Friday, 6 May 2022

Creative Artiste ~ MAY Mixed Media Challenge #82

Hello Creative Friends 

where our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes

This month my MAY DT project is a mixed media journal page.

Pushing texture paste through a Stamperia stencil I painted 
the raised flowers with watercolour, acrylics and enamel accents. 

Gluing stamped, coloured and fussy cut Bluebells next to the Scabiosa, 
a large stamped and pencil coloured Monarch Butterfly stops to rest..

If you love mixing up your media be it paper, paint and stencils, 
collaged tags, journal pages, cards or creating projects from scratch 
please come and share your handmade creations with the team HERE 
and check out what the DT have created this month to inspire you... 

We look forward to seeing your Mixed Media creations. 

Stay safe and creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Leaves and branches, April Junk and Heart of Glass ...

Hello everyone 

I hope you are all keeping well?? 
Another month where life stuff again absorbed me..
so here's a photo heavy end of April post from me

Watercolour studies of Photinia *Little Red Robin* 

Some pages from my April Junk Journal.. 
Mini eggs they were in short supply 😒 

Face doodle created from a paint spillage on package waste.

Caramel Kraft paper with stitched rice paper Butterfly

Painted night forest scene from a tutorial by Danielle Mack and 
a stamped scene titled *Morning has Broken* what a beautiful Hymn. 

and finally...

Another found face journal doodle and the attempt to turn this one into 
Debbie Harry, lead singer of the group Blondie using pencil and paint. 
As a 9 year old I remember singing Blondie songs into my hairbrush 😂

*Heart of Glass* was always a favourite track. 

Wishing you all a great weekend 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Thursday, 14 April 2022

People are Strange...

Hello everyone, 

Another quick post from me my crafty space is so 
messy creative time would be wasted cleaning it up so 
I've made use of old sketched faces found in a journal, 

Painted slightly caricature to resemble two main characters 
from the cast of The Lost Boys, one of my favourite Movies. 

I look back with nostalgia 35 years after it's release.. 
A cult vampire movie, scare jumps, funny one liner's. 
Oozing the 80's with a fab cover in it's soundtrack of  
The Door's *People are Strange* by Echo & the Bunnymen.
Brings back fond memories of cinema nights with college 
friends every time I watch it.. Happy happy days..
Creative Easter wishes 
Tracey xx 

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Friday, 8 April 2022

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #165 Anything Goes

 Hello everyone 

It's time for Paperbabe Stamps Blog Challenge #165 
the chance to win a Paperbabe Stamps prize over HERE 
for one randomly selected winner when you share your 
*Anything Goes* crafty creations @ Paperbabe Stamps.

Easter is nearly upon us so here's an early treat a sneak peek 
of something coming soon, Paperbabe Stamps Dinky Bunny face.

With the popularity of the White Rabbit template and Rabbit face Stamps, it 
was only a matter of time before Kim produced this cutie on a smaller scale.

I've created a journal page all painted in watercolour with a colony of 
Spring time bunnies or a Fluffle which I much rather prefer (so cute)..  

Creative hugs and best wishes 
Tracey xx 

Sharing with: 

Country View Challenges ~ Spring is Coming

Art Journal Journey ~ Alisons Theme Play it again Sam
Rabbits and Bunnies always remind me of the film Watership Down 
When I was 10 my Grandfather took me to the cinema to watch it...
It had a huge impact on me, encouraged my love for illustration, 
respect for nature, habitat and the environment.. 

Thursday, 7 April 2022

Muddy puddles..

 Hello everyone 

A very quick post as I share my faithful wellies @ 

Painted with gouache .. Invaluable footwear for any Farmer.. 
and Dog walkers too I'm sure Rain would agree. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey x

Friday, 1 April 2022

Creative Artiste ~ April Mixed Media Challenge #81

Hello Creative Friends 

our theme is always *Anything Mixed Media Goes* 

Today my Design Team project is different from past makes, 
created earlier this year for a very dear friend going through a 
really tough time right now. This piece I never intended to share 
hence just one photograph... but today with permission I do.

*I walk with you*

On a tiered photo frame mount I painted a Spring woodland scene in 
watercolour, acrylics and inks, dotting Bluebells in gouache along 
the waters edge as golden sunshine peeps through it's cloudy sky.

The boot a hand drawn mini version from an art journal piece created 
last year is painted and detailed with coloured pencils, cut out and 
simply suspended in the corner of a painted wax gilded frame. 

I hope you will join our Creative Artiste March #81 Challenge 
and share your *Anything Mixed Media Goes* creations HERE.

Creative hugs and the 
warmest of wishes to you all
Tracey xx

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Spring change

 Hello creative friends 

another month comes to end so let me share 
a couple of pages from my March Junk Journal 

Dina Wakley stamps painted on an ink wash background.. 

and painted March blooms, documenting bulbs recently planted. 
I hope they'll survive the frosts as the temperature is set to plummet.

