PONDERING INSPIRATION

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a brilliant day. Mine has been a bit busy doing something and nothing. And although I have been busy, I have carved out some time to produce another art journal page. It’s day 49 and this is my effort for today …..

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I love this simple page. Some cut outs, a little pen doodling, water colour pencil shading and a little text. This is how the page looked before I started embellishing …..

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We’re experiencing a wet dreary day here in my little corner of the northeast of England. The garden needs the rain and to be honest we haven’t had nearly enough rain these past couple of months. So, I’m not complaining if it’s wet. I spent a little time in the garden doing a little tidying up over the weekend. The garden waste bin will be full and ready to collect next week.

I have been hankering after doing a little appliqué work inspired by my art journal work. I keep looking at my pages trying to choose one or two designs that would translate well into appliqué work. I am spoiled for choice. I may dive into my scrap basket to choose some fabric to help in making my choice. Pondering. It’s all a bit exciting turning inspiration into the real thing.

Well, my lovely friends, it’s a short report today. Tomorrow will be wordless Wednesday but before that I will need to produce a new art journal page, day 50!!!!! I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something productive. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

STILL ART JOURNALING DAY 48

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. Mine was lovely and relaxing. Life is a little more relaxed around here lately.

So, as the title suggests this post is about art journaling again. Most of you will be hoping for some quilt making tales. Well for the moment are none because art journaling has been my solace during these strange times. Rest assured though that these art journal pages are giving me inspiration to take this craft and translate it into arty quilt making. So, you’ll have to keep tuning in to see what happens, if anything.

Today’s effort started out like this …..

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And now it looks like this …..

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As always, I kept it simple. For those of you who have never done this type of craft, it’s a lot easier than it looks. After the doing the background I simply layered some paper cut outs, a bit of Caran Dache water colouring, pencil doodling and water colour pencil shading. You can get quite good results from simple art supplies that you already have in the house. The internet is full of inspiration and suggestion. I can recommend this type of artwork for anyone who is having a hard time finding something they can concentrate on.

For anyone who may not be able to keep up with what day it is …. it’s Monday. I’m getting a little better with keeping track of time now. I have kind of settled into my new normal. I haven’t quite found a proper routine but ever so slowly things are falling into place. The only thing that I do on the same day every week is put the rubbish/recycle bin out for collection!!!!! I used to do my laundry on the same days every week, well that has gone by the by. If nothing else it’s quite liberating rebuilding a schedule.

Well, my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

SUNDAY CATCH UP

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Mine was spent doing a combination of tidying up and relaxing with a little bit of art journaling.

Today I have a couple of art journal pages to reveal. This one which is Saturday’s effort is day 46 …..

Grow

It started off looking like this before I added some cut outs, a little pen doodling and watercolour pencil shading …..

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And this is today’s effort day 47 …..

Lines

Which started off like this until I added some simple cut outs, pen doodling and watercolour pencil shading …..

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Both examples are simple but quite effective. It’s amazing how simple circles and ovals can gussy up a page.

I’m enjoying the weekend. I didn’t get very far; I reluctantly ran an errand. I’m still a little worried about going out among folks although we have been given permission to get out a little more whilst still respecting social distancing. All pretty daunting really. We have to make an effort to move forward even if it’s scary.

Well, my friends, I guess that’s my report for this weekend. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

EVERYDAYNESS DAY 45

Hello my lovelies. For those who don’t know what day it is …. It’s Friday. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. I seem to be more aware of the days starting and ending nowadays. I am settling nicely into the new normal because at the end of the day and for the most part it isn’t much different than what my old life was like.

So, today is day 45 of messing around with art supplies. It has become part of my everydayness. The art trolley comes out and I mess around with whatever I fancy. Here is my effort for today.

Dear Heart

You are enough dear heart, just in case you didn’t know. Once again, it’s a simple art journal page. A bit of pen doodling, water colour pencil shading and come cut outs.

This piece started off like this …..

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It’s been an interesting week. Isn’t it funny how with a little new info you can make really positive life changing decisions? The latest government directives have eased restrictions making me feel a bit more relaxed. Somehow there seems to be a pinprick of light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll be joining thousands of other people this weekend when I head over to the tip to drop off some rubbish and recycling. The pile has been accumulating over the last few days. I am really looking forward to going out for the first time since last Saturday.

Well, as boring as that report may have been, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

POSITIVE STEPS FORWARD

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a great day. It’s been a bit productive around here today. We’re starting to experience positive steps forward. Now that the tips are open again, I have been sorting and tidying. I expect to make my first trip to the tip this weekend. I’m going to fill the car full of rubbish and recycling and make the trip worth it. My utility room, which housed plenty of surplus to requirement stuff since lockdown began is now looking much tidier.

Today, I will show you my 44th art journal effort. Today’s theme is under the sea …..

Fish

It started off like this …..

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I didn’t do too much more to it apart from adding the fish which were cut out of a dictionary page, a bit of pen doodling and water colour shading.

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to splodge some paint of fabric with the idea that I would add a bit of fabric appliqué and some simple quilting. Well here’s how it looks after a little bit of stitching …..

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You will note that I kept this piece very basic. Even the stitching is very basic. All in all, I am pleased with the piece. My goal is to turn it into a wall hanging of some kind. The edges need finishing first. Normally I would add binding but I want the piece to look rustic. So, I’ll have a little think before I do anything else to it.

After finishing joining all my hexagons together and adding a border, I switched to a hand quilting project. It’s been going quite well. I have so far marked and moved my quilting hoop three times over two evenings making great progress. Here’s a little peek …..

Hand quilting

It’s been a while since I’ve done any hand quilting. Once you get going and if you’re in the mood it goes well. This quilt is for Christmas. I hope to get it finished in time for Christmas this year.

The sun has been shining on a off all day here. The temperature seems to be climbing again. Although I must admit that we still need to dress for cool temperature today.

Well, my friends, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Remember to stay safe, safe alert and be well. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

43 AND COUNTING

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying the midweek day. We’re almost halfway through the month of May.

There’s not much going on around here today. I settled down at the table with my art supply trolley and soon created another two-page spread for my art journal. Number 43 and counting. Here’s how today’s effort started …..

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And here’s how it looks now …..

Time Flies

 

Once again, just a simple art journal page. A little pen doodling, some cut outs and water colour pencil shading. I went on to prep a few more pages in readiness for the next week or so.

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Time sure does fly. We are now in our 8th week of lockdown. The restrictions have been eased a little but nothing affects me for the moment. So, I stay home like I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. Creativity helps with the boredom.

Well, my lovely friends, that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something interesting. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

DAY 42

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all safe today. We all seem to be going into the next phase of something. I’m not sure if we’re going to be safe or not but we have to move forward somehow.

So, today is day 42 of my self-imposed messing around with art supplies challenge. I’ve still got a few ideas on my list. I must admit that I seem to add one or two ideas every day! This challenge is eventually run out of steam but for now it’s keeping me focused on something other than the invisible enemy. Here is how my today’s effort started off a few days ago …..

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This is what it looks like now …..

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To this art journal page, I added a bit more paint, some water colour pencil stems, leaves and shading and some pen doodling. Bish bash bosh, voila! Actually, that makes it sound like it only took five minutes but it actually takes a bit longer than five minutes. Not to mention clearing up the mess after I’m done. Mind you, the time it takes is time that I’m focused on something good. Therapeutic.

I am very happy to tell you that I finished securing the last border to my hexagon quilt. I will be thinking about the backing fabric. I think the shops will open again some time in the next six weeks. So, I think I’ll set the hexie quilt top aside until I can get out to choose backing fabric. It will be a pleasure to see fabric up close and in person. In the meantime, I have some hand quilting to do. So, it’s onto the next big thing for me. I shall post photos of that progress soon.

Hand quilting

Well, my lovely friends, that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

CONFUSING INFO

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all well and in good spirits. Sarah and I are still kicking around home and trying to make the most of every day. We watched a televised announcement recorded by our Prime Minister concerning moving forward to the next stage of dealing with the invisible enemy last evening. It left us with more questions than answers. We were left very confused and hoping that more clarity will come when a 50-page guidance document is released this afternoon. What strange times we live in. Enough about that for now.

Before I talk about today’s art journaling effort, let me show you my hexagon quilt top. I was hoping to permanently secure the last two sides of border last evening but only got one side done. I flung it over the fence in order to take a couple of photos, here it is …..

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I needed almost two metres of fabric for the borders. So, I was a little limited as to what to use from my stash. It came down to two different fabrics, I wanted a reddish paisley type fabric and Sarah chose this blue print. As She’s pretty good with colours, I went with the blue print. I’m going to try to find something blue for the backing as well.

