Monday 31 July 2017

Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge 2017 - Week Nine

Hello Everyone!

I'm here today to share my final five index cards for Daisy Yellow's 2017 ICAD Challenge. It's been an amazing adventure, with so many great prompts and themes. I think I only went off prompt once, which is pretty good! So here they are, days 57-61...

And, here are all 61 of my index cards, plus the cover and the bonus blind contour card. They're on a large book ring, hung on a hook in my craft studio, to provide inspiration when I need it.

Thanks so much for dropping by, and for all of the lovely comments and support you've given me throughout this challenge.

Alison x

Sunday 30 July 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Days 15 & 16

Hello Everyone!

I managed to get myself up to date with the Artmarks 30 Day Challenge today, with two art journal pages done.

Day 15 - Varied - lots of different paper scraps and a couple of teabags collaged, then paint stencilled with my fave colour combo of turquoise and red, three hand-cut hearts from painty paper scrap, and a few doodles, stencilled numbers and book text to finish

Day 16 - Mirrored - went happy and bright again with Bombay India Ink hand-sketched rectangles, Dina Wakley paints turquoise, lime and magenta, pen doodling, lego and bubblewrap printing, and black splatters & brush marks around the edges

Happy Sunday!

Alison x

Saturday 29 July 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge 2017 - Days 13 & 14

Hello Everyone! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

I've been catching up in my art journal today, and here are my interpretations of Rae's prompts for days 13 & 14 of her Artmarks Challenge...

Day 13 - Stippled - I glued down some painty kitchen towel, then did some abstract stipples with Dina Wakley paint in Turquoise, Ruby and black. Finished off with some book text.

Day 14 - Fluid - I made a watercolour background with some Bombay Inks, sketched some flowers with them too, added a little bit of torn painty paper collage, some oil pastel marks, and inky splatters.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by,

Alison x

Thursday 27 July 2017

Artmarks Summer Challenge 2017 - Days 11 & 12

Hello Everyone!

Here are my latest two art journal pages for Rae Missigman's Summer Artmarks Challenge.

Day 11 - Blended - I used Dina Wakley Acrylics and stamps, and Portfolio Oil Pastels

Day 12 - Blotted - I used Dina's Acrylics and stamps again, then a baby wipe to blot through a That's Crafty Dinky Stencil, although it's not that visible anymore! Lots more paint and artmarks, but it's way too pink for my liking!

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison x

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge 2017 - Week Eight

Hello Everyone! Thanks for dropping in!

I can't believe we're into the final few days of Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge. It's been so much fun to spend time making a little bit of art every day. These 3x5 inch cards are so quick to decorate, with Tammy's interesting and wonderful prompts.

Here are my Week Eight Index Cards...

And, here is a bonus challenge card I did, a blind contour self-portrait. Opened my eyes then shut them again to do the body, so cheated a little!

I also couldn't resist doing another Day 55 index card for my Dina Wakley Media journal.

Thanks again for visiting, and I hope you'll leave me a comment to let me know what you think. I really appreciate every comment.

Happy Wednesday!

Alison x

Monday 24 July 2017

Artmarks 30 Day Summer Challenge - Day 9

The prompt today was Freeform. There's plenty of layers on this one, until I was finally happy!

Alison x

Artmarks Summer Challenge - Days 7 & 8

I wonder if I'm starting to find my own artistic voice in these pages. I certainly enjoy just going for it in an abstract, freestyle way. 

Day 7 - Interrupted

Day 8 - Blurred

Wishing you a creative week,

Alison x

Saturday 22 July 2017


Our amazing daughter Bethany has just finished her Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College in London, and she got a first! She was also awarded a prize of £100 for outstanding contribution to the student community by her Head of Department. We're so proud of her achievements! She worked really hard and it paid off. 

Here's the card I made for her...

Well done Bethany! We love you, and we're looking forward to having you home for Summer!

Alison x

Thursday 20 July 2017

Artmarks Challenge - Days 4 & 5

Here are my Artmarks Challenge pages for days 4 & 5...

Day 4 - Geometric

Day 5 - Ruled

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison x

Wednesday 19 July 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 9 - Aqua - Teabag Art Canvas

I'm sharing a canvas tutorial over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight. Here's a little peek. You can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

I look forward to seeing your projects for the challenge,

Alison x

Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge - Week Seven

Here are my eclectic bunch of ICADs for week seven of Daisy Yellow's challenge...

Happy Wednesday!

Alison x

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Art Marks Challenge - Day 3

Today's prompt was 'Curve'. Again, I've used Dina Wakley Media acrylics. I added marks, collaged Gelli printed tissue, and a stencilled heart over some purple sparkly thread. The border was made using a flat paintbrush and DecoArt Traditions acrylic prussian blue. 

Alison x

Monday 17 July 2017

Art Marks 30 Day Summer Challenge - Days One & Two

I'm so enjoying creating art again, so I decided to join another challenge. Rae Missigman is running a 30 day art marks challenge, from 15th July to 13th August. You can read all about it HERE.

I'm using a Finnabair 7x5 inch journal. Here are my first two pages. 

Day One

Day Two

I've been using Dina Wakley Media Acrylics so far, as I love their thickness and bright colours. They were perfect for scribbling into on my day two page :-)

Hope you're having as creative a week as I am!

Alison x

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Daisy Yellow ICAD Challenge - Week Six

Here are my 3x5 inch index cards from week six of Daisy Yellow's ICAD Challenge. The bottom card (today's) was inspired by a Rae Missigman YouTube tutorial. 

Hope you're all having a great week!

Alison x

P.S. Just to let you know, I changed my blog address as it was too long, so if you bookmarked my blog and it's not working, that's why. Sorry!

Wednesday 5 July 2017