Friday, November 24, 2017

Colleen's Page in Joan's Journal.

Joan's journal is just lovely, full of all sorts of houses, all shapes & sizes.

Ever since I was a child, drawing houses has been my favourite thing to draw. They always had path's leading to somewhere from the front door, & there were always trees.

I tried to re-create this in a bit more of a grown up look. I wanted to use the saying "The road to a friend's house is never long". I painted the background blue & green, & using scrapbook paper, I made 2 houses & drew a road between each one.

Using a cotton bud  tip I filled in the road with different colours of brown & white, to make it look like a rocky dirt road, like we actually have. I did some background stamping all over & added the trees, flowers, birds & a few butterflies. I also did some doodling here & there & then added the saying.

I hope you like this Joan. I loved doing it for you. Not long now & your journal will be home.

Lisa's Favourites in Jan's Journal!

Jan's Favourites journal is a lovely A5 sized one full of deliciousness.  As I looked through it, I realised that getting near the end of a journal swap gives you a bit of mixed emotions - wonder and amazement at what other peeps have done before you, and also a tinge of sadness that it's soon coming to an end.  But then there's also the excitement of getting your own journal back and seeing the gorgeous creations in real life!  But anyhoo, back to Jan's journal.

Favourites is such a broad term.  Favourite what?  Technique? Medium?  Song?  Yes.  To all of these!  While I was still umming and ahhing on what to do, I heard one of my favourite songs on the radio - One, by U2.  So I decided that this would be the basis of my page - the lyrics are really special, so I'll share them here:

Is it getting better, or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now, you got someone to blame?
You say, one love, one life, when it's one need in the night.
One love, we get to share it, leaves you baby if you don't care for it.

Did I disappoint you, or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love, and you want me to go without.
Well it's too late, tonight, to drag the past out into the light.
We're one, but we're not the same.  We get to carry each other, carry each other... One.

Have you come here for forgiveness, have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus, to the lepers in your head?
Did I ask too much, more than a lot?  You gave me nothing now that's all I got.
We're one, but we're not the same.  Well we hurt each other then we do it again.

You say, love is a temple, love a higher law.  
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl.
And I can't be holding on, to what you got, when all you got is hurt.

One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.
One life, with each other, sisters, brothers.
One life, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other... One.

Some of my other favourite things are collage, gelli printed papers, tea bags, and watercolour.  So these things all went together to finish the spread.  

I didn't plan on using all of the lyrics, but... look at them.  I couldn't choose which part I loved the most, so had to do it all.  So the end result is... squishy.  Not quite what I had in my head, but I do like how it all came together.  

And here's a close up of the right hand side.  I thought the colours were a bit too vibrant to write over, so whitewashed the whole thing.  Quite like the effect!

So.  That should have been the end of it, but I decided that while I liked this page, I didn't love it.

What else is a favourite of mine?  Painting bright, colourful gardens, using primarily Dylusions paints.

So I did another page too!  Hope you like both of these Jan!  "They're quite different" remarked my daughter, in her role as Captain Obvious. 😜  Cheers, Lisa xx

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Jan does Things with Wings for Colleen

This is a small cloth covered journal that is so beautiful and colourful! I love the bird stencil I have so decided to use that and the page evolved. First I used gesso and Neo Color 11's and baby wipes to create a nice background.
Then I added some elements to create a bit of a frame and then did collage and stenciling. Also added some washi tape for emphasis.

I made a tag in the same vein for Colleen as she made a lovely one for each of the people who worked in her journal and asked us to make one for her.

I hope you like the page Colleen. I love things with wings too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Joans page in Jan's Journal "Favourites"

Jan's journal with the theme of " Favourite" is another lovely small journal.  It already has some gorgeous layouts created in it.  I was going away for a three day crafting weekend and this was one of the things I took with me to do.   I had planned to do heaps of things but actually did not finish one thing.

I started off thinking that I would fulfill the theme  by using my favourite inks and other media and would find a phrase to suit.  However my crafting muse was no where to be found that weekend and after gessoing over the background twice, because I did not like what I had done.  I finally settled on a pale pink background created using distress oxides.  I did no more to it that weekend.

Picking it up some time later in week at home, I was still not sure where I was going with it, so I added to background with some stencils and background stamps.   I then stenciled, drew and painted some flowers and grass along the bottom.  I then decided that some of the flowers needed to be raised so I used clear texture paste to paint on top of some of the flowers.  I still had no idea where I was going, so I thought I would approach it from another direction and find a quote that had something to do with favourites.  I started flipping through some books that were on my table, one of which was an older copy of Winnie the Pooh, which I have used in collage etc, so not much of it left and about two pages in I came across the phrase on the left page,  and a few pages down, the quote on the right page.

Now most of you know that I cannot draw to save myself, but the drawings in this little book were so simple, I thought that I could perhaps copy them.  Now to find a place for Pooh to sit amongst the grass.  I squeezed him in somewhat on top of a couple of flowers and drew Piglet further up the page.
Although no masterpieces, I was pleased with the drawings for me.  I then wrote the quotes by hand in pencil and went over them in gel pen.

