Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Art Journals: A lesson in patience and resistance!

Last month's Patreon saw Anna demonstrating the use of masking fluids and wax crayons to create resist art. Now, I haven't created anything using these techniques since I was in primary school, and only then it was with kid eat proof paint and crayons. So I was super keen to get going, so much so that I forgot to follow one of crafting's golden rules namely that of washing your paintbrush after use. So in this case washing it after using the masking fluid....something Anna also mentions in the video!

So after a few hiccups and a new brush or two - I did eventually purchase a Molotow Pen which I found a lot easier to use - I kind of got the hang of it. Then I thought I'd be a little more adventurous with it. My initial experiments saw me working mostly with watercolour paints on watercolour paper, so I wanted to try using some other mediums to see what results I could achieve.

Here I've used the Molotow Pen to create a couple of quick doodles of Christmassy symbols....I've been trying to keep the festive mood in the house by listening to Christmas Jingles, my festive vibe is ebbing and flowing at the minute...bah! 

I dug out my Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, at this point I must admit I have no idea how this will turn out or whether the masking fluid will react with the mica powder, but what the heck. I'm having fun and that's what's important here!

So now I'm going to fail to follow another golden rule....that of patience. Something I'm never going to master, haha. So I should have left the paper longer to dry....but I didn't and in my rush to see the results I ripped it.

Interestingly the reverse of the page has some rather cool markings and you can just about make out where the resist fluid was...I'll take that as a win!

Christmas Pud...because who doesn't love Christmas pud! So I figured after my not so successful trial with the shimmer powders and whilst waiting for the rest of the page to dry I'd add another little doodle to the bottom. 

The blending kinda came about by mistake. I wasn't paying a great deal of attention (I was busy wailing away to tunes) and I dropped a huge green dollop so I turned it around by blobbing and sploshing on more paint. I had intended to do some nice shading and shaping, so let's call it an organic development!

In most of my sketchbook/art journaling inserts I tend to slip black and coloured card between my watercolour and mixed media papers as I like to do a lot of work with chalks and pastels. Alongside my pud and snowflakes page was black card. Again I really wasn't sure how this was going to turn out as a) I hadn't tried the resist fluid on the card b) I wasn't entirely sure how well the pearlescent paints were going to perform on such a dark backdrop and c) I couldn't really tell where I was going or where I had already drawn with the pen. It was a sort of stab in the dark. 

I decided to literally cover the page with blues, whites and grey in the hopes of creating enough contrast with the black lines created by the resist pen. This time I let it dry whilst I wrote this blog currently I don't know whether I'll be writing a success story or another mishap!

....ta da!!

I think it turned out rather well considering :)

I feel like I should have learnt some lessons here, about patience and intuition in regards to creating artwork, and to some extent it is probably true for the latter part, but I don't think patience will ever be my thing haha. I'm off to relive my childhood and dig out my crayons!

Till next time people :) x 

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Printing photos for December Daily & Project Life

Hi Guys!

Here is a little vlog from me talking about how I am printing my photos for my festive journal this year and how I will be printing my photos for my Project Life album in 2018.

Christmas all wrapped up

Wrapping presents is one of my favourite parts of the run up to Christmas.  I love making each present look beautiful and like time and has been taken to make it special.  I always take special care to choose the right paper each year.  This year I bought my wrapping paper (in black and gold) in a three pack of different designs and it came with tags and ribbons.  I was disappointed when I opened up the pack to discover that the tags and ribbons were not quite as pretty as the paper itself.  So I decided to make some. At first I thought about using the different papers to make some tags when I remembered I had some of Anna's beautiful collage sheets that I printed but hadn't used yet.

I thought the beautiful colours in the October sheets would pop perfectly against the black and gold papers, so I glued the paper to some cardstock to give it strength and cut out some tag shapes.  I did some embossing with some Christmassy stamps I had and I think they look perfect against the papers.

I also cut out some thin strips of the papers and used these like ribbon to wrap around the presents here:

I hope you are finding some time to be crafty in what can be a crazy time in the run up to Christmas.
Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

What an Amazing end to the year!

so the last Brimbles sticker club kit for 2017 is here, and what a amazing end to the year. 

This kit was so full of sparkle it was amazing.

I firstly knew I wanted to do a planner layout in my new personal size Websters pages planner, which I have been totally addicted to over the past 2 months since I got it for my birthday.

Around this time of year I like to try and get super organised and get the flat clean and organised going into the new year  (I can hope at least!) 

Also anyone with kids will tell you your front room becomes Toys R Us in seconds on Christmas Day, so I wanted to make sure I had time written in to organise things before I totally lost the plot in the madness!!

Also this year for New Years we are having family over to bring in the new year so doing this spread 3weeks in advance was perfect. I loved the different widths of washing strips and all the decorative stickers I felt really went well with the layout.

I also used a few gold puffy stickers that I had recently bought from the mrs Brimbles stall at this years Christmas jingle mingle. 

I really love the colours in this and love how it turned out.

Then I wanted to do a journal page .. now I'm not going to get into the whole clicha " new year new me shpeel' ( is that a word lol) that is thrown around a lot this year, however I've had such a crazy year this year from getting married to coming down with a mystery illness and I really wanted to create a page to help me get a few goals for next year out of my head and written down.

