Thursday, April 6, 2017

Travel ephemera

All these bits and pieces of papers and labels were just too interesting to simply discard so using travel ephemera and bits and pieces of scrapbooking papers, I set the 5 index cards next to each other to form a block so that I could stick and stamp across them all, creating a single image.

The next step was to cut them all apart again so I can add more details and finishing touches as needed. I like the gritty look of the black embossing on that small textured back ground stamp.
The heat from the heat tool also made those heat sensitive papers turn grey black. Nice touch!

I also incorporated some of my hand stamps, cut from erasers and bits of washi tape.

Snippets of papers reveal little clues of places visited....

...and of gifts from new friends...

The snippets of torn papers collaged beautifully and the muted colours still reflect the nature of the journey. Rich but draining, leaving me feeling faded. But there is lots of new spring green too!

A few details - that nice texture from embossing the texture stamp.

The subtle blending of collaged bits, over sprayed with alcohol ink.

And the super effects created by the alcohol inks on till slips. You just never know how media will interact until you try it!

And again - embossing textures, the effects of the heat onto the thermal papers as well as the alcohol sprays doing their own thing wherever the sprays land.

It is novel for me to work with such faded colours, but this was a good experiment and I am pleased with the results.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Maps and Travelling

My Mom and I had a shared love for maps and atlases. She could spend hours pouring over them and so do I! (and dictionaries, but that is another story - and another Index Card Journey)

For this series I worked in a batch, using maps, stamped images, inks and paints. The colours are subdued. That was the way I felt after the journey. Tired. Washed Out. Faded.

My Mom was great for taking pictures to record our memories. She left a treasure chest of black and white jewels for us to enjoy. This stamped image (Graphic 45 & Hampton Art) reminded me of her.

There is something so romantic about a harbour. It must be all those popular songs that always talk about travel, far places and love - lost and found...

For me a cruise ship holds no attraction at all. I don't care for hotels, so why I would want to confine myself to a giant floating one full of people is a baffling idea!

I'm off to get my dictionary definitions ready for the next batch of cards. I will try my best not to get lost in the dictionary itself!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Icad 2016 - Batch 02

Since i was travelling the first month of this year's Icad, I decided to take a bunch (about 30) index cards with me, ready prepped with some colour on them. I simply laid them out in batches on top of an art journal and took my trusty alcohol sprays to them. At least this way I had a beginning of colour and did not need to take too many art supplies with me.

The next batch of 5 cards completes the poetry collection. There were so many great bits and pieces I wanted to preserve, but decided they may go into art journals instead.

I selected from my pre-coloured cards those that have colours reflecting the mood of the poem. Once home I added more colour, some stamping and inking details.  I also added the respective poet's name onto most of the cards.

For the next card I stuck a feather on the card as the poem refers to a dropped feather. Not the right bird, but the thoughts counts I think! This card really 'made itself' as the saying goes. I add music notes as this ones has been set to music...

Next up : travel 'stuff'

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Icad 2016 - Batch 01

I'm home from 'vacation' and will start posting the cards I've made in batches of 5-at-a-time.

I'm not following prompts at all. Initially they looked interesting, but I soon decided to 'do my own thing' this year.

I found a discarded school poetry book which gave me a wealth of material to work with.

The first 10 cards are based on these poems and on poets whose works I like. Some poems have a significance beyond that for me personally.

ICAD 2016

The Index Card a Day Challenge starts today.

I look forward to another couple months of 'small size' work!

Now I'm going to be here, there and everywhere for most of June, so I'll take some goodies with me, and check in when I can. Most likely by July.

Go ahead and get playing!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No Regrets

A few years ago I was watching the movie  'La Vie En Rose' , the story of Edith Piaff. It struck me that at the end of her life she felt she had 'No Regrets' (the video is from a live performance by the 'Little Sparrow'). I found that remarkable...this page was my response.

I found the beautiful fabric off cuts in a quilt room ;-) Super simple page....but it does remind me of my thoughts etc. That is what I like so much about art journalling. It is a little like a decorated visual diary.

Only better.

Friday, February 5, 2016


At the moment I'm following along with making a set of index cards of techniques. I found this over at YouTube. Cat Hand is doing this series and I will be adding some other techniques into the mix as well.
I intend to have these just loose inside a box with the description of the technique on the back. I always enjoy trying something new and am having great fun with these so far.

Plastic wrap in wet paint. Red paint down, leave to dry. layer of yellow paint, apply the plastic while still wet, scrunch to make texture. Leave to dry.

Rubbing alcohol on wet paint. Orange paint on card. leave to dry. Add watery yellow paint and immediately drop alcohol into the wet paint. I did more of this on some journal pages and really like how it turned out. This example really doesn't do the technique justice in the least!

Glue resist - white card, glue and blue craft paint. The glue lines need to be thick enough to work, but not too hick and close together or they run into one another as did the spirals on mine. Wipe the paint off the glue.

Glue resist - blue painted card, glue, white and black paint over glue. I just wanted to see how well the paint will wipe off the glue resisted areas.

Over on the Facebook page for 'Mixed Media Morsels' someone posted the results she got with glue stick through a stencil and painted with sprays. This is the result I got. I wanted to see how delicate a pattern I can get. I did use my fingers to rub the glue through the stencil and finally sprayed it with alcohol inks.

This one is a stamped and painted with blue card to start with. Over that goes white tissue paper. I then added some yellow paint over top to see how well it would allow the blue to come through. Lastly I rubbed over the surface with and ink pad to catch and blacken the creases and folds in the tissue. While the (pigment) ink was still wet, I sprinkled some embossing powder over it to see what the results are. I like this one very much!

Yummy detail on the embossed area

Great texture here!

And finally for this post - inchies. I had a sheets of 'catching' book paper lying around, so I just stamped and sprayed it a bit more. Tore (rather than cut) it into inch strips, mixed the strips up, stamped and sprayed some more and finally tore them into squares. I really like the look of this and will have a lot of fun adding these to pages. For now I'm resisting the urge to do more here. After all this is supposed to be just a collection of techniques! The background on the card is just alcohol spray.

I'll be back with another crop of techniques in a while!