We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Thursday, 16 January 2014

UP for a challenge!

I have collected quotations and sayings for more years that I care to remember - so - when I saw this year's challenge on the Craft Barn blog - it's all about Quotes and Lyrics - I couldn't resist!

The Craft Barn is my "local" store (about 35 minutes away), and a good place to go to get a craft fix!!!

Now, I've never participated in any challenges before (apart from the ones set by the Ashtead Craft Club I belong to), so I don't know whether I'll last the course, but this is so me, that I've got to have a go.

Every couple of weeks 2 words will be provided - to be used individually or together, to create an artwork, in whatever form is desired!

The first 2 words are SMILE and UP.  I did have a quote using both words, but decided to use one by Lord Byron.

The angels were all singing out of tune,
And hoarse with having little else to do,
Excepting to wind up the sun and moon
Or curb a runaway young star or two.

I'm also going to do individual pieces, so that I can use whatever substrate I fancy - be it watercolour paper, Yupo paper, board, etc.  Only the size will remain consistent - 10" x 8" - then if I want to combine them all together in some form of book, I'll be able too.

So, here is my first challenge entry, on 300gsm white card - spritzed background using Perfect Pearls and Dylusions, with some stencilled stars (using sequin waste).

Angel wings are cut from a Sizzix Bigz die - using silver mirri board and one of my Gelli prints; the sheet music one.  The face is from my stash of paper clay faces I made a few months ago.

Now I've got to get this onto the Craft Barn blog .....


  1. Hello Kay, neat little face you created! Your post caught my eye as I've been looking through quotes lately. I've been thinking about doing a set of stamps around that theme. This won't be happening right away but if you have any favourites that you'd like to share I'd love to read them! Hope you're doing well :)

  2. Fabulous page, great background, angel and quote.

    Sylv xx

  3. I do like your quote, never seen it before.

  4. A great first page - love your quote and the background colour is gorgeous!!

  5. Uplifting poetry composed so intelligently by a wonderful writer.

    Love your page, some fab textures & colours:-) x

  6. ooo I am so pleased that you found us!!! This is lovely work Kay! Had a quick scroll down your blog and really admire that chest you did at the beg of the month!!! Karen from The Craft Barn DT xxx

  7. Lovely card! Gorgeous moonface and lovely words!

  8. Visiting from The Craft Barn - I really like the background you used & the moon face is perfect for the poem. I hope you manage 'to stay the course' :o)
    ps - you are so lucky having a Craft Barn close by :)

  9. Lovely page, the background is fantastic !

  10. A great start - fab background.

  11. Welcome to our challenge. First page is beautiful!