I have kept journals for 9 years and so its surprising that I should only discover blogging as a new format of journal writing. It's about time I embrace it and see if its as fun.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Journal Pages full of Flowers

My first journal for me to fill has arrived.
All the way from Russia from Irina.
Firstly a thank you for the little bag of shells - yay.
Now the theme set for this journal is flowers, awesome and quite an easy theme which works well for me.
So I have recently got myself a large amount of stamps and as I've been sorting them to find foreign and British stamps I noticed a lot of bird stamps... Which gave me an idea for my first double page spread.

All of those birds and houses are tiny cut outs from stamps - I wanted to add a lot more things but I always worry that I'd over do it. So I left it at that. This was my painted page.
So next I had a stab at some more collage and mixed media. I decided to go with my original theme for my journal and let Georgie the Sunflower say hello to Irina!

I am really pleased with how this came out, with collage I never have a plan, I just start in one corner and slowly fill the page out. The border was cut from a napkin I received many months ago. I'm glad I could finally use it. I really enjoyed doing this first step of the long journey. I have 3 more journals to see and decorate and look forward to seeing mine come back safe and sound.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

My Art Journal reaches Russia!

I have pictures back from Russia to see what Georgie has been getting up to!
Here she has discovered Russian Ballet!!!

And here she's discovered Russia is a good deal colder than the UK!!!

These are so sweet - all of them from the lovely Victoria - you can find her blog here.
Thank you so much - now it needs to go to two more people and then back to me - yippee! I suspect I may have to do another Georgie journal!

To view Margaret's 4 pages - here.

To view my 4 pages - here.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

And we're off - First Stop Poland

My journal has reached it's first destination - Poland. I wasn't too sure if I'd get pictures back so soon - was indeed expecting to only see it when it finally worked its way back round here.
When I opened the photos it made me realise just how happy and glad I've made it Georgie themed!
Here is Margaret's first double page:

Doesn't Georgie look sweet in a flower!!!
And her second double page:

Haha this one made me smile!!
I am in love and I've decided that once this one comes back if we do more I'll always make them Georgie themed - with the photos of her getting older and older - traveling around the world.
I'm so thrilled and its made my day!
To go back to the original post when this all started check out:

Monday, 29 July 2013

Creative Tuesday - Forest

I have joined so many different swaps in the last month - where do I begin...

Well to link over to Creative Tuesday who's theme is Forest I have a swap that fits in nicely!

I got invited to a "People of the Forest" swap - animals were allowed but there had to be one humanoid at least on every card. For some reason I find when it comes to mythical or fantasy based characters I lack greatly in imagination. To achieve all of these I spent ages looking on the internet and seeing what I could try and draw. I came up with the idea of a tree ent - but is that a humanoid or plant??? Hmmm anyhow - the Mushroom Man is my fave.

Check out Creative Tuesday for other forest inspired art.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Georgie's Goodie Bag

Georgie got a goodie bag from an art friend of mine!
First of all this started out as a standard 2-2 trade.
I made these two for her:

Orange Butterfly - 2.5 x 3.5 Original ATC

Blue Butterflies - 2.5 x 3.5 Original ATC
In return I received these two cards:

Particularly love that Georgie card! I also received an extra card - yay!!!

And then as if that wasn't enough I also got 4 children's books, 2 US stamps (for me to use in further swaps), a gorgeous 6-9 month Bunny onesie - and a snuggle bunny!!!!

And here is Georgie having a good snuggle!!

Such a kind gesture - Georgie has received many a gift from my art friends - I can't thank you enough!!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

My Journal is Ready

I have refined the Georgie book...
Here I have done my two double page spreads.
This first one is Georgie sitting on top of Harlech Castle (of course)...

This second one is all about her up and coming journey.

There are four others in this journal swap - each of them will have two double page spreads to do what they'd like with. I have printed out four large pictures of Georgie (one for each) and I'll print out four small pictures. I want to give everybody the opportunity to do something similar to me, however they don't have to be limited. They can do anything - have Georgie go visit animals or discover an inspirational quote. There really is no limit. I can't wait to see this book completed, it will be several months before I get this back but I hope to see some fun results!

This has been fun and really enjoyed creating the two pages, I may do another one of these all by myself.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Georgie's Book of Culture

I've started a new project alongside Victoria and three others. We're going to do a journal pages swap. Now I'm not very confident with this idea since I'm not used to working on pages and using mixed media. There was no theme so I decided to make a theme so that I could have a goal in mind while making it. So first of all I made the pages - had to watch a video on how to bind it together and I don't think I did it very successfully. I suspect I used a thread too thin so it isn't very tight.

I also made a cover - I won't need to send this in the mail but the pages are pretty secure in it, shouldn't cost very much more to send the cover too, so I'll decide later.
So the theme I've chosen is culture and secondly I'm going to make this book for Georgie for when she's old enough NOT to tear it apart! Originally it was so you could showcase your own culture but I've decided not to limit it, since I received some Chinese lettering I'm going to use that on my front cover. I have loads of international stamps and some paper notes I can stick in too...
I may give each person a questionnaire they can choose to fill out or not...
Not sure, has anyone done this before, I'm finding it hard to mix paintings with collage - what do I put in this???
Anyway - its an early start for me because my wisdom tooth is pushing my other teeth and my jaw throbs... hopefully getting them removed in a few months but that's a long time to wait.
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