Monday, 24 February 2014

Heart of a Friend - Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday, friends! How has your week been? Great I hope!

I had a fun weekend, I took my mother to a concert here, to see 60's British beat band "The Searchers". It was great! They are still very talented and have the 'it' factor, and obviously really enjoy themselves. There were at least 600 people in the auditorium, and we had front row seats. My Mum thoroughly enjoyed it, clapping and singing along, and I did too! It went for over 2 hours, and they shared a lot of stories about their history, and had everyone laughing all night, as well!. It was so entertaining!
Their hits include "Sweets for my Sweet", "Sugar and Spice", "Needles and Pins", "Don't Throw Your Love Away", "When You Walk In The Room" and "Love Potion No. 9". Which they performed all of them, and many more. It really was a great, fun night! I'm glad me and Mum got to go and enjoy it! I did take some photos and a bit of Video on my mobile, but they aren't the best;

Here's a short video clip;

Now, onto my main reason for this post - my page for Mixed Media Monday!

My background was made using a combination of paints and Dylusions sprays. I used a raindrop stencil and sprayed white Mr Huey spray over it for the raindrops. I did some stamping to give more texture to my background, and then stamped this Unity Stamp Co girl by Christy Tomlinson called "She Leaped"

I coloured the girl in with some faber-castell gelatos, and also big brush markers.

I used excerpts from a poem, that I found in a Calligraphy book, that I found to be very dreamy and inspiring! The original poem is called "The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Here is the excepts I used:

"I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I know not where;
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."

I added a heart to my stamped girl, to relate back to the poem, and lastly added the bird made from bookpaper, with musical notes falling down for the "song" that fell to earth.


I'm really please with how this page came out, and I hope you like it, too!

Thanks so much for stopping by this Monday!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Think You Can! - Mixed Media Monday

Happy Monday all! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and a Happy Valentines Day!

I have a page from my Art Journal to share today for; 
I based the page around a poem in a calligraphy quote book, which I found at a second-hand book store.  I know it will be used heaps in many future projects! I just tore it out, and continued to tear around the poem, and stuck it onto my page.

I used Dylusions colour sprays to colour my page, in pinks and purples.
 I used one of the Jane Davenport face stencils to help me draw this face in profile, which I hope looks like a woman thinking. I used Gelatos and Big Brush markers to colour her.

 I added some splatters using a stamp, and mini chevron stamping for interest and texture.
and added a stamped font title, which is what the poems main message is all about, to 
"Think You Can!"

[Poem Text Below Picture]

Thinking by Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you like to win, but you think you can't
It is almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise,
You've just got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

This poem is also known as "The Man Who Thinks He Can".

Isn't it a great poem, and so very true? I found it very inspirational! I really love creating pages in my Art Journal for inspiration, and positivity! I find it helps to lift me up in mood and spirit, to have profound words along with artwork I have created. It's great therapy to do, and look back through.

I hope you liked my page, I have more to share - I have been a bit of an art journaling fiend lately, so I will be back in a few days to share another! Thanks so much for stopping by and all of your wonderful supportive comments!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentines Day - Journal52: Abstract

Happy Friday the 14th! Which means it's Valentines Day!

Just want to wish you all a special day, with your loved ones! 
Thank you to all of you blog friends who have shown me true friendship and support, as well as heaps of inspiration with your amazing crafts!

Today I just wanted to quickly share two pages I made for Journal52's Art Journal challenge, Week 5 Prompt. Which was "Abstract Art". In the example on the blog, they had some pre-made abstract backgrounds painted, and then just went doodling around the shapes they could find. I decided to give this a go!

In my first one, I found some city buildings, and doodled some details in with gold paint, and then white pen. Added some further paint for clouds.

My second page, I found a few bird shapes, so decided to embrace the birds, and doodled a few more in, and also some feathers. I cut out a quote from a book, which I think is also appropriate for today;

So there you go, some abstract doodles. I have some more Art Journal pages to share on Monday, so I hope you'll pop by again soon! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, 10 February 2014


Hi Friends, nothing creative to share with you for this Monday, but I decided to update my "Currently" list;

The Walking Dead - New Episode today! WooHoo. Previously have been watching Rookie Blue (Canadian Cop series) as well as Nashville.

I'm about to start 'The Forsaken' book 2, by Lisa M Stasse called "The Uprising".

Avicii/Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up, and also songs from Nashville.

A mini album, using prima dolls and my favourite quotes. Here's a sneak peak:

Happy, lucky and accomplished.

Some outings, also to complete my mini album, and to do more art journaling. 

Life, my pets, family, and friends. All is well and good, and stable and happy which I am absolutely loving.

I will be by all of your blogs this afternoon to catch up, and comment on all of your awesome creations! Thanks for stopping by, I hope to have something crafty to share soon!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Journal52 - Mixed Media Monday

Hello again friends, I hope this week had been a good one for you all. 
Today I have two more Art Journal pages to share with you, as part of the year long challenge I am participating in, over at Journal52. Where we get a "prompt" each week to create with. I've already showed you my first two pages from the first two prompts. Today, here are my Third and Fourth pages;

Week #3's prompt was "You make me Smile"
I was a bit perplexed at this one, because many things make me smile - and it seemed I just didn't know where to begin! I thought and thought, breaking down the prompt to the main word of "smile" and all I could think of was the bright yellow happy smiley face from the Hippie era. Then I thought of tie-dye, and colour... and, well, I just ran with that:
I love Hippie era things, and things from pop-culture.  I also love colour. This page - although simple - actually makes me smile. For the background I used Faber-Castell Gelatos, only slightly blended, to keep with the tie-dye effect. And just yellow cardstock circles, with drawn basic smiley faces.


Week #4's Prompt was - "Building Character"
Encouraging us to draw a character, or theme a page around character traits and symbols.

For this I decided to draw a character with the help of my Jane Davenport face Stencils. I used gelatos and big brush markers to make my face. I also decided I wanted to pop headphones on her head and have a music themed character page. I'm a big believer that Music really helps build character and identity, and affect your emotions and such. What you listen to effects how you feel, and what you think, how you act etc. Listen to all angsty bitter music, you will soon feel and act with angst and bitterness. Listen to happy pop tunes, you will feel as such. And so on and so forth.

 The blue background has tone-on-tone stamping of a sheet music stamp, but it didn't come up on the pics!  I also decided to add a streak of purple highlight to her fringe-hair, to add to the "character" of the face. I'm quite happy with how this girlie came out.

So there are my two pages for Journal52 and my Mixed Media Monday.
Thanks so much for stopping by!