Friday, 9 October 2015

Paris, city of dreams for AJJ

This journal spread has been made for  the latest theme over at
Art Journal Journey  ----Architecture

The pages were coloured with  some paler distress stains. 
Next was to stick down a couple of pre printed images with Paris scenes just visible in the background.
Some stencils to add texture [Sheena and Tim Holtz]. I used a little silver gilding wax when dry 
to highlight these, it proved realy difficult to get a good photo. 
The stamps used for the windmill etc, were also Tim Holtz.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Autumn Ball

Welcome to the Autumn Ball in Spooky Hollow
Everyone is partying and getting ready for Halloween.
Claude has been reunited with Isobelle, Oh boy! can these two dance.
Poor old Henry has had one too many and is settling down in the corner,
the legs have gone but he can still do the hand jive.

The page you see above has been digitally altered in MCS using stored freebie images.
 The Border is from  a Mischief Circus set .

This is how the page began in my journal..
Lots of distress inks and paints for the background, until I was happy with the shades. 
The skeletons dancing is a stencil  [Artistcellar],
a selection of other stencils and stamps from Chocolate Baroque and other makers.

There is still another week to join in the fun at
 where the theme is  Autumn.

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Maggie's home town

Maggie's is the Queen in her own Magical world.
Well that's what she thinks when she  goes out walking with Oscar, her cat.

A journal spread with a few digital additions.

On the left is how the page looked before I added  the extras after taking this   'before',  photo.
The background was coloured using Brusho powders.  Some assorted  stencils added using distress inks.
The house images are Paper Artsy and Queen Maggie is a Stampotique image.

This is my  first take on the new theme  for October at.....
  Art Journal Journey
'Architecture '.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Stamps and Stencils Challenge and a BLOG HOP

What ever it is make it 3 D.

This is our new challenge theme over at Stamps and Stencils
 hosted by  Sue
Please pop over to see what we made and get all the details.
The Blog Hop
start is over at  Stamps and Stencils.

I love to alter boxes when I have a special gift for someone.
This one is approx 6  x  2.5 inches and 2 inches deep.

After giving the box a coat of white acrylic, I used a stencil [Tim Holtz]
to add texture to the top and sides.

While waiting for this to dry I stamped and fussy cut some flowers and leaves.  [Sheena stamps , Wild Rose set]]

Now for a bit of colour and an opportunity to get messy.  At this stage on embossed surfaces, I usually  add directly from the bottle and rub in with  paper towels,. I hear you gasp at the waste of paint, but this goes onto a journal page as a mop up.
The colours I used were  sage and Vintage Lace.

I used some Pebeo Empire Gold gilding wax  on the lid.

The flowers were coloured with Aqua Tint pens.
A little shaping and a light touch of the gold wax and it was ready to assemble.

.Adding gold highlights and making a 3 D  project is not an easy item to get a good photo  of,  but I hope you get the process. 
Altering can be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be, I  hope you will give it a try and join us at Stamps and Stencils. 
We are also having a
If you have arrived here from our Main Challenge Blog you are in the right place.
This is the secret word letter
 you are looking for here,  'A'.
Now you will need to visit
to collect your next letter.

I would also like to join these challenges with this altered box......
Rhedds Creative Spirit ----October challenge
Altered Eclectics...........October challenge
Country View Challenges.........Add some texture

Thank you for calling to see me today,  Have fun blog hopping.
I always appreciate the comments you leave for me.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Watching and waiting

My last journal page for the September theme of ........
Through my Window  at  Art Journal Journey.

On the left is the original page, made with a variety of stencils and distress inks. I think the background was mopped up Dylusions spray inks.
The stamps are Graphics 45, Stampers Anonymous, Chocolate Baroque and Stampotique.
The photo above has a few added digital elements, the face in the window is from mischief circus.

The Halloween season is rapidly approaching, my son's used to have lanterns made out of turnips back in the day. They grew up and many years passed. Now here I am in blogland   anticipating its coming and creating a few pieces to hang in my porch and create in my journal.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Colours of Autumn for TioT's

We are now into our Autumn season in the UK.
The new challenge  over at Try it on Tuesdays is....
Autumn, - colours, -leaves etc.
Please pop over for all the details
 and see how the team interpreted this theme.

The hay will have been collected many weeks ago, 
but I  am using  these stamped images  [ by Sheena]  for me they  depict end of summer
 and bring us into autumn.

I used water colours for most of the colouring.  Fussy cut the oak leaves and acorns.
The trusty Vintage Photo Distress ink used for a bit of aging and on the stencil I used in the foreground, which is nearly all covered with the ribbon.

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

What do you see?

A couple of weeks ago on my Birthday I was given two 'grown ups' colouring books.
These books seem to be quite popular in the UK as they are on sale in a number of supermarkets. 
The above page is the result of a little digital altering using  overlays from Mischief Circus.
That quote is one of Edgar Allen Poe's.
I know I will be tempted to purchase more of these  digi's  in the future.

This is the page I coloured in yesterday, lots of interesting things nestling in the wolf's fur.
I was limited with colours, as I only brought a basic set of colour pencils with me in the caravan.

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