Wednesday 30 June 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 26 - Halfway Mash Up

 Hi Everyone.

We're halfway through the year, unbelievable though it seems, and this week Michelle/Raspberry Blue Sky has asked us to pick 2 or more of our favourite prompts to date, and create a mash up page. I chose week 19's Favourite colour, week 20's wild and free, and week 21's Face.

My lady is wild and free with butterflies in her hair, so I'm linking one last time to Mia's Butterflies theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Daisy Yellow's Index Card A Day - Week 4

 Hello All.

Here are my ICADS for week 4 of Daisy Yellow's challenge.

22/61 - Swift

23/61 - Canada Goose

24/61 - Grey Wagtail

25/61 - House Sparrow

26/61 - Golden Oriole

27/61 - Crested Lark

28/61 - Great Crested Grebe

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Thursday 24 June 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 25 - Summer

 Hello everyone.

This week Raspberry Blue Sky has chosen Summer as her art journal theme. Here is my page. I'm linking up to Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey and Try It On Tuesday's Here Comes Summer theme.

I used some teabags for my background, swiped some turquoise acrylic paint over it, then added some pen scribbles using my left hand.

The art doll was created using a tutorial by Megan Whisner Quinlan, from a free collage fodder course by Willa Wanders Workshops. I cut out some butterflies and flowers from the same piece of collage.

Here are the 3 art dolls I created for the course, using stamps by Dina Wakley, pieces of collage, some of my handmade washi tapes, paint pens, and some decorative trim and gems.

Hope you having a happy and healthy week.
Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Daisy Yellow's Index Card A Day - Week 3

Hello All.

Thanks again for the helpful advice and good wishes for my tooth and elbow. My mouth is a bit less sore thankfully, so hoping it's settling down. I'm resting my arm as much as I can, not easy. Thankfully Hubby's on hand to help.

Here are my ICADs for week 3 of Daisy Yellow's challenge.

15/61 - Long-tailed Tit

16/61 - Pied Wagtail

17/61 - Mallard

18/61 - Greenfinch

19/61 - Blue-headed Wagtail

20/61 - Chaffinch

21/61 - Grey Heron

Some of these birds we see quite regularly, the chaffinch visits our garden most of the year, and the heron, mallard and pied wagtail we see on our walks upon the golf course. Sadly the greenfinch has declined in numbers here in the UK, I haven't seen one for many years. The long-tailed tits visit very occasionally, it's always a thrill to spot those. And I don't think I've ever seen a blue-headed wagtail.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you're enjoying my series of bird-themed collages.

Alison xox


Saturday 19 June 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 24 - Postcard

 Hello All.

Thanks for your lovely comments on yesterday's post. I've a bit of a toothache today, I don't know whether that's normal after root canal. To be honest, the dentist was wearing full PPE, he looked like an astronaut, and I could barely understand what he said to me. I'll call them Monday if it persists though.

Elizabeth, I'm wearing a wrist support, and using my left hand to type as much as I can. I read that tennis elbow can take from 6 months to a year to heal. Very depressing!

I'm still managing a bit of art every day though, and today I have this week's page for Raspberry Blue Sky's 52WeeksArtJournal to share with you. The theme is Postcard.

I made a background with lots of round used teabags, then swiped a black ink pad over it and around the edges.

I used some gel prints to collage a 6x4" index card, then stamped some images by Sara Naumann for PaperArtsy. I added some gel print circles, stamped with Crafty Individuals butterflies. I think it looks like my postcard is being held in place by butterfly magnets.

I'm linking my page to Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox

Friday 18 June 2021

Art Reboot - Part Two

Hi Everyone! 

Thank goodness it's Friday! I've had quite the week. 

A doctor's appointment on Tuesday, to get my elbow and a small mole on my neck checked out. Photos of the mole are being sent to dermatology to be checked out (faster than trying to get an appointment!), and it turns out I have tennis elbow, or crochet elbow in my case I think. No crochet for me for the foreseeable future 😔

I had my eye check up on Wednesday, three new pairs of glasses. Not too expensive, but bad enough.

Then yesterday, I went to get a toothache checked out by the dentist, and ended up with having a root canal. So I'm on the paracetamol now, and hoping it'll settle down soon.

Anyway, I'm sure you're wondering where my Art Reboot pages are, so here we go.

Day 4 - Add some simple geometric shapes to the page.

I added some stamped and cut out butterflies for Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey. I couldn't resist a few paint splatters too.

Day 5 - For the final day, we were told to go for a walk and collect some things from nature to put on a page. I picked a few wild flowers on our early morning walk on the golf course, and created a petal mandala on a painted background. I added some teabag papers around the edges, and finished with some journaling.

Thanks for bearing with me as I poured out my troubles! Hope you have a good weekend.

Alison xox

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Daisy Yellow's Index Card A Day - Week Two

 Hello All.

 I have another week of ICADs to share with you today.

8/61 - Moorhen

9/61 - Greylag Goose

10/61 - Mistle Thrush

11/61 - Blackbird

12/61 - Kestrel

13/61 - Great Tit

14/61 - Wren

I hope you're enjoying this series as much as I'm enjoying creating them. Two of my favourites in there this week, the blackbird for its beautiful song, and the wren is just so cute.

Hope you're all having a good week,

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Sunday 13 June 2021

Art Reboot

 Hello All!

I found another freebie art course on Instagram! This is a short one from Kasia Avery of Everything Art, with 5 days of prompts plus a short video to inspire.

Day one was to list 6-8 things we were grateful for that day.

Day two was about finding time to play and embracing the ugly. We were asked to paint and make marks with an old toothbrush.

And today, Day three, we were asked what flower would we be and why. I chose a simple no frills daisy. I love the simple things in life.

I added a few butterflies for Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for dropping by,

Alison xox


Saturday 12 June 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 23

Hi everyone! 

Raspberry Blue Sky's prompt for week 23's art journal page is 'Handwriting'. If you know me, you'll know that I love writing/scribbling on my pages 😄

I decided to take my recent abstract art into my art journal, and created this page.

I'm linking my page to Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey.

Hope you're all having a grand weekend,

Alison xox

Friday 11 June 2021

Find Your Joy Taster Course

Hello All.

Last week I spotted a free taster course by British abstract artist Louise Fletcher . The aim is to find your own art style, the things that you love to do the most in your art. Louise had some exercises to help us to do that.

Here's my art from the first exercise.

I didn't have a large sheet of paper that we needed, so I used cardboard from the side of a large box. The colours I chose were aquamarine, naphthol AS hue, and yellow iron oxide. I loved this exercise, and the results it produced.

The tape I peeled off the painting is very pretty too.

I added some butterfly ladies for Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey.

The next two paintings are from the second exercise.

And here are my paintings from the final exercise.

I loved this last exercise, and the whole course has shown me how much I love creating abstract mixed media art. I adore the colours I chose to use too.

Thanks for dropping by today,

Alison xox

Tuesday 8 June 2021

TIOT - For The Man In Your Life

 Hi Everyone!

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer at Try It On Tuesday today! Their new theme for the next two weeks is 'For The Man In Your Life'.

I made a card for the challenge, using Crafty Individuals stamps and Ranger Distress Oxide inks.

Be sure to go and check out the amazing inspiration from the TIOT Gang HERE! I hope you'll be inspired to join in with the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Monday 7 June 2021

Daisy Yellow's Index Card a Day 2021 - Week 1

 Hi Everyone!

It's DYICAD time of year, which means I'm making index card art again! This challenge runs through June and July, so it's 61 days in total. I decided to go with collage and birds.

Here are my week one ICADs...

Green Woodpecker



Blue Tit


Ringneck Pheasant

Collared Dove

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox

Thursday 3 June 2021

52 Weeks Art Journal - Week 22

 Hello All.

This week's theme for Raspberry Blue Sky's art journaling challenge is Art Inspiration, a recipe for your soul. Things that you like to use in your art, that make your heart sing. I like to use collage, teabags and things that are nature-inspired.

I used some of my handmade washi tape, a piece of a recent gelprint, and the butterfly paper stencil I cut out and used for my June calendar.

I'm linking my page to Mia's Butterfly theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thank you all for your kind words about my sweet guinea pig Angus. His little companion Elliott is giving me lots of comfort, and I'm making sure to give him lots of cuddles and attention as I don't want him feeling too lonely.

Big hugs,

Alison xox