Friday 31 December 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 42 Year 11

 For the last week of the year for Paint Party Friday, I have painted a Dunnock. We get a lot of them here and they are mainly ground feeding birds. They clear up a lot of the seed that the sparrows throw out of the feeders that they don’t fancy. They look a little bit like a cross between a robin and a sparrow. They are very quick and run around like little mice.

Thursday 30 December 2021

Thursday Journal with Neet

 This is the last Thursday journal page with a link to Valeries theme on Art Journal Journey' When one door closes, another one opens' The words we are using this week are 'Don't forget to set your scales back 10 lbs. Lucy has been out with her friend for a large celebration meal to celebrate the fact they had both managed to avoid getting Covid for two years and that a New Year was a day or two away. They both hoped that the New Year would be better than the last two. Hazel her friend was dressed in red and green with an outfit that disguised the fact that she had put on a lot of weight. Lucy had put on a bit but not as much as Hazel. She thought the best and kindest way to tell her was to make a bit of a joke about it.  She said to Hazel, so when you get home, don't forget to set your scales back 10lbs. I'm going to do it, it will make us both feel great in the morning. 

Friday 24 December 2021

Paint Party Friday Week41

 In a bit of a rush to get something tp put on Paint Party Friday as I am trying to catch up with Christmas stuff. So I have put on a blackbird I did a while ago, but don't like so refrained from putting it on. I did a quick one of a flying swallow to make up for it tonight.                                                                             Have a lovely Christmas everyone and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Thursday 23 December 2021

Thursday Journal with Neet

 The last one before Christmas and we are in the festive spirit with this one. The words are 'You can't drink all day, if you don't start in the morning' Trudy is starting the day how she means to go on by having her first drink at 8.30 in the morning. She had woken her cat Jasper up earlier by opening the sideboard doors looking for all the bottles of wine she could find.  He's sitting on the floor yawning as Trudy starts her wine-athon. She had worked out with some thought to this, that if she drank too much now she wouldn't have to spend a tedious evening with her old school chums who she really didn't like very much. She would not be capable of driving and would have too bad a headache to go out. Why they had decided to have a get together so close to Christmas she didn't know, after all she had a lot to do before she dragged herself round to her parents who were entertaining a couple of old aunties for Christmas day. It might take more than a few glasses of wine when she went round, as she really didn't want to hear about how things were much better in the old days. Perhaps she could just fall asleep in the corner and no-one would notice. One day she was determined to have Christmas in her own home, not to have to eat turkey or play silly games.

I am entering this on Art Journal Journey where Valeries theme is When one door closes, another one opens

Friday 17 December 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 40 Year 11

 I have painted a sedge warbler for Paint Party Friday this week, a widespread Summer visiter to the UK. Warblers are very difficult to recognise as the species found in the UK all look fairly similar. ( Apart from the Dartford warbler) We do have them in the garden sometimes but they are so quick you are lucky to see one.  

Thursday 16 December 2021

Tag Tuesday - Anything Christmas.

 On Tag Tuesday Pinky's theme is Anything Christmas. I usually try to make tags to put on Christmas cards, but this year the time has run away with me, next year perhaps !!!  I added some die cut greenery to the bottom and  embossed snowflakes on the background. Finished off with the die cut Noel and some bells. This one is too bulky to put on a card for next year.

Thursday Journal with Neet

 None of my yoga pants have ever been to yoga' As I was going to link this with Valeries theme 'When one door closes, another one opens' in Art Journal Journey, I needed to have a door on it.                               Janice has  quite a few types of yoga pants and often wore them around the house. She had been doing some exercises in the lounge, well what she called exercises, like stretching a leg in the air every now and then. Janice managed to fall asleep and had this strange dream about the yoga classroom being closed because of a strange incident. There was even black tape across the door to stop people going in. Not that that was a problem in her case. She woke up with a start with her cat Bibs looking at her very oddly. Feeling she had to explain to him that she wouldn't be dashing around there anytime soon. "Don't worry" she said, "None of my yoga pants have never been to yoga"


Friday 10 December 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 39 Year 11

On Paint Party Friday I have painted a spotted flycatcher. We had these nesting in a vine growing on a wall of the bungalow when we lived in Wales. I have yet to see one here.They are a widespread Summer visitor to the UK.

