Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Valentines week

Art journal journey 

Image: hearts. word: love. Prompt: war and peace, write about a conflict or argument you had with someone and how you solved it. Technique: read a book and circle some words on a page, use those words to craft a poem. Quote: Real love is when a relationship never ends through positive and negative times.

Art prompts galore 

FEB. 12-18: HEARTS AND FLOWERS//SCAVENGER: Orange, Pink, Tape (any type except washi), Cut out heart shapes, but not of hearts,Something from your stash,

A quote, Image from a magazine, Something that starts with the first letter of your name, Black ink, Paint sprayed or splattered

Every inchie Monday 

Cuba ........& its Havana cigars supposedly hand rolled on a fair maidens thigh, its old American cars from the fifties, the Cuban missile crisis, Fidel Castro & his endless rants...Cuba Libre cocktails and the country I am currently playing a game in (Gummy Drop if you want to know). I've never been although I have Swedish friends that have so my share for this week is Fidel, flag & map.

Colour me positive 

Here is our prompt 

I managed to get this done despite having my stepson & granddaughter here for the weekend!

I knew I had an image to use so a prepared background definitely paid off!

And as Bill, stepson Simon & granddaughter Mandy took themselves off for a walk I was able to sneak a little experiment in for life documented where the prompt is 
Week 7 Theme:  Hearts and Flowers - exploring paints and mediums. Prompt:  Watercolor. Technique: Painting loose flowers   Quote: Hearts are wild creatures, that's why our ribs are cages-Elalusz

which resulted in this spread....

My visitors have now left, so let's hope it's not another 32 months before we see them again!
The dog goes back for more biopsy samples on Wednesday....fingers crossed we will find out just what treatment is available, if any, for his cancer. The latest test will be sent to a lab in Cambridge- 1 of only 2 in the country that can do this particular test!

My fingers are crossed.....

Monday, 5 February 2018


And Art journal journey 

Image: Moon, sun, stars. Word glow. Prompt: imagine you are someone's shadow for a day, write about your experience. Technique:scratch into wet paint. Quote: exist by the Sun and love by the moon for you must live in the night to embrace the shadows perfectly casts. Becca Lee

Art prompts galore 

FEB. 5-11 is: Red and Pink //SCAVENGER: Cream, Deep brown, Book page, Stamping with paint, Something received in the mail, Words cut from a magazine or similar, 2 pieces of scrap paper from your scrap bin, A tag of some sort, A ticket or ticket stub, 

An image of your choice

Paint & a mask for the background, a ticket, atag & a scrap on the left. A tag received in the mail + book page scraps, a scrap & an image on the right.

Life documented 

Theme: Hearts and flowers – exploring paints and mediums

Technique: use gel printed papers, stencils, and stamps to create a multi layered background

Prompt: Exploring texture and marks

Quote: Put your heart mind and soul into even your smallest acts.  Swami Sivananda

The bottom border was a free download from Dover Publications, the partial flowers are colouring book scraps. Both were added to a ready prepped background so all I needed to do was add the stamped quote & add some colour to it!

Colour me positive 
Blue frame. Bird on a flower. Quote: Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it. Andy Warhol

I found this gnome in amongst some magazines that I was clearing out late last year....I think this was meant to be his forever home lol.

Every inchie Monday 

And this week sees us visit Romania ..... land of Count Dracula & Vlad the impaler!

Not a country that I have visited although I have been nearby a long time ago.

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Blogger is really annoying me!

I kept getting an error 403 message on the app, would not upload pictures, amendments....

So here is colour me positive 

Yellow frame. Red VW beetle. Quote: If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee

And across at every inchie Monday we are dealing with Zimbabwe which was also Southern Rhodesia in the last century is a country that has figured in many books that I have read but I've never been or known anyone that has visited the country. Thanks to recent political events the people  may be able to look forward to experiencing life in a less corrupt country now that Mugabe is out.

Again I've gone with flag & map.

And.....still no app so on the main site....and guess what - I can't remember how to load pictures!

Well, actually, having been to the pub for a couple of drinks with friends...I decided to switch my iPad off & restart....the app is playing ball again!



Art journal journey 

Image: spices or salt and pepper. Word: Season. Prompt: write about the most inspiring person you know and why. technique: use only black and white or use spices to add colour to the page. Quote: it's a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love. Molière.

Chillis from a chilli festival in Devon + quote stamped in colours related to the ripeness of the chillies 


Art prompts galore 
JAN 29-FEB 4: MUSIC//Scavenger: dark pink (Maroon), pale yellow, , washi tape, circles, critter, paint through a stencil, stars, stripes, ticket or ticket stub, something from the kitchen.

Maroon ink through star sequin waste, die cut stars (the plain are textured & the print ones have circles), stripes of star paper, "stitched" stars in marron felt pen......keeping it simple this week!

Life documented 

Week 5 with Julie Leggett
Theme for February:  Hearts and flowers - exploring paints and mediums
Technique: Using soft gel medium, acrylics, charcoal, stencils and layering.
Prompt:  To create depth and texture. 
Quote:  'Get over your hill and see what you find there - with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair' Anonymous
Colour me positive 

Monday, 22 January 2018

Tough week

II start the week with a funeral for a crafting friend....only 72 & about to become a grandmother!

I get news from my stepson that he & his daughter may well be coming to visit next month which would be nice as we have not seen them since June 2015!

On the art front I got a spread done for art journal journey: its week 4 already!

Image: ice or snow word ghost. prompt: describe your favourite thing about winter. technique: use something sparkly on your page. Quote: dream big, sparkle more, shine bright.

I really can't face more snow or ice, Im dreaming about summer warmth! So as a result I went with some sparkling critters that have been trying to escape from the stash bag for quite some time lol.

