Sunday 24 September 2017


we have flown across the pond and are now in Maine, the colourful Fall has yet to happen locally but we plan to head into the white mountains on Monday so we shall see if things are better there.
Today we are going on a boat trip but we have had a busy week....

Chainsaw carved animals in Freeport at the LLBean "campus"

Metal scrap artwork in Wolfeboro... I wish I could show the fabulous opals that are sold there!

Apple picking yesterday at Thompson's orchard where they do hay rides...

And I have 1 small piece of art this week, my inchie, and it's got nothing to do with the sea!
Boa....but I chose to do snakeskin as I'm not keen on snakes!

Saturday 16 September 2017

I'm off

I Art prompts galore 

SEPT 12-17: vintage// SCAVENGER : purple: postage stamps, pale  yellow stencilled DI (through sequin waste), something round (sequin waste), something  postal related postage stamps, something with handwriting on it: an envelope , some stamping,a bingo card, scrapbook paper, a piece from your scrap bin: the hand written envelope , white paint or gesso. I managed the vintage part in so far as the stamps all came from my dad's house and the envelope goes back to our time in Abu Dhabi....we left there in 1978 but dad left in 1975!

The British stamps are all pre decimalisation!

Journal 52: EBB: The flowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea. A flowing backward or away. Synonyms: Abatement, decrease, diminution, dwindling, retreat, subsidence, wane, waning, withdrawal. Prompt: Create a spread that honours the ebb of the year, or an ebbing that is happening in your life right now. Where are you withdrawing? Where are you pulling in your energy and away from what? Oracle: What is receding, easing up, or lessening in your life at this time? What should you be ebbing away from? How are you allowing ease? What is your relationship with rest?

I wanted rippled sand so I used a chocolate baroque stamp with antique linen distress ink and clear embossing powder. I then used more of the same ink to colour the paper. For the Seaglass I resorted to another stamp from the same set because my printer was not talking to my iPad. Using hydrangea big and juicy inkpad i almost got what I wanted. Another stamp using black ink of a parent and child searching on the sea shore at low tide shows one of my favourite pastimes.

Finally here is my latest inchie, it's supposed to be a trout! Sorry it looks a tad blurred.

We are all set to head across the pond so be on the lookout for colourful foliage soon....

Sunday 10 September 2017

And more

Life documented 

To create our very own art gallery.. Technique: Create mini pieces of art using a variety of mediums and techniques (ink spray, threads, sewing techniques, sketching etc). Quote:   Creativity takes courage.  - Henry Matisse


Art journal journey 
Image: house or apartment. Word: sanctuary. Prompt: write about the greatest source of comfort in your life. Technique: make your page using the mosaic technique. Quote: it takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Life documented 

Prompt: To use school supplies. Technique:      Using a variety of school supplies feel free and go back to basics. Quote: “I’m still    learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

Colour me positive 
  1. Embrace uncertainty- some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.

Art prompts galore 

TOUCH OF COLOUR//SCAVENGER: orange , black, ticket or stub, washi tape, napkin, magazine image, stamped image, piece of music sheet

We are still following a marine theme with our inchie this week....starfish 
And so ends another week and this time next Sunday I shall be flying across the Atlantic to see the family in Maine so my craft time will be on hold and I shall be playing catchup again in mid October!

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Journal 52

Week 35:LEANING: Inclining, as in a particular direction. Inclining in feeling or opinion. Depending or relying upon someone or something. Synonyms:Inclination, predilection, propensity, bent, disposition, favour, taste, “cup of tea”. Prompt: Create a spread in which you express what you are leaning towards or away from. Focus on the sweet spot between the two alternatives. Alternatively, work with the things you lean towards, lean on, or lean away from. Oracle: Where do you need to lean in? What are your natural ‘leanings’? Who do you lean on? Who leans on you?

Week 36: PRESENCEThe state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place. The ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person’s bearing before an audience. Being here, now. Synonyms: Existence, being, companionship, ubiquity, inhabitance. Prompt: Create a spread that explores the quality of your presence. How present are you with yourself? With others? Explore who you wish you had more or less presence in your life. Oracle: What is present for you right now? Where is your presence required? What does your presence lend to any given situation? Whose presence do you require/desire?

I'm slowly getting caught up.....

Monday 4 September 2017


Week 30: refresh

Week 34

Image: glasses or sunglasses. Word: vision. Prompt: describe the Kew from your window. Tech:  use colour pencils. Quote: the voyage in discovery is NOT in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Week 35: gate

Used watercolour pencils for this one.....