Friday, 21 April 2017

Heritage tag and Moo face

Hello everyone

Here's something different from me today that I made yesterday while waiting for the delivery of a rustic looking garden bench. So with one eye looking out of the window and the other looking through some crafty bits and pieces ( I must have looked very cross eyed) I came across a few things to use for the Heritage challenge over at 'Tag Tuesday'. And then after making the tag and still waiting for my bench I decided to make a 'moo' for MM&M faces theme .

Initially I think of family history when I hear the word 'Heritage' and think of my ancestors and the places they came from and their trades. So this tag is in memory of my lovely paternal grandfather, who in WW1 was in the RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) and was never in very good health after that. My granddad was a lovely, kind man and I do remember him doing drawings with me when I was small.

Next... as I haven't done a real 'Moo' size piece for a while, I thought it was about time to do one. So linking this to MM&M It was quite fun drawing this on this small area.
I used a mix of  Derwent artbars, coloured pencils and Neocolor 1(on hair)
Fortunately Dave had been baking the day before and had made some spice bars so that kept me going until the delivery men had been.
This was Valeries recipe that she kindly shared with us last Summer. (thanks again for that Valerie x )
Dave used Ginger preserve and chocolate chips in this one.
The bench arrived safely but as cold weather is now predicted
over weekend I won't be trying that out yet. It may be a weekend staying in the warm and having some more arty play time - I won't complain about that :) 
Thanks for stopping by today..
I hope you have a wonderful weekend
Gill x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Magical Mystery Tour - back to 1902

Hello everyone

It's been about 10 days since I last blogged - I've been busy in the garden making the most of the wonderful weather we have been having lately. I've been weeding and pruning and having fun taking a hammer to knock down a little crumbling brick wall. And when not in the garden I have been busy making letter journals for Beo and Rike  - the first time I have ever done that - so that has been a little daunting but also great fun (and a learning curve). Not quite finished or posted  so I can't show them yet - but I thought as this month was going fast I better get in my time machine and make the most of the invisibility cloak that I have for this month to go on some  Magical Mystery Tours that Hazel is hosting over at AJJ and asked us to go on.
Today I am going back to the year 1902 and some where that might help me with my family history research - Dartmouth in Devon, England.

 For my journal page, the background was made with aquamarkers then a layer of gesso added - I traced the outline of a map of Devon to show where Dartmouth is and transferred it on to my journal page. The colour is a mix of  Derwent Artbars and Inktense pencils/blocks and coloured pencils. Other elements stamped. (Ship and anchor stamps by Viva Décor).
I am going in my time machine back to 1902
to try to find out some answers and clear up the mystery of
 'Ye Olde Mystery Album' which I know very little about. 
I have a very large tatty photo album given to me by my late father but I am assuming it was started by my great grandparents as my paternal grandparents were born about 1896/7.
 Although most photos don't have a good description or dates - one of the first pages are for the years 1902 and 1903. The album has a naval and military theme, with various old postcards etc and the last pages possibly c 1919 WW1 with lots of soldiers.
First stop in Dartmouth on 7th March 1902 to see if I can find out why this photo is in the album and who took it and how are they related to me. 
The above photo didn't have a date or description  on the page but by Googling the words on the stone I found out that King Edward V11 laid the foundation stone at the BRNC Dartmouth - which is The Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. Two of the photos below from July 1902 states 'Assualt at Arms Britannia'
So while I am here in 1902 I am going to wander around and mingle with the crowds (covered by the invisibility cloak so no one will see me) and see if anyone seems familiar from any other photos.
Looking on the internet I found a reference to Boxing/Gymnastics and Fencing tournaments held at the college. 'Assault' seems a strange word to use now - but I got the impression that these events here and other places led to what later was known as 'The Royal Tournaments - Military Tattoo'.
I'm back now in 2017 -
 thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Pick up invisibility cloak - first stop on the mystery tour - for AJJ.


This month   Hazel from Hazels creative moments is hosting    AJJ Magical Mystery Tour and this is really exciting as it means I can use my newly refurbished Time Machine and go to all sorts of places and times and share with you what I've seen, but there's once last thing to do before going on tour....

'The Doctor' once said 'People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff. .... so remembering that of course then I had to think about the main thing - don't go trying to alter things from past as that could be disastrous and I could end up not even being here and then of course you wouldn't be reading this and... well... anything could happen..... so my first port of call in my Time machine was to 'Hogwarts' and although I could not borrow the original - Harry Potter kindly conjured up an invisibility cloak  - a special one just to last me until the end of April in 'real time'.

