Friday, 24 February 2017

Love birds

Some miniature art and some background papers.

'Lovebirds', ATC. mixed media.

'All bright', ATC, Mixed media.

'Meercat', ATC, pen and wash.

'Circles', watercolours, background paper, A4.

'Time', acrylics and embossing, background paper, A4.

Susie's favourite feather toy.

I managed to do a few ATCs and some background papers this week.  

Susie played with her feather toy.

Its sunny outside today!!  Hooray....

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Bye for now...

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Exchange of ATCs

This week, I exchanged ATCs with Sirkka from Finland.

Here are the beautiful  cards I received from her:

'Fresh salmon', ATC by Sirkka.

'Polish historian', ATC by Sirkka.

I was delighted to exchange 2 of my cards for these 2 lovely ATCs by Sirkka, an artist friend from paintpartyfriday!!

Thank you for trading cards, Sirkka, even although it was a tiny bit hair-raising... as I left off part of her address...luckily the post office managed to deliver my cards to her OK.

Please visit her site to see more of her collage and other art work!!

Links for Sirkka's art work:


ATC blog

Bye for now!!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Dots and lines

Some dots and lines in art making this week.

Dots and lines, ATC, acrylics and posca pens.

Fossils, background page, A4, acrylics.

Gelli-deli collage, background page, A4.

Gelli print collage, background, A4.

 Sniffing the roses.

My news:

Dots and squiggley lines became my theme by chance this week.

I am in a UK swap on Facebook ...swapping A4 size background pages with other artists to use as journal pages, cut up for cards, make into ATC.s, or whatever.  The ones I have posted here are the most colourful pages.  I have also made some with quieter patterns and colours.

I will make a few more pages, send the quota off by the deadline, and keep the rest of the pages for my own art journalling, etc. So that's an ongoing project,

I find that making decorative background pages is quite relaxing; there is no specific imagery to consider and you can try out new materials and techniques in an intuitive, or even haphazard,  way.

Susie's news:

Susie seemed to love sniffing the flowers on the window ledge this week. 

That's all from us for this week.

Have a great weekend!

Bye for now.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's!!


'Hearts and butterfly,' ATC., pen and wash.

'Cup of tea,' ATC., pen and wash.

Susie says, 'play with me'.

Have a great day!!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Glazing with acrylics

Some art projects from this week.

1. 'Not a featherweight,' ATC.

2.'Blue hibiscus', acrylic glazing, 10 by 14 ins. approx.

 3. Susie's achievement: top of the bookcase

4. Its great up here.

Hello everyone.  Its freezing cold here today and trying to snow!

My news: Photo 2: 

I tried out some acrylic glazing for the portrait 'Blue hibiscus'.  The girl was inspired by a copyright-free photo on one of the Facebook groups I joined. I didn't get a good likeness here.  The glazing technique in this work was not a big success.

Luckily, I can see ways I could improve, for example,  by using stiffer brushes in the under-painting stage to give a rougher livelier effect.  I got a tad frustrated with the number of glazes needed to bring colour to the grey under-painting!

Susie's news: Photos 3 and 4

This week Susie managed to jump up onto the top of one of the bookcases in the computer area.  She used my desk to jump up.  She was looking pretty pleased with herself at the end of it.

I hope you have a great weekend...whatever the weather!

Bye for now.



Friday, 3 February 2017


Some art from this week.

'Pharoah,' ATC.

'Air balloon', ATC.

'Side by side', art journal pages.

Washi tapes.

Susie in her igloo.

Susie in her igloo 2.

1. ATCs:-  The ATCs posted above were from a batch that had been started years ago and I am only now getting around to finishing them.... using Washi tapes mainly.

This week, I bought 12 new Washi tapes for £3 from the Works.  So that was a bit of a bargain price. Now to use them up!!

2. Art Journal:-  The text in the art journal reads as follows:

Side by side,
neatly composed like a picture,
with the banquet spread before them.
Spreading wings like basking turtles
at their prime.

3. Pet news:-  Susie loves her igloo nest which was originally bought for Toby, my yorkie dog (RIP), but he never used it.

4. Personal news:- I am not getting much done these days.  I need to figure out how to get back into picture-making, pictures for the wall.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Bye for now.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

hopeful puppy- ATC

Here are a couple of ATCs from mid week.

'Hopeful',  ATC.

'Green hair,' ATC

Susie, after her operation.

Susie had her neutering operation on Wednesday. It seems to have gone well.  She licked the scar a bit when she first came home but now ignores it.  I expect her fur will grow back on her side fairly soon.  

She is having some liquid painkiller medicine for a few days just in case of pain, but really, she is running about as if she had not a care in the world.  I thought she'd be all wan and sleepy and sorry for herself.  Not Susie!

The ATCs were the only art things I got done this week.  And even then, it was a matter of adding a few touches to a couple of cards that had been partly finished a while ago.

Have a great weekend.  

Bye for now.