Saturday, 14 July 2018

Playtime with Paint Skins in my Art Journal

Hello Everyone! I had a little play in my gelli-print journal this morning.

I first added a couple of extra paint layers with Slate and Turquoise Fresco Acrylic, then added some scraps of painty paper and book page, a decorated teabag, and a few marks with Posca paint pens. I also added some paint skins that I peeled off my brayer handle whilst cleaning it (you can see one on the right, in the photo below), then finished with some messy journalling.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Alison xox

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hi Everyone! Tonight I have a birthday card to share with you, that I made for my very best friend Karen. 

I used to enjoy cross stitching a few years ago until the mixed media art took over, and I recently found a few little pieces I'd made. I had intended to make cards with them, but they got forgotten. Anyway, I picked this little garden bench picture that I knew my friend would love, and teamed it up with a gelli print.

Can you spot the tiny butterflies? I'm going to enter my card at the Moo Mania & More 'Butterflies' Challenge.

Happy week!

Alison xox

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

PaperArtsy Challenge - Topic 12 - Transfers

Hi Everyone. I'm sharing a project over on the PaperArtsy Blog tonight, using transfer techniques on clay. Here's a peek, you can see my full project tutorial HERE.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Monday, 9 July 2018

365 Somethings Week 27

Hello Folks! 

I almost forgot to do my teabag art this week! I blame it on the heatwave, it's been too much for me, especially the hot and sticky nights when I can't sleep. Anyway, I did remember eventually, and here are my 7 teabags for week 27 of the 365 Somethings Challenge.

A bit of gesso, a spot of cobalt teal hue acrylic spritzed with water, green gold printed with bubblewrap, a scrap of book page, some dried paint blobs, and finally, a few splatters of black and iridescent bronze paint.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Teabag Art Journal Page

Hi Everyone! Here's a journal page I made a couple of days ago, which started off with the same background as my this page. By the way, thanks for all the lovely comments you left for that page, they were much appreciated.

Another page for Chris' Art For Art's Sake Challenge at Art Journal Journey, with lots of layers of collage, stencilling, stamping, splashes and drips. I used one of my teabags from my 365 Somethings week 26 collection.

Hope you're surviving the Summer heatwave, I've been hiding from it mostly!

Happy weekend,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Taking Risks

Greetings to all my lovely followers, and a very Happy Independence Day to my American friends.

Today, I'm sharing another art journal page with Chris' 'Art For Art's Sake' Challenge at Art Journal Journey

My inspiration was taken from an AJ video tutorial by Leanne Jago, using lots of DecoArt Media products I haven't used in a while, including Antiquing Cream and Interference paint. I also used Dina Wakley and That's Crafty stencils, and DW stamps.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Alison xox

Monday, 2 July 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week 26

Hello folks. Today I'm sharing my weekly teabag art for week 26 of the 365 Somethings challenge. We're already halfway through the year, it's crazy!

Today I've used some collage scraps that were lurking on my desk, stapling them on. Then I sewed on buttons with embroidery thread and added black paint splatters. I also used a sepia pen to circle a word on the book paper that I added to each teabag.

Thanks for dropping by my blog,

hope you have a great week,

Alison xox

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Art Journal Calendar July 2018

Welcome to July everyone! I'm here today, to share my art journal calendar pages for the coming month.

I used my DecoArt Traditions acrylic paints for the first time in a while, a couple of blues and greens, to create a layered and stencilled background. Then I die-cut some tickets from some contrasting gelli-prints. I used various PaperArtsy stamps for my title, and to frame the pages, and I finished with some white highlights and splatters.

Alison xox

Friday, 29 June 2018

Inspired By...

Morning All! Today's page in my gelli-print journal was inspired by another YouTube video I watched, where the artist began by gluing down some teabag papers. Then 'The Flow' took over, and my page took a totally different direction to hers!

I added some torn tea-dyed book page strips and scraps, some hand-cut circles for the flower heads, then the doodling began with my paint pens.  You can just see the doodles on the flower heads, that I decided were too much, and painted over with Bougainvillea Fresco acrylic. The page needed some boldness!

Happy Friday!

Alison xox

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Inspired By Dina Wakley

Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing a page for Gill's challenge on Art Journal Journey, that was inspired by some Dina Wakley style art that I saw on Pinterest.

I'm still working in my gelli-print journal. On this page, I added a few marks with PaperArtsy Fresco acrylic paint, a Dina Wakley stamp, chunky Lego, plastic cross-stitch aida and a tube, then I adhered teabags, a Dina Wakley stamped image, lace, ball chain and quote. I finished with a scribbled border.

Monday, 25 June 2018

365 Somethings - Week 25

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend, and enjoyed some lovely Summer sun.

I've got my Week 25 teabags for the 365 Somethings Challenge, to share with you today.

