Friday, 26 February 2021

Listen To Your Inner Voice

 Good morning and a very happy Friday, welcome to the weekend! Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with a page in my rag book. This is quite unusual for me as the pages don't come out, so I have to work directly into the book. I just had to put my big girl pants on and go for it!

I started with my favourite Dina paints and stencilled a very quick background. This is a lovely cotton rag book, full of texture.

Next came the scary bit! I know that you don't have to use all of a stencil, but I liked all of the words so...  I very carefully stencilled with black gesso, then walked away for it to dry completely 'cos I knew I would need to fill in the letters and I've ruined many a good pen by trying to ink over wet paint (and it was tea time so it seemed a good time to walk away) I did hope that the craft room tidying fairies would visit overnight, but they never turned up.

Much as I love this book, there's no way you can get a clear stamped image in it, so I decided to use tags. I  stamped roughly on copy paper to see where they needed to be, then stuck them together and gessoed over in white.

 I positioned the stamp right in the corner of my platform so that I could find the same place when I'd coloured her. Then I just stamped the lovely lady onto the tags, coloured her in, then re-stamped to add all the detail back.  I added a few blue stars  to tie in with the background

Then to finish, I used the same paints to make some hole reinforcers for the tags. I do believe you can buy a punch that does this, but this way I can make any size that I like.

This is the lovely stamp set that I used, and can be found here in Dot's store, along with lots of other Dina goodies which can be found here.

I hope that you like my page and that you join in with our challenge. You still have the whole weekend to make something featuring a stamp from the heaps of ranges that Dot stocks.

Have a very happy weekend, and thanks so much for looking x


  1. Hi Sue. How rude of the tidying fairies to stay away! lol
    Thanks so much for the stamping tip about restamping after colouring in. It sure beats going over everything with a black fine liner.
    Dot x
    Ink Art Designs

  2. Fabulous journal pages, well done on waiting for it to dry. If you see those fairies send them on to me! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Sue, I don't get to comment as much as I'd like to, but today's post really moved me. Your amusing words and frank pronouncements had me feeling like I was right there with you during the artistic process! I wondered how you could work in a book with such stunning results, and now you have explained that it is INDEED difficult, so you pull it "off book" and use other products, such as these tags! What a great way of using them! I learned a lot this morning, including why my craft room doesn't look any better in the mornings than it did the night before! One last thing - I had abandoned stitching my projects because I could no longer control the stitches into a straight line. I love the "untidy" knots and layers of NOT straight lines for the frames! The stencils, words, colors, EVERYTHING speak to me this morning, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing, and brightening my day. huggers, de

  4. LOL! You'd think the tidying fairies would have called in!

    Lovely art.

    All the best Jan

  5. Just fabulous - love the background and the tags layered over the top look so cool. And the colours are really uplifting.
    Alison x

  6. Yet again i'm late to visit Sue, please forgive my tardiness. How fab is this Sue, I can tell you enjoyed every creative moment. That stencil is dynamic I think I need it.. That's a clever way of using those tags, you was spot on with the stamping and painted fabulously, nice vibrancy in your choice of colours. It's a great medium to work on is cotton paper. I love it Sue.. Hugs Tracey xx


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