Wishing you all safe and well 
I'll catch up with you all in April x

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's Theme SPRING

Friday, 25 March 2022

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ Anything Goes #164

 Hello Creative Friends 

come and share your art and creativity with us 
HERE our theme is *Anything Goes*

Today I share a page from my March Junk Journal 
a recognition of Mothers Day celebrated in the UK in March. 

Stamped flowers using the Dinky Sugar Skull Set I stamped and fussy cut 
a few extra's. Onto an old book page I traced around the Tea Cup from the 
Clockwork Substrate cut out and layered up along with those extra flowers. 
Finished off with the word MOM from the Fun outline set it completes 
my watercolour Tea cup in full bloom for Mom.

Dedicated to all that take on that Mothering Role.. 
it's a very precious thing... 

Please share your *Anything Goes* creations  HERE

Creative wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing today with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers 
Art Journal Journey ~ Valerie's theme *Spring* 
Country View Challenge ~ Mother's Day

Paint Party Friday *After Party*

Hello creative friends 

Today I share my last Painting for *Paint Party Friday* 
using acrylics recently sent to me from my dear friend Anne, 
the colours inspired me to finish this piece pencilled long ago.

I give you Vincent Van Gogh's *Sunflowers* in my own vision.
I do not think there is anyone on this earth that doesn't recognise 
the Power, Strength and Love the sunflower symbolises right now..

Thanks to Kristin and EVA for all those fabulous 
Paint Party Fridays.. We will miss you very very much..

Stay safe and ever creative 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 
Art Journal Journey ~ Valeries Theme Spring
Try it on Tuesday ~ Say it with Flowers

Friday, 18 March 2022

Happy 11th Year Paint Party Friday..

a safe blog space on Fridays by the hostess Kristin and EVA 
for us to share creativity I'm sad this now comes to an end..

Huge gratitude to Valerie @ Bastelmania 
the creative star that led me to PPF in 2018 
Thank you for introducing me Valerie.. 

Time did not allow me to put together a collage of work shared on 
Fridays so here's a random selection of new and old in full scale.

First a new page for Valeries theme *Spring* as she 
hosts this March @ Art Journal Journey..

...and some pieces shared previously @ PPF
I'm wearing the paint party hat..

as my take on Mona wears it in 2021..

and a younger me the year before that.

This journal page ALWAYS makes me want to paint.. 

Butterfly on Lavender Inspired by Angela Anderson

Family portrait painted beer mats Inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens

Inspired by Emma Pettit

My Dog Freya in abstract

Patchwork Vincent

Vincent's Chair with a twist..

because I love the energy of the message that flows from these pages..

and finally the piece that inspired the one at the top..
*In Contrast* but still with the same feeling and meaning..

Thank you to all bloggers that have taken time out to visit 
and all the wonderful creatives I have met along the way.
See you @ the after party next Friday Kristin and EVA.

Stay safe and creative
Hugs Tracey xx

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Just Junk Journaling...

 Hello creative friends, 

Already a week passes into March as I continue recycling packaging and 
using scraps to make pocket sized Junk Journals to create in each month. 

Here's March's JJ covered with rice paper and stamped flowers 
painted in Spring time colours and very simply embellished... 

with a Tim Holtz die cut and watercoloured bird resembling the 
Blue Tit, she sings amid a Spring inspired textured background..

and because time didn't allow me to share last month 
here's a small selection from Februarys Junk Journal...

Paper pockets filled with layered scraps with machine stitched edges. 

Documenting my Son and his Girlfriends engagement announcement 

and some mindful doodling as the door closed on February...

Please be safe creative friends.. 

Hugs Tracey xx

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Friday, 4 March 2022

Creative Artiste ~ March Mixed Media Challenge #80

 Hello Creative Friends 

our theme is always *Anything Mixed Media Goes*

This month my Design Team project uses fabric remnants, with a focal 
Daffodil cut from card, stitched and painted. A wool wrapped curtain 
ring represents the Corona or more commonly known trumpet. With hand 
woven button as the stamen it makes a bright statement of Spring.

The fabric scrap background is embellished with beads, stray threads, 
sequins, lace and buttons, all drawn together with needle and thread 
in both machine stitch and hand embroidery...

I loved watching it's design immerge and grow, 
it's incredibly tactile and so cheerful...

Turned into a mini wall quilt a gift for Mother's Day 
I hope my Mom will find it uplifting all year round.

What ever your creative choice of medium, be it a mix of fabric remnants 
embellished like my own. Paper, paint and stencils on a Journal background 
ATC's, mixed media cards, Tags or inventive altered projects we'd love 
you to share your mixed media creations with the Creative Artiste Team. 

