Wednesday, 19 August 2015

I'm Not Going To Be My Age - Ever!!

There have to be some benefits to getting older and one of them is no longer feeling the need to conform to convention or stereotype.  Getting bolder in my colour and style choice for clothes is where I want to go - maybe a slightly hippie-cum-Boho vibe?  Anyway I'm certainly starting to opt for more colour and looser, flowing styles. 
There is a wonderful poem called “Warning” by Jenny Joseph.  If you don't know it, here's the link - POEM  I think it sums up how I'm beginning to feel!
I love pastel colours, florals, butterflies, birds and have the desire to mix all these up together and this is reflected in my art journal page.
I gave the page a splash of colour with  Tim Holtz faded dots stencil and DI Spun Sugar and Broken China.  The Doo Lally Pip image is stamped using black StazOn and then I tore pieces from a multi-coloured sheet of Mulberry paper for the skirt and hat.  When torn the edges are quite feathery as you can see and when I'd finished I had several little bits left so I added these around the page.
I added some doodling, words cut from magazines and journaling down the left-hand side to finish off.
Anyone care to join me in a little hat shopping???

Monday, 3 August 2015

Words and Deeds

Using words, spoken or written, for judgement, criticism and complaint bombard us every day so I wanted to journal about the thoughtful and considerate world of words. 
 I started with torn bits of the newspaper and using the Tim Holtz Circus alphabet, stamped the wording in black StazOn, adding some doodling here and there and some stamped butterflies.


Saturday, 1 August 2015


The first of the month which signals another Anything Goes challenge at ALTERED ECLECTICS but remember this is for altered art, mixed media and recycled/upcycled projects, no cards or ATCs.

For my DT project this month I decided to alter this chipboard printer's tray.  I love old wooden printers' trays displaying letters but they can be quite expensive and difficult to find.  So this my version, smaller and cheaper but still effective.

I started by spraying the tray gold and silver to give a mottled effect then having decided on the word 'love' I sorted through my half-used chipboard alphabet sets to find the letters, taken from three different sets so the letter shapes vary.
I used a selection of Frantage embossing enamel on the letters, heart and bird to give a metallic look to the piece, then chose the other charms to fit the space.
I used foam pads to stick the letters and the heart to give the illusion of depth.