I stamped the wizard (by Stamps Happen?) and coloured him with Promarkers and coloured 'Inscribe' pencils.. background Pan Pastels and swirly stamps (by Artemio ?) and TH distress inks. 
I then added the digital buildings which from a painting I had painted sometime ago with watercolour paints and used in a digi-kit I made. Quote stamp not sure who made by??
original stamped page
Thanks for stopping by
hope you are having fun if you are away
Gill x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Leaving soon for a Magical Mystery Tour...


It's another sunny spring day here in the UK - hope everything is ok wherever you are in the world and your Saturday has been good.

I spent the day repairing my Time machine ready for a long trip and some exciting adventures this month.
The AJJ theme in April is 'Magical Mystery Tour' and the host this month is Hazel from Hazels Creative Moments  and Hazel would like to see where we will go.. it can be in the past or future, into a story or anywhere we can imagine - there are so  many possibilities and my head is buzzing with lots of ideas.

I digitally designed the machine using Serif Drawplus and Craft Artist and a few of my photos and pieces I had already created. The carpet is one of my Gelli prints and the other elements are either clip art or from digi-kits.
The words on the page say:
'My Time Machine
 has been serviced
And I'm ready to go today,
on a month long
Magical Mystery Tour.
P.S I'll be back before May!'

The idea for this Time Machine was based on the photo below
 of one of my husbands ancestors
Enjoy the rest of the weekend... 
Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Out and about star gazing


Firstly ..I want to say thank you for your kind and sweet comments on yesterdays post.... thank you x

Sadly it's the last day for AJJ 'Out and about' theme where Yvonne from Meggy's Way has been brilliant and so inspiring  posting everyday.
My page today is about when I was a child, and my dad and I would often go out in the garden and watch the stars for many hours. And in those days the light pollution wasn't as bad and we could see the stars much better.
We always had binoculars, a home-made telescope, torches and star maps and books with us.
One night we heard an odd whooshing noise and 7 lights flew over... for some reason we were so... not sure scared is the correct word ...maybe..amazed? confused? ... but we forgot to use our binoculars and didn't see what they were close up..... I know I've done a few posts about aliens..and I have an open mind  about life out there somewhere - was it a U.F.O experience? probably not -  I think they were more likely to have been migrating geese or swans flying over as I'm sure they were in a 'V' formation too....

Using part of my one of paintings from yesterdays post I altered it again and blended it into a dark piece of digital paper... the main stars I added but the fine background ones were snow from a digital kit.

thanks so much for stopping by
hope you have a great day
and a wonderful weekend.
Gill xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Out and about oneday soon :)


Hope you're having a lovely day.. it's a lovely sunny spring day here on the Essex coast - and Blackbirds are singing, which always makes me happy.

For AJJ 'Out and About'  ...theme hosted by the lovely Yvonne from Meggys Way.
Todays page was a pretty obvious one for me - It's not always easy being out and about if you are agoraphobic - I've had this on and off since about 1985 and my way of dealing with it is I always try to laugh and make light of it, as there's far worse things in life.....
I created this page by digitally blending two of my artworks and adding some digital Forget-me-nots I made from photos..

I've been busy making cards and all sorts in my art/craft room ..but at what point do you decide to clear away all the stuff you have everywhere and start afresh?

yes.... I think I really need to tidy up as I've ran out of space.... you should see the floor too ..... on the other hand, no, maybe you shouldn't!
I think I will be tidying up later!
Have a great day..
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Out and about singing a happy song


With so many crazy things going on in the world - sometimes you need something to make you smile and give you hope...
My little people were out and about singing in the hills.
(anyone remember this song I think from about 1971 by the New Seekers.)

linking to  AJJ for Yvonnes lovely 'Out and about' theme.
Background is one of my watercolours... and the digital people I am addicted to at present and can't stop making.

 Thanks so much for stooping by
Gill xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Out and about - go prepared!


Those darn aliens visited me again and whisked me away ha ha
but this time I was able to take some arty stuff with me and got quite a few things done...

like this for AJJ challenge  where Yvonne has the wonderful theme 'out and about'

I digitally altered a watercolour painting I did
 and added the helicopter which I changed to silhouette.
I've been busy drawing lots of little people too and
these were drawn  digitally using  Serif Craft Artist,
 Drawplus X8 and Affinity Designer software
Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Out and about - back later


Using the same items from my previous page I made todays page opposite that so it looks a double spread now. I'm linking to AJJ 'out and about' which is the fabulous theme for March hosted by Yvonne from Meggy's Way 

The page has gessoed dictionary pages on it. I drew the house on patterned paper and dictionary paper. Colour is acrylic on back ground and Stabillo all. Words created on my pc then printed/cut and stuck down with glue stick. The fence/trellis is a Martha Stewart punch.

thanks for stopping by,
hoping your day goes well
Gill x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Out and about again

Hello ... hope you had a good week and enjoying your weekend :)

I think I'd lost my mojo lately doing real journal pages (proper painty messy ones instead of digital ones) but then one morning last week while having the first cup of tea in bed watching youtube videos, a new upload popped up and inspired me to want to make a page.
The video and inspiration was thanks to the fabulous Susi aka froebelsternchen and while watching, it suddenly occurred to me what my main problem was - I  am gesso lazy -  err? I put off using gesso - but why? -  probably because of lack of space to leave things to dry.. (probably another reason I had put off using the Gelli plate in the past) well ok Gill, get that sorted and then you have no excuses!  So I did and then I went mad for the last two days gessoing lots of pages :)

So this was the page I made and I'm linking to AJJ 'out and about' theme for March hosted by the lovely Yvonne from Meggy's Way

The page has my old school dictionary pages on it - yes I used gesso of course! - drew flowers on patterned paper and cut out.. and created a sheet of various words for future use on my pc then printed/cut and stuck down with glue stick. Colour is acrylic on back ground and stems/leaves Stabillo all and Inktense pencils.
It's Sunday and you can probably guess the weather - yep grey - raining on and off and now the wind picking up, so I'm going to have a lazy play day Sunday - no gessoing today - just fun!.
Have a lovely day
and thanks so much for stopping by
Gill x

Friday, 3 March 2017

Out and About


after saying several days ago that the only way to explain where time goes is that I must have been abducted by aliens - I couldn't resist making this digital page


I'm linking to AJJ where the lovely Yvonne aka Meggy's way  
is hosting the fabulous new theme this month... 


well it's yet another rainy and grey day here in my part of the UK and doesn't look like being better any day soon so I won't be out and about but up in my arty/craft room :)
... and its Friday again ... so have a great day and I wish you a fun weekend and better weather wherever you are.
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

50 shades of red_4


I just remembered February doesn't have as many - oops! so I'd better post this before it's too late for AJJ 50 shades of red hosted by the lovely Linda of heARTfully inspired.
Its been a great month and the red theme was a lovely tonic for all our wintery grey days here - thanks Linda :)

I was inspired by a quote on one of Valeries fabulous pages  which said ' I am currently unsupervised - the possibilities are endless'. The  word 'unsupervised' really made me smile..... here's what I created.
I used a gelli print for the background and took the bird from one of my pages and made a digital page. The woman was a line drawing I did years ago and so I digitally coloured that in. The sun and rainbow are made with digital chalk brushes.

Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a great day.
Gill x.

Monday, 27 February 2017

50 Shades of red_3


I don't know where the time has gone in the last week but I think I've been abducted by Aliens again!  (its the only explanation I can think of ha ha )

for AJJ where Linda from heARTfully inspired has chosen the wonderful theme of 50 shades of red

I used a my own gelli printed background and artwork ( see below)
 and added some of my whimsical drawings and made a digital art page

thanks for looking
(will try and catch up with you asap)
Gill xx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

50 shades of red_2 and a Bookworm Tag


It's Thursday again - suddenly the week is going fast, but not so on Monday and Tuesday when it couldn't have gone much slower as we had workmen in fitting a new gas boiler and flushing radiators.
A fair bit of noise and upheaval indoors but at least that job is now done and now I think that a few days of some arty playing is due :)

but first.. a tag for the Bookworm theme at Tag Tuesday  chosen by the lovely Chrissie from Jumbled Crafts  
I've made my tag flat so that I can use it as a bookmark - I have lots of arty books that have bits of scrap paper sticking out from them marking pages - so this will be useful.
I used a stamp set from The Works. Background coloured with Inktense pencils and Promarkers. Drew the worm on paper and cut him out, coloured with promarkers, pencils and Stabilo all pencils.

