Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Grad Day Jewellery

Morning Everyone!

The day is nearly here! After four years of hard work and partying, my daughter Beth's Grad Day is tomorrow. It's going to be rather posh, the ceremony is in The Royal Albert Hall no less. I have my outfit ready (dress and jacket - I'm calling it my Teresa May outfit!), and yesterday I put together some jewellery using the beads that I bought at the Knit & Stitch Show last week.


My dress has a red, orange and black design, hence the bead colours. I made two earring designs, and I think I'll wear the shorter orange and red ones, as they show up better against my fiery red, newly dyed hair.


The large beads are agate, the black are onyx, and the rest are glass. 

I'm off to make some more preparations now. Have a lovely day!

Alison x


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Inspired by Karin

Happy Sunday Everyone! 

I was inspired by Karin's techniques over at Birgit's Crew Member Wednesday Challenge, and created a double page spread in my 7x5" art journal. 


I used Carabelle Studio stamps and stencils, and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics.


Also, I thought I'd share my purchases from the Knit and Stitch Show last Thursday. I had a wonderful afternoon and evening with my hooking friends Jan, Gabby, Sandra and Linda, topped off with beer and curry at Victoria station's Wetherspoons.


A closer look at the agate and glass beads I bought. I'm intending to make myself some jewellery to wear at my daughter Beth's graduation this week.


Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x




Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wanderlust week 21 - Work Big

Hello Everyone!

For week 21 of Wanderlust, Kasia invited us to work big. She suggested that we use inspiration from one of our own art journal pages, and create something big. My canvas isn't huge, about 14x12", but I took inspiration from this page in my 7x5" art journal.


I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend,

Alison x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A Little Piece Of My Soul

Morning Everyone!

The sun is shining, and I'm looking forward to a day out at The Knit & Stitch Show at the Alexandra Palace in London this afternoon with some of my hooking pals. I was up bright and early, and created a quick page in my 7x5" art journal too.


I scraped a bit of white gesso on my page, collaged some torn pieces of painty scrape paper, then added some marks and writing. It was a great start to my day!


Hope you all have a fabulous day, whatever you do!

Alison x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Our Beautiful Souls

Hello Everyone!

Here's a little page I made yesterday in my 7x5" art journal. The red and blue areas are pieces of painty kitchen towel, and I used the dropper of my black Bombay Ink to sketch the flower. I made a butterfly using eyes cut from a magazine.


I found this quote online... 'If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies. How different our ideal of beauty would be.'


Alison x




Thursday, 5 October 2017

Soul Food

A Jackson Pollock moment is good for the soul! Linking this page to Art Journal Journey's 'Landscapes of the Soul' challenge.


I'll be leaving this one to dry naturally overnight! Maybe longer!

Have a happy day,

Alison x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Low Ebb

Hello Everyone.

There's a new challenge for October over at Art Journal Journey, Elke has set the theme of 'Landscapes Of The Soul'.


I'm not sure if it's the change in the season, or the havoc the menopause is causing in my body, but this poem by Leila Thomson perfectly sums up the way I'm feeling.

"Low Ebb"

no reason
no light
no energy left to fight
not even the sparkles on the sea
can lift the spirit deep in me
one twist in the mind
has shut them out and made me blind

a shaft of light enters in
to touch the stone cold heart
waters churn
tides turn
birds take flight into the light
life blood flows in

There is hope after all! Tomorrow is another day. If you're feeling the same way, take heart, and have a good week.

Alison x

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Art Journal Calendar - October 2017

Hello Everyone, and a happy October to you all!

I have a new calendar spread to share, but first I will show my September pages all filled in.  Lots of walking, arting and crochet!


And, here is my Kate Crane inspired October spread. It took me all day to make this, and it was hard to stop adding, but I'm happy and looking forward to writing in some of the boxes.


Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful week,

Alison x




Friday, 29 September 2017

Fearless, Independent and Original

Hello Everyone!

I took out my homemade journaling prompt cards today, and using 16 cards, I created this page in my little 7x5inch journal.


I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey's Colour In My World challenge.

Art Journal Journey

Have a great weekend, and thanks for popping by,

Alison x


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 13 Challenge - Metallics

Good evening to you all!

I'm over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight, sharing a hanging plaque which features PaperArtsy Seth Apter Eclectica stamps and a variety of metallic elements. Here's a little peek, you can see my full project and tutorial HERE.


