Autumnal Traveller’s Notebook Insert

Hiya folks!

At the end of September I was full of determination to take part in October Daily and journal regularly in a special traveller’s notebook insert to celebrate the change in season. Unfortunately I was not able to do the project justice and failed to keep up with writing every day, as October became an extremely busy month for me. One of the reasons for distraction was a wonderful holiday to New York that I took with my fella, the documentation of which has its very own journal that I will be showing you folks at some point soon. However, I did bind together a fun insert and I am excited to show you some of it today. The cover is made from some autumnal scrapbook paper that I have been hanging on to for absolutely ages decorated with Anna’s watercolour fox from her October Patreon collection of collage elements that are still available to you should you sign up now – how great is that?!

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I fell in love with Anna’s inviting mug of hot tea as soon as I saw it and it was a given that it would take pride of place at the beginning of the journal. But by the time I had all my craft supplies out for the task I had had a supersonic idea! I decided to create the tag for the teabag, that until now was drawn on but lost when I cut out the cup from the page, and turn it into a bookmark for the journal. In fact I made two.IMG_0082IMG_0079I backed the mug on some lovely blue card stock and used a bookbinding awl to make a precise hole in the teabag drawing. I threaded two different coloured threads through that hole and tied knots to secure them and taped them in place. To hide this I then stuck the cover of the journal in place, causing the image to be on the inside front cover of the insert.  At the other ends of the threads I tied a knot and fixed some grid washi tape.IMG_0080Throughout the journal I have used autumnal papers and colours, including bits and bobs from Anna such as these adorable acorns, pumpkin and watercolour owl journal spots.IMG_0078IMG_0077IMG_0084

Thanks, as ever, for reading. Until next time.

Steph x x x

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Painting a Fantastic Fox

IMG_9912Hiya folks! Just a quick one for you this time to show how I got on painting a fox under the instruction of one of Anna’s Patreon videos for October. It all started out really well and I used some watercolour paints to create the basic shape of my fox’s head.

IMG_9890Once the paint was dry I went  in with some ink to draw in the eyes – well this was a big mistake. The ink was water soluble and not waterproof and it ran wildly all over the fox’s face and stained my picture. To rescue my picture, I ended up covering up all the paint with ink in different colours and, although it is not what I was aiming for, it is not too bad for a practice fox. I’m particularly loving the turquoise acrylic paint I used to make the background.

img_9915.jpgI worked on another with the determination to make a mixed media journal page with a mostly watercolour fox. This time I was careful to use a waterproof pen to draw the whiskers and mouth and pencil crayons to do the eyes and other details. Additionally, Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl was a great favourite of mine when growing up so I thought I would use a quote from that book to complete the page. It really sums up the life affirming quality of the story and it gives me a lovely warm feeling inside.  Here is the outcome of my efforts and I am tremendously happy with it.

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Thanks for reading. Until next time…

Steph x x x

Colourful Cosmic Crafting

Hiya folks!

Can you believe we are half way through September already? Just six days and it will be autumn! I am so busy doing all sorts of creative projects  these days that the time has flown by so quickly and deadlines are looming. One of those deadlines is this blog post for dear Anna (oh no!) and another is a paper crafting workshop that I must plan for next month.

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All of my problems dissolved when I saw Anna’s September collage sheets on her Patreon. Check out this Mrs Brimbles video if you want to see the cute critters and gorgeous abstractness. I love that there is an autumnal theme with some of the elements but that there are some pieces that are not specific to a season, and it was to those that I turned for my project this month.

Much of my workshop planning has consisted of basically making different paper flowers over and over again. Oh what a chore – said no crafter ever. For the early makes I used paper from my stash with one colour, pretty but plain.  During this process I narrowed it down to two possible projects, a rose and a pinwheel. Then I began to make some with the collage sheets and I absolutely love how scrumptious they look.

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Anna painted a beautiful painting on canvas recently that was snapped up as soon as it was listed it in her shop. How lucky are we that we get to print out the image  of that very piece of art work, cut it up and use it?  The other designs are dreamy too.

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For the pinwheels I like the idea of sticking fun things in the centre like buttons and die cut circles from a map or newspaper. Instead though, I have cut circles from one of my watercolour paintings and a bit of scrapbook paper.

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However, I have toyed with the idea of using these fun die cut pieces I have been hoarding from the March 2017 Brimbles Box. That shooting star! Love it 🙂

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I am quite sure these examples will inspire folk at my workshop just as much as the collage sheets are inspiring me.

