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.


ICAD 2014: The End?

{Apologies for my blog-silence over the last couple of days, I had other stuff going on and not enough time to blog.}

Here we are at Day 61 of the ICAD Challenge and I’ve got index card art from days 59, 60 and 61 to share with you. Ready?

Day 59: Ignore the hearts. Pretend you can’t see any black or white, only the colours and the squares. That’s a Gelli-print I made using acrylic paints and a foam stamp of multiple squares that I created quite a while ago. Now you can look at the hearts, drawn on with Uni Posca white paint pen, and outlined in black Permaball ink. Look at all the texture!

#icad2014 icad day 59 by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

Day 60: More Gelli-printing going on here (I love them, every one is unique and you never know quite how they’re going to turn out!) This time I Gelli-printed onto a vintage encyclopedia page using circle masks and several colours of acrylic paint. I added some bright pink Washi tape to the short edges and wrote the words in black ink.

#icad2014 icad day 60 by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

And finally…

Day 61: Yet more Gelli-prints, using commercial stencils and some punchinella that I had laying around. Black ink for the message. I don’t know if this is the end or not.

#icad2014 icad day 61 by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

I might scan in some of my best ICADS and offer them for sale in my Etsy shop as high quality Gicleé prints. And then I might turn all 61 originals into a little mini book so it’s like a tiny art journal. Yeah, that might be nice.

Do you remember a few months ago when I had a bit of a meltdown because I couldn’t complete the challenge to blog 30 times in 30 days? Well look. I have just blogged almost every day for the last 2 months and sometimes more than once per day. Including one week where ICADS were made and blogged in advance because I was going away with my family. So I can do it. I just need something to focus the blog post on in the first place, and without a daily challenge like ICAD, I didn’t have anything to blog about every day before.

Well, this challenge has been immense fun. My first few ICADS were truly awful while I got into the swing of things, but they got better as time went on, I’m sure you’ll agree.

I may post a round-up of all my ICADS together, or maybe just the best ones, in the next few days. Meanwhile, thank you to the wonderful Tammy Garcia over at Daisy Yellow for the challenge, and thank you for following along.

Back soon!



ICAD 2014 #58

Day 58: ‘Make a statement’.

What statements am I making?

Just small ones, mainly ;)

Lines don’t have to be straight. Lettering doesn’t have to be perfect. Mistakes can be photo-shopped out. Don’t allow other peoples’ expectations to influence what you do. Above all, do what makes you happy.

#icad2014 icad day 58 by zoe ford at #topfloortreasures

3″ x 5″ index card, Gelli-print on text pages, purple paint pen, black ink, words cut from a magazine and modified by hand.

I used some metallic gold acrylic in the Gelli-print that you can see in the background but you can only really see it properly shining when you tilt the ICAD towards the light. I couldn’t get a very good photograph unfortunately!

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Only 3 more ICADS to go!