Summer Journal – Day 7 – 14

Here are my pages from week 2 of the Summer Journal Challenge that I’m really enjoying taking part in. There’s nothing as adventurous as chocolate painting for me this week, I’ve used my phone sketchbook, photographs, pencils, pastels and a quill pen so there’s a bit of variety in the pages. There’s been some interesting prompts so I hope you enjoy how I’ve interpreted them.

Day 7  Here’s a practical use of an egg plus an eggsample of the bad puns you can make with an egg!

July 7th 2014

 

Day 8 – The last time I walked in the rain

 

July 8th 2014

 

Day 9 – A coffee on the train to start the day “Aaahh, that’s better, I feel more awake now!”

July 9th 2014

 

Day 10 – If I’d had time I’d love to have made a pop up page for this prompt, it’s something |I might try in the future – my 6 year old self loved pop up books!

July 10th 2014

 

Day 12 – Nothing very exciting happening outside my window today!

July 12th 2014

 

Day 13 – I went to the Bruce Festival in Dunfermline over the weekend and there was a stall where you could try writing Medieval style using a quill pen and ink. I did the date and wrote my name then wrote up the page the next day. It took me back to learning to write as we were supposed to do the brush strokes in a certain order which I found quite hard to do. The ink was still wet when I put the paper in my bag hence the big splodges of ink on the right of the page!

July 13th 2014

 

Day 14  – I couldn’t go on holiday without my camera and midge repellent!

July 14th 2014

 

So that’s my weeks worth, I missed Day 11 for some reason so I’ll write down the prompt on a page and fill it in at some point in the future. I’m off to have a read of the other journals on the Pinterest page now, I think that’s the part of this challenge that I am enjoying the most – there’s some talented people with interesting stories out there!

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Summer Journal – Days 3 – 6

 

I’m behind with the posts but up to date with the journal pages! I’ve taken about 15 – 20 mins on each page and I’ve enjoyed introducing the journal to my daily routine. Details of the challenge are here if you want to join in!

I’ve also joined Pinterest this week so I can see what others are creating but I haven’t had the chance to have a play around on it yet so I’ll try and familiarize myself with its workings over the next few days!

Without further ado here’s my pages from the last four days, I wonder what next week will bring us?

July 3rd – Make a fashion statement! What’s your style? Jeans? Jersey? Jacket? Tell us what makes you comfortable – or SMART!

Summer Journal - Day 3

July 4th – Let’s be real – no dreaming (well, not much!) What would be your perfect day?

Summer Journal - Day 4

July 5th – Do you love to lose yourself in a good book? Drama? Detective? Maybe you would rather watch a good film or TV programme instead? Or maybe you just prefer to read the paper with your breakfast. Write about which you prefer.Summer Journal - Day 5

July 6 – Think hard about your day. Tell us about one thing that you do every day.

Summer Journal - Day 6

Summer Journal day 2 – a scratch and sniff page

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First off, hello to the folk who are also taking this challenge and are now following my blog, I hope you enjoy reading it ☺
For the prompt:
“If all the world was chocolate – what would you miss?”
It’s a cross between a Heston Blumenthal and a Willie Wonka style page from me today – it’s scratch, sniff and lick!
I love chocolate and ended up buying a massive bar on my lunch time trip to Lidls (while picturing chocolate buses and cars on the chocolate roads on the way and wondering how we would walk with chocolate legs) When I got home tonight and cracked open the bar I looked at the chunks on the packaging and they reminded me of blocks of paint which gave me the idea for today’s page.

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Mmmmm,  I melted some down with boiling water and painted it on to a piece of the cardboard packaging. I then went round the edge using a chunk as a crayon (I should have wrapped it in something first as I had warm hands and it started to get a bit messy!) Looking at my page I think I would miss colour the most, I’ve written across the top “Like living in a sepia photograph that tastes and smells amazing” but I think even I would get tired of my endless diet of chocolate. I would normally have eaten at least half of that bar by now but I only managed a chunk tonight, I think spending the day in a world of chocolate put me off it!