Thanks for reading. Until next time…

Steph x x x

PS. I will be completing the project by making the flowers into brooches. Keep an eye on my Instagram for a selfie of me wearing one.

Colourful Cosmic Crafting

Hiya folks!

Can you believe we are half way through September already? Just six days and it will be autumn! I am so busy doing all sorts of creative projects these days that the time has flown by so quickly and deadlines are looming. One of those deadlines is this blog post for dear Anna (oh no!) and another is a paper crafting workshop that I must plan for next month.

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All of my problems dissolved when I saw Anna’s September collage sheets on her Patreon. Check out this Mrs Brimbles video if you want to see the cute critters and gorgeous abstractness. I love that there is an autumnal theme with some of the elements but that there are some pieces that are not specific to a season, and it was to those that I turned for my project this month.

Much of my workshop planning has consisted of basically making different paper flowers over and over again. Oh what a chore – said no crafter ever. For the early makes I used paper from my stash with one colour, pretty but plain. During this process I narrowed it down to two possible projects, a rose and a pinwheel. Then I began to make some with the collage sheets and I absolutely love how scrumptious they look.

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Anna painted a beautiful painting on canvas recently that was snapped up as soon as it was listed in her shop. How lucky are we that we get to print out the image of that very piece of art work, cut it up and use it? The other designs are dreamy too.

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For the pinwheels I like the idea of sticking fun things in the centre like buttons and die cut circles from a map or newspaper. Instead though, I have cut circles from one of my watercolour paintings and a bit of scrapbook paper.

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However, I have toyed with the idea of using these fun die cut pieces I have been hoarding from the March 2017 Brimbles Box. That shooting star! Love it 🙂

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I am quite sure these examples will inspire folk at my workshop just as much as the collage sheets are inspiring me.

Thanks for reading. Until next time…

Steph x x x

PS. I will be completing the project by making the flowers into brooches. Keep an eye on my Instagram for a selfie of me wearing one.

Kerry May Makes a Mess Junk Journal Challenge

Hiya folks!

It’s messy and wonky with smudges and tears but I love it. I am super proud of my newly completed junk journal and I thought I would share a flick through on YouTube. I’d love to know what you think. Also, please get in touch if you have made a junk journal or are thinking about making one.

Thank you for your time.

Until later…

Steph x x x

Inspired by Mrs Brimbles’ August Patreon

Hiya folks!

This month Anna shows us, her patrons, how to give our sketchy girls their individual facial expressions. She makes it look so easy as, before our very eyes, a variety of characters take shape and pop out of the page. As usual Anna manages to both inspire and encourage participation. See for yourself and visit the Mrs Brimbles Patreon page here.

IMG_7686I have been getting into mixed media art lately and losing myself in the therapeutic layering of backgrounds in my art journals. The other day I was stencilling with a couple of sponge dobbers in a journal – as you do – when I remembered I had some space to fill in my memory keeping traveller’s notebook insert. I finished the layer I was working on and switched to the TN where I dobbed some splodges of the remaining acrylic paint I was using into the gaps on the pages. On half of them I absentmindedly doodled little patterns and symbols and then – stopped myself with a new idea – I could turn the remaining splodges into characters! Being a great believer in art as a good mood booster, I thought I would have some fun and not think too much about the end result, so I grabbed a few trusty pens and doodled away using the techniques learned from Anna’s workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed this activity and the results are quirky and satisfying, particularly due to the spontaneity.

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In addition to the video content, another beautiful set of digital collage sheets have been made available for us to download and print out as many times as we like. I am feeling thoroughly spoilt as I have only just begun playing with the July pages. Speaking of which, here is my latest creation using one of July’s sketchy girls:

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The August images are absolutely stunning and as soon as I saw them on the computer screen I was desperate to get them in my traveller’s notebook. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when Anna was creating these – I’m curious about the inspiration and the process… Anyway, here is a flavour of some of my favourite elements this month:

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I decided to make a couple of art journal inserts for my regular Midori TN and cover them with two of the absolutely gorgeous collage sheets just as they as they are. Anna’s journal page reproduction on the left is dreamy and I love the monochrome floral on the right, contrasted with the pop of the bright coral thread on the spine.

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Then I got busy creating inside one of the inserts. First I sprayed some ink and used a wet brush to cover the entire double page spread. I love using this as a base upon which to add paint or collage elements and I am in love with this shade of blue.

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I went on to use my die cutting machine to cut lots of little hexagon shapes from a few different collage sheets. Tessellated hexagons really rock my world and together with the adorable higgledy piggledy buildings and the purple plant, now tree, I am a big fan of how it looks.

