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So I’ve been under a rock, at the back of the cave n have totally missed the whole Bullet journalling craze, but if you will still have me, I’m IN! As a stationary junkie it doesn’t just call to me it positively screams. Pens, pencils, planners mmmmm nom nom nom.

Being Present

Winter is hell on wheels for my anxiety and depression and I’m trying to approach this season with a little more TLC, and some stash to keep me company under the purple fleece blanket fort. What better than a mug of tea, a mug of pencils, a mug of pens and a journal? 1st November also starts PAD (Poem a Day) challenge over on Writers Digest blog. So my moleskine will be there for that too.

It still is all about the stash, isn’t it. Oops!

I’ve been tracking what I eat and activity in the day to try to manage anxiety and depression, seeing what foods make it worse or what helps. I have a bit of a mixed view on mindfulness BUT I’ve just been investing in Lou Collins pens and last night some of Kelly Creates pens and stamps and some other planner stamps. Amazon UK currently have a book called How to bullet Plan: Everything you need to know about journalling with bullet points by Rachel Wilkerson Miller I got the Kindle version for 99p last, its good but not easy to see the illustrations, I’ll try looking at it on the laptop reader n see if they show up better.I think I’ll be getting this book in paperback too. I treated myself to a Morsler Bullet journal stencil set from Amazon too. I have a collection of fine liners and a stash of various brush pens to play with once I get the hang of it.

Planners?????

Hmm, I can see the appeal of the dots, for precision lining up, and lickable smooth paper (soz I don’t really lick paper but there are pen and paper combos which are like Galaxy chocolate n make me want to) That said my dyslexia would have a melt down with all those dots! With a line of text my eyes already do pinball rally between words, anything patterned or like these dots repeated and my eyes would be all over the place! No don’t think dots will be where I’ll start. I have a lush, truly LUSH Filofax in A5, Malden in the Teal LOVE it, its so smooth and because the leather is soft it lays flat. So while I learn how all this works me thinks, some printer paper and Malden to see how I go, I’m not going out so I don’t have to haul it anywhere and if a page goes awful it will be easier to remove it. I can imagine makeing lettering pages in different sections with quotes on them, like in the Peace planner of Kelly’s. I love that so much but didn’t go for it only because I struggle with dexterity to open ringbinders, at least Filofax has a release mechanism. It also means I can add in various types of papers. Turns out dear Filofax might have noticed their planners being used this way and for those tempted, they also sell dotted paper for the binders. Here is a link to the A5 Filofax dot paper.

Do you have any planner favorites? I’m thinking A5 and smooth paper that won’t bleed through with water based fine liners and brush lettering. Has anyone got a Webster’s Pages colour crush binder in A5? I’m in love with the soft lilac {swoons} Does it lay flat on the desk? I have limited dexterity and don’t want to be fighting with it. Told you I was a stationary junkie.

Blogs n You Tube channels

A change for me, usually I share them this time I’m asking for any of your favorite Bullet Journal You Tube channels and blogs. Please leave details in the comments.

I’m in stationary heaven, I don’t want rescuing but a food parcel would be welcome, I just found the website for Webster’s Pages. Woahhhhhhh! I want to live there.

Thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

 

 

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Brush Lettering

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Ohh sign me up, I love a bit of lettering when my hands allow, do you? I pounced on Lou Collins Brush Lettering set on C&C yesterday and have found more inspiration about this on You Tube n Twitter, so here are some brush lettering artists and links for us to enjoy.

Lou Collins

Ohh I got so excited seeing her brush lettering on C&C yesterday, and went for the big kit, which was a bit daft for me, only in that being dyslexic, means that if letters change too much from how I expect to see them, then I can’t read the words BUT she said once the method has been learnt, then you can apply it to whatever style you like. So I’m in and very excited.

Here are a few places you can find Lou’s lettering.

At the time of writing Create and Craft was the only place where you can purchase her product line.

