DAY 26 MESSING AROUND CHALLENGE

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all having an enjoyable weekend. I also hope that you’ve all settled into the new normal. Sarah and I are staying home in order to be well. I understand that it’s not easy for any of us. Our freedom to roam has been taken away from us for a very good reason. That invisible enemy is a killer.

Apart from household, not many though, I have been doing a little hexie work (I will post progress soon) but mostly I have been working on my art journal. That includes searching the internet for new ideas and techniques that I can use to change it up a wee bit. I seem to keep going back to the same thing over and over again. So, here’s my effort for yesterday …..

Bluebird

I made a list of ideas I wanted to include, one of which was bunting and a bird. I have since added several other things to my list which will take me into next month. So, I may be forced to carry on with this challenge until my art journal pages run out. And now for today’s effort …..

Bright circles

This one was really fun to work on. I used a funky bag which I cut into strips and used in the background. The flower petals were made by using some of the Brusho pieces I created at the beginning of the challenge. And of course, I used my trusted water colour pencils to add shading and detail. I would say that I have used my water colour pencils in every single journal page I have produced. Along with my water colour pencils my other favourite tools are my few stencils. If I were to invest a little money into new tools, it would be purchasing a couple of new stencils. Perhaps once the shops open again, I will consider it.

My washing machine is whirring away and the scones I baked a little while ago are cooling on the racking. Sarah and I will have a little tea party in a while. We may even sit outside to party! The weather has been favourable for quite a few days. I can’t remember the last time we had rain. I wonder what kind of weather May will bring? there’s only a few days left in April !!!

So, my lovely friends, I guess that’s my report for this weekend. I hope you have a super cosy day doing something you truly enjoy doing. Be strong, stay home and be well. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x

MESSING AROUND DAY 7

Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all settled into a new routine. Have you been productive today? Well I’m slowly fitting into the new normal. I did some charity work and then indulged in messy time.

So, it’s Day 7 of my Messing Around with art supplies challenge. I am hoping to stick to for four weeks. Only three weeks to go. Today, I played with some Brusho. Brusho is colour crystals which are very versatile. I only tried one method so far. I started by laying some newspaper to protect the surface. I previously gathered up my supplies including watercolour paper…..

Day 7 Art Supplies

Brusho Tubs

I chose two different colours of Brusho and sprinkled it onto one sheet of watercolour paper…..

Day 7 First Sprinkle

Then I spritzed it with water …..

Day 7 Sprinkle Spritzed

And the next step, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but I sprinkled some coarse salt. Apparently, salt can pull some of the colour out giving the work an interesting look …..

Day 7 First sprinkled salted

Here’s the second try with two different colours and spritzed with water …..

Day 7 Second Sprinkle Spritzed

My first thought as I was removing my latex free protective gloves was that both bits of effort look like they’re part of a murder scene!!! I’m not sure what I’ll be doing with these creations. They’re not deserving of being hung in pride of place on the fridge, I’m going to have to practice a whole lot before I am able to create anything great with Brusho. They may take several hours to dry thoroughly. I’m obviously going to have to cut them up to fit them into my art journal. Rest assured that I haven’t given up on the Brusho. I will try different ways of using it over the next few weeks. I’m fired up now. I hope you’re all trying different things. My preferred medium is fabric. So, this paper art is well out of my comfort zone even though I have had a good introduction to many different kinds of art supplies.

So, life goes on at happy stitching manor. We get up every morning and do the things that need doing. We get out to stretch our legs while walking our Maisie girl dog. We play with fabric. We do charity work that we used to do as a group. We cook interesting meals using the ingredients we have in the house. The new normal still feels pretty strange though.

With being in a lockdown situation there may very well be increases in domestic violence. I would also say that family law legal practices will most likely be very busy in months to come after prolonged periods of being cooped up with abusive spouses. Remember abuse doesn’t only mean violence; emotional abuse now falls in the same category as domestic violence here in the UK. So, for anyone suffering at the hands of their abuser, please get help. Click here to be taken to the Woman’s Aid website who can offer advice and help if you’re feeling unsafe during this lockdown. And remember to dial 999 for the Police. Keep yourself and your children safe.

Well it’s been another interesting day in paradise. I love messing around with different things. I think my next endeavour will be playing in the garden. It definitely needs a good tidy. And with the improving weather, there’s never been a better time to get out in the garden.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing what you love doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching and messing around with art supplies.

Lucie x