If you pop over to the PaperArtsy Blog, there's lots more fab inspiration for their Metallics Challenge. I hope I've inspired you to join in.

Alison x

Monday, 25 September 2017

Wanderlust 2017 - Week 19 - Kate Crane part two

Hi Everyone!

I have another grid page to share, inspired by the second part of Kate Crane's Wanderlust class. This time I had to get my sewing machine out. I rather like this effect - I must try it on some teabags :-)


Kate added a butterfly on her page. I found some sweet butterfly girlies for mine.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison x

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Wanderlust 2017 - Week 19 - Kate Crane part one

Hello Everyone!

I'm gradually working my way through Wanderlust, and now I'm up to week 19. Kate Crane's class is a two-parter, so here's my version of her first grid-based piece.


It's all about making time to play :-)



Happy Sunday!

Alison x


Friday, 22 September 2017

Wanderlust Week 18 - Dyan Reaveley

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here are two pages I made from following Dyan Reaveley's class for Everything Art's Wanderlust online course. Dyan's style is so recognisable, bright and colourful, and I love it!


I've used Dina Wakley, Crafter's Workshop, and Stencil Girl stencils and masks.



Wishing you a fab weekend,

Alison x

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Myself Journal Page

Hi Everyone!

Last weekend, I went up to the Alexandra Palace craft show with my friend Hazel. We were very excited to see French stamp company Carabelle Studio there for the first time, and treated ourselves to a few new stamp sets. I tested my purchases out on a journal page today.


I also used a leftover card that I didn't use in my prompt card set, some teabags, and some drywall tape.


Thanks for visiting,

Alison x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Another HeArt Journal Page

Hi Everyone!

Today I did a page in my little 7x5" journal, inspired by Kasia's week 17 class on Wanderlust, where she asked us to go small. As I looked back in my journal after I'd finished, I noticed that my last three pages have hearts as the focal point. It surprised me a little. Anyway, here's today's page...


My page started with some splatters of Glimmer Mist, then I added a vanilla chai teabag paper. This smelt very good every time I used my heat gun! I'd had to trim my 'Peace' page to fit into another journal, so I cut up the strips and glued them down. Then I added a cut out heart, and out-lined with blue Gelatos. All wrong, so I removed the heart, then filled in the space with red Gelato and Aged Scarlet Frantage embossing enamel. Much better! I finished with doodles and splatters. The writing reads..."wherever you go, go with all your heart".



Thanks for dropping by,

Alison x



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Peace Art Journal Page

Morning All!

Yesterday, I caught up with Jessica Sporn's class on Everything Art's Wanderlust. Jessica asked us to go deep, and look into our hearts at what matters to us. Peace, my home city London(torn scraps of London A-Z), and tea(bags) feature on my page.


I might have to do something like this on a canvas. Here's a closer look...



Wishing you an artful and happy day!

Alison x


Friday, 8 September 2017

Emotions Exposed

Hello All!

Not a lot of art has been made this week. Firstly, I've been reading The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling). It's a really great yarn, and I thoroughly recommend it, as well as her first RG novel A Cuckoo's Calling. There's a third novel, Career of Evil, which I've got primed and ready. Secondly, my recently returned from uni daughter has been planning her gap year travels, to NZ, OZ, and SE Asia. The thought of her disappearing again, for 8 months, has left me a little low, having just got her back. But she assures me that she's sensible, and it'll be safe travel with friends and like-minded people. So that's the reason for the title of this page I made late last night.


It was the result of 18 of my art prompt cards, mainly to get my mojo back, and take my mind off of other matters. I'm linking up to Art Journal Journey's Colour In My World Challenge.

Happy Friday to you all,

Alison x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Wanderlust 2017 - Week 10 - Alena Hennessy Class

Hello Everyone! I hope you're enjoying a relaxing Sunday.

I've spent a very enjoyable afternoon, creating this page, inspired by Alena Hennessy's class on Wanderlust. She has a very relaxed approach to intuitive painting, using Bombay Inks, acrylics, gold leaf, glitter and paint pens.



Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Alison x

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Wanderlust 2017 - Week 7 - Clair Bremner Class

Welcome Everyone!

I signed up for this year's Wanderlust Classes, but I haven't been keeping up very well. Clair Bremner's class was in February! Thankfully, we can download the classes and work at our own pace.

Here is the art journal page I made, inspired by Clair's class...



Happy Saturday!

Alison x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Art Journal Calendar - September 2017

Hello Everyone!

