.. a new journal, and a challenge!
I've been struggling a bit with my journal recently. Mainly because working in a larger format I'm trying to create my own main images for the pages as I have few stamps big enough, and I also want to stretch myself and practise my drawing skills. Sometimes, though, it's good to get back in your comfort zone.
So I decided to respond to Stampotique's 2014 design team call (my stamps are organised by theme EXCEPT for my Stampotique ones, I keep them altogether as I love them so much and they co-ordinate with each other so well) and got out one of my favourite stamps - Mushroom Group
Earlier this week I sewed some bunting for school and enjoyed it so much I decided I wanted to do something 'textiley' with my Stampotique stamps. After stamping on some white felt, just with a black versamark as it's just a guide, I used a needle felting tool to add some wool before outlining the mushrooms on the sewing machine
I trimmed them, added some stamping and some distress ink to a tag then sewed on the mushrooms.
I googled 'mushroom quotes' and discovered this one,
"I am a mushroom on whom the dew of heaven drops now and then"
so put my tag in the typewriter and added it.
Then I used some diamond glaze to add drops of 'dew' to the tag, to the top of the largest mushroom and to adhere the tiny beads.
Not ready to stop I reached for a small journal and found one I bought a long while ago that looks like a paperback book (possibly purchased from Waterstones)
Inside I used more distress ink and added some stamping and stenciling...
I LoVe this size of this journal, and it contains great paper so I'll definitely be using it some more :)
Oh happy days :)
Stampotique's design call finishes tomorrow so there's still time to apply. I thought I'd apply as Stampotique images are my 'go to' stamps and I love how I can use them for collage, in textile work, on my journal pages, on tags... They make me happy!!! Stampotique ask you to describe your style - hmm, not sure what mine is - 'eclectic' springs to mind!! I love the challenge of being on a design team - it keeps you producing work on a regular basis, encourages you to visit many blogs (as you leave comments re challenges), and brings new friends .... so fingers crossed!! It's been a while now since I was on the Play Date Cafe design team. I've been a guest artist for the Artistic Stamper and been published in Art Journaling, Somerset Studio and Stampers Sampler.