17 October 2017

A world with Octobers

The new theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is Mixed Media with Autumnal hues and for my second project I mixed ink, paint and stamped elements to make a journal page. The fabulous quote is from Anne of Green Gables! I hope you'll join in with us this month, there's a prize for the winner if you do!
Signature

5 October 2017

Creative Dyary - September

September's been a busy month and I can't believe it's over! I really enjoy carving out some time each week to create a page in my Dyary. More about the Dyary and a weekly summary of my Dyary year so far can be found here if you're interested!
Week Commencing 4 September
Back to school featured high in my week and so it seemed natural to reflect that on that week's page!
Week Commencing 11 September
The very pink page needed a blue feature to balance it - I love this flamingo!
Week Commencing 18 September
My son had a birthday this week and so I made this page in his honour. I think it might be one of my favourites of the year...
Week Commencing 25 September
I wanted to use the flamingo again and contrast the pink against black and white versions. I'm not sure I've fully achieved my aim however it's important to document the "nearly but not quites" as well as the perfect ones - it's all a learning curve!
Signature

1 October 2017

Autumnal hues

Autumn seems to have arrived in my corner of the world very quickly. I’m a real summer gal so the trees changing colour and the cooling weather always comes as quite a shock!

I wanted to make something to celebrate a colleague’s 39 years at my place of work (quite an incredible achievement!) and when I saw the new theme at Country View Crafts Challenges was Mixed media with autumnal hues I knew I could combine the two!

I used a variety of yellows, oranges and browns to colour these Dylusions flowers and arranged them on the tag with a die cut banner. 
Signature

23 September 2017

Create Art

For my second project this month on the theme of metal for Country View Crafts Challenges I wanted to make something that could easily be a card or front to an art journal or a variety of other uses! 
I painted the tag with Snowflake Fresco Paint and added Gathered Twigs Distress Ink through a stencil. Then I added the stamped leaves and then assembled the pieces continuing the metal theme. I like the simplicity of this tag - sometimes it's good to keep it simple - something I should try more often!
Signature

18 September 2017

Brighton Pages

I recently spent a week in Brighton and amongst the long list of things I wanted to see and do there was the opportunity to do something crafty whilst in one of their fabulous coffee shops. This might seem an odd ambition but I work full time and so my opportunities to craft during the day are very limited (though often dreamed of!) and to craft whilst relaxing with a coffee is very enticing! I chose my shop in the North Laines, found a comfy spot on a nice battered leather sofa and unpacked my pencils!
I had premade two backgrounds and pre-stamped the images and sentiments on card so all I had to do was colour them and add them to the pages. I LOVED having the opportunity to create even though my studio was far away! I think I could have done more so next time I’ll pre-stamp a whole host of images and that’ll keep me going for longer! I think my New Year’s Resolution might be to do this in a coffee shop nearer to my home – though it seems such a faff to pack up a load of things to go out when I can easily do it at home!
This first layout in my small Creative Flip Journal was an experiment in colour using an  underused stencil – love the circles though the green (Cut Grass Dylusions Ink) *might* be a little strong!
The family are Stampotique images and I tried to stick to a simple colour palette including the skin tones. When the sentiment is a strong as this one it lends itself to making sure the images are a mishmash of figures!
The second layout is much brighter and a little more ‘me’ as I LOVE the pink! I don’t like pink particularly but I’ve found I quite often gravitate towards it in my art – I think it’s because it is a cheerful and warm addition to a page!
I use this sentiment a lot and have a repeated image to accompany it to indicate the different personalities. I would usually keep the palette fairly subdued and have one image more brightly coloured but I liked the rainbow effect against the pink!
The chaps are another Stampotique stamp and the hats are from Dylusions sets. I love placing a bird on a head. I do that a lot, but I really wouldn’t like that in real life!
Thank you, as always, for popping by.
Signature