Friday, 23 June 2017

Pentland Views

Today we went over the Roman Bridge in the Penicuik Estate and climbed up the hill. From there we enjoyed the glorious views over the estate and beyond to the Pentland Hills. Above you see the walled garden just touched by a rare ray of sunlight with the hills behind.
At the top there was another great barley field, now almost ready for harvesting. You can tell it was a very windy day!

It was a wonderful walk, quite a bit longer than usual and I was a bit worried about whether Flora would cope, but in fact she seemed to relish the climb as well as the return journal along the side of the river. We will return and try and venture in the other direction at the top to enjoy more estate views from on high.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Senseless Acts of Beauty

The prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures this week was to borrow things from a friend. There are very few people around nearby who are into art journaling and the like, but I suddenly remembered all the wonderful goodie bags I was send back in the days when I hosted many Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) swaps and received them as a hostess gift. A quick search in the studio brought forth many treasures and I grabbed a selection of papers which became the background collage on these pages, done in a 6 x 8" art journal.
 I also found a card (sorry, no idea who send it to me at the time) with an explanation of what a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) is. Again I have been lucky enough to receive many RAK ATCs and send out a lot too. The words themselves seemed to be perfect to use on this spread.
The background was done with collage using the papers I had been send as well as some lace, and then I used Distress Crayons and fluid acrylic paints together with a baby wipe and all the stencils from the June 2017 Stencilgirl Club. I also added rubber stamping with a text stamp (from an unknown source) as well as from a stamp set designed by Nathalie Kalbach
The focal image came from an advert in a magazine (Vogue). If you fancy the jewellery it's an advert for Bulgari!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Longest Day

We had a lovely dog walk on the longest day of the year. Summer Solstice tonight! It was warm and the sun peeped out occasionally. No sign of the forecast rain or thunder. Yesterday was Flora's 7th month anniversary which I am much more inclined to celebrate than either of the above events and so is she, as long as biscuits are involved. I am still not used to her size. Whenever I look behind me to check she is coming my eye reaches too high as all our previous dogs have been much taller. Then I remember to go lower and there she is. She also tones in rather too well with her surroundings!
The knapweed (centaurea nigra, I think) looks wonderful along the side of the river North Esk. Love the colour and the fluffiness of the flowers.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

I feel blue


The prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures was: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It relates as I'm sure you all know to weddings. So imagine my delight when I found a wedding image in the Sunday Times magazine last weekend. It seemed meant to be. But alas I hadn't looked properly and realized too late (the image was glued down) that the article was in fact about divorce. If you look closely at the so-called happy couple you will see what I mean. Oops!

But instead of being annoyed I just had to laugh ,specially as I started playing around with the gentleman on the right. I'm not going into the details of my naughty thoughts and it's in no way a reflection on marriage in general but I did have fun with it. Even more amazing was that the vintage text in the background seemed to want to play along!
Anyway the something old is that vintage text, while the something new is a new found and bought art supply called Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. It looks good enough to eat (don't try this at home, or anywhere else for that matter!). It's lovely stuff and give a great sheen on the finished page. All the pink circles were done with it. For the something borrowed I used a gorgeous envelope send to my by my friend Linda (the red and blue pieces, as well as the postage stamp top right). Thanks so much, Linda. And the blue is reflected in the background as well as in the costumes of the groom and the not so groom.
I used collage with vintage text, Linda's envelope, washi tapes as well as the imagery from the magazine. The background was then done with stencils, baby wipes and Distress Crayons and fluid acrylic paints together with stencil S331 Puddles from Stencilgirl Products. I also used some sequin waste to add the circles.
The Nuvo Embellisment Mousse in pink was used to add the circles as seen above with the large stencil from the August 2015 Stencilgirl Club. It's a shame you can't get the glimmer effect as it looks lovely. Must get more mousse in different colours!

I always feel that basic need for text and in this case settled for words by L. Frank Baum added with a Dymo writer that say: Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again. I think that in future this spread will always make me chuckle a bit and that's not a bad thing.

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