Monday, 25 May 2015


I don't normally draw faces - when I do, they usually look like zombies. But I just wanted to share this one because I like how she turned out...

She is part of a layout in my Documented Life journal. I will blog about this page at the end of the month.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


I've always loved hand-lettering and calligraphy. But I never had the patience to practise which is crucial for this art. You have to train your hand. Over and over again.
I bought some books, took some online classes, I even have a notebook dedicated to hand-writing practise (it's still empty). But I'm so lazy...

I usually sketch my letters in pencil and then, when I'm satisfied with the layout, I go over it with black pen.

I drew these to go to my minibook which I'm making for one particular project. [secret project]
I think it turned out quite good, though I had to fix some things in Photoshop... the kerning (spacing between letters) and I also write uphill (ignoring the pencil lines).

Monday, 18 May 2015

PaperArtsy Theme 9: Words

The new PaperArtsy challenge topic is "Words". I use words in my art regularly, so this one was a piece of cake... Right?

Friday, 8 May 2015

PaperArtsy Theme 8: Sprays.

The current PaperArtsy theme is about sprays. I have a favourite spray technique so I didn't really have to think twice about what I was going to do this week.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Documented Life: April

April Theme: Color Safari (Exploring Inks and Paints)

I'm now using a sheet of deli/tissue paper as a background on all the pages to hold my Moleskine journal together and to prevent it from falling apart.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Two simple backgrounds

Some time ago, I wrote a simple tutorial for Hurapapir and I thought I'd share it with you here.

I have lots of patterned paper - nicely stored in my drawers... But anytime I decide to make a card or some other project, I almost always create my own patterned paper. 
I love making backgrounds. I will be showing you two of my go-to techniques for very simple backgrounds.   

Challenge: Inspired by Paige Evans

Last month, my local craft/scrapbook store PaperoAmo had a workshop with Paige Evans in Prague. I didn't attend it because I don't do scrapbook pages but when the girls at PaperoAmo announced a quick challenge, I decided to give it a try. Well, at least the prize (a kit from the workshop) was worth the try...

We had to do a project inspired by the work of Paige Evans. Her pages are so full of colours. I knew I didn't want to do a scrapbook page but some of the ideas could be used in an art journal. We were limited by one condition - we had to use a white background. Now, that was more difficult than not using paints, multi media and texture pastes...

First, I cut the quote from a piece of white cardstock on my Silhouette machine. I attached some colourful washi tapes to another piece of cardstock. I glued the paper with the quote on the washi-covered paper using foam tape. Then I added the central cluster of patterned paper and some wood-cuts (covered with gold embossing powder).

Unfortunately, I didn't win anything, but I really love my page and I'm glad I discovered some new techniques.
(You can see all the entries here.)