Monday, 8 October 2012

Journaling, journals and class news!

Well, I've got all sorts of bits and bobs to share with you today, so let me start by sharing very quick journal page I did in my mini Moleskine today. I only did this page because I was supposed to be doing something else but I am the queen of procrastination, and there was a blank page right in front of me that needed filling ;-)  I have also got some new paints which just so happened to fall into my shopping basket yesterday when I was at the paper Artsy stand at the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza yesterday, and it would have been rude not to try them out!

Saturday was preview Day at Art from the Heart which is always a fab day ... lots of people, great atmosphere, different mini-classes run by lovely tutors, and lots of cake! What more can you ask for?! Dyan is away doing all things Dylusional in USA so it was very strange to be doing preview day without her, but the show must go on!

Teaching a mini-class of just an hour ..... and this is what we were making..........

Me, and the very lovely (if a little mad) Kaz Hall

And while I was at AFTH I finally got my mitts on one of these, woohoo!! This is the journal that everyone is going to NEED, not want, but NEED. Mixed pages of manila cardstock and heavy white cardstock, so there is finally a journal which can take layers  and layers of acrylic paints, and is also happy to take ink sprays yay!

*New* Dylusions Journal available for order here.

All the latest classes have now gone live at AFTH so if you want to see them all, or book any classes have a look here. There are lots of different classes, in different styles with different tutors, offering a huge variety of things to make and do!

If you fancy taking a class with me over the next few months, here are the deets of my up and coming classes. Maybe I'll see you soon?

17th / 18th November: 
Art journaling weekend. The weekend will begin with a few techniques to experiment with some of the many ways of adding paints and inks to your pages to create vibrant and colourful backgrounds. Kate will offer advice on selecting colours, and there’ll be hints, tips and step-by-step instructions to create fabulous multi-layered backgrounds using inks, paints, stencils, pastels, crayons, gesso, charcoal and anything else we can think of!  We will experiment with stamped images and digital collage images to create focal points on the page. Kate will give you loads of ideas of how, what and where to journal on a page.
Bring your own journals, fill them with colour, and by the end of the weekend you’ll be raring to go on your own art journaling journey:

10th Nov: Make this quirky and colourful concertina journal, perfect for journaling on-the-go, using some of the fab new stamps by Pam Carriker, along with a few extras from Dina Wakley and Tim Holtz! Kate will show you how to make beautiful coloured pages using a combination of Dylusions ink sprays and Golden Fluid Acrylics, before stamping the images, and adding extra journaling pages. Complete the journal with a bit of random stitching, and a hand-dyed ribbon:

14th Nov: Christmas art journaling. There are some wonderful new Christmas Stamps and goodies around this year, from Dylusions and Stampotique, perfect for a bit of Christmas journaling. Kate will give you lots of ideas for funky and colourful Christmas journaling, perfect for your Christmas to-do lists, or your thank-you lists, or just a general rant about the stresses of the season of ‘joy and goodwill’:

21st Nov: Mono printing with gelatin is nothing new, but Gelli Arts have just made the process so much easier, quicker and better with their fantastic new Gel plate. This Gel printing plate is the latest ‘must have’ to be enthusiastically embraced by mixed media artists. Create multi-layered prints with ease in just minutes; experiment with wild and wacky colour combinations using Golden Fluid acrylics; make patterns with stencils and masks … the possibilities are endless. We’ll begin by playing and experimenting on pieces of card which can be cut up and used in smaller projects, and then we’ll move on to making backgrounds in journals:

12th Dec: Make a hand-made journal from scratch, packed with vibrant colour and full of different inky techniques, separated into monthly sections for you to journal throughout the year. Use Dylusions ink sprays, stencils, gesso and a variety of rubber stamps to create a journal bound with book rings, allowing for this journal to grow and grow! Add pockets and tags for extra journaling space, or just somewhere to stash a few precious photos. Finish with a bit of stitching, and a few Chit Chat words by Tim Holtz:

Byeee for now ....


  1. I really wish I had Wednesday's off! :-(
    I had a fab time on Saturday, and had a giggle in your class Kate. It's always a great atmosphere and its insatiable! Always gutted when the hour is up. I went to GNPE too after AFTH to go to the Paper Artsy stall (like peas in a pod, were we separated at birth?!). Bought lots of things to alter, and a couple of stamps. Haven't tried their paints, maybe I should. Michelle x

  2. Me mad.......really!!! You've only just twigged?! Lol, lovely to see you, loved your project too, like the look of the gelli plate, I think I may need one! Xx

  3. your artwork is always so great kate!

  4. These workshop projects look amazing, jsut so far away :0( Got my Dyan journal, love it!

  5. What a post! Loads of fab art to look at.... can't wait to get my journal!

  6. Hi Kate.
    First things first, your journal page is gorgeous I love the little boy and the colours used.
    Second OMG cannot believe you were at GNPE, so was I yet I did not see you...
    Thirdly, Dy's "New" shop was grat, didn't know what to expect but it was great and Benn was a love.
    I saw some of your examples on the table and cannot wait to come and do a workshop with you.
    Take care.

  7. What a great creations...they are all so artistic and colourful...It was a pleasure to look at all the pictures!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  8. When I see all this, I'm so glad that you come to Holland to teach us!!!!!!!!!!! It's all so beautiful! See you Thursday!

    groetjes Coby

  9. That is one chock full blog post, classes, artwork, so many things to do...LOVE it!
    Thinks its also fab that you procrastinate by making art when other stuff needs doing, I do that TOO.

  10. Love all the journalling you've shown, wish I lived closer!!

  11. missing you all very muchly xx

  12. Love your journal page Kate ... I wonder if I'll ever where my big girl pants ... ha, ha. It's such a pleasure looking at your art, I also just bought your backgrounds DVDs today ... trying to find some inspiration to get back into art mode. Your success is much deserved. Love, Di.

  13. Love all your gorgeous art Kate! Every one of your classes look fantastic (you're so right about the Gelli Arts Plate being a must have-I LOVE my newest purchase!)! If only you weren't SO far away...

  14. Oh Kate, I just adore the little book you made using Pam Carriker's stamps. It's so great!! The usual Kate Crane style that I love so much like everyone else. I guess I need to buy that new Gelli Plate you're talking about? Take care you and Happy Fall Days.

  15. Oh, Kate, all your class samples look totally gorgeous... sure wish I could row my boat on over and take a seat!


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