Colours of Joy

Art Journal Day 3

Today was an exploration of the colours that really give me joy.  So many times in my past I have had people tell me what colours I should wear, or should decorate the house with etc.  Oh yes, they mean well with their advice, however they don’t take into consideration that perhaps the colours they like or think I should like, are not the colours that give me joy.    Many of that advice comes from early years, but it is still that voice in my head.
So I told the voice in my head to be quiet, picked a colouring page from a book, and chose colours that give me joy!
The reason I used a pre-printed colouring page, so that I could focus entirely on colour and not be thinking about design or anything else, just colour.

What do you think?
I used Alcohol Markers to colour my page.
I love, love, love these colours!  Some of the colours are not surprising, I love purples and pinks however I was always told I was better with pastels, but I just love the intensity of these purples and pinks.  The green, yellow and red really surprised me though, those are colours that I wouldn’t think of as “my” colours.
Having completed this journal page, I now find myself looking at the clothes I wear and realising how bland and uninteresting they are, and that I don’t like any of them.  For now I have to put up with my wardrobe and be patient, but the process has been started and from now on I will look differently at colour in all sorts of ways.
What are your colours?

Happy journalling.


Owl Colouring Page

I am really enjoying doing some colouring at the moment, as well as all the rest of the creativity going on, so just wanted to share this cute Owl page that I finished recently.

Aren’t they just so cute?
I have printed the page onto some white cardstock, and used Alcohol Markers to do my colouring.
This page comes from a fabulous website full of colouring pages that you can download for your own colouring.  The website is called Color Happy.  🙂

Happy colouring

But Who Am I?

Art Journal Post 2
Yesterday I started sharing my Art Journal pages, in a personal journey that I felt the need to share, and something that is going to be an ongoing journey. For how long is anyone’s guess.

What is Art Journalling?
I personally think that it is an individual journey, but it doesn’t have to take on any particular form.  It could just be a series of art pages where you learn about different aspects of art and try things out, and learn about your own strengths and weaknesses through art.
For other’s it might be about journalling the old fashioned way, writing down your thoughts and feelings, and adding some hand drawn pictures or doodles.
It might be a scrapbooking style of journalling.

Is there a right or wrong way?  I don’t believe so, I think that you do whatever feels write for you.  And that may change as you go along the journey.

Do you need to be an artist?  Definitely not.  The journey is just as much about learning new art skills, whether those are very basic skills or very advanced skills, doing what makes you feel happy and learning from it.

Tell me what you think about Art Journalling?  What have your experiences been?

Today I am sharing a page that I started quite some time ago, but hadn’t known quite how to finish it off, and today it was just right for what I wanted.  It is based on a project by fellow Kaszazz Consultant Amarylise Bessey called Art of Dreaming Art Journal Page.

The face comes from a Kaszazz colouring page which I have coloured with Alcohol Markers, then cut out and pasted onto my page.  I’ve then used Distress Oxide inks with lots of water and have painted them onto the page to extend the hair, and then outlined and doodled.  The words that go around the face are:

“But Who Am I?
Somewhere along the way, I lost the real me, I forgot who I truly am and what it means to be me.  Somewhere amongst the grief, the pain, the struggle, the mourning, the moving, trying to stay safe, trying to keep a rood over our heads, just trying to get through each hour, each day, wondering how on earth I am going to get through another year, I lost who I truly am!

  • Mum
  • Believer
  • Christina
  • Musician
  • Friend
  • Chris
  • Sister
  • Artist
  • Daughter
  • Chrissy
  • Aunt
  • Animal Lover
  • Educator

Yes, I am all of these things, but who am I really? What is my purpose?  Why am I here on this planet?”

Yeah, pretty much describes how I have been feeling, perhaps for years now.  And it has certainly got me wondering, perhaps I am here to share these pages and help other’s to realise that they can heal by putting their journey in this life down in some form of art.  I hope I can inspire someone to give it a go!

Happy stamping

Anything But A Card Challenge

A scrapbook page or Project Life page? A picture?  A covered notebook? Or in this case, some gift tags…..
This week’s Crafty Boots Challenge is to make a project, any project as long as it is not a card.  I feel that I piked out a bit on this one, since my gift tags are pretty close to a card, so I will have to come up with something very different for next week.

My tags use the lovely stamp set called Moon Lake.  Before stamping the image, I did a very light wash of watercolouring just using ink and an aqua brush, then stamped over it using Memento Black Ink.  The images have then been coloured using Copics Alcohol markers.
I have made a card to match the gift cards, which I will share with you tomorrow.
For more project ideas for this challenge, you can see what the rest of the Design Team have made this week by clicking here.
Happy stamping! And crafting…..

Colouring Inspiration

I have two projects to share with you today, both coloured using Blendabilities, and both using gorgeous Cute As A Button images.
Firstly, I have covered on of the large Stampin’ Up! Kraft Journals.

Jan Inspiration Project 2

The image has been coloured and then fussy cut, and then layered onto the black background so that the colours are really vibrant.  I have punched some stars out of the black layer and then added a layer of Gold Foil sheet behind the black.

I have also made a card. I just adore this “buttons girl”, and really enjoyed colouring her. 🙂

Jan Inspiration Project 1

The strip of patterned paper comes from the new Stampin’ Up! Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack – lots of gorgeous papers!

Happy stamping!


Colouring with Blendabilities

Two posts in one day, what?????? 🙂
I know, however I just wanted to share some colouring that I have been doing today with my Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities.
I have been learning some new colouring techniques and today the lovely ladies at Kit and Clowder held a colour pallet competition, using this fabulous image from Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps.

I have used the Rich Razzleberry and Coastal Cabana Blendabilites, along with the Skin Tone Collection. The pearls in the corner have also been coloured with the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities.

Hope you are having a crafty weekend.
Happy stamping!