Hello friends,

I am so tempted to say “it’s only so many days till Christmas”, but I won’t as I don’t want to know haha.  The weather is back to cold and frosty and I shouldn’t be surprised since it is December, but I don’t like the cold much, and the heating is broken again, so I am layered up! The problem with being layered up is that it is hard to move around and do anything dexterous, like hold a paintbrush!  I am attempting to keep up with a few challenges this month – carving stamps for Carve December, joining #ArtJournalAdvent for 24 days, and also Kasia’s Care class for 14 days so that should be interesting.   If you want to see the Art Journal Advent and Stamp Carving efforts so far, you can find them linked at the bottom in the slider 🙂

today’s art . . .

Today’s art is this art journal page that nearly didn’t happen.  I started it on the 23rd November, messed it up by being impatient, and put it aside while I worked on something else.  It was intended to be a snowy scene for the Weather theme at AJJ last month but look, now it can be a page for the door theme instead since I fixed it by adding a big door in the middle!

You may recognise these Lynne Perrella stamps as I have used them a few times recently but this page was actually the first time I used them but then I messed up the page so it was never seen. They are heat embossed with gold embossing powder, and then I thought they needed a base to sit on so I drew some stone plinths for them to sit on.  I thought they looked like they were guarding something which was when I got my idea.

Here is the only photo I took of the original page with the big mess in the middle of it.  My original plan was to have a path leading through this dark forest and there would be a glowing archway in the centre, but then I didn’t wait long enough for my page to dry and messed up the glowing archway which you can see in the above photo.  I couldn’t fix it so after a couple of weeks I decided to cover it up instead.

I painted over the archway and then drew on the door, and coloured it with Pitt pens and gold ink.  These photos were taken under lights and it might have made them look a bit more orange than they actually are!   But then they are supposed to be daylight lights so who knows LOL.

The quote comes from the book series, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, which is an excellent series as well as an excellent TV show.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!Ingredients
my handmade journal, watercolour paper, Paperartsy Lynne Perrella stamps, gold pen, Pitt artist pens, Wow gold embossing powder, Neocolor IIs, Fresco chalk paint – Snowflake, Stabilo-all, black pen,


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December 9, 2021 9:52 am

Your first plan may not have happened but this page looks fantastic. I love the door you created and the page is super inspiration for Valerie’s theme at AJJ. Thank you for linking with us there.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
December 8, 2021 7:25 am

Yes, dear Elle, I am late visiting. This turned out great. Sometimes a page tells you what it wants, even when you believe you have messed up. I think it turned out great and I am quite impressed. It’s actually a really great page for Valerie’s theme at Art Journal Journey.

December 7, 2021 11:10 pm

This really is a great rescue job! I love that your page turned out to be perfect for Valerie’s theme at AJJ. Hugs, Chrisx

Erika N
December 7, 2021 1:02 pm

This is such a cool page Elle. I think it works perfectly for a door theme once you add that door. It is very mysterious, and I like that. Nice quote too. I know a couple of people who need to read that. Smile. Hope December is going well for you. Hugs-Erika

Valerie -Jael
December 6, 2021 6:15 pm

Hi Elle! I love your page, so I am glad you messed it up before! The quote is good, I will look for those books here. Thanks for joining in my doors challenge at AJJ. Hugs, w

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