After all that it was a very simple page in the end.  I hope Jan will see past the bad drawing and will know that I tried my best.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Roz's Silhouettes By Wendy

One of my favourite themes is the silhouette and I finally had the chance to work in Roz Willoughby's silhouette themed journal. The pages were quite large compared to what I normally work in but I found it rather freeing, imagination wise, to try to fit something large onto the page.
After having a good think I decided to put a few smaller shaped silhouettes into the layout and making them integrated by using a window frame. I sketched the shape of the window, cut it out of some photocopy paper and this was the start of my layout.

I then copied the frame on to pages, length wise and to add a bit of interest around the outside of the frame, I ended up doing some stamping with a script stamp all the way around the edge. I then proceeded to add colour to the inside parts of the windows. The top section I wanted a full moon, night time scene so I used black and whire to get a haized effect. The middle set of windows I used shades of blue to create an ocean, water type of scenery and the last bottom two frames of the window, I went for more of a sunset vibe.

Once the background window colours were in place, I drew and cut some symbols for a template: two dogs, a dolphin, a bird and a human figure. I placed them on the window frames and traced around them. Then coloured them all black for the silhouette look. The last part was to paint the black window frame in, which brought the whole layout together.

I thoroughly enjoyed working in Roz's journal and I really love the outcome of my layout. If you wish to watch the whole process, I have included the video below. Thank you!

AAJS5: Janie's "Whimsical" Journal!

Hi Everyone

Today I am sharing my page in Janie's "Whimsical" journal and I have to say I just love this theme - right up my alley to create a fun page for this month!!!!
Firstly I have to say how much I love everyone's pages already created in this journal - they are fab - Janie you will love this when it finally makes it's way back to you!!

As usual I had an idea in my head of what I wanted my page to look like and so I grabbed all my "supplies" and got started!!

I didn't need to "prep" my page with Gesso - the pages are nice and thick and we are each working on one side of the page and folding it in half - I like this concept!!
Fist step was to adhere some printed and white tissue paper to the page background. I scrunched some of the white tissue to make a few lumps and bumps for texture!! I used gel medium to adhere the tissue to the page and allowed to dry.

Next I grabbed some acrylic paint, a water spritzer and a brayer.

I pup "blobs" of paint on the page, sprayed with water as I didn't want a thick coverage and brayered it to cover the page.

See the "shimmer" on the page - I added a "pearl" medium with the coloured paint - some more interest to the page!

As I just love texture I have added some modelling paste through a stencil randomly over the page for even more interest LOL!! I set this aside to dry.

Once the modelling paste dried I wanted to add more colour and depth so I have "coloured" the raised stencil areas with water soluble crayons using co-ordinating colours.
Spritzed with water and rubbed in to dissolve with my finger - just love the added dimension to the page by doing this simple step!!

In between all the layers drying I printed off my collage paper dolls and started cutting them out putting them together and making my "whimsical" characters!!
I will just give a "plug" for the totally fab Etsy Store I get most of my collage sheets from "Art Tea Life" - I have been buying for quite a few years and the owner is such a lovely lady - she always loves to see what I have been creating with her digital creations!!! So if you love collage pintable's pop to THE STORE and check out what she has!!!!

Now finally putting it all together - laying it out and gluing it all down plus adding some extra embellies like washi tape, cloth scraps, a feather and I added some cotton to the buttons on the tall gal! I know it's a "busy" page but I love a lot of texture colour and "happenings" and to me "whimsy" is a little bit mad and chaotic!!!

And just before I finish this post - Janie also has an index card for each of us to write a little bit on - here is mine - of course I had to decorate it completely LOL!!!!
I really hope Janie likes what I have done!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

AASG5: Wendy Mason's "Word" Journal by Sharon!


I am sharing my page made in Wendy's "Word" themed journal for the round robin - lots of fun to create this page! And as you can see my word is "WISH"!!!
I started with "blobs" of paint in the colour scheme I wanted to work with that matched the digital papers I had printed out from "We Are 3" along with the digi stamp I had coloured up by "Sandra Caldwell"!!
I used my brayer to spread the paint around - being careful to still keep the separate colours and not end up with mud LOL!!! Next was some stencilling with white gesso to break up the colour a little and add some more dimension.

I printed out the digital papers from We Are 3 plus printed and coloured the Sandra Caldwell digi with pastel pencils, spray sealed and fussy cut. I "distressed" the printed paper edges with a distressing tool to add some more texture and interest.

I used the "spotty" paper from the paper set to stamp the "WISH" letters into with a pink archival ink and I then punched them out with a round punch - worked perfectly the way I wanted it to!
Next I adhered all the paper layers and also some pink ink sprayed muslin cloth to the journal pages.

 I'm really happy with how this turned out - love the colour, papers and main image! I punched the "extra" spots from the printed paper to use over the pages as well to fill some of the space and tie in with the lettering.

Such a cute and fun digi and I thought the row of books on the printed paper went well with the word "WISH" - "Dreams Come True" - if you wish for them!!

Hope Wendy is happy when she gets to see the pages in real life!! I love what everyone else has done! So great to get so many different styles and interpretations in the one journal - something that makes a great keepsake!!