Now for today’s art journal effort …..

Mans best friend

Once again, I kept it pretty simple. I layered paint and bits of dictionary pages, did some stencilling, added a wee photo of Maisie all sloshed out in her bed, some cut outs, a couple of strips of washii tape and some water colour pencil shading. I see different household items and the contents of the recycle bin through different eyes nowadays.

The weather has taken a turn for the cold recently. As long as it doesn’t snow I’ll be alright. The washing is done and I even attacked a section of my garden loaded with weeds. Now that I’ve done a few useful tasks I can give myself permission to play. I’m not sure what I will be playing with, perhaps finish securing the last border or splodging some paint around my art journal. Maybe I’ll toss a coin.

Well, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

CREATIVE WEEKEND

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all had an enjoyable weekend. With it being a bank holiday weekend, Sarah and I had even more time to be creative. It’s been quite a relaxing weekend so far.

It’s day 40 of messing around with art supplies. So, let’s reveal my new art journal pages. Here are two pages I added to my art journal for the weekend …..

The only way is up

The only way is Up … well as you can see I kept this one pretty simple.

Creativity Takes Courage

Today’s effort includes a little more layering. I cut out some words from an old Mollie Makes magazine and pasted them down followed by some stencilling, a bit of pen doodling and some watercolour pencil messing around. All good clean fun.

I went on to prep a few more two-page spreads …..

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When I look at the pages at this stage, I think to myself what a mess but I know once I start adding extras it will look alright. After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

While I didn’t get a chance to take of photo of my hexagon progress yet, rest assured that all the hexagons have been joined together and the plain border has been tacked in place around the outer edges. I am in the process of doing the fine hand stitching which will secure the plain border in place. I have secured two sides and hope to finish the job this evening. If the light is reasonably good tomorrow, I will take photos so you can see what it looks like now. I have been saving up to purchase the backing fabric but at the moment none of the local quilt supply shops are open. Finishing up the quilt will have to wait a little while longer.

For those of you who live in North America and/or any country that celebrates Mother’s Day today, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day. I phoned my mother in Montreal this afternoon to have a chat with her and apparently the weather has been rather wintry. I must admit that here in the northeast of England the weather has been cold and blustery. The sun finally came out this afternoon but it’s cold. Brrrrr

So, my friends, I guess that’s my news for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY ON A FRIDAY?????

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having a lovely day. It’s an absolutely beautiful day here. What a shame we can’t go out and enjoy it. Let’s hope this is the kind of summer we’re going to experience. Most if not all our bank holidays are usually observed on Monday. Somebody had the bright idea to hold the Early May Bank Holiday on the Friday after the first Monday of the month in order to turn it into a celebration for the 75th anniversary celebration of VE Day. Unfortunately, all the planned big events have had to be cancelled because of social distancing. Just something else to add to the pile of things the invisible enemy has ruined. I for one, planned to make the most of the day no matter what.

I dragged out my cart of art supplies and worked on an art journal two page spread ….. Yes, you read that correctly, my little bucket of art supplies that I started off with has somehow grown into a small cart. It’s amazing what you can gather from all the different nooks and crannies of my home. Things that were never intended as art supplies are being used. Without further ado here’s my art journal effort for today …..

Cherish the little things

I didn’t use anything I haven’t used in previous pages this time. And once again I kept it simple.

Yesterday I posted about a piece of fabric that I splodged some paint around. This one …..

Fabric splodge

Well, Sarah turned that bit of painted fabric into this …..

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I politely asked Sarah if she had time to turn the bit of fabric into a zippered pouch. She found the perfect colour zip for it in her stash. It happens to be a zip that I surrendered to her a while back when she was looking for zips. Once again, we did not purchase anything new to make this zippered pouch. Now I wonder if Sarah and I can collaborate again in making something free using up some of our stash.

It’s been a pretty good day in my little corner of the northeast of England. There’s always a nice atmosphere on a sunny bank holiday. The sunshine makes such a difference. It gives me the energy to get on and do a few things. The washing machine was whirring a little while ago. Now it needs loading up again with another load. If I keep this up, I will have a weekend free of household chores.

Well my friends, I guess that’s my report for today. I am thinking about having a couple days rest from blogging but rest assured I will keep being creative and post about it on Sunday/Monday. In the meantime, I hope you all have a super cosy weekend doing things you thoroughly enjoy. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x