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? 🙂


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! 😉


Exactly. What shall I call this post? Or now, it has become, “I shall call this post What?” I have hamsters living in my head this week, really, I do! I am doing (or trying to do), so many different things all converging together, that I might just be losing the plot(s)…

I love spreading colour around on paper. I love overstamping that color and/or doodling on it. I love using the white pen to make highlights… I love creating a character and now that I am sketching aswell, I am drawing characters too! I know, right? Can you believe it? Me, drawing a Zetti-person (I say person, because I can’t decide if he/she is a boy or a girl…) – just sayin’!


So, whilst I was waiting in the Test Centre for Nick today, I drew this Zetti, now known as What?  It’s rather amazing to me and I also wrote alongside it, “It’s very surprising what you can draw when you give your imagination free rein + forget the rules…” You see, I sort of get the zetti, but I never fully embraced it before. Now I think I do get it, if only for this one single character, What?

This month’s theme for Sketchbook Challenge is “Highly Prized”. I can now address this issue because this spread represents all the arty things that I cherish:

I cherish all the wonderful people who have influenced and inspired me, read my blog and encouraged my artistic endeavours. I prize very highly all that I have learnt and continue to learn because I am an art blogger. You are all very special to me and when people ask me who my friends are, I think first of those of you who daily enrich my life – fellow-bloggers and artists – we have so much in common and aspire to inspire and nurture. That’s why I continue to blog and comment and join in with challenges, swaps, groups, etc. And that’s what I prize, very highly… that part of my life that is just for me! 😉

This entry is for Wednesday Stamper’s Dream Big; Take a Word’s Zetti; MaVinci’s Reliquary (latin text stamp).

Marie loves flowers…

Sunday Postcard Art “Dark Marie”… Well, she was such a ‘girly girl’, wasn’t she? Not looking her best in this wondrous collage image from Ten Two Studios, but nevertheless, she is just adorable! To make her pop a bit from the multi-blah blackground, I gave the image a coat of Golden’s Liquid Polymer Gloss. (It also protects the image!)

Marie loves flowers...

My friend Fi sent me the oversized paperclip and I have included the string for Hels’s Sunday Stampers challenge. The stamps are foam ones that I have mainly for use with paint and gesso.

Got loads to share today too – If you look at my left hand sidebar, you’ll see I have added a new badge – The heart of ART. It links to the  Willowing art group on where Tam is offering a FREE 4-week online course for mixed media fans. If you’ve never taken a course or workshop (and let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have the budget for it, do we?), well this is a great opportunity. If you follow that link, there’s a video which explains what it’s all about and that will help you to decide if this could be good for you. I signed up after seeing the badge at Hermine’s blog. 🙂

I’m still trying art journalling, using books I made from the Kelly Kilmer course and I started a new one a couple of days ago – a journal about my Weightwatchers journey! I thought if I write down what my goals are and then journal the journey, it may help keep me on track? Well that’s  the theory – I shall be sharing how that goes on my blog and probably on Facebook too!!!

Every Day Road Trip…

A journal spread finally finishes off my Book of Intentions from Kelly Kilmer’s class and works for Polka dotWednesday Stamper, and the Printed WordThe Three Muses.

"Glory Union" - Road Trip

This is the complete page with tag in pocket – I stapled the adorable fabric tag to a small piece of corrugated cardboard and trimmed it to size, after covering the back of the tag too…

...stamped with a dragonfly

"PAID 15 Sep 2010"

There’s always loud, current music playing in the car when we “ride” together!!

'Time well spent with DD'

This is such a personal page for me so there’s a lot of doodles and handcarved stamps. I remember admitting to Hermine last year, that my love of clothing tags almost  tempts me to buy the outfit to get the tag – or it has done in the past!!! How daft is that? Still, it’s a useful obsession, as all my family keep their most stylish tags for me!!

Driving to and from places together is “chat time” for us. We connect in an intimate mum/daughter way and have had some of our best talks in the car. There is one thing I’m not allowed to do though – sing out loud! When “she-who-must-be-obeyed” travels with me, in my car, I merely lip-synch! Even to me, my raps sound better in my head… 😉

Fish out of water.

A penultimate page in my Book of Intentions from the Kelly Kilmer “Memories and Reflections” class. I put together another couple of books last week, so I can continue collaging anyway – oh and I also found the purse-journal my BFF Barbara sent me last year! Tidying has its benefits!!

Fish out of water...

I used one of the templates from the course, added my fish and my Neos and charcoal pencil. Then the brief journalling… which is pretty neat for me, instead of my usual scrawl.

Loooonnnngggg day at work, followed by a hectic evening and then at home tomorrow!! 😉

Story words…

When I put these papers and images together, I had no idea how they would ultimately relate to each other, so this “story words” page comes as a surprise to me too! I loved the little pic of the sheep with “baa” on his bum, and the weird creature sweeping up leaves which came from a Uni programme I got in the post. The doodling was as much fun as the colouring and as Theme Thursday has “words” as its theme this week, I’ll enter this page.

Once upon a time...

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

I love the madcap, quirky challenges provided by the Three Muses and have chosen to journal a page about Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I don’t think any other group of comedians in the UK has come close to their very odd, wacky style of humour. You were/are either a fan or not – just like marmite – love it or hate it!

"Hello Mrs Cut-Out!"

I remember my Mum used to try and enjoy it with me, but being of German origin, I think most of it went straight over her head! My favourites were Mrs. CutOut and of course Eric 2-sheds Jackson! I can even still sing The Australian Philosophers’ Song, hmmmm!! I was lucky enough to see the entire cast perform live at an Amnesty International event, back in 1979/80… those were the days!!


That’s this week’s theme at Sunday Postcard Art…

Friendship needs no words...

I’ve been doing a lot of paper collaging in my art journals lately and feeling the need to reconnect with fabric, thread and my sewing machine. Yet, I used a scrapbook paper base on vilene (it had a branch and a birdie on it, which gave me the initial theme idea…), added a blue felt owl, which I padded a little as I was stitching him to the base.

I cut the little bird out, made a small “ruffled” nest for it from a scrap piece of lining fabric, stitched that on and added a recycled fabric leaf. I only sew enough of these to attach them – gives them more dimension! I stuck birdie on with a few glue dots and then couched wool as a border. I feel better now!!

The art journalling is really therapeutic. I am following templates, sticking torn and cut papers down, making shapes, finding focal images and exploring the fun side of it. It’s interesting how much mess you can make with paper and a glue stick!!  Having said that, I disliked the inside cover of my little journal enough to get out the paints and a sponge and play with punchinella. It’s much more grunged now and I’m a lot happier!

I covered about 8 or 9 pages yesterday evening and started thinking about journals I will make where I focus on a colour or a theme; fabric journals; mixed media journals; a black and white journal… fascinating! I am starting to explore my penmanship too, because I am a scrawler – always in a hurry to write things down!

If you want to see any of these pages, check out my Flickr photostream which is where I add them, when I’m not blogging them! This is also where I get my mini cards made from – use my Flickr images to create little tiny business cards… so cool! It’s like having a miniature portfolio and when I can afford to, I shall have postcards made aswell, so I can send them to friends!! 🙂