Sunday, 25 March 2018


Spring has been peeking up in the garden in the form of colourful crocus! Sun has been shining & I actually sat in the garden for my cup of tea yesterday! Life is looking brighter and the clocks have moved to summer time

Art journal journey 
Image: four leaf clover. Word: succeed. Prompt: write about doing something you don't want to do. Technique: create and use journal pockets on your page to place your journalling in. Quote:  Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. Tim Fargo.

Art prompts galore 

MARCH 19-25: REPETITION //SCAVENGER: Orange, Pink, Dots, Texture, Stamping with random object, Paint spatters, Image of your choice, Half of something, A few words, Black ink 

Colour me positive 

Week 12 : lilac frame.image: leaping silhouettes. Quote: the first step is you having to say that you can. Will Smith

Life documented 

Prompt: Exploring Wendy McWilliams abstract art. 

Technique: Make an abstract using Wendy McWilliams technique of wet in wet acrylics blending with paper towels or cloth. 

Quote: "Abstract artists tell their stories with shapes, color, edges, movement, and value - just like when one is painting a beautiful scene. The difference is, of course, there is no scene. The scene is within the artist. I often get asked, 'How do you know when you are done?' I am done when the story is told."  Gwen Fox

On Thursday I took a trip up to Fraserburgh to check out some puppies....yes, I'm going over to the dark side! There are no Golden retriever dogs to be had in Scotland, adult rescue or puppy so.....I'm getting a Flatcoat in early May these little ones are only a fortnight old so no way are they leaving mum just yet!

Every inchie Monday sees us travel to Ecuador this week.....another far flung country, this one in South America .with mountains & jungle,Quito & the Galapagos it's a country of contrasts 

Ans so you have the Galapagos tortoises, flag & map this week.

See you again soon!

Saturday, 17 March 2018


A couple of this week's prompts have seen destined to be dealt with in one particular way because this week has seen us face the dreaded task of saying goodbye to Bailey.

Colour me positive 

Pink frame, dandelion seedhead. Quote: sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart. Winnie the Pooh

Art journal journey 

week 11:Image: kite. Word: soar. Prompt: write about where you would go and what you would do if you were lifted into the sky and carried away. Technique: include fabric on your page. Quote:  One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller.

This one was done before Tuesday so a more upbeat spread!

I've used a ready made background, stamped 3 kites & a girl with a kite + the word SOAR . I them stamped the kites & girl separately, coloured them / cut out & glued to my page then added the handwritten quote.


 MAR. 12-18: Torn and Tattered// Scavenger: Green, Beige or light brown, An image torn into pieces, Stamping with paint using a random object, Punch outs or die cuts, Book page pieces, Scrap or two of brown paper bag, plain or not, Black felt pen, Item of your choice, Words

Stamped acrylic paint using bubble wrap, a picture of Bailey taken last week completely with the tumour in his muzzle and one of the ones in his neck protruding,  green bookpage foliage diecuts, a torn paper heart....

Life documented 

Theme - Exploring styles

Prompt - Fragmentation

Techniques - collage, fragment, mark making, texture

Quote - ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ Wayne Dyer.

Every inchie Monday 

Russia of the tsars and mad Rasputin, the gulags & Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky, Dostoyevsky, Pasternak ...vast expanses of land & snow....Dr Zhivago! The mad glory of St Basils church in Moscow and the Kremlin, the splendours of the palace (the Hermitage) in St Petersburg, samovars, bears, Stalin, Lenin & Trotsky, the myriad forms of Matryoska dolls, the Bolshoi ballet, the Volga river & lake Baikal, the steppes, Ural Mountains....a land a stark contrasts!

I'm sharing a part of the country map, the flag and a stamp from dad's collection...

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Still cold

Another week into 2018 and we are still wrapped in winter here in the north east of Scotland! We did manage a few mild days complete with sunshine but spring is not here yet unfortunately.

Art journal journey 

Image: fairies. Word: whimsy. Prompt: I've always wondered... Technique: use brush or other tool to splatter paint on page. Quote: every day may not be good but there is something good in every day

Art prompts galore 

Mar 5-11: Birds of a feather// scavenger: silver or grey, vivid blue, diamond shapes, something sparkly, ink or paint sprayed or splattered, something from your stash, Half an image, a quote, black ink.

Silver acrylic background vivid blue birds (one is half an image) diamond shapes in black ink, blue paint splatters, bird on a branch from my stash as are the blue partial flowers around the edges, glitter on the birds & flower centres, a hand written quote that just happens to reflect the other part of the theme " birds of a feather "

Colour me positive 

Week 10: green frame, wheat field at sunrise. Quote: you cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with Wayne Dyer

a pre-existing background where I've added a couple of flowers that blend and a piece of artwork from a friend that felt like it was meant for this week's spread, I've hand written the quote using a metallic mauve rollerball pen/ tim holtz distress marker in worn lipstick, as a final touch & in an effort to reduce the stash mountain I added an assortment of flat sequins in similar colours

Every inchie Monday 
Another week and another country which this time is....

Samoa .....a big mystery to me! I know it's a very long journey to get there from my little corner of the world and that they play rugby there but that really is the limit of my knowledge before I checked it out in an encyclopaedia lol so I'm sharing its remote location well east of Australia, national flag & coat of arms and the 2 main islands of the group.

Life documented 

Week 10

Prompt: Explore the art of Elizabeth Murray and her use of the elements and principles of art to create meaning in her aesthetics.

Technique: Explore creating in the style of Murray while using media you are comfortable with.

Quote: “Art is an epiphany in a coffee cup.” Elizabeth Murray

Not an artist I knew so I checked out Google images....but I discovered that her art didn't float my boat so I had a little rummage on my desk as the quote had reminded me of something I printed off a few days ago....I think it was something that I saw on Pinterest 

The print came out a slightly different colour but I didn't mind, cut the elements apart and arranged to my satisfaction then stamped an overhead view of a coffee cup/mug and wrote the quote in the "drink"
Ending up with this....

Bailey continues to keep his appetite and take interest in the female four legged friends we meet in the woods so I don't think he's ready to go just yet, the steroids he is on are making him drink a lot which means that I am up 2 or 3 times a night to let him out....Bill sleeps through it all, Bailey then goes straight back to sleep & Im left to toss & turn! Which if I have a journal spread to plan can be an advantage!

Have a good week all & see you all again soon.