Sunday, 19 November 2017

Keeping warm!

Hi everyone! We have been back from our caravan long enough to have a coffee and make a couple of phone calls.
I am planning on catching up with some blog visiting. It is quite difficult to get a connection while we are away, so if you have had a comment it will have been either while we are out and about, or late evening, when the connection is often stronger but I am getting more tired! 
Before that I have another page for AJJ - and my choice of theme, 101 Ways To Keep Warm

We woke up this morning to a beautiful frost!
I made my page after a walk at Coniston on Friday - it was very cold, with a few spits and spots of icy cold rain at times and occasional sunshine!
 I was delighted to find a whole field full of Hardwick Sheep! They have such pretty faces don't you think?
One lone lady and her dog playing on the shore of the lake
While the sun shone I took the opportunity to take a shadow selfie

During the evening while watching Children In Need I made my page
With only a few supplies I turned to my Inktense pencils and a newspaper magazine supplement and an mini free catalogue.
Just while I am here, I can highly recommend the Paddington movies - Paddington 2 is even funnier than the first! It is definitely an 'all age' film to watch - everyone was laughing in the cinema! 
Hugh Grant - not usually a great favourite of mine, was absolutely brilliant in his role!! He must have really enjoyed it too!

If you are going walking this Winter I would say that this check list may be useful! 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 17 November 2017

Get a hat!

I did mention that my next post would be a scheduled one and hopefully we aren't having to bundle ourselves up much! One thing I am sure to be doing is wearing a hat (I have quite a collection!)

I have my latest page for Art Journal Journey where my theme 101 Ways to Keep Warm is featuring!

My new Paper Artsy Elenazinski figures love their hats! I think they pretend that they are Christmas trees, which at the moment is fine, as the Christmas lights seem to being switched on all over the place!

I used a page in my black journal. I brayered on some bright colours and did some stamping using a stencil and then spattered on gold, orange, pink and turquoise paint.
I used a baby wipe to add some gold paint ground for the figures to stand on.
Some glittery paper was used for the punched stars

The figures were coloured with Distress markers. 

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Bright thoughts!

We are promised some sunshine today - I am really not a fan of grey days even if they are warm, give me a frosty, sunny day and I'm happy!
I don't think we will get a frost with our sun but my page today is about one of those days when I can wrap up warm and go for a walk!
My background is a lot of ripped scraps of paper, some book paper, some designed paper, but all from my scraps that I can't bear to throw away! Once I had stuck them down I scraped some gesso over very roughly. 
I used multi medium to make an image transfer, when I removed the paper I rubbed bit more vigorously lower down so that some of the print showed through. 
I added some watered down Decoart iron oxide paint and some Viva Inka Gold with my fingers.
Finally I stamped some dots and text and aded some TH words that I outlined in gold!

I hope you like this latest page for my 101 Ways To Keep Warm at Art Journal Journey.

Who knows, we may get a frost over the weekend and get out for some walks. My next few posts will be scheduled!!!

Thanks for looking, Chris 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Have you any wool?

Hi everyone! You may confess if you wish! I certainly do have wool, boxes of it, both for knitting and for needle felting(and the odd bit for using on my mixed media projects!!

Thank you all so much for your continued support and encouragement, especially for my '101 Ways To Keep Warm' theme this  month at Art Journal Journey.

Today's page is a simple one…
The background was painted to give an ombre effect and then I stamped a few dots on. 
The wool was from a magazine advert - cut out and pieced together.
I started to doodle over the wool but it began to look too fussy so I stopped before I ruined it!
The white sheep came from a collage book from The Works and I drew the black one. I used some bright wool to cover the snow the white ones were standing in! 
I have been practicing my lettering again, this time I used a Graphix green line painter and outlined it with a Micron pen.

Thanks for looking, Chris

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

T Stands For….to Bordeaux and beyond!

Continuing our France trip….
We left Albi and went to Bordeaux on a fine day.
 The train line ran alongside the Canal du Midi for a while...

past some interesting sights…
…and we finally reached the vineyards of the Bordeaux area.
Once we arrived in Bordeaux it was a short walk to the apartment we were renting.
We were pleased to have a shutter to keep out some of the sun that shone every day we were there.
On our first morning we headed down to see Le Mirroir d'eau.
When we got there we were disappointed to find that there was no water but just as we were thinking it must only be a Summer thing we saw water coming towards us on both sides!
 There are some very arty looking seats. 

