I’ve spent this afternoon making a bunch of fairly simple Christmas cards. I’ve used Tim Holtz crazy dog, cat & bird rubber stamps, Dylusions stamps, gel pens, Distress inks, coloured pencils, Glossy Accents (for noses etc), scrapbooking paper, and various dies. Most of these have either Glossy Accents or dimension using foam tape, or some gold ink for a little sparkle. Quick photos with my phone so the background colours look a bit creamy/weird!
I thought this was quite fitting given my weight loss surgery journey has had some drastic and very unforeseen consequences, but has been worth every drama and detour. I used Dylusions paints, Distress Paints and inks, and a favourite StencilGirl Stencil.
Dylusions paints, stencils, Distress inks.
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.
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.
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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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.