Wednesday, 3 July 2013


I have signed up to Passport to Art this month. During July I will be working in an Atlas that I bought at a charity shop.  Bernice suggested that in advance pages are torn from the book leaving one for each day plus a couple more if you want to do double pages or add anything extra.  So on my workspace today (actually the dining room table again!) is my Atlas minus a pile of torn out pages.  I was quite excited about removing these because it occurred to me I can sew these together and make more books!  Or I can use them in other ways. I love maps!

Also on my workspace is the paint I used.  Tester pots from a well known DIY Store.  They had a large range of colours and were selling them off cheaply.  Nearly all of them are chalk based and as I have been using PaperArtsy paints which are also chalk based I thought I would give these a try to see if they were a suitable substitute for some projects.  So far so good!!  I won't use them for anything special, but where I want to be experimental, I am happy to try out different mediums.  On these pages I covered the page in the paint using two colours, then when it was nearly dry I gave a spray of white Dylusions.  It has worked well as a base cover and more layers will be added to my pages using masks and other techniques.

Bernice is giving daily prompts and tutorials, including a quotation for the page. I haven't got as far as adding these as I only discovered the course a couple of days ago. But I am catching up and enjoying the messy play. Another suggestion was to add masking tape before painting, then lift to reveal the page underneath. I like this effect and I added white Dylusions spray after which helped to soften and blended the strips. 

If you want to go check out this course for yourself you will find details here.  I will be posting more photos as I complete the pages.

Another thing on my workspace this week is my sewing machine.  I do not want to show this as it would reveal giveaways that I am making for my new monthly challenge that starts this Friday 5th.  If you like photography you may like to check it out.  Called '5 in 5' you are invited to take 5 photos in 5 minutes and then post....  you've got it.... your favourite 5!  There is more information here so please pass on details to anyone you know who might be interested.

Meanwhile over at Julia's there are lots of other exciting projects and workspaces being shared.  You never know what you might find, so why not pop over and say hello.  Thank you for visiting and have a good week.


  1. The soft cloudy effect you have created is most attractive, and I am a lover of maps too! I am very tempted to follow your link. Looking forward to seeing more :).

  2. What a cool idea. I can't wait to see what you do with the Atlas. April #128

  3. I love maps too!! So I'm looking forward to seeing what you create with those :) The cloudy effect in the journal is clever...and just from tester pots! Amazing!
    Hugs. LLJ 59 xx

  4. Your book is off to a great start! I saved some of the pages I tore out of my book, but most weren't that interesting. However, I did just disassemble an old atlas, so I have lots of map pages to use. I'm working on the Visa page now and really loving where it's going.

  5. I love maps as well...and the one I bought in a charity shop is often used on cards and scrap pages.

  6. Oooh, yes now following you to see more. All looks good to me, must follow the link too - I am a bit low on inspiration just now.

    Lynda #94

  7. MMMMmmm, like the treatment base you've given the pages, and the atlas is a perfect size for some out of the box creating.

  8. Hi there your course sounds great. Love the effects you have created.It will be interesting to see what else you do. I am sorry I am late visiting but when I checked the list yesterday I didn't see your link (apart from visiting blogs I follow I am also visiting those who end with same number as me and anyone who visits me - can't get to everyone) Anne x #65

  9. I was reading thru your blog at some of your pat post, The post on your supply Haul, I noticitced an Andy Skinner Stencil, have you used her stencils? I have been collecting Dina Wakley's and Crafters Workshop stencils by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. I came across Andy's store via on youtube. Her stuff Is A-MAZ-Ing. IThat will be my next collection.
    Oh and BTW… Your Atlas is looking FAB!!! I can't wait to see it done. I'm glad I came across your blog on WOYWW. There is such a long list every week, you just can't visit everyone you'd like too. But I am most definitely leaving your blog with a smile. :D Hope to see you in the upcoming WOYWW. (((HUGS)))


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