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February Page January 13, 2013

Filed under: Crafting — Helen @ 11:20 pm
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It’s been a few days, but I’ve been a busy bee.

I have 2 ongoing swaps on Craftster and another one through PamelaJoy ~ but I can’t post those until my partners have received.

I can, however post pages from the Art Journal Calendar Challenge – so here’s the the page I’ve done for February.


The space in the middle with the pirates is for Mister 3’s 4th birthday (can’t believe my baby is turning four already, doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since he was tiny), which is also why I didn’t want to go too pink/red.


The red heart at the bottom right is there for our un-anniversary at the end of the month. DH decided that 29th February would be a great day to get married, to which my reply was, ‘Ok, but you better get me something every year!’

I would have liked a bit more colour variation in the green journalling spots, but first time I’ve tried this technique on paper so still on the learning curve. It is a technique that I have used on silk, so decided to have a go with it on paper – cartridge paper, wet watercolour paint and salt.


I drew the shapes I wanted to journal on on the back of the paper before I started:

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then just cut them all out when the paint was dry, and rubbed off the remaining salt. I knew I wanted a bigger space for Mister 3’s birthday, so I spread out the journalling spots on the page which I had already prepared: 2013-01-06 19.45.42

glued the top corner ones in place, then stuck the bottom ones in place allowing the higher ones to have more room and the space I wanted for the birthday journalling.

I have also been working on my pages for the ‘Embrace the Day’ class, so I shall be back with some of those soon.


Work in progress January 8, 2013

Filed under: Crafting — Helen @ 12:41 am
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I’ve been trying to catch up on several projects the past couple of days, including a jumper for DS1 (not getting on as well I’d hoped with that), the February page for the Calendar challenge (again not doing to well – not helped by a box of 12″ x12″ papers missing) and catching up with my pages for the ‘Embrace the Day’ on-line course ( or for more details – it’s worth it, and Laura does some other awesome workshops and classes as well).

Having started to tidy my art/craft stuff yesterday in an attempt to find the missing paper, tonight I decided to do some crafting, but it had to be something I didn’t need many resources for as I can’t now access much of my stash until I finish sorting everything out (and no, I didn’t find the paper), so I decided to work on the Embrace the Day pages.

This is one I started a 2013-01-07 23.01.22few days ago – based on the Klimt ‘Tree of Life’. Tonight I added the colour, just plain old water colour, but relaxing, and fun to do while watching TV. Want to add some doodling and journalling to it, it’s going to be my ‘Patience’ page so the journalling will be something like ‘Good things come to those who wait’.

I must also stop joining swaps – Journalling Prompts and Odd Holidays on Craftster and now an Angel swap on PamelaJoyPurses hope you are looking forward to seeing lots more art in the future.


New Year – New Crafts January 5, 2013

Filed under: Crafting — Helen @ 9:30 pm
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Well, less than 3 months since I last posted – not bad for me, but I hope to be better in the future.

I have decided to follow the Art Journal Calendar Challenge ( so will be posting my pages here. I have also joined the 50 Projects in 2013 over on Craftster, so also aim to be posting projects for that here (hopefully many and varied projects – I managed over 60 in 2012), and the first swap of the year is under way with the Journal Prompt Swap on Craftster, with send outs soon – so that one should be up by the end of the month, depending on postal services and the first of the Calendar pages is done:


I took the picture a couple of days ago and since then decided that it was a bit bare, so have added the days to the left of each journalling square. Still think it needs more, but not sure what, so will leave it for the time being.

Going to go work on those journalling prompt cards now. I’ll be back soon.