Extra supplies

I have Tombow Art and Graphic pens and other brush markers by Kuretake Zig to play with, like Clean Color Real Brush pens to do this longer term and watercolours so for once, I’ve got half the kit needed to progress. I hadn’t got on too well in the past when I tried brush lettering because like Lou said on the show, I had also used lots of papers practicing and not getting far because the pens and papers I was using weren’t compatible. I like how her practice sheets are wipe clean so you can practice as much as you like without hitting the trees too hard. I love the watercolour backgrounds and would love to use my watercolours and Lou’s markers to create pieces or journal pages with words or phrases that mean something to me. In later show’s she said her markers are pigment ink so you can emboss them if you wish, it also means once dry, they won’t move so I can add watercolour ‘backgrounds’ after I’ve done lettering 🙂 versatile n great for mixed media pieces then. This is going to be fun. I also invested in the smooth cardstock they had on the show for this and so I can see if it will play nicely with getting back to a little Ranger inky action.

Can’t wait to have a play with this brush lettering idea. I can see me putting a sheet of clear acetate over a calligraphy book I have, to learn more alphabet styles this way too.

The lettering style Lou was showing yesterday reminded me of a stylised version of copperplate which gives the thin thick strokes like this. Lou’s pens look easy to use too, less scary than a bottle of ink and a nib you are scared might snap if you press too hard. The other great thing is that you can do this with minimal supplies so if you want to do this when out and about then a small notebook and a pencil case and you are good to go.

Kelly Creates

Kelly Creates Kelly Klapstein is a Canadian artist, can’t tell you more only just found her and want to investigate this too. but sounds like Art from the heart is where you can soon get her products. Ohh yes just had a quick look, bullet journalling and brush lettering this will be a website that will have me reading for hours. Wish I had ink for the printer. Quick tip, if you want to save money on lamination sheets, lay a sheet of acetate over your print outs so you can reuse them. Don’t have acetate, how about those pockets sold for ringbinders 🙂 long as you are using pigment or waterbased pens they will wash off ok. Kelly has You Tube channel too

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

 

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My creative Muse has been calling me back to my inks. I feel called to mixed media but now the craft studio is no longer habitable its limiting what and where I can create. Turns out while I’ve been at the back of the cave hibernating, my fave Adirondack inks are no more 😦 that makes me sad.

The story so far. The studio space (part of the shed outside) is no longer habitable, it hasn’t been for a long time but the time has come for me to admit that to myself and release to the world what was in there. I rescued the stamps that were most precious to me, un-mounted them and left the rest to the fates. They are now going to be rehomed.

The pencils I’m very thankful I brought indoors when I did as now even inside the cupboards the mould that covers the ceiling and walls is also creating a lot of damp in there too, even stuff inside a cupboard inside a box has a layer of dusty green mould.

A lot has happened, I no longer feel called to make cards, my heart just isn’t in it. I would love a messy space where I could keep drawers of paint,easy to hand, and space to throw ink and paint around n not have to worry if it hit the wall or floor, but that is no longer my story. I am finding the process sad and painful, but its not worse than knowing it HAS to be done and stressing about the how.

Circling the wagons

Life laundry. Do I use it…no. Do I need it..no, do I want it? Parts of me do but not in its current state, it all holds so many memories of what WAS but can no longer be. 4 years ago, when (it) first happened, I had a desire to burn the lot, dump the lot, I just couldn’t be around it. I left the studio closed, unloved, forgotten but not forgotten. The irony, now I feel called back to it, time has moved on in there, nature has reclaimed an unused space and now a lot of it is unusable.

I am not the person I used to be, I journal, I write poems, I have been exploring Jane Davenport classes, they can be done with less supplies when your energies are low. I got by on a pencil case with a pencil, putty eraser, a few fine liners and a sketchbook. Gradually the water colours called so there is a box of those and a water brush. They tempted me back to my many and varied coloured pencil collection. The acrylics call but they feel a step too far, tangling with a box to get them out, the clear up before I can eat on the table. So yeah, they sit in the box and wait for me.

Watching a craft TV show, my first in ages, I saw Tim Holtz n Ranger stuff, I was sad, remembering all the cut n dry foam I had carefully mounted onto the wooden blocks I had found in a craft store and that they too had gone rotten. I decided to invest in a few of Rangers ink pad handles and the show sent free Tim Holtz book. It called me back, the nylon back on the foam was ok to remove from the blocks, I had 3 so I wouldn’t have to swap them too much during a certain project. I made a background and used the Tim Holtz stamp platform I had bought earlier in the year. I need better card stock, what I used wasn’t perfect. But I remembered the joy of the inks and colours.

