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From x stitch I moved into card making - now I am playing around with mixed media! I am taking part in different workshops and with help from crafty pals, learning about different mediums and techniques. Hope you feel inspired to create after a visit to my blog - Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Embrace the mess.....be the mess.......

I bought a relatively cheap journal when I went to Newbury with crafty pals, as I didn't trust my inner 'art journaller' .. seems I was right!

I gesso'd the first page in all my enthusiasm getting all over the cover, some of the other pages and basically having a gloopy mess around the edges. I bought some cosmic shimmer mists and had a play with them but one of them just piddled everywhere until oh took the spray bit apart and unblocked it (blow don't suck)

hmmm not how I expected it to be..

so I painted over the whole thing with acrylic paint - trying the cover the splodgy bits around the outside...

the white you can see is the page behind it honest!!

I decided to embrace the messy and put some ink splats on, lettering is Lindsay Mason. Really not how I expected my first page to look but ho hum!

I am entering this page into the following challenges;

Totally Gorjuss - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - U for Unlimited

Hope your Sunday is going well!!


Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Debs, this is fab. Love it!

Donna x

clare said...

Well done on taking a leap into art journaling. You are very brave working in a journal...I keep bottling it and working on loose leaf. I can't stand the mess into the other pages, perhaps in 2014 I might try again! X

Kathyk said...

Well, whether you like it or not ..... I do (like it that is!) and we all KNOW there are no mistakes in art - I always find my finished pages look nothing like my original plan! Worry not, as long as you're happy with it that's what counts, Debs - hope you'll be sharing more of these journal pages as time goes on.


Kathyk said...

You could always try putting newspaper behind the sheet you are working on - to keep spillover mess to a minimum


catherine said...

Great you have taken the jump and had a go. There is no right or wrong with Art Journalling and it is what you want. This looks great Debs and says what you wanted. Keep going!!
x catherine

Louise said...

Very pretty thanks for joining us at ABC for our challenge
hugs Louise

sandie said...

I think it looks great. I love the added hot air balloons and flourishes. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

Sue said...

Love how you created your background with the soft stamping over. I can relate to the sentiment! Thank you for joining us at ATSM.

Kat W said...

Well it turned out fab in the end! That wording describes my craft room perfectly!
Thanks for sharing with us at Totally Gorjuss.
Hugs, Kat x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Hi Debs . . . Kathy K gave me the confidence to just go ahead and TRY Art Journaling after I'd been putting off starting.

I think this looks GREAT personally. I'd be happy with it if I'd made it. I just LOVE getting messy with my AJ - it's so LIBERATING and completely different to my card making style.

Definitely time to embrace the splats and mess . . . and go with the flow. As I NEVER have a clue about how I my page will end up . . . it just does its own thing and it's always a surprise!

You Go Girl! xxx