Friday 7 September 2012

Take Another Look

For the first time in weeks I have felt like creating something - it started with me being so hooked on the Olympics, there wasn't time to do more than watch that! Then I got down in the dumps about the work situation (not resolved yet, but did get some of the missing pay today, to my immense relief!) so tonight I decided to play in my journal again.

The ever so wonderful Leandra (Mrs Paperartsy) sent me a "cheer me up" present the other day of two stamp sets - and I decided to use some of them here.  Once again, Leandra - thank you. Crafty people really are the NICEST!!

 I started by smooshing some Paperartsy Fresco paint (limelight and pea coat) about on the gesso'd page....
and toned it down with some white (snowflake); added some stencilling - this reverse chicken wire is SO my favourite stencil, and to think when I bought it and realised it was a reverse chicken wire I was disappointed... anyhow, used blue archival ink for that.   You'll see why I needed the horizontal white areas in the next picture...

...So the eyes look more natural!!

Added some stamping - used the blue archival for the script, which I stamped every which way randomly, and black for the eyes - love these, with the "take another look" between them.
Stamped the "you are jealous" text twice on some of the Paperartsy crackly tissue paper; tore it out roughly and added it to the page, with matte medium.

(I knew it wouldn't show up enough if I stamped direct over the painted background, and ordinary paper would be too opaque - this paper is perfect!!)

I really hope this kick starts my mojo now, and if I can keep positive whilst looking for a new job, then all may be well!  I wish I could do something crafty but there isn't anything locally so it looks like it will be another office job - but we'll see! Still hoping for a lottery win, but then aren't we all!!

Thank you all so much, more than you will know, for keeping me sane with your tweets and comments on the blog over the last few days!


Miriam said...

Hope all is ok. Sorry to hear you are having trouble at work.

Love your pages - well done Mr & Mrs PaperArtsy for sending you happy mail!!!!!

Smile & keep crafting!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

So sorry to hear about your work troubles and I hope things improve quickly. Great to see you creating again ao lovely of Mr and Mrs PaperArtsy to send you a gift to cheer you up . Love your pages Helen, great colours and images. Take care. Tracy x

Inkypinkycraft said...

lovely to recive a cheer up gift, crafty people are lovely! your pages look great..loove that stencil! glad at least you got some money and hoping you have better news really soon trace x

brenda said...

I really hope your work situation gets sorted soon Helen, is not surprising your Mojo is on go slow.

And the Olympics have been a huge pull for several weeks, but I wouldn't have missed them for anything.

Your journal pages look great, no sign of the missing Mojo last night and I love fusion of blue and green.

Have a lovely weekend.

B x

Alison said...

Your page looks fantastic Helen!
Glad to hear you've got some of the pay that's owed, hope things get sorted soon.
Alison x

sam21ski said...

Hi Helen

So pleased you've got a bit of crafty mojo back, nothing more worrying than money I guess, but at least you got some with more promised, so that's a start!!

How lovely of Leandra to send you some goodies too - you lucky lady.

Keep smiling,

Sam xxx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous pages.

Gabrielle said...

Love, love, love your journalling as you know and this is terrific! Love how you have got so much depth and texture... confused as to the reverse chicken wire stamp - it looks like chicken wire to me... what's reverse about it? Yours, a little dim... x

Carmen said...

Love this page and the quote and the eyes and, and... just everything :D Made me smile!

Yay for happy mail and getting a little of what you're owed. Fingers crossed you get the rest now x

Lynn Stevens said...

Well hi Helen was such a lovely surprise to see your comment on my blog. Was wondering where you've been. Great pages glad to see your back at it.
hugs Lynn

Lori said...

So sorry about your job Helen, was hoping it would have worked out, but I guess not! Best wishes finding new employment, I'm sure something will come along! Wonderful pages!

JoZart Designs said...

All things changed and you will soon have a change of luck and life will even out for you. You are doing so well keeping cheery.
How nice of Leandra to send you a gift.
love Jo x

Monique's art said...

Sorry to hear about the work trouble hope it will turn out ok. Love the aj