Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Itinerary 13

The 13th theme from Art Journal Caravan is home. First, my mixed media pages.

Now my digital page. Double click on the writing to make it larger.

Credits: A Sexton & T Baxter, SBG

More journal pages

These are journal pages I have created over the last week, again trying out different styles.

Journal pages

Here are some journal pages that I created a couple of weeks ago. They are all very different in style as I am trying to play around with different layouts and different techniques. I think the bottom one is my favourite of these three.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Art Journal Caravan - campfire

As it is now a quarter of the way through the year (not sure I can believe it!), AJC are having a pow wow over the campfire. To celebrate this they have given each of us a (black) camel to do with what we like. Here is mine:

Credits: background & balloons - Studio Manu; quirky quotes - Studio Maya; camel - T. Baxter & A. Sexton

Monday, 29 March 2010

Scrapbook pages

Here are three more digital scrapbook pages that I have created.

Credits: Bohemian Rhapsody by Studio Ztampf, SBG

Credits: Rooted in the Past by Birgit Kerr, SBG

Credits: Rooted in the Past by Birgit Kerr, SBG & Bits of Yesterday by Studio Manu, SBG

Saturday, 27 March 2010


This piece is a photo of mine that I have digitally altered. It is actually a picture of a puddle with a reflection of a tree and the sky in it. I played around with the colouring and added the birds (c/o iTkUpiLLi) to create this night time scene.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Is it so small a thing ...

This is a digital collage I created using elements from Sherrie JD & Tangie Baxter's 'Junque Journal' kit at SBG. The quote is from Matthew Arnold (double-click on it to see it more clearly).

Monday, 22 March 2010


A couple of days ago I played around with some newspaper and acrylic paints, the end result of which was these backgrounds.

The first step was to glue the newspaper to an A4 piece of card using matte medium. The wrinkles in the newspaper give the pieces some texture. Once dry, I mixed some acrylic paint with Golden Liquid Glazing (satin) so that the paint would be transparent. I then painted several layers of different colours over the newsprint, waiting for each layer to dry before applying the next. In some instances I wiped off some of the paint with a damp paper towel, to help the paint blend with the previous layers.

A real friend ...

This is a digital collage I've created using elements from Miss Vivi & Line Designs'  'Kiss from' set at SBG. Double click on the seat, to see the details.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Steam punk

The challenge from Sunday Postcard Art this week is steam punk. I created two pieces.

Credits: Background - iTkUpiLLi; elements - Sherrie JD

Credits: Tangie Baxter at SBG

Wall hanging

This afternoon I made this wall hanging using beer mats and Grungeboard.

After applying gesso to the beer mats, I painted them with green acrylic paint. Then I dry-brushed some light blue paint over the top and, once dry, sprayed with brick Glimmer Mist. I took some pre-cut Grungeboard shapes and coloured them with fired brick Distress Ink. I stamped them with a Tim Holtz stamp, embossed them and then applied fired brick Stickles. Small black gems gave the birds eyes. I used my Bind-it-All to join them all together.

This photo does not really do the piece justice, but if you double-click on it you will be able to see more detail.

Itinerary 12

'Proverbs' is the theme this week.

My mixed media pages concentrate on one of my favourite proverbs: today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday and all is well. I started with a plain geen acrylic background upon which I wrote the proverb in big black letters. I then applied gesso over this and, once dry, added patches of different colours of paint. I stamped some images in black and embossed them. I wrote the proverb again in smaller letters using three different types of pen. Some related words were written randomly about the piece and faux stitches were drawn around the page edges.

My digital piece uses a different proverb: a bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Credits: A. Sexton & T. Baxter - AJC 12; T. Baxter - Junque Journal (All SBG)

Friday, 19 March 2010

ACF 66

This is a digital piece that I have created using the image given by Art Creations Friday for their 66th challenge.

Credits: background - Ruby Rynne; elements - Studio Ztampf at SBG

I love the fact that I can create what looks like sewn pieces on my computer, as I have always hated sewing! Although, I have to say it does (almost) make me want to get out a needle and thread and try again.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Mini book

This project started out using mainly scraps. The pages are toilet roll holders flattened and embossed, sprayed with Adirondack Color Wash and some Glimmer Mist and rubbed over with some metallic paint.

I bound the pages together with my Bind-it-All and painted the open ends of the toilet roll holder inside with black paint. Once dry I stapled a small picture card into each of the openings.

I stuck some odds and ends that I had been saving onto each of the pages.

As a last embellishment, I tied several coordinating ribbons to the binding rings. Done! One mini-book made from toilet roll holders and, apart from the picture cards, scraps.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


Credits: woman & glasses/eyes - Ruby Rynne; word strip - Tangie Baxter (both Scrapbook Graphics)

My digital piece for the Three Muses' challenge this week.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Sunday Postcard Art

The theme at Sunday Postcard Art this week is 'goddess'. I decided to go with one of da Vinci's drawings.

