Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Joy OLW 2019

I have chosen the word JOY to be my One Little Word/theme/mantra for 2019. I decided on this word after reflecting on 2018 and what I needed for 2019.

In previous years I have made little books to write my intentions in. Today I searched for those books and found the book for 2015 - I hadn't used it to it's fullest as I had become ill so I decided to reuse some of the pages and add a new front cover for 2019.

Here's my OLW 2019 book:

Here is the 2015 book for comparison:
What is you One Little Word for 2019? Hope you have a great year.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Reflections on 2018

Reflections on 2018....

Here is some of the art I created....

Mini collage landscapes...

Altered large playing cards...

Each month during the year I provided the Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts FaceBook Group with a challenge/Inspiration...

We traveled to Europe for 3 months...

Health Update - it's been 4 years since my back started hurting due to Multiple Myeloma  and then the degenerative discs but this year has been good as I am still in remission and have had minimal back pain though it still occurs when I've overdone things - standing or sitting too long especially when creating art...

I hope you all had a good 2018 and have a great 2019, I'll be back tomorrow with my One Little Word for 2019.
Love and hugs, Shells.... 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Creating Calendars

I have created a challenge per month for my Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts Facebook group.

December 2018 GPE Challenge/Inspiration is to create a 2019 Calendar using gel prints.

I have made them for several years now so I have several different techniques:

1.  Use a blank calendar and glue on some of gelli prints.  Easy squeasy!

2.  This is another type that I made.  I used this site to print out the months and I glued them onto A3 cardstock along with the gelli print and then created heaps of DIY washi tape and taped down the edges;

I used a hole punch to put a hole in the top and then added a hinged ring on this one and ribbon on the second one I made;

3. I used this site to print out the months and collaged prints onto the reverse - making sure they are the right way round. I made a cover picture then I took them to the local office supplies store and asked them to bind the calendars and they can also punch a hole in the top.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Westgate, Kent, England


We visited family in Westgate on the east coast.


I was very sick for a couple of days but well enough to fly home and very glad to be home after such an amazing trip.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Chatsworth House, England

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

We headed south to England and visited Chatsworh House. I took this photo of the Falkirk Kelpies from the main highway - they have caused accidents...

CHATSWORTH HOUSE aka Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice.
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

We had to stop and see on of the most spectacular houses in England and it is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire and it has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549. Why is it spectacular?  Every room is huge - twice the normal height, every ceiling is painted, the rooms are furnished, the sculpture hall is amazing, the artwork is beautiful and the gardens are stunning. It wasn't cheap to enter as it is not part of the National Trust but is now part of a family trust and it's a business with a great gift shop, cafes and restaurant. I loved it.

The House has been used in many films and television shows but my favourite is the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice with Matthew McFadyen and Keira Knightly.
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

Inside Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

Inside Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

Sculptures at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England
7TH SEPTEMBER 2018 We drove to cousin Anne's house in Bromley south of London.