Wednesday 28 February 2018

February Art Marks Love - Day 24 - Build

Hello Everyone! More snow overnight, so a perfect day to stay in and create.

The word for today is 'Build'. I loved this prompt, because I love to build layers on a page! This could be my favourite!

It started with a book page that had circles cut from it, that was lying around on my desk. Added a teabag, and paint with my fingers. Then a few marks, scrapes of paint, the word, white paint stamped with Lego, and more marks to finish.

Keep warm, and have a wonderful Wednesday,

Alison x

Tuesday 27 February 2018

February Art Marks Day 23 - Invent

Hello Folks! 

I just got back from my usual Tuesday Silver Screen cinema trip. Today I had the company of my lovely friend Jan. We went to see 'Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool', a lovely film about the relationship between ageing Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame, and young Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner. We both loved it. 

Getting back to today's art marks page with the word prompt 'Invent'. I believe this past year I have been re-inventing myself through art journaling. I love the direction I'm taking on this current adventure too.

I used iris images from Vision Express (opticians) junkmail, added teabags, stencilling, and marks. I'm entering my page for MOO-MANIA's Think Of Spring Challenge. Spring is a great time to re-invent ourselves!

We've had a few inches of snow here during the day, so I'm now turning up the heating, and bunkering down till it goes away. Hope you're all keeping warm!

Alison x

Monday 26 February 2018

February Art Marks 2018 - Day 22 - Less

Hi Everyone!

Today's Art Marks word is 'Less'. What are your thoughts? More or less? I think I tend towards more, but it depends on my mood. This is not a 'Less' page! Hahaha

Painty scrapes and marks, and the legendary teabag.

We've hit a cold spot here in the UK, with snow showers and the odd bit of sunshine, so it's not settling too much thankfully. Hope you're all keeping warm.

Happy week,

Alison x

Sunday 25 February 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week Eight

Hi Everyone! 

I'm back again today with my 7 decorated teabags for week 8 of 365 Somethings. I used collage to create some little houses, then added some colour and decoration with pens.


Alison x

Art Marks Day 21 - Grace

Hello Friends.

The word for day 21 of February Art Marks Love is 'Grace', which naturally makes me think of my faith, and the Grace of Christ. I could say a lot more, but in a nutshell, I'm grateful for the gift of creativity that I've been given, and so many other things.

I went back to the comfort zone of my favourite colours for this page, using tools to scrape on the layers of paint, before adding just the word, some marks and a scribble border with pens. I couldn't resist a few white paint splatters to finish.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday! The sun is shining here. We have our son visiting, and we're off for a woodland walk to a country pub, for Sunday lunch with friends.

Alison x

Saturday 24 February 2018

Art Marks Day 20 - Learn

Hello Everyone!

Today I learned I don't like a lot of yellow on my page, hence the orange circles. I'm also learning to let go when I make my art journal pages. It's a sunny page though, and reflects the sunshine outside.

Oops...forgot to doodle around the little starflower! Hahaha

Happy Saturday,

Alison x

Thursday 22 February 2018

Art Marks Day 18 - Tend

Hi Everyone!

I'm up to Day 18 of Rae Missigman's February Art Marks Love Challenge, and today's word is 'Tend'. It made me think of Spring seedlings, but also of tending to my daily art needs.

I started by scraping some Pea Coat PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint onto my page, then added some scrapes of Snowflake paint. I glued some teabag papers on top of the white paint, then painted some flowers and marks with Sargasso, Cerise and Magic Moss. The teabags were vanilla chai and blackcurrant, which makes my page smell delicious.

I'm linking my page to MOO-MANIA's Think of Spring Challenge.

Happy Thursday,

Alison x

Wednesday 21 February 2018


Hello Folks! I went a bit dotty on today's Art Marks page. The word prompt was 'Poise', and I used an image from a hand cream tube. I just peeled it off, and stuck it on my page, together with some book and music page scraps and bits of teabags.

I used PaperArtsy Tracy Scott paints again, as I love the bright colours, and a sakura black glaze pen to add scribbly marks.

Happy Wednesday!

Alison x

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Art Marks Day 16 - Notice

Evening Everyone! 

I'm just back from another solo trip to the cinema. I watched Battle of the Sexes, a film about Billie Jean King's fight for equal tennis prize money for female and male players, and her famous match with Bobby Riggs in 1973. I thought it was an enjoyable film.

Here's my February Art Marks page for Day 16's prompt 'Notice'. It's very pink page for that cute little pup. 

