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


Art Journalling

I am finally feeling brave enough to start sharing my Art Journalling pages.  Some of them were done last year and I will get to those as well.  Right now however, I am going through a process of art journalling, a personal journey, hopefully one that will help me to move forward, become more sure of myself and my creative side.  Along side of that, I am also doing a course in Art Therapy and I look forward to sharing some of my art that I create during that course.  I will be putting the Art Journal creations onto a separate page as well as this main one, so that you can follow along with my journey from the start if you wish to.
So here is today’s page.

And yes, this journey is going to be personal, at times it will probably be raw, and emotional.  However it will most definitely be honest.
And I will also share how I went about creating my pages.
Today’s page:  I start out with some Ranger inks which I smooched onto a craft sheet and then sprayed with water.  I then used a paint brush and painted approximate flower shapes randomly over my page, just adding colours as I wanted them.  I then spritzed a little more water over the paint to make it more washy.  Once that dried I took a word stencil ( in this case, the Kaszazz “Destiny” stencil), and picked out the letters I wanted to use, and sponged the letters on to my page.
Then I used Kaszazz Bricks stencil and sponged around the flowers and anywhere I wanted the brick background.
Last but not least, some doodling with a black Dylusions paint pen around the flowers, the words and up the side of the page, and added the writing.
And that’s it!  That is my first page in my very personal journey.  It’s personal but I do hope you will follow along and perhaps be brave enough to join me.

Did you know that you can buy a range of the gorgeous Ranger inks and other products through Kaszazz?  You can find them here: https://www.kaszazz.com/consultant/dotdotstamping   Just click on the “Shop with Me” button and you can search for any products you might need.

Happy stamping (Journalling)!


This fortnight at The Male Room, your challenge is to make something Symmetrical.

I have used a cool Kaszazz stamp for this one…..

it comes from the set called Hand Drawn Borders, and I have used the awesome Precision Press to line my stamps up, and so it ended up being a really quick and easy card to make.

Come on over to The Male Room, we would love to see your symmetrical projects.
Happy Stamping!

Re-Cycle Challenge

This week at The Male Room, the challenge is to Re-Cycle something on your project.  That could be some bits and pieces of your stash that you might normally throw out, or something completely different.

I had a delivery recently that came in a cardboard box, so instead of throwing out the box, I tore some of the box off and have used it on my card.

I seem to be using this windmill image quite a lot at present, must be stuck in a groove!  Still, it is a great image for masculine cards.  I have layered some of my Kaszazz papers as a base.  The piece of the cardboard box was then stripped a little so that just those corrugated layers remain, and then I put the windmill over the top.
I hope you will just us at The Male Room and share your ideas.
Happy stamping!

Winter Olympics

Have you been watching the Winter Olympics?
We have watched as much of it as we can, and my 12 year old is loving the snowboarding and skiing.  I think I’m glad it’s only on every four years though, our television is not usually on for so much of the day, if at all.  Sometimes it doesn’t get turned on for weeks on end!

The challenge this fortnight at The Male Room is, not surprisingly, Sport/Winter Olympics.

Heaps of options there for sporty masculine projects.

I have created a Box Card this week for my project.  I enjoy making something different sometimes, and these are quite easy to make, but very effective.

I have made my own background for this card, using Glossy white cardstock, and then with my favourite Distress Oxide Inks I have created this colourful background.  The colours of ink I used are Peeled Paint, Cracked Pistachio, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans.  (Such cool names for the gorgeous colours!).Then I have used a pipette to add some splotches, and stamped directly onto the background using some words and phrases from the Kaszazz Journal Messages stamp set, and Spring Moments stamp set.  The kind of mesh look comes from the background stamp called Graffiti Mesh (awesome stamp!), and then the skiers and snowboarders are from the Kaszazz set called Silhouette Sports.
Here are some closer shots of the card:

and while I was at it I made a bookmark for my son.

I hope you will join us with your sporty projects at The Male Room.
Happy stamping!

Skippy, Skippy……

Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo…….
Lets just say I was very, very young when Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was being aired.  It has been re-run a lot of times over the years though, and became an iconic Australian classic television series that was popular worldwide.  The adventures of a boy and a kangaroo in the Australian bush.  You can still see some of the episodes on youtube if you want to have a look.
And the reason for my trip down memory lane, the latest challenge at The Male Room, is to take some inspiration from Television.

We don’t watch much television, apart from some sport, mainly cricket, and of course the olympics when they are on.  We are looking forward to the Winter Olympics which starts in just a few days time.  However, when I started looking through my stamps for some ideas for this challenge, as soon as I saw the kangaroo stamp the song from Skippy came into my head, and there was my inspiration!

I’ve kept my card nice and simple, wanting to feature Skippy and using some of the gorgeous papers from the Kaszazz On The Surface, and Australian collections.  And the kangaroo stamp, also from Kaszazz, from the Australian Animals set, which I have stamped straight onto the patterned paper with Distress Oxide ink and then coloured using pencils.
Happy stamping!

Colour Challenge

I thought I would take part in the latest challenge from Just Add Ink today.  It’s been incredibly hot and humid here for weeks on end.  So after a morning swimming in the ocean and cooling off, I took some well needed crafting time this afternoon.
The colour challenge looks like this……

Since I no longer have Stampin’ Up! colours in my collection, I had to use similar ones from the Kaszazz range, and have used the gorgeous Heirloom papers for my card.  These are really not colours I would normally put together, but this is what I ended up with.

The stamps are Kaszazz as well, called Bicycle and Basket, and French Flair for the top of the Eiffel Tower in there.
Here is the inside of the card…..

I’m looking forward to some cooler weather coming in in a couple of days time, because even crafting isn’t that much fun in this heat.
Happy stamping!