2014 Intentions Journal Page

On Our Art  Cafe group our monthly challenge for January is to create a new year intentions page with a list of your dreams and ideals for the forthcoming year, when I started playing with this background I had no idea this is what it would become, it just came about from playing with paints, papers and shapes as you can see from all of the pictures below.

Step 1: the page started life as one of my messy mop up pages that I use for cleaning off my brushes on:

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Step 2: I glued on random scraps of paper over the surface:

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Step 3: I added a little stencilling:

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Step 4: I added random painted circles in purple, pink and black and set it aside to dry:

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Step 5: I added circles from book paper that Id painted in a creamy colour acrylic paint:


Step 6: I added the chipboard numbers 2014, and then used a white gel pen to add highlights to the page, then finally scribbled down my 2014 intentions into the circles:




Enjoy Life Calendar Board

I apologise for not posting sooner, I promise I haven’t dissapeared again,  I am happy to report that I have been busy making a right old mess with the paints and inks :)

On new years day I decided to make a collage from a sheet of 12×12 board which came with our new 2014 calendars, its seemed a shame to throw it out as it was a nice piece of card so I decided to re-purpose it.

To begin with I covered the whole thing with white gesso, then I added random scraps of torn papers all over the card till I was happy with how it looked, at this point it looked like this:


Next I covered the whole thing in gesso:




Then I covered it with random colours of green and yellow acrylic paints and built up the layers:





Finally I added a distressed edge all the way around the board using a sponge and a brown dye inkpad, I also added the quote you see taken from a sheet of scrapbook paper and added a few bits of bling to finish it off:






Out With The Old Pocket & Tag Planner Art

For 2014 Im going to take part in the documented life project (http://www.robenmarie.com/blog/2013/12/14/the-documented-life-project.html)

For this challenge you need a planner (although you could use a journal or any book you have) and each week there are going to be new themes and challenges released.

To help me get back into the swing of creating again I decided to give it a whirl, and up until today I hadn’t done anything with my planner because the challenge doesn’t officially start till January 1st!

Below is my planner all ready for the new year :)


I removed the piece of paper that was on the front of the planner and decided to use it to make a pocket for my book:


First of all I glued random papers all over it and let the glue dry:


Then  I decided to make a background for a tag on a sheet of card using the same method as above:


I glued my tag to the back of the paper, then cut round the shape of the tag so that I would get a random background on my tag:



Next I folded 2 tabs on the back of the pocket so that I could use them to glue the pocket to the book:


Then I trimmed off the front to make it look tidier:


I decided it needed more colour so I sprayed them both with ink:


I used my heat gun to dry the ink, once they were dry I added the finishing touches and then glued the pocket inside the planner with the tag inserted, which you can see below: