Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Live Inspired

 Another project that I'm going to try and incorporate in my learning process consists of a series of classes posted every other Wednesday, called Inspiration Wednesday, organized by Donna Downey. She shows a video with a project that you can take in any direction you want. I like the freedom this gives you and again, I'm going to do it when I fancy it and if not, I'll simply miss that week. In any case you have access to the class video forever so can always go back. I subscribed in 2016 too but only towards the middle of the year so I will try and view those videos when the mood strikes me.

Donna herself works in a fabric covered journal and she has these for sale in her shop. I could easily have made my own one but sometimes it's so lovely to just buy what you like and get going straight away!
You will have to buy the class to get the full instructions on how to make the pages. I will just mention that the stencil I used for the molding paste background came from an unknown source, while the text stencil is from Donna Downey herself.  The rubber stamp in the background is by ImpressMeNow
I like the fact that there is a mix of different sized pages in the journal and the smaller pages are incorporated in the bi-weekly spreads. I incorporated my word for 2017 (UNWIND) on one of them.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Power

The first prompt for 2017 on Colour Me Positive 2017 was: Power. I know I mentioned I wasn't going to continue with CMP but somehow I seem to  have grasped my art journal (A4 Dylusions) and set to, probably encouraged by the fact that I won a pack of collage papers for my contribution in week 53. It's winging it's way to me from Australia! The other factor is that sometimes I just want to immerse myself in art journalling. In any case I found a great quotation by Joseph Stalin: "I believe in one thing only: the power of human will". Stalin wasn't a man who lived up to his own quotations much but this one has always spoken to me, regardless of the person who said it.
I used collage with a magazine image, vintage text, wallpaper segments and postage stamps (from the USSR, of course!).
 The background was done with stencilling using L450 Fantasia stencil by Stencilgirl and rubber stamping with the Circles and Dots stamp from Carabelle Studio. Acrylic ink was dripped down the pages as well.
 The text was rubber stamped too using an alphabet set apart from the word POWER, which is collaged.
I'm coming to the end of this particular art journal so the pages are not lying quite flat any more hence the photography on the slant!

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Let's Walk

We woke up to a beautiful blue sky with the moon still present making for a very romantic image.  The day proceeded to live up to that beautiful beginning.
Another long forest dog walk was on the programme and during it we met 4 horses, one jogger and a large, black dog. Although Flora was a bit weary at first she relaxed when the dog paid her no attention whatsoever and she even made some moves in his direction. It was definitely a him so that might have encouraged her. Normally the forest is very quiet and it's good to come across all these different people and animals just to see how she reacts to it all.
 The light within the trees was lovely.
Above is the sunset from yesterday taken from the garden and I expect it will be much the same today as again we have sunshine and a clear sky.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Uppercase Fabric Flowers

After months of making fabric flowers I thought I would have way too many for the quilt they were meant to go on, and I had already made plans to produce a cushion with the leftovers. But once I started to appliqué them on, the quilt seemed to swallow them up and in the end all the flowers found a place on the quilt.
I will show you the finished quilt in the future but here are some details of the flowers. All the fabrics I used are from the collection called Uppercase produced by Windham Fabrics. The fabric is inspired by the covers of past Uppercase magazine covers.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

A Fine Winter's Walk

snow on the bamboo
We were greeted by a white world this morning and it soon became clear that Flora had both seen snow before and that she liked it. As luck would have it a lovely coat I had ordered for her had arrived just yesterday and today it was put to the test. It's great as you can directly clip the lead onto the rings on the coat and she took to it like a duck to water.
and also on the ivy


 She strode through the snow and had a wonderful time chasing the blackbirds.
Then we took her for a long walk in Deepsyke Forest and I took the camera with me. Above the fire pond which normally tends to look a bit grim but for me is full of memories of our first two dogs who loved to swim here during warm weather. Couldn't help wonder if Flora will be a swimmer come the summer.
The trees looked wonderful with their dusting of white. There will be more as snow is coming down steadily outside as I'm writing this.
Flora is gaining in confidence every day and today for the first time, rather than walking behind or beside me, she was striding ahead with her head and tail up leading her pack! I was so proud of her I almost cried.
To top off this amazing walk we reached the old railway line and spotted 2 deer in the distance. I simply grabbed my camera, pointed it in roughly the right direction and clicked. It turned out to be my favourite picture of the day as Flora also managed to make it into the photograph. As you can tell she too had seen them.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Unwind

All the classes and projects for the New Year have started and I have signed up for a fair few. I am however going to do things differently from last year. First of all you will see me combining prompts and lessons from various different sources into one spread and I also won't find it necessary to do each and every prompt and/or lesson every week. I'm going to cherry pick what I would like to do and on occasion also do work that doesn't relate to any of the courses at all.

That's because last year was rather hectic and towards the end of the year the pressure was getting to me so I selected my word for 2017 with care. It is: UNWIND. Finding our intention for the year was the first task in Wanderlust 2017 (a paid for class) and I combined it with this week's prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures (completely free) that told us to explore texture.
The other change this year is that I will be working in whatever journal takes my fancy at that time, rather than keep one journal for one specific purpose. I want the freedom to chop and change between large and small journals. The one I'm working in here is not a dedicated art journal. A friend gave me two lovely notebooks for Christmas (sorry there is no brand name mentioned anywhere on them) and I wanted to use them, so even though the paper needs reinforcing with gesso (which I always use anyway) and I need to glue some pages together for extra sturdiness it's so worthwhile working in such a lovely book. It's sized 5.3/4" x 8.1/4" when closed.
 I wrote down my intentions for the year: Be Calm, Be Mindful, Unwind, and took that as my starting point. I collaged with pre-stencilling and stamped deli paper, as well as vintage text. The actual texture (in the form of the squares from a The Crafters Workshop stencil) is from Gloss Beading Gel by Golden.
The background was sprayed through the L450 Fantasia stencil from Stencilgirl. It has virtually disappeared under the subsequent layers but set the tone for the spread colour wise, with that rich magenta.
I used art foamies: the RingTicTac one designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and the SantaFe one designed by Nathalie Kalbach. The former one was stamped onto deli paper and then glued on while the latter one was stamped straight onto the pages. I also used the TCW2038 TinyRing Bits from The Crafters Workshop, direct on the pages to make the small circular shapes.

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