Credits: butterflies & border- Ruby Rynne; background - ACF, R. Rynne & A. Sexton

I amalgamated several backgrounds, applying different filters to each layer. Once I was happy with it, I added and coloured the border on the left-hand side.  The image of the lady was black and white initially but I darkened it and erased the background behind it, achieving the mottled, vintage colouring.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Itinerary 11

The prompt for my Art Journal Caravan mixed media pages this week was a quote from Donald Kennedy; "A lot of disappointed people have been left on the street corner waiting for the bus marked 'perfection'."

I started with some Glimmer Mist and stencils over which I applied some patches of black and white gesso. Next I rubbed on some acrylic paint with a damp paper towel. Then some stamps in cobalt blue. I used PaperArtsy stamps and red acrylic paint for the corner pieces and used a red gel pen to write the quote. (Double-click on any of the pictures to get a better look.)

The verb for the week is 'gather' so I took the theme of gathering strength for my digital piece.

Friday, 12 March 2010


Art Creations Friday have given us a picture of Ophelia by J W Waterhouse this week. I didn't want to alter this one much as it is so lovely, so I softened the background and put it over a watery background (one of my own photos with colours altered to suit the picture and a faint script added on top).
The quote is one of Ophelia's from Hamlet.

Thursday, 11 March 2010


Credits: quote - Maya of Scrapbook Graphics; background - Sherrie JD at Scrapbook Graphics & Nicecrane

This is my contribution for the Three Muses' theme 'newspaper'.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Grungeboard bracelet

I recently saw Sheena Douglass demonstrate how to make a bracelet from Grungeboard. Well, I couldn't let that one slip by without having a go, and here is the end result:

I have quite big wrists and and I don't like bracelets too tight, so I cut my piece of Grungeboard diagonally. I added the pattern by embossing it using a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then I sprayed an initial layer of Glimmer Mist over it. Once dry, I swiped an Archival Ink pad over the raised areas and the edges. Then I sprayed on two different colours of Glimmer Mist  in alternate patches. I made a small hole at one end and a larger hole at the other using my Crop-a Dile. I made the larger hole bigger with a pencil and attached a hitch fastener through the small hole. It's now ready to wear.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Sunday Postcard Art - Travel

Slightly premature, here is my piece for Sunday Postcard Art this week.

Credits: StudioTangie, Scrapbook Graphics.

Itinerary 10

The theme from Art Journal Caravan (AJC) this week is 'life is like a circus' or 'to entertain'.

My mixed media pages are layers of acrylic paint and water soluble oil pastels, using Sharpies for the writing and gel pens for highlighting.

Now for my digital piece. This is created from the elements supplied by StudioTangie for AJC this week.

Credits: A. Sexton & T. Baxter at Scrapbook Graphics

Door hanger

This is a papier mache door hanger that I have decorated. I painted the background a metallic green.

Whilst the paint was drying I used a Ten Seconds Studio mould to shape some metal (part of an aluminium sheet). I stuck this to the fish using red line tape and applied Terra paste either side of it, stamping into it with a damp PaperArtsy text stamp. Having dried this with a heat tool, I sponged on some layers of both acrylic and metallic paints. Lastly, I coloured the letters with alcohol inks and stuck them on with Glossy Accents.

Friday, 5 March 2010

ACF 64

This week Art Creations Friday have given us a picture of a little boy to play with. This is the what I have created with it. The window is part of one of my own photographs.

Credits: greenery - StudioTangie; butterfly & horse - Ruby Rynne; horshoe & background - Gypsy (all at Scrapbook Graphics)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Oh man!

My digital entry for the Three Muses this week:

Credits: iTkUpiLLi; Dover; & StudioTangie at Scrapbook Graphics

Another tag

This evening I made another tag.

I started out by experimenting with the fragments (the clear plastic pieces) and I have to say I am quite pleased with the results. I then had to decide how to use them and a tag seemed the obvious choice. So I coloured it with Distress Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Before adding the fragments I stuck on the scraps of paper to give more interest. Lastly, I added the ribbons and metal embellishments.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

More Holtz

I experimented with water stamping on this tag.

To start I coloured the tag with Distress Inks. I then applied embossing ink onto a stamp and sprayed it with water before stamping it onto the tag. I used a heat tool to dry it. Then I stamped the same image over the wet stamping and applied Distress embossing powder. I inked some Grungeboard elements and applied Rock Candy stickles. Lastly came the ribbons.

All things Tim Holtz!

I have had some fun experimenting with Grungeboard, Distress Stickles, metal elements etc and this is the end result.

What do you think?