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.
Chris

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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
Chris

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
Chris
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Dragonfly Dreams Ribbons and Bows

For this month’s challenge at Dragonfly Dreams, we  have all been adding gorgeous Ribbons and Bows!
Our sponsor is A Day for Daisies, and I chose the gorgeous “Music” image to work with.

Isn’t she just gorgeous? I love the pretty layers of her dress and the old fashioned Pianoforte she is playing.
Come and join us for the Ribbons and Bows challenge at Dragonfly Dreams, we love to see what you have been creating.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Patty’s Autumn Challenge

This month at Pattie’s Creations challenge, we are doing an Autumn (or Fall) or Halloween challenge.
I have chosen the Autumn Wreath image to use for my card for this challenge.

Here is my card:

I have used some lovely retired paper for the background, I love the look of the wood planks.
The image has been coloured using Copic Markers and then fussy cut – yep, with scissors!
I hope you will join us with your own Autumn project this month at Pattie’s Creations Challenge.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Simply Papercraft Challenge 11

Time for a new challenge at Simply Papercraft today, and we have two sponsors,
Jiggery Makery

Bugaboo Stamps

I have made two cards again for this challenge,the first using this gorgeous Rose Bud Tag image.

The image has been coloured using pencils and then mounted on to some black and white patterned paper. I enjoyed colouring this image with pencils, it makes such lovely soft colours.
My second card uses the gorgeous Denise image from Jiggery Makery.

Denise has been coloured with Copic Markers, fussy cut and then layered over some patterned papers.
Make sure you join in our challenge, we love to see your papercraft projects.

Happy stamping!
Chris

Crafty Girlz Challenges

This month at Crafty Girlz Challenges our sponsor is Stitchy Bears:

I have used the A Bird Among The Branches image for my card.

This is such a beautiful image, that I wanted it to be the feature of my card, so I have kept the card very simple.  The image had been coloured with Copic Markers.
Make sure you join us and share your creations with us at Crafty Girlz challenges this month.
Happy Stamping!
Chris