I've been beavering away this afternoon, making my art journal calendar pages for September. 

Art Journal Journey has a new challenge today, set by Yvonne, and the theme is Colour In My World. Has there ever been a theme that so fitted me?! As you know, I love my bright colours. So here's my bright and colourful spread.


To make my page background, I used a 5x3" Gelli Plate, Dylusion's Paint, and PaperArtsy Kim Dellow masks. I filled in some white areas with turquoise paint, seen quite clearly in the bottom righthand corner. 

I added punched tags, smudged black pencil outlines, and used PaperArtsy Everything Art and Darkroom Door stamps for the title.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Alison x



Thursday, 31 August 2017

Art Journal Journey - Poetry in Motion

Morning Everyone!

I have a final page for Art Journal Journey's Poetry in Motion challenge to share today. I used my card prompts again, but only 10 this time, starting with a heart cut from a magazine, and finishing with scribble journaling. I did add the dried paint from my white paint tube, and some blue paint splatters as a finishing touch though.


The quote reads... 'Smile. It's the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.' ... Anthony J. D'Angelo.

I hope you all have a wonderful day,

Alison x

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Embrace The Detours

Hello Everyone!

I finally got around to playing with my new deck of art journaling prompts, and this page was the result. I randomly used 20 cards, the first of which was to splash tea or coffee on the page, and the final was to use a stamp. It was a fun process.



I was recently asked by Leisanne of Crimson Cricket blog what motivated me to create art. HERE is her first post in a series, which contains my answer. Basically, it makes me happy!

Wishing you all an artful day!

Alison x

Friday, 25 August 2017

Art Journal Prompts Card Deck

Hello Everyone!

I've been wanting to make a deck of art journal card prompts for a while now, and the Everything Art Live Adventure page that I made last Saturday prompted me to get on with it. Excuse the pun!


I started by applying white paint to both sides of a deck of playing cards, using my 10x8 inch Gelli Plate. Next I used Dylusions paint and PaperArtsy Kim Dellow masks to print both sides of all the cards. I used a Fudeball black journaling pen then, to outline the stencilling. I typed out all the prompts on copier paper, cut them out and glued them to one side of each card, outlining them with the black pen too. I finished off by sponging the edges of the cards with black archival ink. I think they look amazing! I love the bright colours with Kim's gorgeous stencil designs!


I also got some pretty cool prints made for future use...



I can't wait to play with my cards, maybe this afternoon!

Wishing you all a very happy Friday!

Alison x



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Don't Let Weeds Grow Around Your Dreams

Hello Everyone.

I picked up a few Amsterdam Acrylic Inks at the stamp show on Sunday, and had a little play with them in my art journal today. This is the result. I love the vibrancy of the inks, especially the neon ones!



Hope you're all having a great week!

Alison x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Everything Art Live Adventure Art Journaling

Hello Everyone!

Last night, Everything Art's Kasia Avery hosted a live art journaling session on Facebook. At the beginning of the play, she asked us to message different prompts to use during our play session. I suggested tearing circles out of a magazine to adhere to the page. Kasia used 20 of the prompts in total, and this is how my page turned out. I love it!!!


As I have some words on it, I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey's Poetry in Motion Challenge.

I had a lovely day today, catching up with lots of friends at the Stamperama stamp show, now I'm off to get some supper, and watch the 2015 film of Far From The Madding Crowd, which is one of my favourite books!

Wishing you all a happy Sunday Evening,

Alison x


Saturday, 19 August 2017

Messy Journaling

Hello Everyone!

Today, I got stuck into the paint with my fingers to create a page. I picked out three colours of Dylusions paint plus white, and some paint and gel pens. And this was the result...


I wrote...Let yourself go, Make messy art, Use your fingers! Even the flowers were made with my fingerprints.


I'm going to the Stamperama Show in Stevenage tomorrow, and looking forward to catching up with my arty crafty friends.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Alison x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Country View Challenges - Blue and Green

Hello Everyone!

I found a bit of time to do some art journaling yesterday, a little bit of collaged gelli-printed tissue,  some doodled vines, and a Picasso quote I found online. 



I'm off to my lovely crochet group this morning, for a bit of hooking and chatting, 

wishing you all a happy Friday,

Alison x



Thursday, 17 August 2017

Crafty Play Day

Hello Everyone!

