Wednesday, 3 April 2013


Aaaand it's a double Century for Mrs Dunnit! that's TWO HUNDRED whole weeks of hosting the amazing phenomenon that is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Well done Mrs Dunnit - superb!

If you have no idea what I'm rambling on about you need to go here for the heads up.

It is the Easter break here in the UK and I am enjoying two weeks of NOT ferrying the Mini Moonshines hither and yon and generally re-charging the batteries. I'd LIKE to be spending my time playing nice in my craft room, BUT I've signed myself up to do a stall at the Village Hall fashion night on the 12th of April and I really MUST do some sewing and get some non-Christmassy stock made! My cunning plan is to make myself sew for a few hours in the mornings and then play in the afternoons - Yep - that's a good plan - I'll start tomorrow!

 Today I'm playing in my Art Journal, I'm finishing my homework layout (oops should have "handed it in" last night but thankfully Kaz is a very kind teacher and doesn't give us lines if we don't come up with the goods!)  So here's my desk - in restrained AJ mode (I did my messy background work and covered everything  in ink at the weekend)

Apologies for the weird lighting - it is gloriously sunny here at the moment and as my craft room gets the morning sun I have had to shut the blinds - otherwise the pics would have been full of stripey shadows

I'm just playing with the positioning of the images at the moment and still have the word "Diva" to tangle.

The Diva in question is a Dylusions stamp "Curious Corrin" which, if I'm honest, I wasn't all that keen on, but I really like her "all tangled up"

I've never tried Zentangle before and was keen to give it a go, I've got to say that I didn't find it all that relaxing though! Doodling (in fact any form of drawing) does not come naturally to me (Oh how I wish this wasn't the case!) and I found myself with hand cramp very quickly. I know I need to relax more but I found it quite trying to keep my work neat - perhaps I should have used an XS Pitt Artists pen rather than the S?

I've also finished (except for a small repair job) the pages I was working on using the Dylusions and Perfect Pearls technique. (You can see the post here) The lighting REALLY doesn't do these pages justice as the Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange Dylusions inks background is SOOOO vivid.

I really didn't have a plan for these pages when I made the background in class, but the twice that I sat down to finish the layout I was recovering from a migraine - I'd stamped the cool Dylusions Monster Mash image on white cardstock in class with the thought of using it in a creepy looking layout, but with my monster headache still stabbing me in the eye the direction of the pages became blindingly obvious (ha ha - no pun intended)

I have used some phrases cut from my migraine tablet information sheet (one has fallen off - hence the repair job) and my journaling round the trees lists my triggers and symptoms. I love the Monster Mash monster and feel almost sorry for having inflicted my pain on him! If you look closely you can see he is rather green around the gills, and is having a whole lot of trouble on that left hand side of his head!

I'm off to visit with my WOYWW friends and neighbours now, have a great week and thank you for visiting, please leave me a comment to let me know you were here and I'll try and visit you too.


  1. Your layouts look really cool, found the migraine one really Interesting. Especially about recording triggers :) LOVE your Zentangle, something I would love to do one day. it looks such fun x Happy WOYWW Heather #71

  2. Oh your journal pages are FAB, especially the zentangle one. We love what you've done with the Dylusions girl.

    Waving hi from the bears, thanks for your earlier visit.

  3. Great layouts, great zentangling!! Have a good week. helen 4

  4. Such great pages, and great headache page. He looks happy to be able to share your pain! Happy headache free WOYWW

  5. Hi Maisie! Love your pages those images are so cool!! I like zentangle but don't really have the patience unfortunately. Thanks for stopping by - haven't seen this month's Craft Stamper yet, Katy did say it was going in but I didn't know when. Happy WOYWW Cindy

  6. I LOVE your zentangled letters! I find zentangling quite relaxing myself but I don't do it much.. it needs a certain 'mood' and yes, I know about hand cramp too! I love the pink/orange combination on the second spread too - I only have 4 dylusion spray colors... the rest is on my wishlist - I hope to win the lottery! Happy woyww, Marit #77