The quote is stamped with silver pigment ink and the I've used silver embossing powder to give some shine.

Art prompts galore 



This one was done on Wednesday in an attempt to distract myself from the fact that my dog was spending the day at the vet referral centre for more biopsy samples to be taken & also undergo CT scans of the chest & abdomen , poor dog ended up having to stay the night.
Now we wait 7-10 days for the results!

Friday saw us bid a final farewell to another friend and his son gave the most amazing eulogy that was applauded through the church....the minister asked if he would like a new career in the church as he had been so well received! Hopefully that will be the last one we have to attend in a good while.

Then it was time to move onto another spread and this one is forColour me positive 

Week 4: orangey yellow border, image: silhouette of a man and a guitar. Quote: life loves to be taken by the lapel and told,  I'm with you kid, let's go. Maya Angelou.

I had a prepped background so I just stamped the quote and added some subtle shading with a Derwent pastel pencil ( I got some a number of years ago from their factory outlet in the Lake District)

Art journal journey has not been posted yet....

Life documented 

Theme:  New beginnings - vintage paper/drawings. Prompt: To bring in elements that jump into your mind when you are creating. Technique: Transfers with goof off/turpentine/nail polish remover and laser ink printed images. Quote: “I put on the canvas whatever comes into my mind.” Frida Kahlo

An opportune post-it image of Frida Kahlo & a ready made background... I just added the quote!

Every inchie Monday and this week our country is Vietnam and my immediate thought is of the war that raged for years, friends of my father flew helicopters for the US airforce at the time and we never knew if they would return or not, which prompts the memories of Jane Fonda protesting! Ho chi min, "good morning Vietnam" and its star Robin Williams who used to come up to Scotland every August to visit his friend Billy Connolly so that he could run in the hill race at the Lonach Gathering. A part of the world that I have never been to, Asia has never really attracted me. I had no postage stamps small enough for this country so I raided my encyclopaedia and here is the map & the flag instead!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Art prompts galore 

JAN 15-21:Pockets, tags and texture//Scavenger List: Pink, Orange, stripes, circles,

a piece of a book page, image of a person, stamping with random household object,

use a Sharpie or similar to make marks, scraps from your scrap bin, something you received in the mail.

Orange book page stripes, pink book page circles, random stamping of elastic bands around an acrylic block, Dyan Reaveley image of a person, a scrap lady in a hat from my stash and a female Image received in happy mail, Sharpie doodling in orange and black on the pink book paper circles.

Every inchie Monday 

India is the country we travel to this week it is also the birthplace of my mother in law and her sisters! A country that brings to mind the splendours of the Maharajah, painted elephants, colourful saris & spicy curries, the Indian mutiny and the horrors that happened in places like Cawnpore, Madras & Calico fabrics that originated here, the Taj Mahal, the palaces & forts of Jaipur, the Indus , Varanasi, Buddha and all the many many Indian gods like Kali, Ganesh etc, Gandhi and Mother Teresa....I never got there when we lived in the Middle East & now , I fear, I just couldn't cope with the begging! So this week I've chosen to use more of my dad's stamps

And also an elephant 

Colour me positive 

Pink frame, image: jellyfish, quote: remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead

I just went with the quote this time as I had a lovely orchid image that I've had for ages that seemed to be perfect on the background I had in front of me,

I have stamped the quote with Wendy Vecchi archival ink (hydrangea) and added a little colour with an aging felt pen!

Life documented 

Theme:  New beginnings - vintage paper/drawings

Prompt:  To overcome the blank page.

Technique:  To incorporate papers, scraps, doodles and scribbles into your page.

Quote:  “Be uniquely you. Stand out. Shine. Be colorful. The world needs your prismatic soul!” Amy Leigh Mercree

A lot of Scotland seems to have got snow this week but we have remained complaints here! We took Bailey across to the vet referral centre and we are awaiting biopsy results now....but he will need surgery to remove the lumps whatever by the sound of things so my fingers are crossed!

Further news next week.......

Saturday, 13 January 2018


Art prompts galore 

JAN. 8-14: HOME//SCAVENGER: Yellow, Green, magazine image, something abstract (an image of a wall, a nondescript item), Something from the grocery store, Scrap paper, A die cut or punch out, Piece of a book page, Ink , Lace or trim

Every inchie Monday 

France: the land of liberty, égalité, fraternité and les "Frogs"! - Paris & the Eiffel Tower, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhône & côtés de Provence wine, Calvados, pastis,Champagne. Provence, Dordogne, the alps. Fine foods like pâté and cheese, cassoulet, snails & frogs legs...Louis XIV & Versailles palace, the 1789 revolution & its guillotine, the beautiful Loire valley chateaux, the Cathar castles and the persecution of their people, the knights Templar, Napoleon, This also happens to be my second home and indeed the place that my parents & brother made their home! I could write so much more .....

Art journal journey week 3
image: scarf/hat/ gloves. word: protect.  prompt: write a poem or journal entry inspired by what you can't see. technique: collage. Quote: The best protection any woman can have is courage

Life documented 
Theme:  New beginnings - vintage paper/drawings. Prompt:  Use a mix of acrylic paints to create your own little piece of heaven.  Technique:  Serendipity - Search for the Light. Quote: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way, can illuminate the world.

Colour me positive 
Blue frame, glasses, quote: vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Jonathan Swift

Other news this week....Bill has now had his second cataract operation done so all that remains to be done there is to get some new reading glasses in about a month but on a sad note we discovered a lump inside Bailey 's upper jowl & also another in his neck....our vet suspects lymphoma so we are off to see a dog oncologist on Thursday! Watch this space....