Monday, 29 August 2011

Kate Crane - a mini journaling inspiration!

Saturday saw my good friend Chris and I heading up to Art from the Heart, Harrogate to take this class from Kate Crane:

It's aaaaaaaaages since I took a class so I was really excited.  I love little books and have been really keen to get journaling in some, but for some reason I find it really hard.  I can happily journal on small tags, or decorate tiny squares or envelopes, but adding paint to small pages throws me!  I LoVe the colours Kate uses on her pages, well, everything about them to be honest!  They're always STuNNiNG!

I'm usually a baby wipe girl, slapping the paint on my page; Kate had us paint with a paintbrush over gessoed pages.  I HaTe gesso!  And probably for the same reason most people like it - I don't like things to move once I've put the paint down, and I know how paint etc is going to behave on paper, gesso makes it behave differently.  

I do LoVe the pages I made on the day though, and as well as learning a different way of adding the paint to the page I challenged myself to work in a different way.

 It was also great to meet people from blogland,

 and not forgetting those without blogs, and to share in Sheila's birthday cake :)  

I've worked on a couple more pages since the workshop - thanks so much for the inspiration, and for a great workshop Kate! I'm getting there I think, although I still don't get the nice, distinct areas of colour like you do ;)

unfinished; meant to try NoT working across a double paged spread in class
and forgot,  so had a go here

no gesso; bit busy this page; little tag book in bottom RH corner
is covering up a picture I added last night and didn't like!


  1. It was fab fab fab to see you again, and your pages look really great :-) You are an inspiration to me too - don't you forget that! I'm going to come to one of your classes one day. And you make me realise (and reassure me) that there is life beyond you-know-what! X

  2. Fabulous pages Sarah. Sounds like you had a fabulous time and must have been great to participate in a workshop for a change. Tracy x

  3. I love your pages Sarah, you've obviously added your own personality to them. OMG I wish I lived nearer!

  4. You are more than welcome Kate! And I reckon a trip 'up north' is needed Carol ;)

  5. Glad you enjoyed the class. Don't be afraid of gesso: embrace the serendipity it provides! Not to mention the texture. And the way you can water it down and wash it over something to give it harmony it didn't have. Or...

    I'm sorry. I meant to say what fab pages you made and you got me started on the joys of gesso!

  6. I love all your pages!! Seems everyone really enjoyed this class ( not surprised though!)
    Thanks for dropping by my blog again too.

  7. It was lovely to meet you on Saturday and what a fabulous day it was (it always is with Kate), I love the way she teaches, so relaxed, yet fun. Your pages are fantastic and I'm pleased to see that you are enjoying the mini journalling. Hope to see you again soon xx

  8. Looks as if you are all having great fun!

  9. Fabulous pages Sarah.

    I feel so lucky to have been at the same class as you :-)
    What a fun, busy day & my didn't it go too quickly!
    Hope we can meet again soon and do it all over again.

    I love, love, love your last doesn't look too busy to me..everything is working in harmony..fab idea about the tag!

    Hope you are having a great week. Gez.xx

  10. Fantastic pages, and it sounds like a good time was had by all.

    BTW, Gesso Rocks! :p

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your kind words about my lack of photos! Fortunately I'm obessive, so I have most of the pictures all filed on my computer! And it's kind of cool to read all my blog entries again.

    Have you gessoed today?

  12. Looks as if you had a great time and fancy meeting all those people we 'know' from Blogland, too - icing on the cake, methinks. Love all the work you did.

  13. My, you have been busy! Some beautiful pages too! It really was a fantastic day and over far too quickly!
    Love Chrisx


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