Monday, 27 February 2017

There are Moments

After our trip to New York last year, the friend that went with me gave me the NY Through the Lens book by Vivienne Gucwa. Not only does this book feature stunning photographs of the city in all seasons but the words are beautifully written too. 

It inspired me to make this spread in the 8 x 8" Dylusions art journal as my latest Stencilgirl Products project. 

When it was finished it didn’t look so much like New York but reminded me more of Venice (I suppose because of the colours!). I didn’t let that worry me. It means it captures moments from trips to both places. I used part of the quotation that is my favourite from the book. 

The entire quotation reads:

"There are moments that remain etched into time: moments that aren't easily forgotten no matter how much time passes in the yawning gap between memory and dreaming".

It's amazing to think that the trip was almost a year ago already. I'm quite ready for a return visit. 
You can find the full step-by-step tutorial for these pages on the Stencilgirl Talk website today, and remember it doesn't have to feature either New York or Venice but could be any city of your choice. Amsterdam would also make a great subject with all it's gabled houses and canals.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Minimini 23

Here is my latest minimini (6" square or 15 cm) quilt. I started making these as part of a challenge on Instagram for the Make Modern magazine and enjoyed it so much that the decision was made to keep on going and make 100. They will then become part of one large piece but that time is still far in the future.
This one is machine quilted, raw edge appliquéd with hand stitching and hand beaded with size 11 seed beads.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Snow Day



Mad weather day with snow falling since early this morning when I took these pictures. Way too much snow to risk my camera or phone to take more now.

I was convinced that Flora wouldn't want to go for her walk this afternoon (wishful thinking, perhaps?!) but she was in fact quite keen, and almost galloped through the snow that in places was laying as tall as she is. Here are the pictures:

As you can see we still have blizzard conditions.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Live With No Time Out

The new prompt on the Joggles Art Journal Adventures was: include a reference to time. I think I have fulfilled that mission with time quotations as well as clock images. I'm working once again in a small (6 x 8") notebook (with peacocks on the front) and have added gesso to make the pages more sturdy as well as gluing pairs of pages together.
  started with collage using vintage clock images from a Household Encyclopaedia as well as pieces of Tim Holtz's tissue wrap Postale. Pieces of a previously gelli plate printed page were added, on which I had used the L320 Batik stencil designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stencilgirl.
 Colour was added with Distress Crayons as well as Distress Paints and Golden Fluid Acrylics.
I stamped on Time Flies (designed by Rebekka Erickson for Stamp World) and also used alphabet stamps to add the quotation "live with no time out"  by Simone de Beauvoir. The words were stamped onto that same gelli plate printed paper, torn out, edged with a blue stamp pad, and glued on. 
 Then I stencilled on the clock and parts of it using the large stencil from the April 2014 Stencilgirl Club.
Outlining was done with white and black markers and the pages were edged with a blue stamp pad.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

A February Day

 Everywhere in the garden things are popping out of the ground and there is quite a bit of colour about already. Hopefully the snow that is forecast for later this week won't stop it all in it's tracks. Above a crocus, not yet open but that purple is a treat.
 A pink only variety of pulmonaria or lungwort is fully in flower.
And another pink beauty! It was Flora's three month anniversary with us yesterday and what a lot she has learned in that time. Her eyes positively sparkly back at me, she has her COME command cracked (biscuits work wonders) and her tail has come up from between her legs. She is a sweet, loving little darling.
The snowdrop display in our garden is still going strong too. 


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