Hello friends,

First of all here is my desk as it was yesterday since it still basically looks the same, complete with tea, flowers, my wooden desk calendar, a big jar of paint water and something I am working on is sitting on the cutting mat – not that it needs cutting but I like working on the mat.  Mr G is improving so I’m very happy about that and also being cautious and watching him for any signs of relapse.  They got a new cat drinking fountain at the weekend and it is installed in my studio upstairs – it was the only place it could go without having cables all over the floor or the potential of having water spilled all over the carpets.  I only just plugged it in and they both made a beeline for it so I think it was a good idea to get a second one for the upstairs.  Mr G needs to be drinking more water anyway so this is the perfect way to make sure he does. Since I now have to leave the door to that room open for access to the fountain, I had to do a lot of tidying up so it was safe to give them 24/7 access to that room!  So BIG SHOCKER my desk is tidy as is all other flat surfaces in that room.  I think they are a lot less interested in it now that the interesting piles of art and craft stuff are no longer on the floor lol.

what’s on my desk . . .

halloweentown mail art . . .

Last Wednesday I showed you my Halloweentown journal page and postcards that I made to post out for World Post Day  Once they were all written out and ready to post, I thought I would do something special with the envelopes too, so some mail art happened…  (I’d already addressed them so I had to hide the addresses for the photo.)  How strange that although the cards were a standard weight, they had no standard stamps for that weight and so three stamps were required to make up the £1.70 for overseas!

today’s journal page . . .

Today’s journal page is another fabric page using Halloween fabric from my stash. It started out looking like this…

I didn’t do very much to the fabric, though it does consist of several different bands of fabric lined up and glued down to make one panel as I didn’t like them in the order they were printed on the fabric.  Then I painted the background with green Neocolor IIs, added the Halloween poem and then did some white outlining of the hats, cats and legs to make them stand out a bit better from the background. (Why yes, that is a pumpkin spice candle on the left, I made it myself.  I find the scent is intoxicating even when it’s not lit)

halloweentown postcards video . . .

I’ve been playing around with some animation and made a short video (22 seconds) featuring the Halloweentown postcards that I will share with the recipients once I know they have received their cards.
They won’t be reading this so it’s safe to post 🙂

since last week. . .

I have several pages still in the works, plus working on more postcards + mail art envelopes, some Life Book taster session classes and seven finished pages.  Here’s a look at everything I’ve finished since last Wednesday’s post…

Don’t stray from the path

art journal page, with spooky carnivorous trees

The heart dies a slow death…

art journal page, image transfer and maple leaves from the garden

Hush the gentlemen are coming

interactive art journal page, recycled Schuh paper bag, *and video*

A strange thing happened in the dead of night

art journal page using Halloween fabric

Upon that night when fairies light

art journal page, Burns Halloween poem, fabric

Scaredy Cats and Eerie Bats

art journal page, fabric

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, paint pens, neocolor II’s, black pen, white pen, fabric, gel medium,

Challenges

Art Journal Journey The Colours of October – October Challenge – my colours are green and black and purple and orange – typical Halloween colours!

LeighSBDesigns – 31 Days of Halloween Hop+Challenge 2021 – Day 13

WOYWW – #645 – What’s on my desk (I’m number #6 in the linkup!)  Happy WOYWW!

 

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Nancy Williams
October 21, 2021 10:48 am

Elle,

Great art – love it all. Fun envelopes even! You have been busy and you are so rocking Halloween. I feel so inspired and I am going to definitely do a Halloween page this weekend. I feel I need to jazz up my envelopes too.

Glad your kitties got another water fountain and that it inspired you to tidy up. I need to tidy up bad! Wish I could say you inspired me with that but it is my least favorite thing to do….lol.

Have a great rest of the week and so sorry I am commenting so late – I am behind more than usual this month.

LeighSBDesigns
October 19, 2021 1:12 am

Happy Day 13 of LeighSBDesigns 31 Days of Halloween Blog+Challenge, so wickedly delighted to see you joining the spooktivities with your wicked cool shares today, love everything!!!!! So glad to hear Mr G is starting to improve, such good news!
Happy Haunting!
Leigh
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Shoshi
October 17, 2021 6:22 pm

I’m glad to hear that Mr. G is feeling better, Elle. The water fountain sounds a good idea. We always put water down for the kitties but they never drink it! I think if we bought a water fountain, it would be the same as with the kitty beds – they wouldn’t use it. Very contrary, they are. I’m not into Halloween but I like your colours.

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi x #15

pearshapedchris
October 15, 2021 7:30 pm

What fabulous envelopes – the posties will love them! Love your fabric page – great quote! Hugs, Chrisx

Vivian Foo
Vivian Foo
October 15, 2021 1:51 pm

All looking so spooky fab!

Mary Anne
October 14, 2021 7:49 pm

Wow. Some truly fabulous stuff here. The envelopes are wonderful and I love every one of the Halloween bits of art. The animation was great (is that music from TNBC?) and off all of it I might like the Jack cards the best of all.

Happy WOYWW, back online 🙂
Mary Anne (1)
(I think I missed you last week – sorry, it’s been a bit mad around here :))

Lilian B #11
Lilian B #11
October 14, 2021 3:25 pm

Great Halloween work, Love all the bright colours,

Take care and stay safe

Val S.
October 14, 2021 2:28 pm

Spooktacular mail art and fabric, love the black cat popping in on your video clip!

Val S – LeighSBDesigns DT 
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Meggymay
Meggymay
October 14, 2021 9:42 am

A fantastic fabric Halloween page Elle and a wonderful selection of cards you shared with us as well. Thank you for linking with the theme at AJJ and for the inspiration you shared.
Yvonne x

Sarah Brennan
October 14, 2021 8:17 am

Wow, Elle you have been busy. Good to hear that Mr G is on the mend and also felt well enough to pop up in your fantastic video lol. Loving the envelopes – what a joy to get one of those through the letterbox. Stay safe and happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

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