Tuesday, 17 July 2018

T Stands for..........taking in the sea air..

Hi everyone, is this year whizzing by or is it just me feeling as though I've missed some days?

As I said on Sunday we actually had some rain last week  - the caravan garden was very happy and we hope that there is more today, although we are at home now and also expecting rain here!

As it rained in the morning on Friday we went for a walk in the afternoon - we couldn't decide where to go and in the end it was too late to go far, so Morecambe it was!

Having parked the car near the shops we walked past (and into some) before heading down towards the promenade! 
Hubby didn't express his wish to go to the Rotunda so when it comes to TSFT I'll tell you what we did!

You may have seen some of these places before - both here and on lovely Jo's blog.

We started quite close to the Rotunda - no sign of the Lake District  through the mist!
All along this are there are railings.
Here is the Rotunda seen through one section.

 This story was told over three section of fence

Something a bit less morbid...

There was a couple sitting on a bench to the left so I didn't get a good shot of the Cormorants.
 Nearly at the end of the railings now and we looked out over the bay
 Morecambe is quite rightly proud of it's bird installations - we love to watch the waders, especially in Autumn and at the moment there are lots of seagulls around

 We ended our walk close to where we had parked the car and walked past the statue of Eric Morecambe who was born nearby.

Here is a link with a little about Eric and his partner Ernie Wise
Their Christmas special programmes were the highlight of Christmas TV programmes for may years and I still laugh when I see clips! I'm not sure whether you can access them outside the UK.

 I had forgotten about these as we don't often walk this way! 
Now, it's time for T stands for Tuesday at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's. Talking of time whizzing, TSFT is 5 years old today and Thanks to Elizabeth's hosting is a great place to meet up every week and share our drink related posts!
As I said, we didn't go to the Rotunda. It was only when we got back to the caravan that hubby said...(imagine sad voice) "We didn't go for a coffee", so on Saturday when he came to pick me up after the workshop(more coming soon) I suggested we go to Beetham Nurseries for coffee.
See the happy face!!!
I didn't intend eating all of my Key Lime Pie but it was so delicious I ate it all!(and suffered later)

Elizabeth asked on my blog whether I had ever made a journal page without stamping...I had to go a long way back but...I found one..from November 2017...
...and I have made another to celebrate the birthday!!
I used a bit of under paper, some gold washi tape,a piece of yellow Turmeric teabag, a little bit of infusions sprinkled deli paper and an image cut from a magazine that I edged with distress ink. I added some chit chat stickers and spattered everything with bronze paint and then sat on my hands!!!

I am adding this to Art for Arts Sake at AJJ.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

I still have a lot of blogs to catch up on so a lot of time hugging the computer coming up!

Thanks for looking, Chris

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