I love how this all worked out and I am looking forward to next year yo see if I can keep to these goals.

anyways Merry Christmas all and Happy New Year from me !!

see you in the new year

Gemma Silk ( still getting used to the new name haha!)


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Travelers Notebook insert size guide

At the Jingle & Mingle event yesterday we made travelers notebook inserts. I made a size guide template and I thought I would share it with you, my lovely blog readers in case it is of any help to you!

This is set up for A4 paper - make sure you turn off any 'shrink to fit' settings and print 'as is' with borderless printing. 

December Planner Pages

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Last month, Anna's gorgeous sticker kit was titled Not a Creature Was Stirring and it is absolutely adorable. I couldn't resist using it to kick start my December planner pages and the holiday season!

Anna's stickers have a gorgeous, traditional red-and-green colour scheme (with a hint of blue). I decided to pick out washi tapes in my collection that fit with that theme, to create layers of fun, seasonal colour.

I used some of the boxes - designed for vertical planners - and stuck them along the edge of my planner pages, where there is traditionally and 'notes' section (that I never use) so that I can track all things I need to throughout the busy December period.

As always, I find layering stickers and washi tape to be really fun and relaxing - not to mention, it looks pretty awesome on the page, too. Don't be afraid to mix up washi tapes, different designs and colours to keep things fresh and interesting.

You can view the process video for this layout here:

You can view my other planner pages on Instagram and Youtube.
Stef xx


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

December Daily Photo Challenge is back

The December daily photo challenge is back for it's 4th year. Can you believe that! Wow! It doesn't seem like 4 years but it it. The very first challenege was way back in 2014. That's nuts. So here is all the scoop and prompts for this year, 2017!

REMEMBER as with all of my daily photo challenges I have designed the prompts to be interpreted in a way that suits you, loosely based on the things that I love: Planners (and planner decoration), Stationery, Journals, Art, Books, food, the season etc. You interpret them however you like but most importantly have fun with it. They are just prompts to help you. Ideally I would like to see the Facebook group filled with seasonal photos of your planners and journals so try and challenge yourself! Take them literally if you like or be imaginative. Use them as photo prompts or use them as journalling prompts. Anything goes! It's totally for fun so just share a photo every day. You don't have to enter to win the prize, you can just play along with the prompts for fun, entirely up to you, the more the merrier! 

If you want to play along for fun then start posting your photos from 1st December. Remember to use the hashtag: #mrsbrimblesdecdaily so that we can find your photos and see what you are up to. You can post anywhere on social media but if you want to be in with a chance of winning the prize it needs to be on instagram or in the Mrs Brimbles Happy Place group on Facebook (or both of course). If you are playing along with this in order win the prize please do make sure that you read all guidelines on how to enter and the rules below oh and if you want to be in with winning the prize you will need to register on the giveaway widget below too! 

What is the prize? £25 store credit for
So for the prompts...

Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.
Please do feel free to share the above photo on instagram, Pinterest, your blog etc or print out to put into your planner or journal.

The Rules for the instagram challenge... 

I know, so boring that there needs to be rules but there does so that everyone is clear on what they need to do and to keep it fair to everyone participating!
  • You must post all 31 photos on instagram using the hashtag for the challenge you are taking part in. You may also want to use #mrsbrimblesdecdaily2017 (although not compulsory) as the challenge is now in it's 4th year!
  • You need to be following me on instagram: @mrsbrimbles please do not tag me in your photos as I will get lots of notifications. I will see your photos on the hashtag!
  • The prompts are just that, prompts, interpret them as you will, or if you are stuck for inspiration just post a photo anyway! If it is easier you can do a different prompt on that day as long as by the end of the challenge you have done all 31. Do two on one day if you need to, don't worry about missing days as long as you post all 31. Have a break, come back again. You just need to post 31 photos in the time frame given.
  • You have until 7am GMT on 5th January 2018 to register for the giveaway on the widget below AND to complete the photo challenge on instagram.
  • If you haven't registered on the widget you won't be elligible to win the prize so you will just be doing the challenge for fun which is totally fine with me if it is with you.You can register at any time from now but photo posting on instagram and in the Facebook group starts on 1st December 2017.
  • You DO NOT have to post everyday but you do have to post all 31 photos by 7am GMT on 5th January 2018. You DO NOT have to post in numerical order, you can post any prompt on any day and any number of photos on any day.
  • Once the competition has closed a winner will be drawn by random using the giveaway widget, and emailed. I will ask you to confirm / prove that you have posted all 31 photos in the time frame 1st December 2017 - 5th January 2018, if not another winner will be chosen. The winners name will appear on the giveaway widget once closed.
  • The winner will be emailed by me to arrange receipt of the prize. 

By submitting an entry to this giveaway you agree to the following Terms & Conditions: 

  • Your email address will be added to my newsletter database - I will not sell this to anyone else nor will I constantly be spamming you and you can unsubscribe at any time! 
  • Open internationally
  • You must be over eighteen years of age or have parental / guardian permission.
  • The prizes stated above are the only prize(s) - no cash alternative.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. Winner(s) will be announced on this page on the rafflecopter widget after the closing date.
  • If the winner(s) do not respond to my email within 48 hours a new winner(s) will be chosen