A few weeks back I posted this amazing photo of a piece I was working on using the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint System in Weathered Birch Fine Wood as I was so impressed with the finish compared to the real thing.
Canvas Corp have used my tutorial on their blog to demonstrate how easy it is to use the kit. You can find the full tutorial on the Creative Studio Blog .
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.
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.
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.
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.
My motto for the year will be “Try something new this year” so I hope you will.
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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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.
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.