Sunday, 2 January 2011

Milliande Art Journal January 2011

Each January Milliande produces a video prompt a day for your art journal and this year I decided to join in.  I LoVe the first theme - starting at the end of the alphabet, and working on 'Z for Zebra' until Milliande feels she has exhausted the theme.

day one

I adore using black and white so this theme is right up my street!  I watched Milliande's video then had a hunt on the internet for some zebra images.  My zebra is a blind-ish contour drawing, a great idea from Carla Sonheim's Drawing Lab ABC for Mixed Media Artists.  

I am a bit of a perfectionist so have learnt a number of tricks to stop myself being so judgemental about my work.  I found the key really to be a kind of 'controlled randomness'!  A blind contour drawing won't be perfect because you're not looking at your paper, but it does turn out like the object to a certain degree - I love the quirkiness of it!

My 7 gypsies Paddington papers caught my eye as I gathered my supplies for this page, so I decided to use torn strips from the 'Blackfriars' sheet instead of painting stripes...just LoViN' those numerals!!!

Thanks for a great prompt Milliande, I know I'm just going to really enjoy this theme.  Day two's videos will be up shortly, and I'm also joining in with The Sketchbook Challenge so I've got some busy playtime ahead - woo hoo!!!


  1. Very interesting post Sarah - love what you made too. Off to have a look at Milliande (isn't she fab!) and have been keeping a watchful eye on the Sketchbook Challenge. I think journalling and sketching will be very popular this year. Have a lovely crafty year!

  2. I love what you are moodling about over here!

  3. Oh wow Sarah, its spectacular. Happy New Year. Annette x

  4. Sorry hun, you are a BAAAAD girl, I just got totally distracted from looking at your lovely journal by a certain Mr Tennant... am all of a dither now ROFL However, I did drag my eyes away and have to say... LOVE your page... tis ... FAB! Happy New Year hun x

  5. I always find black and White very effective in any crafting and your pages prove this point very nicely. Love the zebra too, co ordinating perfectly with the torn papers. Tracy x

  6. Oooh Sarah, I was gonna google journals to find some inspiration and here on the dashboard is all I need - thankyou so much. I love your zebra and your pages, the black and white is fabulous for what you have created. I can't see me doing something every day - but I will do what I can.
    Take care and have a good day.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  7. Your creations are absolutely stunning.

  8. This is soooo cool! I love it! The zebra and all the print is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow, this is gorgeous! Happy New year! ~Diane

  10. I think that these pages are GREAT and I LOVE your background. Everything works so well together. You're a perfectionist? Then I'm you're worst nightmare! LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by and I'm really looking forward to seeing your next pages :)


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