Sunday, September 10, 2017

Traveller's Notebooks

Warning: picture-heavy post, grab yourself a glass.

I've had the Eileen Hull Journal Die for a couple three months now, and a pile of die-cut covers has been sitting looking at me.  So this week I got started on them.  I couldn't decide whether to make a bright colourful one or a grungy one, so I made both at the same time, working on one while the other was drying.  Here's the bright colourful one.

I was the lucky recipient of a Tim Holtz goodie bag on Creative Chemistry 102, and the goodies came wrapped in this fabulous tissue paper.  Which was far too nice to use, or throw away, so I would just stroke it every so often.  But now, I have a roll of the stuff, so I've finally psyched myself up to use it.

(Ooh, did I tell you, I've got a place on the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Live UK Edition?  Yep, Tim's coming over here to teach.  When the tickets first went on sale, the website broke with the demand, so all bets were off.  When they went back on sale, it was the most nerve-wracking time ever - my blood pressure must have been off the scale!  Anyway, I got a ticket, yay!).

Where was I?

I stuck down the tissue with Multi Medium Matte, then finger-painted with translucent PaperArtsy Fresco paints. I did some outlining with a black Caran d'Ache Neocolour II crayon and dragged a wet paintbrush round.  If you look closely at the butterfly's body you can see some white pen marks.  I also added some white paint splatters.

A bit more work with the white pen and Caran d'Ache.  I coloured the 'horlogerie' red first.

Here's a look at the full cover.  I used STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge stamps down the spine and around the edges of the front and back.

Here's the inside.  A bit in-yer-face ;)  The elastic cord is 1.5mm from

So here's the grungy version.  I really like it, but looking at the photo, it probably needs something else.  Maybe when a closure is added it'll look better.

Here's a close-up of the graphite texture paste.

And the PaperArtsy Pewter Fresco metallic paint stencilling, along with some splattering:

Stamping on the spines and a bit of leftover tissue paper:

Love me those grunge stamps!

Here's the insides:

Brayered Fresco paints, stencilling and stamping.  The elastic cord is 1mm from Tiger.

I've made another, but your glass must be finished by now.  And I haven't poured mine yet, so I'll save that for another post.  Cheers!


  1. Both are absolutely gorgeous Shirley! Love the bright colours of the first, beautiful pops of colour and I love the second because of the neutral colour fave....fantastic!!! Hugs Ruth xx

  2. amazing work love them both, i myself have taken 2 classes with Tim Holtz here in Illinois. He is so fun to work with and so generous with his treasures. enjoy your class i am sure it will be amazing.

  3. Your ABc projects are always so fabulous! I don't have a favorite because the bright colors so appeal to me, but then again the grundy version is so awesome! Well done on both mf!!

  4. These are simply fabulous! So beautiful...always love your incredible creations.

  5. Your notebooks are breath-taken-away incredible! You truly are the Queen of Mixed Media! Gorgeous, both! And attending a class taught by the *Tim* himself? WOW!

  6. Love these! This is definitely a great die. I'm so glad I bought it!

  7. I am enjoying a cup of tea while admiring both your gorgeous mixed media die cut journals. I love them bright and one soft and subtle. Very different looks for different journaling moods:-) TFS my friend. You are so amazingly talented!!! Hugs..

  8. P.S. Congratulations on getting a place on Tim's live class when it comes to the UK...He will LOVE your talent and oh will LOVE Tim I am sure. Be sure and get a photo with Sir Tim:-) So excited for you Shirley. Hugs...

  9. Sometimes I'm just so gobsmacked, I can't come up with words! Shirley, your talent is spectacular and all of these are simply brilliant! I'm so tickled that you got a space in Tim's class - so does my friend Annie (Redanne) ~ you met her at the Cottons luncheon! Give each other hugs from me! Wish I could be there!! Hugs, Darnell

  10. These are both so cool and artsy, Shirley ... your detailing is always so awesome ... and here it's outstanding! Yay for you getting a TH Live ticket ... seems to me you could teach him right back! Hugs, Anita :)

  11. These look so cool Shirley ..... I love them both. The tissue paper looks amazing when coloured. I've had the die sitting on my desk for ages, I really must make a start on some. Enjoy the TH workshop .... lucky lady! xx

  12. love these...fantastic mf.
    xx Karen