Broken – kiss it better!

Remember when we were little? I do. When I hurt myself, my Mum would kiss it better… all those scrapes and grazes. So, this doll is broken…

For AYITLOAAJ: Musical Musings – July 15th (I really didn’t like the song at all.)

THE SONG: Mama’s Arms by Joshua Kadison
Written Lyrics HERE

Wednesday Stamper closes its doors…

I think this is so sad as I’ve been a participant on and off for the last 3 years or so. But, everything comes to an end and new challenge blogs emerge and life goes on as people get busier, etc. In honour of their closure, I wrote haikus and created this page:

“We flocked to their blog

and we created with joy:

every week was new.

Their challenge awoke

sparks of creativity

In all who took part… “

So farewell to WS and I wish you all joy and peace and creativity…

I am adding this to Theme Thursday’s “Wings” theme, which inspired the page originally! The stamps are a combination of handcarved and commercial. 🙂

Trust your Spin Doctor…

For AYITLOAAJ – Musical Musings – 15th June

THE SONG: Right Round Ft. Kesha
Written Lyrics HERE

I like the song but I don’t really like or ‘get’ all the lyrics… However, like many people, all the changes that are happening here in the UK and all the political unrest and the effect it’s having on people close to me, makes my head spin. It’s a very worrying time for everyone I think. This is quite a satirical, sinister page, belied by the bold colours. You can probably feel my unease without me writing reams on here…

Take this any way you like! Thanks for looking!! The image is courtesy of a college prospectus and his hat is a reversed casserole dish, flipped upside down! The circle border is one of my handcarved stamps. 🙂

What a day, a week, a laugh it is…

Can you put your hands in your head? Oh no… Remember Roger Hodgson – Supertramp? Dreamer was his first hit song and probably why I became a fan. I have never ever forgotten the song or the lyrics, or his amazing voice. Luckily, there’s a fairly reasonable video on Youtube that you can watch:

I post this because I have had another weird week (and it’s only Wednesday!). I don’t know if there’s something in the air or a bug going round, but I am exhausted. I have been working on this Project Denim – maybe that has drained me more than I thought, because I don’t normally work in one medium for a prolonged length of time. Could my creative battery cells need recharging? Whatever…

Today I found myself yet again in a waiting area, with pencils and the old Moon Diary from 2007. I had the notion that I’d practice doodling – like “real” doodling, as in zentangles. I’ve tangled before and I refreshed my eyes with a few tangles hoping they’d inspire me. Disappointingly, this is all that happened:

Hmmm, apart from the 2nd section – the “ribbons” – I’m not keen on any of those! When I showed my friend what I’d written round the edges, she said that was better than the doodling! I wrote:

“This is why I have trouble with zentangles. I can’t seem to follow a repetitive pattern. Does this mean I have a very disorganised mind or I am merely undisciplined? Perhaps I should try mandalas…”

But, I doodled a bit more on the following page and Nefertiti-Cupcake (/Jellymould) was born, mainly through my inability to draw hair (and maybe ears too!):

Now she’s simply a pencil sketch, but I like her! Then I decided to try a mandala. I vaguely remember that you start in the centre and work outwards. I don’t really know what I’m doing and I was getting grumpy by now, (45 minutes after the DD had gone to sit her exam), so maybe that explains the pointy/spikey bits!

However, I think the outer circle looks very much like people (possibly young ones), holding hands in a circle, so maybe I had mellowed by then. I did enjoy that one more than the doodles, so perhaps I should take more notice of my BBFF Barbara and get stuck into mandalas… 😉

Kids’ speak…

I was waiting for DD whilst she took an exam yesterday (Maths!). I had the very colourful fabric journal with me, a big old pencil case and a little ziplock bag with Neos, rubbers and a few more pens in it! (No wonder my bag is always so heavy!)

The composition is mine, but the layout is pure Kelly Kilmer! The writing says…

“The language that kids today use, is as colourful as my pages… They can be so abusive without at all meaning to be rude or give offence. I love talking to kids I don’t know, because we listen to each other & engage, with no preconceived ideas or opinions about each other. It’s merely the subject of our conversation that unites us briefly. Share a thought with a young person TODAY.”

Listen to Who I Am – Hear ME ….. Look Beyond My Attitude…. See Me

I got a few curious looks (as usual), as I sat there writing, drawing, pens in mouth, waterpen dribbling into my top!! But hey, I was in the “zone” and I stopped when I felt I was finished – about 15 minutes before DD!

In explanation of the above, DD took her exam outside school, in a Skills Centre where they run full-time and part-time educational courses for kids who don’t fit the “norm”. Listening to them, we got chatting, briefly, before they all went off to class, and I found it so interesting. So enlightening… and I listened to them and saw who they are – briefly.

Maybe one day I’ll be in a position to work alongside kids like those teens… who knows? 🙂

Toots & The Maytals

They’re my “Stars” for Take a Word this week! A lot of dimensional paint went onto the page!! The image is cut from a postcard advertising tour dates locally last year… I know, right? I am such a hoarder of postcards!! 😉

Toots and the Maytals… Stars of the 1970s and the Reggae movement. I was a teenager growing up in those days and I remember the youth club discos – Mungo Jerry, Toots, etc. Good times…

I realised when I’d finished the page that the colours are also representative of the whole Rastafarian faith… Red, yellow, black and green!!


Musical Musings May 30th

Thanks so much to GLENDA for hosting this prompt!
The Prompt: Faith
The Song: Heaven help me by Gretchen Wilson
Product/Technique: Wings
I have rambled a bit and was trying a new technique to create this page – journalling in the journalled word… if that makes sense? It’s a “summer camp” thing! I’m trying to describe how I feel about Faith
I must explain that this is a handmade watercolour papers, art journal. I made the journal on the Supernova AJ Class with Julie Prichard in 2009. It has pages bound to tapes which are stitched into a fabric cover… I know, right? It is a really lovely AJ. However, I don’t like the papers much although they take media very well. They’re just hard to collage onto and write on.
When I took Kelly Kilmer’s Memories and Reflections class, a lot of emphasis was on page layout and composition for collage. I used Kelly’s templates with paint in this journal, instead of paper. The paints are a little bright/loud but the concept is good… So I have 5 or 6 layouts painted up in the journal, onto which I can collage, doodle, journal, etc.
The text-tape is something I picked up from Julie FFB recently!! Very quick and very cool – oh and really cheap! 😉

Listen to what the man said…

When Paul McCartney and his wife Linda formed Wings in 1971, I wasn’t too impressed, but there are a couple of songs that I have always liked. One of them is “Listen to what the man said…” and the other is “Band on the Run”.

“Wings” is the Take a Word challenge this week, and this one’s also for Penny at Songs in my HeART! Peace out, man!

This page is the first one in my fabric-covered art journal that I made during Julie Prichard’s Art Journalling Supernova class. I love this journal and the Khadi papers are so roughly textured. They absorb colour and ink extremely well!

My BBFF, Barbara Hagerty, wrote a really interesting post recently – all about the joy of journalling, and opening your eyes. If you are an art journalist/journaller, you might just find it provocative! It’s certainly food for thought… 😉

Meantime, I am looking forward to starting Summer Camp with Marit tomorrow… yay!!!!! 🙂

Fishing and sketching…

Nick and I went fishing to somewhere we’d never been before on Tuesday and it was so quiet that I ended up watching the tadpoles and the butterflies! I took a few pics with my phone and sketched them last night. I love tadpoles – they’re so cute, with their wiggling tails and their tiny legs attached to their chunky bodies. It’s amazing how many shades of browns and greens there are in their skin too…

And then, this morning I got another opportunity to sketch whilst DD was sitting an exam. I was sitting in the waiting area with some pencils, thinking of the lyrics to “Unorthodox” by Example. I wanted to draw something using the word – UNORTHODOX – and this is what happened…

I used a mixture of waterbased markers, a few Inktense pencils and black and white pens, plus a 9B graphite stick for the grungey shading. This is the video from Youtube which, now I’ve watched it, is better than I’d imagined!! Love this! And what a star little Akai is! For Penny Lane – Songs in my HeART blog.

Musical Musings

For A year in the life of an art journal

THE SONG: FUCK YOU by Cee Lo Green
CLEAN version :”Forget you”.
Written Lyrics HERE

So I was lucky enough to find this wonderful magazine advertising image in my stash and rearranged the letters slightly to form the song title! My journalling is personal too, but deals with all those “doubters” who ‘knocked’ me for leaving school at 16 and not going onto University, etc.

I think even back then, I knew I wasn’t going to live a “conventional” life!! I wonder how many of them are really “happy”???