About Me

I'm a freelance artist, designer and demonstrator and have been involved in arts and craft my whole life in one way or another. I design stamps for top British company Personal Impressions, under the "Lindsay Mason Designs" brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products. I'm a certified Ranger Educator and my first book,"Stamping", was published in 2009. I also design regular projects for Crafts Beautiful magazine and have made guest appearances from time to time on QVC. I've recently joined You Tube under the name of LindsayMason1000 where I'm posting short technique videos and you can buy my paintings and hand crafted pieces from my Etsy shop. My work takes me all around the country demonstrating stamping, papercrafts and general inkiness! When I'm not working, I love gardening, church & community activities, nature watching, journalling, music and theatre and just relaxing at home. Email me at: ljm.design1@virginmedia.com

Thursday, 9 September 2010

A little journalling

Afternoon everyone, sorry for my few days absence, I have been having a break from the computer and concentrating on drawings for both work and pleasure. The two things feel very different and, when I have been concentrating hard on getting some designs just so, creating something just for fun is a bit of a treat! The last couple of evenings I have been doodling in my new journal, and the theme of this page was exactly what I just mentioned...... ......this is the image once I'd pencilled and then inked it out. And below, after I had coloured it with a mixture of pencil crayons and Promarkers. I love that moment when the drawings are all done and deciding which colour to use on the page first! When I'm working it can be a very important decision, but here I just went with my favourite shades. It's a simple page but I got a lot of pleasure from creating it, and that's what it's all about. I think the number doodles came about because I have a Sudoku grid that I am totally stuck on and so now it has become a challenge! Yes, that's our little Cherry (in spirit only now) looking towards the house. The Promarkers obviously come through the back of the pages, but if you alternate between them and pages which are gessoed, or collaged, then there's no problem. I tend to place a sheet of paper behind the page I'm working on anyway, to protect the page edges. The simple, doodly pages are great for when I'm travelling - I'll be doing more of these as the nights draw in. I always hate the dark evenings when I'm on the trains as I can't while away the time looking at the scenery....so much more entertaining than TV!!!
I've also been making some more samples for this weekend's forthcoming events. Hope to see some familiar faces at Crafts 4 U 2 Do in St Helens on Saturday! I have my Christmas cardstock, toppers and stamps as well as all my favourite Ranger products of course....! I also have lots of MS punches, good thing that David is driving me there as they are pretty heavy. Once I finish there I have to do a double shuffle to get to the local station and catch my first of three trains to get me up to Workington. I've never been there before but it's not too far from Cockermouth. I'm stopping overnight and then I'll be at the Crafty Workshop on Sunday. I'll be using some of the same products as well as other stamps and some Tim Holtz products such as the Tissue Tape which I am really enjoying using in all sorts of projects. If you haven't tried it do give it a go as it can be torn, inked, wrapped around things, stuck down etc and just adds a subtle amount of nostalgic distressing.
Talking of Ranger!? I received a box of products from Personal Impressions today which, amongst other things, had various items for next weekend's workshops. There were Memory Frames, UTEE, Beeswax, stamps, tapes and ....oooh, all sorts of lovely things! Hope everyone is looking forward to the day, whether the morning, afternoon, or both sessions. It is going to be fun - chaotic fun! Well, that's all for now folks, so will sign off for today. Lindsay


mustavcoffee said...

Hi Lindsay, your page is gorgeous, love the design and the colours work perfectly, have a good weekend:) xx

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous page :) Looking forward to next week-end no end!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Rainbow Lady said...

I just love this page Lindsay you are so clever. xx

Joanne said...

That really is a lovely page Lindsay despite giving me a little tear. I hope your trip to the Lakes goes ok, my son and family are in their caravan at Coniston all week. I am so excited about next Sat. that I am on the verge of being nervous. I can't wait, even more so now you have 'new' Ranger items. Take care.
Luv Joanne xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW Lindsay thats stunning. It reminds me of Zentangle on round the edges. I love to doodle instead of TV too but mine always go in the bin as they are rubbish!!!
Hope all is well with you and David, Hazelxo

jacquie said...

Hi Lindsay i really enjoyed your demo today at the Crafty Workshop. I think my distressing needs more practice lol x

She said...

Hi Lindsay :-) just playing catch up! LOVE this page. See you at weekend, I can't wait. Love to you and David S xxx