The Tim Holtz Stamp platform by Ranger has been great, my fine motor skills are worse so blocks have been a bit much but this platform means the bigger stamps are now possible. Maybe one day I’ll have the strength to gradually go through the stamps I saved and re mount them again. I feel more called to mixed media and journalling and adding sketches to my words.

Its been about ten years since I started to make cards, I just don’t have the heart, dexterity or energy for it now. I was just watching Sara from Crafters companion on C&C, tempted me to rebuy the eneloper and box making board but I’ve sat on my hands. I have a Scor It board that lets me easily score card, and the card stock stash I had, is also in the process of going. I’m trying to avoid landfill as much as possible. so donating to charities that can reuse things with kids groups, or sell on to raise their funds.

My heart hurts in this process, but there comes a time when that saying  about ‘staying tight in the bud is more painfull than opening up.’ A wise man Stephen Baker told me once, ‘You never have to have this day again’. He also said ‘Its ok to try’. I know the process is going to be hard, painful on many levels and involve many tears. Evolution takes a lot of time and energy, a lot of processing

BUT

Lessons noticed

I can’t say learned, this lesson will be repeated until its understood, it has been repeated to me more times than I care to share.

I did save the most precious things to me, at the start. The lesson was, showing me how much I had ‘saved’ out there in the past, because it was too nice, too special to use and that when you do that, and wait too long, the moment passes. Now I am not running after every pretty shiny thing that comes on TV. I have no where to put it and no real need for it. Now I come to this hobby with discernment. I am trying to look at where I am right now. Who I am right now, what I make and who I make it for, then and only then do I consider if what is show will fit with that and help it or is just the latest flower and not for me. I buy artist quality paint because I know it will be a more pleasant experience than the student quality, that by doing so, I will want to use it.

It is Autumn, the leaves are falling, the nights drawing in, it is the season of endings, the lesson in all this is change. It is the way of the world, I can hate change as much as I want but it won’t stop it happening. Like my Dad used to say ‘There is a time for everything’, I won’t finish that quote it makes me cry. He was very stoic about his terminal illness, ‘a time to be born’ and all that. Last week would have been his birthday and was also another anniversary of my husbands passing. I HATE this time of year with a passion, too many anniversaires of those who have passed. Colour for me right now, is a way to express the thoughts feelings and emotions that are beyond words but need to be expressed. Screaming in colour on the page, scribbling in pencils, crayons is very therapeutic.

This is the page that I’m on. I want to blog, to create, to make and will do so, as and when pain levels allow. Usually at this point I would apologize profusely for this not being a happy positive post. But it is what it is, the world isn’t all puppies, kittens etc. Sometimes its necessary to be truthful for how your world is for you, and if we all did that, maybe we would see a need in each other, and be kinder to each other along the way. Faking isn’t helping anyone, pretending you are ok when inside you are crying means no one knows you could do with a hand. The world needs us to be honest with each other. There is way more fake than just fake news.

May you find the thing that makes you smile, and may you find others who share your journey with kindness love and respect.

Sending you peace love and light

Billie

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The classes with Jane Davenport have been going REALLY well, I need to get some pictures on here don’t I. Today I dug out my Zig Art n Graphic Markers to see how they went colouring in my sketches. Here are the results

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Zig Art & Graphic markers, with Faber Castell Artist Pitt Pens on WHSmiths paper

Its not the best photo sorry uploading from a tablet as laptop low on memory. The paper is WHSmiths 135 gsm and to be fair its not for wet media, it took one layer of pen fine but the additional layers of pen did pull up the surface. But what was a worry was the fact that the Faber Castell Pitt Artist pen which is India ink and waterproof; moved and smudged when I got the Zig Marker near it, this was a surprise as the Zig pens are waterbased so should have had no effect on the marker.

 

I quickly scribbled on a different area of the page and also used my nail to carefully move the black ink of the rubber nib of the Zig pen, since the Pitt pen ink is waterproof I didn’t want it to dry on the Zig pen. Luckily it did come off.