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Summer Journal Day 1

July 1st 2014

I always enjoy reading blog posts where the writer is taking part in a daily challenge so I thought I’d sign up to this challenge as I love looking at art journals but I’ve never attempted to keep one myself, so this seemed like a great opportunity to give it a try.

Prompt 1

Take some time today to be quiet. Maybe you will have a chance to sit in the garden – or at the window – or even on the bus. Wherever you are, just take time to LISTEN.

Write about what you hear.

I used the sketchbook app on my phone to create my first page and it was done on my train journey home from work tonight. As anyone who uses public transport knows it is often far from quiet but I enjoyed sitting and listening to what was going on around me (even if it was crying children!) instead of having my headphones plugged in my ears! It’s not an amazing piece of artwork but it was fun to do and I’m hoping to use plenty of different materials to create future pages. I wonder what’s in store for tomorrow? : )

 

 

 

 

Laughs with my sister and a finished piece

I’ve just returned from a lovely weekend down south to celebrate my step – mum’s birthday. It’s a 6 hour journey involving planes, trains and automobiles but I still find the plane part of the journey quite exciting- I always get the urge to make a landscape quilt when Im gawping out the window at the terrain below. I think this is part of Wales and then the curve over the Bristol Channel. Lovely to see the sunny West Country again!

The best part of the trip was spending some proper time with my 11 year old sister – I’m 41 this year so there’s a pretty hefty age difference but thankfully I don’t find it hard to revert to my 11 year old self!
Another bonus is that she likes embroidery so while I finished covering the back of my ice sheets textile she made a Jasmine flower out of felt (for our 18 month old niece) And in the picture she’s sewing a J onto some tartan ribbon. She didn’t finish it before I left so I’ll be getting her to post it up to me so I can attach her contribution to the crochet giraffe I’ve been making for Jasmine (I’ll do another post on him as he’s coming on well!)  I loved seeing her stitching away next to me, helping her out with the odd tangled thread and chatting about her starting Secondary school, God I remember how nervous I was!
Staying with my sister also means breakfast in bed in the morning – check out the presentation of my peanut butter and jam on toast! There’s a big mug of coffee served with that as well.
I also got to meet Rosie the new hamster who likes eating strawberries while sat on my sister’s head. Sadly there’s  no photos of us dancing in the kitchen to 1 Direction and Katy Perry but I was lost in the moment!
Final pics in the set are of my finished textile piece (there’s hardly any stitching on it so I can’t really call it an embroidery! ) that I gave to my Dad as a belated birthday gift. You can see a section of one of his ice sheet photographs – I must print some of mine out as his look  amazing! He really liked it but my sister thought that my test piece made with the cheap green nylon fabric looked better than the pure white silk version, she’s the second person to say that so I think I’ll frame that one up as well now!
It’s always hard saying goodbye to the family especially as it will be a good few months before I see them in the flesh again, Skype is all well and good but nothing beats sitting stitching and laughing on the sofa with my sister at my side.

Ice sheets textile piece

I did a post about a month ago on an idea I had for a textile piece based on the ice sheets at Loch Erochty (im writing this on my phone and haven’t worked out how to insert links yet!)

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I finally made a start on a test piece last night and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Because I’ve been making this in my head for a while (basically since I first laid eyes on the ice!) And I’m essentially just stitching down rippled fabric it only took a couple of hours to do which is just as well as I need to have the proper one done by next Tuesday when I head down south to visit the family – Queen of the last minute as usual!

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Think this is going to look amazing made with the piece of white pure silk I’ve got waiting in the wings – roll on the weekend so I can get cracking! ☺

Ice sheets textile piece

I did a post about a month ago on an idea I had for a textile piece based on the ice sheets at Loch Erochty (im writing this on my phone and haven’t worked out how to insert links yet!)

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I finally made a start on a test piece last night and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out. Because I’ve been making this in my head for a while (basically since I first laid eyes on the ice!) And I’m essentially just stitching down rippled fabric it only took a couple of hours to do which is just as well as I need to have the proper one done by next Tuesday when I head down south to visit the family – Queen of the last minute as usual!

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Think this is going to look amazing made with the piece of white pure silk I’ve got waiting in the wings – roll on the weekend so I can get cracking! ☺