Fun With Fabric Pens – Tutorial

finished doodle bagGetting my lovely Nook recently (which I’m obsessed with) meant I needed some kind of case, but was pretty disappointed with the choices. I picked up a plain grey pouch to keep it in and had an irresistible urge to make it pretty. This gave me the excuse to buy some fabric pens and doodle some designs!

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Feed Your Mind ~ Journal Page

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A page I have been working on over the last few days. I wanted to try different things out in this smaller art journal and with a pink page, thought a girl’s face would work. I added the leaf punches and pictures of sweets half way through the doodle to give it a different affect, and the doodles coming from her head made me think of a mind open to ideas.

A Spontaneous Doodle Page

A Spontaneous Doodle Page

A free-style doodle page on a mixed sprayed background. I wanted to try some new combination of colours and love how the orange bleeds into the red and purple. I used a stencil with black sprays across the bottom and right side, then using a larger black pen, drew a random squiggle across the pages. Using that as a base, I began filling out the rest of the page.

Some Cool Things To Come…

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but I got struck with the lurgie last week and felt like my head was trapped in some kind of fish tank. Thank god for the weekend! Time for some recovery art making and fun. I am thinking of making a cake, maybe a rainbow cake if I can a.) be bothered with all the coloured layers and b.) have enough tins! I also want to do some paper mache, painting and drawing in my journal, as well as see a film – Flight looks good, but I also haven’t seen Django Unchained yet (film geek!).
I’m really pleased with all the great comments I have had recently on my art journal pictures – I love getting any feedback on my stuff and especially when it is so positive. I think I am allowing myself to experiment more with different styles and ideas, not being too caught up in perfecting anything and having fun. It is refreshing! And it seems to generate more creativity too as my brain is all fired up and ready to burst onto the page ๐Ÿ™‚
Another really cool thing is that I reached 500 likes on the blog – that is super sweet! Thank you to everyone that takes the time to check out my rambles and pictures. My blog has definitely grown into something I didn’t really imagine, but that is half the fun and satisfaction of doing it. Having people like it too is a great bonus.
I have some more post ideas coming up soon on art, therapy and creating, just need to brew them up a little before they are ready… laters x

Hurray, it’s Saturday!

It feels like this week has been massively long, and also bloody freezing! So I’m estatic it is the weekend and I can have a lie in, eat some yummy lunch and hang out with the boyfriend (who is currently playing computer!). Also, hot chocolate with cream ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to share my current art project as well, a shadow box. I already love it and it isn’t even finished! One annoying thing about having art and crafts as a hobby is that it can get expensive. Boo! I even thought ย if I make pressies this year it will save me money. I was wrong! I’ve probably spent over ยฃ150 already! Christ! On well, some things I can use more than once like stamps, and I have so many charms, buttons, beads, paper, inks etc that I will be making more things for a very long time!

Here is a sneak peak at the shadow box

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And this is my crafting table! What a mess!

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Happy Weekend x

Dying to Craft Again!

I’ve been so focused on my painting I haven’t done any crafts for ages. And I have the urge. I must make something! So when I got home I decided to make a pinboard – something I’ve wanted to make for ages. I used a cork board and covered it with some fabric, using some felt inbetween to pad it out.

And this is how it turned out:

 

Even though it isn’t amazing, I am still pleased and am going to hang it up soon and put things on it! Useful and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