Perpetual daydreamer, aspiring mixed-media artist, some time bead designer, haphazard art journaller, knitter of jazzy socks, slave to one demanding Siamese cat - take a peek into a little of my creative (and not so creative) life.
It's been one of those weeks, I've not had a lot of time to devote to any artwork, but I have at least managed to finish the front and back covers for the Journal of Dreams round robin swap that I mentioned I was involved with. My journal is about 5" x 7" (give or take half an inch each way) and I'm quite happy with the way it's turned out. The front cover has embossed chipboard letters to form the "Dream" word - I sprinkled two different embossing powders on them (red and orange) in varying proportions to create a graduated colour effect.
I've added some beads to the top of the dreamcatcher (earring) too and more on the inside cover, along with feathers and some brass "bits" I found in one of my boxes - the moon face was just perfect for the dreamcatcher circle. I embossed the word "dream" along one side of the page and added a few lines about the meaning of the Dreamcatcher. I've kept the back page fairly simple - decorative, collagey paper; metal corner pieces, ribbon, stamped words and a layered paper flower, stamped with text, and finished with a button centrepiece. The inside cover has the names of all the participating artists. I may well add more embellishments or words to these covers once the journal has finished its travels and come home again, but I don't want to make them any heavier as they've a long journey ahead of them (there are 16 of us)! I've still got to create my own "dream" page for my journal before I can send it on its way, so I'm going to have to get cracking on that over the weekend.
Well, I had a lovely post this morning as my Amour et Romance tag book arrived. All the tags I made have been added to the books sent out to others who joined this swap, but doesn't mine look gorgeous - I just love the delicate colours in it and all the dangly beads? Each tag was created by a different artist, including the hostess, Alison, who did a great job of putting all the tag books together and adding wonderful fibres and charms to each one. I'm really pleased with it; well, wouldn't you be too?
Tomorrow (well, actually it's today now!) I'm having a day out and going along to the craft & stitch show at Manchester Central (the old G-Mex). I need to pick up a few crafty supplies (tape, glue, brads, that sort of thing) but I'll keep a lookout for anything a bit more unusual (not that I really NEED anything at all, my crafting space (ie the spare room) is pretty well jam-packed already - still, it won't stop me being tempted)! I'll just enjoy having a bit of time out for myself, if nothing else.
My name is Heather and I share a home by the seaside with my very lively and demanding siamese cat, Mia. I enjoy the creative life and have experimented with different crafts over the years. One of my biggest passions has been beadwork for which I received a City and Guilds qualification and also had a book (Beading) published. I've since discovered a love for other forms of art, mostly involving getting messy with paints and inks - artist trading cards, altered books, mixed media, collage and most recently, art journalling. Here on my blog I'd like to share with you some of my artwork and hope you enjoy looking.