Sunday, October 16, 2016


Visual journal page reflecting the connection a mother has to her binding and so permanent.
Using ephemera images from Finnabair Ephemera Packs , I have lost myself in the collage process and the telling of my story.
More details relating to my process and the products used can be found HERE on Finnabair's blog.

 I love this quote from a musician Jens Lekman (this quote came to me by way of collage queen Kelly Kilmer):
“The beauty of the collage technique is that you’re using sounds that have never met and were never supposed to meet.
You introduce them to each other, at first they’re a bit shy, clumsy, staring at their shoes.
But you can sense there’s something there.
So you cut and paste a little bit and by the end of the song you can spot them in the corner, holding hands.”
Thanks for visiting today.
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Friday, September 30, 2016


New art journal page..........opposite to the one on my last post. 
Sometimes the need to art journal calls for a big stage; a double spread.
Sometimes your idea is simple, and the confines of a single page work best.
More often than not, these simple, single pages will be the inspiration, the catalyst to creating a companion page.
So, this second page, "Life" looks at and into the first.

Worked with paper, coloured pencil, paint, distress stain, modeling paste and a forgotten old friend, Rub_ons.
Thanks for visiting.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Journal Page.....Where Does The Time Go

The weather has been grey and bleak. I've been searching for colour.
Playing with Finnabair ephemera, Modeling Paste and Soft Gel Medium, and Tim Holtz Distress Stains.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Collage/Assemblage for Finnabair CT

Sometimes you just have to let it out. Express what's going on inside your head. Whether it is on a piece of paper, canvas, wood or in a journal, expressing your thoughts in a creative way is like "venting" to a friend: necessary and good for you.
With all the horror that we see daily on the news, it's difficult to be immune to just how "out of control" the world seems to be. 
Humanity, love and religion hang in the balance...............
Try explaining these 3 things at the same time to your children in today's climate of international unrest.
Hanging In The Balance
Symbolism is a major component of art.
The face represents Humanity
The heart represents Love
The cross represents Religion
The clock represents Time
The circle that surrounds them represents The World
The printed background represents the News/ Media
As a civilisation we are hanging on.........but only just.

I love to work on wooden blocks because of their solidity.

Amazing Finnabair products used basics gels for image transfer and the adhesion of all embellishments and collage pieces; black and white gesso; art alchemy acrylic paints; micro beads; mechanicals; resist canvas; stamps.
A sort step by step of the construction of this piece and a full list of all products used is HERE on the Finnabair blog.

It's not always the beauty in the world that inspires us to create......the ugly is valid too.
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finnabair's Denim Journal

Who doesn't love journals ! I work more and more within a journal these days. They come in so many different shapes, sizes, different papers for different media uses. You can paint, draw, write, stick, collage and generally tell your story or express yourself any way you want in a journal. I think the "informality" of a journal, creates a more relaxed approach which in turn allows for more creative "freedom". There are no rules; it's your journal.

Denim reminds me of the 60's, and I'm an old hippy and this is exactly how I would have decorated my jeans back in the day.
This is a beautifully soft fabric journal with a number of different pages within it. There are denim pages, canvas pages, water color pages and a plastic sleeve.
I experimented first with a denim page and tried a number of different techniques......journals are perfect for experimenting in. Once you coat the denim with art basics Clear Gesso you can pretty much work with any medium on it.
1. Collage, 2. Embossing, 3. Image transfer, 4. Stamping, 5. Stencil with Gel medium and water soluble oil pastel, 6. Stencil with gel medium and acrylic paint, 7. Ink.
Added fibres and beads.
The cover is just the starting point for this little journal; there is so much more you can do inside. Check out Finn's blog HERE for more details on this project.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


What an amazing, creative, individual David Bowie was. I grew up with his music and have always been inspired by him.
Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom, his space characters, bringing hope, the other lost in despair.
"Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do."

This whole dimensional page is composed almost entirely of Finnabair product, the mediums as well as the embellishments.
You can find a list of all the products HERE on Finnabair's blog, along with a little step by step of how I put it all together.
Thanks for visiting, and of course I'd love to hear what you think.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Art Journal Pages

Working in an art journal
This is what I am really enjoying at the moment
The freedom and spontaneity that this outlet for expression and artistic experimentation allows, is perfect for me right now
"You Are Entirely Up To You"

"Hide Or Fly"
Wishing you a creative whatever form of creativity makes you happy.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Journal page

Journal play today. Spontaneous and quick......what's on my mind.

Saw this great saying on Instagram..........."Some people should use a Glue Stick instead of a Chap Stick".
Have a happy week.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

An Assemblage and A Nursery Rhyme

Assemblage............."an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined substrate (surface) that consists of three dimensional elements projecting out of or from the substrate. It is similar to collage, a two dimensional medium. It is part of the visual arts, and it typically uses found objects, but is not limited to these materials."
I had to check up on the exact definition, and that's what Wikipedia told me. So,  "three dimensional collage" works for me. We all know that Finnabair is the queen of this expressive medium, and because of her and the products that she has designed, such as 3D Matte Gel, Heavy Body Gel, and her fabulous metal Mechanicals, creating "an assemblage" can be easy and lots of fun.
I had a biscuit tin lid and an old frame...............this was the start of my assemblage. Who knows why, but I thought the biscuit tin lid could be a bed, or a cradle.......a cradle for that poor baby that falls out of the tree "when the bough breaks". That nursery rhyme "Rock a Bye Baby" has always bothered me.
My baby is being closely watched over by it's mother and beautiful butterflies, suspended above, hovering, ready to catch and hold the baby if it falls.
Baby in it's bed of muslin, moss and feathers.
Layers of tea dyed lace, rusted chipboard, cracked metal, muslin, feathers, gold wire and Finnabair metal Mechanicals.
A step by step tutorial and all products used can be found on Finnabair blog HERE.
I love how art allows you to change a story and make it your own.
Thanks for visiting; have a creative week.
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