Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Finished! (WOYWW)

Well there is one advantage to having a very simple Christmas card design that takes less than 5 minutes per card...I have actually finished my Christmas card making for this year. It has to be a record for me as I am usually frantically making them well into December.  As a result I have had more time to play with my art journal as my desk (my entry to WOYWW) shows.  You can see the current page I am working on (The Lord is my Shepherd - journaling and verse still to be added).  Also on my desk is my trusty mug of tea, black acrylic paint and paintbrush, black pens, ruler, pencil, rubber, tree stamp and ink and the cheats method of drawing!  I cannot draw for toffee so I found some silhouettes on the internet, printed them, cut them out and then drew round them before hand painting them onto my scene.  Definitely cheating, but I preferred the effect on this to just cutting them out and sticking them on.
I haven't had my desk to myself this week mind you....here is Alex busy brayering a cog that he cut out on the cuttlebug!
As I made a promise to myself that I would try and work in my art journal each week I thought I would share my latest pages with you.  This one was made using acrylic paint and pens and finished with gold peel offs in the corners.  It is supposed to be a sort of spiritual mandala with Jesus at the centre.
The next one was one of those pages that didn't quite turn out as planned - I am sure you recognise the scenario.  Some of the paint from the previous page had leaked through onto this one so I gave it a coat of gesso. No problems there you might think, except that dylusions ink spray struggles to dry on gesso and I am impatient hence the somewhat thicker blobs on the left hand page than I intended...it doesn't look too bad, just not quite what I pictured.  The verse is from Psalm 139.  That is all from me for now.  Have a great week everyone.
P.S. I know I am posting this on Tuesday evening, but tomorrow is an insanely busy day at work so I don't know when I would get a chance to write, post or link this up.  I may not link until the evening, but at least it will be posted!


Lottie said...

Absolutely gorgeous work - by both of you

Annie said...

I think we all find ways to cut a few corners and get the right results with our crafting so don't feel bad about tracing shapes...I love the finished result :-)
A x # 62

Gita said...

Your journal pages are wonderful -- i especially love the first one with the background. Brigita #84

Jackie said...

Alex always seem very happy at your desks doing his crafting bits!!!
Although not what you imaged that last page turned out really well in your journal!
Jackie 42

Lindart said...

There is no such thing as "cheating" in art journals! You do what you have to do - and looks like you did very well! Congratulations for getting your Christmas cards done - I haven't even thought about it yet, but I will take your advice and make it an easy one!

Lindart #94

Eliza said...

Hi Caro,

Love the journal work, I get leaking in mine too and I try and put down page protectors with no avail. I can't believe you have finished all of your Christmas cards already, what a champion you are, you should have a big medal for that achievement.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 13

Regina Hamilton said...

Your journal pages are just stunning. I like the shepherd page that's on your desk. #4

trisha too said...

Wonderful journal pages, Caro--the vibrant colors are perfect for the vibrant reminder.

You seriously have all your cards made?

Thank you for stopping by this WOYWW,
#32 this week
with happy mail

Anne said...

Oh how I wish my cards were done - or even started. I have taken on far too much this year. Have learned my lesson - I think and hopefully will be more sensible next year. Love your journal. Anne x #99

Twiglet said...

Well I wasn't even sure what brayering a cog meant - but I do now - clever boy! x Jo

glitterandglue said...

Beautiful pages, Caro. I have never kept a faith journal - but yours is so lovely. A real testimony to your walk with Jesus, as you learn more of Him, live closer to His heart, and enjoy all He has for you.
Thanks for stopping by - glad you like the calendar pieces.
Have a great, creative week.
Margaret #64

Karen Ives said...

Lovely work, well done for finishing your cards.
Karen #54

mamapez5 said...

Hi Caro. I don't usually bump into you on here. I see Alex is still busy crafting - how great is that. Well done on finishing your Christmas cards. I am way behind with mine but I have made good progress this week. See you Friday if you are 'rocking' as usual. Kate x #61

My name is Cindy said...

Well done you for getting your cards done - I think simple is the way I will have to go! I think your journal page looks just fine and I had to smile at the photo of Alex - that brayer has his ful attention! Happy WOYWW Cindy #30

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I do love the way Alex is so adept at crafting already..I don't know how to brayer a die cut shape!! It's great that you are getting so much joy out of your journal :-)
Hugs, LLJ 7 xx

Spyder said...

Last week Julia was early! so I got posted early and actually got to bed before midnight instead of 4 in the morning! Journal looks fabulous, I really have to tidy before I paint, as it goes everywhere! ....or I move out into the kitchen! Alex will need his own space soon!! Thank you for my snoop! HappY WoYwW!?
((Lyn)) #59

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Caro, what you've FINISHED your 'C' cards I haven't even started thinking about mine yet, I will soon .... promise, no really!
You said you were looking for a source of buttons... try Design Objective's they have big bags of mixed buttons in several colour ways for £3 (hundreds in a bag, see Julia's button jar it is full of them.
janet #41

Andrea said...

belated woyww wishes im playing catch up ...love your journal pages and well done you completing all your Christmas cards,things never seem to go quiet to plan when inks involved but its al still fun. clever idea using silhouettes cut out..results are ace.. and great to see your son so involved he looks like a dab hand with that brayer i'm still in practice mode!. have fab fun week work permitting crafty hugs Andrea #31

Neet said...

So the big question is "how did you make a card in under minutes" - need answers and help please.
Lovely journal work - thanks for sharing.
Thanks also for visiting me yesterday - sorry I am a bit behind. Hugs, Neet 24 xx

Heather Alger said...

Your journal pages are Wonderful, I love the colours and detail very much.
Have a Blessed week Heather #82

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Just beautiful work Caro - by both of you! well done indeedy! happy WOYWW, love it, Shaz in oz.x #16

The Taming of the Glue said...

I always love to see your son crafting...he always has a look of such concentration on his face! Well done on getting all the Xmas cards done, I've barely made a start, Hugs. Pam#38