My inky travels along life's rocky road

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Craft Barn Art Journal Challenge

Isabelle who looks after the Craft Barn blog has challenged us to make an art journal page using Paper Artsy stamps if possible. I've been wanting to do a page on this quote for a few weeks and the challenge helped to kick start me into doing it. The quote is from one of the Olympic Torch Relay runners who lost both his legs in a bomb blast. He explained how some days were good and some bad and on the bad days when all he wanted to do was stay in bed and feel sorry for himself this is what he said. Now I am blessed with a full complement of limbs but there are days when I want to stay in bed and feel sorry for myself. This is to remind me of how fortunate I am. So now you have the back story here's how I made the page:
The BG is stormy sky DI sponged through a swirl mask followed by starfish Glimmer Mist through a shattered mask. I used the numbers from Paper Artsy Gentlemen plate 4 with Kaleidacolour spectrum ink and the word 'transform' from One Penny plate 2 in Memento London fog. I then spritzed a homemade gold pearlex spray to give a little sheen. The working text is from the same Gentlemen plate and is stamped in Versafine crimson red. The legs are from Ding & Dong plate 4 coloured in with felt pens. I edged the page with a stamp from Swirls and Curls plate 4. I was hoping to use the alphabet from Words plate 2 but it wasn't quite the right size so I used my TH vintage market die and card coloured with Adirondack in stream. Once the letters were stuck on I doodled some dots on alternate letters.
It's a long post but I wanted to put the quote in context. It's been such an inspiring summer but I wanted to put my own personal slant on it.The facing page is still a work in progress but will be more directly Olympic/Paralympic themed.


  1. Yes, we are very lucky! Thanks for sharing this experience and feelings.

  2. beautiful page and i love the story behind it!

  3. A page very fun and original, not sad although your story is ! I love it ! THanks for telling us this story, I will try to remember it when I don't wish to wake up too !!

  4. Love the quirkiness of this page.

  5. oh maybe I should do that today... "get up and put my legs on" LOL.
    fab page. Thanks for playing with us once again at the Craft Barn.

  6. I love your thinking on this one:0) The paralympians were so inspiring:0) Your page is lovely and so much work has gone into it! I love the swirly border and clever use of the Ding Dong plate for the legs LOL Gay x


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