Friday, 25 April 2014

A bit of a journal

I have recently reached the magnificent age of 50. Last year I wrote a 'Dear Diary' of my last year in my forties. So what this year.. I found a small journal book and decided to paint, doodle and stamp my way through this year. He is my first go, Paris in the spring time as I had a wonderful 5 days there with Nigel over my birthday weekend. I painted blue sky and cherry blossom and added a mini stamp of the Eiffel Tower.

Craft Barn challenge. Knowledge or Hurt


I have chosen hurt for this challenge. My quote is 'Do you want to hurt me, Do you want to make me cry' by Boy George and Culture Club. An excellent song and takes me straight back to being 18 and having just left school and into the big wide world of work. A very scary time.

I outlined an eye based on a picture of Boy George's eye. I then used water colour paints and pencils. I used the pencil to add definition to the outline. I then wrote the song all over it in a pen similar colour to the background. The chorus is in the tear drop. Finally I sprayed a little water to make bits blur.  It is the first time I have drawn facial features in a journal and I am very pleased with the result.


Sunday, 20 April 2014



What a wet Easter Day. I have Will home using my craft room as a bedroom so cant go there. So spent a very pleasant afternoon crocheting with Val. She is intermediate/advanced stage making flowers and experimenting and I am very much at the beginners 'how do you do a granny square?' stage. However after many false starts and much perseverance I have made progress. I am beginning to recognise what the rounds should look like but feel a long way from flowers and lace- plus the tips of my fingers have gone numb. Give me knitting any day!

Had great trouble getting the first chain and round.

Beginning to look like it should. The blue wool kept splitting though.

Not perfect but recognisable. Phew.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Craft Barn challenge change/truth

A little late with this one and also not as much thinking time as I have been taken up with 50th birthdays and trips to Paris. I am a lucky girl. Anyway I chose truth and a quote by a much missed fictional character Gregory House. My Husband and I use to watch it together and loved his witty one liners and this made me giggle.

The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie but shoes always tell the truth.  House

I covered the paper in new PaperArtsy chalk paint I bought at Ally Pally at the weekend. I used chartreuse and seaweed for the base and chutney to make the border plus a splash of dylusions. After a couple of failed attempts at getting the stamping in the correct place (this is my 3rd go) I decided to paint a separate piece of paper to stamp eyes and smiles on. Finally I stamped a film strip over them and cut them out. Next were the shoes. I added alphabet washi tape and the quote. I am pleased with the result, almost, but hay ho. Enjoy.