Painting more European photos: Stone wall with a blue door


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For my first official painting project in quite some time, I chose my usual subject: an architectural photo from my Europe trip. I went for an almost diorama look by layering an old photo mat, my painting of the stone wall, and the painting of the door. This dimensional idea came to me after I messed up the original door and, in my irritated state, cut it out of the wall.  The yellow wall came after layer upon layer, mostly wet washes, to create a mottled effect. The original photo is below and I believe was taken in Dijon, France.



Color Study Mini Album: Pink

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As with the blue booklet, this pink booklet combines scrapbook embellishments and ephemera with watercolor patterns I made a while back. All of these are attached to the base, hand created paper made from the leftover pages of an old notebook.

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Monthly Journal Entry: March

Spring Art Journal Entry by WithCraftsAndLace for March 2015

Looking back on March and its toasty warm weather, I felt this month’s entry was all about Spring. I kept it simple in illustration, instead adding many layers for dimension. In a way, it was meant to reflect the style of a “mood board” or similar.

March Spring Themed Monthly Art Journal Entry - Withcraftsandlace The background is made of handmade paper ripped from a notebook, given to me long ago. On the textured paper, I choose to simply drop watercolor inks randomly on the paper.

March Spring Themed Monthly Art Journal Entry - WithcraftsandlaceI then alternated paper layers between packing papers and scrapbook papers for a textured, simple entry. With that, more ink was dripped or painted as needed. The final, small, focus points are the month’s label and a ripped side of a Windsor and Newton Ink packaging box, stains and all. Though I like Spring, I am glad to have this early April cooling-off period right now.

Happy April everyone!

March Spring Themed Monthly Art Journal Entry - Withcraftsandlace

Mood Board Update: Blues in Spring


Quite a change from the previous pink, I went for blues and clean lines with this board. All the blues and water references make me think it is my subconscious begging for rain this April. We Californians can’t help it, water is exciting. After England, I feel a bit dry in my natural habitat.


This navy tag of threads was one of those from given to me by a Frenchie for Christmas while the boat illustration came in my vintage paper pack bought at an English Vintage Fair.


I really love this playing card, it’s simple but a bit ‘boho’ in nature. I also love that it’s feminine without being girly.

Stay inspired and I hope you create something you love this Spring!

Monthly Journal Entry: February

Well, March just came out of nowhere. February was short but sweet. It was my first full month back at home so I spent a lot of it settling back into my routine, my school, and my home. I’ve been working on my room in particular this month, rearranging, replacing worn out stuff, and redecorating. Luckily Kristy really enjoys my constant rearranging, she always has a new place to hide or sit on. Additionally, I have been working on getting back into art and diving into all my supplies that I was separated from for so long. This is how I made up February’s “theme” with little homes and artistic streaks.


I snagged a nice Studio Calico mini paper pack on sale earlier this month and used them for the houses while laying some particular pieces in the background of the photo. I streaked some old but lovely watercolor pigments to play up the “art” theme. I kept the pages open flat with a coaster my grandfather made from cutting beautiful rocks. We have a whole set.

My Mood Board–A Vintage March

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As I don’t have a certain paper project in mind right now, I chose to set up my new inspiration board to showcase a collection of special, beautiful pieces. Many of these came straight from a Vintage Fair in England.


I chose to post a second time this week to just show you this small creation. I hope it helps to inspire you to create this week, even if it is just something small!


What will you be making this March?

Monthly Art Journal Entry: February

If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed a board about altering day planners. I bought a planner I liked the size and format of last year thinking it would cover fall semester of 14 and then 2015. But when I ripped that goodie open, turned out it was really only useful for 2015.

So I found a simple agenda on sale to use until I could switch to my preferred one. I chose a pretty hardcover one to re-purpose in the new year, a process I will discuss more at another time. I have decided to do a spread for each month, focusing on some theme or event that stuck out during those weeks. 

Since I spent most of January preparing to leave the UK and then settling back down in the US,the pages focus on transitions/changes, as highlighted by the leaves falling – my first time playing with my acrylic paints since September. 

Travel Journal: Paris Pages

Some more Paris pages

On the left I layered a thin white paper pocket with a small map of Paris and a polaroid-style frame. I used a label from a Paris store, a gold &, and some Paris washi tape as embellishments. In the pocket I stuck a little note from the friend I was staying with.

On the right, I used a cut out from the Opera visitor brochure and layered it over white tissue paper and my Opera ticket. Any Phantom of the Opera fans out there? I know I am haha. A matching gold day flat and Paris washi tape were added for decoration. I paper clipped a wooden veneer dangling by a gold thread.

On the outer corner of each page I sewed on the lace so it is a loose trim above each page.

I will also enter this in Simon Says Stamp Anything goes challenge for the new year:

A French Christmas Card

A Christmas card I made for the French family taking me in this holiday. I’m very lucky to have somewhere wonderful to be during my Christmas abroad!

For the card’s base, I dyed some art paper with coffee. I then layered a cutting from a brown paper bag, a scrap of lace, and a paper doily I bought here in the UK. Embellishments include a lovely, pastel green Prima button, a small white tag that I water-colored a Mosaic-style star on, and some “Paris” Cavallini & Co. washi tape – as a silly homage to the location. 

I would like to enter this card in Simon Say’s Stamp’s last Monday Challenge of 2015, ‘Anything Goes’: 

Happy Holidays my lovelies!

Travel Journal: Christmas Market Entry

Entry in my travel journal about my visit at the Jane Austen Center. 

The background has a lace pattern that was rubbed on with a crayon at the Nottingham Castle museum. I covered it with a thin piece of napkin to tone down the brown and prevent any wax rubbing on the other pages. The Cavallini notecard, featuring a truffle candy pattern, has all my journalling about my Bath trip in it. I wrote a Jane Austen quote on the paper which folds open to reveal my attempt at writing with a real quill, an activity at the center.

“Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings” – Jane Austen

Also thought I would enter the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes: