Monday, 24 September 2018

My 2018 Art Journal: A Flip Through of the Story So Far!

This is the second year that I have created a weekly art journal page following the prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More.  Last year each week had a different prompt until December, when the prompt of festive was given for all five weeks (see my journal flip through for 2017 HERE).  This year the idea of a monthly prompt has been continued and as the name of the group indicates, other forms of responses have been encouraged in place of journaling from time to time.  I have enjoyed applying each prompt to an art journal page, which has encouraged me to think outside the box many times.

January's prompt was words and the first one that I chose was my intention for my art work in 2018.
I started working with new types of media (acrylic inks here).

My third page was later improved by the addition of players' autographs after an open training session at the Bet365 Stadium.
I do love this colour combination.
February's prompt was 'Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle' which allowed me to raid my bit box.
I also have a selection of die cuts, left over from previous projects.
Using paper towel mop up sheets as a background is another favourite technique of mine.
Another paper towel background.
March's prompt was 'Friends' to celebrate 5000 members in the FB group.


I enjoyed working my pages around different quotes about friends.
April was the first five Sunday month and the prompt was Spring as you can see.

I played around with Distress Oxide backgrounds for a few weeks.
 Used a stamp/punch set that has been in my stash for ages.
And finally tried an alcohol ink on Yupo paper technique to create a background.
For May, I had to start thinking outside the box.  The prompt was 'Trade It' and I had to find a way of incorporating items such as Artist Trading Coins onto a page.
Postcards were a little easier to include.
ATCs weren't too bad.
Inchies, Twinchies and Thrinchies were my biggest challenge of the month.
June's prompt was 'Repeat after me' with a sub prompt each week.  The first was circles.
The second was Mandalas.
The third 'Abstract'.
And finally 'Retiform', a technique that I had never tried before.
July's prompt was the most challenging of the year up to that point.  The overall prompt was puzzles and games, but the first week was altered dominoes.
Followed by altered puzzle pieces.
Altered playing cards was the third sub prompt.
Word and number puzzles was the fourth.
As it was another 5 Sunday month, the fifth week was a wild card within the monthly theme.  I chose to base a page on my favourite board game.
August's prompt was 'On Your Travels', but the first sub prompt was painted pebbles.  This was another one which made me have to think outside the box.


The remaining weeks I simply based around different travel/holiday themes.
And so to September, another 5 Sunday month.  This month's theme is right up my street as it is 'Art Journal Frenzy'.  Week 1's sub prompt was Galaxy and I went off at a tangent with my page.
Week 2 was 'Anything Goes'.
I haven't completed week 3 yet (Choose colours outside your comfort zone), but week 4: Collage was a most enjoyable page to complete.
I am hoping to catch up with week 3 for September tomorrow, when I will ask my friend to give me a colour combination to work with.  You can pop back on Thursday to see what she comes up with.  One further week to complete after that for September and it will be time for a new prompt.  I wonder what October will bring?

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Collage Art Journal Page

I have missed out week 3 of the September prompts over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More and gone onto week 4: Collage.  The monthly theme is Art Journal Frenzy and I do intend to go back and complete the previous page.  However this page came together in such a pleasing way, once I had decided on my focal point and looked through my stash to find items in similar tones.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Art Journal Page: Layering Stencils

The September prompt over on Nina Ribena's Art Journal Prompts and More is Art Journal Frenzy.  Week 2 was 'Anything Goes' so I decided to play with inks and layers.  I was originally going to use the owl trio from the Wise Owls set by Claritystamp on the page, but having found the perfect verse about an owl in my stash, I decided the individual fellow was more appropriate. 

Friday, 21 September 2018

Creating Depth through Different Generations of Stamping: A Birthday Card

The idea for the layout and techniques used on this card are from Maria Moorhouse.  I attended her latest workshop last weekend and one of the cards we made used this technique, but in different colours and using different stamps for the background.  Thanks Maria, here's my version.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

WOYWW 485: A Change of Schedule

I only have one side of the desk to share today.  This is because Eva will be joining me to craft on Thursday this week, rather than Tuesday when I usually take the photos and write the post.  I have been keeping up quite well with the visiting, despite working on Wednesdays now.  I visit a few early deskers before I leave for work at 7am and try to catch up with as many more as I can when I get in.  If you want to know what I'm talking about then head over to The Stamping Ground, where all will be explained.
My side of the desk shows a journal page that I finished late Tuesday morning.  I used some of the stamps that Shaz (Silverwolf) kindly gave me at the crop, working in my birthday journal with the hand made paper (see HERE for details if interested).  As you can see, my craft 'to do' list is as long as ever, although the top section shows what has been done and dusted as it is crossed out.  I try to plan ahead so that I don't fall too far behind with the challenges in the various groups that I belong to.  Some are monthly, but there are one weekly and two fortnightly challenges, so I like to keep track.  I'll leave it there for now.  Will be along to visit later today or tomorrow when I am not working.  Happy WOYWW everyone.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Art Journaling on Handmade Paper

I decided to try another art journal page in my birthday journal.  This time, not only did I work on a double page spread, but also directly onto the back of the first page that I created in the journal.  As this journal only contains hand made paper I was taking a risk, but not only did I love the new spread, but there was no damage to the page on the back.