Art Journaling, Blog

Journal Page For Creative Expressions

I’ve already drifted away from my planned makes for Creative Expressions this month. When I first got the DT package I designed my makes for the month, as is my normal routine, and then I went and ignored my designs and made this journal page instead.

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and for some reason this was the flow I thought I would go with this week.

The purse stamp is one of the Creative Expressions Singles stamps and it comes with a sentiment by the way. It is called Basketweave Purse.

The inspiration behind the page started with the purse really. The idea of the words exploding out of the purse was in my head and I knew that I wanted to have it framed in black lines. The rest grew organically.

If you look really closely you can see some of the page I’m working on coming through and I achieved this with the alcohol rub-back technique I described in my article in the November 2013 issue of Craft Stamper

I’m actually working on a flier, you know those leaflets you get that advertise events? This one is practically a book and measures 15 cm by 21 cm (A5) and the paper is quite good, well it was a City Of London flier so you can expect the quality to be better than average!

I like using fliers and advertising materials for journals as they are free, you can pick them up all over the place and I’m re-purposing something that will otherwise get thrown out once the event is over. So they make great messy art journals and you don’t have to go through that pristine, blank-page sketch book syndrome.

Anyway, I digress! I have used layers of Soot Black and Antique Linen Ranger Tim Holtz Distress paints to rub back and the Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stains for the colours and final layers. I’ve also used the Jet Black Ranger Archival ink pad and the Creative Expressions Acrylic glue.

The words are cut from magazines and are vaguely money related, well in my head anyway. I will leave you to put your own interpretation on them. But as I was working with this page I did start to think about other pages I could do that explored my relationship with money. Mmm perhaps some more projects there!

Well thanks for popping in and sharing this journal page with me.

Have a creative Wednesday.


Art Journaling, Blog

Moroccan Travel Journal For Cox & Kings

If you cast you mind back to last Thursday, all those days ago, before the weekend and everything, you might remember that I’m taking part in a competition being sponsored by Cox & Kings. Myself and four other artist / bloggers have been asked to make something inspired by the Cox & Kings Morocco Tours. We all got to choose a photograph to take as our inspiration and here is the one I chose…

Moroccan tile inspiration photo from Cox and Kings

[Photograph from Cox & Kings]

I wasn’t really sure what to make, but then it hit me, what do artists need when they travel? A travel journal of course!

Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I was very glad I had a photo with Moroccan tiles, so I thought I would try to reproduce them in my make.

View of the binding of the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I used a French Link stitch to bind the journal, which was fun as I hadn’t used that particular binding before.

The signatures are made up of a range of different papers so there is lots of choice for sketching, painting, journalling in this travel journal. You can pop photos in it too and there is a folder in the back to store all your travel ephemera.

[There are some affiliate links in this blog post, so if you buy through them I do get a small amount of money at no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for your support!]

View of the pages of the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

I even found some paper in my stash that had a map of Morocco too!

inside the Moroccan tile inspired Travel art journal by Kim Dellow

If you don’t want to know how I put the cover together then skip down to the bottom now to check out the websites of my fellow participants.

The cover is a mixed media piece. I thought I would do a little experiment, I’ve been meaning to try designing some stencils and masks with software to then cut with the Silhouette Cameo, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity to give it a go.

I started in Photoshop Elements with my inspiration photograph and selected the elements that I wanted in the tile portion of the photograph.

Setting up the Moroccan tile design in Photoshop by Kim Dellow

I also changed some of the elements to get a full tile and to add a bit more symmetry in the places where the picture wasn’t complete. Once I had my new tile I opened the file in Inkscape.

Turning the Moroccan tile design into a cutting file in Silhouette Studio by Kim Dellow

As you can imagine, working from a photograph in Photoshop meant that the elements of the tile were quite pixelated and I used Inskape to clean up the edges of the shapes so that I could then use the file to create a cutting file in Silhouette Studio.

The finished cutting file by Kim Dellow

I then used the cutting file to cut a mask from oil-coated card which I then used to paint the tile onto the cover with acrylic paint.

Using the DIY Moroccan tile inspired stencil by Kim Dellow

I had already prepared the cover with a collage of paper printed with my Thursday blog post translated into Arabic with Google Translate, fixed and then painted with Gesso.

Once I finished the stenciling I used the mask again to put a layer of clear texture paste over the pattern to give it the look of tiles and a bit of dimension, then lightly distressed the edges of the covers to bring the whole book together.

Close up of the finished travel art journal cover by Kim Dellow

It was a great learning process and a big thank you to Cox & Kings for the inspiration and motivation to try out my little experiment!

Going by their blogs I know that the other guys, Vandy Massey, Jenny Keal, Concetta Perôt and Alan Reed, will have some amazing and different pieces to show you and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has done. So pop on over to their websites to take a peek.

Thanks for popping by.


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

Some Mixed Media Art Journalling – Voices

Hey guys, how do you fancy a project that I started a few weeks ago but finished yesterday? It is a journal page using fabric and paper combination with some stitchery and texture. It is my Creative Expressions piece for the week.

So it A4 sized and the fabric is denim, but I’m sure you had guessed that already hadn’t you?

There are several layers to this piece, Khadi papers, Denim, old book pages and card. The doily is the Couture Creations Dazzling Doily Die from the Fantasia Collection cut from card.

I’ve used clear Cosmic Shimmer Texture paste mixed with a little bit of white acrylic paint through the great That Special Touch Peacock Mask, I think I’ve already mentioned how much I love this mask so it does get reused a bit! I’ve added touches of Creative Expressions Enchanted Gold and Spring Green Gilding Wax to the textured area too.

I’ve used the Gilding Wax on some of the stitching too. By the way have you spotted the Solvent Blending Solution for Gilding Wax? I’ve not tried it yet but I will soon. I believe it helps soften and manipulate the wax.

The focal point uses stamps from the Tim Holtz Classics 4 Stamp Collection and the colour is the beautiful sparkle of Cosmic Shimmer Misters.

Thanks for popping in and have a fun Saturday.


Art Journaling, Blog

Glittery Doodle Art Journal Page

I’ve been writing some quite long and wordy blog post recently haven’t I? Most unusual for me, so today I’m back to just posting up some photos with minimal waffle so you can go back to scanning through on your hop around the blogosphere!

My make today is a doodle journal page with a bit of a home theme, something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. The background uses old London A to Z pages as London is my home town.

For the naive-style doodling I’ve used the Cosmic Shimmer Flake and Glitter Glue as my doodling ‘pen’…

and the new Cosmic Shimmer Polished Silk Glitter as my ‘ink’ if you see what I mean?

You can see who stocks both over at the Creative Expressions website.

Home is after all where the heart is or is it where you lay your hat?

There you go, very little waffle and lots of pictures, normal services have resumed, well at least for today.

Have a fun Sunday.


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

Art Houses Journal Page Without A Plan

Happy Monday fellow Artinators. My blog offering today is a Journal page, I know, I haven’t done one in a while, even though it is high on my ‘Must Do More Of’ list this year! This one is special in that it is an organic make, it is plan free, totally free-form.

Cast your mind back to this blog post from November last year when I said I don’t really do a lot of the creating without a pre-thought through plan. Your comments were fabulous and I got a complete split response from those folks who always have a plan and those who never have a plan before they create and all the scales between.

With a little bit of thinking I worked out why I do a lot of working to plan, it all comes down to the fact that I do a lot of working to deadlines and when I get a commission I will inevitably start by idea generation and sketching out the makes. It has become a bit of a habit for me.

Of course there is no right or wrong way, but when I have the time I want to do some blind making where the make just guides its own creation, it is a lot fun, as you know, and you can learn just as much. But I do find it a bit more scary than working with a plan as there is that element of ‘But what if it turns out *INSERT FAVOURITE EXPLETIVE*!’ as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before and you all know that feeling too.

But practice makes perfect and so this make directed its own creation and I started with a colour scheme (which changed as it went along btw) and one of the house stamps designed by Sam Poole from the Art Houses Creative Expressions Stamp Set. That was it, no plan, no idea of what I wanted it to look like.

The colour combo originally was peaches, salmon pinks, beige and browns and I started with some tearing of scrapbook papers to give a textured look to the journal page, then added a bit more colour with some water soluble wax crayons.

A couple of layers of gesso later…

and ready for a colour change…

More gesso and a bit of blending and we are ready to make a focal point by drawing around a paper circle

and filling it in with white paint. Then a quick dry brush layer of gesso to the background for more texture and blending. Next a bit of stamping out the house on another piece of paper and cutting out to stick to the focal point.

A little bit of texture in the corners by stamping the large flourish from the Creative Expressions Funky Floral stamp kit in Versamark and adding pastel colour.

Some ink and pen details to add a bit of pop and a sentiment from the Art Houses stamp kit.

There you have it, one free-form, plan free journal page. If you get close you can still see the scrapbook paper details coming through, which is nice.

What is your most recent free-forming project? Give me a shout and a link and I will pop on over to have a look!

Catch you later Artinators!


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

Making The Most Of Your Monochromes And A WIP

Who is up for a bit of contemporary monochrome? In this month’s Simply Cards and Papercraft, issue 101, I have a bold and beautiful, contemporary look article going on with the gorgeous Tiddly Inks Wryn range and BasicGrey papers.

You can see a sneak of it on the cover.

Isn’t she cute? She is Tiddly Inks Wryn Grow A Little Love and great fun to colour.

Hope you like the article but I know you will like the freebie this month! It is a beautiful Prima Paper pack and Chipboard pieces – oh yeah, you read me right!

Before you hop off I just wanted to share some playing with stamps and oil pastels from my art journal.

There are lots of layers of gesso and stamping with stamps from Prima and Kaisercraft.

Plus colour from acrylic paint and the vivid luxury of yummy oil pastels to colour the Ranunculus Fields stamp from Stampendous.

You can’t help but love that texture can you? I mean it gets everywhere but it is so sumptuous you have to forgive it!