Monthly Archives: April 2012

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 45 & 46

Layers and Layers and Layers, Oh My!

Idly trawling around Youtube yesterday wondering what to do with some black styrofoam/polystyrene saved from a couple of frozen pizzas, I came across this video. I was on it right away and created this cool background (and several more) with one stamp and some heavy-bodied acrylic paint, including gold. I white gessoed the page first but, yep, that is a pink elephant peeking through.

So today, I simply went to town with layering – I can barely remember what’s on the page, truth be told. Collage, stenciling, shading, corrector pen, journaling, doodling, and finally I rubbed on some yellow then white soft pastel to give the page a distressed look.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 44

Make Something Every Day

Made a Squidoo lens today “Make Something” and this was the intro image. Page coated with clear gesso. Sprayed with diluted acrylic inks, stamped, painted and pretty silver stars and doodle hearts image glued on. Very quick and much fun.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 43

Our house, in the middle of our street…

A cold and miserable rainy day,

The perfect time to art and play.

Printed out the grid doodle I made yesterday, glued it into The Book with Mod Podge. Collaged some little houses made from my fabric paper. Printed out the words (Betsy Flanagan font) and collaged them onto the page. Added the angel postage stamp and it is done.



365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 41


In the spirit of ‘more is more’, this page has been layered with paper torn from an old atlas, bordered with black acrylic, shaded and tinted with Neocolor lls, stamped and stenciled, painted with more acrylic, doodled on with Faber-Castell Big Brush Artists’ Pens and corrector pen, collaged and a little more Neocolor lls scrubbed on. Phew!


365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 40


Two posts in one day – amazing. Only because I forgot to post yesterday’s after I scanned it.

This one used one of my ‘girls’. Printed her (not very well as printer running out of ink and left some stripes on her). Gessoed over her and reworked with Inktense crayons. Stamped, charcoaled, Tippexed and journaled. Done.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 39

Thinking (& Letting Go)


Yesterday I felt like writing. I woke up thinking about an unresolved family situation and, as I hate to let stuff like that get in my way and spoil my day, I often find it is best just to write it out, letting the thoughts flow and not trying to produce a perfect piece of writing. Simply getting the crap stuff out of my head and onto paper.

I’d already begun this portrait that was going horribly wrong. It started out as a pencil drawing with a touch of acrylic. I wanted to reinvigorate the surface for more drawing by covering it in clear gesso. Well, of course, the pencil was still dry and the gesso activated it and it turned into a texture almost like oils. So I just went with it and then gave it up as a bad job! I quite liked her poor sad face and she matched my mood, so I left her alone and wrote in her hair and all around. My writing is so small and spidery that I will never want to read it again… and that’s a good thing. I even added more writing on top with marker to mess it up some more.


365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 37 & 38


Sandy Steen-Bartholomew mentioned in a recent blogpost that she’s become enamored by Zenspirations by Joanne Fink. I’ve seen this little book on Amazon and I think it’s going to find its way onto my already cluttered desk. At first glance it seems a little simplistic, but sometimes simple is very good.

On the previously painted background I just took a marker and Zendoodled.

















Today’s page was created with an acrylic background, collage (fabric paper again), and doodles. I added charcoal for shading and drew over the bird that was already printed on the page. There’s room for more here.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 36

I Love Flowers

Page gessoed, painted with acrylics – semi mixed because I love the streaky look. Covered with craft tissue paper to add texture while wet. Stamped through some sequin waste/punchinella. Collaged on some pieces cut from previously made fabric paper. These were doodled on and stitched, then highlighted with oil pastel. The flower isn’t completely stuck down but has a 3-D look.  More oil pastel added around the border. Then I rubbed two stamp pads across the flower to grunge it down a little.Finally rubbed on some lovely gold powder I discovered in a drawer the other day.

I’ve done the same background on the opposite page ready for… I have no idea as yet!

Harry Catman has improved immensely – thank heavens and the Goddess of Cats.

365 A Daily Creativity Journal – Day 35

Get Well Soon, Harry Catman

No creativity happening here, none. One of our cats was hit by a car thee days ago. He’s going to be fine. He has a fractured pelvis and is obviously bruised and sore. He was wandering down the lane when it happened. A wonderful couple out walking their dogs found him and carried him home to us. Friday was awful as we had no idea if he would make it or not after we said goodbye to him at the vet’s.  We wrote prayers for him and lit a candle. At 6pm we were told he had no internal injuries and his bladder was intact. Hooray! We were able to bring him home the next day. He’s had to go back once as he finds urinating difficult but this morning he managed all by himself. His next appointment is tomorrow evening.

Our daughter drew this little picture a couple of years ago after Harry decided to move in with us. We had no choice in the matter. He spent 6 months establishing that he was going to be part of our family and was prepared to make the ultimate male sacrifice to do so. Unfortunately, he never got out of the habit of wandering off wherever. Our other three girl cats never leave the house and garden.

We love Harry Catman.