Monthly Archives: March 2012

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 31 & 32

Simplicity in an Altered Book

Two more pages to show you. Really basic techniques. The first has a border created with acrylic paint and gold marker pen. It’s just a little ramble about the wonderful weather we’re having here in the UK right now.















The second is more interesting. I laid down some torn strips of masking tape close together on a plastic surface and rubber stamped them all over with a single stamp in one colour. Then I laid the strips on to the journal page, leaving some space between them to add text. I made sure that the gaps were varied. Then I just journaled in the spaces with a marker pen. I wish I had prepped the page with some paint or ink first, instead of leaving it white. Never mind, there’s always another page.


365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 29 & 30

Art Journal Page & a ZIA

Didn’t get to post yesterday as we were out for the afternoon and evening. Went to see a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Was v. fun. Anyway, I did this Zenangled-inspired piece the day before…












…and then today, I sat in the sunshine nursing a slight hangover and drew a girl-face. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with her and placed it on the table nearby and saw some interesting shadows cast by a lowering sun and my honeysuckle. I left the sketchpad where it was and just outlined a few of the shadows. Turned them into leaves and colored in the negative space with a dark background. All done with Inktense and some other random watercolor pencils.


365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 29

Paint Like a Little Child
I can’t believe it is only day 29! Only 337 to go (leap year).

Wanted to experiment using weird things to stamp acrylic paint on the page. I used packing peanuts, a door wedge, the lid of a cocoa tin and some kid’s alphabet stamps. Covered the page in a big mess and had to clean it up somehow so made a watery wash of yellow-green and sloshed it all over and let it dry. Added more paint doodles, marker doodles, correction pen doodles, words and Neocolor lls. Much fun was had and I don’t care what it looks like!

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 28

In the Garden

It’s going to take two years of posting at this rate. Ah well… it doesn’t matter in the least.

Today I prepared the page with clear gesso mixed with a little Golden Acrylics Titan Buff, which provided a nice semi-transparent surface. Sprayed a little diluted magenta ink then quickly sketched some poppies with Inktense pencils. Added text based on the highlight of the day, which was the discovery of a slow worm in the garden. Then I sprayed some water to get some interesting drip effects – didn’t quite come off.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 27


Another quick recap if you just landed on this page. This blog is (currently) assigned to a project inspired by the book, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal. Mostly my daily postings are of my attempts to alter the book, from a commercial, prompt journal to an experimental art journal. It’s where I try out new materials and supplies and where I make mistakes. It’s not pretty. Sometimes, my creative endeavors take place away from the book so I post them instead. Today I made bread… but that doesn’t count, does it?











I’m not sure whether this is just a background or if I will leave it as is. It is a simple torn collage of printouts of old journal pages. I’ll let it dry and see. I often print out previous pages and tear them into strips for borders or cut out an element that I know will be just perfect for a new page. Using your own artwork like this is much better than using other people’s. I’ve never seen the appeal of purchasing commercial collage sheets, although I do have some in my stash of papers that were included in kits that I bought a few years ago. Kits… why? It’s so much more fun to build your own treasure trove of resources.

Here, there are scans of collages, watercolors, rubber stamps, drawings by my daughter, buttons and journal entries.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 25 & 26

Textures and Tangles

Apologies for not posting for a couple of days. Creativity continues regardless.

I carried on with with my dryer sheet collages, this time using a brighter color combination. Here are some close-ups.

I love the chalky, scrunched up textures of torn paper, kitchen paper, tissue, netting, etc. The paint is diluted acrylic (Pip Seymour Fine Acrylics).

It’s Mother’s Day, or, more correctly Mothering Sunday here in the UK so I made a Zentangled card for mine.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 24

Messy Time

Prompted by the glorious “How to Be Creative in Textile Art” by Julia Triston & Rachel Lombard (ignore that 1* review; the woman seems to be describing a completely different book), I spent an hour experimenting with dryer sheets. These collages were created by soaking washed drier sheets in diluted Mod Podge, then anything and everything was stuck to them. I used foil, bits of packaging, fabric, silk, taffeta, netting,  thread, tissue, scrapbook paper, torn up sheet music and even strips cup from the top of dried cat food bags. Drizzled on some acrylic inks and sprinkled on some fairy dust. They are still damp, otherwise one of them would be stuck into The Book.

I’m thinking I might make more and stitch them together. Maybe add some more stitchery on top of them and glue them to a large canvas.

































365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 23

Reinventing Myself Every Day

I managed to finish (they are never really finished) the journal page that was started yesterday. Pages were gessoed, then an acrylic glaze applied. There was some transparency, which I like because the original text and printing shows through. I like altering books but I also like their original character to show through now and then – it’s not an exercise in obliteration. Then collage, using one of my girl portraits and fabric paper. Rubber stamp alpha and text added in markers and pen. A little wax crayon to lift the borders. Done.












If you are interested in the colored Zentangles I did, I also made this Squidoo page today: Zentangle With Color

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 21 & 22

I’m forever drawing bubbles…

Spent the weekend drawing colored Zentangles, like so:


















Taken an age to upload this – wifi is terrible this weekend. Again this was drawn with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen and color was added with Derwent Inktense and Studio crayons.

I’ve been working in The Book this evening but have had to wait hours for an acrylic glaze to dry. Using a hairdryer had no effect whatsoever. The page isn’t finished yet for that reason but I will post a progress pic so you can see that creating has been done. I printed one of ‘my girls’ and made use of the sticky acrylic to adhere her. Made her a t-shirt from a small piece of fabric paper. Added some more fabric paper border I intend to add some text tomorrow. If it’s dry.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 20

Birds of a feather… should fly free

This is a scan and print of a Zentangle I drew last night. It has lost some of its intensity in the process. Pasted it into the book and journaled all over the page. I was annoyed with myself over some recent decisions regarding my son’s education and, while writing, was listening to another excellent talk by Sir Ken Robinson at TedTalks, ‘Bring on the Learning Revolution.” Well worth watching.











I’ve just done a few colored Zentangles – so far I’ve avoided color as, up until now I have been a bit of a purist and thought they should only be black and white pen drawings with a little added graphite shading.  However, I might have changed my mind. Here is the original straight from my sketchbook.