I had a fab weekend art journaling with my friend Debbie – she has a small conservatory set up to work in – I do like working in the light after my lower ground kitchen.
Debbie is a certified Brave Girl instructor and we worked with two of Melody Ross’s short courses. These are such fun to do – the workbooks are full of great ideas, images and text- check out http://bravegirlsclub.com/ for more info
I Worked in a journal that I had previously decorated with lots of watery mandalas. I am having some respite from drawing these with all my hand quilting. I found that if I add a layers of white acrylic with a credit card they make great backgrounds that I can add text and images to.
The first work book gets you to look at concepts around being true to yourself
I had fun layering up paint and collage (the tree was in a Psychologies magazine) and adding text using various stencils and found letters
We were quite prolific – having the backgrounds started already makes a big difference.
Saturday night we went out to Blenheim Palace and walked the Christmas light trail.
On the way home I thought I dropped my phone and left it on a park and ride bus. My calm thoughtful journal pages were disrupted by a bad nights sleep and the need to let out a lot of frustration.
However – after getting my daughter to hack into my iPhone account the phone was discovered in Debs car!
So my pages based on ‘flying free’ resumed at a calmer level
Lots of swallows, cages and let it go stuff for this one.
I saw a lovely hand sewed Christmas decoration on Instagram and I fancied making something similar
I found some fat squares of tartan fabric and decided to use them with my collection of chambray/ blue cotton fabric
A friend gave me a selection of Christmas tree shapes – I drew around one on to the fabric with a biro – I tried using my blue washable fabric marker but, it didn’t show up enough. I used some of my mattress protective cover remnants and some wadding that I was given as padding. I used thin strips of a red based tartan to add contrast to the blue.
I cut the shapes out on double thickness fabric because when I did them individually I found it very difficult to cut them accurately enough. I pinned the fabric together before I cut out the trees.
I cut around the padding using one side of fabric and then pinned the three layers together
I stitched the fabric pieces to the wadding using running stitch in a rainbow thread- then went around the edges with a simple stitch that goes over the three pieces of fabric ( whip stitch?)
I stitched the tartan to the tree on both sides with running stitch
I am having great fun decorating the shapes with white crotchet thread – using my shashiko/ boroinspired stitching and buttons- I have added ribbon to one shape but decided to add the hanging loops after wards to the others.
A friend asked how big the trees were and if the could be worn as a broach. They are 2.5″ tall so a bit too big for me. I decided to have a go at making a smaller version. It was a bit fiddly I followed the above stages for making it – thumb added for scale