Windows – Xpedia!

What does that even mean? Is it a word or did I make it up? (You decide!!) I missed joining in with The Three Muses last week – my ‘pockets’ were empty of energy and I was starting a head cold…. bleh!

This week, Taluula challenged us to use “windows” in our artwork, so I altered a page in my old Altered Discovery Book, using a few of the techniques I’m learning in the Supernova Class – Part 2. And yes, I am still making books and also being fairly gruesome with Halloween not far away… I’ll show you my “Vile Vials” pendants when I can get a decent photo of them!

I had the phrase “The eyes are the windows of/to your soul…” going round in my head when I sat down to paint, so that’s what it became:


The birds and the flower-thingy at the bottom are masks/stencils I cut, whilst I was experimenting yesterday. I used a white Posca pen and black Faber Castell Pitt pens for the journalling, as both write beautifully over acrylic paint. Nice!!

The chandelier is from the Gothic Plate by Home Impressions and the eyes are from the small face by Third Coast RS. There’s a touch of the perfect pearls in a few places over some stamped latin text, but it didn’t show up on the scan… ah well, there’s plenty to see without that, isn’t there?

I am so preoccupied right now as I’ve opened my own Studio on (see the badge in my sidebar) – superb platform –  but listing everything I have for sale is going to take a long time. I’m sure I’m doing the right thing though, because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages!

I’m also making samples for both Design Teams and some really weird stuff for the Gallery… and taking Julie’s amazing Supernova Art Journalling Class. If you fancy joining in, there’s plenty of room and no time limit as far as I know – we’ve got videos going right through October too. I can only recommend it to anyone who’s always wanted to try art journalling; I’m learning so much and I absolutely love it!

Besides, you “meet” such lovely people… 😉

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  1. I love this page, Rosie, and I love the white dots used for emphasis. It looks like you’re learning fun things in the art journal class. I’m going to check it out, but I have a pretty full plate right now so I’ll just look to you to tell me all about it!

  2. Hey Rosie.
    I’ve just read your question in my guestbook.
    I’ts oke by me but at the moment i have little time.
    When you e-mail me and discribe what the exact
    style for your banner must be , i can prepare a few things. Oké ?
    About this entrie for the muses ; Awesom !
    I admire your “know how” about making journals.
    For me that’s “abacadabra” MAGIC !!

  3. Great page,love it!!

  4. Ah – great minds run in the same direction Rosie- beautiful and expressive! Love the new effects to your journal work!

  5. i’ve add my email adres right here Rosie.
    when i fill in my comment.
    Can you see it ?

  6. i love that quote and the truth it holds! lovely window too!!

  7. Another treasure here, Rosie, you are such a busy person with all your art – fabulous entry again! (Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t touched ‘hands-on’ materials since I stated digital art!)

    • Well honestly Judy, I don’t see that it matters… I admit to scanning backgrounds if I like them, for future use in digital work…. so, it’s all art, isn’t it?! xo

  8. great page Rosie!! love it!

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  10. taluula

     /  September 24, 2009

    The quote is so right Rosie, and you’ve illustrated it beautifully in your journal. So go girl.

    I’ll check out the online course, but will probably have to leave it for another time, as much of my time is taken up at the moment. I have just started an altered book with my grand daughter though, we have always ‘done’ art and craft together, and now she’s 14 she’s so receptive to the idea of altering an old book I can’t resist getting my ‘coaching head’ back on!

    I’m off now to pop into your place. Well done my friend.

  11. taluula

     /  September 24, 2009

    Oh my goodness Rosie I have just written you the longest comment and I see, for some reason it hasn’t gone through sooooo……. I shall try to remember what I said last time.

    You are so right with the quote you have used Rosie, and what you’ve done in your journal has illustrated it beautifully. So go girl.

    I will have to give the online course you mention a miss at the moment, as I have all kinds of pulls on my time, I’ve just started an altered book with my granddaughter though. We have always ‘done’ art together and now she’s 14, and at the beginning of her GCSE years, she’s very receptive to altering a book. It’s good for me, because I’m learning new things, and I just couldn’t resit getting my ‘coaching head’ back on for a while. So you see I am moving gently back into paper, just a little bit.

  12. Jacqui

     /  September 24, 2009

    Hi Rosie
    I like thispage very much
    I am taking SuperNova and loving it. I am a hesitant kind of ‘art maker’ and a bit slow (read too many blogs)I have completed books 1 and 3 and am off work this week so am just about to do the covers for book 2. Then I will get onto the painting and journaling!! – just don’t want to ‘spoil’ my books.

  13. Fine page, Rosie! You have experimented with interesting things – thanks for sharing your experiences. I like your colours, and the overall lay-out of this age is very dynamic. Great work!

  14. beautiful work!!! lovely details

  15. Wow, your page is absolutely wonderful!! Fantastic composition and colours!! Brilliant work of art!!


  16. Rosie, first of all I love the title!! I think Xpedia must mean the use of illustrations of quotes in an art journal style. Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it. Your page is scrumptious and a totally unique illustration of the famous quote. Standing ovation from me!

  17. Great page!

  18. Absolutely gorgeous

  19. Great collage and colors Rosie!


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