Monday, 27 March 2017

Art is the Window

I love thinking up new spreads as a Guest Designer for Stencilgirl Projects and today I'm returning to one of my favourite Stencilgirl stencils.  L083 Church Windows represents what I love most about windows and I found a suitable quotation to go with that. It's by Edward Gorey and reads:

Art is the window to man's soil.
Without it, he would never to able to see
beyond his immediate world;
nor could the world see the man within

The other thing I wanted to demonstrate to you is that although something might be called a stencil, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a stamp!  Hope these ideas help you in your own work.  You can find the step-by-step tutorial on the Stencilgirl Talk site today.

 After I added the vintage woman above I felt she needed a companion, and leafing through my various vintage books I came upon this little dog below. It bears a remarkable resemblance to Flora, don't you think!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sunshine in the Forest

Amazingly this is the same forest we walked in earlier this week when the snow was thick on the ground.

Today it was bathed in glorious sunshine 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Opening Wide

This week's prompt on Joggles Art Journal Adventures was: opening. The interpretation was left entirely to everyone individually. I like such prompts as it gives me a reason to start some research on suitable quotations and I was very lucky to find the one I used that reads: "By opening wide the doors of our hearts, we can broaden our horizons". 
The entire spread (in a small 6 x 8" journal) emerged from those words. First of all I made a horizon. Below it is water and the background for that was made with various blue paints, some blue marbled paper, and stencil S107 Zen Landscape stencil by Stencilgirl Products.  I also used some rubber stamping.  The sky was done with pastel acrylic paints and gelatos.
I wanted to have a heart on the page to relate to the quotation and I wanted that heart to open. I used a previously gelli plate printed piece of paper to cut the heart out from, and then adhered it to the pages using pieces of turquoise washi tape as hinges (see above). I wrote some more words inside also relating to opening.
The quotation itself was printed out onto white paper using the computer, and glued on (with a glue stick) and the words were outlined with a black Stabilo All pencil. I added blue to the edges of the heart as well as the pages with an ink pad.

I rather like how this one turned out and how the words gave me the inspiration for the entire look of the pages.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Interview with Nathalie Kalbach

Today you can find a fun interview with me on Nathalie Kalbach's website. I have been working with Nathalie's stamps and stencils for quite some time now and you can see details of some of the spreads above in a Picmonkey collage.

She contacted me recently to ask if she could interview me for her site in a series of interview with artists called Nice to Meet You and of course, I was delighted. The interview is up on her website now and this link will take you straight to it!

Thanks so much to Nathalie!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Spring Within

It's back to winter outside. The snow has iced up and there is a very cold wind. Inside the house however spring has arrived with this lovely bunch of daffodils.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Endless Beauty

It's not often that I post twice in one day, but this day was too special and wonderful. After the glorious morning snow it continued to give us blue skies and sunshine. We took Flora for a very long forest walk that she loved and that was breathtaking. We met no one and were walking on virginal snow. No words for so much beauty. So pictures will have to tell the tale. Enjoy!

This last one is my personal favourite. All the pictures this afternoon were taken with an iPhone 6Plus. It did an amazing job.


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