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Friday, August 29, 2014

Watercolour journaling

I'm still working in my watercolour journal that I shared HERE and the altered cover is HERE. I started this week's spread with a sentence of found text that I thought would be fun to answer :
I finished another envelope and was noting (again!) my desire to stitch more...It was my husband's birthday the week I did this spread, so I was able to add an appropriate stencil - found in the cake decorating aisle!
I loved the previous spread but it was a hard act to follow when I wasn't feeling my best 
I decided that I didn't like all the white background on my page, so I decided to add some spray through punchinella - this is the second page which I used to soak up the extra ink
and the left hand page was a little more interesting in places, and a little harder to read in others! Oh well - it's all learning. Overall I like it better than it was (sorry no photo of the plain white background)
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I was working on my last envelope for "me time messages" and hadn't put my open calendar diary far enough away so had to blend some oversprayed colour...obviously this was my week to to be taught more than one lesson!
Don't mind the effect though...just go with it. It's not as hard to read as the photo suggests
The other page needed a bit of flower power I thought, so I sprayed some ink on the page first, and added some flower doodling
I was working on my "me time messages project" - I remembered to print out and put in photos of the completed sides of envelope #4, but had to add envelope #5 as a flip out - like the different effects
Another birthday that week - I like taking photos of the kids with their present line up
Ended up with another colourful and "somewhat" arty spread.
You can see all my calendar journal pages in my flickr set HERE.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bereavement card

Began with this
It became this
Inside, a piece of watercolour paper. The stitching outlined with soft watercolour paint ready for the written message

Friday, August 22, 2014

Watercolour Calendar Journaling

Alisa Burke's Flower Power class got me inspired to start my next page with a doodled flower and brilliant watercolour 

Then it was fun with lettering and a border of washi tape
I'd been wanting to add more artful touches to my pages, so went back to look at one of the original projects that inspired my daily calendar journal practice.
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Looking at that inspired this
I like using different watercolour backgrounds for the journaled sections. This is twinkling H2O applied over a cheap watercolour pencil that didn't blend well enough once the water was added. Lots of learning happens with this daily practice
I was working on my "me time message" envelopes. You can see photos of completed envelope #2 on the above page, and below is how the second page of this spread started - with left over paint from stamping on that envelope.
Then I started envelope #3 with sponge and an ink pad through a stencil. 
Loved that subtle effect so that was added to my journal page too
I continue to note what I am reading and viewing in this journal. I really enjoyed this book by Sally Beauman:
Interesting characters and development of their relationships, and the plot involved the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb so some great real historical detail too.
Back in the journal, I added colour to the stamped flowers using twinkling H2Os
And some doodled details finished them off - love that sumptuous colour
Really happy with the floral additions to this spread
You can see all my calendar journal pages in my flickr set HERE.
Hope you have a lovely weekend - I am going away with girlfriends so looking forward to lots of relaxing and beach-walking...taking my art journal too of course :-)
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