Monday, 20 May 2019

Tag Book For A Friend

I was inspired to make a tag book when I saw something vaguely along these lines by Robin-Marie Smith.
I set to creating painted pages and colourful gelli prints, which I tore up and added to the tags.
Not too much thought into their design, just gut feelings and lots of fun.
Next, I added some machine stitching and touches of black lace.
Finally I selected some life-affirming quotes to each tag. These are from the wonderful PaperArtsy range by Alison Bomber.
I chose the quotes for a friend who is going through a tough time and I hope that she will draw comfort from my little tag book.

Over on A Vintage Journey blog, the challenge this month is all about Books, so, I will post my tag book on there.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

The Secret Garden

My journal page , inspired by the work of Laly Mille, captures for me, one of my favourite books. "The Secret Garden", by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I have always been entranced by walled gardens and wonder about the hidden stories that gardens could tell from years gone by.
This piece is a fusion of magazine cuttings and my own painting. total fantasy as you can see and topped off with the little robin that guided the girl in the story to find the key to the secret garden.
The paint is all PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk.
So, this is my monthly entry to A Vintage Journey Blog Challenge which is all about Books.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Discovering Toni Burt!

This week, I have been studying the work of Toni Burt. Bit late to the party as usual, but her work both speaks to me and inspires me.
Here is a piece that combines the simple drawing of a face, some collage papers, stamping,watercolours and text.
After I created her face I started to weave a story for her. She has a very wistful look upon her face and it made me wonder what lost opportunities she is pondering!
I often veer toward a neutral palette, and felt that I could share this in "A Vintage Journey" challenge, which, this month is concentrating on a neutral palette.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Neutral Zone

Over on the "A Vintage Journey" blog, the theme this month is Neutrals, which suits me so well.
The design team have done us proud once again and have sparked my imagination.

I decided to collect together some magazine pics that were neutral but that also appealed to me. I had also imagined that the Tim Holtz dragonfly would look just right on my pages.

After gessoing my repurposed girls annual, I added fragile papers to my background and knocked them back with neutral tones. I wrote a few words of comfort to myself and arranged the pics.
I linked them with some circles , stamped the dragonfly , wrote some song lyrics which are soothing and created a frame.
I find that this kind of journalling is so therapeutic and helps to calm any worries that I have.

So, an entry for the A Vintage Journey blog challenge.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Vintage Heart

Sometime last autumn I enrolled upon a course that looked just right for me. It's on the Kara Bullock Art site and is called Vintage Heart.
It is all about recreating your old family photos in various media.
So, its taken me a while to watch any of it but I started this week.
WOW! Am I enjoying it!
The first, warm up class guided me through drawing ATC sized pics using pencil!
Here are my efforts. I so enjoyed doing these and became quite addicted.

Next, Ce Duff, the artist, guided me through a mixed media piece and I chose my beloved Auntie Joan as my subject!
I am really pleased with my efforts, it was a lot of work for someone like me that likes to be finished in a whisper!
Here she is.

And this is my photo.

So, onto the next project which I think involves figures and scenes.....squeal of excitement and nervous anticipation!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Learn To Be Silent

So, this is my third entry into the 5th Anniversary "A Vintage Journey" challenge.
The reason that I have kept playing was because I wanted to produce a piece that had some white space.
All too often I throw everything at my pages and don't know when to stop.
So when Jennie and Alison produced adorable pieces that had lots of breathing space , I needed to try.
I tried on my second entry but it didn't work out like that.

So, here is another part of the journey of my life, and a photo of my lovely Auntie Kit, out on a bike ride and enjoying a picnic. The photo looks very serene, so, I chose one  of Alison's quotes and also stencilled some words.
I have stencilled, and stamped and used crackle paint, also infusions , distress inks and gold paint.
The book print is a die cut that I had leftover from something else.
I found it hard to get a balance and I found it hard to stop!
But, happy and thankful for the inspiration from the design team.

If nothing ever changed...

Totally inspired by the wonderful creations from the “A Vintage Journey” team, I decided to create my second piece for the 5th anniversary blog challenge.
I wanted to create a journal page with some negative space instead of my usual kitchen sink approach.

I began by covering my double page with some floral paper and knocking it back with white gesso and ageing it with Vintage Collage Medium. The idea was to create something that looked like really old wallpaper.
I forgot to mention that my focal image was going to be a photo of my beautiful paternal Grandma. Annie Barnes.
Next I added strips of music paper and added some writing to my Grandmother telling her how I felt about her and of memories of her. 
I framed her photo with a Kraft paper diecut frame and added some diecut flowers.
I was searching for suitable words to fit in with my memories and came across this lovely quote about change and butterflies.. it is on acetate and was meant to be a rubbing which should be gilded but I decided to use the acetate piece. Same with the butterflies. 
I added Loving thoughts which is gilded.
To finish I scribbled a frame with brown inktense pencil and lightened the frame with Chalk Paint.
I really enjoyed creating this page but my idea of creating White Space went out of the window!.....maybe next time!