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.



Addicted to Gelli

I am finding Gelli Plate printing to be quite addictive.  I love to print onto thin papers like newsprint, tissue, dictionary paper, parchment and the brown kraft paper that Amazon often stuff their parcels with. I love experimenting with mark making – not all of it turns out great, but when it’s ripped up and used in conjunction with paints and pens, it takes on a different life.

gelli print03 Having a stack of this thin stuff is just great for collage which I like to include in my journals.

gelli print02 This journal page is a mix of gelli printed papers and paint.


The thinner papers are great for paper piecing.

gelli print01 The paper above ended up becoming the tag below.


This tag features the print shown above and some dictionary paper for the skin.  The stamp is from the Julie Nutting range (Ruffle Dress) and I drew the face in using a Sakura Pigma Micron pen. I even used the plainer border of the print for the top and ruffle to give contrast and to show off the print part of the dress better.  (I added an extra ruffle along the way too in case  you were wondering.)  The tag itself is also a gelli print which has been overstamped with Fancy Flourishes and Abstract Fragments.  I added a touch of shading under her feet with a pencil.

So do you have a Gelli Plate yet?  If you have one, but haven’t got round to trying it out yet, take a look at Monday Mojo Magic issue 19 for a basic introduction.   Last week Debbie showed me how she uses the gelli plate with inks rather than paints and that’s opened up a whole new avenue of possibilities.

If you have been bitten by the Gelli bug, I’d love to know if you’re as addicted as I am!


Whispering Secrets journal page

I thought I’d show you one of my recent journal pages.  Sometimes I love bright bold colour and other times I like to tone it down.

All the little snippets you see on this page are offcuts that almost got thrown away.  Each one is attached to the simple gesso background with a single strip of masking tape at the top which acts as a hinge and allows each piece to be lifted.  I’ve added some stickers and washi tape and the writing is hidden under the flaps.

I think of it as whispering rather than shouting.

You can have real fun with this technique – use it for writing those things you don’t want on show, even to yourself; use it to turn around a negative – write the whiny stuff under the flap and turn it into a positive on the top; write about your guilty pleasures; or write about those hidden, secret dreams that you don’t dare to say out loud.   There’s lots of scope for having a whispered conversation with yourself.

What would you whisper about?

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