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!


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

My Time Journalling

More inky Kim today with a page from my journal. I have a number of journals on the go at the moment all of them slightly different, you have seen this one before in the Spring with a Kuretake make. What I love about this one is that it is all kraft paper which is great fun to work on.

So this page is called ‘My Time’ and you can see the gorgeous female silhouette from the Susana Loves Stamp Blank Canvas range from SCACD available over at Quixotic Paperie. She is stamped, clear embossed then over stamped with the fab clock also from the Blank Canvas range.

I’ve used the spray inks I’ve been playing with recently and stencils, but you will also spot some ink and dip pen lines and sentiment. This ink was the Kuretake Sumo ink and I’ll be talking more about this ink in some up-coming posts so keep your eyes out for that.

Just a little tip, I wanted the silhouette to really pop so once I was finished getting inky I ironed off the clear embossing.

So I thought that I would link this up with the Simon Says Show and Tell Challenge this week which is a ‘No Rules’ theme – My favourite theme!

Thanks for popping by, hope you are having some inky fun yourselves.


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

Spring Into Flowers With ZIG Calligraphy Pens

I’ve been doing lots of ZIG Calligraphy flowers in my demoing recently so perfect time to be making little ZIG Calligraphy flower backgrounds for this month’s Kuretake challenge over on the blog which is all about ‘Spring’ and all the DT have been doing lots of lovely flowery makes.

Have you tried using the ZIG Calligraphy pens to do flowers yet? It isn’t hard once you have worked out how to do a ‘S’ or a ‘C’ shape then all you need to do is to remember to turn the paper after each petal and join the tops of the shapes. Check out the Kuretake channel on YouTube to see how.

My piece is a mixed media journal page called ‘Spring Dress Form’.

Do you remember the work in progress from last week? Well this is what it turned into! I built up a torn paper collage onto kraft paper then painted it with acrylic paint.

I used the ZIG Calligraphy pens to draw the flowers, butterflies and vines, then used various stamps to add the extra texture.

You can get the two tone petals by blending the pens and again you can see more on the Kuretake channel on YouTube to learn how to do this.

The dress form is stamped on acetate, book page and card.

Don’t forget to keep checking out the Kuretake blog this week for information on how to join in – there might be prizes too *wink*

Have fun.


 EDIT: ps. the Dress form stamp is from Character Constructions Clearly Constructed Paperdoll Parts range and you can find them over at That’s Crafty.

Art Journaling, Blog

Kuretake Challenge No: 2 – Doodle Mania

Do you know what time it is?

It is Doodle Mania Time!

I like a bit of a doodle, do you? Then get your Kuretake pens out, Doodle away and then link it up over at the Kuretake Blog! You could win some YUMMY prizes if you do!

I’ve been a doodling, well to be honest I’m pretty much always doodling and here is my doodling Kuretake DT piece.

It is a journal page and a bit of a work in progress, but you can see what I’ve done so far.

The background was made with scraps of newspaper, glitter glue, a mask, ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens and ZIG Calligraphy pens.

The doodling used some of the ZIG Painty pens and ZIG Opaque writer, but I’ve also used a white ZIG Posterman as well, which is one of the most useful pens you can get as it allows you to go back over areas you want to change the colour of, you can see I used it for the flowers and then went over the top with a Watercolour BrusH2O System and the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens and ZIG Calligraphy pens.

Don’t forget to pop on over to the Kuretake Blog to see all the lovely DT makes for a bit of inspiration and to join in too!

See you later.


Art Journaling, Blog

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – WOYWW

What is this? I’ve managed to join the WOYWW revellers on two consecutive weeks? Shock!

Yay! Hello WOYWW-ers!

I thought I would show another mini-journal page this week on my rather untidy work space. I’ve been playing working with PanPastel and Zig Millennium pen.

With a little bit of old map page altering, well tiny really – the ickle house on the hill. It is only a little bit of cutesy journalling fun 🙂

If you want to join in the WOYWW fun then don’t forget to pop on over to Julia’s blog Stamping Ground!

Catch you later Jounallaters!


Art Journaling, Blog

What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday – WOYWW

Mid-week check up!

How are you all doing? What have you all been up to since Monday? It’s commission land here, been a bit obsessed trying to finish something off but I did spend a little time playing with some acrylic inks and my ZIG Writer pen

I meant to show it to you last week for a bit of colourful fun but I’ve just been totally focussed on this commission.

 I thought I would link it up to the lovely Julia’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW) 136. My first of the year!

Better get back to work…

Catch you later.


Art Journaling, Blog, Mixed Media

Art From The Heart Birthday Celebration Blog Hop

Welcome the Art from the Heart 10 year Birthday Blog Hop Celebration

Lots of exciting things will be happening at Art from the Heart next weekend. To find out more  about all the celebratory events then pop on over to Dy Reaveley’s Blog Art and Soul

In the meantime there are FIVE product themed Blog Hops for you to while away the time with in preparation for the big event!

If you have hopped to my blog from GezzyB’s Jots then you are on the right path for the Stampotique Team’s blog hop. If not then pop back to Dy’s blog to start.

I’ve got a little mixed media jotting book for my make, it uses one of my favourite
Stampotiques – Karin.

I called the book ‘Threads of Ideas’.

The idea being that it is a book to capture all those ideas before they unravel!

Before you move on – you will need to collect a letter from me which is: I

This is part of an anagram of a Stampotique product

and you can find out all the details over at Dy’s blog which is your next port of call after leaving me a comment of course LOL!

Happy Hopping.