I brayered Dylusion's paints for the background, stencilled a snowy hill with Snowflake Fresco Paint, stamped Tim Holtz trees and foliage, embossing the foliage with Frantage Aged Gold. The Sizzix TH deer is painted with DecoArt Burnt Umber. I stamped and embossed a Crafty Individuals sentiment, then finished with a sprinkling of Aged Gold EP.
Everything Art's Wanderlust 2017 Class is coming to an end. I haven't managed to keep up with the fortnightly classes very well, but I did finish the monthly One Collage Challenge. We worked on a single collage piece throughout the year, with monthly prompts.
This was my collage before the final scary step...
To finish, we were told to cut our collage up, then rearrange the pieces in our art journal, adding a 'poem' of sentences we had found in a book.
I was thrilled to win Crafty Individuals' blog candy last week, which was their three new Christmas stamps, a pair of sledging polar bears, a beautiful bird/robin, and some cute snow people. So I quickly inked them up and made a few more Christmas cards.
I used distress inks to watercolour paint the images, and made six of each card. That's 82 cards made now, I think that'll be enough!
I finally found time to create my December calendar page, only a couple of days late, so hopefully I'll remember what I did yesterday!
As it's getting near to Christmas, I added a bit of sparkle with Stickles glitter glue. I also used some iridescent Pebeo paint and metallic silver DecoArt paint for a bit of shimmer. My snowy journaling splats were made with an Artistic Stamper stencil and Snowflake Fresco paint.
The blue background design was printed from a carved rubber stamp that Beth made at school. She found it when she was having a clear out before she went off on her travels, and asked if I wanted it. I love how the design shows through my painted mug. I cut a teabag to fit the top of the mug, to represent my tea.
It's been a hectic few days, but my beautiful daughter finally set off on her gap year travels last Wednesday. Her first stop is Hong Kong, where she is celebrating her 23rd birthday today. Here's the card I made for her...
I thought I'd share another crochet project, a very cosy poncho I made recently. The pattern I used is Black Pearl Poncho by Karen McKenna, and it's free on Ravelry. I love it! This is me on Worthing Beach about a week ago.
Art has taken a back seat recently, as I was commissioned by my daughter to make a bright and lightweight top for her gap year travels. I adapted a pattern, using a more open and lacy stitch, so that it wouldn't be too heavy in her rucksack. It's basically 4 rectangles stitched together, leaving openings for arms and head, then a border added. She loves it!
The day is nearly here! After four years of hard work and partying, my daughter Beth's Grad Day is tomorrow. It's going to be rather posh, the ceremony is in The Royal Albert Hall no less. I have my outfit ready (dress and jacket - I'm calling it my Teresa May outfit!), and yesterday I put together some jewellery using the beads that I bought at the Knit & Stitch Show last week.
My dress has a red, orange and black design, hence the bead colours. I made two earring designs, and I think I'll wear the shorter orange and red ones, as they show up better against my fiery red, newly dyed hair.
The large beads are agate, the black are onyx, and the rest are glass.
I'm off to make some more preparations now. Have a lovely day!
Also, I thought I'd share my purchases from the Knit and Stitch Show last Thursday. I had a wonderful afternoon and evening with my hooking friends Jan, Gabby, Sandra and Linda, topped off with beer and curry at Victoria station's Wetherspoons.
A closer look at the agate and glass beads I bought. I'm intending to make myself some jewellery to wear at my daughter Beth's graduation this week.
For week 21 of Wanderlust, Kasia invited us to work big. She suggested that we use inspiration from one of our own art journal pages, and create something big. My canvas isn't huge, about 14x12", but I took inspiration from this page in my 7x5" art journal.
The sun is shining, and I'm looking forward to a day out at The Knit & Stitch Show at the Alexandra Palace in London this afternoon with some of my hooking pals. I was up bright and early, and created a quick page in my 7x5" art journal too.
I scraped a bit of white gesso on my page, collaged some torn pieces of painty scrape paper, then added some marks and writing. It was a great start to my day!
Here's a little page I made yesterday in my 7x5" art journal. The red and blue areas are pieces of painty kitchen towel, and I used the dropper of my black Bombay Ink to sketch the flower. I made a butterfly using eyes cut from a magazine.
I found this quote online... 'If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies. How different our ideal of beauty would be.'