Sunday, 15 July 2018

Am I dreaming?

Hi everyone, we are back from our caravan visit where we did actually have some rain! It was only for around an hour all told in two separate showers but the air was a lot fresher! 

I attended a fabulous workshop yesterday, courtesy of Rowantree Crafts in Carnforth! Jenny Marples and Elizabeth Robinson were a great team and showed us how to create and decorate a wrap around journal! We all had homework and I'll show you mine when it's got a bit more done!

I don't know whether it was excitement(I carried on working on mine until quite late last night) or whether it was the heat but I didn't get a very good night's sleep..I was still wide awake two hours after getting into bed and that is where today's Journal page for Art Journal Journey comes from! 

I used lots of AALL and Create stamps on this background...
...which I made by scribbling onto my acrylic block with Distress Markers and spritzing!

Definitely a case of 'Art For Arts Sake'!

Thank you so much to everyone for your support and I will get around to visiting as soon as I can!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 14 July 2018

It's all black and white!

Hi everyone, we  should be still at our caravan when this is posted!
Rain was forecast before we came away so hopefully everything is a bit fresher!

Now, what do you do when you make an absolute mess of a page? I sometimes just gesso over it and start again, but on this occasion I had stamped an image that I couldn't get to release from the page and it double stamped - an absolute mess but half the page had a mop up from a stencil I had used to make some gelli prints! I found said gelli print and trimmed it down!
I used a part of a Woodware seedhead stamp to stamp around the edge of the gelli print. 
I then stamped both seedheads from the set onto the page, I also turned the stamp slightly and over stamped to give a bit more depth - I knew the leaves would not show.... I had stamped the leaves onto black paper using Fresco Snowflake paint.
Once I had stuck on the leaves I added some more of the edge of the seedhead around the page.
I then spattered on some silver paints and stamped one of Alison Bomber's Paper Artsy quotes onto black 

So, one page rescued!!

I am linking to Art Journal Journey for my theme Art For Arts Sake

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 13 July 2018

In the garden for Arts sake!

Last weekend we did a bit of weeding, and a lot of sitting down, reading and sipping on something cool!
We enjoyed the birdsong and watching the blackbird stealing the blackcurrants!

I made another page for Art Journal Journey and it was inevitable that I would include flowers at some point - as the topic of the page is only part of the reasons for Art For Arts Sake!

I used one of my favourite techniques - gesso plus distress crayon plus water plus stamping! I drew large dots with the Distress Crayons and then rubbed them with a dampened finger. 
Only thing is I forgot to take any photos after this one..
I think you get the idea though...the flowers and the crackle on the page are Visible Image stamps which I 'coloured' with white pen.The main white flowers are AALL and Create Tracy Evans stamps as are the words I added. I couldn't resist adding some little dots(you may have noticed...I have a 'thing' about them!)

Thanks for looking, Chris
A scheduled post - fingers crossed

Thursday, 12 July 2018


I have used another image from that Fashion mag! My lovely friend Patty (some of you will remember her from her blog) is now on Instagram and recently has been making some fabulous collages with some of her own backgrounds and all kinds of images! I have attempted to emulate her style to make this page.

I started by using Distress Oxides randomly through a stencil then sprite a little to spread the ink a bit. I then use the protractor stamps by Bipasha at AALL and Create.
As you can see I had a little assortment of scraps that I had rummage around for!
Once again - I forgot all about taking photos but as it is collage it is very dependent on which colours you have to bring it all together!
I added some doodling and then stamped the words 'Bold and Beautiful' - sorry can't remember where this stamp was from!
I used a Tim Holtz Snarky word quote too

Of Course I am linking to Art Journal Journey where I continue to make 'Art For Arts Sake'!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

It started with....

...a magazine that I bought for £1.20 at the supermarket - a fashion magazine! The girl on this page was the first to catch my eye as I love the jumper and the colour combination.
I just happened to have a page in my square journal that had originally had some turquoise added from a painty stencil. 
I had painted over with some pink paint and added some AALL and Create background stamps and some flowers from Visible Image stamps.

