If there’s one thing I love about living here in Luxembourg it’s the beautiful colours of Autumn when the forests turn from green to red, yellow and brown, and as long as the sun is shining it’s an absolute pleasure to drive through the leafy forest roads or walk with the dog first thing in the morning.
From today some of the Canvas Corp Crew are going to be blog hopping and showcasing projects inspired by Autumn.
It’s quite normal on my morning walks to pick up leaves, twigs or interesting things I find along the way and a lot of these end up in my inspiration jar for sketching at a later date.
I was inspired to create by the teasle seed heads outside my studio window which I leave standing throughout the winter to give a nice structure to the garden as well as feeding the birds.
I thought it was about time I added some sketches of my nature finds in a journal and of course I had to make one for the purpose. So here it is, an Autumn-inspired junk journal for sketching the things I’ve found on my morning forest walks with Cooper.
I’ve painted on a piece of Stretched Natural Canvas cotton and given a mixed media finish with paints, gesso and texture paste. I also added a pretty piece of Avocado Burlap along with some Grey Burlap die cut into hearts. The hand-stitched binding I’m thrilled with only because it’s tricky to make it look neat enough. Painting on canvas cotton is so satisfying and looks beautiful when it’s given a shabby chic treatment.
The inside has four signatures each with eight pages made from magazine paper, music score and plain old copy paper. I did use kraft paper for each outer page just so it would look neat from the outside, but I look forward to using these pages as much as the rest.
I hope this has inspired you to make yourself a junk journal or nature diary. Please visit the other Crew members to find out what they’ve created with Canvas Corp products. This is the full blog line up so you can go through and have a look at their projects.
With the water colour look being so popular right now I thought I’d create something a little bit different on this card using ink sprays by Tattered Angels and a stencil. The ink sprays gave me a much brighter colour and they layered over each other beautifully.
Good question, very good question. I’ve not written here since April and that’s a shame but honestly May has been a bit like a whirlwind.
I’ve not been sitting around painting my toenails although it was very tempting a couple of weeks ago when the weather became so nice I actually put some sandals on. No, apart from digging, alot of digging in the garden, I’ve been busy designing some new stamps this time for me and my very own brand which has been very very exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. It’s a big thing to try and get it just right and it took a long time before I’d actually sign them off as finished. I can’t wait now to see how they work.
Meanwhile I did put together a new mini album using the envelopes I received in the ATC swap a while back with Canvas Corp Brands. I’d been meaning to use the envelopes for some time as to me they are just as beautiful as the ATC’s themselves.
This weekend I went down with the cold I’ve been so determined to avoid now for weeks. I tried my best to get on as normal but after spending a couple of hours in the garden on Saturday I was flaked and Sunday I could hardly muster up the energy to get off the sofa. It’s a bit better now but of course the coughing will stay around for a while no doubt.
Yesterday for Messy Monday I did manage to get a journal page together. More collage and Dylusions paints then a simple drawing of Luxembourg city and that was it.
I’m starting to become braver with adding more colour instead of sticking to the usual turquoise and blue colour scheme. The addition of pink a previously unseen colour on my pages is adding loads more interest.
We spent this weekend in the garden weeding, digging and getting rid of cubic metres of moss from everywhere. It was truly exhausting, but I’m satisfied we did a brilliant job and it’ll surely pay off when the summer comes.
It’s lovely too to be able to draw inspiration (literally) from the garden and for my Messy Monday journal entry this week I did just that. I went out and took a few pics of the Spring flowers, then sketched one or two in my sketch book. My favourite was the pot of primroses which I thought I’d transfer to my journal.
Last week was a particularly draining week emotionally but this week I’m ready to pick myself up, leave that behind and move on. Signs of Spring are all around now and the weather too is giving us some really lovely days to get out and tidy the garden. It’s nice to see the covers come off the furniture at last and we’ve even cranked up the bbq.
It was so nice to open my journal again this week after what has been a long few weeks. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it until I started laying down some papers and glue.
It’s been many years since I hosted and swapped ATC’s. I used to love these little pieces of art so much. What’s not to love? They’re quick to make, not at all intimidating in size and great fun to swap.
When Christine from Canvas Corp asked me if I’d organize a swap for the team I jumped at it, take me back to the days of real post please and making art in mini form.
I gathered a group together and gave them all a posting list. They had no idea who would be sending to who to keep it a lovely surprise. It was so lovely to read the chatter and see how everyone was getting on via our Facebook group.
Back in my own studio I set to work creating my master board which I cut into ATC’s. They had to reflect my personal style so of course I chose to use my favourite colours with a touch of mixed media thrown in.
A couple of weeks ago I gave a workshop to the ladies of the Mosaik group. It was the first one of the year and so nice to see these ladies again.
I thought I’d try and push them out of the size they’re normally used to creating with and have a go at a full sized layout along with some small pre-made embellishments to use with their card making and mini page layouts.
As usual we started with a kit which they loved and I got them sewing through paper and layering elements together as well as adding some touches of gold accents here and there.
The next time we meet will be in May which I’m already planning.
The other workshop was with a group of local ladies who wanted to learn the art of book folding. They’d seen the tree Lena and I had taught Mosaik before Christmas and wanted to do a similar thing. As it’s Spring I showed them a birdhouse complete with little bird and a bit of foliage.
I’m so late in posting this but seriously there aren’t enough days in the week at the moment. It’s been a couple of weeks now since I got back from Stitches trade show in the UK. It was an absolutely amazing time because this year I actually had my very own little part of the NEC which was all mine. It was all thanks to CHA UK who for the very first time opened up their stand to include us designer members and give us a place to showcase our work to the world.
Well I’m feeling a bit ashamed of myself for missing a week of blogging but it’s been quite full on some good, some bad and some amazing. Last Monday I didn’t get around to journaling which hurt me greatly (I get really antsy if I don’t do something creative) but by the end of the week I’d made up for it with a bit of a quickie which is here. Some pretty simple drawing with a dip pen and black ink which I’d totally forgotten I used to love. The page underneath is Dylusions acrylics and the ink goes beautifully over the top unlike alot of pens. It was an exercise in keeping things simple without over thinking things.