Some Amazing News…

If you visited my blog on Monday you would have seen my final piece for the Cox & Kings Art competition inspired by their rather lovely looking Morocco Tours

You can see the whole make, and some of the process if you hop on back to Monday’s post.

Each of us voted, which was really, really hard as all the work was amazing and very diverse. So you can imagine my shock when I got the email to say that I had won!

I’m somewhat flabbergasted and would like to send a HUGE thank you to my fellow participants, it was fabulous to be able to see all your work and get to ‘meet’ you and share in your artistic journeys.

Please go visit their blogs to see their art and follow/connect with them – Vandy Massey, Jenny Keal, Concetta Perôt and Alan Reed.

Also a BIG thank you to Cox & Kings for the opportunity and the wonderful prize which is a two-night stay in Mosaic Palais Aziza in Marrakech which just looks amazing. Neither David nor myself have been to Morocco so it will be an enormous treat and I can not wait to do some sketching whilst I am there.

Nope, it still hasn’t quite sunk in.

Thanks for popping in and sharing my amazing news.


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.



Some Moroccan Inspiration From Cox & Kings

Time for something a little different today, myself and four other bloggers/artists have been asked to take part in a competition that is being run by the travel agents Cox & Kings to promote their rather gorgeous looking Morocco Tours.

Well, I’m up for a challenge and thought it would be a bit of fun. Each artist has chosen a Morocco Tour photograph as inspiration. 

[Photograph from Cox & Kings]

This is the photograph I’ve chosen. I’ve always loved Moorish tile design and colour, then there are those lovely doors in this picture too…and look at the great cobbled pavement. Lots of texture to inspire! Don’t you just want to walk down that street?

The other guys taking part are Vandy Massey, Jenny KealConcetta Perôt and Alan Reed I can not wait to see what everyone does for their final pieces. All of them do wonderful things, so go and have a look at their websites.

There is a prize, for the lucky winner there is a two-night stay in the rather lovely looking Mosaic Palais Aziza in Marrakech up for grabs! Wow, what a treat for the winner!

Come back on Monday to see what I come up with. I’m kind of intrigued on how it is going to turn out myself – Yikes!

Catch you later.



Travel Sketching Saturday

What? No La-La Land Crafts Monday Inspiration post today? No, but if you drop by tomorrow I’m sure you will see some La-La Land Crafts! Well actually I know you will! The CHA in the USA starts tomorrow and I’ve been busy making samples.  So my samples are there even if I’m not!

But you haven’t dropped by my blog for nothing, I have a personal project to share with you today some more of my sketching. I shared one of my little sketches that I had made into a card not so long ago. So here is another, this time a travel sketch from my smash / notebook.

We went up to visit my parents this weekend and the train trip meant I had some time to do some sketching practice. I always try to travel with something to sketch with, so me and my ZIG Memory System Writer pen are inseparable and for colour I took along some Derwent Graphitint pencils and my ZIG Water BrusH2O – another must have in my pencil case. 

We had a lovely trip and it was great to spend some time with my parents. Hope you had a lovely weekend and got some artiness fitted in too!

So now you are refreshed after the weekend and ready for a creative week?

Catch you later.