Enter the dragon!

I suppose this is a product of my restless spirit (at the moment!) and my warped sense of humour! I created the background over the previous weekend, whilst home alone (and we all know what can happen, don’t we?!!!) and I carved some “house stamps”, using cheapo erasers that I’d bought on my previous shopping trip (40p for 2 at Morrisons!!)

For this week’s Three Muses – Oriental – challenge: Dragon courtesy of Dover publications. All the rest is me! The text reads:

“And the people fled as the great Dragon, Hun-Gri Mun Chin

descended on the village to do his weekly shop…

just in case “Ribs” were on his list!”

That painted and stamped page is still bare in my art journal, looking a tad “Vincent” with the circles, so I might develop it more later, but it sure made for a fun background here!! What a joy digital/hybrid art is – especially when I have trouble getting up and downstairs for now! Never mind… I’m on the mend and grateful for all the get-well wishes – thank you all! 😀

SPA – summer…

As they said, it hasn’t been very summery here this weekend especially… and laid up with a sprained foot, I have been frustrated by the whole situation. Having said that, I did spend a bit of time yesterday evening, playing with watercolours and drips and stuff…

The background started out more blue in hues, and of course, I have been carving small eraser stamps too! So this piece of paper was the foolscap sheet of lined white that I used to check my carving, that I then painted over!

The fun part was then scanning that into my PC, changing the hues and then playing with a new set of brushes which were presented to us over at Digital Whispers ning group. These are quite advanced files as I only have CS2 and when I downloaded them originally, I couldn’t open them! However, being married to a “web guy”, I offered to share my new toys with him and he opened them for me and sent them back so I could play too! (Doesn’t that sound complex??? Lol!)

So today I made this hybrid postcard for Sunday Postcard Art’s “summer” theme… using a few of the lyrics from Club Tropicana by Wham!

This is my promotional postcard for my new beach bar – Club Tropicana – which will open for business when I have the funds in place!!! 😉

Running up that hill

“And if I only could, I’d make a deal with God

And I’d get Him to swap our places…”


The Prompt: What’s the deal?
The Song: Running Up That Hill by Placebo (or Kate Bush)
Written Lyrics HERE
Product/Technique: Playing Cards

I fell in love with the lyrics to this song, written by Kate Bush in the 1980s and vaguely remembered the tune. Now of course, I can’t get it out of my head! Like many of her songs, there’s a lilting, haunted recurring theme, that takes you deep down inside yourself and I love the choreography on the video too…

Here’s my take on the challenge where I’ve endeavoured to interpret the words and how they make me feel.

I forgot all about the playing cards aspect, and look at those hearts floating around!! So much on my mind lately too! My subconscious has a mind of its own, obviously… 😉

The stamps (except the heart), are handcarved. Size – 8″x8″ (20x20cm) To see more examples, please click on A Year in the Life of an Art Journal!!!

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. 🙂

Really? £20 million…

That’s apparently, approximately what the cost of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding will be. In this day and age, a time of crises and mounting global debt and deficit, that seems not only excessive to me, but rather obscene. So, this is my Journal page for AYITLOAAJ’s April 15th Prompt: Really?

How much?

All the stamps are handcarved. The royal crest is from the envelope the 2011 Census docs came in and the flowers are torn from junk mail too – I liked the colours!! My “spring green” girl has been resized and printed out, so she can comment to her (slightly smaller),  alter ego!

I’m neither a fan nor anti the Royals. The Queen finally became a taxpayer like the rest of us, which made her more “palatable” as far as I’m concerned, but the Monarchy in general… Why? Personally, I find them out of touch and well past their sell-by date! And that’s all I have to say on the matter… (having met a couple of them in my dim and distant past – oh yeah!)

Oh and apart from the prompt – Really?!, there’s a song, some lyrics and we got to use speech bubbles!! There are some cool examples on the blog, so do go check it out!! I too, have been sucked in by the lovely weather we’re having here in the UK this week and now have the sunburnt knees to prove it!! Hence the lack of blog posts! Then again, it’s bound to rain soon, innit?!! 😉

Hey there, Delilah!

For Songs in my Heart, I love this song and sing along whenever I hear it (much to DD’s disgust!!). It’s one of those songs where you can hear and understand the lyrics and it has a really easy, catchy chorus – win-win as far as I’m concerned – so let’s hear it for the Plain White Ts!