On this set, I started with a scrape of DecoArt Crackle Paste, then when it was dry I added a wash of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Prussian Blue. I stencilled some Primary Magenta dots, stamped with a Lego piece and some Cadmium Orange Hue. I used a plastic tube to add some Prussian Blue circles, then attached some hand cut hearts and words, mounted over white thread. I circled the magenta dots with a black pen, and finished with white paint splatters.

Until next time,

Alison xox

Friday, 22 June 2018

Inspired By My Prompt Cards

Hi Everyone! 

I have another journal page to share with Gill's 'Inspired By' Challenge at Art Journal Journey. This page was inspired by a few of the prompt cards that I made for myself last year. It's another page in my gelli-print journal, which provided a good start too, and I found a great quote to go with it from Tim Holtz's Small Talk stickers. That's my hand with the short stubby fingers by the way ;-)

Happy Friday,

Alison xox

Monday, 18 June 2018

She Believed She Could...

Hi Everyone! 

First of all, let me share with you my Week 24 teabags for the 365 Somethings Challenge. 

These teabags were started with a circle of book page and a smaller circle of gelli-printed tissue. I then scraped on some DecoArt crackle paste. Once that was dry, I stamped some PaperArtsy Hotpick images, first with Fresco Paint, then I over-stamped with black archival ink. I added some stamped quotes, then finished with some painty splatters.

I also created a journal page for Gill's Inspired By challenge at Art Journal Journey, which started off being inspired by a couple of YouTube videos I watched, then soon went off in another direction!

I started with another page in my gelli-print journal, adding collage scraps, and painty marks, then stamped a Dina Wakley Scribbly Woman, painted her a body etc., then added a quote.

Hope you've had a creative Monday too,

Alison xox 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

You Can Never Have Too Much Happy

Hello Folks! Today's art journal page was inspired by Tracy Evan's use of bead gel on a beautiful bag, in this post. I love bead gel, and it's been a while since I used it.

This page was created in my gelliprint journal, and it's on the other half of yesterday's page, and started off with the same design. It's amazing how the two pages are so different. I added lots of layers, including the stencilled Liquitex bead gel, scrapings of DecoArt Crackle Paste, PaperArtsy Infusions, bubblewrap printing with acrylic paint, and some of the lovely Golden Iridescent Bronze acrylic.

I shall of course be linking my page to Gill's 'Inspired By' challenge at Art Journal Journey

Happy Saturday!

Alison xox

Friday, 15 June 2018

Be Open...

Hello Everyone! I wasn't feeling inspired to art journal today, so I watched a couple of Tiffany of SouthernGalsDesigns' videos on YouTube. I love her free and easy style! I decided to use my gelliprint journal, so I already had something on the page, then shuffled my playing card prompts. I used about 8 cards. I already had some PaperArtsy Fresco acrylics on my desk, so I used those. Then I found a great Tim Holtz quote sticker which was perfect...'Be open to whatever comes next', and this is the result.

Happy Friday,

Alison xox

Thursday, 14 June 2018

365 Somethings - Week 23

Hello Everyone! I have some more teabag art to share for week 23 of the 365 Somethings Challenge, and I think that brings me up to date.

I did a little background stamping using archival ink and a PaperArtsy Sara Naumann stamp set, and also printed with white acrylic paint and my plastic aida circle (this is normally used for cross stitch, as enquired by Eileen). I then used black acrylic through a fine nozzle to draw some flowers, and painted them with acrylic. I finished with some white paint pen doodles and partially stamped words.

Wishing you all a happy and creative day,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

365 Somethings - Week 22

Hello Everyone! I'm still catching up with my teabag art for I Hanna and Daisy Yellow's 365 somethings challenge on Instagram. Here are my seven teabags for week 22.

For these teabags, I added a hand torn circle of tea stained book page, then stamped images from PaperArtsy Ink & Dog (my favourite stamp range from PaperArtsy). To make the words stand out, I stamped them onto unstained book page, cut them out and glued in place. Some are part of the image, and some not. Here's a close up of one of my favourite images...

I'm entering these in Country View Crafts 'Written Word' Chalenge, as they have book text and stamped words. 

I've got a couple more weeks of teabags to do, then I'm up to date, and then I'll be back in my art journal again. I've missed it so much!

Happy Wednesday!

Alison xox

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

T Stands for Peppermint Tea, Strawberries, and 365 Somethings Week 21

Hello Everyone! I'm back from another week's holiday, this time we stayed by Lake Bled in Slovenia. We enjoyed lots of lovely hikes of course, and some great weather for it. We'll definitely return there, as it's a beautiful place. And yesterday, my husband started his new job, after being made redundant at the end of March. So he was fortunate and not unemployed for too long thankfully.

As it's Elizabeth's T-Day today, I'm showing my yummy, mid-morning peppermint tea, with some delicious strawberries picked from our garden. Luckily the birds and slugs hadn't got too many whilst we were away! I'll be having them with some greek yoghurt later :-)

I'm a little behind with my 365 Somethings for I Hanna and Daisy Yellow's Instagram challenge, but I've decorated seven teabags for week 21, and there'll be more to follow in the next few days.

