Thursday, 9 April 2015

Two Calendars…...

……and both late!!!
I have made pages in a Monthly art journal form for some years now - like my friend Elizabeth, I used to link Kate's Kathrynwheel blog but as she no longer has a link on blogger this is the only place you will see this one!!(I believe Kate still has a link for Facebookers if you want to join in - I'm not saying "never" but I don't think I will ever join Facebook or Twitter!)
March pages were filled in…
…and April pages were ready….on time for once, but we went away, I did remember to take a photo before I started writing on it though!!!
I used the sunflower stamp set again - with pink flowers!!! The stencil was used to stencil through and then as a 'stamp' to mop up the ink!

Now for calendar number 2!

I am really enjoying Darcy's calendar challenge! I think I rather limited myself when I bought a butterfly calendar even though the paper is really good to paint on! It is making me think though and Darcy's prompts are definitely encouraging me to try something new!
Here are the rules for this month.. 

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique -  use drips and splatters
3. Add - a repeating shape or word as many times as possible

4. Blog your calendar page and link up from April 1st 2015

This is how this page looked before….

…and here it is now….
My repeating shape is the flower, sketched out roughly first then painted using Paper Artsy Fresco paints. I then drew around the outlines with a black Stabilo 'All' pencil. I splattered two of the colours I had used all over!I drew in the antennae that I had painted out, and outlined the butterflies with a Pitt pen.

This calendar is the one I use to circle dates to remind me to look at my dairy!! 
Now, I must remember to link this to Darcy's blog

Thanks for looking, Chris


Redanne said...

What a great transformation Chris, the colours really seem to 'lift' the butterflies. I love your calendar/diary page too, I keep thinking it would be a good idea for me to start one, it might just help me remember things better! Hugs, Anne xx

Helen said...

love both your calendars!! A prompt to look in the diary would be a good thing for me too... if I remembered to look at the calendar...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Once again, you have put my calendar to shame. Your stamped images are so beautiful. You spend a lot more time creating yours and IT SHOWS. Of course, I really like that butterfly calendar. I would have been wooed by it, too. The alterations you performed on it made it look completely different. From vintage to artsy.

I promise to say NEVER to facebook. I simply don't like anything about it (grin).

BTW, those were two robins you saw in my flower bed the other day. I forgot to tell you sooner.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh these are wonderful Chris, I love March but April really stole my heart. Well done for keeping it going!! I joined Kate's challenge a number of years ago, but never even managed to complete a whole year, so I am full of admiration!!!!!

Pamellia Johnson said...

Beautiful calenders Chris! Such a great project, glad you're keeping up with it. April's page is so wonderful, I just love your climbing flowers!! Oh how I long for the nice weather! big hugs :)

chrissies said...

Lots of work on these and all very special

Love Chrissiexx

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful calendars Chris. A great idea and so great to see the before and afters. Have a lovely weekend. Nxx

JoZart Quilts said...

Love your calendar pages, Chris. Thanks for your comment and hope we can see you soon.
Just found out about Stott Park Bobbin Mill near bottom end of Windemere. Have you ever been there? I really would love to go.
jo x

Sarah Anderson said...

Two fabulous calendars :)

Margik said...

Fantastic calendars, Chris! I specially love the April page!!!
Mar x

Meggymay said...

Wonderful calendar pages Chris.
Yvonne xx

Georgie C said...

Ooh I'm loving both calendar layouts - particularly Aprils (hehe I wonder why)! Birthday aside, I love the flowers climbing up the side, it looks like a lovely illustrated flower scene.

Georgie xx

butterfly said...

Both calendar pages after my own heart with the wildflowers and meadow grasses - lovely. And your Darcy calendar page is so bright and breezy - fab!
Alison xx

Zue said...

Golly, have been busy.
Those are great calendar might have inspired me to make some.
Have a great week, Chris!
Sue x

Darcy UK said...

wow this is a great one, I love the transformation, so bright and those flowers really pop. I am glad you are enjoying the process. Hopefully you can use the bits you like to create more art in the future.