Lots of people sitting on them stayed put with their feet up but this young man took the opportunity to take photographs of his partner.
The buildings in the background are government buildings.
As we were walking away I spotted the clouds reflected in this corner. By this time there were a lot more people too!
Bordeaux is beautiful city - I showed you some photos here

We spent quite a long time watching this being created
The skateboarders were only too happy to show off their skills too!
They were in the square outside the Cathedral, which is beautiful..

 ..but this was the part I was most interested in - the doors are at the Royal doorway that would have been used by Eleanor of Aquitaine on her marriage to Louis VII of France

The original cathedral walls finished where the people are standing.

The Royal entrance from the outside
By this time we were in need of a drink - we called to a community area where there were information leaflets for locals and a cinema as well as a bar.

Hubby had gone for……err…a natural break, I was quite surprised when I went into the toilet myself

We went on our way past this amazing display

I realise that my post title is a little over ambitious - I didn't realise I had taken so many photos in Bordeaux so instead of moving on I will remind you that Try It On Tuesday still has another week  for the 'Home Sweet Home' theme 

My journal page is also for AJJ and my 101 Ways to Keep Warm which is open until the end of the month.

Thank you so much for your support and for visiting today! Chris 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Cold Hands!

I was prompted to make this page based on a saying that is often used. I have never understood it - so I looked it up - it is to describe someone who doesn't show their emotions well and may appear stern but have a kind disposition. I suppose I must have known that but it had never 'clicked'!
I have been far more literal in my representation of the saying!
I had a  background in my A6 journal (the smallest allowed in the Art Journal Journey Challenge) but it was a little brighter than I liked so I added gesso over the top - scraped on with a faux credit card.
I dipped a coffee stirrer into paint (PA Fresco Sky and Orchid) to draw the heart and the border and stuck on the mittens from a recent purchase at The Works.
I wrote the words with a Derwent Graphik line marker.

This is my latest of 101 Ways to Keep Warm. 
I hope you are keeping warm - the temperature has dropped here quite a lot so we are wrapping up warm for our walk this afternoon!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Keep The Home fires Burning

Today is Remembrance Day in the UK, it is also known as Armistice day or sometimes Poppy day.
It is also Veteran's day in the USA - my friend Elizabeth has her tribute here
There is a lot of talk these days about whether we should be 'glorifying war' on this day but generally it is understood that this about Peace, and remembering and honouring the people who fought for their countries in wars.
It is the anniversary of the time when the peace treaty was signed to end the First World War at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

My page is also for my 101 Ways To Keep Warm for Art Journal Journey

I drew the hearth based on a sketch I saw in a magazine and added some touches of paint.
The poppies were painted on first then drawn into.
I added some spatters and the first line of the song.
Here is a link to the song and some World War One images.
Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday when there are services all over the country, the most well known one being held at the Cenotaph in London which is televised.

I wish you a peaceful day, Thanks for looking, Chris

Friday, 10 November 2017

Is it too early for Mulled Wine?

This was a question asked by a presenter on the Breakfast TV programme we watch while we drink our coffee after breakfast!
Thanks to the free magazine from my favourite supermarket I have answered the question!
I painted and then used stencil on the page - using bronze and copper paints!

The rest was a little bit  of tearing and a little bit of cutting before coming up with this collage!
I realise I should have shown you the original page - maybe I'll pick up another magazine and add it!!

It is my latest way to keep warm at Art Journal Journey!

Short and sweet this evening - we are off to play Scrabble with friends!

Thanks for looking, Chris

Thursday, 9 November 2017

It's cold!

We went for a visit to Styal Mill today - you may remember it (look here if you don't)
Our main reason was that a lot more has been opened for public viewing(more another time!)
The flowers are almost over but the seed heads and the colours of the trees more than make up for that!

As you can see folk were wrapped up well even thought the sun was shining!
We also had a nice surprise as an old friend was just ahead of us in the queue in the cafe. She was on 'a mission' so we have made arrangements to meet up again soon!
So…to my page, which started like this..
 ..and went on to this!
For the background I used my favourite Paper Artsy Infusions and snowflakes stamped with PA Snowflake Fresco paint.
I found this cute baby in a magazine - but I hope his Mama puts some socks on his feet before she takes him out.
I cut some clouds from the same page.
Seeing my good friend Susi's writing the other day I was inspired to use a squeezy correction pen to write the song title and to add some little dots.
I finished off by lining the clouds in silver and adding some doodling.

Thanks for dropping by today, Chris

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

What to wear???

Hi everyone, finally we have a fridge freezer - just waiting for it to get to the correct temperature now and then tomorrow a big shop!!
It hasn't been so bad as I think I may have mentioned we have been able to have our freezer blocks frozen and replaced each day for our cool bag, so we have always had milk and cheese. Fortunately the local shops have been handy too and we have had a couple of meals out too! Of course for the first few days without it we were spending time at our caravan! 
We have also been able to keep fruit and veg cool on our balcony as the weather has been, well, shall I say fresh?

So…what to wear?
When I saw a pack of tissues with these sheep on I could just imagine them jumping. I prepared the page with some brushed on paint, and some background stamps. The sheep were carefully torn around(with a little help from a wet paint brush)and stuck on with multi media gel. I drew in the bounces and wrote the words with a Pitt pen. 
I realised too late that I had used an alternative spelling of 'woolly' but decided that it would be OK (one of the perks of being a Scrabble player!)
I finished it with a little doodling around the edges.

I am so enjoying seeing how many ways to keep warm there are already so Thank you so much for joining in the '101 ways to keep warm' theme at Art Journal Journey!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Home Sweet Home

Good Morning!
As you may know we like to travel around a bit, but there is nothing like coming back home.

Our new theme at Try It On Tuesday is 'Home Sweet Home'. The design team have some fabulous samples to show you and the rules are on the blog too!

It's rather different for us these days, as five years ago we moved from an old house to an apartment, the plus side is - our heating bills are down!
 My page didn't quite turn out how I planned - I just wasn't happy with it.It started as planned with a coat of gesso and some Distress Crayons, stencilled some hearts and stamped in some Lavinia words, some text and some splodges from a Lin Brown PA set.
Unfortunately my first stamping with the Woodware house didn't turn out well so I stamped it again onto some Prima patterned paper and tore it out - still not right!  
Once I had fussy cut the house I stamped several elements on the house onto different papers and fussy cut them too.
I used a Lavinia quote stamp but cut the words out and wrote 'Definitely' to add to them.

This is also my latest page for Art Journal Journey with my '101 Ways To Keep Warm'. A home with a Welcome is always warm.
What makes you feel warm? I'd love to see your journal page

I'm also looking forward to seeing what you make for TIOT, whether it be a journal page, a card or a mixed media piece. The challenge runs until 20th November.
  Thanks for looking, Chris


T Stands For ….Toulouse….

…Lautrec, well, our trip to the museum dedicated to him in Albi!
The museum is in a very impressive building, Le Palais de la Berbie, close to the cathedral, in fact it was once a Bishop's Palace.
Lautrec's full name was Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec and his parents were a Count and Countess.  He was born in 1864 in Albi. On our first evening we walked past his birthplace but the building is not open to the public - there is a restaurant in a house attached to it though.
Once in the museum hubby was happy to enjoy the building while I….
…enjoyed the information and art of Lautrec...
….and his contemporaries in the Post Impressionist era
 Lovely Jo of Let's Art Journal visited the Alphonse Mucha exhibition in Liverpool last week

 When he was 8 his parents split up he was taken away to Paris by his mother but she was concerned about his health and returned to Albi when he was 11. He always had poor health but following an accident his legs stopped growing. When he was older he returned to Paris to continue painting lessons but soon became involved in the seamier side of Parisienne life 

I loved the title of this - 'Mr, Mrs and the dog'
This was one of my favourite paintings - 'Yvette Gilbert'
Lautrec died when he was only 36

We spotted the gardens from one of the windows and hubby went down for a better look..
 …I didn't!
He got some good views though!

 This was our final shot from the font of the museum looking up at the cathedral
Now to join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday with my drink related photo!

This is from our last breakfast in Carcassonne. Our drinks were orange juice and after that we had coffee too - but no photo of that!!! Our breakfast as you can see included granola, fruit and yogurt - Oh and my daily helping of Compte cheese!

No journal page today - we finally received the code to order a new fridge freezer - it will arrive on Wednesday! Only problem was - also had a birthday party to go to so it's been a bit rushed today!

Happy T Day and Thanks for looking, Chris
ps any typos are because I am tired - I'll check after I have had a sleep!!