Sunday, 21 August 2016

Getting back into the groove!

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz
Butterflies from Papillon set by Tim Holtz

I'm back from my little summer break! Did you miss me?! I had such a very busy time in the run up to the school summer holidays that I just needed to step away from social media, from my art, and spend some time with my family recharging the old batteries. 

I find that it is remarkably easy to switch off, but not so easy to switch back on again ;-) However as I had a regular art journaling class scheduled at Art from the Heart this weekend I was forced to get back into my little art room and get creating again. Needless to say the first art journal page i made was awful (I won't show you that one haha!) but you just have to work through it and keep going. Creativity breeds creativity ....

When I returned from my hols (a wet camping trip to Wales!) I was very lucky indeed to attend a class with the very gorgeous France Papillon. What an amazing teacher! If you ever get the chance to take a class with France then do!  It was completely different from what I usually do but I learned so much and got to try lots of different things, including the Prima Rust Kit. *LOVE* *SWOON* A very quick and simple way to make a rust effect.

Made at a class with France Papillon

This inspired me to add some of my newly learned techniques to my art journal pages (done in my FAVOURITE black square Dylusions journal). How fab do these rusted washers look on my colourful background? In case you are wondering, I cut them using a Sizzix die from an old Cheerios box.

I also delved into my rather large stash of clothing tags which are just too nice to throw away ...

I also made this simpler one colour version. Although it looks simpler it has a lot of layers, and lots of hidden journaling underneath.

Background stamps by me! for Stampotique Originals
Beach hut by me! for Stampotique originals
Stencil by Tim Holtz

And I just love the combination of blue/teal with rust:

I stamped my *new* beach huts stamp onto an old book page (for the nice colour paper) and cut out just one of them to add to my tag:

And here's just a snippet from my rubbish page that I didn't like, because I used my new sailboat stamp. This is the only bit of the page that I actually like.

Sailboat by me! for Stampotique Originals

And I had a very lovely day indeed with the regular journalers at Art from the Heart where there was much laughter, chat and biscuits. Here they are all hard at work:

And finally .... I have updated my workshops page *here* and I will be adding to it as bookings for events go live etc so keep an eye out. Maybe I'll see you at a workshop in the future?

Byeee for now!


  1. Lovely pages Kate and love the stamps.
    Hugs Linda x

  2. So love your work .. Your workshops look amazing xx

  3. Welcome back ! I did miss you, Kate <3

  4. So glad I am not the only one to keep clothing tags that are just too nice to throw away, except you make art with them and I just think about it. You have inspired me to try and use them myself. You are such an inspiration!

  5. Beautiful as always, Kate! How did you achieve the tiny alphabet in the blue background? Very lovely, itty bitty detail. Love all!

    1. Thank you! The tiny alphabet is from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set:

  6. Welcome back Kate...I LOVE your pages,they are gorgeous. xx


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