Lastly another page for  50 shades of red at AJJ hosted this month by the lovely  Linda K of heARTfully inspired     

This is a mix of real art and digital.
Font Lexographer and few digital elements from Laitha's Designs 'Crafty Essentials'.

Over the New Year Dave and I played a silly but fun childhood game - not sure of the name - but you draw a head of some kind, fold it over so you can then only see a neck  - swap papers and draw a body to join the head - fold over and swap and then then do feet and legs which when you unfold the papers you get some really weird looking creatures. Well I found a way for me to do a few at a time - draw the heads and then go off and do something else and then come back and carry on etc until completed. 

below is my original art work before the digital alterations using a mix of water colour paints, Stabilo all pencils and Aquamarkers.
Thanks for stopping by,
hope you're having a great day.
Gill x

Friday, 10 February 2017

50 shades of red


Another week flown by - hope you've had a good one.

Linda K  from HeARTfully inspired is the February guest host at AJJ and has the wonderful theme called 50 shades of red      
The weather in the UK is pretty grey and miserable at present, so playing with this colour really warmed and cheered me up.

Using Craft Artist software I added the words and a few other digital elements and effects to the photo of my original journal page.  The digital elements are from a kit by Laitha's Designs called 'Craft Essentials' and the font is called 'Ransom'.
Below is the original page and I used mainly Derwent art bars and Stabillo all pencils for this. Some of the texture was rubbing the bars on the page with a Fiskars texture plate underneath.
My original page
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Gill x

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tell me a story and a fun afternoon.


Today I am showing my last piece for AJJ 'Tell me a story'  where the lovely    Erika from BioArtGal  chose the fun theme for this month. I can't believe January is over so soon, that seemed to fly by. Thanks Erika I really enjoyed your theme.
I drew around a bird die-cut (by Sheena Douglass) and used water colours and pencils. The rest is a couple of stamps and Washi tapes.

And now...drum roll please..... this afternoon I got the small Gelliplate out and had a lovely time playing with it and made 3 useable pages that I was quite pleased with. I even found that roller (which had been in plain sight all the time) although if you look closely at the photo you'll see its not a proper roller, but one of those things you use for taking off fluff from your clothes.... when brand new they start off sticky but that's goes eventually.
So thank you for all the encouragement and advice you left on my previous post - that really helped. 


On this occasion I didn't get out too many stencils or mark making bits and I also limited my colours.
I stuck the gelliplate on a clear acrylic block and used it like a stamp on my pages.

I can't wait to have another play and be more adventurous.
I also want to get some of the mini 'Gel press petites'.
I can now see this being very addictive and fun :)
Thank you for your comments
and stopping by.
Gill x

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Tell me a story.... final part of 'The caretaker'

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Thanks for the lovely comments about my throat and broken washing machine... the end of the week was almost a broken pc too - but all is well..big sigh of relief... so next week I think will be a much better week.

  There's still a couple days left to join in with Erika from BioArtGal theme 'Tell me a story' for AJJ this month. I was going to post a different page today but then I thought it was a bit a mean and I should show the final part of 'The Caretaker' story.
Other than my inky background and original caretaker artwork  from one of my journals the rest is digital.
I was asked the other day if I had used my Gelli plate again... I confess I am scared of it (in case I ruin it) and only used it once. I had 2 as a present the Christmas before last and only tried the smaller one. So I got all of my bits out like the book recommended but got no further... I couldn't find my old brayer. Actually that's not strictly true, I found the more expensive one I keep for inks and didn't want to ruin that either (bit of a pattern developing here).
Dave thought I was daft and should have used that one and bought another...
ok so that's decided then... next opportunity I will go for it and have some messy fun!
I also got some 'Pastelmat' to try - if you are unfamiliar with this, its for pastel and has a sort of short pile/velour texture which apparently allows several layers of blended pastels. I think I need to get use to how this works and learn how to blend on it as I found it fairly hard to do.
It's still unfinished, but this is what I managed so far...

 I think I should have stuck to pastel sticks/pencil too as I tried Panpastels on this surface as well and they were awkward to blend.
Lots to learn I think - if you use it I would love to know your thoughts/tips - thank you.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hope next week is good for you.
Gill x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

The Caretaker part 2 for AJJ Tell me a story

Hope everyone's having a good week. I've had a bit of a bad throat for several days but ok now. I was going to post yesterday when all of a sudden there was an almighty noise and the washing machine decided to breakdown. It's 20 years old - so I think we have had our moneys worth, but I love it so I hope it can be repaired.

Today I have a digital piece to link for AJJ theme 'Tell me a story' which is Erika from BioArtGal theme for this month. This page continues the story from a previous one The Caretaker .
I used my original real artwork and digitally cut out  'the caretaker' and then copied and pasted the image many times to go on my shelving in the laboratory. The other digital imagery is from Daisytrail (Serif Steampunk kits).

I wonder what happens next?
Thank you for stopping by
Gill x

Friday, 20 January 2017

Love Story for AJJ and MM&M

Hi... another Friday again, they come around so quickly don't they?
Hope your week has been good.

I don't normally think of something I can use for both AJJ and also MM&M so I hope this is ok as
this month Erika from BioArtGal is hosting AJJ with the fab theme 'Tell me a story  and the theme currently at Moo Mania & More is 'Love'.

I started with a page using stickers, washi tape, panpastels, felt-tip pens and a little grungy stamping. Then digitally added my words, some more flowers and some vintage words and music.

I guess the equivalent to a UK 'Hen' and 'Stag' night is probably a  Bachelorette, Bachelors or Bucks party and other names depending where you live.
original page

Thank you for stopping by.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Gill x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Tell me a story - Ye Olde Mystery Album


Hope you are having a lovely weekend and not snowed in, flooded or having any nasty weather...  hopefully you are somewhere nice and cozy and maybe having some arty fun.
Our snow has gone today and fortunately the flooding predicted for the next town along the coast to us didn't come to much.

Today I am linking my digital page to  AJJ 'Tell me a story'  this months fun theme chosen by Erika from BioArtGal 

Thanks for the great comments on my previous AJJ page 'The Caretaker' - I haven't had time during the week to continue that story yet... so for now, here's a quick digital page...about another story.
The four lovely Egyptian elements credit & thanks to Valerie (thanks valerie x)

My late father gave me a photo album about 15 years ago but didn't know exactly who on his side of the family had started the album. The first photo with a date is 1902 and I am guessing that the photos here are sometime between 1902 and maybe 1914 but probably the earlier date.
The last photos in the album, towards the back, definitely are 1914-1918 as my paternal grandfather born 1896 is in some when he was in the R.A.M.C.
The photos are of soldiers, sailors, lots of boats, Pyramids, the King in Malta in 1903, a boxing match and all sorts, including a few photos possibly from the Boxer revolution that are so horrendous I could never show them.

I have managed to solve a few mysteries - one photo of a soldier had a name and address on, and I was able to trace the daughter of the soldier. It turned out that she had never seen this photo before - she told me about her father and his brothers who were all soldiers during WW1 but the connection to my family and why he was in the this album is a mystery still.

If only each photo in this mysterious album could tell its tale... I wonder what stories it would tell.

Thank you for stopping by.
I will try and catch up with your posts
that I've missed last week asap.
Gill x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Tell me a story..... 'The Caretaker'

I can't believe we are 5 days into 2017 already, hope your year has started well.
My first post for 2017 is to join in with the great new theme  'Tell me a story' at AJJ hosted this month by the lovely Erika from BioArtGal  
There's so many way to interpret this and luckily (or maybe not) I think I have always had a bit of an over active imagination so of course this theme really appeals to me.
My first piece, well what can I say.. these things just idea where this came from but I am now wondering who exactly the caretaker is and what happens next. I added some digital elements from a Serif kit called 'Robot Rust' to my own artwork.

my original artwork

 I can almost never remember at the end of a year if I have kept any 'New Years resolutions'... but one I did keep was that in 2015 almost every day I put a slip of paper into my 'Gratitude' jar.
The idea is that everyday you write on a slip of paper the positive things that happened on this day; things to be grateful for. Write about the things that you laugh or smile, Natures wonders, blessings, little gifts. a kindness, achievements or memorable moments. You put the papers into a jar which you then open on New Years Eve and read. It reminds you that even if your year is filled with pain, tears and life stuff, that nice things also happen.
I have started to do this again this year again and hope to have a nice full jar in December.

I'm not going say I will be doing this and this for this year but just try to do them if I can.
Which includes following some exercises from these two books.
I've done most of the first drawing exercise which was drawing about 30 cats :)

The main thing for 2017 is be happy and have fun.

Thank you 
for taking the time to stop by..
Gill x