Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post, this time for Day 17 of the Blog Along with Effy (details below). Today’s post is an art journal post (yay finally!) as I watched the Wanderlust lesson yesterday morning, which was Dyan Reaveley’s lesson, still in the silhouette theme and I thought it looked like a quick page to make so I could definitely fit that in to the afternoon.  Hah!  I’m not sharing any specific details since it is a class lesson but it involved paint and stencils mostly and looked very quick and easy.  When I decided to make my own stencil, that’s where it all started to be more time consuming, but the heart wants what the heart wants and I wanted a specific stencil. LOL

BTW this is how I watch Wanderlust and any other art class!  I have one art obsessed kitty who definitely wants to paint and one other kitty who just wants to eat paintbrushes. This is the art obsessed kitty trying to get a front row seat for Dyan’s lesson lol.

Last week I shared a post about gel prints using a mask I made from one of my cat drawings.  I really like how it looked on the gel prints so I decided to make it into a stencil.

This is not part of the class lesson so here is what I did…

I copied the cat drawing I used for my gel prints as it was just on flimsy copier paper and transferred it on to some recycled cardboard.

I like to do my bit for the planet and reuse cardboard as much as possible instead of putting it straight in the recycling bin.  This is the box from some Marks and Spencer Chocolate Biscuits that were snaffled up over Christmas.  Yes the box has been waiting in my craft room since December lol.  I really liked the blue colours on it and was going to use it for die cutting but the size was perfect for yesterday’s stencil making activity, so it got to be a stencil instead!

After I drew and cut out my first cat shape, I used it to draw a second car but in reverse, so I have tow that are facing different directions.  Then with the space in between I drew two different sized cat heads and a paw print.

Here’s a look at the full stencil…  I also kept the cut outs to use as masks.

Since it was Dyan’s lesson, I pulled out some of my old Dylusions paints – they used to be in wide jars but now they are in little bottles.  The colours are pure? sunshine, vibrant turquoise, peony blush, laidback lilac, and fresh lime.  Dyan likes to stick with hot and cold colour families.  I like to do whatever colours I like to put together so mine looks a little different from the class lesson.

After painting it was stencil time and I used more of my homemade stencils that are all made from recycled cardboard and were never really meant to last but have lasted for a couple of years so far!

After all the class work was done, I had two pages that looked like this…

All that remained was to add a quote and what else could it be but…

Here’s a closer look at the finished pages.

On the turquoise page, I drew in little cat features on my kitties.

I used the same glaze pen so you can see it’s shiny.

After I (finally) finished this page, I started on the previous lesson from Kate Crane, so I might finish that one this weekend!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!



Blog Along with EffyDay 17

Links to all the days of the April blog along
April 1st – Day 1 – You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing
April 2nd – Day 2 – Cat hammocks and sneak peeks
April 3rd – Day 3 – Favourite Children’s Books
April 4th – Day 4 – Green Crochet Socks Story
April 5th – Day 5 – A Short Family History of Scones
April 6th – Day 6 – Happy Tartan Day
April 7th – Day 7 The Unbearable Lightness of Old Wallpaper
April 8th – Day 8 Off with their heads my Queen
April 9th – Day 9 – Andy Warhol Cat
April 10th – Day 10 – Tiny Book Covers WIP
April 11th – Day 11 – Happy National Pet Day
April 12th – Day 12 – Collage Fodder, Recycling, Stealing from Kittens
April 13th – Day 13 – Company of Liars ATC Book Cover
April 14th – Day 14 – This is What Happens when you Make all the Things
April 15th – Day 15 – A Short History of Blogging, Tips, Tricks, AMA
April 16th – Day 16 – I just want to drink tea, pet cats and read books
April 17th – Day 17 – today!
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog along – 30 posts in 30 days and hope I can think if enough things to say. every. day. I’ll do my best to keep up.  The idea is to blog every day (obvs) but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going.  There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment. During April you can find all the Blog Along posts linked on my home page for convenience. If you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to return the favour!

Art Journal Journey
Inspired By… April Challenge – it was so sad to hear that Eileen, whose theme it was, passed away last month.  I didn’t know her personally, but enjoyed reading her posts and her art.  I like the openness of the theme is this month, and it’s a nice way to remember Eileen.  My pages are inspired by the Wanderlust lesson but also by the cats, and recycling.  I try to recycle as much as possible, plus Earth Day is coming up soon so I’m trying extra hard to do more this month.


homemade art journal, acrylics, homemade stencils from recycled cardboard, paint pens, glaze pen, stazon on, stamps etc,

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Nancy Williams
April 19, 2021 7:02 pm

Love the cats! Love the colors! Love everything you did on this fun creation! I agree too – cats are so wonderful. I miss mine! Hugz

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
April 19, 2021 8:30 am

I am also a lover of cats. Therefore, I adore your stencils. Your art is SO colorful, too. I absolutely love this spread you have created for us at Art Journal Journey. The stencils are the stars, at least in my opinion.

I have owned three cats in my life: two of which are still alive. I’ve NEVER had a cat that wanted to climb. I’m always amazed at friends whose cats run across the highest places or climb the curtains. My fellows have never even tried that so I got a laugh out of yours.

Erika N
April 18, 2021 11:28 pm

What a fantastic stencil. I like those kitties. They seem perfect for you, with a title Empire of the Cat. I like how they worked on the page too, with the super colorful background. Thanks so much for thinking of us at AJJ and sharing this page too. It is perfect for the inspired by challenge. I’m off to read some of your other posts for this month. Hugs-Erika

April 17, 2021 8:42 pm

Wow, I love your painted pages. The colors are so pretty. And the colorful collage painting (so-to-speak) is perfect for your cat stencils. I hadn’t thought of using cutting dies to make stencils, but that is a great idea. I’ll be trying that out soon.

April 17, 2021 6:45 pm

What a brilliant way to create this Wanderlust lesson – we are going to start ours tomorrow all being well! I was sorting through my stencils the other day and found some homemade ones that I had forgotten about! This page really made me smile! Thanks for linking to Art Journal Journey – Eileen chose a great theme! Hugs, Chrisx

April 17, 2021 4:44 pm

This is an absolutely fabulous journal spread, love it, great colours, too! Homemade stencils last well, mine are all still in service. Thanks so much that you have linked this wonderful recycling project to AJJ, much appreciated. Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Valerie

April 17, 2021 4:13 pm

Right now I don’t have any cats and it’s one of my life’s greatest sadnesses! 😉 “compromising” with my husband, who doesn’t love cats, for now. But I am feeling a kitten entering my life fairly soon. One can only be catless for so long. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous art!

Sue Blott
Sue Blott
April 17, 2021 3:10 pm

Oh this was inspiring and delightful! Thank you for sharing your stencil-making steps. Just loving your pages. And I fully agree with that quote!

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