a logical step for someone who is fairly obsessed with circles.

Now, I know this isn't a mandala in its truest sense, but I don't let something like that put me off. I just wanted to keep going round in circles LOL!

This is how it began ....

I painted the mandala with DecoArt fluid acrylics because these are perfect for colouring small fiddly shapes, and the colours are gorgeous. Gorgeous I tell you! And they blend so well, especially she used with the Decoart tinting base.

I literally followed the colours of the rainbow to create my mandala .... nature knows best.

I added a bit of collage as I went along, using a scan of one of my journal backgrounds:

And this is how it looks when complete in my journal:

Intricately patterned mandalas like this are really time consuming to do but oh-so-meditative. There is something incredibly soothing about going round in circles building up colour after colour.

So, if you're coming along to my next regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart, prepare to go round in circles ....

Byee for now!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Still going ....

Happy July everyone! I like July - lots to look forward to. It's summer for a start, and here in the UK the weather is truly wonderful ... unusually hot and sunny. And then of course it will be the school holidays and we are all sooo ready for a break from the relentless routine. And then it's my birthday month yippee! And my son's birthday! And my wedding anniversary! Oh, and did I mention it's my birthday month?!

Well, here it is - June finished. I'd like to say I'm all ready for July but I'd be lying! I've even got a couple of gaps in my journaling for June ... it's been such a busy month for me that I got a bit behind and if I don't fill my page in on the day itself I really can't remember what I was doing. If anyone knows what I was doing on the 1st and 26th June perhaps you can let me know.

Every month I say I'm not going to use pink this month, I'm going to do a different colour. Guess June was an epic fail on that front then!

Don't forget, this challenge is on Facebook so come and take a peek if you're interested in journaling EVERY day!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Playing with Color Burst

Ooh, I love playing with a new product, and these are fun!  Color Burst by Ken Oliver, are highly concentrated water colour (color??!) powders in little bottles with a built-in nozzle. Just add water!

I made a little video of my playtime :-)