Self Compassion journal page

This week’s Monday Mojo email features the second part of the prima doll canvas, so for my 2014 contribution, I thought it fitting to show you a part two as well.  Last week I showed you a video of me creating the background to this page (click here to go to that post).



My video camera ran out of space before I finished, but I have edited what I can into another little video for you (just over 4 minutes).  It shows me creating the border from torn up gelli prints and the start of me painting the face.

Once again the music is by ODi who you can find at or check out their album, Maslow’s Songbook, on iTunes.  They very kindly agreed to let me use their music on my videos, so if they find there way here to check it out, then a big thanks guys!

The lady is painted onto standard photocopy paper (80gsm) with acrylic paints.  Her dress is a gelli print and after glueing down, I went round the edges with various pencils and added more colour with crayons and gelatos.  The tone has changed from the initial greens after warming things up a bit with some orange.  The words are stamped with a brand new (unreleased) alphabet stamp set which will be on the website in a couple of weeks.

This spread is in my ‘extreme self-care’ journal and the page is about self compassion.

This is typical of the sort of thing I will do in my journal – I start with a background, some collage and maybe some images or words from a magazine if I don’t want to paint something myself.  This stage is all about playing and is purely intuitive with no specific idea of what the page will be about.  Somewhere along the way, an image may spark an idea and I use that as a writing prompt.

Here’s the finished page with some snippets of wisdom from Desiderata.




Journal Page


I have a video to show you today.

This week’s Monday Mojo email features a canvas and this journal page uses the same techniques so this is my new contribution. There’s a lovely soundtrack, included with kind permission of a young Irish singer/songwriter duo called Odi. If you like what you hear, then please pay a visit to their website or check out their album, Maslow’s Songbook, on iTunes.

I’ve had fun and games with my computer this weekend and thought I wasn’t going to get any email out, let alone a video.  Next week I’ll be showing you how the page evolved with collage and stamping.

The colours I used on the page were greens and yellows – a very harmonious palette.  Here’s this week’s colour challenge.


As always, I’d love to see your artwork based on this week’s colours – you can share your creations on our Facebook Group or our private forum.



A glimpse into the studio

I don’t have much in the way of finished projects to share at the moment.  This is the state of my studio this morning:

Yesterday we had a delivery which included a whole load of new Crafter’s Workshop stencils.  Well, much as I love stamping, I’ve been feeling the call of doing some mixed media type stuff, so I had to have a play.

I’m working on a couple of canvases and having a blast trying out the stencils.  They are standing up to a fair bit of rubbing and scrubbing as I’ve been using them with fibre paste and gel as well as paints and inks.

This canvas has doilies and lace attached with gel medium and I’ve used the Circle Grid stencil in the corner.  I applied fibre paste over the stencil with a palette knife.  Here’s a close up.

Not sure where this canvas will go, I might try an image transfer of some trees on it.  Adrian took some photos of trees recently which I think might work quite well.

I’ve also been playing around with the stencils on some tags, just to try them out.

There’s embossing and Perfect Pearls going on here – I don’t have shimmery, coppery-reddish-goldish embossing powder, but by the time it’s been dusted with the pearls, it look like I do.

I love the pointy circles stencil on this canvas and can see me using this one loads.

It’s in the background of the tag too, but after doing the background, I decided to paint a face and covered most of it up!  I drew the face and hair shape and blocked it out with Titan Buff acrylic paint (by Golden).

It’s a fairy heavy body paint so gives pretty good coverage when you need to hide the colour beneath.  I don’t know why I gave her teal hair – seemed right at the time.

So there you go, a brief journey around my current work in progress. Hopefully I can get some of these finished off over the weekend, but I’m much more likely to end up with another batch of half started items – I am definitely not a completer-finisher!

Glass Bead Canvas

Here’s a little canvas that came together last weekend.  It’s a photo transfer done with glass bead gel which is a Golden product that actually contains teeny tiny glass beads.  The gel dries transparent so you get this amazing texture.  The gel was put onto an inkjet photo with a palette knife (a brush could smear the ink) and left to dry for approximately two years.  Yes, I found it in a box from the mixed media class I ran in 2009 and figured it should be dry by now!  Joking aside, it does take a few days to dry out thoroughly and once dry, you soak the paper on the back and gently rub it off with your fingers.

The canvas is painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics and the corners stamped with irridescent gold paint.  The transfer was then stuck down with Soft Gel Matte and I added some more glass bead gel and some gold mica flakes around the edge using another Golden product – Gold Mica Flake (Small) which is a gel with, you guessed it, gold mica flakes in it.

So all in all, a bit of a homage to my favourite art materials company, Golden.  It’s difficult to capture the texture and glow with the camera, but if you click on the image, I’ve left the original quite large so you can have a good close look.