Thursday 9 December 2021

Thursday Journal with Neet

The words this week are ' Wi-Fi went down for five minutes so had to talk to the family - they seem quite nice'  Ann has had a bit of a problem with her computer, but has found out that the Wi-Fi has gone down. It's not something she can fix herself, so rather than sit in her room and stare at a black screen she has gone into the lounge where the rest of her family are standing around chatting. Her two young sisters look a bit surprised to see her and mum and dad also look a bit bemused. "the Wi-Fi has gone" down Ann complains and then joins in with the conversation that was already going on. When at last the Wi-Fi was restored she went back into room and emailed her best friend, who has been expecting an answer to her email. Sorry writes Ann, the Wi-Fi went down for five minutes so had to talk to the family - they seem quite nice.

Im linking this to the theme on  Art Journal Journey set by Valerie which is When one door closes another one opens.

This is a photo of my husbands study not mine like last week. I have the biggest room in the house he has the smallest. Neet will confirm this.

Saturday 4 December 2021

Tag Tuesday - Use the first letter of your first name.

 For Tag Tuesday Sandie has chosen Use the first letter of your first name. i have chosen Winter for mine. I used die cuts of pine trees with stamped trees in the background. I used puff paint and some glitter for the snow in the front.

Friday 3 December 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 38

 This week I have painted a Golden Oriole. A bird that is a rare Summer visitor to the UK, especially in East Anglia, I would just love to see one. The male is the bright yellow and the female and younger males are greenish and black.

Thursday 2 December 2021

Thursday Journal with Neet

 No, my craft room isn't messy, I just have everything on display. These are the words for this week and here I am, on Thursday morning still doing mine. I did finish it last night, but when I went to scan it, I realised I hadn't put the words on.  I started off by photographing parts of my studio and then cut them all up and randomly placed them on the page. I made a door from a sheet of card with wood panelling on and stuck the figure to it. When you open the door you get the picture of Carol's end wall. Carol was being nagged by her mum to tidy up her craft room and Carol didn't really know why, it's not as if her mum went into it to dust it. That would be a complete waste of time, as there wasn't any flat clear surfaces to dust, and she always vacuumed the floor herself, just in case she had dropped something small and precious that her mum wouldn't have noticed. She knew why her mum was getting het up about it as her new friend from her bridge club was coming round and her mum was eager to show off her clean tidy house. Carol was already with how she would deal with it. When the grand tour started Carol rushed up to her craft room and stood in front of the door. As they approached, Carol opened the door and before her mum could say a word Carol said "No my room isn't messy I just have everything on display.                               I am linking this to Art Journal Journey where the theme is set by Valerie which is: When one door closes another one opens.

Tuesday 30 November 2021

Art Every day Month Day 30

 For the last day of Art Every Day Month I have made a journal page of the garden. I started with a green background and added some pictures of my garden, plus two from a magazine, with trees on to give some height. I added some flower photos from the garden and some stencilled leaves. A few pieces of my contact leaf prints and a picture of a blue tit finished it off.

Monday 29 November 2021

Art Every Day Month Day 29

 On Art Every Day Month I have one of my journal pages where I collaged pictures from my gardening magazines. I cut out random words and formed a short story on the top left. I drew some umbellifers and then calmed the whole page down with some white gesso.

Sunday 28 November 2021

Art Every Day Month day 28

 For Art Every Day Month I have a double journal page from a lesson with Christa Forrest called You are where your creative self needs to be. She encouraged us to just let go and forget the imperfections and paint what comes into your head, embrace progress.

Saturday 27 November 2021

Art Every day Month Day 27

 For Art Every day Month I have another lesson with Shilpa Lalit. This one I struggled with a bit but was determined to finish it yesterday. It's called Light of possibility. It is painted with acrylics with some gold leaf added at the end. It's a very thin feminine looking Buddha.

Friday 26 November 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 37 Year 11

For Paint Party Friday I'm still painting my birds for my UK bird book. I am then going to do one with some of the colourful birds found around the world. This week I have painted a Wheatear, a Summer visitor  to he UK and rarely perches higher than a fence post.

Art Every day Month Day 26

 For Art Every day Month I have done some more breakdown printing.

These look a bit like old maps

Thursday 25 November 2021

Tag Tuesday - Anything goes

 Valeries' theme on Tag Tuesday is anything goes. I have made a fabric tag with die cut leaves and bird with threads and machine stitching.

