Thursday, 15 August 2019

A Single Man...

Hello Folks.

The Jane Austin fans among you might recognise the title as part of a famous quote from her book Pride and Prejudice. On today's art journal page, I used a scrap of book text from that book, although I got some paint on it and had to go over the words with a black pen...not great! Lol!

I wanted to use a few of the paper scraps on my desk, plus a couple of my many dried and emptied teabags, to make a page for Gill's Anything With Eyes theme at Art Journal Journey. Here's how it turned out...

There's some scraped on and scribbled in DecoArt Crackle Paste there too. I think it shows up better in the photo with the quote at the top of my post.

It's been a busy and sometimes stressful week, and it was good to play in my journal again.

Hope you're all having a good week,

Alison xox

Saturday, 10 August 2019

New Home Cards

I needed to create some new home cards last week, so I pulled out some of my handy gel plate prints, and created some paper pieced and doodled houses.

This first one is for our son, who just moved flats in Manchester, to be nearer to his work. Three windows because he's sharing with a couple of guys from work. Not sure who is living in the attic!

This one's for our daughter, who is doing a 4 month placement for Rolls Royce in Friedrichshafen in Germany. Her flat is by Lake Konstance, and she's loving it there. We're going out to visit next month, and can't wait.

And this final one is for my husband's cousin & hubby, who have moved from Berkshire to Somerset, to be nearer their daughter and grandchildren.

Happy weekend to you all,

Alison xox

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Bird Stack

Hello Folks.

I drew and painted some birds on a background page of leftover paint, then added some doodled circles.

Hope you're having a fun and creative week,

Alison xox

Monday, 5 August 2019

AJJ - Anything With Eyes

Morning Folks!

A layer of gesso, then DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics blues and green gold, then face sketched with Dina Wakley Night Scribble Stick, activated with a wet paintbrush. Finished with black Bombay India Ink scribbles and outlines, then splashes of black ink and white Posca Paint Pen.

Wishing you all a creative Monday,

Alison xox

Sunday, 4 August 2019

August 2019 Art Journal Calendar

Happy August to you all!

This is my August calendar spread, made with a teabag papers background, Dina Wakley face and phrase stamps, and a few different gel plate prints.

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Garden Party Challenge 3

Happy Wednesday Everyone.

Today I'm sharing a card I made for the current Garden Party Challenge on Instagram. Here are the prompts for Challenge 3...

And here's my card...

The image is one of my favourites from Paperbag Studios.

There's a bit of splattering going on, so I'm linking up to Try It On Tuesday's Splatters & Splodges Challenge again.

Wishing you a happy & creative evening,

Alison xox

Monday, 29 July 2019

AJJ - We're All Going Around In Circles

Hi Everyone!

I'm squeezing in another page for Chris' We're All/Going theme at Art Journal Journey.

I prepped a canvas page in my Dina Wakley journal with a book page, some Seaglass Fresco Acrylic and bubble wrap printing with London Bus Fresco Acrylic. Then I grabbed some Gel Plate prints, cutting out circles, adhering, and adding scribble writing with my glass dip pen and india ink. I painted red hearts, outlined with black pen, and finished with splatters of ink.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Sunday, 28 July 2019

We're All Splashing The Paint Around

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I haven't been crafting much lately, and there's a good reason. A new little guinea pig came into animal rescue a week or so ago, 3 months old Elliott.

I decided to bring Elliott home, and try to bond him with my Angus, to give him a bit of company. When I saw them sharing the wooden bridge shelter in the garden run, my heart just melted! I'm so happy :-)

I did manage to create a page last week for Try It On Tuesday's Splatters & Splodges challenge, and I'm also linking up to Chris' We're All/Going theme at Art Journal Journey. I used some prompt cards.

Wishing you all a great week ahead.

Alison xox

Friday, 19 July 2019

AJJ - We're All...Loving Teabag Texture

Happy Friday Everyone!

Thank you all for your kind thoughts in comments on my last post. Stupid consultant's right hand doesn't know what his left hand is doing, and basically he didn't look at my records before writing! Grrrrrrr!

Anyway, I'm feeling better today, and I created another page for Chris' 'We're All/Going' theme at Art Journal Journey. It's titled 'We're all loving teabag texture', and of course there's lots of lovely used teabag papers involved.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative weekend,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Garden Party Challenge No. 2

Hi Everyone

Garden Party Challenge no. 2 is now up on Instagram, and here are the prompts...

And here's what I came up with...

I made two cards, here's the other one...

I used collaged papers for the background and flowers, and cut butterflies from a patterned paper sheet.

Hope you're having a better day than I am...I had a rather disappointing and frustrating letter from my consultant.

Alison xox

Saturday, 13 July 2019

AJJ - We're All Going Primary!

Happy weekend Everyone!

As promised yesterday, here's the page I made for Kim Dellow's Colour Challenge, to use primary colours.

There's a book page base with white gesso, then I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to create an abstract design. I'm linking up to Chris' We're All/Going theme at Art Journal Journey too.

Have a creative day,

Alison xox

Friday, 12 July 2019

AJJ - We're All Going...For A Ride

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here's another page for Chris' We're All/Going theme at Art Journal Journey, with some more of my Hubby's train tickets.

My arty friend Kim Dellow, who regularly inspires us with her fabulous YouTube videos, has challenged us to use primary colours HERE. I used them in the background for the above page, but I also made another page with them playing a starring role, and I'll share that with you tomorrow.

Alison xox

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Instagram Garden Party Challenge No. 1

Hi Everyone! 

I found a new challenge on Instagram, called The Garden Party Challenge, and run by Isa and Sylvie. It's a fortnightly challenge with 5 prompts to use.

For Challenge 1, the list was, a square card, insects, pink colour, script, and stitching.

I made this card for my best friend Karen's birthday, which just happens to be today.

Happy birthday dear Karen! We celebrated with a visit to National Trust property Ightham Mote in Kent. Karen took a few photos, but she hasn't shared them with me yet. I used a stamp set by Innovative Stamp Creations, and one of my previously created gel prints.

Happy Wednesday,

Alison xox

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

AJJ - We're All...Day Trippers

Hi Everyone! I made another art journal page for Chris' We're All/Going theme at Art Journal Journey.

Hubby and I went to see the film 'Yesterday', yesterday, in fact. We loved it, well who doesn't love The Beatles' music?! Anyway, today Hubby took the train up to York, where he works away a few days every week, and before he went, he popped a load of his used train tickets on my craft desk. One just had to feature on my journal page today, and I decided to use the lyrics from The Beatles' Day Tripper.

Just remembered the Beatles song I was trying to think of! Lol! Another ticket page coming soon. I bet you can guess which song!

Hope you've had a creative day too,

Alison xox

Sunday, 7 July 2019

AJJ - We're All...Trying To Be Creative Every Day

Hello dear friends!

I think we'd all love to be creative every day, if only there were enough time.

After reading Elizabeth's comment on my post yesterday, I decided to use half the amount of random prompts to create another page for Chris' 'We're All/Going' theme at Art Journal Journey. Yesterday I used 12 prompts, so today I used 6. Maybe I'll try 3 tomorrow :-)

1. Add some paint dots. (Turquoise Fresco acrylic)
2. Make marks with the end of a paintbrush. (Black dots & large crosses)
3. Scribble some circles. (I used Dina Wakley pink Scribble Stick)
4. Make marks around border with a pen or pencil. (Black Posca Paint Pen crosses)
5. Draw a flower with non-dominant hand. (Black Posca Paint Pen)
6. Paint some marks with bright colours. (Orange DecoArt acrylic & Cerise Fresco acrylic)

Wishing you all a creative and happy Sunday.

Alison xox

Saturday, 6 July 2019

AJJ - We're All... Being Random

Hi Everyone. Not much has happened in the craft room this week. I did paint a little dinosaur card for my friend's grandson who is 5 years old today. 

On a gel plate print, I sketched the dinosaur from a picture, then painted it black and added white and orange details. Then I added a hand-written message with my Posca paint pens. Hopefully he'll like it, he's dinosaur mad, and knows all their names!

Today, I decided it's been too long since I art journalled, so I got out my pack of art prompt cards, and here's what happened...

These are the prompts I used...

