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I’ve been wanting to set up an Artimess blog using my own domain name for a while now. On Friday night I finally achieved that goal (check it out) … with a lot of help from my brother Marcus🙂 I’ve been working ever since to customise the coding to accommodate my designs and managed to successfully transfer all the content last night. I can see this will be an ongoing project, and guess I’ll be burning the midnight oil for a few nights!! I’ll leave this blog up as it is, but for all new posts you’ll need to follow me over to the new Artimess location here!

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas …. but I’ve been making paper chains!

Make A Paper Chain!

Make A Paper Chain!


Not full size ones, just one mini paper chain made from a page of my Wreck this Journal book! I coloured the strips with Sharpies, then drew flowers on them using Sakura Souffle pens. Lastly I glued them together and attached them to the journal using mini brads.

I started this doodle ages ago during a long telephone conversation with my brother. Then it got put aside and I forgot about it for a while. So when I stumbled across it the other day I thought it was about time I finished it!!

Pretend You Are Doodling ...

Pretend You Are Doodling ...


I used a very fine Copic Multiliner pen.

The word I chose for this next page is the Artist in me acknowledging her presence!

Write One Word ...

Write One Word ...


I used some cheap Calligraphy pens from Asda for the calligraphy (which as you can see – write beautifully), and a mixture of other markers for the rest of the writing.

The journal is getting soooo thick now …. I have a job to hold it and I still have loads of pages to do!!! So much fun🙂

Jigsaw pieces, thick and thin lines, gesso and gel medium …

Draw Fat Lines and Thin

Draw Fat Lines and Thin


I had great fun drawing the thick and thin lines with my water colour pencils. I’m still considering giving it a wash to soften and blend it … but I can’t make up my mind … so I’m leaving it for now!

The jigsaw pieces weren’t meant to stick to the page!! I was trying to make a raised jigsaw outline, but I used a bit too much gesso and when I came to remove the pieces… they were stuck solid!! So I turned them into a collage instead and added some thick gel medium to create some great textured ridges in the pieces!

After I scanned the image of these pages into the computer, I created an A4 print of the coloured lines pages and printed it out.

Trace Your Hand

Trace Your Hand


I used this to cut up and make a sort of collage/mosaic fill for my traced hand. I coloured the background using a black water colour pencil.

I’m having so much fun with this journal and learning so many new techniques; but most importantly i am learning to be more experimental in my creativity.

Macro Camera Shoot

I took my camera out for a long overdue photo shoot the other day …. not the pretty picture kind mind you … more an up close and odd angles shoot!! This is a macro shot of one of the handles on my (rather rusty) wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrow Handle

Wheelbarrow Handle


Then I started playing blended images …. a brick blended with a piece of angle iron ….
Genesis - In the beginning ...

Genesis - In the beginning ...


… a rusty tin blended with a sycamore seed …
Rusty Seed Tin

Rusty Seed Tin


… and late at night I managed to capture my first spiders web!
Spiders Web at Night

Spiders Web at Night


It took a bit of doing – I had to get my daughter to stand outside waving at the motion sensor on the security light … but I think it was worth it! I hope to get some better web pictures once we get some frosts later on!

Losing, tearing and four letter words …. yes … I’ve been wrecking again! But I must confess …. I haven’t actually lost the “Lose this Page” yet …

Lose This Page - writing asking for finder to contact and leave comment on blog

Lose This Page - writing asking for finder to contact and leave comment on blog


… I just tore it out of the book and got it ready for losing, which of course involved writing messages on it and splattering paint all over it’s other side! I may add some writing on the painted side before I lose it [maybe the secret message to hide] but only the person who finds it will know for sure!!

When I first tore the strips on this page…

Tear Strips - Rip it up!

Tear Strips - Rip it up!


… they curled up and looked really pretty, but by the time I got round to scanning the page they’d got well and truly squished … much more wrecked looking!!

I thought I’d make my four letter words colourful …

A Page for Four Letter Words

A Page for Four Letter Words


… I used my nice new sharpies which look really great here … but they bled through several pages on either side … definitely journal wrecking! I’ll have to find ways to incorporate the back to front words into those pages … maybe rename the pages and call them the write backwards pages!! …. Keep watching🙂

Make a Mess ….

‘Make a mess, clean it up’. That was the instruction on this page …

Make a Mess

Make a Mess


… and I know it doesn’t look very much like a mess, but if you saw how I made it you would have have to agree that I followed the instructions!!

I had been working on the Kelly Rae inspired journal that I’m currently making and had various surfaces covered in leftover paint lying over my desk. I should have taken some pictures … but it was the early hours of the morning and I was more concerned with getting cleared up and into bed. But I hate just throwing things away! Then I remembered this page in the ‘wreck my journal’ and I knew what to do!! I used a very wet paintbrush to loosen all the dried paint and plonked the journal into the wet paint. I did this several time until all the paint was used up … et voila!! … one completed jounal page and nice clean surfaces … mission accomplished🙂

The scan of this next page really doesn’t do it justice.

Draw Lines ....

Draw Lines ....


The page instruction said to ‘Draw lines using abnormal writing utensils dipped in ink or paint’. I went for the paint option and dipped into it a paper clip, a hair grip, a make-up brush/comb, a cardboard tube, a plastic covered wire tie, a lolly stick, a bottle top, a button, and a staple remover. It looked Ok … but I wasn’t finished! I added a thick layer of glossy gel medium and used a small comb to make lots of ridges in it. Then I left it to dry. I love the way it turned out … it has a really great texture … the only problem is that the gel medium sticks to itself when the book is closed and it is quite difficult to prise the pages apart … but it make a wonderful noise when you’re doing it!!

Yes! …. I finally got around to the burning page in my journal.

Burn This Page!

Burn This Page!


It was quite scary how fast the page burned … I had to use the coffee I’d made for the next page to douse the flames!
Fling Your Coffee!

Fling Your Coffee!


As I don’t drink coffee, I thought I’d add my own twist to this page … I made the coffee and spilt it over the page (and the rest of the book – it really is a multi sensory book now!!) then shook some coffee graunles onto the page and gave them a good stir with my fingers. Result … one very smelly, sticky page!!

While I was in the kitchen I thought I might as well do the tongue painting page!!

Tongue Painting!

Tongue Painting!


I used food colouring straight from the bottle …. quite a colourful result!! The journal is getting quite hard to close now …
Expanding Journal

Expanding Journal


… in more ways than one!! It’s so freeing and inspirational … and I’ve still got loads of blank pages!!