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, 7 July 2011

Journal pages

Just a quick post in between doing other things, but I promised to show you the finished Mermaid Journal page, so here she is.... hope you like her. I kept the page very soft by using hardly any penwork at all. All the colouring is done with pencil crayons and the outlining is plain lead pencil. I did use a black fineliner pen on the eyes to bring them more to life and I also used a white pen to add one or two highlights. I'd wanted to add some gold leaf highlights too but, typically, couldn't find where I had last put my leaf metal sheets! I did find some home decor stickers that I got from a car boot sale years ago - they are clear, sticky backed panels with random gold areas on them. So, I cut out a few teeny tiny pieces and adhered them to the Mermaid's tail and some of the fish! They took forever, being so fiddly, so I decided to leave things as they are and will add some more gold when my leaf sheets turn up!
I bought an old book called "Aeronautical Engineering" from a charity shop a few weeks ago...it has lots of diagrams that I thought had a steampunky look. I took a couple of pages that caught my eye and, after tearing them down a bit, stuck them into my journal with plain old glue stick. I used a Ranger Snow Cap paint dabber to work over the pages, leaving some areas exposed. When I'd seen these headings in the book I knew that I wanted to use them as they were really appropriate to how I have been feeling! In case you can't zoom in, the headings are "Overhaul", "Inertia Starter" and "Overhaul Carried Out"! I used my Neocolour Watersoluble crayons to scribble black and two shades of red lightly over the surface before using a damp brush to blend them together. This technique let me keep the words as visible as I wanted. It's surprising how little actual colour you need to apply to be able to wash a nice background over a two page spread.
So, here's the finished page...I don't feel like the overhaul has been carried out yet, so I wrote "Must Have" above it and drew a sign underneath stating "Urgent!". I drew the robot with a fineliner black pen and added some shading with grey Promarkers and used a red for some of the loose wires and the buttons. I drew in the cogs and nuts that are falling out of "my" ear with the fine pen, again, shaded with grey. I added the random border with a Sharpie black pen and finally used a white pen to add a few highlights here and there. I don't feel rebooted yet, but creating this spread did make me smile inside!
I'll be sure to bring my Journal with me on Saturday, so if you are coming along to Card-io, in Wigan, feel free to have a closer look!


SusieJ said...

Glorious mermaid Lindsay and I had to laugh at your reboot page.
Hugs xx

Andy Skinner said...

Love that REBOOT one!...just what I need!!

Diane said...

LOVE the reboot page, think we all need this !!

hugs Diane xx

Joanne said...

Altogether now crafters - WE WANT THAT ROBOT AS A STAMP - can you oblige?? I so love the subtleness of the mermaid page. Had a go myself today at making a background from scratch. Still getting ovet the shock as it turned out ok. (sshh David I know)
Gt Big Hugs
Joanne xxxx

Susanne said...

Wow! Love the mermaid. The reboot page made me smile.

soniajones said...

absolutely loved it all and thanks for the instructions on you created them - please bring it with you to St Helens xx

soniajones said...

or even on HOW you created them - brain seems to move faster than my fingers - (unusual)xx

Glennis said...

Your mermaid is just too delightful, and I also need a reboot!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh yes! I'm wearing my smiley face now - love that 'reboot'! (agree with Joanne re stamp) Hope to see you soon tho' won't be Wigan.
Love to you both, Chrisx

Alysha said...

WOW your journelling is fab and very inspirational makes me want to have a go! I am a cardmaker at heart but am willing to give most things a whirl - will be back you have a wonderful blog, hugs Aly

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She said...

Hi Lindsay. Love ♥♥♥ your mermaid, she is gorgeous. My favourite is 'Reboot' certainly brought a much needed smile :-) to my face. He would make a great stamp along with the 'One Eyed Matador' :-)looking for ward to seeing you and David very soon. Lots of love S xxx

Lindsay Mason said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments - I'll pass them on to PI and see what they say about making some Matador/Mermaid/Robot stamps! I'll be revealing some sneaky peeks of new Christmas designs tomorrow evening...Christmas card Angel may ring a bell for some of you....that's all I'm saying! Lindsay x