Hi Friends!

Hope your week is going well.  We are having some horrible weather at the moment, today was sun, snow, rain, sleet and 45mph winds.  Miss P does not want to be outside in it, so she runs out to quickly do her business in the garden and then she is back at the door waiting to get back inside!  Yes she does have a litter box but she does prefer an al fresco toilet!  It has also taken me much longer to get this post done and photos edited because my computer was low on space!  Aargh!  So I had to stop everything before it crashed – it only had 86mb left oops – and move some files around and off to another device so I could actually do anything.  Does that ever happen to you?  I seem to suffer from digital hoarding!

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is a page for Week 1 of the #seekgathercreate challenge over on Instagram.  This is a scavenger hunt type challenge, where you are given a list of items which you have to use on your project.  This week’s items were 1. a fish 2. a circle 3. something see-through 4. something blue…

Do you ever wake up thinking about journal page ideas?  I did this morning.  I got this idea to put fish inside bubbles and have a woman blowing bubbles using one of those little tubs of bubbles for kids (or big kids).  How that was going to work out, I didn’t know but I knew I wanted to try it.  I started off by roughly sketching out the idea to see what would fit.  I also wanted to use some fish stamps so the circles needed to be big enough for the fish to fit inside, so I needed to plan it out.  This piece of watercolour paper has had a few “experiences” as you can see from all that mess along the bottom of the page.  It was underneath my last page where I was testing out colours and pens, but I decided to use it anyway and maybe it will be hidden by the end.

I painted the background with high flow acrylic in blue, and I painted the woman with the new Paperartsy Matttints – this was the (watered down) brown version.  I added some shading to the circles to make them look more like bubbles.

You might be wondering (are you?) why I am linking this page to  Vicki’s Keeping it Light theme over on Art Journal Journey but it is of course because of the bubbles – what could be light(er) than bubbles floating in the air!  So at this point, I had my fish, circle and blue elements, all that was needed was something see-through…

Hopefully you can see this clear plastic circle that I am holding?  I did some stamping on it with brown stazon and then adhered it to the bubble with a small gold brad, so that it can rotate.  I guess the bubbles themselves could also be considered “see-through” but just in case I did the extra piece…And that was all four of my scavenger hunt elements accounted for!

The fish stamps, and tiny circle and plant stamps are all by Gwen Lafleur for Paperartsy and it’s one of my favourite sets – you never know when you might need a fish stamp!

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading and happy journalling!


my handmade journal, watercolour paper, Pitt artist pens, black pen, pencil, Golden hi-flow acrylic, stazon ink, versafine clair ink, Tim Holtz word stickers, Paperartsy Gwen Lafleur stamps, Mattints,


Art Journal JourneyKeeping it Light

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February 12, 2024 10:12 pm

Wow, this is totally brilliant! Of course those bubbles are fantastic for the LIGHT theme! I love your wonderful art work with the sketch design….I’m so afraid to draw which is why I pull out my hundreds of stamps! LOL The colors, the fish and clear idea all work wonderful together and I think you’ve pulled off the themes beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing art for the AJJ theme!!

Erika N
February 9, 2024 1:32 pm

Fish in bubbles (made with plastic circles) is a great idea. I love it when I wake up and a good idea pops into my head. Or really anytime a good idea pops into my head. 🙂 This is a great page; thanks for linking it up to Vicki’s challenge at AJJ. Sorry about the storms. We’re back into the clouds after several days of sun, and a bit of spring feel too. But next week looks cold.Oh it is time for spring. Have a great weekend Elle. hugs-Erika

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