Thursday, 21 May 2015

There are always flowers

I really adore flowers, they give me endless inspiration. Even in my tiny back garden I am able to grow lots and I am currently working on getting some summer bedding plants into my pots. I love that my darling granddaughter Daisy Jane is even named after a flower.

On a recent visit to Daisy and Co we went out for a walk and we always try to find a swing park at some point as Daisy adores swings and slides. I shared a joyful photo of her in a recent post coming down the slide and here are some more

whhhhheeeeeeeee.....down she goes.........
 How much joy can a simple slide bring to a small person

 As we left the park I noticed the daisies growing in the grass
 Daisy also has sweet new white daisy shoes (very similar to her first blue ones). Her Mummy and Daddy noticed that she has the exact colours in the cardi below which I knitted her.

Here is Daisy amongst the daisies

I had some more journal play in my studio yesterday after work and I decided to make some pages with daisies including her sweet Daisy shoes. I found this great quote to work with
 I wanted to play with my PA acrylics as they were the perfect colours in Daisy's cardigan
 I decided to create a brayered background adding one colour at a time

 I love the textures here
 For the daisies I used my cheery lynn die cuts and added some DIs for colour to the centres

 I won these fun Little Claire Designs stamps a while ago and decided to use them as a daisy rather than a sunflower

I pressed them into my paint and added some random stamping in pink
 and blue
I then had a think about my design and came up with this to start with...I wanted to add something more but I did not want to detract away from the background too much. I also wanted to try to link the daisies in some way. I had a light bulb moment as I remembered the stitching on her shoes...they are like doodles making a daisy chain.
So yes I had the idea to try my hand at doodling....if you have not seen this talented lady in blog land check her out here...Joanne Fink. She adds so many creative doodles to her work. I have been admiring her work for a while and I decided it was time to jump in feet first.

Now it was a brave idea of mine as I knew that if it went badly I could end up spoiling my lovely background. I also don't have the correct pens, I just used a thin black needle pen and a white cheap gel pen. But goodness me it was such fun......I spent ages doodling around my pages in black and white ink.
and this is my finished work.

I had SUCH fun doodling....I think this could become a new obsession. I have lots to learn but for a first attempt I was pleased. You can see I even had a go at hand doodling a flower on the left hand page
and a couple more close ups.

The other advantage with doodling is that I can add to my designs in the evening when we sit down.....all I need is a pen or two. I am checking out some pens. I think that Sakura look the best but if anyone else has used doodling on their artwork I would love to hear your thoughts. The only trouble now is that my head is buzzing with ideas....creativity is so infectious isn't it...and to think this started with a photo of Daisy amongst the daisies in her new shoes.

I would like to enter my journal pages into the following challenges;

Little Claire's outdoors
Paperartsy Topic 9 words I love using words in my art and as Darcy says in her introductory video there are so many ways adding them. She also showed some doodling and journal embellishments too.
Anything but cute vintage garden This is a new challenge run by blogging friend Pamellia, do pop on over and support her in her new venture.
Country View crafts simply scenic
Art with heart mixed media mahem
Love to create anything goes/mixed media
Our Creative Corner April showers bring May flowers
The Artistic stamper journalling your heart out
Frilly and Funkie happy, happy, happy I think my journal pages show how I am happy whenever I spend time with my darling granddaughter
Simon Says stamp Monday X,y,z this prompt made me think of school days and writing practice, we used have classes at primary school where we used to practice the shapes of letters and also make doodles...hence my pages today.

I am also going to link up with my friend Brenda with her visual journal. This is not a challenge, it's just for fun and inspiration. Please do pop over to see what latest journal pages people are making. The link is here #21

Enjoy your Thursday, the sun is up here and remember there are always flowers for everyone who wants to see them......just look around.... or in my case...they are at Daisy's feet.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Looks like Daisy had a blast at the park, love her sweater and new shoes!! Beautiful journal page Jane!! I can't believe you did all those doodles by hand, if I did that my project would end up in the trash for sure!! The background colours are amazing and I love your Cheery Lynn daisies!! Another stunning garden piece and I am so honoured you have joined us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  2. your photos of daisy are wonderful Jane - and no wonder she inspired your beautiful page - its wonderful!!!!I love it to pieces!!! I love the look of that set of paints - may have to be getting those! Lol!! Hugs rachel xx

  3. Hello lovely I'm back!!
    How cute is Daisy on that slide, makes me want to do it with her.
    What a gorgeous page so bright and vibrant and yes keep doodling!!
    V x

  4. Love all your Daisy pictures and daisy makes, such a sweet post, Jane!
    Wishing you a very happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  5. Love the Daisy pics, these flower names are popular, my granddaughter is Rose!
    Love your background, it is Scrummy and you were very brave to freehand doodle! Great success, well done!

  6. Wow, fabulous art journal pages! Amazing doodling, perfect background with all those beautiful colours! Love your daisies and a brilliant quote!
    Thank you so much again for joining us at Anything But Cute for our first challenge!
    Branka DT

  7. My head is swimming with the Daisies! Lol. Wonderful journal pages and color choice. Your doodles are awesome sauce and even more so because this is a first try. Wowzers! That takes creativity and guts, as I would be scared to mess up the background. Your doodles finished this LO off perfectly!

    Thanks again for joining in our first challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

  8. Jane, I always love coming to your blog, mostly because it feels like home. I am loving the shots of that happy Daisy! What a blessing she must be to you! And you have amazing knitting skills, as well!

    Now, about these journal pages! I would have been scared to death to doodle over that beautiful background, but wow, you did an amazing job your first time out! It is really just the perfect compliment to these rest of the daisy in the grass scene. I particularly love that quote, and it seems that Daisy already "gets it"! Lovely journal pages, and you are inspiring to get moving on starting an art journal myself!

    Thank you for joining us again in our Vintage Garden challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs!
    Sara Emily DT

  9. Wow, you were brave to jump in with the doodling, but it looks fabulous. How crazy that the cardigan, paints, shoes etc all matched perfectly!

  10. Oh, Darling daisy pages, for your Darling Daisy girl!! So sweet, Jane!! Love your doodling! You have more gumption than I do to try doodling :) Keep it up!! Thanks so much for coming over to my April Showers Bring May Flowers again, Jane!! We love having you at Our Creative Corner!! XOXO-Shari

  11. Great step by step Jane and the results are fabulous, and I adore your doodling in the mix.
    Julie x

  12. Hello dear Jane,

    What a great post!
    I love the pictures and see how they have inspired you.
    Your Art Journal double page is gorgeous and you are quite the doodler!
    They add so much to your overall design.
    Thank you for mentioning which white pen you think is the best as I have yet to find the right one

    Have a fantastic week-end

  13. beautiful memories in your photos and love the colours and design on your journal page too
    hugs Kate xx

  14. Wow Jane you are a busy in that journal! I love it! That sweater you did for that sweet little one is gorgeous! Thank you again for joining us at Art with Heart Mixed Media May-hem!

  15. Fabulous page Jane, love the doodling.

  16. What a beautiful page you've created! Love all the vibrant colours and your adorable Grand! Thanks for sharing with us and making us "HAPPY" at Frilly and Funkie! Cheers, Nicole

  17. WOW!!! Stunning journal pages with so many pretty details, so mesmerizing!!! Love the background colors and all the little details!
    Thank you for joining Vintage Garden at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT


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