When I last blogged about this, on January 14th, I had lost 38kg to date. Yesterday I reached the 50kg milestone, so only another 10kg to go. I’m beginning to wonder if I could be reasonably small boned and 15kg might be a better goal, but I’ll reassess it with the nurse and see what she thinks nearer the time – probably towards the end of March.
In that last post I said I’d bought jeans off the rack at Farmers. This morning I popped down to Wanganui and replaced them with a pair that’s another 2 sizes down. I’m now a 16/18 on the top and an 18 on the bottom. Unheard of…
Here are some update photos. Hardly great shots admittedly but Tony’s not that comfortable using my iPhone!
This month’s theme is love and the quote was supplied. I’m using a new A3 journal Tony bought me, so this is big. I used Distress Paints, Golden fluid acrylics, 7 Gypsies papers, Pitt pen, stencils and washi tape.
This month’s theme is love, and I loved the week’s quote, so this came together easily. I normally do a paint, stencil & pen background with no collage or photos, but wanted to include a favorite photo of Tony. This was taken at Lucy’s Gulley, on SH45, in 2012 when we were having a weekend break from caring for Mum (thanks to my sister). I’ve used Distress Paint, Dylusions paint and a couple of stencils.
Last year a library friend and I started an art swap – each month we sent off a background for the other person to paint something floral on. We got a bit behind for various reasons, and have been catching-up. Over the long weekend I’ve used 5 backgrounds she sent me. It’s such a fun way to work, and really pushes me to try different looks.
I’ve got enough Copics now that I can start to blend the colours more. It looks so easy when you watch experts like Kelly Latevola on YouTube; then you try it yourself and realise just how much practise they’ve had! Still, all good fun and the cards won’t go astray.
The backgrounds are all blended Distress Ink with water drips, and I masked some of the stamping using Post-It notes so a couple of images sit in behind.
This week’s challenge was to use multiple layers; there was also a great quote but I haven’t used it because I want my pages to document our lives. This is our grandson Rory, who is learning to drag race just like his Dad, Adam (seen filling the tank). I used gesso, Tim Holtz Distress paint, an old painting, gelli prints and fabric trim.
Love this week’s quote. As always, working on more complex backgrounds. Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Pitt Big Brush pens, gesso, clear stamps, book page.
Today was the last day of CJS17, so we ended where we started, with organiser Nathalie Kalbach. Nat showed us how one of her journal pages was inspired by Cy Twombly. I’m a Cy fan, so jumped straight in. I used gesso, Distress Paints, pencils, archival ink, Pitt Big Brush pen and stamps.
Today Gwen Lafleur inspired us with an assemblage piece. I do flat artwork when I’m art journaling so took the subject matter, a bird, and the general style and worked with that.
Yesterday we were inspired by Andy Skinner, who made an industrial tag. I do flat artwork when I journal generally, so this is all paper with metallic paints, Paynes Grey, and Azo Gold.