Monday, 10 February 2014

January ASOI Challenge

I have been slowly working on these journal pages over the last week and I used the January monthly challenge at A Sprinkle of Imagination as my starting inspiration.. It started out as one page and then spread out into two pages after I got some Golden Turquoise paint that I saw in Kate Crane's Journal Soup class. I wanted to try the Golden paints out after being disappointed with other brands and I wasn't disappointed they are lovely. I used my winnings from the December challenge at ASOI although it was hard to decide what to get as there is so much choice.

I used the colour palette of teal, aqua, lilac, white and pale lime. The paints are a mixture of Claudine Hellmuth, Jenni Bowlin, Adirondack and the Golden in Turquoise. The ink and stencil were Dylusions. There were various stamps including Kate Crane's hand carved ones, Unity Brave Girl set, Hero Arts and Glitz Design. I also used some gesso and modelling paste with sequin waste. My jaunty man and the words "The Birdman" were from a Julie Kirk Plundered Pages pack I had and they set off the quote about a bird with a french fry which then led into the Hunger Games quote which has been on my mind of late. I coloured my man with Distress Inks and a paint brush. 

Apologies for the poor light in the photo but it isn't really that easy here at the moment with it being grey and wet most of the time. I am grateful however that we aren't flooded or snowed in unlike other places. It must be terrible to have that happen to you. 

TFL and pop over here to see the challenge and the various entries. 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Getting My Challenge On

I haven't blogged a LO since October so I thought it was time to sort that. I mostly use Instagram these days for posting my LOs it's so quick and easy to do. My camera phone has taken the bulk of the photos lately as it's usually to hand. Better that than no photo at all lol.

I have been working away on my Thirty LO Challenge that Nancy started here. She is powering away through her second 30 LO challenge now and doing some fab videos as well if you want a nosey here. These are LOs 23,24 and 25 and they are a mixture of Quirky Kit and Cocoa Daisy as well as some old stash that has been lurking about. I only have four more LOs to go and I will have finished the challenge and used a fair amount of kits up.


Friday, 3 January 2014

ASOI December Colour Challenge

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 brings all that you wish for. 

I have been doing a bit of art journaling everyday for 10 mins after being inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer;s blog. It's part of my step away from the computer resolution I started late last year. I found I spent too much time looking and no actual producing. I also prefer Instagram as well as it's so quick to share things instead of blogging.

This art journal page was inspired by the A Sprinkle of Imagination December colour challenge here

When I first saw it I was like no not got an idea and dismissed it. However when I was experimenting with my oil pastels last week in my 10 minute play I realised that I had actually used some of the palette already and then this page was born. The base is some Adirondack ink left over from a stencil I used and the problem was that I couldn't use anything water based otherwise it bled.  When I was using the oil pastels on another page I realised they worked really well at blending and left the ink intact. I used three of the colour palette the orange, yellow and purple pastels on top of the Adirondack ink. I then used black Stazon and some stamps from Glitz and Unity. There was also some sequin waste and some black oil pastel for the background. Finally I stamped my Stampotique girl out and coloured her in with my distress markers and used the fourth palette colour of mauve. The quote is from my Pinterest word board. Thanks for a great challenge and making me think out of the box. Pop over here and join in the challenge.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Kate Crane Class at 3D Jean

I was really lucky this week to attend a class with Kate Crane that 3D Jean ran in Middlesbrough. It started with an epic drive as the Aberdeen to Dundee road was closed and what normally took 50 mins took 2 hours and 20 minutes. We did get going eventually and we even managed a sneaky visit to Ikea at Gateshead minus kids and DHs we browsed!

This was Kate teaching. She was really good at explaining and demonstrating techniques. It was one of the best classes I have taken as I learnt so much. I would recommend you take a class if you can.

Here is Kirsti my partner in crime working away hard on her pages.

Messy hands are a definite although I had actually cleaned mine about 5 mins before this photo. Peeling paint and gel medium off is very therapeutic lol.

This was my first page and I must have taken leave of my senses as as soon as I put the green and purple on the page I hated it lol. However I took Kate's advice and kept at it and by the end of class I liked it. Practice and perseverance are definitely required. This was the page at the end of the day. Kate has a great stamp collection and I used her bunny stamp as I think he's great. I was also able to use her hand carved stamps as well.

