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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Oodles of Doodles

Hi there everyone!
Well, I should be in York today with my older two Grandfairies but the visit has been postponed to next week as the forecast was 60% chance of rain! Fingers crossed its better next week.
I've had a lovely few days art journaling and completing some projects for PaperArtsy! The current theme is 'Book making' and although I'm no Wendy Mallas, I do love making journals and mini books in boxes and tins. So, after I'd finished a larger (took me ages) blog project for PA (due to post tomorrow at 7pm so please visit Here), I was hooked on making another, even smaller, booklet. I had already seen a post by Birgit  Koopsen where she created a mini book to doodle in. I loved that idea so I made my own version using PaperArtsy Fresco chalks and lots of PA stencils. All available Here.

 I started with the tin!
After two or three coats of gesso, I used a dry brush technique to add some of my favourite colours. This is for me so I was definitely going to use my favourite colours. 

As you can see from the lid, after an initial layer of paint, I started adding some PA stencil layers.
This one is PSO15. Then, lots more .
The one I have layered on top here is a mini stencil PM008. Next, I mixed some Bougainvillea Fresco chalk paint with some Golden modelling paste and pressed this through the middle of Tracy Scott's fab stencil PSO53.
This was left to dry overnight while I started on the mini concertina booklet that would go inside. 

I used Bockingford Watercolour paper 140ibs and managed to get three strips out of one 10" X 14" page Each section measured 3" X 3".
These strips were then attached to create one continuous concertina strip. Now, the fun part. This took a lot of painting. Dry brushing again to help blend the colours. 
Now, on top of this base layer of blended paint, I selected lots of stencils. Mostly PaperArtsy stencils but also a selection of Crafters Workshop, Clarity and Dylusions. After all, I had a lot of surface to stencil and although I intended to add some stamping this was intended to be mainly stencilled as I intend to doodle over the top. 

I used several colours to stencil over the base layer, varying the sections with light and dak colours. I wanted to leave plenty of opportunity to doodle on each section
And there we are! All ready for me to while away a few spare hours, especially waiting at the school gate for my Grandfairies to come out, and doodle to my heart"s content. I've already doodled on top
fo the coloured modelling paste on the tin lid, using a uni ball white gel pen although that will need to be sealed. I do hope you like my little booklet. I love it!

Until next time!xxx


  1. I always love a book in a tin and this is so beautiful and love the square shape. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Smashing concertina book Chris. Lots of lovely vibrant colours. Love the doodling, fab idea to incorporate some doodling into a form of a book.

    1. It was an idea I borrowed from Birgit Koopsen, although I wanted a mini version. Thanks Bryan!

  3. I haven't made a concertina book for ages Chris. Love this one with your clever use of the bold bright colours.

    I hate to say it but I think you missed what has turned out to be a beautiful afternoon in York. It's glorious here and Jenna says Harrogate is the same so I suspect York is too. They did have a terrific thunderstorm in the night though. Hope next week is even better for you. Xx

    1. Oh is t it maddening Lesley! You just can't judge these things. They said 80% chance of rain here today and it was a beautiful afternoon! Fingers crossed for next week now! They still came over for a painty session xxx

  4. what a beautiful book and tin, just gorgeous! hope the weather is good to you next week, it was lovely way down here today!

  5. Not much time for blogging, but seeing this... ans I wanted to tell you that this is an exquisite project Chris, love it!!!
    Hope you are keeping well and enjoying the summer.
    Hugs, Coco xxx

    1. Hi Coco! Yes, having a lovely summer although our weather has been very mixed! Enjoying the grandchildren. Hope you've managed to grab some 'me' time too! Thankyou for all of your lovely comments! xxx

  6. Love the colours of your concertina book and storage tin, perfect for the Paperartsy book topic. x