Rising to a challenge

My first ever Art Journalling Calendar Page
My thanks to Sheila Cross for introducing me to the concept of Art Journalling Calendar pages.   So this is my first attempt.  For January I decided to try a snowy scene to make up for being surrounded by floods.

Pilkington Wood bare tree Stamps Away
Pine Forest Clarity Stamps
January and frame free with a magazine
Snowman Get Stamping magazine
Snowflake unknown origin

Alphabet stamp set Hampton Art
Numbers stamp set Panduro Hobby

Adirondack Denim
Memento Paris Dusk

A4 Art Pad
White Gesso Primer Daler Rowney
Spectrum Noir TB4 and TB9
Inkilicious Ink Dusters
Make up sponge

How I did it!
1.  I painted a two page spread with white gesso and left to dry.

2.  Using a piece of torn copy paper as a sky line and a die cut circle for the moon I made the sky by blending Denim ink across the top with the ink duster.

3. I stamped the Pine Forest using Paris Dusk randomly over both pages.  I then used the make up sponge and Denim to put some mounds in the snow and shadow under the trees.  I also put in the horizon through the moon.  Using a piece of scrap paper as a mask I stamped a border with Paris Dusk and the bare tree stamp.

4. With the rounded square die I cut 35 squares of white paper and stamped a snowflake on each in different positions with Denim ink and using the third impression.  Then I stamped two frames and January in one of them, and cut them out.  I then arranged the labels and squares on my pages before sticking them down and numbering them using the stamp set. On the extra four squares on the bottom row of the left-hand page, I stamped ‘Notes’ with the alphabet stamps.

5.  Finally I stamped a snowman onto a scrap piece of Centura Pearl card, cut it out and stuck it in the bottom right corner.  All done.

There are a lot of mistakes in it and things I would do differently but for a first attempt I am quite pleased with the outcome. So perhaps I might even go on to do the rest of the year, in time.


About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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3 Responses to Rising to a challenge

  1. Di says:

    Hi Pippa!

    I found you after hearing that you'd won the Clarity £100 prize on C & C today, and then on Barbara's blog. Took a bit of searching I can tell you 🙂 Just wanted to say a HUGE well done, you do some lovely work and really you should blog more.

    Come and play with us in the Snippets Playground if you like – we're very happy go lucky and friendly!


  2. Pippa says:

    Thanks for your encouraging comment Di. I will certainly have a look in the playground. Well done for finding me because I think Barbara mis typed my blog title, or else there is another Pippa out there with a similar blog name. I am hoping not!

  3. Oh FAB work. Art Journaling is a great process to play with. xxx

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