Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Another 2 Handmade Art Journals…

This one is for my eldest Grandson….. he loves drawing, so I hope he likes it…..

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My aim is to use what I have in my stash, cardboard, watercolour paper, black rope…. I had some paper towel (I used to clean up acrylic paint), mod podged on the cardboard covers,  I used a few stamps and bubble wrap to add colour and texture. I then printed a font for Damon’s name and pasted to cardboard, and painted it black.

I did another one for myself, just using bits and pieces….. I really enjoy making these journals….

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This time I added some ‘Bling’… my initials.

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I have ‘Blank Page’ Syndrome ATM…. not sure what I will create in this journal….. I am doing a Self Paced Workshop from Willowing, and have done my first class sketch….. eeeek, I can see heaps of mistakes….. but it’s all a learning curve, and all I have to do is Practice, Practice, Practice!!! hahahaha….

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Well, it’s off to the drawing board….

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

It’s sooooo damned COLD!!!!!

I’m not a big fan of Winter to say the least!!! I’ve been feeling a tad off-colour lately, tired ALL the time, I REALLY think it’s because I’m not getting enough Vitamin D (sunlight)…. I work in a Hospital, I sleep, and spend my time in my Studio everyday…… I haven’t even been to the gym over the last 3 or so weeks……..
Bring on Summer..PLEASE!!!…..
The ONLY good thing about Winter is It’s good to stay indoors and CREATE!!!!
I have found another NEW love….. BOOK BINDING!!! I have made 3 “Art Journals”, one each for my Grandkiddies (to practice), and they love LUUUURVE them! A great school holiday activity for them….
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Silly me, didn’t take a photo of them completely finished with stamping and their names on them… (I’m having a sleep-over tomorrow night, so I’ll take some pics of their ART)
I have also made myself another ART JOURNAL, and ….. I LOVE IT!!!…… Thick and chunky, like a REAL BOOK!!
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Talk about ‘RECYCLING’ lol…. I have used white cardboard  from work (perfect weight for paint) for the pages, leather strapping I had kept for years (I knew I would use it one day..lol) The ‘perfect’ thread is out of date ‘suture’ thread that was going to be thrown out (I got a box full from work). The covers from an old Reader’s Digest.
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I’m not sure what I will create in this book, but I am sooo proud of it!!! I have already had a request to make another one…. hehehe which I don’t mind….
I have also been ‘playing around’ with other stuff which I will show you soon… really different to what I am doing ATM… you’ll just have to wait and see won’t you?
Oh and I have done another art girl, just for fun (and I am REALLY hanging out to do some more)
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I am patiently waiting for some goodies to arrive from England from Tamara Laporte Willowing, from 21 Secrets Workshop and from America from Mixed Media – Interweave… CAN’T WAIT!!!!……
and another WORKSHOP coming up with Christy Tomlinson “CREATIVE COLOUR: ART REDEFINED” a mini workshop a week long, with a project for each day…. looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone and actually being more colour conscience when I am creating a page….
Ok, enough for now….. I am FINALLY getting warm with the heater cranked up, but sadly I must go back to work again this afternoon….. but on the upside after tomorrow, I have 2 days off…. tomorrow night I am having a sleepover  with my grandies, then taking another granson bowling on Saturday afternoon….. and HOPEFULLY some ‘ART’ sometime Saturday night Sunday…. WOOHOO (I am soooo over working 6 days a week, I have forgotten what it’s like to have a REAL week end)…..
Thanks for visiting… please leave a comment, and will come visit you to see what you have been up to…. xxxxx

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I wanted to share this with you…..

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I had a messy desk……

so I decided to use as much as I could to complete the outside cover of one of my journals……. first I glued a piece of calico to cover the back and front of the journal, and glued the first and last pages on top of the raw edges inside to neaten…

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I used a canvas sheet (to glue on the front) and scraped some colours on the canvas with an old credit card and used paper towelling to blot dry. I Mod Podged a  piece of table napkin with a  nice picture onto the canvas, then sewed some strips of towelling paper and sewed zig zag and straight stitching around the edge of the canvas.

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I glued a heart from patterned paper I had previously stitched with black embroidery thread (inspired by Christy Thomlinson Workshop) and ran the glue gun around the edge of the heart.

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and glued some pictures I had printed I liked from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, music paper scraps and some stamping.

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When I finished the canvas, I glued it to the front cover of my journal….. Love the end result!

Guess what?……. my desk is STILL MESSY!!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WT?…….hahaha have to laugh at myself…

I MUST have been tired when I posted my last blog….. I was referring to GREAT ARTISTS and named one as Raold Dahl…hahaha.. I meant SALVADOR DAHLI…oops my bad…. anyway I thought I would just share what I have been up to the last week.

Last weekend the 26th, 27th June my Mum, sister and niece came to visit us…. it has been a loooooong time since the last time we ALL got together and it was great. We did the touristy thing and went to see the famous Blue Lake, the Valley Lakes and Umpherston Cave.

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Gayle and Tayla in front of the Blue Lake

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Gayle, Mum and me in front of the Blue Lake

We had a family get together on Saturday night, with lots of food and drinks…. except one thing spoiled it……. our power would go off!!! Poor kids would be watching a movie and then “blip” everything except the lights went out….. it was frustrating when we were on Skype to Sri Lanka and the power would cut out GRRRRRR…… not sure, but I think it was our dishwasher causing the problem (I haven’t used it since, and we’ve had no problems????? go figure), everyone left by 9.30pm…. Sad smile (good one to remember when you want to get rid of someone hahaha)….

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Family get together Saturday night.

Sunday we went to my daughters’ after lunch and spent the whole day and evening there. So much fun, very happy and lots of music and dancing around with the kids….loved every minute of it!!!!

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Me and my Mum (Sad smile bit blurry this photo)

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Harmony and Tayla dancing

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Tayla and me

and I couldn’t resist this one of Ryarne…. cutie patootie!!! eating one of Kelly’s yummy cupcakes LOL….

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Of course all good things must come to an end, and on Monday Mum, Gayle and Tayla went back home to Adelaide and Gawler.

I also had my birthday during the week, pretty much another day, but I did get pressies, hugs and Birthday wishes.

Work has been pretty full on, so I haven’t been able to get messy with my ART JOURNALING, apart from a bit of doodling and gesso some more pages. I have been watching some videos of some free workshops at Strathmore Visual Journal Online Workshops. These would be great for beginners in Art Journaling.

I have a bit of time up my sleeve before I head off to bed, so I’m going to have a play around with one of my journals…. hehehe I don’t feel my day is complete without doing SOMETHING in one of my journals!

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