My Art on Your Phone!

A few days ago I set up a new store on the society6 website, and to celebrate the opening I’m pleased to be able to offer you $5 off any phone case with free worldwide shipping! This is a very limited time offer so take a look now and don’t miss out!

phonecases offer


These are the available designs so far, and they are available on the following models:

  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5, 5S and 5C
  • iPhone 4 and 4S
  • iPhone 3G and 3GS
  • iPod Touch
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 and S4

I’m over-the-moon-happy with them! I hope you like them too.

Happy Friday!


Junque Journal Covers

You might remember me saying last time that I was excited to be starting a Julie Fei-Fan Balzer e-course called ‘Make Your own Junque Journal‘.

Well, I started on Monday, zoomed through all of the video tutorials for the first 2 modules and got both of my journal covers almost finished in record time.

I say “almost” because I think I will end up adding some words and doodles to the front cover, but I’m leaving it alone for now.

So here’s the front cover:

Junque Journal front cover WIP by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

The front cover is made out of a 10 x 8 inch canvas board that already had a doodley painting on it, but I didn’t like it that much. I covered over most of it with various pieces of Gelli-printed papers. I’ve left some of the original painting showing on the left side, but that will be covered up by the journal’s binding at a later date.

The back cover:

Junque Journal back cover by Zoe Ford at #topfloortreasures #artjournaling

I didn’t have another canvas board the same size as the front cover so I decided to cut up the piece of chipboard that was on the back of a sketchbook and use that instead. Thrifty! :) Again, this is covered in various pieces of Gelli-printed papers and as you can see, is very vibrant.

Both covers are very sturdy and are covered in gloss gel medium to protect the papers so they don’t lift up at the corners over time and start to peel off. Julie mentioned something about coating them in clear tar gel too, so I might look into doing that. Tar gel is something I haven’t used before, so I’m not sure.

The backs of both covers are painted black, and I’ve inked the edges with a black Staz-On ink-pad. *Note: the thick black edges you see in the photos are just the backdrop that I took the photos against.

I can’t wait to start the next module!


Can’t Wait to Get Started!

For a few weeks now, I’ve been desperate to find the cash required to sign up for 2 artsy workshops run by one of my favourite art journal artists: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

It’s only today, 3 days before the first class begins, that I managed to get the money together – hooray!

I bought the ‘Make Your Own Junque Journal’ class (see video promo below) and the ’30 Days in your Junque Journal’ class bundle which means I got $50 off because I bought them together! Yaaay!

Here’s the promo:

…and here’s the link to find out more!

I’m so excited to get going on this!


Travel Plans Art Journal Page

My daughter respectfully reminded me that it’s been over 3 weeks since I last blogged…well, after blogging every day for the ICAD Challenge, I guess I needed a break, to get some other things done.

I’m going to try really hard to get caught up, I have so much to show you! Documented Life journal pages, new artsy stuff being made for my Etsy store, Gelli-print fun, zendoodles and all kinds of things!

For now, a journal page I made on my Birthday recently.

Art Journal Zendoodle Zoe Ford #topfloortreasures

I used a page torn out of a very old atlas (older than me!), some washi tape my daughter bought me, an altered money envelope as a pocket, acrylic paint, alphabet stamps, Stazon inkpad, black Pilot Permaball pen and a white Uni Posca paint pen. Do you like it? I love it!

We originally had plans to go out for the afternoon but it rained a lot for that whole day so we stayed cosied up at home. After I made this page we had fun playing against each other on the Wii, we hadn’t done that for a while. Oh, and I got the new GelliArts 3×5 inch Gelli printing plate all the way from the USA! Woohoo! I’ll show you the stuff I’ve done with it at a later date as I haven’t taken the photos yet.

That’s all for now, come back soon!


Documented Life: Another Trip to London!

WEEK 29:

So, I’m a little behind with blogging my Documented Life Project art journal pages, but I will get caught up over the next couple of days. I’ve pretty much stopped doing the DLP journal prompts. I prefer to just do my own thing and go with the flow rather than have to think about how I’m going to incorporate someone else’s idea of what I should include in my journal. That doesn’t mean I won’t do any more of the prompts; just that I haven’t done any for a while and I don’t know when I next will.

Week 29 then!

The backstory: We had been away camping for a week (week 28, here) when Little Miss Ford announces that she bought the three of us tickets to go and attend a talk and book signing in London by one of her favourite authors. Her favourite. Not mine. Not his. She had done this without asking permission despite the fact that she would need us on side so we could drive her to the city and look after her if she had a panic attack.

I wasn’t especially happy about it. We’d just had an exhausting week away (our holidays are never very relaxing, we pack too much in!) and I needed time to get back into my normal routines. But what could we do? She had already bought the tickets, in secret. She had us over a barrel!

#documentedlife week 29 art journal page by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

So we went. And, apart from the panic attack that hit her full force on a London Underground platform on the way to the event, we had a nice evening. Due to the aforementioned panic attack, we arrived late and had missed the talk, but Waterstones Piccadilly has a lovely quiet area with armchairs where Amber could relax while the queue to get books signed got shorter.

#documentedlife week 29 art journal page by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

She got her books signed eventually; we went off to find some dinner and then made the long journey home again.

#documentedlife week 29 art journal page by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

EDITED TO ADD: Amber took lots of great photos on our trip to London, visit her blog and event report here to see them! She made sure that the author signed one of the books without a personal dedication – so you’ll find an awesome SIGNED COPY OF ‘LANDLINE’ BY RAINBOW ROWELL GIVEAWAY at the bottom of her post too! And it’s open worldwide!

And that’s all the art journaling I did for week 29. Other arty things included making more index card art for the ICAD Challenge and getting a pack of artsy stuff together to send to an Instagram friend in the USA.