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Get Messy Season of Reflection week 1

For this season I explored the Japanese stab stitch book binding technique.  I have to admit that I have always looked past this method as I didn’t think it would be a great journal binding as it doesn’t lay flat readily.  I always thought it looked too bulky to work with the papers I like to journal on and I was right, it would not work very well with a  watercolor paper even though I am sure it could be persuaded to open flat. So I explored some different papers. I followed the advice of the experts and went for the four hole binding to start with and I used a soft unbleached mulberry paper and my trusty waxed linen thread.  It opens nicely and I like the folds at the outside edge of the book. This technique does not require folded signatures, you can use single sheets or folded sheets with the fold at the spine or the open edge.  I am thinking of all the possibilities to be had with this book binding …

Taking Stock November 2019

It is ages since I did a Taking Stock post, so here we go!  They are super fun so I have left a blank list at the end for you if you want to copy it and fill in your own Taking Stock.  I must say thanks to Pip at Meet Me at Mikes for the original concept. In fact if you just want to browse a fabulous blog, Meet Me at Mikes is one of the best! Ok, let’s get going – Making : Sketchbooks with lovely paper and the Japanese Stab Stitch bookbinding technique. Cooking : Frozen pizza tonight as I am at work! Drinking : Biscuit tea made by Taylors of Harrogate, it is completely delicious even though I don’t normally like flavoured teas. Reading: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson, I have only just started but it is about twins who spontaneously combust and sounds hilarious. Wanting: A good night’s sleep. Looking: At the foggy evening outside. Playing: In my new stab stitch sketchbook. Deciding: What to do this week …

Weekend Finds

This weekend my favourite antique store was open, it is only open for the first seven days of the month, so you have to get there when you can! This time I didn’t see much I wanted (which is a good thing really!), but I did spot this teeny tiny pot.  I have owned a less ornate one before and found it to be ideal for holding small amounts of ink to dip a brush or pen into. Unfortunately it met it’s end when I dropped it on the kitchen floor, so I was happy to see this one. I thought this was an old salt cellar, but on further research it could be a toothpick holder.  Either way it is the perfect size for a puddle of ink and for two dollars, a bargain! Happy Monday x  

Get Messy, Season of Habit pages from my Art Journal

When I made this art journal a couple of months ago, I was sure of two things, I loved the look and layout of it and it has way too many pages to fill in one season of Get Messy. Turns out I was correct on the first one, I loved this journal every time I worked in it. It transpired over the course of the Season of Habit that my second assumption was very wrong, I filled this treasure up with maybe one page to spare.  Not only did I fill it, I added a pocket full of art cards and two mini accordion books. I used all of my favorite techniques, starting with making the book itself, machine sewing, collage, simplicity, spray painting through old doilies and using old photos.  These are a few of the pages from my completed journal. Happy Sunday x  

‘I like Friday’ some new art books.

I love books and I love books I can learn from and be inspired by!  For this Friday post I thought I would share some of the latest books to my collection.  I always borrow fiction from the library as I know once I have read it, I won’t read it again and I don’t have space to store a load of read books.  However, non fiction/reference/learning/inspiring (yes some novels are inspiring but I am usually after pictures!) books I will often buy. These three all have valuable information and lessons both practical and mindful. Find your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon A Field Guide to Color by Lisa Solomon A Big Important Artist: A Womanual by Danielle Krysa Happy Friday x

Advent calendar

I remember when we first moved to the States ten years ago from the UK, we had to get chocolate Advent calendars sent over from home as they didn’t have them here.  They are still not very prolific, but now we usually grab one from Trader Joes and use our home made edition for little chocs and gifts.  That way both boys get a little something every day of December leading up to Christmas. This year I have left it all a little late, the end of November is nigh and I have just put up our ‘fill it yourself’ calendar, but I still don’t have a regular calendar (with chocolate of course). We have a chalk board wall which we draw a Christmassy thing on (snowman this year) and I pin the ‘calendar’ across it. Do you buy an Advent Calendar?  Or do you have one you use every year?  I think I will make a new one next year as this one is looking a little shabby.  All of the boxes are still …

Vintage Instant Cameras

Firstly I hate to call these cameras ‘vintage’ as they are from the late 80’s and early 90’s and I am not able to even consider the era of my teens and early twenties as ‘vintage’.  Eeek. Anyway, I picked up three Polaroid Instant cameras at the weekend and I am eager to try them all out, see how they differ and which I like the best.  I am secretly hoping I don’t have a favourite, I want them to have their own abilities which I can use and love. So far I have put a film in the fantastic looking, bright yellow ‘Job Pro Polaroid’.  ‘The Construction Camera’. This camera was actually made and marketed to be used on construction and building sites.  It is nice and sturdy and made in the United Kingdom.  You can slide the doodad on the front to make photos lighter or darker, both of which I have tried, it makes a difference and I like the lighter best I think. I have a black and white film to …