I first painted them with white gesso, then added some turquoise acrylic paint with my fingers. Then I printed with green acrylic, using a plastic aida circle. I added washi tape, torn book page, and stamped and painted images by France Papillon and Birgit Koopsen. I finished with some black ink splatters.

Wishing you all a very happy Tuesday T-Day!

Alison xox

Friday, 1 June 2018

Art Journal Calendar - June 2018

Hello Everyone!

As it's the first of June, I have my calendar page for this month to share with you. Over at Art Journal Journey, Gill from Gibbyfrogettcraftations has challenged us to be 'Inspired By' someone or something. The background of my calendar was inspired by some tags made by Joyce Shaulis, that I saw in Mixed Up magazine.

I used DecoArt Media Acrylic paints with some PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo stamps. The journalling circles were stamped onto some gelli-printed book pages, cut out, then glued on. I added doodles and dots around them.

Happy June!

Alison xox

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

New Babies

Hi Everyone! Sunday past was a momentous day, with two new baby boys born! One to my husband's cousin's daughter, and one to my best friend's daughter. I decided to save time and make two of the same card. Congrats to Philippa, James, Olivia and baby Harvey, and to Kat, Luca and baby Thomas!

The cute baby, bees and flower are from a Studio Stamps set, and the word is from an Art Journey set. I used Distress Inks to watercolour the images.

I'm linking my card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is 'Anything Goes'.

Happy Wednesday!

Alison xox

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

T is for Butterfly Girl

Hello Everyone! I have an art journal page to share today, created on the front page of a gelli print book I made for myself last night.

I cut out a magazine image and glued it to the page, then altered it with acrylic paint, then added marks and the chit chat phrase sticker.

I'm linking my page to...


And finally, here's a photo of my favourite cuppa (Tetley Tea), and yummy porridge, cashews, brazils, raisins and strawberries, that Hubby and I had for breakfast today, to share with Elizabeth's Tuesday T-Day.

I hope you have better weather than us today. It's poured with rain all day, and now we have thunderstorms.

Alison xox

Monday, 28 May 2018

Holiday, Birthdays and Teabags

Hi Everyone! I'm just back from a lovely week away in the beautiful Peak District near Buxton. The weather was glorious, and we made the most of it with lots of countryside hikes. We also took our fold up bikes and went cycling along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell. We stayed in a lovely little cottage on a working dairy and sheep farm, and I was in my element, as I got to cuddle one of the new lambs!

I celebrated my birthday whilst we were away, which was another glorious day we spent, hiking to, up and along the ridge of Mam Tor. My good friend Hazel has her birthday on the same day as me, and here is a Gelli Print book that I made as a gift for her, and also as a thank you, as she took care of our two tortoises while we were away.

And finally, I have my teabags for week 20 of the 365 Somethings Challenge, to share.

The backgrounds were made with my gelli plate, stencils and acrylic paint. I used Birgit Koopsen stamps from Carabelle Studio for the stamped circles, sewed on some buttons, and finished by using black and white paint pens to add the borders.

Phew! I think that's all! Wishing my American friends a happy Memorial Day, and my British friends a happy Bank Holiday!

Alison xox

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Flora, Fauna & Teabags

Hi Everyone!

Hope you've all been enjoying the sunshine lately! We've been making the most of it, and getting the garden into better shape than it's been for a good while. I'm not usually much of a gardener, but I'm enjoying the challenge.

First of all, let me show you my teabags for Week 19 of IHanna's 365 Somethings Challenge. This set were Gelli Plate printed, then the Paperdolls were collaged with stamped butterfly wings, black circles and a word sticker.

Next, I have a journal page to share for Jo's Flora & Fauna Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I started with some collaged pieces of Gelli Plate prints, then scraped a little white thick gesso over. Then I added DecoArt Media Acrylic in Turquoise, then stencilled with Prussian Blue and Titanium White. I added my butterfly girl teabag on a circle of music sheet, and some stamped and painted butterflies (Crafty Individuals), then finished with a phrase sticker and some white paint splatters.

As it's Elizabeth's Tuesday T-Day, here is my cup of Peppermint & Liquorice tea, standing on my untidy computer desk.

I'm off to pull up a few more weeds now,

Alison xox

Friday, 11 May 2018

Queen Bee

Happy Friday Everyone! Hope you're all having a good one! It's our 27th Wedding Anniversary today. We're not doing anything special, but we did toast ourselves with a glass of Pinot Grigio with our salad lunch.

Whilst Hubby's out in the garden clearing and repairing the shed, I created another page for Jo's Flora & Fauna Challenge at Art Journal Journey. I used PaperArtsy Masks and Fresco Finish Chalk Paint, and Dina Wakley Stamps and Scribble Sticks.

I'm off to make a cuppa and offer some help in the garden.

Ta ta for now,

Alison xox