Pop on over HERE to see what the DT have created to inspire you. 

I hope you will join our Creative Artiste March #80 Challenge 
and please remember it's always *Anything Mixed Media Goes* 

Creative Hugs and best wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 

Try it on Tuesday ~ Add some Texture
Country View Challenges ~ Mothers Day

Friday, 25 February 2022

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge ~ #162 Anything Goes

 Hello Everyone 

It's time again for a new Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #162

I have a postcard sized journal page to share with you today, 
with stencilled background I've layered a Paperbabe Stamps face 
fabric torso and cut out template hair coloured in with pencil. 

Her hair represents a ray of sunshine against the stormy background, 
finished with stitched edging & quote from the Flourish and Grow set.

Come and share your *Anything Goes* creations over HERE 
for the chance to win a Paperbabe Stamps prize of your choice...

Creative wishes 

Tracey xx

Friday, 11 February 2022

Remember to LOVE yourself..

 Hello everyone

I'm sharing some love with you all today 
revisiting a tutorial from last year that I Loved 
hosted by the very talented Laly Mille. 

This time created in my February junk journal rather than on canvas. 
it's created by collaging recycled scrap papers each with hand written 
words of self care, love, gratitude and kindness to oneself. 

Covering those written messages with gesso and paint I drew a 
focal heart collaged and over painted again, doodling quotes 
around the heart, adding machine stitch on the page edge...

As Valentine's Day approaches it can be overwhelming, 
please remember to LOVE yourself... 

Take care everyone
Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx

Sharing the love with: 
Art Journal Journey ~ What's your Style? 
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Love is in the Air
Try it on Tuesday ~ All Loved Up

Friday, 4 February 2022

Creative Artiste ~ February Mixed Media Challenge #79

Hello Creative Friends 

Welcome to Creative Artiste first Challenge of 2022
our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes... 

Today i'm sharing the beginnings of my February Junk Journal.
Created from recycled packaging, old papers and scraps
documenting my days like a diary with pictures...

As February is often related to the month of love, I'm filling my pages with 
things I adore and cherish, vintage scraps, washi tape, lace and ephemera 
held together with a fashioned flowery lace heart closure and wax seal. 

A handmade twisted wire heart embellishes a mini bookmark, crafted from 
pretty little scraps sewn together all just too precious to throw away.

This February Junk Journal's story has only just begun..

Whether you choose to use paper, paint and stencils, alter projects, 
create journal pages, ATC's, Tags, Cards and more if you create using a 
variety of media we'd love you to share your makes with us over HERE

 Creative hugs & warm wishes 
Tracey xx

Sharing with: 

Country View Challenges ~ Hearts and Flowers
Art Journal Journey ~ What's your Style

Friday, 28 January 2022

Paperbabe Stamps ~ Anything Goes Challenge #160

Hello everyone

Time for our fortnightly Paperbabe Stamps Challenge 
with another *Anything Goes* Theme.. 

There's always a Paperbabe Stamps prize of your choice 
for one lucky randomly chosen participant over HERE.

On a grungy stencilled background stands a die cut Paperbabe Jointed Art Doll
covered in Vintage Doll patterned paper. Held together with metal brad fixings 
her die cut and stamped head stamp is coloured with pencil along with her 
pre-cut flowing hair. Hugging a large heart with die cut hands 
a quote by Van Gogh is stamped using the Alphabet outline set

*What is done with Love is done well...*

We'd love you to share your 

Stay safe and Creative 
Hugs Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with: 
Try it on Tuesday ~ Add a Quote
Art Journal Journey ~ Erika's theme Lets Face it 

Paint my world

Hello everyone 

I'm so sorry I've been absent in blogland family ties 
have kept me extremely busy from the onset of 2022. 

House hunting, viewings and preparing to downsize 
my MIL, it's just a small part of my world this year. 

Away from my creative space I've been doodling down my 
days on anything destined for the recycle bin, painting 
with a very limited watercolour & gouache palette. 

Let me share a little of my January with you..

First a self portrait painted on brown packaging, it depicts how 
I really need (want) to show my creative space and materials more 
love in 2022 and use up what I already have around me...

Out with the uncomfortable, old, unfixable chair and in with the new..

The cleaning out of closets discovering boxes unopened from 1999 
full of old books and encyclopedia's from my late Father in Law..

Catching my breath from dusty closets days to take in those mild sunny ones..

putting my feet up so late in the evening falling asleep in that new 
comfy chair dreaming of what to do with thirteen A4 encyclopedias..

It's just a small part of my painted world this January.. 

I've very much missed you all and looking 
forward to seeing how you are and what 
you've all been creating.. 

Catch up with you all asap.. 

Creative Hugs 
Tracey xx 

Sharing today with: 
More than words January Challenge ~ Reflect and Doodling