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IMG_7779IMG_7780Thanks for reading everyone. Until next time…

Steph x x x

Inspired by Mrs Brimbles’ July Patreon

Hiya folks!

I am completely elated to have become a proud member of Mrs Brimbles’ Creative Team. The team has been put together by Anna Brim to support and promote her Patreon. We will be creating and sharing as a result of immersing ourselves in Anna’s world of inspiring arty prompts and resources. I am excited and honoured to have access to this content month after month.

I could watch Anna create her sketchy girls all day – which is basically what I did! As soon as it was made available to me, I viewed Anna’s sketchy girls Patreon video over and over again, at every opportunity. But when it came to having a go myself, I more than hesitated. Mostly because I am not naturally drawn to that type of art – making people I mean. I make things out of paper, I doodle objects and folky type landscapes, I colour geometric patterns in with coloured pencils, I stick things down and I splodge paint everywhere in an intuitive abstract way. But I haven’t relaxed by drawing faces since I was a child. I remember in infant school I went through a phase of sketching the same princess with long curly blonde hair and a pyramid of purple grapes on top of her head! But as an adult I have discovered so many amazing portraiture artists that I guess I thought I could not compete – plus I genuinely prefer landscapes these days.

So I pushed through my comfort zone and determined to try something different. Turning to a clean white page in one of my sketchpads I watched Anna’s video for the umpteenth time and began to put pen to paper. Here are my first few sketchy girls:

I tried to make them all really individual with different hairstyles and I even sketched a couple with bobble hats that remind me of The Flumps – does anyone remember that kids show? It’s funny though because I seem to prefer to sketch my girls with sleepy eyes and pursed lips haha. I had such a giggle doing this and I think they look hilarious but cute. At this stage I refrained from adding colour as I really was embracing the sketching part of the process. So I practiced some more:

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I really love using the ballpoint for sketching because of the smooth and often subtle way that it glides over the paper, allowing me to play and scribble my pen with ease in different directions as the whim takes me.

I began to improve after seeking out reference photos online and I decided to add some colour with some watercolour brush pens I had collected but neglected to use as yet. Here are the results:

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Overall I am really happy with these two young ladies. I don’t always make art directly in a journal, as I am a fan of paper pads. I love the feeling of working on a single sheet that I might stick into one of my art journals later, pin on my inspiration wall or make into a gift for someone.

If I could change one thing it would be the mouth of my bobble-hatted girl. I made a bit of a hash of that but it could be a lot worse and I have learned for next time. I reckon I will carry on creating sketchy girls, particularly following Anna’s instructions for mixing skin colours, as I definitely became side tracked by the brush pens – which I love by the way.

There is a motivational quote upon which I have been intending to focus and for this project I seized the opportunity. I am naturally wired to helping others and I can fret over this far too much, therefore, this quote – ‘Successful people never worry about what others are doing’ – has been aiding my personal progress lately.

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I also thought I would have a go at brush lettering for the first time. Gosh, I really am loving all these firsts this month!

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I have enjoyed having a little play with the collage sheets provided by Anna in her July Patreon too. You can download them as files to your computer and print them off as many times as you like. How awesome is that? Here are some of my favourite pieces:

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There are a whole bunch of projects that I have thought about doing with this amazing resource but so far I have done a couple of things. One of them is to paste my favourite sketchy girl into my memory keeping creative journal. Here she is:

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The other thing was to feed my obsession with fun and colourful magnetic page markers. I use them all the time to help me find often used pages in my planners and journals. Recently, I found a roll of sticky magnetic tape in a local shop so I thought I would have a go at making my own. I get really frustrated when the folded part isn’t wide enough to keep the structure strong so I kept the shape simple and functional. I have made two of these so far, one depicts Anna’s cat painting from the collage sheets and the other is of one of my original sketchy girls from my first practice sheet. They are both on a background of Anna’s beautiful artwork cut out from the collage sheets and they make me beam from ear to ear. I love them and I will be making more I am sure.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Brimbles adventures for this month. I’m now off over to the Happy Place to see what you guys are sharing. Until next time…

Steph x x x

Creativity and me

 

Hiya and welcome. I am Steph. My middle name is Hazel, hence the title of my blog. I am a proud member of the planner community, a memory keeping artist, paper crafter and bookbinder. Here I intend to write a little about my creative pursuits. Amongst other things, I will share my planning styles, my creative planning and art journal spreads, paper craft projects, thoughts about my creative journey and reviews of exciting and useful products.

Overall, my aim is to expand on my Instagram feed @stephanie.haze that I began on 1st January 2017 of which I am super proud.