I added some white doodling to echo the colour of her shoes and then just happened to have a red butterfly and a  small oriental looking image from another magazine that picked up the colours! I cut out some rough circle shapes and aded them to the page and added the butterfly wings to the girl!
It didn't look quite right so I added some pen around the insides of the circles and used a water soluble pencil to add a shadow around the girl to make her stand out more!

This is of course my latest page for Art Journal Journey - Art For Arts Sake! 

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

TIOT wants a Quote!

Hi everyone - are you ready to share some wisdom? Our new theme at Try On Tuesday is 'Add A Quote'. We would like to see not just a sentiment but a quote, maybe by some one famous, maybe a well known one...we look forward to seeing what you choose.

I have chosen two quotes from songs that have been turned into stamps.
I used Distress Oxides to create the watery background, spritzing and drying as I went along.
I used Distress crayons to make part of a rainbow in the corner and blended with a water brush and the Paper Doll's clothes were coloured with Distress markers.
I have had Mr Umbrella man for a while - a precious reminder of a WOYWW crop where we shared dies.I stamped him all over with what what I believe is a Woodware stamp. 
The raindrops and the Rainbow quote are from different sets by Brigit Koopsen for Carabelle Studios. 
I grabbed a stamp that hadn't been returned to it's sheet to give the figures something to 'stand' on!

We are looking forward to see how you use your chosen quotes. The challenge runs for two weeks until the 23rd July and you will find a few rules for entry here.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Monday, 9 July 2018

T Stands for....tea bag

Now, I haven't started to drink tea,(it makes me sick - really!)
I persuaded hubby to save his tea bags and I now have a nice little collection. I so admire my lovely blog friend Alison's tea bag art and so I have made a tentative start on using my tea bags with a page for my Art For Arts Sake theme at Art Journal Journey!
I used some Distress Oxide ink (Vintage Photo) via an acrylic block onto my page - a bit of a sorry mess but once it had been spritzed a bit and allowed to run it was ready for some stamping. I used the protractor set by AALL and create - I know - Maths is not me, but I love this set!
This is where I totally forgot to take any more photos - I was so happy to be back in my craft room this morning I just carried on! I stamped the Lynne Perella image onto the tea bag and added the bunting from the same Paper Artsy set (LPC005)and then added some random stamping using Kaisercraft stamps and had some lunch - and watched some of the Tour de France!
When I went back to it I thought it could do with a touch of colour so I stamped the words from Tracy Evan's bird set in red onto a margin from an old book and then used a small stamp from a Trish Latimer set (memories of a wonderful workshop!)I knew it was complete then!

In case you hadn't guessed we went up to our caravan for a long weekend and got back last night.
I hope I managed to visit most of you - I did keep grabbing moments when I had a connection!

As I am here for Tea Stands for Tuesday at Bluebeard and Elizabeth's blog I'll show you where we went on Friday.

That's right - no drink - hubby couldn't wait to taste the Chocolate, Coffee and Walnut cake at the Rotunda in Morecambe.
I looked out of the window and waited...errr....patiently!!
This is one of the few empty tables outside - we had changed tables as a huge group came and sat right in front of the window!
At last our coffees came!
We both had cappuccinos - not my usual choice but as my sugar levels have stabilised at a lot lower level I felt I could afford a little treat! We forgot that coffee at the Midland Hotel is always accompanied by wrapped biscuits so into my bag they went for another day - maybe for a train journey!

This was our only outing, unless you count a trip to the Laundrette and Rowan Tree Crafts where I went to pay for next weekend's workshop with Jenny Marples and Elizabeth Robinson - I am getting quite excited as it is something different, making a journal, along with some demos!

The rest of our time we sat on the decking enjoying a little breeze!
It really was too hot to walk far, so a late afternoon walk along the sea front was as much as we wanted to do!

The poor garden is drying up and with a request that we use less water in our area we only watered the pot plants and the hydrangeas that were looking very thirsty!

We did get some lovely sunsets..

..and some lovely clouds!

I also spotted this just after midnight - we had had a clear sky all evening and then these gorgeous colours appeared one night - not a very good photo I'm afraid - I think they may be what is known as Noctilucent cloud - does anyone know?

Finally, before we came home we moved our pot plants off the decking into the shade - the warden is going to water them for us!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx