Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Birthday and Valentine's Day Cards

Hello Everyone! I'm shivering as I write this, as we still have no heating and hot water. Our boiler has been officially declared dead and unsafe, so Hubby is busy getting quotes for a new one. Brrr!!!

I tried to warm up yesterday, by making a few commissioned cards(didn't work, but it took my mind off it!)

A birthday card, using Craftwork Cards and DCWV products...

Valentine's card, made with stamps Artistic Stamper and Tim Holtz stamps, and Dylusions paint (mostly)

and two cards made with Dylusion paint, and stamps by Dina Wakley and PaperArtsy.

Hope you are warm and having a good week, 

Alison x

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Crazy Life Adventures

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday was a crazy day. First we learned that Carillion, the company my husband works for, went into liquidation. 😟  Then some great and exciting news, as I sold my first item, a crochet scarf, on Etsy. 😃  Then I discovered we had no heating or hot water when I went to wash my paintbrushes, as the boiler had packed up! 😨  At least it was fixable! Not sure what's going to happen with Graham's job, we're playing the waiting game!

Thank goodness I have art to take my mind off things. I used my art prompt cards to make this page.

I'm linking my page to the Art Journal Journey January Challenge,  New Year, New Adventures, and The Altered Booklover's Happy T-Day, as I used teabags. Might be resorting to some alcohol in my tea to warm me up, if the boiler doesn't get fixed today!

Hope you're having a good week so far,

Alison x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A New Journal

Hi Everyone! Thanks for the lovely comments on my embossed teabags!

Today, I started off a new art journal with a double page spread. 

I brayered various Fresco paints for the background, added some tissue tape and teabags, then used Bombay India Ink and paint pens to add flower details. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week Two

Hello Folks! Thank you for all the nice comments on yesterday's journal page.

I have another seven teabags to share with you today, for week two of the 365 Somethings challenge.

On these teabags, I used a set of PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps with a variety of embossing powders, some of which hadn't seen the light of day for a few years. Naturally, the opaque ones worked best. I tried taking photos of the bags held up to the light, but couldn't get any decent shots. It was fun to experiment, and I love all the results. The Lapis Jade, Aged Copper and Metal Magic are favourites. 

And, just in case you're interested, here's my finished journal from yesterday. 

Hope you're having a creative Saturday too,

Alison x

Friday, 12 January 2018

And So The Adventure Ends?

Hi Everyone! 

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my cards and ugly page yesterday. The page looks better to me today! Grin!!

Onto the next and final page in my 7x5in journal. 

I started in this journal last Summer, with Rae Missigman's Artmarks challenge, and it was a turning point for me, in that my pages became a lot more free and abstract. I love looking back in it. So this final page started like so many, with some collage and gesso. I used the book page I tore circles from yesterday.

Next, I added some colour with Vibrant Turquoise and Tangerine Dream Dylusions Paint.

I used some pieces of table protector, bubble wrap and plastic mesh to print.

And I had to add a teabag of course! I finished with a Tim Holtz quote and handwrote 'end' with DecoArt Media burnt umber paint. This was a little too fluid, so I decided to let it drip. Love it!

The adventure is not really ending, as I have another journal ready to take up where this one finished. So a new adventure is starting. 

I'm linking to the following challenges...

Altered Book Lover Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday - a bit late on that one! Lol! But I used a teabag.

Happy Friday!

Alison xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Two Cards and An Ugly Page

Hello Folks. It's been another dark and gloomy day, and raining so I couldn't escape from the noisy decorator! I did make a journal page, although I think it turned out a bit ugly. It started off ok, some collaged scraps of book pages, and a layer of red Dylusions paint.

I painted over with turquoise, and sketched some circles, revealing the red paint beneath.

Then I got carried away, adding book page circles, doodling, splatters, drips and quotes. It was getting dark, and I was disillusioned, so the drips were still wet when I took the final photo.

Not all arty adventures turn out as you'd like! Nevertheless, I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey.

I have some male birthdays coming up, so here are a couple of cards I made too, using a mini hexagon Gel Press Plate and PaperArtsy stamps. I was inspired by Cat Kerr's video on YouTube.

Until next time...

Alison x

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

My Favourite Kind of Adventure

Hi Everyone!

Did you miss me yesterday?  My dear Hubby is prepping our concrete dining room floor to put down some wooden flooring (it's been just concrete since we extended our bungalow a few years/decades ago!). Anyway, the banging and sanding drove me out of the house to a local deer park which was nice, but I didn't get time to make some art. 

I couldn't leave it another day, so I put on some loud music to drown him out, and had an arty adventure.

Of course, I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey's New Year, New Adventures challenge, but also to Try It On Tuesday's 'My Favourite Things' challenge. As you probably know, collaging teabags is one of my favourite things, and I do love my paint, stamps, drips and splatters, and art journaling.

Time for a spot of lunch now, and as it's a bright and sunny day, I'm off for a countryside walk after. Might try and persuade Hubby to take a break and join me. 

Happy Wednesday,

Alison x

Monday, 8 January 2018

Another Art Journal Adventure

Hello Everyone! 

This page was another adventure for Erika's challenge at Art Journal Journey.

