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A Journal Page For Sam

Published February 8, 2015 by isisimaginings

A few weeks ago I received a lovely surprise in the post; a gorgeous A6 journal from my Twitter friend, Sam.  She altered the cover with various mixed media items, mostly by Deco art & you can see how she did it in her blog post HERE. She sent me the blue one & I’m thrilled with it. I adhered the little card she sent with it to the inside cover & then made a quick page while I was waiting for other things to dry………..

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I gessoed the page first, then stamped Topknot from Stampotique & covered her with masking fluid. Applied Zesty Zing, Limelight & Yellow Submarine Fresco paints with a cosmetic sponge & wiped off the masking fluid, the added the black & white details…………….

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Thank you so much Sam, I LOVE my little journal.


Kate Crane Workshop at The Artistic Stamper

Published October 31, 2014 by isisimaginings

Today I fulfilled an ambition I’ve had ever since I discovered art journaling – I wanted to attend a Kate Crane workshop. Seven/eight months ago when we heard she would be at The Artistic Stamper in Kent, my friend Georgina & I rushed to book a place & then waited impatiently. Today was the day & these are are my journal pages……………….



They’re not quite finished, I have to add the journaling,  but I’m really pleased with them.

I used  all sorts of colouring media, including PaperArtsy Fresco paints, Claudine Hellmuth & Amsterdam acrylics & oil pastels. The stencilling on the page above is t, designed by Georgina.




It was a thrill to meet Kate at last, she is just as lovely as I thought she would be. Thank you so much to her for sharing her vast knowledge & for all the inspiration. Thanks too to Jennie & Mal for their hospitality & for keeping us fed & watered throughout the day.


Journal Page Inspired by Pam Thorburn

Published March 29, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a great Saturday. It was a beautiful day here, quite warm compared to earlier in the week.

I’ve made a journal page for the PaperArtsy challenge this week. Pam Thorburn was back as the guest designer & she is a scrapbooker extraordinaire, her pages are simply stunning. Her first & second projects for PaperArtsy are HERE  & HERE. I had no clue what I wanted to do, but I really liked the background on her third project, so I used that as my starting point.

I used Grunge Paste through the TCW Texturized stencil first & when that was dry I painted a wash of Caramel Fresco over the page, spritzing it with more water & wiping the paint off the stencilled areas. When that was dry I added more GP, mixed with Tinned Peas & Hey Pesto Fresco paint through the TCW Mini Circles stencil. (Too much paint, don’t look too closely). I also used a baby wipe to add some Chutney Fresco paint here & there.


I  had a search through my postcards & found this one from the Bronze exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2012. It was an astonishing exhibition & the bronze heads from Ife, Nigeria, of which this was one, were one of the highlights for me. They’re from the 14th-early 15th century &  the artistry & beauty of them was awe-inspiring. You can learn more about the heads HERE.

As I looked at the postcard I realised the GP lines on my page mirrored the striations on the face. This would be my focal image.


This was a sheet of watercolour paper I’d already painted for something. I gave it a few thin coats of Irish Cream Fresco & cut it in half.


One half I stamped with Chocolate Pudding & Little Black Dress Frescos, the other half with Tikka & Chutney, using the set of Ellen Vargo EEV01 stamps that I won in last week’s PA challenge – yay!!


I painted another piece of watercolour paper with Tikka, stamped with French Roast & cut around the images. I also punched out holes, copying one of Pam’s ideas.


Then I put the page together, adding a piece of hessian & metal brads, some black doodling & white highlights. The quote just appeared in my brain as I was working, seems apt somehow. I folded a piece of leftover paper in half & die cut so that it opens like a book cover. On the inside is some information about the postcard & the date.

To finish I added some White Fire Treasure gold to the GP lines.


Thanks to Pam for the inspiration & to you for visiting.

Creative Crafters Flock Together

Published February 27, 2014 by isisimaginings

Every month I promise myself that I will take part  in the Artistic Stamper challenge & every month I either forget or I can’t come up with any ideas. This month the theme is ‘Distress’, as in Distress products & I may be cutting it fine, but I’ve made a journal page tonight, using Distress stains & inks.


The inspiration for the page was France Papillon’s Journal on Monday video from earlier this week & a very enjoyable evening at The Artistic Stamper last night, where we all ate too much, did a little crafting & enjoyed sharing hints, tips & ideas.

I used both of my PaperArtsy Lin Brown stencils, gesso, assorted distress stains & inks, assorted Artistic Stamper background stamps & Neil Walker’s Funky Birds stamps for the Artistic Stamepr. I’m too tired to go into any details, but it’s all quite basic.

Thanks for looking, see you next time & goodnight.

ASOI Colour Challenge

Published February 12, 2014 by isisimaginings

I completely forgot about the ASOI colour challenge this month & there is less than two hours to enter! This is the colour palette we had to use…….


I chose Bora Bora, Mermaid, Lilac, Limelight & Snowflake Fresco paints. I mixed the Limelight with a little Snowflake & applied the first few layers with a baby wipe.


I then covered all of that layer with Bora Bora, before wiping it off through the CWC Blazonry stencil with baby wipes. Then I added more stencilling with paint & grunge paste, followed by stamping.


