Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Back to work...

Arghh, the day has arrived, the day that children and teachers all over the country dread. THE END OF THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. Thought I would take the opportunity for a play with paints while I still can (yeah, yeah, I know I won't be getting any sympathy off non-teachers - I've just had 6 weeks off work!) But life at home with young children is no holiday! Oh no. This is what I have done today, just an average day of the school holidays:
1 Made scones
2 Did the ironing and washing
3 Science experiments involving vinegar, food colouring and bicarb of soda (don't ask)
4 Practised casting with fishing rod in back garden (not for me you understand, but a fishing obsessed 7 year old)
5 Undid BIG knot in fishing line
6 Vacuumed the house
7 Juiced a load of fruit in juicer (not being healthy, but one of my son's favourite activities)
8 Went for bike ride
9 Took elderly guinea pig to the vet (he's ok!)
On reflection I'm going back to work for a rest :-)))
Back to the art journal. I see my art journal not just as a place to journal my thoughts and feelings in an arty way but also as a place to experiment with different techniques and colours. After all, if it goes wrong I don't need to show anyone do I?!
Here, I am using Ranger paint dabbers, gesso, patterned papers (painted over), rubber stamps by Tim Holtz, Dark Room Door and Invoke Arts, rub ons, neocolours and white pen. Fun fun fun. Nothing deep and meaningful, just playing about.
P.S. Thanks to all the lovely people who left me comments and links to pics of gorgeous camper vans hee hee. Perhaps I will follow that dream one day.......


  1. Ooh look at you " go with the flow"!!!! is that your new resolution..??? lmao Love this page. xx

  2. Gorgeous page - the color just pops!!
    Love the big bold black numbers too!!You are right, staying at home with children is a big job. Always something to do, somewhere to go.
    My youngest is a senior, it gets easier. I have lots of free time now! :)

  3. Eight terms retirement has not been enough to reset my internal clock after thirty-six years teaching - I still have that new term feel. And I am looking forward to half-term :) Love your art journal pages.

  4. scones!? i love scones. do you have a great recipe? all the ones i've tried so far are so dry. love your crow journal page. it's gorgeous!

  5. Wow! Busy you! Glad you found a bit of time to play with paints! I love this page Kathryn! Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you for your thoughts on cameras and your kind words! xoxo

  6. Sounds like you are busy!
    Lovely make, I love the colour and the words. Fab. Kim

  7. Your journals are so inspiring ... I was reading Dyan's blog with the journal step-by-step and I think I might have to give it a go ... looks simple enough.

  8. You did a lot, love your work!

  9. You got so much done, but I must say, except for the laundry and vacuuming, it sounds heavenly and I bet it is great fun to be your child! Do you need any more? hee hee


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