Can a Gaudy Tart Change Her Spots?

Hello there!  Thanks for coming by to check on my doings РI love that you took the time!

Right now I’m taking an on-line course in a [for me] totally new way of art journalling.

By now you may be aware that I’m a kind of an ‘all or nothing’ gal – I work on things for hours, and sometimes even days, I don’t quit until it is embellished to death and the brighter the better!

As my kids tell me, in a loving way, of course ūüôā ¬†‘You’re such a gaudy tart!’

I embrace my gaudy tartiness – my motto is:

There is no such thing as too much bling!”

[If you require proof may I refer you to the post ‘The Adventures of a Prima Doll Stamp’. You’ll find it about 5 posts back]

I started this on-line course so happily, a new challenge, I thought, would be good for me. ¬†I like to learn and I feel I have become a bit stuck in a rut – This, I thought, is my chance to change things up, to take a step towards becoming the artist I dream I might be one day when I grow up …..

But the reality is somewhat different – for a start it’s just¬†¬†ten minutes a day. ¬†When the time is up, it’s up. ¬†Put down your pencil-paintbrush-spray-pen-whatever and walk away!¬†

Walk away!

Oh, the indecision, the struggle – the sheer disbelief!

‘Really?’ ‘That’s it?’ ¬†‘But I’m just getting started …’“But, I could just do ….’ ¬†‘But …..’ ‘But …..’ ¬†‘But ….’

It’s no good, I’m just talking to a pre-recorded ¬†video!


Here is the first few days work; [click on the photo for an enlarged image]

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If you look carefully you can see this is four days work – and when I look at it now I can’t see much difference between this and some of my previous journal pages that I have laboured over for hours ….

Try as hard as could I couldn’t help myself and I did spend a little more time on the last day. ¬†I added in the black circles with white centres all around the edges of the pages, the white daisies under the photo of the old chair and the clump by the tree, and of course I doodled the ‘Happy’ word after time up as well … well, you just gotta have some bling somewhere!

But, all in all, the colours are muted, the layout is simple, the embellishment is not 2D, the texture is simple. …. and I find I kinda like it …..

So, unlike the Leopard, maybe this gaudy tart might just alter her spots, just a little …..

What do you think?

Home Is Where The Heart Is

I am very proud of myself – I have remembered the reason I started this blog and have now taken photos of three journal pages – not to mention the half dozen or so photos of cards that are now on Orlando’s pinterest page! ¬†My photography skills are questionable, but I am thinking that if I keep at it I have to get better, so now I am keeping the camera ready to go, on the table at all times. [I’m also following KBT’s advice and trying for shots in the morning light] ¬†It appears to be a good thing to do as ¬†I snapped a photo of Orlando watching the latest antics of Maru on You Tube through the TV screen yesterday morning. ¬†He was sitting up tall and straight and blinking furiously and warbling at him in a friendly kind of a manner as Maine Coons do [they are on the whole very chatty in a non-annoying kind of way] hoping to get the cat’s attention and have a new friend……. so cute!!


[Maru’s ears are back as he’s just realised the water has got his tail!]

But that’s not why we are here. ¬†Back to the page you are about to see.

I follow a couple of great artists on You Tube Claudia Rossi  and France Papillon both are really inspiring and have great videos РFrance regularly and Claudia now and again.  You will find them by just typing their names into the YT search engine.

I’ve been playing with a theme of ‘happy houses’ for some years now – I used to paint smallish canvases with¬†individual¬†houses or groups of them – all slightly wonky and looking very happy and pleased with themselves. ¬†All the canvases sold and I never took photos of them. ¬†When I saw¬†Claudia’s¬†journal page of houses a few months back, I decided to have a go too. ¬†A chance to move from working with paint alone into mixed media with a familiar theme. ¬† ¬†I didn’t feel brave enough to stay with my original style working in such a confined space as a journal page so I pretty much copied what I remembered seeing in her tutorial.

I sprayed the top half of the pages liberally with Dylusions in shades of blues and purples and the bottom half in yellows.  I used a mask to create the full moon and stars, a white gel pen to outline the moon and stars and a Tim Holtz stamp supplied the curve of birds across the face of the moon.


The houses were cut from card which I had coloured with a two or three shades of Tim Holtz stains and then dry embossed with one of my favourite embossing folders which features a woodgrain on one side and brickwork on the other. ¬†I think it’s a Spellbinders.


I cut out the window shapes, attached some tracing paper and scrawled in the dividing lines and the window frames with a Sharpie. ¬†The doors were made using left over scraps of paper from the ‘scraps’ drawer.

I ran a ton of red stained card through the die cutter using a narrow lace die and layered them on top of each other, cut to roof type shapes and bunged ’em down on top of the house rectangles. ¬†.


The fence was added in and the little flowers were also used as they had been annoyingly sitting around for years and I needed to use them up once and for all!

Voila – light filled houses on a moonlit night!


Thanks for stopping by ~ and have a very happy day!