Monday, 14 July 2014

July Journal Page and 'leTour de Yorkshire'

the Yorkshire flag, proudly flying
What a busy few weeks it has been. Unless you have been in away from the media, you can't help but know that the Tour de France has been to Yorkshire this month. It was an amazing experience, and I think that the general consensus has been that we 'have done ourselves reet proud!'

All around our area, yellow bicycles, bunting in the colours of the 'maillot' or jerseys of the various race leaders appeared, our local market town even made national news, because of the bunting made from little woollen jumpers, knitted by the willing public. Some local politics and some ridiculous health and safety - the bunting had to be removed from the lamp posts, in case they bent when the jerseys got wet!

all these little sweaters are hand knitted by people from all over Yorkshire!
hastily made bunting on our house!
'The Black Prince' in Leeds City Sq
The actual day dawned bright and sunny, despite heavy rain overnight, and in true British spirit, we settled down to wait, by playing games of charades, drinking wine and waving giddily with excitement, every time a policeman or a promotional vehicle came past.
playing welly cricket in the middle of what is normally a fast, busy road!
the peloton finally arrives!

close up to some of the toughest athletes in the world!

So, it seemed only fitting to include some wheels and bunting in my July journal page. Some of the stamps I used in this page are ones I made myself, and after some of my regular monthly journal clubbers asked to make them some, I decided to open an Etsy shop and sets are available to purchase here 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

June journal page at the ready!

I've been playing with my  new Dina Wakley paints on this page. I have been very restrained and only bought a couple of colours. I have to confess to being a bit of a paint tart - I love them all, for different reasons - I love the colour range of Golden, I love the consistency of Amsterdam, I love Jo Sonja's for the combination of colour and texture, but the Dina paints, by Ranger, are yummy too! They spread beautifully, the colour density is fantastic, and as you'd expect from the journaling goddess herself, they are the perfect texture for writing over. Having used such strong colours, I felt I needed a stronger script for the month than usual, so June is written in white pen onto black card. Right, just need to catch up with filling in the days now!

Monday, 2 June 2014

In a groove

Something has happened to me recently- in a good way. I have been creating with a regularity that hasn't happened to me in ages. After starting the Carla Sondheim exercise of drawing using ink in a eye dropper, I have been scribbling and scratching faces all over the place. It takes a lot (well, it takes me, anyway) to commit to drawing straight onto the page, but I have been using my big wallpaper sample journal with some very loose, quick backgrounds on as a starting point, then drawing on with a Stabilo All pencil. That way, I don't feel I have invested too much time and energy into a page if it all goes horribly wrong!
This one didn't quite go to plan - I've practised on the proportions of the human face, but not the body, as you can see. But, it doesn't matter, I think drawing is a bit like a musical instrument, it gets better with practice.
Back to my more usual style of journaling, I did this page in my mini moleskine. The digital images came from my stash. The honeycomb stencil is by Tim Holtz and the wire stamp is by Pam Carriker. Right, off to finish getting my June journal page ready.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Faces and Gelli fun!

The other day, I found myself home with nothing to do - the washing was up to date, the house was relatively tidy (a tidy house is the sign of a wasted life, after all), so I sat down at my desk and decided to do one of the exercises from Carla Sondheim's 'Drawing Lab'. In this exercise you have to draw a face using an ink dropper. I found it really liberating once I let myself go! Having done a couple that actually resembled humans, I photocopied them and used one in a journal page.
Bluey-purple colours and journaling are NOT my thing, as anyone who has ever done a class with me will know. (I never realised this about myself until someone in a class asked why I had NO purple paint or ink in my supplies - it had never occurred to me!), but seeing as drawing faces is way out of my comfort zone as it is, why not really put myself out there!
Today the weather has been utterly foul, so all plans of riding my horse and doing outside jobs have gone out of the window, and I got down to some paperwork. Once I had got that out of the way, I felt I was due some messy time! So, I got out my gelli plate and made a cover for my mini moleskine journal using sticky back plastic, paint and perfect pearls. So, from boring brown to sparkly pink and orange! Ta daaah!


Monday, 12 May 2014

Calendar on track

Some times, when life gets so busy that the art side of my life takes a back seat, the calendar challenge is the one thing that draws me back my desk. I hope I'm not the only one who finds inspiration hard to come by sometimes when my head I'd full of other stuff! Now that the triathlon season has started again, I am spending a lot of time sitting and waiting for my children at training sessions, so it is an ideal time to catch up on keeping my diary pages up to date!

It has been a hectic few days and so I have given myself a day off today, so all I am going to do is journal - pure pleasure!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Farewell old friend

Last week we had to say good bye to our faithful old lab, Bertie. We had from a puppy 11 years ago, and in a Marley fashion, he gave us the usual amounts of trouble and joy. In his younger days, he used to come running with me, would regularly accompany me on long hacks with the horse, and was the kind of dog who just wanted to befriend everyone. In fact we have several friends with children who were nervous of dogs until they spent time with Bertie, hew days just such a calm, soft old thing. The sad thing about pets is that they don't live as long as us, and there comes a point when you have to make a decision about their future. Ultimately, with Berts, it was a case of who are we keeping him going for, us or him? So, Mr H and I took him to the vets last Monday and had him put to sleep. We are still getting used to how the house feels without him, and it's going to take a long time until I stop looking around for him. Last week, when I was trying to fill the hours before the appointment, I did this page.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

May ready

Like many people in blogland, I have been enjoying trying out some doodling in my Art Doodle Love journal. Coupled with the fact that I have a kids class to prepare for, and needed some child friendly characters for them to use, the little fella on my May journal page is one I created by doodling into my Doodle journal. I then drew him onto paper, coloured him with Distress Inks and finished him off with a bit of pan pastel and oil pastels, as with his little planet. I wanted the background to be bright and cheery, seeing as the weather has been so miserable, but then miracle of miracles, we had the most glorious bank holiday weekend, with wall to wall sunshine and warmth!

I have found Art Doodle Love really liberating. It has been everywhere with me and consequently I find myself filling those little moments whilst waiting in the car for a child to finish another club. It has given me the new angle I was looking for, to reduce my dependance on stamps and do something of my own. Just a few swirls on this page as a starting point ended up with the collection of flowers below:

And the swirls on this page ended up being these little critters:

Happy May everybody, hope the spring continues to spring!