Saturday, 17 February 2018

Play-Colour-Make Marks

Butterfly image by Itkupilli 
Vintage image by Crafty Individuals

This is the kind of art journaling where I completely lose myself in the process, just content to play. So much colour, doodling and layers makes me happy. I made this page in preparation for my regular art journaling class at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK), but I enjoyed making it so much I had another go pushing myself with my colour choices.

And here they are side by side in my Dylusions black journal:

 A page like this gradually evolves, layer after layer. These are often the pages I love the most in my journal, not because of how they look, but because I LOVED the process.

And here they are side by side in my (messy) happy place :-)

Thanks for looking, Bye for now!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Pretty Grunge part 2

Part 2 of my 'Print to Project' series for Gel Press.
You can find part 1 *here*

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Embracing my inner grunge.

*Watch my latest video for Gel Press here*
Pretty Grunge part 1

As you probably know I recently attended Creativation (formerly CHA) in Phoenix, Arizona with the wonderful Gel Press team. HOW LUCKY AM I?! I had the most amazing time and loved every second. But something else ..... watching the rest of the Gel Press team demo in their own unique way was fabulous, I learned so much from watching everyone. I was able to incorporate some of these amazing discoveries in my latest video, where you can find me embracing my inner grunge. Thanks to Donna Salazar and Sally Lynn MacDonald for the inspiration :-)

I didn't actually know I had inner grunge ... I am usually so obsessed with bright colours and tend to associate grunge with less vivid shades. BUT then I had a go at combining the two.

Here's one of the prints I make in the video.....

And here's what I made with it:

Hope you enjoy my video. Part 2 follows in a couple of days ... watch this space....

And finally, just a few photos of the Gel Press team at Creativation:

Cheryl Boglioli, Donna Salazar, Cat Kerr and Cheryl, Sally Lynn MacDonald and Laurie
Laurie, Kerry Sallee, Sally Lynn, me

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Ranger Designer Challenge

Being asked to participate in the Ranger Designer Challenge for Creativation (formerly CHA) is such a very big honour and one that I was delighted to participate in. Several artists/designers are sent a box of fab new goodies from Ranger, and this year it was the *new* Dylusions range :-) We were all given a top hat and asked to decorate it using the goodies we had been sent, including one of the new printing plates manufactured by Gel Press for Ranger.

I so much enjoyed making my mini wrap-around journal (see *here*) that I decided to make a bigger version to wrap around the hat. I then set about decorating it with Dyan's quirky new Dy-cuts, and gorgeous Dylusions paints.

Although I have participated in the ranger Designer Challenge a number of times now this was the first year that I actually got to see the projects out on display at Creativation, and oohhhhhh the display looked amaaaazing! 

It was fabulous to have my work displayed alongside so many talented peeps, including some of my teaching buddies from Art from the Heart, as well as my lovely buddy Kaz Hall. So many of my on-line friends in art represented too :-)

Some of the hats were upside down, some had cut outs ... such imagination.

A huge thank you to Dyan and Ranger for asking me to play along :-)

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Sizzix Miniatures

Sewing Book die by Eileen Hull for Sizzix

I do like a good Sizzix die, they lend themselves to so many possibilities. Following on from making a few of the Eileen Hull TN journals using Sizzix, I found this little needle book beauty (for my UK friends - I found mine on Amazon). Yes, yes, I *know* it's for making little fabric books to put your sewing needles in but it makes a great little journal don't you think?!

I began by cutting the covers from mountboard and then giving them a good solid layer of black gesso. Then I added patches of colour using the DecoArt Premium Americanas in Primary Yellow, Cadmium Red, Primary Magenta, Vermillion Hue, Yellow Green Light.

And then when that dried I added just a bit more paint for a bit more colour (can't have too much colour!)

A bit of stamping (Paper Artsy, The Artistic Stamper, Wendy Vecchi,) doodling, and half a collaged butterfy:

I cut some pages to fit and distressed them a little...

...punched some holes in the spine with a crop-o-dile, and then added the signatures with cord elastic:


I was lucky enough to attend Creativation last week with Gel Press (more about that in a later post) and who should I bump into while I was there?!

Me with the lovely Eileen Hull