Art Every Day Month Day 25

 Today for Art Every day Month  I have a lesson I did with Dena Adams on Life Book. It was to show tonal values with mark making. You can then cut around the shape and use it on the reverse of your journal or sketchbook cover as a name plate.

Thursday Journal with Neet

 Not and easy one to illustrate this week.The words are ' I'm really into cross fit. I cross my fingers and hope I can fit in my jeans ' I have made a stormy sky this time and Lucy has taken her dog for a walk. She needs to loose weight and has decided to take her dog Shorty for a walk every day. They are going to have to head for home before it rains and she says to Shorty "I'm really into cross fit. I cross my fingers and hope my jeans fit" Hopefully if she can keep doing the walks every day she will be able to get into them again.

I am linking this to Chris's theme of All sorts of weather on  Art Journal Journey 

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Art Every Day Month Day 24

 For Art Every Day Month I have some screen printed fabric. I have some more waiting to be washed and dried, a different set of screens to these. The technique is called breakdown printing, where you keep using the screen until all the dyes or what ever medium you used have all gone, so the pattern becomes more and more distressed looking.

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Art Every Day Month Day 23

 On Art Every Day Month I have a lesson I did with Tiare Smith called the root of joy.

Monday 22 November 2021

Art Every Day Month. Day 22

 For Art Every day Month some more contact leaf prints. This time I used a very old piece of rag  paper and the colours are very much brighter.

Sunday 21 November 2021

Art Every Day Month day 21

 For Art Every day Month some Contact leaf prints on cartridge paper. 

Saturday 20 November 2021

Art Every day Month Day 20

 A  journal page for Art Every Day Month. A double journal page with Pia Rom, title "What if you cannily' Collaged, painted and the elephant drawn on top with some stamping and doodles.

Friday 19 November 2021

Paint Party Friday Week 36 Year 11

 A crossbill for Paint Party Friday this week. A very strange looking bird and not one I have ever seen. A member of the finch family and regularly comes over from the Continent and breeds in various places in the UK where there are mature conifers. It eats pine seeds. The female is green and I don't think the male is as deep a red as my painting.

Art Every day Month day 19

For Art Every Day  a small fabric book that I am doing with Izzy Moore. It uses up lots of very small pieces of fabric, with hand sewing. No theme, just like a paper junk journal. This is the front and back of the only page I have done so far. The spine is black card, and there is a layer of felt between the front and back pages.

Thursday 18 November 2021

Art Every day Month Day18

 On Art Every Day, a painting of 'You are Magic' with Alena Hennessy. Collage, painting and a abstract drawn leaf twig.

Thursday Journal with Neet

 We are now on a new set of sayings that Neet has managed to find. The first one is " Have you heard about the cat that swallowed a ball of yarn, she had mittens" At first I did wonder what on earth to do for this one, then I just went for the obvious. Millie the cat has had quite a lot of kittens, and like the ball of yarn she ate, they are all different colours and markings. She has decided to name them all, even though she knows she won't be able to keep them. The boys were harder to name than the girls, but she was pleased with the ones she had thought of. There were two very small girls she called Knit and Rib, the three boys, Garter, Cable and Chunky. The two larger girls Fair Isle and Purl. She was well pleased with her brood of mittens, and it was going to be very difficult to part with them, perhaps she could persuade her owner to let her keep one or two, but then who would she choose, she loved them all.                                 I am also linking this to Chris's theme of all kinds of weather on Art Journal Journey

Wednesday 17 November 2021

Art Every Day Month Day 17

 For Art Everyday Month I have a double journal page. It is a mixture of collage, printing and acrylic paint. The butterfly is on a hinged piece of card that has the saying written underneath. “ If nothing ever changed there would be no butterflies”

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Monday 15 November 2021

Art Everyday Month Day 15

 For Art Everyday Month a lesson from Life Book with Andrea Gomoll. I liked doing this one so much I did a green one as well. Like Valerie and Elle I am trying to catch up with all the lessons on Life Book, so I am getting a bit picky about which ones I want to do.

Sunday 14 November 2021

Art Everyday Month Day 14

For Art Everyday Month another painting lesson from Shilpa Lalit, I like her way of painting and enjoyed painting the four from her lesson.


Saturday 13 November 2021

Art Everyday Month Day 13

 For Art Every day a lesson from on Life Book, this one is with Tiare Smith.


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