Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Cake is the answer ...

Cup of fun certainty by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique Originals
Text circles from Love Struck Lucy by Dylusions
Paints and stencils by Dylusions

I've been wanting to play around with repeating images on a journal page for a while, and this cup cake just seemed to fit.

Cake is the answer? Of course it is! 

I added a teeny tiny tag in the corner and borrowed a quote from Alice in Wonderland. Not that I need reminding to eat cake, I LOVE cake!

A bit of random stitching under each cake helped to 'ground' them a little ...

It can be quite tricky to achieve balance and cohesion when using repeating images used all over a page. I found that by repeating images and bringing them off the edge of the page I was able to achieve a truly random look. I used lots and lots of circles in the background, as well as added stamped text circles, to kind of hold everything together. And I was careful with my colour choices, adding touches of pink to tie the cupcakes to the background. 

The background was painted with the *new* Dylusions paints. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Nicely fluid which is great for your art journal and BRIGHT colours. Yum! And I coloured the cupcakes with my Copics but then scribbled a bit with my Polychromos pencils to scruff them up a bit. Can't have anything too neat and tidy now can we?!

So now I am feeling like eating cake! Byeeeee

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Out of my comfort zone ...

for Stampotique Originals

I hold a regular art journalers workshop at my fab local art shop - Art from the Heart - and a fab bunch of hard-core journalers come along once a month to get painty and messy, and generally try out new things. They like to push me and give me ideas for future classes ... things they'd like to try, and this month they have pushed me right out of my comfort zone. BLACK AND WHITE!!!

As you know, colour generally rocks my world, so when you take that away ... well, let's just say it was a shock to the system. But the funny thing is I really enjoyed it. Really. I had to work at the whole balance, texture, composition thing because I could not rely on my tried and tested colour combos,  but now I am actually very happy with the result.

But of course, I couldn't stop there. I then wanted to try out black and white with a pop of colour, and this I really do like :-) Mmmm, black, white and a touch of Magenta. Lovely.

for Stampotique Originals

Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard, and it doesn't always work. But sometimes, it pushes you to try new things ... to work a little harder ... and the sense of achievement is truly worth it.

And here they are side by side on my little desk easel ... surrounded by colour of course.

 If you are coming along to my regular art journaling class this weekend, you will need a white pen. And if you can't make it but want to try the black/white thing then don't worry, you can do it next time (are you listening Pam?!)

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

It's April!

Well, it's that time of the month again, and this time I'm ready for once! Spring is on it's way here in the UK... well, sort of ... we've had ALL types of weather this week, but I've got lots of frogspawn in my garden pond so that is a sign ....

I used my delicious new Dylusions paints for my background. Mmmmmm, I'm liking these! Fab colours ......

... and lovely consistency great for art journaling. And the open pots are back yay yay yay! I missed those.

I used one of my new designs for Stampotique as my Easter Bunny. I coloured it with Copics but then stamped on it too, using Design Cube 2 by France Papillon.

Here's a few in-progress pics:

Don't forget the calendar challenge is on Facebook and Flickr, or you can ;link up in the comments below.

Byeeeee for now. Happy April everyone!

Friday, 20 March 2015

More quickie mini journaling ...

Ooh, I love a quick bit of mini journaling. And a lot of stamps are the perfect size for small journals. This one is my mini Moleskine which measures just 10x15cm.

The Bunny Boy stamp is one of my new range for Stampotique Originals. This stamp makes me smile ... it reminds me of my kids in their onesies ;-)

I painted a frame for the bunny, and then I stamped around the edge with the new Design Cube 2 by France Papillon for Stampotique. Love that crackle effect!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Art journaling ... on a mini scale ...

I truly love playing around in my mini moleskine journal. It measures just 10 x 15 cm when closed, so the pages are quick, quick, quick to do! And so much less pressure than working on a large scale.

I used my new Guardian stamp for the page above, and she is looking over a fab quote I found. Anyone else recognise this feeling?!

Smaller stamps are perfect for working in a small journal as they fill the page nicely, but hey! if your stamps don't fit, chop them in half and make them fit!

Perspective by Tim Holtz

I like a good ol' grump in my journal every now and then. Ok, ok, it's probably a bit more frequent than that ;-) Daniel Torrente's stamps are perfect for when I'm in the mood for a moan ... they have such attitude!

Penelope by Daniel Torrente

Sometimes just something random such as a capital letter from an alphabet stamps can work ....

Letter O from Numeric by Tim Holtz

... I think they look pretty good side-by-side:

I'm teaching  class on mini journaling at Art from the Heart (Harrogate, UK) on 26th March - still a couple of places left if anyone fancies it. 

And why not check out the new classes schedule at Art from the Heart *here*. Classes are filling up really fast so if you fancy something you'll have to be quick!

Byee for now!