Sunday, 28 August 2011

This and that...

Paints and inks by Dylusions
Large Bee Wings by Jo Capper-Sandon for Stampotique Originals

Sometimes, especially during the school holidays, there just aren't enough hours in the day for art journaling but I did manage to find a little time when I was on holiday recently. 

I drew this figure onto paper (I have been wanting to draw more in my journal for ages but never quite got round to it) coloured her with Prismas, and then added her to my very grungy background. The wings are from Large Bee by Jo Capper-Sandon which were stamped onto acetate:

I absolutely LOVE this quote, and it came from one of the many new stamp ranges by Dylusions at Art from the Heart.

I created the grungy background in my large A4 (12 x 8) Moleskine by first collaging torn squares of text all over the page and covering with a layer of gel medium. I painted over this with Dylusions paints in blue, orange and white, and the paint settled into the gaps of the collaged background giving lots of texture. I then added a few squirts of ink and a few splatters:

I'm pleased with how this page turned out. Doing the collaged background was a bit time-consuming but I love the final effect and will definitely do this again.

Yesterday I taught a full and busy art journaling class at Art from the Heart to a group of entertaining, enthusiastic, like-minded arty ladies. It was Sheila aka Crafty She's birthday and here she is misbehaving:

She had a birthday balloon tied to her chair, had to wear a birthday girl badge all day, and then we all celebrated by eating cake :-) She left with very inky painty hands at the end of the day so she must have had a good time!

You can read more about the class and see some fab examples if you visit Anne's blog here, but be warned, Anne's pages are of an adult nature! Ha ha! Some of these naughty peeps are leading me astray ....

 Here they all are hard at work. Don't you think they are a little .... er ... messy?!

But it was a very productive mess! Just look at the gorgeous, colourful, vibrant pages on display here:

Well done ladies, and thanks for your fabulous and entertaining company all day :-)


  1. What a fantastic page Katy.
    Wonderful fairy. I love all the colors. Awesome.

  2. I LOVE your 'wings' page, it's superb! Love the background, the figure, her wings and the quote. Gorgeous.

    Looks like lots of fun for all those art journaling ladies. I enjoyed looking at their colourful results.


  3. Fabulous journal page, love the texture and your drawing is fabulous. Tracy x

  4. Lovely, lovely page...I hope you continue to draw on your pages...this delightful one with wings is brilliant! And messy...well in my book, messy is good!

  5. That class looks like it was so much fun and that all the people had such a great time. I often create that type of background, so I agree that it takes forever to glue and position the pieces onto the page. However, you took yours a step further than I. I add bits of gesso that I dry brush on the background. Then I usually add a glaze or a watercolor, so most of the text shows through. I like to use different types of text and different fonts. I really like how your paint settled in the gaps, though. It gives a totally different look. And your little girl is awesome!

  6. Ooooo I love the way you've painted the girl and particularly because you've not felt the need to paint in big eyes and mouth and I just adore the colours. Thanks for yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was wonderful to meet friends I'd only met via blog land. xx

  7. Love your page Kate, the colours, the composition, it all falls perfectly into place
    isa x

  8. You did a wonderful job. The colors, pictures, whole shebang. is fabulous.

  9. I love the texture that adding text creates, yes it is time consuming but like you said worth it. The orange and blue is a great color combination, I really liked this collage.

  10. Gorgeous page Kate. I love your girlie :-D

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the most fabulous day. Just WONDERFUL!

  11. Terrific page Kate and loving the pictures of the girls, such fun especially the picture of Annette x

  12. Your page is wonderful, Kate. Love the background.

  13. Fantastic page, love the muted look of the background !! Glad you had a fab day !!

  14. Just love your orange and blue page and your drawing is fab.
    We had a great day yesterday again and it was so good to have so many blog friends there, can't wait to do it all again. xx

  15. love your lady on your page and I too have had a class with you this weekend via the power of your supa DVD, I have been using your finger painting effect to start getting septembers page ready, check me out aye. Well if I dont do it this weekend who knows when it will get done as back to the stresses of work on Tuesday, x

  16. Love it. I do hope you create more with this character. Love everything about it. Keep up your lovely work Kate. :D

  17. Looks like a fab cake too lucky ladiesxxx


  18. Hi Kate, THANK YOU so much I had the most fantastic time on have no idea how much it meant to me...Love your page...the girlie is gorgeous, as are the colours you have used. Hopefully get to see you again soon. Love S xxx

  19. Love the work you've done here Kate, your new little lady is so full of character. Wont be long before you're doing your own stamps if there are more like her!! Congrats on the w/shop too. Great pics!! I've nearly finished my journal cover using the rolled canvas and used some to make a LO for the CCG Challenge which I've posted on my blog. xx

  20. Looked like loads of fun! Kate, I LOVE this page you did in your journal! LOVE the angel, the quote and your grunge background!!!

  21. oooooooooooooo Kate, that page is utterly GoRGeouS!! And that quote is very timely, and true!!!
    Thanks for a fab class, it was over far, far too quickly but it was great to challenge myself to work in a different way. Exhausting though, fell asleep in Dr Who!

  22. Looks like such fun! I wish I didn't live thousands of miles away! Those ladies look like they are having a blast!

    I read your article in Artful Blogging last night. You absolutely inspired me! I journal (write) daily, my art is knitting, crocheting and felting. I definitely want to do a calendar, just not sure how I want to go about it yet. I was thinking perhaps a photo a day or perhaps use my art somehow. Thank you for inspiring me. I am really excited about this. I'm not going to wait until January. I am going to start today.

    I will grab your button and put it on my blog. I have yet to create a button. I must do that too.

    One more thing; I am a teacher too. I teacher special education in an elementary school. Have a wonderful school year!


  23. You always seem to strike a perfect balane with your colours, not easy in my book, or should I say journal.Lol! A fantastic journal page, as ever. xx

  24. YOU'RE Back... and I had no idea that you had a class in AFTH. I will have a look for another day with you. Your pics from Cornwall look like a lot of fun! Love the hedgehog. The page you made is "tinkling". Not a word, but just a feel I get looking at it! I have been busy too... Filled up a strathmore journal. Almost. ;o))
    Have a great start for the new school year and see you soon hopefully!


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