Saturday, 12 August 2017


The sun came back out this week although it's been cooler, no more art has been done but I'm still romping my way through the books to read list!

Friday evening we went down to Colmars les Alpes ....

And had a very fine pizza!

Saturday saw us return in our costumes for the medieval festivities....

And more good food!

Mini chain mail....

One of the costumes rental people....

A new friend in the shape of an artisan beer seller....

As you will gather we had a great time :-D

A final photo....this being our new inchie and highly appropriate too....frog!

There are more activities planned for the coming week so watch this space.....

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Thunder and lightning

A stormy day in the alps has enabled me to do some catching up!

Art prompts galore....

JULY 24-30: ROADTRIP//Scavenger List is:Red, Yellow, Squiggly line, Feather, Photo, 

Vintage automobile, Coaster, Bottle Cap.

July 31-August 6: Festival//SCAVENGER:

Brilliant or Midnight Blue, Fluorescent Green , Orangey-Red, paint pen, dots and dashes, something splattered, something nice to sip on, flyer, plant(s), buttons, food sticker (eg, fruit sticker), lace or webbing, Designer’s choice (something else of your choice)

Our local medieval festival is at the end of this week and the flyer is a perfect fit in my journal!

 August 7-August 13: Reflection//SCAVENGER: Colors: Those found in sunsets or sunrises, Mulberry paper, Alcohol ink, Non-porous surface (eg., glossy cardstock, photo paper, transparency sheet, or Yupo paper), Metallic paint pen, Magazine image doodled on, Found object, Dragonfly or a mythical creature, Animal, Circles, Designer's Choice

I had a hiccup or oops on this one...did the background & washi but when I started to put the images on the book was upside down!

Colour me positive 
Tears are prayers too, they travel to god when we can't.

On the darkest days, when i feel inadequate, unloved and unworthy, I remember who's daughter I am and I straighten my crown.

I picked up some old photos whilst I was in Cogolin at the villa last week, turns out they come in handy!


Abu Dhabi  
April 1977 (wedding reception)

And then the sun came back out .....see you again soon!

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Yes, we have rain after a very hot week so it's a case of rain created play!

I've therefore been playing catchup with my journals.....

Journal 52


Life documented 

Quote: A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch but on its wings.  Always believe in yourself. ~ Unknown

Technique: Paper/fabric collage

Prompt: Use a variety of coloured papers and fabrics to recreate a collage of a pretty scene or object.

Quote: “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” 

Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass.

Technique: Collage, stamp, stencil, mark, cut out

Prompt: Make a Divider

Art journal journey 
Image: seashell or beach. Word: retreat. Prompt: list 5 ways you are energised or things that bring positive energy into your life. Technique: use salt to create texture in watercolours. Quote: within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself (Herman Hesse)
And a final picture in this photo heavy new inchie alligator 

Sunday, 30 July 2017


Wow, I've done no art for days but I went on a road trip to Entrevaux for their medieval festival

This is the entrance to the walled old town...


The camp....

Keeping was a very hot day!

And here is my inchi for this week...a baby Rhino!

It's due to be another hot day so I'm not planning on doing on the terrace this afternoon under my bright yellow sunshade is probably the order of the day, I shall get some laundry done this morning and tonight we are meeting some friends for drinks. Tomorrow will be a painful one, I'm going down to the coast to the villa to collect some things from my parents home - my first trip back since losing my brother back in January! We have a caretaker in place and they are slowly getting the garden / pool clean & tidy. They have moved into the upper part of the villa, the lower floor where my brother lived is next on the "to do" list. It's a relief not to have to deal with the clearing out as my parents half was plenty hard enough.

Have a good week folks and I'll pop in to see you soon.....

Monday, 24 July 2017

This and that

Art journal journey 

Image: glass, window, mirror. Word: reflection. Prompt: write a letter to a younger you. Technique: include layers on your page. Quote: life is only a reflection of what we allow ourselves to see.

Life documented 

Theme: Traveling through life. The road less traveled

Quote: Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. Psyche Roxas

Technique:Multiple Layering

Journaling whilst on holiday with limited supplies can be a real challenge!

Rudolph Day....

Some more ATCs got recycled!

Friday, 21 July 2017


  1. Wouldn’t life be sooooo much easier if everyone had that special someone in their life. Someone whose presence made you feel safe, calm, loved and at peace. Your Solace. Someone that loves every part of you, the good, the bad and the weird. Someone who listens with great interest, supports your dreams, treats you like the most important person in their life, respects you, believes in you, showers you with cuddles and loves being with you. Someone who makes you feel special.

Eat glitter for breakfast and shine all day 

This was going to be tough! I'm no glitter babe & glitter is not thick on the ground in the alps in summer, the snow has all melted or the very high patches have lost their sparkle

Some shaving foam backgrounds 

A fortuitous ATC with glitter!

  1. Journal 52

    SPEAK:To utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice. To communicate. To express or make known with the voice. To speak the truth. Synonyms: Communicate, convey, declare, express, say, tell. Prompt: Create a spread in which you tell your own truth/story. Express yourself in words on the page, and use images that express the act of speaking up. Oracle: What needs to be said? What do you want to ‘speak into being’? How can telling your truth help you bring forth what you most desire right now?

Still working with those limitations!

The weekend has arrived & the sun returned so no more art for now but I'll clove with our latest inchie...camel

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Life documented

Theme: The road less traveled-traveling through life

Quote: "Wherever you go, go with all your love" Confucius

Prompt: light and dark - creating dimension

Technique: using color in different ways, getting loose - acrylic paint

No paint available so I've one what I can using a ready made background and some lettering....

I'm afraid the colours are rubbish as the light is rubbish today....we are having some rain!

Art journal journey: Image: magnifying glass or binoculars. Word: perspective. Prompt: words you live by or would like to live by. Technique: texture paste. Quote: when you look at a field of dandelions you can see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes.

And yes, this is the opposite side of the spread!