Saturday, 8 November 2014

Be aware of happy accidents!

Hi everyone just another quick post re happy accidents.  While at one of Dina Wakleys workshops we were making quick backgrounds which we were going to draw faces on later.  This was on of mine.  It is done in an old accounts journal which has beautiful paper.  I put a thin layer of gesso on the page first then using my hands a rubber on some of Dina's heavy body paint in purple and green. Then using one of Dina's bird stencils I rubbed a bit of the paint off through the stencil. I then dribbled on Dylusions inks in purple and white and made them run.  I also splattered on some purple.  I set it aside to dry and use later for the faces.

When I went back to it I really like  the result and even though I returned to use it several times couldn't convince myself to draw any faces on as I felt like it was a finished piece in its one right.
So finally I accepted that I wouldn't use it for its intended purpose and added a bit of journaling in white paint using a fine line applicator across the paint and called it done!!
So try to always be aware - just because you start doing something for a particular purpose, if it decides some where along the ling that it wants to become something else, go with it, you will be surprised with some of the beautiful results you will get!!
Have fun! 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Dina Wakleys Animals Work shop March 2014

Hi folks!
As I said in my previous post I also did a workshop with Dina, back in March on adding animals into my work and here are some of the results of my day.

We got to play with some of the stencils which she had just released and had a great time creating backgrounds.  This one I liked so much that I just left it as it was.  I will probably put a quote on it at some stage in the future and some doodling but I think that will be all.

Great page using her stencils and bird stamps.

We then went on to learn how to incorporate a magazine image into a journal page!

Last thing before we finished we created this lovely collage bird.  I need to put a quote on and some doodling but  I think he is loads of fun!!!
I enjoyed all of the techniques from this day and when I got home I created this page using a found image of the leopard.

Keep creating folks!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

November Calendar Journal Page

Hi again folks - I told you that you might be inundated with posts LOL!!!
I actually got this months done on time.
I decided to combine a few things that I have learnt recently.  So I used a layered journal type layout which was inspired by my workshops with Finnabair but added a picture which I drew on one of Kate Cranes Journal workshops!!!  I think it all came together quite well.

First of all I chose 2 sheets of 12 x 12 from my paper stash, 1 to be cut up to make 3cm day squares and kept the other for the background (I distressed round the edge of this sheet with a distressing tool and tore it in some places).  The main paper that I use for my calendar pages is a little bigger than 12 x 12 so I put some distress ink round the edge of the backing page and glues the patterned paper on top.
I  decided to use the whimsical face I did in Kate's class and layer it up with some co-ordinating torn paper, book pages, cut and embossed leaves, tags and some brown string.  This became the feature piece of the page.
I then found a large tag and added the Month and the year and stapled that in place over some torn strips of paper.
Having attached all of these in place I added the cobweb stamping and splattered with some gold mica spray and white Dylusions.
I like the autumnal feel of the page even though it feels way too hot to be autumn at the moment!! long may it continue!!
Enjoy the lovely weather guys!!
Take care xxxx