I am new to the world of markers, and know enough that regular papers are not ideal for them. I used to use a very nice paper by Rey but they don’t seem to be around any more, I used to get it in Staples. If anyone reading this can recommend a good paper for water based markesrs I would really apreciate it.

These sketches were from the class ‘Express Yourself’, I had previously taken Jane’s Supplies me class which is all about which kinds of products work the best for her style of art. I also enjoyed Beautiful Faces and the book of the class too. I need to put up some more photos of sketches in a while. In the meantime do check out my previous post where you can find details of Jane’s classes.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

 

 

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This art blog has been neglected for such a long time. I have good reasons, my soul just hasn’t been in a painty, stampy space. Stampy yes, but not art stamps, foot stamps instead…Its been survival 101 and there just wasn’t strength for art and creation but enough of that, I’d just like to thank everyone who still pops by this blog and to let you know I am still breathing and would very much like to get back to some art play. My mojo has twitched, I searched Mixed Media Art on You Tube and have found some wonderful new creative mentors; I want to let you know who is inspiring me right now.

Dina Wakley

Some years ago I heard of this lady when I first got into art journalling but North Light books have this thing about putting patterns under their text and being dyslexic I can’t read that so I haddn’t bought her book. Then this week while searching on You Tube I watched her drawing faces tutorial and BOOM, OMG  WOW pick your happy word but I am so impressed, I am hooked and have bought some of her stamps and have her two books on order..why?  Well I watched this.

had a go and drew the best face ever…can’t show you as my computer is nearly out of memory so playing with photos is a problem right now. But it wasn’t a fluke as my negativity told me, I drew again the next day and it still went well YEY happy dance of the highest order.

Next I watched this

Haven’t got the paints out indoors, the studio roof has an issue, long story but lets just say its not habitable and I’ve ‘rescued’ what I can but I haven’t energy right now to get a lot of stuff out only to have to put it away to use a table to eat from. So the painting will take longer to get back to. but the drawing is going great..not easy when your meds give you double vision!

I’ve also ordered her wings stamps I want to use them to put inspirational quotes in.

{sigh} looks like I need to buy an external hard drive so I can put pictures in, or else this is going to get boring eh 😦 eek not a tech head 😦

Jane Davenport

Whilst on Amazon ordering Dina’s books they also said I might like Drawing faces by Jane Davenport ….OH YES PLEASE! (Weetabix for me for a while but hey its trad for artists not to eat, right hehe) I’m struggling with her website running slow but my internet isn’t fast either. Her online classes look very tempting and there is a free mixed media one mentioned too so I might well give that a go. Give my mojo some soul food.

For those inspired but low on funds Jane has a free mixed media course I will put in the links section.

I’m trying to find a UK stockist of Jane’s stamps as I’d like those face elements one mentioned on her You Tube channel.

In Other news

I have been writing poetry on and off for these last two years, its as much as my muse could manage. I’m still in a dark place, but at lease my muse has opened the curtains and my mojo has poked its head out from under the covers. Depression and grief are not good friends to creativity. Some times you just gotta do what you gotta do to keep breathing, and creativity is a luxury, one I would like to come back to. please please, please let me. For my poems please visit my other blog; A Space to Heal

My computer is low on memory and doesn’t like to work so I have tended to let it be. It has also been in computer hosptal and my internet ran so slow over November-January that opening any pages wasn’t happening, so that too keeps me off line.

Links

  • Dina Wakley
  • Jane Davenport (anyone else finding this page dead slow to open? its very image heavy so maybe that’s why and I do have the slowest internet n computer in the world).
  • Free mixed media class with Jane Davenport
  • That’s Crafty, my new favorite Craft shop online
  • Nika in Wonderland OMG her art is amazing! Thank you Nika your videos have helped me find the mojo that has been lost for so long, and helped me find Dina and Jane to help me draw faces like the ones you do. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

I promise to write when I can. I have missed this blog dearly and missed my creativity too.

There is a quote which sums things up well; ‘Sometimes its ok if all you did today was breathe.’ Most of the time, its survival 101; eat, drink, sleep.