This week I've been catching up with friends. Yesterday, was spent at a local National Trust garden with my best pal, her son, and little King Charles spaniel. We went for a lovely walk, had lunch in the tearoom, and admired the beautiful flowers in the gardens. The sun was shining and we had a lovely time.

On Tuesday, my friend Hazel came for lunch and crafty play. I cooked a yummy spicy sweet potato and bean stew, from a recipe on Tesco's website. And I also spent the day making bright masterboards, using Dylusion's paint and PaperArtsy stamps.


I needed a card for a friend who was having some surgery yesterday, so I used one of the backgrounds and PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamps to make this...


I'm hoping to get some art journaling in before the weekend, so watch this space.

Hope you're all having an artful day,

Alison x




Tuesday, 15 August 2017

LOVE Art Journal Page

Morning Everyone! 

Although the Art Marks Challenge is now finished, I decided to carry on filling up my little 7x5 inch journal with art.

Here is an abstract page I made yesterday, using my favourite Dina Wakley paint colours of Turquoise and Lime, with a bit of Ruby for contrast. The 'Love' stamp was a Craft Stamper mag freebie.



Hope you all have a wonderful, arty day,

Alison x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Rae Missigman's Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Final Day 30

Hi Everyone!

It's the final day of Rae Missigman's wonderful Art Marks Challenge. Well, technically, it was yesterday, but I had a horrible headache all day, and was unable to use my computer as my daughter was watching Game of Thrones on it!

Day 30's theme is 'Closed' so I added an index card flap to my page. Here it is in the closed position...


And, here it is open...


I collaged masking tape, a teabag and some paper scraps for texture, covered with white gesso, then used PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps, Red Bombay India Ink, and Dina Wakley Media Acrylics in Lime and Turquoise, then added marks and writing. The index card was edged and attached with washi tape.


The head is still a bit sore, I think it may be a viral one, so I'm off to make porridge and relax my eyes a bit.

Wishing you all a wonderful week of artfulness,

Alison x


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Rae Missigman's Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Day 29

Hello Everyone!

Here's my Day 29 Art Marks page. The theme was Stitched. I cheated and drew faux stitches, but did layer my collaged circles onto black thread. I used Dina Wakley Lime and Turquoise paint, and red Bombay India Ink.


I also wrote some affirmation quotes around the edges of my page, so I'm linking up to Art Journal Journey's Poetry in Motion challenge again.

Have an artful weekend,

Alison x

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rae Missigman's Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Day 28

Hello folks!

Artmarks Day 28 - Metallic


On today's page I thought I'd try sketching some birds (inspired by Susi/Froebelsternchen's occasional bird sketches). I used black paint through a fine nozzle, so all of the black outlines, writing and marks on my page have a little dimension. There is a little bit of collage with teabag papers, and I added colour and marks with Dina Wakley Media Acrylics (Sky, Lime, Magenta). As the theme was 'Metallic', I used Golden Fluid Acrylic in iridescent bronze and a cardboard tube to make some circles, and finished with watery splatters.



And, as I have a quote on my page, I'm linking up to Art Journal Journey's Poetry in Motion challenge.

I'm also linking to Paint Party Friday.

Happy Friday!

Alison x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Day 27

Hello Everyone!

On today's Artmarks page, I've incorporated another of Leila Thomson's beautiful verses "daisy chains and bare feet". It reads "the world has rushed past and left me behind, stranded a stranger crying across time, daisy chains and bare feet, time passes like clouds across the sky, mistaken immortality of youth."

Day 27 - Collected - I used some of my teabag paper collection on this page, with Dina Wakley acrylics, some marks and splatters.



Wishing you all a happy and artful day,

Alison x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Day 26

Hello to my new followers, it's lovely to welcome you here at my arty adventures blog!

Today I have another artmarks page to share...

Day 26 - Tattered - Started with a bit of brayered turquoise paint, then a roughed up piece of gauze, followed by torn teabag papers and painty scraps, a few marks and splatters, and finished with book text.



Have a happy and arty day,

Alison x

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Day 25

Hello Everyone!

Here's my artmarks page for day 25. The prompt was 'Found', so I used some arrow shaped yarn ball bands from a recent crochet project, collaging them onto the background, and painting, doodling and outlining them. I also used PaperArtsy paint and stencils. 


I finished with another quote from one of Leila Thomson's beautiful tapestries. It's a stunning piece with the sun and moon, in Leila's book that I bought when we visited her gallery.


Wishing you all a happy and creative day,

Alison x