  7. Adore your Zentangle Diva, great job super colour too. Thanks for visiting me BJ#60

  8. I love your pages and the zentangle one is really great such a fun piece

    Enjoy your WOYWW sunny day today
    Ria #64

  9. Your pages are briliant! Happy WOYWW!

    Lauren x

  10. Love your layouts and THAT COLOR combo. Hadn't thought of pink and orange together. Hmmm I am with you on the Zentangle. I think I'm just to OCD but I'm determined to give it a fair shake.
    Creative Blessings! Kelly #103

  11. I love your art journal pages. The zentangle page is really cute, I love zentangle girl. Thanks for stopping by my work desk. #92

  12. Hi Maisie,
    Your zentangle page is lovely. Number one daughter is doing it for some of her GCSE art and she thinks yours is great.
    Have fun with your mini moonshines
    Rosie x

  13. I love this! Love the colours, love the layout, love the stamps and I SO understand the migraine/headache/exploding eyes (ok, the last bit was me).Beautiful xx Sand #143

  14. So sorry you have to deal with painful migraines. I have a good friend who suffers from them and she has a lot of food/drink restrictions now, but whatever gives her some relief. Those journal pages are AWESOME. I love the fun images, and the great background. I think the monster guy can handle them! Have a good week ( I took off work Monday, but no time off here..sigh!) Thanks for the kind visit! Winnie#70

  15. I can't draw or doodle...AT ALL!! That's why I stamp, lol! I have a very dear friend who can do both, and she's been "tangling" for a while now. Just in awe of those who can do it!!

    Sorry about your headaches. I get sinus headaches often, so I can kind of understand.

    Happy crafting!

  16. Your journal pages are wonderful, I love your zentangle - I agree that it can be either relaxing or stressful! Just go with the flow and don't worry!
    Lots of hugs,

  17. Your journal pages are precious! I zentangle too and I haven't in quite a while. It relaxes me after I figure out the patterns I'm going to use. That is the stressful part for me!!
    I have both of those spray inks and they are bold! I love them too!!

  18. Your zentangle is amazing. I get monster headaches too. =/ Sorry I didn't make it yesterday. Glad I stopped by today and didn't miss out on your great journal pages. SueC#94

  19. Hi Maisie.. loving your pages and the zentangling. Does it have to be really neat? mine never is as I have a bit of a carpel/R.S.I problem.
    Colours are gorgeous, you mentioned them not looking as vivid - would taking photo with 'daylight bulb' help? Sorry to hear about the migraines, DH used to get them but for some reason (touch wood) not so bad lately. ..hope you are ok now.. happy crafting Gill x #93

  20. The Zentangles are great. And, I agree that the camera never catches the full vibrancy of those Dylusion Inks - bug it still looks good!
    Thanks for visiting, as well.

    Joel (aka Barf Snoodlefart)

  21. Love your journalling. The headaches one is one I sympathise with wholeheartedly and you are so right - your young lady looks so much better covered in Zentangle. Can't wait to see more of these. Hugs, Jenny x

  22. Ouch migraines....had those for years, am taking a medication called Topomax which prevents them. This was prescribed by a neurologist and I have not had a severe migraine in almost 10 years. Your journalling is so awesome...I can't even imagine doing that delicate work with a should be patting yourself on the back, it is absolutely brilliant. Cathryn #128

  23. just LOVE your pages!!! sooooo sorry for the migraines - thankfully, i only had them as a teen!
    thank you for visiting already and leaving a lovely comment - sorry it's taken a while to reply, kids at home tend to take over :)
    belated WOYWW wishes and have a great week!
    no. 2

  24. oh my I love zentangle but cant do it to save my life
    Bridget #47

  25. Hi Maisie
    Sorry to be such a late visitor this week. The Easter hols have interfered with blogging I'm afraid!!
    Love your journal pages, they really made me chuckle. I can imagine from looking at your poor chap how horrible your migraines must be.
    Hope you still have the sunshine.
    Hugs Lisax #83

  26. Love it - amazing work. Your zen tangles don't look like you struggled with them. They are great x
    Famfa 88

  27. Hi Maisie, I love the work youu've put into your art journal, its fabulous. Thank you for the link to the roman numerals- just gotta have them! Have a great week, Shaz xx

  28. Hi Maisie, love your work - gorgeous colours and I love the little man with the headache :) Elizabeth x #95

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