I used the PaperArtsy stamp sets I got at Stamperama, painting the Lynn Perella image with Frescos, using white embossing powder for the flowers, along with Shaded Lilac & Shabby Shutters distress inks & added some square metal brads as embellishments.

The finished page.  It’s all a bit too neat & tidy, but I like the combination of colours.


Thanks for looking, see you next time.

Art Club Journal Page

Published January 23, 2014 by isisimaginings

Evening all, I thought I’d published this post last week! I was the Artistic Stamper’s club evening last Tuesday, where we all made a serendipity tag & had a great time. Jennie showed us all her gorgeous make & takes from CHA & samples of the new goodies that are heading our way.

Tim Holtz had given her one of his new Honeycomb dies & she very kindly gave me a die cut from it. (I think she was afraid that if she didn’t I’d kidnap the die itself!!) It is my absolute favourite from all of Tim’s new releases & I have to have it.


I decided to make a journal page & chose these colours of fresco paints, which I applied with a brayer.


First layers.


More layers, followed by stamping & stencilling.


These are the Artistic Stamper stamps I used.


The finished page.


Thanks for looking & THANK YOU Jennie for the die cuts!

See you next time.

Abstract Journal Page

Published January 20, 2014 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a great Monday. I didn’t expect to be back with a blog post tonight, but after seeing the first project from Ellen Vargo, the new GD on the PaperArtsy blog this week I had to have a play.


I am thrilled that Ellen is on the PA blog this week. I found her blog some time ago via her ‘I Challenge Thee’ projects with Hels Sheridan & I fell in love with her art. I’m loving it even more now as she is developing a much more abstract style.


Anyway, it was a great excuse to get my brayer & start spreading pit on a piece of kraft card. I basically followed Ellen’s tutorial. This is at the start with Cheesecake & Zesty Zing frescos.

And here’s final layer of paint with some stamping, before I added the grunge paste. Artificial light does not make for great photos, but I love that I can still see different layers of colour.


I’m taking this quote by Kurt Vonnegut as a message from the universe today. After my post yesterday I got a severe case of “inadequateitis”, when I visited all the other projects for last week’s PA challenge. Previously I had liked my piece, but everyone else’s projects were so incredible that I felt mine was, for want of another word, rubbish.

I applied the paint on to the white tag with a brayer again, just using more Inky Pool.


Here’s the finished page. I didn’t trust myself to add a painted border so I applied London  Bus fresco on the page with a bottle cap & a palette knife instead.


Thank you to Ellen for the inspiration. Her second project tonight has already got me thinking about my next piece………..

Thanks for looking, see you soon.

Hidden Messages

Published January 11, 2014 by isisimaginings

I didn’t expect having another PaperArtsy inspired project to show you tonight, but last night Helen Chilton returned to the PA blog with a gorgeous piece she made with Portfolios oil pastels.

I’ve watched Leandra demonstrate Portfolios at shows, both she & Helen do an amazing job with them, but I’ve never managed to get a good result. This page is not brilliant, but it’s a lot better than my previous efforts.


I decided on a journal page, so that I could throw it in the bin instead of gluing it in to my journal if I didn’t like it. Click HERE to see how Helen made her project, I’ve just copied all the steps. I used PA stamps Eclectic Plate 6 & Letters Plate 3, as well as assorted PA stamps on the bakground.  I found the wire in my stash, no idea where I got it. It’s much too thin, but it adds some texture.

As well as the PaperArtsy challenge, I’m going to enter this page into the current Sprinkle of Imagination colour challenge, I think it fits the brief.

Thanks for looking – and again, thank you for the lovely comments last night. See you next time.

Happy Halloween!

Published October 31, 2013 by isisimaginings

Boo! Hope you’re all having a spooky-licious day. I’d like to show you a journal page I made for the new monthly challenge on the Sprinkle of Imagination blog. This month the challenge is to use a selection of colours & you can see them HERE.

This is a page I had previously gessoed – while the gesso was wet I’d accidentally closed the pages, so I got some lovely texture when I opened them again.

I spritzed water on the pages, then sprayed with Dylusions inks; Fresh Lime, Pure Sunshine & Squeezed Orange.


Then I got stuck in with layers of stencilling (Crafters Workshop, Imagination Crafts) with fresco paints, followed by stamping.


Here’s the finished page. I gave the PaperArtsy head a body from a Dylusions stamp & used Snowflake fresco through the Andy Skinner skull stencil on black card. The trees are a Wendy Vecchi stencil, the birds a PA die, the cat a Tim Holtz die & the bunting is from a Lynne Perella PA stamp (stamped with Snowflake fresco onto card sprayed with Crushed Grape Dylusions).


Thanks for visiting. See you next time.

A Quick Journal Page

Published October 13, 2013 by isisimaginings

Hello, I hope everyone’s had a nice weekend. I made this page in about thirty minutes – a record for me.


Zesty Zing, Mermaid & Pumpkin Soup frescos on a gessoed page.


Stencilling (Dylusions & Crafter’s Workshop) with Orange Blossom Archival & Rusty Hinge distress inks & a little Snowflake fresco applied with a dry brush.

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Wendy Vecchi stencils & Cornflower & Geranium Archival inks, TH & Chocolate Baroque stamps applied with Watering Can & Jet Black Archival inks.

Thanks for looking, see you next time.