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. 🙂

Words and numbers – triptych!

I’m at Marit’s Summer Camp from now till the end of August! Yay! Following one of the prompts, I challenged myself to create a triptych this evening… in fabric, using a piece I have been building. It’s appropriate for The Three Muses – the written word – and Wednesday Stamper’s – numbers:

A string shaped into a number 6 or 9…

The numbers are stamped onto the orange organza covering all three ATCs.

Thinking happy thoughts!

I’m trying hard to, although I admit to still being quite uncomfortable and in a little pain… I had my first ever mammogram today and to be quite honest, it was far more distressing, uncomfortable and downright painful, than I had expected. I knew what was going to happen because I watched a short documentary about  breast screening last year, but I am just thankful it’s over. Now to wait for the results and hope all is well.  One of those necessary evils I suppose.

So, I am glad that Wednesday Stamper’s theme – “think happy thoughts” and show what makes us happy came to lift my spirits. It’s been such a busy few days that I haven’t spent much time with hands on creating, more a quick sketch here and there in the odd waiting room!

There are lots of things that make me happy – art, stamping, paints, etc. are the obvious ones, but combining them is joyful too! I spent a while today messing about with walnut ink crystals. I bought them well over a year ago and had never even opened the tub, so my backgrounds are a lovely deep brown in places and I did some stuff in my art journal too (but that’s for another day!).

This would be my first choice – poppies! There are few sights that delight me more than a field of poppies, nodding their pretty heads in the breeze! I passed a clump of huge California poppies in a garden this afternoon and that was how I came to embellish my poppy-head stamped image with the red paints! That fits nicely with Theme Thursday too – gardens… 😉

And, this little character also makes me smile happily! I have stickers in my fat pencil case and they “fell” into my hand whilst I was rummaging for my Inktense pencils…

I know, it’s Hello Kitty! I can’t help it – I love these stickers!! 🙂

If only…

I created this page this morning in answer to the prompt “More than words” over at Wednesday Stamper. I sit here typing, covered in paint (well, my hands are anyway!!). And, I didn’t write anything on this page because I just can’t. There isn’t space for all the things I feel when I look at her riding the crest of a wave? Or struggling against the ocean’s pull? Or….. ? What do you see?

The eyes at the top are by Third Coast Stamps; the large script stamp is… an old one! The background is a medley of Neocolour washes applied to a loose page from my fave book, or altered book or scruff journal!

Here are those backgrounds I printed onto alternative papers for my everything journal in yesterday’s post:

And that hymn sheet I printed onto – upside down though! I really should think before I print!! 😉

*****Does anyone (with a wordpress blog),  know why all my photos go to the top of the blog post when I click “insert into post”, instead of where I left my bloody cursor??? Cut & paste is beginning to annoy me… 😦

Enchanted Spring!

Meet Miss Pansy Peapoddy… my Spring character, born especially for Wednesday Stamper this week!

As you can see, I was using up paint from a fabric painting session. I wanted to see if I could paint a face on fabric, but I ran out of playtime, so I went to watercolour paper and Pansy appeared…

Ain’t she purty?! 😉

Fair maidens…

That’s Terri’s chosen theme for Sunday Postcard Art this week. These two are far from your average fair maidens, I think, but to me, they are lovely! The background is brayered paints in black and white, with a Cherry Pie Artstamps pen”  for interest and some co-ordinating brushmarks around the edges. These are for the Wednesday Stamper pens, pencils and brushes challenge…

Fair Maidens, both!

It’s such fun using my own girls for these challenges! And, this postcard is for my friends – Claire and Julz who are big fans – I am humbled by their love and friendship… 🙂

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! 🙂

Sowing the seeds of love…

For Sunday Postcard Art, this theme is “Hearts” (of course!) and I got that Tears for Fears tune into my head and couldn’t get rid of it, so here’s my flowerpot girl, doing her thing!

Sowing the seeds of love...

I used a French book page for the background – language of love, biensur and the tiny stamps are from a very old set I use sporadically (when I remember I have them or need a dinky one!). Flowerpot girl was cut from The Girls page because she was the best one on it, so… and she isn’t stuck down either – I is getting sneaky with my artwork – lol!

I think this also qualifies for Wednesday Stamper’s “Expressions of Love” theme, so I shall submit over there too! 😉

I have made reduced size copies of her and am going to have a go at carving her this evening, whilst watching that spiteful man, Jason Gardner, trying not to eat humble pie because Karen Barber saved his job on “Dancing on Ice”… (P***k.) Such a rude man and so overpaid!

Oh and here’s that song (Live version) for any fans… 😉

Tag-love, or Love-tag?

Just messing with you! Here, because I can, is a tag made from scraps using only what was on my desk at the time this evening,  a “tag” for Wednesday Stamper and there is “Love” in it  for Theme Thursday (white hearts, I love that poppy stamp and my triple Cherry Pie stamp where I have only used the “art” bit…)!

Love-tag!

Recycled an old shipping tag which was uneven, so I made a feature of its oddness. I cut it a bit more and then wiped some black paint over it, added some Quin Azo Gold (I have been making journal backgrounds!), stamped the poppies, added the leftover bit from the ATCs a few days ago, stamped the Muse and trimmed it, all the while adding layers to a couple of pages in my art journals.

My hands are filthy, I love this tag, I have 2 more pages to work on and tomorrow is another day. This li’l rottweiler is going to watch a film** and go to bed….

** “Did you hear about the Morgans?” starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant!

Blue and the Jesterbird…

What a great title for a book, no? I have been trying to draw every day, but it’s really more like every week I make a concerted effort to start and complete a drawing from scratch. Blue was born from a fertile imagination, and a desire to draw faces in monochrome to practise shading on a different level. That sounds a bit serious, but I was really playing with media again!

Blue and the Jesterbird

This is them just painted last night. They appear in the centre of my M & R Book, along with “What?” – hence the line down the centre, which is the waxed thread I use when making my own books… Here they are collaged. Blue is saddened by the music of the Jesterbird, so he sings her The Flight of the Bumblebee to cheer her up…

The Flight of the bumblebee...

I don’t think the music has quite had its effect on Blue, but maybe, in time…

Music is this week’s Wednesday Stamper theme and as bees and flowers remind me of “Spring”, I thought it would fit nicely with this week’s Theme Thursday.