Swish swish!

The sun is shining and it is a very welcome 18C here today!

I finally got round to finishing off my first little collaged mermaid … here she is in all her blue glory!  What you can’t see is that she has a final coating of shimmery blue watercolour over her scales, and her crown is made from sparkly stickles … I think she’s cute :0

I’m also doing another course that the moment. The wonderfully inspirational Jeanne Oliver is running an amazing 4 week course called The Journey of Letting Go.  The first week has been very special!  Uplifting discussion videos from Jeanne along with loads of arty gorgeous goodness!  Amongst other things, I made a coptic bound journal from watercolour paper and canvas for the cover.  This was a tricky little bugger, taking three attempts to actually get it right (*note to self* don’t attempt coptic binding at midnight!), and clearly my technique needs some work, but I love it! I went large for this one, the journal is A4 sized.

Happy Sunday! Hope the sun is shining where you are 🙂

Mermaid Circus part 1

I think this is going to be fun! When I saw the first video, my heart kind of sank a little.  I’m not a huge fan of shaped journals or books, and the first project is a book in the shape of mermaids.  I nearly ignored the first lesson but I decided in the end to go with it.  I made my book smaller than suggested, and it really is quite cute and dinky!  We’ll see how it progresses …

Quietly working away …

A couple of weeks ago I signed up to Christy Sobolewski’s eclectic altered journal class! She’s teaching us how to turn junk mail into gorgeous journals! Well, her’s are gorgeous … I’ve made one and it is kind of an homage to wonkiness (embrace it, people!! ;)).

Here’s some pics of what I’ve done so far …

Now I need to decide whether to make it a themed journal or just a go-with-the-flow journal … At first I wanted it to be themed, but now I’m thinking it’s too thick and I won’t ever complete a whole journal this size on one theme, so it will probably be the latter. I have some thinner/smaller ones lined up to prep, so maybe one of those will be themed …

Fun fun fun!

So today hubby and boy were at a football tournament and daughter was amusing herself watching pre-olympics programmes on TV, so I had a play in my art journal(s)!

 I went back to Scrapping the Music and had a look through their prompts and was hugely inspired, as always!

I made this page for their Golden Years prompt … the song comes from the movie A Knight’s Tale, one of my all time favourite movies ever in the entire universe, and the clip that this song relates to is the absolute best bit of the entire movie. So funny 🙂 Check out this clip if you haven’t seen the movie!


And here’s my page inspired by the song – it has nothing to do with the movie at all 🙂  Excuse the photo! I left it too late and now it’s dark 🙁

Here’s a closer look at the little cutie!

Another of the prompts over there was Just Breathe by Pearl Jam. Now if you know me, you will know that I have a slight obsession with Eddie Vedder, so I just had to do this page right away! Again, the actual page has nothing to do with the delicious Eddie …

AND I made a video of the process! You can see it here:


Mega catch up!

I’ve been working hard to catch up on my Art Journal Caravan … I’d kind of stuck way back at week 6 or 7 … but I’m now up to date to week 19! Hurrah! I won’t bore you all by posting all the pages at once, but here’s the first few:

Week 7, with a face!

Week 8, with some inked up paper towel:

Week 9, with a napkin:

Week 10, a quick magazine image collage:

Week 11, a little bit of journalling added to the face I showed you in the last post:

Arty journalling!

So I’ve been getting my fingers inky and painty again … a few pages to show you … my latest fad is faces (again) … still getting the hang of them, as you can see!

This one might need some plastic surgery on her nose and mouth …

This one isn’t quite finished … she needs some journalling … and maybe some corrective eye surgery!

I’m finding it really tricky to get the faces all looking different, but I guess that will come with practice!