1. Cut a picture or face from a magazine and adhere.
2. Add white circles or marks.
3. Trace your hand.
4. Draw a quick self-portrait.
5. Use a stencil.
6. Scribble randomly on page.
7. Apply paint with a lid.
8. Use watercolour paint.
9. Add some doodling.
10. Use metallic paint to make marks.
11. Add paint fingerprints. 
12. Do some scribble journalling.

Alison xox

Monday, 1 July 2019

We're All...Art Journalling

Happy July Everyone!

I've got my July art journal calendar spread to share with you tonight, but first here's my June one, with its mountains all filled in...

and now here's my July spread...

A background of teabag texture, hand-cut journalling circles, and some stencilled folk saying 'We're all art journalling', for Chris' 'We're All/Going' theme at Art Journal Journey. I actually stencilled around some Tim Holtz paper doll people.

Hope you all have a great week,

Alison xox

Friday, 28 June 2019


Hello everyone. Here's another page for Halle's 'Words to live by' theme at Art Journal Journey.

It started with some teabag texture, then Grunge Paste through a PaperArtsy stencil. I scraped on some Seaglass Fresco Finish Acrylic, drew circles with black Bombay India Ink, holding up the page to get drips. I added a butterfly lady, some writing, hearts and splatters.

Happy Friday to you all,

Alison xox

Thursday, 27 June 2019

I Am The Fire

Hi Everyone. For some reason I had the lyrics 'I am fire' in my head when I started this latest art journal page. When I searched the internet, I discovered Halestorm's 'I am the Fire'. Now I'm listening to a playlist! :-)

This lady on collage on hessian is for Halle's 'Words to Live by' theme at Art Journal Journey.

Have a happy day,

Alison xx

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Not A Material Girl!

Morning All!

I had a rainbow of leftover paint brayered on a page in my Dina Wakley art journal, and Southern Gals Designs Tiffany inspired me to create a sketchy face with a Stabilo all surface pencil. I also wanted to join in with Halle's 'Words to Live By' theme at Art journal Journey, so I found a great quote I had saved in my 'Words' folder on Pinterest. Then I realised it might work for the 'Material Girl' theme at Try It On Tuesday, although not a material girl!

The quote reads 'Some women want diamonds... Other just want a hammock, a campfire, and some peace and quiet.' As I'm a crochet addict, I added 'and a hook and some yarn!'

Hoping the sun will be shining soon, as I'm off to hang some washing out.

Have a happy and creative day,

Alison xox

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Art Journal Journey - Words To Live By

Hi Everyone!

I just got back from having a filling at the dentist, mouth a bit numb still, so I dived straight into my art journal and created another page for Halle's Words to Live by theme at Art Journal Journey.

A page that already had some leftover paint on, some torn gelli-printed book page, and I found this great quote on Pinterest, 'You are confined only by the walls you build yourself', that I hand-wrote on some teabags.

Wishing you all a creative day,

Alison xox

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Art Journal Calendar June 2019

Hi Everyone!

We just returned from a fabulous fortnight's holiday in Chamonix, France. We stayed in a lovely chalet style hotel, with an amazing view of Mont Blanc from our room, although it's a little hard to see in this photo sadly. You can clearly see Le Glacier de Bossons though (above the hotel in the middle of the photo). We walked up to see it one day.

We enjoyed lots of hikes up in the mountains. Here's a sneaky photo that hubby took of me on Le Petit Balcon Sud.

And a photo of hubby overlooking La Mer De Glace. The glacier is receding fast recently.

And here's an obligatory selfie somewhere in the mountains.

My June art journal spread was inspired by our adventures in the mountains, and I found some great quotes on Pinterest to add, making my page qualify for Halle's 'Words To Live By' theme at Art Journal Journey.

I used some torn gelli-printed pieces of book page to collage the mountains, trying to show the amazing range of colours that can be seen. The quotes read... 'Life will test you, but remember this, when you walk up a mountain your legs get stronger.' and 'The mountains are calling and I must go.'

Thankfully, I made notes whilst we were away, on our daily activities, so now I can start filling in those mountains :-)

Wishing you all a very happy weekend,

Alison xox