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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.