I used a new PaperArtsy Tracy Scott set of Fresco paints, which includes these beautiful brights, Cerise, Slimed and Sargasso. The pup image is mounted on a fennel teabag, with paint and marks added. Looks like she's resting on a pink polkadot bed spread.

Have a wonderful evening,

Alison x

Monday 19 February 2018

Wild Animals and Teabags

Hello Friends!

Here's my Day 15 Art marks page, with the word prompt 'Evolve'. Needs no explanation...we are evolving constantly.

I used an old credit card and new PaperArtsy Seth Apter Fresco acrylics, to create layer after layer of colour and lines. Painted the word, adhered some postage stamps, then finished with circles stamped with a lids and white gel pen marks.

Almost forgot... here are my teabags for 365 Somethings, Week Seven...

I originally did some stencilling and marks on the bags, but didn't like it, so I painted all over with black Fresco acrylic, then stamped and embossed some PA Ellen Vargo images with Stampendous Frantage EP in various colours. Finished with some splatters of white Bombay India Ink. Now I love!!! I really ought to use these EPs more!

Have a great week everyone!

Alison x

Sunday 18 February 2018

Art Marks Day 14 - Connect

Hello Folks!

I'm back with my next Art Marks page. We had a visit from my folks yesterday afternoon, and to be honest, I didn't feel a creative urge all day. I'm much better today though, after a lovely cross country walk to a nearby village for Sunday roast lunch.

I began with some PaperArtsy stencils, and used new Seth Apter Fresco Finish acrylic paints. I adhered some teabags, added some Tim Holtz rub ons, then finished with some marks and doodles. It was lovely to connect with nature today on our walk, but there were no butterfles, only dogs, horses & birds.

Wishing you a creative week ahead,

Alison x

Friday 16 February 2018

Art Marks Day 13 - Whittle

Happy Friday Folks!

I'm sharing another Art Marks journal page, and today's word is 'Whittle'. It's another minimalist page with lots of white space. I rather like this whittled down look.

The image of the lady blowing a bubble is from a packet of hotel soap I saved. I used acrylic paints and pens to paint more bubbles and add marks.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Alison x

Thursday 15 February 2018

Art Marks Day 12 - Unfold

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Day 12's Art Marks word is Unfold. Until recently, I'd rarely unfold on my blog, and share personal details. It was all about showing the art, and as few words as possible. I don't really like writing to be honest. Haha! Today, the bosses of the company who are taking over the rail project hubby is working on, are coming in to meet the staff. It will be interesting to see what unfolds from this!

On this page, I adhered torn book page, teabag, and Gelli Print scrap, then added marks and doodles with acrylic paint and pens. It was a 20 minute page, as it's a sunny day, and I was going out for a walk and coffee with my best friend and her son. 

Enjoy the rest of your day,

Alison x

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Art Journal Journey - D is for Dog

Hello All!

The Artmarks word for Day 11 is 'Change'. Not sure what the word 'Change' means to me, have to think about that one. Although, there are changes with my Hubby's work of course, with his employer in liquidation. We're still waiting to see what will happen. 

My page started out like yesterday's, with some paint, teabags, and book page scraps. Then I added some pictures of dogs that I tore from Age Concern junk mail, painted hearts, words and splatters. I only found out afterwards that it's Chinese New Year, and it's The Year of the Dog...spooky and appropriate for today! I'm linking my page to Rike's Animals From A-Z Challenge at Art Journal Journey.

I spotted a heart on my coffee paper this morning...appropriate for Valentine's Day.

And finally, I was excited to see this fox sleeping by the debris of our daughter's old trampoline in the garden last night. I couldn't get a very good photo with my little old camera, as it was getting dark.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Alison x

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Moo Mania - Love

Hello Folks! 

I was in a minimalist mood for today's Artmarks page, just some book page scraps, teabags, pink/white Fresco Finish Chalk acrylic paint, and black/white pens.

The word for Day 10 is quit. Quit that self-doubt...Heart your art!

I'm linking today's page to Moo-Mania's Love/Valentine's Challenge, and as it's teabag art, I'm also linking to Elizabeth's Tuesday T-Day.

I've got a filter coffee dripping/brewing at the moment, I might have to warm it up in the microwave! Lol!

Happy T-Day!

Alison x

Monday 12 February 2018

B is For Butterfly

Not technically an animal, but I'm linking this page to Rike's Animals from A-Z Challenge at Art Journal Journey. Erika's beautiful butterfly page inspired me today. 

Rae's February Artmarks Day 9 word is 'Invest'. I'm investing in me! 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Alison x

Sunday 11 February 2018

February Artmarks and 365 Somethings

Hello Folks. 

Do you ever start a page, then you don't know when to stop? You just keep adding and adding. I watched two episodes of Grey's Anatomy...well listened actually...whilst making this one! Lol! That's long for me anyway. The day 8 word was 'Attention'. This page certainly held my attention.

Here's a closer look at the teabag flower...

Speaking of teabags, here are my decorated teabags for week six of the 365 Somethings Challenge.

I used a small Gel Press Plate,  some PaperArtsy stencils, and Snowflake Fresco Finish Chalk paint. Then I used a black pen to add dotty outlines.  The first, positive prints were naturally brighter, but I love the more faded negative, secondary prints too.

The sun is shining, so we're off for a walk with friends now.

Hope you're having a fun and creative Sunday too,

Alison x

Saturday 10 February 2018

February Art Marks Challenge Day Seven

Hi Everyone! Today's word was Create, and I think that speaks for itself. This one's all doodles and drips.

I off back to my crochet, and to continue binge-watching Grey's Anatomy.

Hope you're having a great weekend,

Alison x

Friday 9 February 2018

Petal Power on The PaperArtsy Blog

Hello Everyone!

I was excited to be able to try out Seth Apter's new Fresco Finish Chalk Paints recently, and I'm showcasing them with a mixed media panel over on The PaperArtsy Blog tonight. Here's a little peek. You can see my full project and tutorial HERE.

I do hope you'll pop over and see my panel for yourself.

Happy weekend to you all,

Alison x

February Art Marks - Day Six - Envision

Hi Everyone!

This dismal day needed some bright colours, so I created a little patchwork effect page for Art Marks Day Six. I envision a year filled with art and crochet, and lots of country walks, and quality time spent with friends and family. As I painted some blue hearts, I'm linking this page to Try It On Tuesday's Love is in the air Challenge.

So happy to have sold another scarf from my Etsy shop too! That's my third this year. Better crack on and make some more!

Have a fab weekend 

Alison x

Thursday 8 February 2018

Artmarks Day Five and S is for Sheep

Hello Folks!

I have another Artmarks page to share with you today. The Day 5 word is 'Commit'. Mmm...have to think about what I'm committing to. Doing this challenge every day is a commitment definitely.

I used a cork and white paint to make some sheep bodies on the teabags, then added features with pens. I like to think they have some personality. The sheep at the bottom is thinking 'Does my butt look big in this?!'

I thought I'd also share a picture of my tortoises, Josie and Olive. I did some investigation, and I believe they are both females now.

And lastly, I've finally got around to putting a link to my Etsy shop, Craftytrog's Yarn Art, in my sidebar. At the moment, I just have crochet items listed, but I'm planning to add some arty bits too.

Here's a couple of triangle scarves I recently made, that will be added shortly.

That's all for now. 

Alison x

Wednesday 7 February 2018

Artmarks Day Four - Think

Hello Folks!

It was time to use up some of the scraps that were accumulating on my desk, as they were threatening to take over!

The Artmarks word for day 4 is 'Think', and I tried hard not to think too much as this spread came together, but in the end I thought it needed some contrasting pink splatters to finish it.

I used Posca Paint Pens, held very lightly, to get organic marks and scribbles.

Hope you're having a creative Wednesday,

Alison x

Tuesday 6 February 2018

T is for Tortoise

Hi Everyone!

I'm sharing another page for Rae's Artmarks Challenge tonight. It features a pair of tortoises just like my little pets Josie and Olive. I've had them nearly two years, since they were tiny, and they're such great little characters. I've no idea of their sex, but I have an inkling that Olive may be an Oliver, as she/he is the smaller of the two, which is an indication apparently.

The word for today's page is 'Leap'. Today I took the leap of going to the cinema by myself. It was the Silver Screen cinema for age 55 plus, only £3 with a cuppa and a biscuit too. The film I saw was Goodbye Christopher Robin, a lovely film about A. A. Milne and his family, and his writing of the Winnie The Pooh books.

The tortoise stamp by Stampotique, was stamped twice onto tissue, then adhered to my page with matte medium. I used an Inkadinkado collage stamp on the background, with various acrylic paints.

I just love those Daniel Torrente tortoises, aren't they adorable?!

Linking my page up to Rike's Animals A-Z Challenge at Art Journal Journey. As I have some hearts on my page too, I'm also linking up to Stampotique's challenge 291 - Hearts.

Hope you all had a creative day too.

Alison x