Monday, 22 January 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week Three

Hello Everyone!

We've been a week now without heating and hot water, but we're managing thanks to the loans of a few electric heaters from dear friends and family. The new boiler is due to be installed on Wednesday, so not long to wait now. And, after the low temperatures over the weekend, today it's a bit warmer, currently 9 degs C. Also, it's good news on the job front, my husband's job is safe for a bit longer. I also sold another crochet scarf on Etsy. Which reminds me, I must put a link to my shop here!

I ventured into my cold studio today, taking one of the heaters with me, and altered another seven teabags for week three of the 365 Somethings challenge.

I began by colouring each teabag, using PaperArtsy Infusions, then stamped with Tracey Scott stamps and Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint, also by PaperArtsy. I adhered some painted and punched out book page circles, added some number stickers, then flicked some black Bombay India Ink and Golden Iridescent Bronze paint over the teabags to finish.

As teabags are one of my favourite things to use in my art, I'm sharing these over at Try It On Tuesday.

Thanks for visiting,

Alison x

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Birthday and Valentine's Day Cards

Hello Everyone! I'm shivering as I write this, as we still have no heating and hot water. Our boiler has been officially declared dead and unsafe, so Hubby is busy getting quotes for a new one. Brrr!!!

I tried to warm up yesterday, by making a few commissioned cards(didn't work, but it took my mind off it!)

A birthday card, using Craftwork Cards and DCWV products...

Valentine's card, made with stamps Artistic Stamper and Tim Holtz stamps, and Dylusions paint (mostly)

and two cards made with Dylusion paint, and stamps by Dina Wakley and PaperArtsy.

Hope you are warm and having a good week, 

Alison x

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Crazy Life Adventures

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday was a crazy day. First we learned that Carillion, the company my husband works for, went into liquidation. 😟  Then some great and exciting news, as I sold my first item, a crochet scarf, on Etsy. 😃  Then I discovered we had no heating or hot water when I went to wash my paintbrushes, as the boiler had packed up! 😨  At least it was fixable! Not sure what's going to happen with Graham's job, we're playing the waiting game!

Thank goodness I have art to take my mind off things. I used my art prompt cards to make this page.

I'm linking my page to the Art Journal Journey January Challenge,  New Year, New Adventures, and The Altered Booklover's Happy T-Day, as I used teabags. Might be resorting to some alcohol in my tea to warm me up, if the boiler doesn't get fixed today!

Hope you're having a good week so far,

Alison x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A New Journal

Hi Everyone! Thanks for the lovely comments on my embossed teabags!

Today, I started off a new art journal with a double page spread. 

I brayered various Fresco paints for the background, added some tissue tape and teabags, then used Bombay India Ink and paint pens to add flower details. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Alison x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

365 Somethings 2018 - Week Two

Hello Folks! Thank you for all the nice comments on yesterday's journal page.

I have another seven teabags to share with you today, for week two of the 365 Somethings challenge.

On these teabags, I used a set of PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps with a variety of embossing powders, some of which hadn't seen the light of day for a few years. Naturally, the opaque ones worked best. I tried taking photos of the bags held up to the light, but couldn't get any decent shots. It was fun to experiment, and I love all the results. The Lapis Jade, Aged Copper and Metal Magic are favourites. 

And, just in case you're interested, here's my finished journal from yesterday. 

Hope you're having a creative Saturday too,

Alison x

Friday, 12 January 2018

And So The Adventure Ends?

Hi Everyone! 

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my cards and ugly page yesterday. The page looks better to me today! Grin!!

Onto the next and final page in my 7x5in journal. 

I started in this journal last Summer, with Rae Missigman's Artmarks challenge, and it was a turning point for me, in that my pages became a lot more free and abstract. I love looking back in it. So this final page started like so many, with some collage and gesso. I used the book page I tore circles from yesterday.

Next, I added some colour with Vibrant Turquoise and Tangerine Dream Dylusions Paint.

I used some pieces of table protector, bubble wrap and plastic mesh to print.

And I had to add a teabag of course! I finished with a Tim Holtz quote and handwrote 'end' with DecoArt Media burnt umber paint. This was a little too fluid, so I decided to let it drip. Love it!

The adventure is not really ending, as I have another journal ready to take up where this one finished. So a new adventure is starting. 

I'm linking to the following challenges...

Altered Book Lover Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday - a bit late on that one! Lol! But I used a teabag.

Happy Friday!

Alison xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Two Cards and An Ugly Page

Hello Folks. It's been another dark and gloomy day, and raining so I couldn't escape from the noisy decorator! I did make a journal page, although I think it turned out a bit ugly. It started off ok, some collaged scraps of book pages, and a layer of red Dylusions paint.

I painted over with turquoise, and sketched some circles, revealing the red paint beneath.

Then I got carried away, adding book page circles, doodling, splatters, drips and quotes. It was getting dark, and I was disillusioned, so the drips were still wet when I took the final photo.

Not all arty adventures turn out as you'd like! Nevertheless, I'm linking my page to Art Journal Journey.

I have some male birthdays coming up, so here are a couple of cards I made too, using a mini hexagon Gel Press Plate and PaperArtsy stamps. I was inspired by Cat Kerr's video on YouTube.

Until next time...

Alison x