Saturday, 16 September 2017

I'm off

I Art prompts galore 

SEPT 12-17: vintage// SCAVENGER : purple: postage stamps, pale  yellow stencilled DI (through sequin waste), something round (sequin waste), something  postal related postage stamps, something with handwriting on it: an envelope , some stamping,a bingo card, scrapbook paper, a piece from your scrap bin: the hand written envelope , white paint or gesso. I managed the vintage part in so far as the stamps all came from my dad's house and the envelope goes back to our time in Abu Dhabi....we left there in 1978 but dad left in 1975!

The British stamps are all pre decimalisation!

Journal 52: EBB: The flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea. A flowing backward or away. Synonyms: Abatement, decrease, diminution, dwindling, retreat, subsidence, wane, waning, withdrawal. Prompt: Create a spread that honours the ebb of the year, or an ebbing that is happening in your life right now. Where are you withdrawing? Where are you pulling in your energy and away from what? Oracle: What is receding, easing up, or lessening in your life at this time? What should you be ebbing away from? How are you allowing ease? What is your relationship with rest?

I wanted rippled sand so I used a chocolate baroque stamp with antique linen distress ink and clear embossing powder. I then used more of the same ink to colour the paper. For the Seaglass I resorted to another stamp from the same set because my printer was not talking to my iPad. Using hydrangea big and juicy inkpad i almost got what I wanted. Another stamp using black ink of a parent and child searching on the sea shore at low tide shows one of my favourite pastimes.

Finally here is my latest inchie, it's supposed to be a trout! Sorry it looks a tad blurred.

We are all set to head across the pond so be on the lookout for colourful foliage soon....

Sunday, 10 September 2017

And more

Life documented 

To create our very own art gallery.. Technique: Create mini pieces of art using a variety of mediums and techniques (ink spray, threads, sewing techniques, sketching etc). Quote:   Creativity takes courage.  - Henry Matisse


Art journal journey 
Image: house or apartment. Word: sanctuary. Prompt: write about the greatest source of comfort in your life. Technique: make your page using the mosaic technique. Quote: it takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Life documented 

Prompt: To use school supplies. Technique:      Using a variety of school supplies feel free and go back to basics. Quote: “I’m still    learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

Colour me positive 
  1. Embrace uncertainty- some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.

Art prompts galore 

TOUCH OF COLOUR//SCAVENGER: orange , black, ticket or stub, washi tape, napkin, magazine image, stamped image, piece of music sheet

We are still following a marine theme with our inchie this week....starfish 
And so ends another week and this time next Sunday I shall be flying across the Atlantic to see the family in Maine so my craft time will be on hold and I shall be playing catchup again in mid October!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Journal 52

Week 35:LEANING: Inclining, as in a particular direction. Inclining in feeling or opinion. Depending or relying upon someone or something. Synonyms:Inclination, predilection, propensity, bent, disposition, favour, taste, “cup of tea”. Prompt: Create a spread in which you express what you are leaning towards or away from. Focus on the sweet spot between the two alternatives. Alternatively, work with the things you lean towards, lean on, or lean away from. Oracle: Where do you need to lean in? What are your natural ‘leanings’? Who do you lean on? Who leans on you?

Week 36: PRESENCEThe state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place. The ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person’s bearing before an audience. Being here, now. Synonyms: Existence, being, companionship, ubiquity, inhabitance. Prompt: Create a spread that explores the quality of your presence. How present are you with yourself? With others? Explore who you wish you had more or less presence in your life. Oracle: What is present for you right now? Where is your presence required? What does your presence lend to any given situation? Whose presence do you require/desire?

I'm slowly getting caught up.....

Monday, 4 September 2017


Week 30: refresh

Week 34

Image: glasses or sunglasses. Word: vision. Prompt: describe the Kew from your window. Tech:  use colour pencils. Quote: the voyage in discovery is NOT in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Week 35: gate

Used watercolour pencils for this one.....

Monday, 28 August 2017

Catch-up has begun

Sneaking a catch-up page....

August 14-20  HOME//SCAVENGER LIST:mustard  yellow, pale blue, something postal related, sticky note, body parts (hands, feet, arms, head, etc) ,stripes,ink, gesso or white paint, 3 words, something from your stash

..pale blue stencilled stripes, mustard ink dotted lines, postage stamps,body parts, sticky note words. The postage stamps came from my dad's stash!

Another one caught up....

AUGUST 21-27 is: Starts with S. //SCAVENGER:

maroon, navy blue, circles, something to do with sewing, pieces of a book page

masking tape, something metal or metallic, some fiber, ink, words

maroon & navy book pages, circles on masking tape, sewing related (dummy, buttons, threads) fibres/metallic: threads, lace and flower, words.

And the final one for this group ....

AUG. 28- SEPT. 3 is: Leaves// SCAVENGER: yellow, brown, 3 stamped images, something that starts with a T, a bird, something from your stash, a list, washi tape, a piece of postal ephemera

Real leaf.....

Real leaf print.

Colour me positive 

no matter where the journey takes you, enjoy the adventure

I was only 1 prompt behind as the organiser has had personal issues to deal with.

I've been away aunt was 90 on the first of this month and here she is with her 3 sons!

And finally my inchie for this week....crab/hermit crab 

Sunday, 27 August 2017


My French travels are over but I shall be off gallivanting again in a few days! Really, does this girl ever stay home???? It's my mum's big sister's 90th on the first of September so there's a big family reunion happening and I'm off on the train to visit for a couple of days.

There are new husbands & wives to meet as well as grandchildren of my cousins, we last all got together when my grandmother passed away in 1994!

No art has been made, we had the painters doing the outside of the chalet the last 2 days we were in France and I'm just about unpacked now.

I do have an inchie to share for our new challenge though...a jellyfish!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

The end

Or at least almost the end!

No art journal work done this week, quite a few of the ones I do were late getting their new challenge posted so it's been a lazy week on the art front but not on the eating .....
Friday I had prawn salad...7 HUGE prawns or Gambas Royales in this case, cooked on the BBQ !

The only art to share is a new inchie....seagull of which we see none here but we do see a variety of vulture!

This is a google image of a lammmergeier or bearded culture, we see them circling in the area!

We head home on Wednesday so I'll be running late with my art...oh well, it's not the end of the world as I will get caught up sometime!

Saturday, 12 August 2017


The sun came back out this week although it's been cooler, no more art has been done but I'm still romping my way through the books to read list!

Friday evening we went down to Colmars les Alpes ....

And had a very fine pizza!

Saturday saw us return in our costumes for the medieval festivities....

And more good food!

Mini chain mail....

One of the costumes rental people....

A new friend in the shape of an artisan beer seller....

As you will gather we had a great time :-D

A final photo....this being our new inchie and highly appropriate too....frog!

There are more activities planned for the coming week so watch this space.....

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thunder and lightning

A stormy day in the alps has enabled me to do some catching up!

Art prompts galore....

JULY 24-30: ROADTRIP//Scavenger List is:Red, Yellow, Squiggly line, Feather, Photo, 

Vintage automobile, Coaster, Bottle Cap.

July 31-August 6: Festival//SCAVENGER:

Brilliant or Midnight Blue, Fluorescent Green , Orangey-Red, paint pen, dots and dashes, something splattered, something nice to sip on, flyer, plant(s), buttons, food sticker (eg, fruit sticker), lace or webbing, Designer’s choice (something else of your choice)

Our local medieval festival is at the end of this week and the flyer is a perfect fit in my journal!

 August 7-August 13: Reflection//SCAVENGER: Colors: Those found in sunsets or sunrises, Mulberry paper, Alcohol ink, Non-porous surface (eg., glossy cardstock, photo paper, transparency sheet, or Yupo paper), Metallic paint pen, Magazine image doodled on, Found object, Dragonfly or a mythical creature, Animal, Circles, Designer's Choice

I had a hiccup or oops on this one...did the background & washi but when I started to put the images on the book was upside down!

Colour me positive 
Tears are prayers too, they travel to god when we can't.

On the darkest days, when i feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy, I remember who's daughter I am and I straighten my crown.

I picked up some old photos whilst I was in Cogolin at the villa last week, turns out they come in handy!


Abu Dhabi  
April 1977 (wedding reception)

And then the sun came back out .....see you again soon!

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Yes, we have rain after a very hot week so it's a case of rain created play!

I've therefore been playing catchup with my journals.....

Journal 52


Life documented 

Quote: A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but on its wings.  Always believe in yourself. ~ Unknown

Technique: Paper/fabric collage

Prompt: Use a variety of coloured papers and fabrics to recreate a collage of a pretty scene or object.

Quote: “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” 

Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass.

Technique: Collage, stamp, stencil, mark, cut out

Prompt: Make a Divider

Art journal journey 
Image: seashell or beach. Word: retreat. Prompt: list 5 ways you are energised or things that bring positive energy into your life. Technique: use salt to create texture in watercolours. Quote: within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself (Herman Hesse)
And a final picture in this photo heavy new inchie alligator