This is one of those altered book art journals where I let loose with the watercolour paints… I had the most trouble with her mouth! You’d think she was singing the flippin’ song! I drew and painted her on Saturday evening in front of the telly… No wonder I had to keep asking what I’d missed!

Cat House…

Or Salon Kitty? Fun themed ATCs this week at TMTA. House-shaped they must be!

Kitties at the windows...

I love using old ATC backgrounds and turning them into something completely different! This particular ATC “blank” has been altered 3 times now, this time with handcarved stamps, Hello Kitty stickers and watersoluble pencils. (Plus a bit of judicious doodling!)

Bohemian Rhapsody

That is such an iconic song… and once it’s in your head, it won’t go away! I have had such a busy day today… catching up on all the creative things I have been itching to do! I do enjoy knitting, playing with fabric, sewing and all that stuff, but I crave the freedom that being messy with pages, paints and ink brings. I surprise myself sometimes – that I can actually find anything is a miracle! I finished a Julie F-F B-inspired canvas; I started an art journal for recipes I print out that I use regularly; I made backgrounds of another 2 pages in 2 more old books (soon to become journals); I finished off the Green Jester character I started when I created Nick’s page and I journalled this spread for Wednesday Stamper’s challenge – Bohemian Rhapsody, humming the words as I painted. I got so mucky I had to wash my hands 3 times already today! (They don’t like bits of paint on their toast, you see…!)

Is this the Real Life?

All the rubber stamps are my carvings! I love using the dip pen to write with and I think I shall buy some acrylic inks soon, especially white. Then I can write in a more flowing style in both black and white. It seems to be easier to write over lots of layers of acrylic paints and soluble wax crayons too. That’s something I often find problematic. Here’s my green Jester lady…

Oh she’s pretty! I have a boyish character all painted, ready to finish off too. I just seem to have so many things on the go at the moment and only the one pair of hands… ah well! 🙂

Life is simple, Life is ‘art’

This is an art journal page I challenged myself to create, which started yesterday. We have had Jimbo staying with us since last week and there have been fishing trips and quiet times and fun, but very little TIME for art…

If you don't Live enough...

Time for the Three Muses again this week. I sometimes make life hard for myself by starting a spread with elements and words, and no idea how I’m going to tie them together. That sounds ridiculous, but this page was unplanned and I worked towards the theme using a couple of phrases (which I cut up), some Citrasolved scraps of papers (found whilst tidying again), a little text/sheet music leftover from previous projects (postcards and ATCs)…

I was also determined to use a watercolour wash over the background. Colours of choice were blues and then a sandy yellow for the stamped image background… The LOVE and ART squares are from a Crowabout collage sheet I won last year and the letter stickers are from scrapbooking stash I won a couple of years ago! Now either I am an inveterate hoarder, or time really does fly!! I can’t remember when I last bought brand new art supplies – except for the A3 printer we bought recently, for printing art posters and large photos out. 🙂

There are a few handcarved stamps here and I also carved the arrow on the back of one of my erasers – yes, especially to finish off this page and lead the viewer round it!! Now I have scratched that itch, I shall feel less restless tomorrow (I hope!).

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot!!

When I was going to dance classes some years ago, we used to dance freestyle Salsa to this great number… and once you start, you can’t stop!! So the Three Muses challenge this week is to use HOT as your theme. I found myself thinking random, disconnected thoughts and then paralleling them in my head with colour and words as I created the background with yellow and orange paint.

In the spirit of using up scraps from my desk and unfinished projects too, I connected the Take a Word (Romance) with these joined up puzzle pieces and they also, being a little racy (hot?), fit the 3M theme… Prompted by Tammy’s (Daisy Yellow in my head) “measure” prompt, I used the quirky eraser stamp I carved on Sunday night along the bottom of the page…

How cool is that? How hot is this? Measure it!

Funny how your mind works, isn’t it?  The bitty specks of black on the page are embossing powder, with which I have been really childish today! I have been reinventing a large canvas*** I wasn’t happy with and I ended up really playing this morning – splattering paint on it and then throwing embossing powder into the paint. Honestly! So I had to see what happened to the fabric flower when I heated it too, didn’t I?  Fine until you overheat it – see page for details… *giggles*

***I am renaming it “Reckless abandon”… Watch this space for photos later this week!!!

Oh and here’s a fun video of that catchy tune…