I am not the same person who began writing this blog, my losses have changed me, beyond what could be dreamed was possible and not in good ways. I’m still trying to find who I am, where I am going and a softer way to exist right now. When not on here you can find me on A Space to Heal but I do post different stuff on there, not about art. A Space to Heal is where you can find my poetry and links to support for MH issues.

I hope you all are enjoying your creativity and if anyone knows of any mixed media forums that are not on Facebook I would love to hear about them, I miss UK Stampers forum.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie xxxxxxxxxx

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On the first of April 2016, there is a Poem A Day Challenge over on Writers Digest. I took part in this in November and really enjoyed it. Not striving to keep to the deadline, but enjoying writing to the prompts in my own time. They also do a weekly poetry prompt on a Wednesday, yesterday the prompt was: ‘Preparation’ here is my poem in response to that prompt.

I’m circling my wagons,

Gathering books and pens beside

For a Poem a Day in April

My excitement, I cannot hide

 

What isn’t there, to love about this?

It joins several of  my passions,

My love of all things stationary

And writing too a passion.

 

I tell all I know, about this site,

So they can find it too

And there will be more of us

To enjoy the writing too.

 

If you would like to find out more about the Poem a Day Challenge, it is being held over on the Writers Digest website, see links below.

Links

I can’t promise to post one everyday, its often better to sit with words for a while, to let them evolve into a finished piece, but I hope readers will enjoy the prompts on the site and play along if you would like too. You will be able to read my poems on my other blog A Space To Heal

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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As regular readers will know, I have not been able to create for a while, no energy, no mojo. BUT I have been writing poetry as a way to express my feelings and to heal. With Mothers Day coming up, I printed some of my poems out and bound them in a book for my Mother in Law. For those of you who write and would like to create your own books, here is how I went about it.

My first printed Poetry book

OK I appologise now for not including pictures with this, book needed to go into post, so I didn’t have time to photograph it but hey.

First I created a Word document. Added a cover page, a blank page for a table of contents and then began to write out the poems.

I gave each poem a new page, wrote in the title, highlighted it, then; clicked on Styles and selected Heading 1 for the title of the poem but I could have used Title too. Do this for every title in the document.

After writing in the verses, I put in a mark for a paragraph, to add a little space and then used ‘Insert’ and ‘Page break’ after each one. The meant each poem would have its own page.

Table of Contents

After doing this for all my poems; I went back to my blank page to create a table of contents. To do this; as long as you used the styles box for each of your poems titles.

  • Click on styles box,
  • Click on the headings you want to include in your table of contents
  • Click where you want your table of contents to be, (on my blank page at the start of the book)
  • On ‘References’ tab, choose ‘Table of Contents’ and from the drop down menu, you can choose a layout style you like.

Hey presto, all your poem titles are listed as well as their page numbers 🙂 if you change the order of the poems after you create your table of contents, be sure to go back to that page and click on ‘References’ and the ‘Table of contents’ again, a box appears that says update table, choose; Update entire table.

Check out visual details on Microsoft word help pages

Printing A4 collection of pages into an A5 Booklet

Now for whatever reason, I was not able to follow the video tutorial on this for Word 2007 as I just didn’t have the same options on my Pages box that was shown on the video BUT there is always more than one way to do some thing so… I checked the book was ready to print, everything typo checked etc and looking as I’d like it too. Then I saved it as a PDF version.

Then I followed these instructions for how to print my A4 document out in what would be folded to create the A5 book. My thanks to Michael J. Brighton at the Kent Archery Association, for creating these instructions. Booklet Printing

I went for single sided printing and put it back into the printer to print the second side afterwards and it worked fine 🙂

Binding style

There were only 16 pages to my book at 4 sides per A4 page it was thin enough to bind in a single signature. I used pamphlet stitch to bind my resulting book. Another time, I will add additional chapters to my book and bind them with Coptic stitch to create a thicker book that will open easily and lay flat on the table for comfortable use.

Checkout my tutorials for basics of preparation for bookbinding and then to bind using Pamphlet stitch try Sea Lemon for easy ideas. See my Bookbinding tutorials by others for options for binding styles.

I hope you give this a try, and check out the bookbinding tab at the top of the blog for lots of resources, supplies, and tutorials.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading,

 

Billie 🙂