Sunday, 1 February 2015

A prompt for today

I know we all may need help some days with getting inspired so I have decided to put in a little prompt for today.

 After reading my book today called simple abundance I have been inspired to go out and be creative. The page is entitled creative excursions. So today I am going out with my family and my camera and taking some photos which may help to influence a journal page. 

So there you have it enjoy the prompt. Any pictures please feel free to put them on my Facebook page (click link on the right of page) 

Here is the page that has influenced today :) 

The book is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach 

Homemade texture paste

Today I made some texture paste it is so easy! All you need is gesso, talc and white glue. I used a cup full of gesso and a cup and a half of talc and half cup of white glue to get the consistency I wanted then placed it in a jar a had spare.

Texture paste is great to add dimension and texture. You can use it through stencils and mix colour to it for coloured texture.  You can also stamp into it just let it half dry first.

Here are my results ...

Friday, 30 January 2015

Upcycle roll on containers

I am really pleased I found this out today. A great way to upcycle your roll on deodorant! 

When you have used all the deodorant, get a butter knife and pop off the ball. Clean inside the container. Then fill with a mix of paint and a bit of water. Pop the ball back on then you have made your own roll paint. 

This is great if you do not want the kids to get in too much mess painting. I am collecting my containers from now on!! 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Making a loose leaf journal

As you may be aware I have been getting back into being creative. I have started art journaling and am loving the process. However, I feel quite hindered by working in a book this is because; I feel like I have to fill it, it takes ages for me to be happy that the surface is flat, I spend half my time looking in my journal for a suitable page to use and feel it stops my creative flow. I feel I work much better on a piece of paper of my choice. 

Due to this I decided to make a loose leaf journal so I can create my pages then put them in the book afterwards. 

To make the journal I used 

Arch leaf folder (the binder was broken) 
Old cards 
Art materials to decorate including doll template from Such a pretty mess

To start with I had an arch leaf folder that needed using so I decided to upcycle it for this journal. I took out the ring binder section and metal corners off. 

then decorated the folder. The folder provided a great surface to do a mixed media cover on to. 

When I was happy with the cover

bound into the folder 12 small cards. These I bound in a figure of 8 and added beads as I bound it.

Then the journal was complete!! Now I am free to stick the loose leaf pages in to the book using the cards by sticking the pages to them. In all I could put 48 pieces in here if I wanted to as I could put work in back to back. I am really pleased with the outcome and will definitely be upcycling more arch leaf folders :)

I hope you enjoyed reading this please leave a comment below :) 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Carving stamps

Today I found out about stamp carving and had to have a go. 

I wanted a cheap way of doing this so opted to use a cuticle cutter instead of a Lino cutting tool. 

All I used was: 

Erasers- I just used the ones I had spare around the house but will definitely be buying bigger ones the weekend. 
Cuticle cutter/remover 
Ink pad 

The idea was to draw the design on the paper then rub on the back of the paper to transfer the image. However, I found I worked better if I just went for it! 

After an hour I had all the erasers carved back and front. One of the stamps I carved around the outside as well. Below are the results. I am so pleased and know I am going to be doing more as it is so relaxing. 

This is my favourite design. 

I hope you enjoyed this please feel free to leave comments below. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Art journaling with kids

I have been doing a lot of art journaling lately and little Boo wanted to try this. Today she completed her 1st page and she was great!

 Art journaling is such a great way for her to express her artistic side without worrying whether she is doing it right. I just placed out lots of materials including a paper pieced doll (the template for which I found at A pretty mess blog). Here is her completed page :)  

Little boo also used the homemade stamps we made using a thick foam. 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Making a smash book

I have not heard of a smash book before but after doing a bit of research I decided that this sounded my kind of craft.  To me the smash book is like a scrapbook however, you do not need to spend loads of time making it look pretty like a scrap book.  The idea is that it is a quicker way to document what interests you or places/ events that you have been to or taken part in.

I have started a homemade smash book using old notebook front and back cover.  I recovered these to make them more appealing.  I then decided to use book rings to bind the smash book as I am just adding pages as I go as often my page may be a bag from the place I have visited or a map/leaflet.

I keep all the items that I want to Smash in a box so they are waiting for when I have free time.  For example there are photographs and tickets/collected items from the places we have visited.  Little Boo liked the idea so much that she wanted to make a smash book for herself.  I am really interested to see how this goes and am going to leave it to her to choose what she wants to add to the book.  I feel that it will be a good opportunity for her to improve her writing as well as creative skills.


My Smash book also has a part dedicated to our new family member and doubles up as a baby book.  For this section I have used gift bags, gift wrap and ribbon I received to make the inside.  This makes it a lot cheaper and a great way to recycle!