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Spring Flowers Challenge

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.

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Hello Spring

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.

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A New Journal Page and some News

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.

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Messy Monday in the studio

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.

lazy daisy

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

Jaine x

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Welcome To Messy Monday

Welcome to Messy MondayMessy Monday, what the heck is that?

For a while now I’ve been creating on a Monday and offering a few tips on background techniques and a general how-to or rather how-I go about creating pages.

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New Strathmore Journal

Last week was all about getting out of a colour rut, this week has been about getting out of a media rut.

This is the first page of my new Strathmore journal and I really wanted to tone things down a bit and create something a bit simpler. A few water colours, pens and nothing else.

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Confidence Art Journal Page

At the end of last year I posted a photo of how my Moleskine journal looks now it’s at the end, since then it’s become even fatter and is bursting at the seams, so it’s definitely time for a new one. This time I’ve bought myself a Strathmore to see how that stands up to my beloved Moleskine.

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While I was waiting for it to arrive I created a new page in my much smaller Dylusions journal and as usual it was while Facetiming with Clare who was also testing out a new journal, her first Moleskine.

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I got out the Dylusions paints and as usual I reached for my favourite colours, turquoise and green so to try and push myself out of a colour rut I thought I’d go for something I don’t normally do and put on some pink. As you can see I wasn’t so confident and didn’t slap it on too much but I was happy to know I’d broken out of this colour funk.

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I thought I’d put the word Confidence on the finished page as it was the word of the moment. Confidence to try something new, confidence to believe in yourself and how quickly it can be taken away too with just one word.

I think it’s important for me to remember that not everyone has the confidence to slosh paint around and mess make in a journal like I do and there are people who would very much like to get started in journaling but have no idea where to start. So in the shop I’ve put together a series of kits which include a hand made A5 journal, two Dylusions paints, a stencil and stencil sponges and a stamp. The journal is 8 pages of 300gsm mixed media paper so well able to stand up to paint and wet mediums and is bound with a vintage manila file folder as a cover. There are 4 kits Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, each one with different stencils and paint colours.

journal kit spring

My motto for the year will be “Try something new this year” so I hope you will.

Jaine x

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Porto and more

I missed blogging last week even though I did create a page in my journal. I think I just got a bit dazed at the weekend by the awful events which unfolded in Paris and it didn’t seem right to try and forget about it here so I just left my post for a week.

The week before that though M and I spent some time in Porto, enjoying some warm sunshine and a bit of relaxation before the madness of the season and I did spend some time sketching and took lots of photo’s to use later on in my work.

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Birds Of A Feather

Right at this very moment I’m sitting on a balcony with a glass of wine watching the sun go down over Porto in northern Portugal. It is a small get away from it all to recharge the batteries before the madness of Christmas and a chance to grab some sunshine and top up the vitamins D.

Before I left though I didn’t forget about creating a weekly journal page and here it is.

more texture

Once again I got together with Clare for a bit of a journal session and we both worked on more ways to play with texture. Here I used some scrunched up tissue paper and texture paste and applied colour with Color Burst pigments.

I’ll be back next week but in the mean time have a good weekend from a sunny Porto.

Jaine x

 

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Monday in the studio with my Moleskine journal

Don’t you just love it when you get to fill up a journal? This is my Moleskine which I’ve had for ages now. It’s an A4 size and I’ve been through phases where I’ve loved it one minute then gone off it the next. In the beginning A4 was an exciting size to work on but slowly as I started to make my own smaller sized journals from scratch I felt the bigger pages were just too intimidating. More recently however, I’ve gone back to A4 and love it.

This is how fat it’s become as I get near the end. My left hand pages are all curved and bent meaning I can only work on the right but I’ll add loose leaves to the left so no space will be wasted. A new one will have to be on my Christmas wish list.

moleskine

It’s been a busy week with half term and Halloween coming up and stuff for the shop to finish  off. I did get to do a bit of journaling with Clare Brown though where we worked on using silhouettes on a page.

I love doing this, it’s my favourite way to work on a page and the ways you can use a silhouette are endless. I think in the future I may do a tutorial on it so you can see how I put the page together.

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