Thursday, 18 January 2018

Cold and frosty journal pages ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week is going well.  I really needed to create with this stamp set again and I wanted to create something for my journal to remind me of some of the goals I want to try and achieve this year. So here is what I’ve created …

An A5 Journal page
All the details
The lower trees close up
A final look

Created for me and especially for these Challenges
Art Journal Journey Challenge New Year New Adventure
Deep Ocean Challenge #172 Something new
Frilly & Funkie Challenge Word/Phrase of 2018 see below

my new Tim Holtz stamp set and new techniques

Suzz at Frilly & Funkie Challenge can explain to you much more precisely and eloquently than I can why I wanted to create this page:

Hi! Suzz here. Welcome to a brand new year! I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year. To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018. The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

I have explained in a previous post that there are some things that I really want to achieve this year and one of those is to journal much more often and more frequently. I also need to get over my pathological fear of my Gelli plate. I am determined that I will become comfortable using the Gelli plate and with time my wee issue about wasting card will no longer be an issue either.

So starting out as I mean to go on I covered my Gelli plate with paint and pulled the first print. I was not happy in any way whatsoever so I turned the card over and pulled this print. It’s still not perfect but I have figured out that I made an error so no worries yet. Lol!

As for my issue with wasting or not wasting card that is something else I need to overcome and I’ll worry about that another time. So long story short my journal page is not perfect but I thought it made a lovely abstract landscape and I have written around the outside the words that I need to remember:

Enjoy the imperfections

You see it doesn’t always have to be perfect and it is always better if it’s done and done always trumps perfect. I need to remember to enjoy the imperfections and enjoy the journey!!

After I had pulled the page from the Gelli plate I realised that it hadn’t worked because I had used the wrong paints. I also had the realisation that I could also add a layer or two of white gesso then paint or stamp over the top of it. I plan to play with that Gelli plate an awful lot more and hopefully next time I’ll remember to use the right paints! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Stamp &/ Stencil:
Tim Holtz Reindeer Flight stamp set
MISTI; Gelli plate
Miscellaneous Tools:
Brayer; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
A5 Pink Pig Journal
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Distress IPs: Bundled Sage; Mowed Lawn
Pebeo acrylic paint brown
DecoArt Mixed Media Fluids/Distress paints
Collall all purpose glue


My name is Erika. said...

Oh Karen, this is a cool page. I really like the trees. It is a great stamp. I love all the green, my favorite color and I miss it with all the winter snow we have. And you have a created a nice scene too. Thanks for joining us at AJJ. Hope you come back soon. Hugs-Erika

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your tree page is simply amazing! I really like the colours and the tree composition! A really cool project!
Thank you for joining us at

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am truly impressed with this page. I love trees and this made me happy. I have a Gelli plate and HATE it. I'm so glad you like yours. Your journal page turned out great, even with what you consider "imperfections." Thanks so much for joining us again at Art Journal Journey.

Sue said...

This is lovely Karen, a fab journal page. Thank you for joining in with us again at Country View Crafts, and have a fun weekend. Sue xx

Diana said...

it is hard to accept our imperfections sometimes but we must push through that right!! i am so glad you created this page! thanks for joining in and playing along at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Evelyn Walter said...

You were very busy, dear Karen! Beautiful journal pages, perfect for winter!
Thank you again for joining in with our challengen this month at Country View Challenges!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love this striking color combo! I could use some blue skies right about now! Lovely work! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Frilly and Funkie "the Year Of..." challenge!

Jenny Marples said...

You are right Karen, imperfections are really good once we let go and embrace them. I'm sure you're going to have a fantastic creative year. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx