Thursday, 25 July 2013

Stocking my Etsy

I've been so busy of late that I've had quite a few things that I've made and haven't had time to put them into my Etsy shop HERE until now. I'm still adding things over the next few days. Here's just a start. I've bought myself a wire spiral binder, something I've wanted for a long time, so that I could make my own sketch books and journals. I decided I'd also make some to go in my shop. The covers are a piece of my artwork adhered to mount board. The pages are 300gsm water colour paper with a double sided sheet of my hand decorated paper in between each one. There are 50 pages in total including both sides. They are great for sketching, journalling or as a diary as you can work on all of the pages. These have become my daily journals now.

the cover

the inside cover and first page
the water colour and decorated paper pages
all the decorated pages are different

another journal cover
the inside cover and first page
one of the decorated paper pages
another one.

I've also added some of my hand carved stamps and fabric cards.

a lotus seed head

a garlic bulb

an abstract flower
one of my fabric cards

another fabric card

I'll be adding more journal, stamps and cards over the next few days.

Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments.
Happy Creating

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Another journal

I'm working on another commissioned journal, this one's almost finished. Life keeps getting in the way of completing it. Hopefully it will be this week. Here are some photos.

The blue flower is made from a disposable plastic plate that had been used as a paint palette.
That 'how to' is one of my classes in 21 Secrets, which is available for the special July price of $49 for 21 individual classes. Click HERE for details.

these are some of the fabric pages, they will be folded in half when I stitch them into the journal

My grand daughter has been on school holidays the past two weeks and came for an art play day
last week. Paper mache was on the agenda. She made this gorgeous doll from a cardboard wool cone and a polystyrene ball. It even has a necklace that she made.

Thanks again for dropping by and for your kind comments.

Monday, 8 July 2013


What a wonderful time I had last week, teaching at the Victorian Calligraphy Society's, Summer school in Winter. I taught the students how to make an altered book that they could then work in using their calligraphy techniques. You've never seen so much beautiful writing and flourishes all in one place. I've never attempted calligraphy, but I can certainly appreciate all of the work that goes into producing it. The tutors were encouraged to check out what was happening in each others classes. I felt almost compelled to lock our class room door when I saw how neat and tidy the other rooms were, not a pen out of place. Can't quite say the same for our room. Hand made stamps and printed papers adorned the tables, walls and floor. Paints, papers and general chaos everywhere, but we all had a good time.

What a marvellous group of students coming from all around Australia and Gillian even travelled from New Zealand.

back row: Gillian, Christine, Jacqui, Marg, Annie and Lyndall
front row: Eliza, Jo Ann, Wendy and Jane.

Pages from their gorgeous books.

Annie and Jo Ann's books

Christine and Marg's books

Eliza and Jaqui's books

Gillian and Wendy's books

Jane and Lyndall's books, the eyes in the centre of Jane's page on the left are mine. Jane very cleverly tore my photo from the workshop catalogue.

This was my sample book, the beautiful pieces of art in the squares were given to me by Marg, the photo doesn't do them justice.

Don't forget the special offer over at 21 Secrets for this month. See my previous post for details.

Thanks for visiting and I will be back shortly with photos of my next journal commission.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Christmas in July special


 over at 21 SECRETS

For the month of July Connie will be offering the 21 Secrets online workshops for the

SPECIAL PRICE  of $49 a $10 saving. 

You get 21 teacher's online workshops. $59 was great value but $49 is amazing.

To take advantage of this offer just click HERE

All new members in July will be entered into a GIVE-AWAY to win a free membership to
  21 SECRETS 2014
There are 6 free memberships up for grabs so don't miss out.

Thanks again everyone for visiting. I've been extra busy at the moment with preparing workshops and trying to complete journal commissions. I will have some work to show soon.

Happy Creating