This is it after I worked on it at home. I broke out some rubons, inks and stamps and a digital stamp from The Octopode Factory.  My theme was the song "What Does The Fox Say" which my youngest son sings around the house and does the dance of course much to the disgust of his older brother.

My second page used collage and included some Blonde Moments papers which were a blast from the past. One of the first classes I ever attended was a Dyan Reaveley class when she came to Scotland one year and I discovered art journaling through her. We were lucky to be able to use some of Kate's scanned backgrounds to make shapes for this page as well as gelli prints we made in class which were the best. I have been wondering about getting one but I was worried it would be a dust gatherer but after we got to try Kate's ones (including the big one) I've ordered one for myself. This is the page at the end of class.

Again I finished it at home with rubons, ink, stamps and washi tape. I even found my gold leafing pen I had lurking but hadn't used yet.

It was great meeting all these lovely ladies in the class I had such a good time. Thanks to Jean for organising it it all and the great baking as well.

Final thanks is to Jan for keeping us fed and watered and being the shop lady. I came home with some great Artchix wood pieces and some of Julie Kirk's Plundered Page packs as well. It was a fab weekend!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Hulk Smash

This LO is about the hulk hands that we got in the summer. The Avengers are very popular with the boys but for some reason the hulk hands were not bought when there were lots of them around and then we couldn't get them. We had kind of given up hope when I accidentally stumbled across them in John Lewis so I got them and we have had a small hulk running around the house for the summer ( he's back to Captain America for Halloween). 

The main paper is Glitz Dapper Dan range and nearly everything was from the Quirky kits again. The PL card is from Jennifer Johner. TFL.x

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Soggy Trousers

I scrapped this photo of my youngest son as it made me laugh when I first saw it. He looked so funny trying to shake the water off as he walked after being soaked on a water ride this summer. 

The papers are from Glitz and I even kept the range title Wild and Free on the paper as I thought it fitted in really well. The Smile card was the starting point for this LO and then I went hunting for items that matched. Nearly everything is from the latest Quirky kits including the new embellishment kit. There was also some stash busting with the October Afternoon labels I found buried in the label box and the Thickers that I have had for ages and just wasn't sure about the colour. They were however perfect for the paint drip paper which I cut up to make it less overwhelming and dominant. I wanted the photo to be the centre of the LO not the paper. TFL.x

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Final Round Up

It's the end of the Summertime Photo Scavenger Hunt that Rinda hosts over here on her blog Gallo Organico.  

I did really well and got 18 photos and one substitution and it's my own fault that I never got items 1 and 2 as I did actually see a market and go to the theatre but forgot to take a photo. Better luck next time. I did however have a lot of fun thinking of photos and trying to get the items snapped. Number 4 was my luckiest. I frequently see planes coming in to land on my way to work but it's usually rush hour and stopping to take a photo isn't an option. I was lucky one day when I was going in for a late shift that I actually remembered to get the photo and there were no cars around so I could stop easily. I found my IPhone was a great help in collecting more photos this year rather than my big camera. The cloud was the only non IPhone picture.

1.   Open air market
2.   Theater for performing arts (not a movie theater)
3.   City Hall, Capitol or other similar civic building
4.   Airplane
5.   A sunset
6.   Someone or something taking a nap
7.   A sign that is intentionally or unintentionally funny.  Substitute Item: Sundial
8.   A tower
9.   A photo with someone or something that is clearly out of place or doesn't belong
10.  A bench that is outside
11.  An animal in a zoo, aquarium, nature preserve, etc.
12.  A cloud in the shape of something (please specify what you see)
13.  A fence
14.  A stained glass object or a mosaic
15.  A fire truck or police car
16.  A windmill 
17.  Candle(s)
18.  Your local pub/bar, coffee house or tea shop
19.  A fisherman
20. A dinosaur
21.  A photograph of you with an artistic tool or craft supply (you cannot substitute for this item)
Bonus/substitute items.  If you find any of the above items too difficult, feel free to substitute either (or both) of these items.  A person wearing an outfit (or item of clothing) that symbolizes your country
A sundial.

Item 21 was my least favourite as I'm not a great selfie taker it's much safer behind the camera. I chose my trusty tools that are always on my desk wherever I'm working. My Tim Holtz scissors , my poky tool for the tape, tape, Zig pen and a roller date stamp of which I have a good selection of lol.

Hope you had fun collecting this summer and hope to see you next year.  Pop over here to see the final round up list. TFL.x