Tuesday, 19 May 2015


Hi everyone, I've managed to have a bit of play time today and just went where the creative muse took me. I stayed within my comfort zone at first and decorated the front of my small Finnabair journal, which has been naked for far too long!

No step by steps today, but I have used a few Finn products including 3D transparent gel, doily stencil, mechanicals, Primary elements and then some Lindy's Stamp gang sprays that I picked up at the Port Sunlight show the other week. I was hovering around the PaperArtsy stand where my lovely friend Sue Carrington was demoing and doing a brilliant job! I also managed to catch up with some bloggy friends face to face, including Chris, Anne and Lesley. It was so lovely to meet such creative ladies.

One of the other products I picked up from the PA stand was Art Basics graphite texture paste which I had a play with and created a couple of monochrome journal pages. I've been inspired by some of Marta Lapkowska's You tube videos and fancied doing something monochromatic...but with a bit of 'Shine'.

A journal is for playing and experimenting in ...so that's what I did.

I used a couple of grey pages from the journal and applied some of the paste through a stencil, now I wasn't sure how it was going to dry but I'd seen Marta sprinkle glitter on to gels and just sprinkled a little and I mean a little silver glitter on...not that it needed it, it really does sparkle.

I layered up all sorts of white/grey scraps and I've used a Crafty Individuals image I had. I've used crackle glaze, warm grey silk glaze dribbled down the pages, glamour dust and a few micro beads are scattered or splodged here and there.

I then found my H2O's which I haven't used for forever and splattered some of that on as well, hope you can see the shimmer. Finally some black stamping. I stopped at that stage not knowing whether I've finished it or made a mess...but I've experimented and learnt from it.

Anyway when it's grey and black like today, a little sparkle and shine is always welcome,

Hope you're all happily creating out there, thanks as always for stopping by.


  1. I love this journal of finn too and yes, it was so worth leaving it naked until you felt you found the right moment and idea for its cover! LOVE it!

    Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my blog today! Mwah!
    And visiting your blog was such a treat! Thanks for that too! :)

    Claudia xxx

  2. Fantastic! The cover is gorgeous! Love the browns on it. It looks awesome. The pages are beautiful, love the black sparkle which remindse I have a gorgeous black glitter I my stash so I'm feeling inspired to make some mess ;) xx

  3. Such scrummy texture, gorgeous Ruth. Have a great crafty week. Big hugs, Angela x

  4. A stunning project, the covers have so many interesting details and textures, I spent ages looking at them.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Fabulous Ruth. Love the texture on the pages
    x catherine

  6. Ruth, your black and white pages are stunning!! And the textures and warm browns are just delicious on the mixed media piece! Beautiful! ")

  7. Wow... what a fantastic project! Masterly Ruth!

  8. Ooh 2 lovely creations for the 'price' of 1 Ruth :). Stunners both of them but now I'm intrigued by that texture paste.....another spend up coming on!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  9. Your cover is stunning Ruth, love the shine from the sprays and the beautiful golden finish it has , and the monocromatic spread is wonderful, too. So many effects with a few colours , the shining surface, and the glitter- so gorgeous !!
    Dorthe, xx

  10. Ooh what stunning work - I love the journal cover in those rich golds and bronze colours, just beautiful. And the graphite texture paste really has the Wow factor - what fab pages, and I especially love the little bits of vintage lace with the photo - WOW!!!

  11. WOW, what gorgeous gems these are!! I LOVE that cover, such beautiful braze goody tones and very Finn style too. I love Marta's work as well and your journal page is amazing, I can certainly how you took inspiration from her work but made it your own too. Such beautiful pieces!!! hugs Georgie xx

  12. Fabulous golden cover for your journal, Ruth - the textures are wonderful and the inky blending really glows. I adore your monochromatic page spread - I'm another big Marta fan, and I love how you've taken her inspiration and run with it. Beautiful details and shimmer. Superb work as always.
    Alison xx

  13. It was lovely to see you at Port Sunny too Ruth and I thoroughly enjoyed the day ... even the long drive home was quite nice! Your journal cover is beautiful with its lovely warm tones but your experimental pages are quite awesome. I don't know Marta's work but I'll definitely be checking it out because I love what you've done here. I haven't had chance to try the graphite texture paste I bought but you've definitely made me want to have a play. All that texture and delicate sparkle is just lovely!

    Lesley Xx

  14. Love it when you experiment as you always inspire me ! Your Fin journal cover is gorgeous, but I have to say the monochromatic pages are just stunning ! Sue C x

  15. Your journal cover is beautiful Ruth and those pages stunning. So vintage.....love it!!

    TFS and crafty hugs Annie x

  16. It was great to meet you at last! I love PS but especially meeting up with friends! I love your pages and I can feel a monochrome page moment coming on! Hugs, Chrisx


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