Friday, January 5, 2018


I have been seeing posts on Facebook encouraging folks to join a gang of artistic types who have committed to do something arty every day for 365 days.

So I have started following a very ambitious group on  Art Prompts Galore which involves following a list of art journal prompts for one year.

I have no idea how long I will last but these are the first 5 days.

Day 1.  Make a pocket, add a tag.

2 National Cats Day.

3  Sleep 

4 Circles

5 National Bird Day

So here you have the beginning of #365dayssomething

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Australian Art Journal Round 4 Empowerment.


an Art Journal by Lesley Alexander.

Not at all sure what to do in this journal, 
I went looking for a quote that pleased me.
 This is what I decided.

Look at the stars
look how they shine
For you
everything you do.

My first task was to get some colour down to represent the sky.
I used a mix of blues, purple, black and white. 

Next I used  texture paste through some stencils to give me some stars.

I Touched up the texture paste with silver paint,
 cut foil stars with a little punch, 
added some splatters and my words.

I really hope it is what Lesley is looking for.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Spread in Australian Art Journal Circle Round 4.

I felt very honoured to be the first visitor in Jan Mullane's lovely journal.  Jan has done an excellent job making her journal, which is a comfortable size to both work in and to post onwards.  Her art work is very special.

For my spread I decided to try out a background I had seen demonstrated by a FB friend.  I used dylusions paints, stencils and stamps.  My intentions were to take step - by - step photos....but I forgot!

My focal point is dandelions, made by using a snipped toilet roll insert and a delicate touch.  They turned out OK.  I did the centres with bubble wrap and then some perfect pearls.

My quote says:  When you look at a field of dandelions, you can see, 100 weeds OR 100 wishes.
I hope it pleases you Jan, always remembering that we all make very different art and that is part of the joy of being part of such as this.

My page.

The quote

Close up of dandelion.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Day in the Loony Bin....OR.... Is that how to spell sewing machine?

I spend lots of time at my dinosaur desktop. It's in the spare bedroom.  Problem here is, it is next to a bare window, just wearing lace and it gets really cold.  Solution!!  I will make curtains.

Simple I hear you say!!  Not so!  I don't sew!
Simple you say! Its only straight hems. Not so!  I don't  do straight.
Course you can!!  OK!! LET'S DO IT!!!  And so the nuthouse door opens.

Took my measurements to the friendly team member at Spotlight.  Picked up a piece of backed fabric reduced to $8 metre.  Lovely lady cut two lengths for me, so now I have 2 curtains just requiring straight hems.  East peasy!!

Sure!! These are my steps.

1 Find some cotton  ...found

2 Wind bobbin....sure!  500 attempts later.  Spun off, wound round spindle. tangled up, done!!

3 Thread needle....where's the bloody hole?  Finally in!!

4 Sew sides hems....right!  Which is the sides pieces almost square. Looks like they run this way.
   WRONG!!  Unpick 4 sides...sigh. Turn do it again!! 
  What now?? Ran out of bobbin!!  Which means I have to pull thread out of needle. 
  Oh the pain!!

5  Wind bobbin, thread needle away we go.Sides done.

6 Hem bottom first because I think I will run out of cotton and top part won't show so much if I have      to use a different colour.  Done.  Bugger!  Tipped the pins over.  And where have the scissors gone?     I haven't moved, they must be here.  Oh!  Under the fabric.

7 Turn and hem the top.  Where did that res thread come from?  It in the bobbin and come through.         Pretty. This time the bobbin winds very lumpy?  So I get the bright idea to wind the lumpy one           onto another as I am really nearly out of thread.  Worked!  Stitched the rest  Done!

8 Call the Hubster to whack them up.  The fit!!  I'm stoked.

I would like to thank Uncle Alt Zeimer for popping in to give me a hand, but he can just keep moving.  I don't need him in my home and head, In my present condition  I can cause enough confusion.

So tonight it is really cold and my new curtain is going to get a right test run.  If I am not warmer after all that I will NOT be a happy camper!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dot to Dot Challenge AASG

We have lots of fun and challenges in our Australian Art Swap Group.  We have different swaps and challenges with different hosts.  To kick off the new year our friend Joan set up a totally new event with her Dot to Dot challenge.  She set a series of prompts which we had to follow.  Here is my effort.

#1    Recycle a food package. 
 I used a muesli bar box...a little small, but all I had.

#2  Mix some gravel, beads with paint or gesso to create texture.
I mixed river sand with bronze acrylic paint.

Spread the paste onto your substrate'

#3  While still wet place strips of material, ribbon etc.
I used a blue lacy material.

#4  Attach smaller piece of cardboard to your work and use some more of the sand/paint mix.

#8  Using a background stamp stamp over canvas.
Due to so much texture I could only do this in the centre of the piece.


#6 Using 3 compatible colours spray or drip paint, inks down the work.
  I used Daler & Rowney Acrylic Ink.

#7  Use pieces of tape that have been hand made.

#9  Use 1 to 3 pieces of metal or wood items to create focal point .
I used wooden embellishments and a wooden button which I fastened as well as the two pieces of cardboard with copper wire.

# 10  Find a quote from Shakespeare to use as your title.
Since my grandson played Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream I decided to use a Puck quote.

Finish off by inking the edges.  Oh my gosh I just realised I missed the last one.  To spray/splash coffee on piece.  Whoops!

I really enjoyed the challenge.  Had a lot of fun and dor the first time ever the art work led me.

Sorry that I got things a bit out of order and thanks for looking.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Mission Inspiration.

I have been watching the activities of a group called Mission Inspiration.  It is hosted be the very affable Mike Deakin and each month he gives out a challenge and then demonstrates his version.  So this month  inspired by my talented friend Roz Willoughby, I decided to give it a go.

The prompt is given in the form of a secret mission with the steps laid out.  This is the list for December.
1  Cover with book text fragments.
2  Add a thin layer of gesso or paint.
3  Apply texture paste through a stencil.
4  Spritz with colour or ink.
5 Add patterned paper shapes.
6 Add journaling or scribbles.
7  Add festive focal image/s.
8  Apply a little bling or sparkle.
9 Add title or quote   (I missed that!!)
10 Finish with border of your own choice.

So here it is....without title or quote  :(

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Post Card Swap.....iHanna

About twice a year I join in a post card swap hosted by Hanna at  It is delightful to send and receive small pieces of art from all over the world.

I have been part of this for several years and it is great fun.  Usually I use watercolour paper but this time around I used cereal boxes cut to size.  Good firm card, I make my post card on one side and attach printed post card backs to the other side to address and send.

After the closing date Hanna sends an email with a list of addresses which may be anywhere at all.  Very exciting.

I did something different this time, I used a collaged background and then placed my focal images over the top.  I usually do painted backgrounds. I do hope the people who receive them enjoy them.  Some acknowledge when they get them and some don't.  It's always nice to hear if the mail arrives safely.  It is not a direct exchange.  Everybody's list is different.

Much fun!!