CJS17 with Rachel Greig

Today’s inspirational artist was Rachel Greig from Darkroom Door in Australia. I’ve used a lot of Darkroom Door products over the years, so this was a great reminder of how much I can enjoy using more neutral colours.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint and Inks, collage materials, an old sewing pattern, a couple of stencils and a photo of me at Monte Cassino Abbey, Italy taken in 2010.

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Art journal fun

We had our first art journal class this week and it was great fun; everyone was very enthused and made fantastic pages. We started with gesso, Distress Ink, Distress paint and Distress Stains, washi tape, collage and completed the layouts with our own handwriting about why we want to start journaling. We’re meeting once a month and I’ll be introducing new products and techniques each time so that everyone has an arsenal of tools in their arty toolkit.

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Tim’s 12 tags of 2013 – June

I’m having a slow, relaxed, arty sort of Queen’s Birthday weekend. We were heading away but Tony’s had a couple of ‘off’ days so we decided it was better to stay close to home. Every month Tim Holtz holds the Tim’s 12 tags of 2013 challenge. He demonstrates how to make a super cool tag using his products, complete with detailed product tips and techniques = awesome stuff. This month’s tag features Distress Markers.

I don’t have any Distress Markers (yet 🙂 ) but have plenty of Distress Ink and Distress paints, so adjusted the instructions to suit my stash. I don’t mind not having all the bits ‘n bobs because it makes me think about the process and what the look is we’re trying to achieve. I’m pleased with the final results. One of these will go in my art journal, the other will become part of a greeting card.

I have a very sick staff member, she’s already been in hospital 2 months with plenty more to go, so I write to her every week and try to use handmade cards for a bit of colour and variety. Tony watched me draw a tree, leaves and bird on the envelope for a card I wrote her today; he shook his head, muttered something about the poor postal service, and wandered off. He makes me laugh…

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Stencil, spray, stamp

Tony is in Christchurch for  long weekend, having some Granddad time with our gorgeous grandson Rory and his parents, Yasmine and Adam. He also had a day out with his brother Roger. Which means I am looking after the animals and making art. When Tony’s away the tv never goes on, the bed doesn’t get made, the meals are whatever’s quickest – and I tidy up just before he comes home 😉 Faith, Goldie and I spend our days in my home office – me at the computer or art desk, Goldie on the sheepskin and Faith on the mohair rug in the lazyboy. How good is our life? Here’s a little of what I have done over the last couple of days.  The green one is a card, the rest are in my art journal. I also did some scrapbooking but they’re a pain to scan or photograph, especially at night.

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Tim’s 12 tags of 2013 – May

Last month I started participating in Tim Holtz’s 12 tags of 2013 challenge. Each month Tim designs a new tag and posts really detailed instructions about how to recreate the look. This month the tag uses remnant rubs, Distress stain inks, enameled tags, film strip ribbon and much more. I didn’t have all the bits ‘n bobs in my Tim stash, but boy, that stash sure is growing! I substituted where I needed to; one of my missions this year is so use up all my old supplies. I tend to hoard supplies I love, but really I should buy, use and enjoy instead.

I’m enjoying finding a whole lot of fabulous new arty blogs, and (virtually) meeting their authors, by visiting all the links to completed at the bottom of the challenge.

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