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Making a Journal

As a part of my new watercolour journey, I am making an H2O Journal. This includes making the covers, preparing the pages and learning how to bind them together.

Tonight I set to work making the covers, using collage and paint.

These are the front and back covers after I have finished the collage. Enjoyed ripping up papers and finding text  that I liked.

Next I was to make marks using acrylic paint and stencils, which I did but not so happy with the result. I think I would have preferred just stopping with the collage, but I am always willing to go along with the exercise, even if I end up with something different from where I thought I was going.

I have gone from a very clean look to a very messy look. I used a stencil that I didn’t like so had to play with the paint to get rid of the evidence of the stencil. I think if I revisit these with some wax pastels I can end up with something I am happier with. I call this a hot mess right now. Maybe I will end up putting gesso over the lot and starting again!! This is what happens when you don’t go with your own instincts. But it was fun to play and get my hands messy with paint. (ooh, just had a thought… I will get out the Sharpies and add some detail and may just save this thing).

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Next I punched holes in the covers and the pages. It is all ready to learn coptic stitch (I think that is what our tutor called it). I’m looking forward to learning how to do that.

I don’t even really like posting how this journal ended up looking. But this is part of my journey playing with media I am not used to working with and learning through my mistakes… I hope!


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Halloween 2014

My daughter has been begging for a Halloween party for a couple of years so this year I told her to put together a plan for what she wants the party to be, show to me and her dad and we’ll decide if we could do it. She just wanted 4 friends, some party food, some games and a scary movie. I liked how she didn’t go too overboard so the party was on.

But, it had to be mostly hand-made, so we started with decorating the front door so people would know they could come and trick or treat at our house. I found some great pictures on Pinterest and got inspired – some cardboard, crepe paper and pipe cleaners and voila…

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And for some home made food…

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Jelly filled oranges (with a surprise inside). Ran out of time to carve them so a little Sharpie art helped out. There were some cupcakes with spiders made of marshmallow and licorice and icing spider webs but I forgot to get a pic of them before they were all gone.

And for a healthier dessert option…

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This definitely suits the southern hemisphere Halloween more than a pumpkin I feel as we are going into summer not winter – and it is much easier to carve. And the kids loved it!! I’ll be making something like this again next year I think even if we don’t have a party!


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New Project- Granny Stripe Baby Blanket

My mum asked me if I could make a baby blanket for the granddaughter of a friend. I hunted around but couldn’t find a pattern that we liked, so I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. Their are some fantastic designs out there, so settled on the granny stripe and developed a pattern from there.

As it’s a girl, colours were easy but we were constrained by budget. Would have liked to make it in cotton as it is a September baby, but a bit too expensive for mum. But I found a really soft, pretty acrylic – Panda Magnum Soft 8ply. It is lovely to work with and comes in 100g balls.

Here is a sneak peak of what I’ve done so far…

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Normally with 8ply I would use a 4mm crochet hook, but it used up the yarn too quickly, so I switched (after much undoing… lol) to a 4.5mm hook, less stitches and voila, a pretty baby blanket, just a little looser in the stitches. I’m going to revisit the granny stripe blanket again and use the 4mm with 8ply as I did love the look of the close stitches; it made this yarn look like it had a wonderful sheen to it.

I’ll post a finished picture once it is completed.


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Thanks to marysculptor for posting this little bit of inspiration for the day!

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To someone like me in a continuous struggle to find a little time for art, this song, its words and its video sound so beautiful! Hope it makes you smile too! 🙂

I wondered what would be the worth of my words in the world,
if I write them and then recite them are they worth being heard?
Just because I like them does that mean that I should mic them
and see what might unfurl?

And I think of the significance of my opinions here,
is it significant to be giving them?
Does anybody care?
Just because I’m into this does that mean that I should live like it
and really do I dare?

Art, art I want you,
art you make it pretty hard not too
and my heart is trying hard here to follow you
but I can’t always tell if I ought to

So I pondered…

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An excellent article about Morandi. a favourite artist of mine and a review of a current exhibition of his work. Wish I could see this one.

That's How The Light Gets In

It was snowing heavily as we made our way from Highbury Corner to the Estorick Collection Gallery.  London looked different, with colours drained to monochrome whites, blacks and greys.  We were about to see an exhibition of work by the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, whose paintings and drawings are characterised by a similarly reduced palette and an economy of line.

Drawing on a number of private collections, Lines of Poetry is an exhibition of almost 80 etchings and watercolours by the master of poetic understatement, Giorgio Morandi.  Shy and retiring, and a man who lived a simple life, almost as spartan as his pictures, Morandi was entirely self-taught as a printmaker, but quickly mastered the technique and went on to be professor in the discipline for more than 20 years in Bologna. The subject matter of Morandi’s work may be restricted, but his still lifes and landscapes reveal his technical…

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