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.
There’s a whole blog post on the Canvas Corp blog showing how I put it together.
I’ll be showing the inside pages soon.
For now at least, have a good week.
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.
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.
The weather’s vile, I’ve had a cold and spent the weekend coughing and felt vile so the only thing to do was stay in paint something.
I decided to create another background of hand writing nonesense and this time I used ink and a dip pen to write it. I like the dip pen technique alot as it makes my drivel look arty.
I put a few flowers on the page to finish it off and all the while I was drawing them I had Lazy Daisy going round on a loop in my head.
I’d like to know if you’ve created a page with hand writing on it somewhere. It might be the title or the background, where ever you feel comfortable adding it.
Have a good week and stay warm