First a layer of white acrylic paint, then an old book page, then an opened out teabag adhered over that. I fancied some crackles, so I used DecoArt's 2 part crackle glaze. The cracks are too fine to be visible though! I added some a wash of raw umber water mixable oil paint, hoping to highlight the cracks (to no avail!), then some turquoise paint drips, then glued on part of a Gelli print. I used a brown pencil to outline the flower, then cut circles from a printed teabag and glued them on. A phrase came to my mind, 'Starting a page can be an adventure if you don't have a plan', so I wrote it around the flower with a white gel pen. I finished with some raw umber and white splatters.

It's a very gloomy January day here, and I think this reflected in today's page!

Happy creating!

Alison x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Art Journal Journey - New Year, New Adventure

Hello Friends! Here's another page for Erika's challenge on Art Journal Journey.

The background was an undersheet which was too beautiful to throw away, as were the papers that two of the hearts were cut from. I used a charcoal pencil to add shading, a white paint pen to add splatters, and a white gel pen to write a quote found on Pinterest. 'Spend your life with people who make even going to the grocery store an adventure'. I couldn't make out who the quote was by unfortunately.

Hope you're having a great weekend,

Alison x

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Project 365 Somethings in 2018

Hello Friends!

Something a little different today. I spotted the Project 365 Somethings in 2018 challenge on Tammy Garcia's blog today. She's running it alongside Hanna Andersson. And I thought 'why not?' The idea is to think of a theme or type of project and create 365 pieces in the year. You don't have to make a piece every day, I've decided I'll probably make 7 items once a week if I can, therefore 52 little series of artworks. And I decided on using teabags as a base, as I want to explore different ways to use them.

For week one, I've used some collage.

I took 7 of the teabags I decorated this week, added torn book text from an old book 'The Turquoise' by Anya Seton, a hand cut heart from a Gelli-printed paper, and words cut from a single page from 'The Return of the King' by Tolkein. 

I really hope I can keep this up, as it's a huge commitment. We'll see!

Let me know if you decide to take up the challenge too.

Wishing you a creative weekend,

Alison x

Friday, 5 January 2018

Take Time Out

Hello Folks!

Taking time out has never been a problem for me, but painting with string was a new thing! I learned that you need to put plenty of paint on the string. The blue paint lines are just about visible, as I was playing with my card prompts again, and more layers went on top. Here are the 10 prompts I used...

You can see the string printing a little better in the close-up photo.

Happy Friday!

Alison x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Art Journal Page - Adventure or Tea?

Hello Everyone!

For today's art journal page, I found a fab quote from Alice In Wonderland. I hope you can read my wobbly writing, that I did with paint through a thin nozzle. 

Before I made my page, I used Dylusions paint and a variety of packaging and textured items to decorate some teabag papers. 

Here are the results...

For my page, I first created a background with white paint, then applied Calypso Teal with my finger. I stamped the Postbox Red dots with an Artifacts stamp, adhered the teabag, then added various marks with my finger, the end of a paintbrush, and paint pens. After I'd written the quote, I finished with some splatters and a doodled border. Then I realised the teabag needed outlining, so I used a charcoal pencil, and smudged it with my finger.

Time for a cup of tea and a spot of crochet now, and a nice film to drown out the horrible windy weather!

Alison x

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Art Journal Page - Explore

Morning Everyone! (Or Afternoon, depending where and when you're reading this) And sometimes the mornings fly by after I start creating, and before I know it, I've missed lunchtime! Lol

I'm still determined to create some art every day, and that reminds me, I need to go and buy another journal as Hobbycraft have a sale on. This page took about half an hour, as my tea wasn't too cold when I finished, like it usually is.

This was another page with leftover paint printed with bubblewrap. I had some scraps of gelli prints from another project lying on my desk, so I collaged them into a rectangle on the page, then reached for a charcoal pencil and scribbled some circles and journalling, then painted around the circles with Bora Bora Fresco. Used my pencil to write 'explore', then finished with some black Bombay ink splatters. No page is complete without splatters!

Happy creating!

Alison x

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Art Journal Page - Breathe

Hello Everyone!

I found 15 minutes to create a page in my art journal this morning. This one was a quickie, before I headed off to get my hair cut. I already had a bit of paint on my page, then added some collage, gesso, a bit of stamping, some leaves cut from tea bags, a few splatters, and some journalling.

I'm linking my page to Erika's New Year, New Adventures Challenge at Art Journal Journey. I'm hoping to get in lots of countryside walks in January, in spite of the rain!

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Art Journal Calendar - January 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!

It was so good getting my fingers into some paint again to create my January art journal calendar. 

I began by collaging torn book pages, then used my fingers to add cobalt teal and green gold paint, then stamped the PaperArtsy Lin Brown dotty circle with primary magenta paint. I used part of the Lin Brown phrase stamp for the quote, hand-writing the first line, and stamped a border. I painted in the circles, then added splatters of black and white Bombay ink.

I'm linking my pages to Erika's New Year, New Adventures Challenge at Art Journal Journey. I am hoping to create some art every day.

We're off for a little walk before it gets too dark. Hope you're having a good day.

Alison x