Friday, 18 May 2018


This page started with me painting the page pink (because its my favourite colour) and then (having no better ideas) I went and rummaged in my collection of cut-out words.  When I found the words "favourite" and "times" I knew where I was going!    It seemed like a good time to count my blessings really - well, when isn't?
And this picture below shows you how I work - having got down the words I wanted and adding some grey shadows, I was pulling out pink scraps of collage, such as flowers etc ... you can see further down which ones made it onto the page.  I have stuff all over the desk when I'm trying things out!
So here is the finished result - I'm sure there are many more blessings I could have recorded, but these were the ones which came readily to mind.
There were lots of empty spaces, but I think the white lines really add something to the background.  Part of the inspiration here was that I'd just received a beautiful bunch of roses from my man, and always feel amazement that after 40+ years together he still brings them!  I'd also just finished a really great book (Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine) which I'd loved.

It makes you realise that its not the great big things that mean the most, but a whole host of little things that light up your everyday life.

Tomorrow my aching legs will be parked in front of the TV as I watch the Royal Wedding coverage.  I'm not much of a royalist, but I do LOVE a good wedding!
Rosie x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018


Having been somewhat unwell for a couple of weeks, I have sadly neglected my journal.  I know, not to be journalling must mean I'm REALLY sick, right?  It felt good to be working in it again, and even though I'm not 100% happy with this page its all I've done, so I thought I'd share it anyway.

Simple bands of acrylic paint form the background, and I had no particular idea of where I was going.  I just wanted/needed to get back to work!
Following my usual technique I then added collage and some black outlines - I nearly always do that but couldn't explain why.  I just like the result, especially in terms of linking collage elements together.  When you add the grey shadow as well something just clicks.
Then, as so often happens, words I didn't know were in there just fell out of my head and onto the page.  This reflects what's on my mind right now, and the message from my subconscious about not letting fear spoil today's joy is exactly what I needed.  How does my brain do that?
Anyway, the final stage, as ever, is the mad doodling and decorating part.  Normally its my favourite stage but on this occasion I was tiring and just wanted to FINISH.  Not like me at all where you often have to take something off me and tell me its done and to stop fiddling with it. 
Feeling so slow, stupid and post-viral I am rather wearily signing off - will this headache never go?  Also my apologies for last time's childish whinge.  It seems that I just really need to know you are out there and with me - it helps to make it possible to keep going.