Saturday, 4 May 2013

April's Magical Journal Journey pages & home invasion nightmare....

After two months of not having a proper kitchen, a house full of builders, dirt and clutter - the renovation work is complete!! Hurrah! Not having a space to create or a home to ourselves has been very difficult on us all. Now we just have to tidy, sort and try to make things homely again.

For April I was gifted Lisa DiNunzio's beautifully bound journal to create in. Her theme was the colour blue. I have had to try and create on my bed, windowsill and trays which was far from ideal. I finished a little late and some parts were limited/affected by circumstance but here are my finished pages:


I began by collecting together all the 'blue' I could find in my creative stash. I used paper punches and my collection of blue papers to create the components for the blossom and leaves for this mystical tree. I then embellished with beads and added extra texture with material and stitching. I then wrote a character story for the tree: casting it in the role of the mystical 'Mother Tree'.

For the other pages I continued to stitch together fabric, paper, ribbon and bead embellishments to create a representation of the sea and my imagined Sea Angels that live there. I wrote a couple of paragraphs of fiction alluding to the Sea Angels I imagine.

Lots of fidddy components to these pages most of which were stitched together but also partly glued in places.


 Pritis Lisa (Lisa D) loves art that represents the Virgin Mary and the divine feminine. I had a stamp that I thought she'd like and embossed and glittered the image. I placed it on top of a tag background I painted using acrylics:


I then adorned the tag with some arty wool, ribbon and strung some pretty beads to make it look pretty.

The journal is now in the post but is already late. Lisa Wright who comes after me in the swap, has been very patient with my lateness and was similarly understanding last month when she had to post my too heavy journal. Therefore I've also sent her a little pressie. I can't tell you what it is but here's a look at when its wrapped up and pretty:


My recent experience has made me realise how much we value a home and space that is our own. And disruption in these areas has proven how this can affect my creative work.

  • Where do you create? Have you ever suffered a disruption like mine? How did this affect your art?


Wishing you all a happy and creative weekend  Kat :-)










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15 comments:

  1. Ha - so much for me waiting to see it when it arrives in the post... I couldn't help but peek!!

    It looks amazing Kat - I love the tree - there is energy coming from her (definitely a female!).

    Hugs

    xx

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    1. Thank you Lisa Wright Stuff :-) I hope like your pressie :-) Hugs, Kat Xx

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  2. The blues in your pages are gorgeous, Kat! And I love what you wrote about the Mother Tree. It's magical how you take bits and pieces of so many elements and create a work of art. It's what "mixed media" is all about! The colors and textures are awesome!

    I've heard that it is extremely difficult to stay in the house during construction work. Congrats on surviving it! I'm sure the end result makes it all worth it :)

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    1. Thank you Maggie :-) Mixed media is just fab for me who loves to collect pretty bits and use them in something creative. Its a good excuse for me to be a clutter nutter LOL :-)) And yes, survived only just!

      Hugs
      Kat Xx

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  3. Kat...these pages are wonderous!
    Wow wow! Fabulous colors beautiful work.

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    1. Gemma - thank you sweetpea :-) Hope you're enjoying the Magical Journal Journey so far :-)! Hugs, Kat Xx

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  4. Hi Kat!

    Your magical Mother Tree is wonderful! I love the story and I know Lisa D will love the meaning and thought you put into her beautiful pages. The sea with all the bits is clever. The tag is extra special, too.

    Lisa W's pkg looks so prettily wrapped. I am so glad for you that the remodeling is over. You can have your space back. Yay!! Happy Creating!! hugs,Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy :-) I keep thinking of stories and characters when I create bits of art. I'd like to develop them further but also like leaving people to fill in with their imaginations!
      SO happy to have our home back to ourselves :-))
      Hugs
      Kat Xx

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  5. Oh my dear Kat-sister...
    how more perfect-ly perfect could you be?
    My mom moved and lives by the sea now...not so far,
    but too fa for me, I only see her once a year now.

    Funny how you have magically sewn us back together,
    I truly love your pages
    and the piece of you too...

    I hope your "trying times" will soon ebb...
    I have been having my own in a different way.
    Love to you my friend♥♥♥

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    1. Priti Lisa - thank you sweetie :-) I'm so happy that you've found a connection and meaning with the pages I've done for you. It feels as though as we create for each other we are simultaneously weaving the threads and strengthening the bonds of our friendships. Such a fantastic experience and all thanks to you my friend, thank you!!
      BIG Hugs
      Kat XX

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  6. This is so lovely, Kat! The tree is amazing! You can't help the circumstances. I hope your new kitchen is wonderful!

    I have a dedicated space for creating, but it is kind of a mess. I need better storage. Been saying that for way too long. :)

    I hope you are enjoying the spring!

    Hugs to you!!

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  7. Kat, sorry for the delay in leaving my comments. Your tree is stunning and love the colors and all the textures too.

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  8. I don't know what is going on with my iPad, it stops and won't let me continue. Back to your beautiful work. . I love the sea colors and your pages are always so thoughtful of the person's pages you are working in. I love how all these pages are connecting us through the miles. So creative and clever as always! Bravo!

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  9. Beautiful pages Kat! Your tree in full blooming blues is just gorgeous, and your captivating stories always give an added dimension to your art. Love the embellishments you're using lately, the beads and stitching are sooo pretty!

    I can sympathize with your builder invasion woes - we had our kitchen done 2 years ago and it was a nightmare! So nice when it's all finished though and you can relax and have your home back again! xx

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  10. Hi Anne - sorry for the late reply. I've been poorly and so haven't been on the internet. Thank you for your lovely comment. Yes - storage - it seems we always need more :-) In my case at least it is due to my forever growing supply of 'stuff' that may come in useful for a future project. In my defence I do get to use the eclectic collection but sometimes it can hang around for years before I find a home for it - meanwhile leaving my house a little cluttered and in constant need of further storage! Lol :-)

    And yes, the spring weather has finally hit the UK. The sun and beautiful flowers do much to improve everyone's mood :-)

    Hope you're okay - I shall visit your blog as soon as I can.
    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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