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Today and last week…


It’s been another good art week for me.

Today, I’ve been getting into the Christmas swing of things with my Anna Griffin card-making sets.  I have about three different Anna Griffin sets, and Edilyn and myself have been putting them to good use.  These sets are great for crafty types (like me) who like the idea of hand-made cards and the convenience of decoupage techniques.  They also make for very memorable Christmas cards for the people we care about.  Normally, I would’ve scanned them in for you to look at, but since one might be winging it’s way to you, I’d better not.

In the last week I have seen my friend Sandra, who returned my SRI- LANKA AB after working in it with her daughter.  You can see their pages here.  I’ve also reconnected with another old friend, Julie, who came over for tea and cupcakes.  She came with her lovely dog, Ezra.  He’s a working dog for  disabled people, and is very adorable.  Funnily enough our cats vanished whilst Ez was busy hoovering up their food and water, and were nowhere to be seen until long after he’d gone!!

Lastly, I have been dipping into more of my art books, which is another post for later this week.  Mostly I’ve been reading up on art journaling, as I am thinking about getting back into that.  There’s some great stuff out there on art journaling, so check out this Pinterest site.  Last week Edilyn had the pleasure (ha-ha) of preparing my art journal by painting the pages with gesso…So you see she is not just a pretty face!  Watch this space to see what I can manage to achieve art journaling wise this week… BYEEEE 😉


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Home at last…! The return of Sri Lanka


I’ve recently had my Sri Lankan Altered Book (AB) returned to me. I haven’t seen it in so long – it was started as a piece of collaborative art in 2006.

Each person in the art group would pick a book from a charity shop or junkshop. They’d choose a theme for it and start to alter the pages, covers, the spine…

Some people will paint, decorate, draw, embroider. Some will fold, tear, or insert pages. They might create pockets and pull-outs. Whatever they do, they’ll in some way be “embellishing” and altering the book.

Once you’ve started an Altered Book, members of the group will take possession of your book for one month, add to it following the theme, then pass it on. If there are twelve people in your group, you won’t get your book back for a year.  If you’re interested in AB’s then have a look at The Humument by Tom Phillips. It’s like the Bible for altered book artists.

I started a book on Sri Lanka, which is where I was born (I moved to London when I was 2 years old). It did the rounds, came back to me, then sat on the bookshelf.

Recently a Sri Lankan friend of mine and her daughter have added to the art in it.  It makes it feel (and smell) all the more authentic because Sandra has used various spices on her page – clove, cardamon, cinnamon and mustard seed. There might also be tea leaves, but I’m not swearing on that.  I’ve worked on several altered books, including a book I made myself. I’ll tell you about them next time.

PS.  Thank you to everyone who worked in my book, especially Sandra and Stephie for completing the book’s journey back to me.  Here’s to the next art session.

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I’m back…


Some of you may or may not remember I used to have a website called Express Yourself. We did altered art swaps and other bits of collaborative mixed media art, but then ill health overtook me and I had to close the site.  In the six years since closing the site the spirit to create has never left me, and I’m determined to start arting again.

For those wanting to see my work from Express Yourself, as it was back in the day, it’s now up on Flickr.  I think it’s mostly my work, but memory being what it is these days it might not be, so do let me know if you see your art up there and I’ll happily give credit or take it down.

My inspiration for starting again has been all the arty people out there, like my friend Paula, who was one of the original Express yourself members.  I have a  lot of catching up to do, ha ha!

Throughout it all, my husband has continually encouraged me to start creating again, because its either that or QVC 😉  And thanks to my new artist’s hands, courtesy of the very fab Mary Ann Ochota, I’m giving it another go.

I seemed to have been gravitating towards abstracts.  I didn’t really know where I was starting or where I was going to finish, but this canvas (above) eventually became the fourth in a series based on the Four Seasons.  It’s called Autumn and it reminds me of the Boston ivy in our garden as it turns from a luscious green, to red, to gold.


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