Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Time Flies!

Wow where did February go? can't believe we are in the last week.  I intended to blog before this but life and viruses took me over.  I've been feeling quite rough for the last two weeks but hopefully I'm on the mend now - I need to be as i'm off to the Artsy Crafty Tim Holtz event!!! I'm in the Friday morning group but will be there on Thursday evening as its an early start on Friday!.  I've not felt much like doing art at all and just seemed to stare at blank pages in my journal -nothing inspired me.  However I managed to do a couple of postcard size pieces over the last two days - sometimes tackling something a little smaller gets me started again. oops I meant to put these pics in the middle of my ramblings!

The little guy is a stampotique stamp, german scrap wings, dabber aqua and orange paint, grid stamp with distress rusty hinge, the music paper is from an old piano music book found in a charity book shop.
The little lady (Love her) is a Tim Holtz stamp ( I think!) the background colours are distress inks dusty concord and olive green which I spritzed with water , background stamps are paper artsy and the stars are from a tim holtz set.   It felt good to be making art again! get me in the mood for Friday!

I have also treated myself to a new book - Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker Its fab am going to enjoy trying out all the techniques and ideas in it. worth a look if your looking for inspiration.and motivation.

I've started my March calendar page I must warn you that I'm Irish (all be it Northern Ireland) so expect a lot of Green!

If your'e lucky enough to be at Artsycrafty on Thursday or Friday have a fabulous time.  Look out for me on Friday I'll be in the corner with a box of tissues and a red nose!

Have a creative weekend

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Just made it!

Literally Ive just finished my February Calendar challenge page! I seem to have hurtled through January and am skidding into February hopefully Ive caught up with all my work and chores and can now slow down and get some studio time.  I never managed to tidy my studio! I will get around to it soon I'm getting desperate for some desk space.... mess piles up when your not looking and I'm sure it takes longer to clear away than it did to get on your desk!.  Anyho I've enjoyed making the February calendar page even if I couldn't find the bits and bobs I was looking for to complete it and I started with one idea and finished up with something completely different !  I am struggling to fill those little squares with anything exciting to say! I will have to think out of the square! you don't want to know how boring my day can be!

The beginning of January was exciting I got to meet my new Twin Granddaughters so I wont top that this month.  However I'm booked on the Artsy Crafty day with Tim Holtz!!! on Feb 25 so really looking forward to that.. the countdown begins.

 Here is my January page all filled in and to follow some views of the Feb page, Ive not quite managed to get the hang of getting the pictures in order and putting them in individually!  I actually took these pics with my iphone and am quite pleased with them.

I'm using an old ledger for the challenge and have stuck two pages together but will stick three together from now on as two are a little flimsy especially if I'm spraying with inks or water.  I gessoed the pages then rubbed a distress Victorian velvet pad over it spritzed with water dried it and used a foam pad to add more ink spritzed again did this twice then  a few blasts of dylusions hot pink ink spray dried it then added a text stamp (paper artsy) bottom swirl stamp is from a tim holtz set.  Chinese writing is a tattoo from Claire's accessories love these almost like rub ons.  The roses have been cut from a journalling pad .  I'm not happy with the black swirls at the bottom or the black strip of paper lace - my plan changed at this stage but hey ho you learn as you go.

I'm enjoying looking at everyone's pages they are all fantastic !

Thanks for stopping by hope you enjoyed your visit.