Friday, 29 January 2016

Winter blues!

I must apologise for being so lax at visiting and commenting on my favourite blogs of late - there has been quite a lot going on here - appointments, school run duties, visitors and on top of that I have 'the tidy bug', brought about, I think, by my imminent surgery!
I have also had a few commitments to prepare for so have spent very little time visiting!

I did however want to make one last journal page for Chrissie's fabulous theme at Art Journal Journey - Winter Wonderland. I have so enjoyed this theme and seeing the inspiring pages from others.
My page started out as some new DecoArt Multi Media Fluid paints streaked across the page - sorry forgot to take a photo….
…before I added some stencilling and stamping…
I almost used this for something else but had something in mind that I had seen on the internet - not sure, I think by Donna Downey but could have been Traci Bautista 
I cut out some circles and laid them onto the surface before painting over with my new favourite colour - DecoArt Ultramarine blue!
I couldn't find my low tack glue so tried to keep them down with fold masking tape - what a mistake to make - of course some of the paint seeped underneath! I did try to neaten it up but decided to embrace the imperfection!!
The next part was easy, posca pens, stamps,ink, white signoball, black pitt pen…..
….quite a lot of doodling, some stamping and a lot of fun!

I hope I can get some visiting done over the weekend, just bear with me please!

I would also like to enter:-

the fab challenge at Stamps and Stencils chosen by Cec - Oh So Blue
another entry for Anything but Cute - Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New chosen by Anne

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Fantastic page again, love the gorgeous blues and whites, looks so frosty. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

butterfly said...

This is just beautiful, Chris - I love how you masked your little bubbles of wintry loveliness - each one with its own tiny delights. The birds are adorable, and I love the deer in the snowy woodland.

Sounds as though you are filling your time very productively. Will be keeping my fingers crossed for all to go well with the surgery.
Alison xx

chrissie said...

Beautiful bright page with a great wintery feel with the big white ballsthank yo gor being so supportive with your wonderful pages for AJJ

Take care

Love Chrissie xxx

~*~Patty S said...

Your page is brilliant Chris!
I am such a fan of circles and you've used them beautifully and so artfully here!
Truly magical.
Life sure can be challenging at times making it hard to be everywhere and do everything we want to.
Take care and have a lovely weekend.

Team Clark said...

Stunning design, I'm loving these stamped circles! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Stamps & Stencils. It's such a joy to have you join us! Hugs, Autumn

JoZart Quilts said...

Popped in to tell you that I hope all goes well for you next week. I'll be thinking of you for your op and also when I go to Event City. Will miss you!
Healing love from Jo x

Helen said...

Hope the surgery goes well, and isn't too disruptive, or major! love this blue page, Chris. Despite everything that you've had going on, you've got quite a lot done! Will be thinking of you next week xx

Margik said...

Oh so pretty! I totally love your page. The colour and circles are fabulous. The deer is so cute. Mar xx

Samra Leshinski said...

Beautiful work!
Thank you for joining our Ring our the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!

Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Meggymay said...

A brilliant page Chris, love how the circles float over the page and the details look great.
Yvonne xx

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The colour is amazing and I particularly like the repetition of the circles, it certainly creates a gorgeous sense of flow and brilliant mix of doodling and stamping.
Chris, you are doing so well to create art at a time when you have so many other commitments and also your operation being on your mind. At such times, something has to give, please do not worry about being unable to visit.

Sara Barker said...

Good to get your tidying up done before surgery, because you know no one cleans like you do yourself, and you will see every cobweb your husband misses! Spoken from past experience...I'm just sayin'!

As for your journal page, Chris, is is so chilly and whimsical! I happen to love the imperfection of the circles, and so happy you embraced them. What wonderful little landing spots for all your wintertime stamping and doodling. This looks like it was so much fun to make! Inspiring, my friend! Keep me posted on the surgery, OK? Big hugs for that to all go well.

Thank you for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Vintagehandmade said...

Beautiful wintery art journal page! I love your circles and wonderful blue tones! Thank you so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DTx

Vintagehandmade said...

I am back :) Thank you for joining in our Oh, So Blue challenge at Stamps and Stencils! Branka DTx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness Chris, this is simply incredible. I love how you embraced the imperfections, because they certainly look planned to me. I can't believe how much mileage you get out of a single entry. All the stamping, the doodling, and painting add up to a wonderful wintery scene.

Please take care of yourself and I'll be thinking of you as you have your surgery. I spent much of yesterday cleaning out and rearranging my refrigerator and freezer, so I understand the tidy gene.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Chris, I just read your comment on digital collage. For this one I used a web site, but I usually use the mosaic maker at Sorry I'm being lazy and not sharing the linkable link, but you can get to either through your browser.

My name is Erika. said...

FUN! I love the "giant" snow dots filled with images. This is really clever and made me happy to look at. Hope the imminent surgery goes well. :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

That's fantastic.. I love circles and this page is so beautiful!
Thank you so much for joining us once again at Art Journal Journey!
Happy weekend Chris!

abby j said...

Great page, Chris...winter's my favorite season...I love all the snow we get in central New York!!

Redanne said...

Oh I just love those cool blues Chris and the circles add such a lot of interest, I love the cute little snowman and the gorgeous snowflakes. I certainly didn't notice any imperfections, your page is a delight!

I hope all goes well with your surgery and that you are not out of action for too long. Will be thinking of you.

Thanks so much for joining in our 'Ring out the Old, Bring in the New' challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs, Anne DT xx

Pamellia Johnson said...

Oh my gosh Chris, I just love this page and I love the techniques you used to put it together. How wonderfully creative. So frosty and wintery, I adore the blues!! Life sure does get in the way doesn't it!!! Relax, have a hot chocolate and enjoy your Sunday. hugs :)

Dianne said...

beautiful it all!

Lynn Stevens said...

Amazing page Love the addition of the little snowflakes.
Beautiful colors of winter.
Hugs Lynn

sirkkis said...

Love this charming page, Chris. Like the fresh blue colouring and the small images in the circles are fantastic.
Glad you are back on Blogland ♥

Hettie said...

I love your page Chris. Your little snowman is just darling.
Don't worry about visiting. We are all busy and I am not the best lately either.

rachel said...

this is so very cool Chris - I adore what you have done - thanks for joining us at stamps and stencils this month. Hugs rachel x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Just realized that I forgot to say Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Bring in the New' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

Sandy said...

Wonderful - wonderful! I see that I have not been around for a while. I am sorry - several of my friends have made comments about be being "gone". I just cannot keep up with blog watching and commenting and making and doing the dishes!
Sandy xx