Friday 16 October 2015

Art Journalling with Tim

Art Journalling with Tim  
Hello There Everyone
Today I am thrilled to bits to be one of the Guest Designers over at A Vintage Journey. Its such a fantastic blog with so many super talented Creative Guides that it really is an honour to have been given this wonderful opportunity. Thank you so much to everyone at AVJ!

Its Alison's Challenge theme this month and Alison can be found not only at AVJ but also here 
- be sure to pay her a visit as Alison is an incredibly talented crafter and such an eloquent blogger. Alison  has chosen 'Art journalling with Tim' as her theme and here's what she has to say 
We would love to see some art journalling from you, Tim style. Your journal can be any size, format, or type, but let's see some Tim techniques, grunge or vintage style, and of course any Tim products are welcome.

Art journalling is something I had always considered doing from way back in my pencil sketching and painting days but never really got any further than the thought itself until last year that is when I bought a journal and began to dabble. I had the idea that I would create a page every month at the very least. Needless to say, and much to my regret, that hasn’t happened and I have only a few entries to date. The pages I have created so far are all hand drawn and painted – both images and text – few stamps and techniques involved, just simple pencil, paint and ink work .

So when I found out Alison had chosen 'Art journalling with Tim' as this months theme I thought 'Great, this is an opportunity for my old journal and I to get reacquainted!!'  Hahaha! Oh yes, that was the thought!!( me and my thoughts , hey)
However, with the journal open I hit a wall!!  How do I journal Tim style?  What was I going to do? Where was I going to start? What if I made a mistake when I’m creating a page for a Guest Design Spot .......I guess you could say I had 'Creative Fright!'
After a long hard chat with myself, my perfectionist demons and my self doubt I decided to be brave and just go for it, get some ink on the pages then maybe it would all come together from there and it did indeed do just that!

I added colour to the journal pages using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress technique and several colours of distress ink (Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Twisted Citron). Once the pages were dry I added more colour using Distress inks and a blending tool.
a few close ups of sections of the wrinkle free technique 

I then added detail using a few of Tim's layering stencils ( Bubbles, Dot fade)and Distress Inks( Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire ) ,mostly Tim's stamps( Speckle, Script, Splat and Cobalt and Jet Black  Archival Inks and finished off with a spritz of perfect pearls. (sadly the camera hasn't picked up the shimmer of the perfect pearls but  it does show slightly on one of the later photos) 

 a few close ups of the stamped and stencilled pages

The Vintage Globe stand is painted in Black Soot Distress Paint and heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  The land mass is covered with sand texture paste and painted with Crushed Olive Distress Paint with touches of Ground Espresso Distress Paint to pick up the texture . 
The Crazies are painted using Tim's watercolour technique and Distress inks (Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord).  One of the dies from Tim's Scribbles and Splats Thinlit dies created an ideal perch for two of the Crazies. The other would sit on the Vintage Globe . 
I gave each of my Crazies a tweet bubble which I have translated for you just in case your not familiar with ‘tweet’! 
Finally, I added my chosen quotes to my pages and here is my take on 'Art Journalling with Tim'

My pages are all about having the courage to be yourself in this crazy world, to be brave, to take risks, to step outside your comfort zone and even when in doubt or being doubted by others , do it anyway - who knows you may just amaze yourself and those around you and it may make you feel like you're on top of the World!

After all my initial angst about 'Art Journalling with Tim' creating these pages turned out to be a real hoot! Gotta love those Crazy Birds !!! 

If you fancy having a go at 'Art Journalling' with Tim you still have time to enter this months challenge
just head over to A Vintage Journey's blog, checkout the rules and then open your journal and create.

Once again Thankyou so much to all you lovely ladies at AVJ for inviting me to share my work today on your blog and to Alison for reminding me I had a journal that was long over due some more entries .

I would like to enter my journal pages into the following challenges 
I used inks and stamps 
I painted the birds using watercolours 
Thanks Everyone for taking the time to stop by today.  As always your visits and comments are much appreciated.
I have another journal entry to share and of course Tim's tag for October is currently in the making so hope to see you again real soon  
 Wishing you all a lovely weekend  
Take care 
Amanda xx


  1. Wow Amanda - you certainly rocked the art journalling challenge! You know how much I love the wrinkle free technique and I just LOVE the huge number of colours you have used in your background and the subtle overstamping. Fabulous use of the birds as well. A wonderful art journal page. Jennie x

  2. Congratulations Amanda on yet another well deserved spotlight at AVJ! Seems you can turn your arty hands and imagination to any genre - your pages are truly brilliant! Love the bright and bold colours and the whole scene is very inspirational. Wonderfully clever! Nicola x

  3. Lovely pages Amanda, love those colours using thecwrinklecfree distress technique. The birds look fabulous showcased in your pages and I love the text . Lovely to have you as a guest. Tracy x

  4. Love your pages Amanda, great backgrounds and fab colouring on the crazies too x

  5. Love your pages Amanda, great backgrounds and fab colouring on the crazies too x

  6. Not quite sure where to begin - the wonderful array of colours you used for your background look absolutely stunning Amanda - you certainly had no need to be worried, the results you achieved are lush! The sentiment is perfect and I just adore the crazy birds, they are such fun - especially the one on top of the globe. You really are a very talented artist and I have loved seeing how you brought this beautiful piece of art together! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Fabulous Amanda, your background is really great!!

  8. Congratulations you rocked the style! Hugs Jan x

  9. This is awesome work Amanda - absolutely love it!! hugs rachel x

  10. What fantastic depth and super colour mixed with such a fun design on your Journalling pages. Brilliant.
    Julie x

  11. Wow Amanda! Now that is one brilliant background!!! Looove the colours. Looove the crazy birds!
    Dot x

  12. Your AJ pages made me smile these crazy birds are such fun, brilliant background colours.

  13. Hi Amanda
    Cannot resist to congratulate you again on your blog too...
    And ooh, happy to discover a fabulous page in your Art Journal, so cute and beautiful!!!! (also pinned in one of my Pinterest galleries! :)
    Wishing you a great week-end Amanda, take care
    Coco xx

  14. This is so, SO wonderful Amanda. I love it loads. It's colourful, fun and meaningful all at the same time! Genius!
    Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Poppy and me send gentle hugs xxx

  15. This is a really wonderful piece! Of course the background is STUNNING and I love how you created a whole entire scene here. The sentiment you included is inspiring and the way you arranged the birds make it seem like they really are interacting. This is both sophisticated with all of those beautifully-blended tones and whimsical. Congratulations on a job well-done and thank you so much for sharing your skills with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  16. Such an awesome project!

    Thank you for joining us in the Craft Stamper challenge!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  17. I left some love over at AVJ at the time, but just catching up to say thank you so much for a glorious guest offering. These pages are absolutely wonderful.
    Alison xx

  18. Love, Love, Love this!! The background looks amazing (love the colours) and those Crazy Birds do it for me every time! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge .... good luck! Linda xx

  19. What a wonderful spread. Really great backround. The birds are fantastic and the little bubble speach just makes the whole thing. Lovely.

  20. Gorgeous pages I love the colours, thanks for joining us at the Craft Stamper Challenge. Elizabeth x


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