Saturday, 29 March 2014

Journal 52 weeks 5,8 & 12

Journal 52 prompts  can be found HERE.  Hers my take on 

week 5 : Abstract Art.  
I really enjoyed this quick and fun technique.  Oil pastels and watercolours.

week 8 : Found Poetry.  
Wrong season I know but the words are from a Sainsburys advert for Halloween goodies.
Collaged background, coloured with my chalk pastels and some Inkadinkadoo stamps :) for the detail.

week 12 : A Day in the Life of Me.  
It was a nice sunny day, so I went with the sun rays idea, once again coloured 
with my favourite chalk pastels..

TFL  Lou x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Junk Key Charms

Over on UKS, I've organised a Round Robin, with the SSers team, it runs a bit like a CJ.  An old key gets passed around and each person adds a charm like piece to the key.  Round 1 is due to be completed this weekend.  My theme is Vintage Sewing Room.

I've made a little charm pillow which is stuffed with dried lavender, added on bits from some old earrings and a few pieces of ribbon.  Suzy has it next, I wonder what she'll add to it!

TFL  Lou x

Craft Barn Q&L: Flowers and/or Travel

Its amazing how quickly time flies.  Can you believe we are at the 6th quotes & lyrics challenge for the year already.   Check out the latest challenge and gorgeous entries HERE.

I've stepped away from my affirmation cards this time round, I fancied doing something just for fun and while I pondered I was listening to a Sandi Thom album. My choice:

"I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair!" 

I went totally OTT with the flowers!!  The background is my usual collaged papers, gesso and chalk pastels, this time in a soft lime. Flowers: dictionary pages where painted with watercolour (hot pinks, red, organe and yellow) and I used some old punches in various sizes.  The face is a stamp I purchased from etsy many moons ago, stamped onto tissue, adhered used matte medium and highlighted with my trusty chalks.  

Thank you to everyone who took the time to leave me a message for the last challenge.  
I really appreciate it.

Thanks for looking
Lou x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Altered Paintbrush Figures

Over on UKS, Netty is running a one to one swap for Altered Paintbrush Figures.  I was asked to alter my brush to the theme of Punk Rocker.  As I don't own any face moulds etc or work with clay I opted for Papier Mache, I'm thinking this was not the best approach for such a small face.  My Punk Rocker looks well worn!!  Well more Frankenstein meets Punk.  Sorry Netty!!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Journal52 week 11 and 2

I'm still enjoying the weekly prompts from Journal 52, this weeks its 

The collaged background was coloured with chalk pastels in dark blues and purples.  
White gesso was then splattered over the background ( I love this effect).
I cut out the star, backed it with clear sticky paper and sprinkled with glitter. 
The quote was then added.

This is a close up of the glittery star :)

I'm still playing catchup,
  Week 2: Somewhere A Simple Place

On the reverse of each of my journal pieces I have written my thoughts/feelings .
Meditating is such a powerful tool and I always feel better for doing it.

TFL  Lou x

Craft Barn Q&L :Art or Road

The Craft Barn Challenge and all other entries can be checked out HERE.  Its well worth a good old nosey, as always, there are some great quotes and art work to check out.  

"What ART offers is a space, a certain breathing room for the Spirit."  

I went with a light airy feel to compliment the quote.

The collaged background has been coloured with pale blue and lilac chalk pastels.  

The quote was stamped onto another collaged piece and birds die cut from some scraps.

TFL  Lou x

Monday, 10 March 2014

Journal52 Week10 Art for a Cause

Journal52 week 10 is all about using your art to bring a charity/cause you are passionate about to the forefront.  Just over 10 years ago I had a malignant melanoma removed.  I was lucky, it was treated before the disease had spread.  Simple sun safe practices help prevent this cancer.

As I only stumbled across this great challenge, I'm playing catchup.  
Week 1 was titled Up, Up & AWAY, and for me the KITE is a perfect representation.  
The freedom to fly and dance in the wind with the security of being grounded.

TFL Lou x

Friday, 7 March 2014

Journal52 week 9

While checking out some of the other entries for the Craft Barn Q&L challenge, I stumbled across this challenge: Journal 52.  It looks right up my street, so I decided to have a go with this weeks challenge : Colour Swatch Inspiration: the prompt is to choose something for colour inspiration.  What better than colours from nature.  I love the warm colours of sunset and I love trees, for me that's a winning combination.

I used old book pages etc for the background then used chalk pastels to create my layers of colour.  The tree is hand drawn, painted black and I used a Hero Arts stamp to create the wood grain effect. 

Looking forward to playing catchup and taking part in future prompts.

TFL  Lou x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Craft Barn Q&L Challenge: Marriage and/or Age

Thanks to everyone who left comments on my last entry, it is always fun to read through.  The Craft Barn Challenge and all other entries can be checked out HERE.  Lots of exciting fun quotes for Marriage and/or Age.  I had to pick one that was suitable for an Affirmation Card.

"Live Your Life and Forget Your Age"  

With my Mum taking up ballet classes for the first time at 69yrs young and my Mother-in-law who started to play the clarinet in her early 70's,  how could I not use this quote!!

The background is a collage of book/music pages, coloured with my favourite chalk pastels.  
The image was stamped onto tissue paper and then applied to the base with Modge Podge.


Lou x