I've been so busy lately, but on Sunday I found some me time. I set off early with Hubby and our Daughter (who were going to Bluewater Shopping Centre) to Kent and another day in the company of like minded crafters. Last month I attended both of the workshops that Eileen ran, this time it was just the Journal Workshop. I had a wonderful day, unfortunately most of the other ladies that were to attend had gone down with Flu, so it was just Eileen, Hellen, Sheila and myself. We still had a great day though and a lot of inking was done. Eileen had created a wonderful page in her journal to inspire us, using a wonderful stencil from Stencil Girl, unfortunately the stencil was a large almost A4 size, and my journal is only 8x8, Hellen created a wonderful page using some of the other A4 stencils that Eileen had brought using the same sort of technique. I had a play with some of the many stencils that Eileen has and with a few stamps this was my first page of the day.
Next I used just a stencil around the edge of the page, and then filled the empty area in the middle using some of the many Lavinia stamps that Eileen had brought for us to play with
In the afternoon Eileen and I got out our Gelli plates and had a play, the first time that I had used one was the day before when I opened mine and used it with some Adirondack ink pads (I'll show you what I did with it later in the week). We tried both paint and ink pads and brayer, I personally did not like the paint but maybe I need to play some more. I do like the effect you get with the ink pads though and I managed to make the little scene below, which I have now stuck into my journal. I also managed to do my first reflection, with a little bit of tuition from Eileen, who also showed me how to get the cracked ice effect on the reflection as well. I added the branches in the corners to give the scene some depth.
All that remains now is to say thank you to Eileen, Hellen and Sheila for your great company and a fantastic day. Also to say thank you for taking the time to look, and your kind comments which are always appreciated.