Sunday, 8 September 2019

“We are the cave, the hand and the paint on them both.”

week, I had to make a mad dash postcard as I've lost my most beloved book with all the themes in it.

i've used images from ART TEA LIFE on ETSY

Mandy xx

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Let the little Fairy inside you FLY

wow cannot believe it is so long since I blogged! hopefully my mojo has returned now with a vengeance

here's my collage postcard.... thanks for my fave theme ever Cindy

Mandy xx

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

with grace in your heart, and flowers in your hair

This week, June is joining us on SPA as hostess with the theme of FLOWER GIRL.

My first thoughts of course were of the FLOWER FAIRIES and I've chosen to use the Poppy

a wonderful and unusual theme, thanks June

Mandy xx

Monday, 6 May 2019

I love to sit in a chair....

and look out of the window and do nothing ~ Ingmar Bergman

this week's theme on SPA is CHAIRS

here is mine...

Mandy xx

Friday, 3 May 2019

wow what a month

A whole month has passed since I last blogged... I really must must MUST blog at least once a week. It seems blogging is taking a backseat because of all the other social media we post to. It's so easy just to share a picture to Instagram or Facebook.But I enjoy blogging and so want to make more effort.

Postcards I've made but have been too late to upload for the SPA challenge

I made this canvas for someone special

Here at Octopode Towers we have fostered two small disabled dogs. They are from Romania and have small disabilities

thanks for sticking with me.
lots of love
Mandy x

Friday, 5 April 2019

Like a rolling stone....

Earlier this week, I was watching an interesting (if somewhat long) documentary on Bob Dylan... and so that is what inspired me this week for our theme on SUNDAY POSTCARD ART of HOUSES.

I created a set of houses, using vintage tickets from buses, rides, etc.

I've used some of the lyrics from the Bob Dylan song 'like a rolling stone' I always wonder if it was written about Edie Sedgewick.

#sundaypostcardart    #postcardchallenge   #postcardart

Mandy xx

Monday, 1 April 2019

if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough

This week, the wonderful Katrin chose the theme of EINSTEIN for Sunday Postcard Art this week.

Here's mine

For my postcard, I found this picture of Albert Einstein as a child on Pinterest. Underneath all the layers there's a copy of his grades too. and a postage stamp.

Mandy xx

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Perfume is Personal Magic

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is PERFUME chosen by Hazel

loved making this one
There are so many layers on this one... i started with a base of several layers of old book papers, then layered some rice paper on top from Stamperia. then various paint and collage layerings

last week's theme was chosen by Cindy and was PUZZLES... I actually made it last week but I was waiting for a quote to finish it off.

mandy xx

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them

This week, our theme on Sunday Postcard Art is AFRICA... it was chosen by my friend Sabine.

well, I thought, I have a set of stamps that have African animals on... could I find them... no!
next plan was to use a napkin... a friend of mine Umut has sent me a few napkins to use. And an African style was in the stash... so out it came.

The elephant and tree are from the napkin.... this is my second piece of napkin because Im so heavy handed with the clear gesso I completely ruined the first one. i love that you can see the layered collaging underneath the napkin layer. There's also a postage stamp there from Africa. The rest is painted and texture pasted and a tiny bit of stamping.

Thanks for looking
come over and play with us

Mandy xx

Take 5 March

There's a lady I follow on youtube called SimplyCreativeKyra... she does these journal page prompts once a month, and I was feeling inclined to join in this month... need to get out of this funk Im finding myself in.

the 5 prompts this month were
washi tape
tissue paper

this is my finished journal page.... i know a lot of journalers do double page spreads, but Im a single girl and tend to stick to single pages mostly... (although I have been known to do a doubler)

my creative steps
tissue paper
washi tape
 bit of gesso
 doodles/border and texture paste

Mandy xx

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Nothing is as old as yesterday's news

This week's theme on Sunday Postcard Art is NEWSPAPER ... it was chosen by Marion :-) I love the theme but alas I am not a fan of newspapers

I don't read newspapers, or watch the news. It's probably totally irresponsible of me and un-adult. But Little A usually tells me what's happening in the world. Besides the environmental factor there is generally no reason for not watching the news except believing things that we are told to believe. I do think we are manipulated by the media into thinking things that aren't true.

When I see newpapers, i just think of trees... and litter. On the buses around Derby they give you a free newspapers and by the end of the day, the newspapers are littered all over the bus.

here's my postcard, i've used papers, a newspaper stamp. rub-ons. tim holtz paper doll.

the beginnings of the process. lots of layers of ephemera to start with then using a newspaper stamp, and crackle paste
 here's the stamp i used... not sure where it's from.
Mandy xx

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in nature

This week's SPA was chosen by Astrid... she does some amazingly gorgeous Vintage style work. The theme being VINTAGE FLORALS ... yay I thought what a great and general theme....

then.... I was stumped... until last night when I sat down, got my collage images out and had a play. I had packed all my art stuff away as I had had yet another hounding visit from the council. So with the art stuff packed away, Id clearly packed away my motivation too.

Luckily, I have a bountiful stash of the Tim Holtz paperdolls at hand as I have yet to purchase any new ink for my printer. I have so many preprinted images anyway. I felt sure I could find something to work with.

This is the second postcard I made, I layered up the background with vintage papers, then used a napkin with flowers on it in the background. I added texture paste and the paperdolls, The flowers are cut from a scrapbook paper.
This way my first postcard for this theme... i love the colours on this one. i wasn't too sure if I had added enough florals.

I was in the mood to get messy I know that. lol

Mandy xx

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