All I Am – Another Art Journal Page

Orlando the Marmalade Cat has been the star of the show for the last three posts, I decided it must be my turn again!  And today I decided to work in my art journal again – I haven’t since September 14th [Be the Change …….]  My how time flies!!

All I knew when I started was that I wanted to work with my new Monte Marte acrylics, which I’ve had since the end of August and still hadn’t opened.  They are beautiful – rich, thick and creamy and as you will see, with a fabulous depth of colour.

I started by laying down some old book pages, which I gessoed over and then I painted.

When the paint was dry I used a couple of acrylic stamps – one with scratchy marks on it and one with words – and randomly plonked them around the pages.  Finally a small Dyan Reavelly stencil came into play and I used a dry sponge with almost no gesso on it to dab out the spots and flowers.

With the background done I sketched the head outline in pencil then painted the area white.  Once that was dry I could settle in and let the features begin to reveal themselves.

I had three colours on my palette for the face and added in some metallic bronze for the hair – in real life when the light hits the page the hair sparkles 🙂

By the time I had finished painting her the words were clearly in my mind, so I wrote them out onto book paper, cut them out and stuck them in before I could change my mind.


Close-ups for you:



Couple of detail shots:



I love my new paints!

Thanks for coming by today, I love that you did!  🙂

Art Journal – Count Your Age By Friends …..

Here’s a double page spread from my journal that I did a while back.  I was experimenting with overlaying book paper with paint, paint with stencils and stencils with stamps.  I was determined to keep the colours subtle, not my usual bright and bustling, overloaded and bling filled persona at all!

Finally I stuck some dies on top [the ever so slightly robotic looking lady is a 5 piece puzzle you can stick together however you want and the scrabble squares are also a die] along with one of my favourite John Lennon quotes………

Count your age by friends, not years

Count your life by smiles, not tears

Count Your Age 1

Count 2

Count 3

Count 4

Of course, right at the very end I had to give it a wee burst with some sparkly colour mist …….  just can’t help myself!  🙂

I find that now a bit of time has passed by since I last looked at this page, I quite like it………

Thanks for popping by, as always, it’s lovely to know you’ve been!