Wednesday, 6 April 2016


A while ago I was asked by Elizabeth (who explains it all here at The Altered Book Lover) if I would like to take part in a journal tip in swap as part of a group of six!

I already knew some of the group, Valerie,(Bastelmania showed her pages here) Dianne (Art Beneath The Cottonwoods showed hers here) and Elizabeth of course and I soon got to 'know' Annette Voodoo Vixen whose blog is here) and Norma who doesn't have a blog.

I have really had to get my 'big girl knickers' on as the standard is very high!

Over the next three posts I will show first, the examples I made to show everyone my style (which you may know is eclectic!!!)
Next I will show you what I received from Annette.
Finally I will show you the pages I sent to Dianne.

My chosen theme is Gardens

                   Page 1
 I scraped paint onto the page and then used random stamping and doodles before adding some green muslin. The flowers and butterflies all fussy cut after stamping.
 Again, paint scraped on and stamped and then book paper with stencilled Agapanthus and some stamped linen. The black label came off a top I bought - I covered the name with bits from my box.The quote stamp is fairly new but I know I will use the words separately on other projects. The flowers are some I have had for YEARS!!!
                         Page 3
 This started as many of my pages do by picking up some mop up paper. This is an A3 sheet of copy paper that I have folded and glued to make double sided A4 size. 
I love to make lots of layers of stencilling and stamping as well as doodling into pages.
My lettering isn't very good but I keep practicing.
                      Page 4
 This is the other half of the folded over sheet - it is slightly bigger than the other 2 but that really doesn't bother me.
I added some bricks using texture paste through a stencil. The flowers are also stencils outlines with pen. The flowers were done with tinted crackle paste and then inked to intensify the colour. The butterfly was from a set I bought at a pound shop.
                   Page 5
 This is as simple as it looks - strips of book paper gessoed over and then ink dripped down the page - the random stamping soaked into the gesso turning it grey. The circles are either gelli prints or mop ups form gelli prints. Stamped with some of my favourite things about gardens….and bees...there has to be bees!!!
                   Page 6
This is really an exercise in using up papers I wouldn't normally use. I gessoed over it all and then added some texture paste through a stencil, some nail art beads, some paint stencilled flowers and some punched Hydrangea flowers.
The image came from a Stampington magazine(they give away lovely pages in the centre of the mag)and I rolled up some torn papers and then stuck the image on with just a touch of tuile. The bird in the corner is also from a magazine - Daphne's Diary - a magazine that is full of lovely gentle articles about artists, travel, decor and food but they also have the most beautiful papers for home use too! 
The label with the sentiment covers up the original stamped one which - of course soaked into the gesso!!

Hopefully by now we are having fun in Paris - this is a scheduled post!

Thanks for looking, Chris



Helen said...

these are beautiful works Chris! Hope you're enjoying Paris!

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely pages. Hope you are having fun in Paris, and that the weather is being kind to you! Don't forget to eat a Croissant and drink a cup of coffee for me!Hugs, Valerie

Juliz Design Post said...

Fantastic pages Chris, I so love your journal pages.
Enjoy Paris, look forward to seeing some photos.
Julie x

Meggymay said...

Stunning journal pages Chris. I hope you are having a fantastic time.
Yvonne xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning pages Chris, hope you're having a great time in Paris.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning pages Chris, hope you're having a great time in Paris.
Avril xx

Barb said...

Absolutely beautiful pages Chris. Page 3 is my absolute favourite. Barbxx

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous pages and lots of details. Hope you're having a great time xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love your style, Chris. Eclectic, yes, but YOU are the stamper of the group. I adore what you did and look forward to seeing Annette's pages to you, although I confess I saw them before she sent them to you because she said they were SO different from yours. I think that's why I wanted an eclectic mix of great artists. I simply adore your style.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

forgot to mention how much I hope you are enjoying Paris about now.

hazel said...

Beautiful pages, I love how you've put all the elements together and I hope you are having fun in Paris.
xxx Hazel.

My name is Erika. said...

Gorgeous pages. Garden pages are so much fun to make, and these are like looking at a beautiful summer garden full of blooms-which is good since mine is all brown right now-still. But the grass is greening up! Glad you shared these. :)

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic pages! Enjoy your trip Chris!

Redanne said...

Definitely eclectic Chris but that is what I love so much about your work, these pages are all beautiful! Hope you are having a great time! Hugs, Anne xx

Crafty She said...

Gorgeous pages Chris, I'm sure they will be treasured. I did a swap like this a few years ago and really enjoyed it. xx

butterfly said...

What superb pages for this exciting swap, Chris. I love the midnight garden, and those springtime flowers and butterflies in the first page.

When I saw it was a series of posts, I decided to come back in time and do them in the right order. My only problem would be sending away a page if I'd fallen in love with it... but then I guess you're going to get some wonderful works of art in return. Off to look at them properly.
Alison x