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Monday, 17 November 2014

DV 95 Anything Goes

Our challenge at Dream Valley this week is a nice easy Anything Goes one. We are sponsored by Dilly Bean Digi Stamps and we were lucky enough to be given some of their images to work with. I chose Kiki Mermaid.
DV 95 Anything Goes
This is my first ever Art Journal page!!

Because of my ME I often want to start something but lack the energy, and then there are times that it has taken me so long to prepare something (in this case I gessoed my watercolour paper before adding Aquatints to it) I sit staring at the white space scared to start in case it all goes wrong and the time it has already taken me is wasted. But on this occasion I dived in, no pun intended.

So I added a layer of aquatints and when they were dry I stamped various underwater themed stamps from Sheena Douglass and Designs by Ryn (the bubbles) randomly across the page. I also coloured in the two seahorses and the fish with the wide tail with copics.

Kiki I had already coloured with copics and I scanned her in, already coloured and printed her out in two progressively smaller sizes, one of which I flipped round first. I fussy cut her out and glued her to the background. I had to draw her curly wurly on her tail in as I couldn’t cut that thinly and I didn’t want areas of white around it. If you get the digistamp you will have a proper curl on the bottom of her tail.

I printed the text on my pc and cut it up and stuck it down. I edged lots of things in black, and also added some glamour dust to some of the weeds, all three Kiki’s tails and the seahorses and fish tail. Finally I went all around the edge with Pebeo gold gilding wax.

I am entering this into:-

All Crafts Challenge – Oct/Nov: Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge – #285 Anything But a Card
Altered Eclectics – Anything but a Card
Art Journal Journey – Inspired by the Masters (Titian, who was known for his mythological paintings amongst other works – mermaids are of course mythological)
Crafting Musketeers – #19 Anything But a Card
Crafting When We Can – #82 Use Your Markers
Imagination Crafts – Nov: Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts – Nov: Bright Colours
Rhedd’s Creative Spirit – Nov: Anything Altered Art Goes
Scrap It Girl – Nov: Paints, Watercolours or Gelatos
The Corrosive Challenge – #212 Girly
The Crafting Cafe – Nov: Not a Card
Vintage Stamping Challenge – #26 Anything But a Card



  1. Beautiful page !
    Thank you for joining Art Journal Journey!
    Great to have you with us there!

  2. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafting Musketeers.

  3. Lovely art journal page. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey! Valerie

  4. What a great page, love the colours you've used and the images are fantastic, a very beautiful page, you must be pleased!. Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  5. I love your journal page Lyn, the colours and images look fantastic. I hope this is the first of many, look forward to seeing some more.
    Yvonne x

  6. I absolutely love your page, Lin. The colours are gorgeous and the mermaids are just adorable! Fab work!!

    love Mags B x

  7. It turned out wonderfully! Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts and good luck in the challenge!

  8. Beautiful project, a lovely scene.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Anything But A Card' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  9. Love your art journal page, great colours and the water drops, so effective.
    A lovely entry in to our November Challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit....x

    Completely understand where you are coming from re ME.....fibromyalgia does that to me.

  10. Looks fab , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) xx

  11. If it's your first journal page Lin, then I am sure there is some real treats ahead.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges and also Allsorts.

    B x

  12. Beautiful and cute journal page. Love the colors and details. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap It Girl!

  13. Super cute! Love the images you've used. I do love seahorses :)

    Thanx for playing along at CWWC this fortnight :)

  14. Swooon! Did I tell you already how fantastic this is?!!! I LOVE it Lin!!! I think your beautiful Art Journal page should be framed and put on your craft room wall!! It's just gorgeous hun, from the bubbles to the pink mermaids hair. SO many beautiful details in this gorgeous creation. I utterly LOVE it!!! Hugs, Wends x

    1. Wendy, thank you so much for such a lovely comment!

      I was so nervous at taking the first step with a page, but so glad I did. I just wish I could draw, and actually that my handwriting didn't look like a dead spider on the page, cos I could have so much more fun.

      Lin xx

  15. This page is superb, love the colours, images and the water droplet effect is fab.

    Thank you so much for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedds Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xx (DT Member)

  16. Great page. Thankyou for sharing your art with us at the Crafting Musketeers Challenge. Good Luck.Take care and happy crafting..Genny DT

  17. Gorgeous page...Love all the images & beautiful colours....Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics... Hugs May x x

  18. Love it! Thanks for playing along at Scrap It Girl!

  19. Hi Lin, this is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your fantastic project in our Not A Card challenge at The Crafting Cafe this month.
    Good Luck
    Dawn xx


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