Do you Lose Things?

I'm participating in a Round Robin Journal Swap over on UKStampers and the Journal I have at the moment has the theme  "Places" so naturally I chose New Zealand. Although I no longer live there and am unlikely to again, it is still a beautiful country with lovely friendly people.

I wanted to capture the essence of New Zealand.
Blue skies
Deep blue sea
Green grass and trees
and of course the unique Maori culture

So I painted Rangitoto Island with the blue sky above and the sea below with water colour pencils, then stamped and collaged other images. It was OK but I thought it could be better (why are we so hard on ourselves?) Then I put it under something to flatten it....a week later I couldn't find it because I couldn't remember where I hid it.

Not meant to be so I created another page.

This one in my style - collaged.......

Then...of course....I found the other one ...ah opportunity to relive some memories. But which one will I put in the RR Journal?

I've been learning about Collaged Characters.

I've been a bit of a silent follower of the Art Journey along at UK Scrapers. Printed off all the tutorials and getting lots of excellent ideas for my daily Art Journal.

Last week's lesson was from Julie Kirk. I love her quirky style. You can see it over at

Collaged characters are something I have been wanting to try so I set myself a goal of making an ATC with one. Quite a challenge to get small enough bits. Not very many pieces and I forgot to sketch around the outside to tie it all together but overall this ATC makes me smile.......Does it make you?

I'm back again

I just got busy and allowed myself to neglect my blog! Like everything else in life, I have to work at it for it to become a habit. Like my Junk Journal. I cut & paste and scribble in it everyday. It's what I do.

My latest effort is a sort of Zentangle. I read on another blog about an art teacher who took several large faces from magazines to class and her students decorated the faces so I thought...what about a whole page?

Mr K was watching golf on TV, so, sitting there with him but me not much interested in golf I started doodling or zentangling. By the end of the evening I had this.....

I am very pleased with the overall look, although I could fill it with more precision. Then it struck me that this is not much different to maori tattoos and that is probably why I am fascinated with the process.

Tonight is the final of the golf....I already have another face to doodle isn't so bad afterall!