Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Do what you can.......

Before I went on holiday to Sunless Spain I was contemplating the fact that I couldn't go a whole week without being creative but was under the restraints of not being able to take too much stuff - I always carry a mini Moleskine journal with me and a few pens but decided just to shove a few water soluble wax pastels and a water-brush in my case. Just a couple of days before I went I came across some words posted on someones blog - sadly I cant remember where I read them or else I would credit the author - but they hit home as they read
 'Do what you can, with what you have, when you can'

So I did....

and I had plenty of time to people watch ..

Mostly I just used the stash I took with me

But also used a piece of the paper table mats the hotel used at breakfast time 
and some coffee used as paint
Its a shame you cant see on this page how shiny it is - I discovered you can buff up wax pastels

Then Georgina had a go, fascianted by the fact the pastels could be blended with water and the fact mum was doing strange things with coffee

Not to be left out Ed had a go 

and sketched out his designs for a rocket launcher and a ball launcer 
(these designs are copyrighted - they may make his fortune one day!!)

You can have a lot of fun with just a few supplies!

BTW.... back to the first photo - when did the term 'Zentangle' suddenly arrive?? Its not new, I can remember doodling like this when I was a teenager many years ago, inspired by my best school friend who had doodles like that all over her diary - I am talking many moons ago!

PS..... forgot to mention that I also took along my new Posca Pens, which are fab because they write over Wax (and virtually any surface you want them to) I was told about these by Karen who left a comment on an earlier post and recommended them - thanks Karen for sharing about these little beauties!


  1. That is wonderful, but where is Matts? A real crafty family.

  2. They are all terrific pages and so individual, a great memory Nicks. Annette x

  3. these are all gorgeous pages, i love the colours one YUM and your sons pages are brilliant !!!!!

  4. Hi Nicks
    Lovin your pages every one! I often spend long hours in waiting rooms waiting for my partner so I have a mini kit I take with me and rade the pictures out of magazines. Love what you've achieved with your limited supplies
    x Michelle

  5. What great pages! Love them all! Great quotes as ell!

  6. you are very talented and creative

  7. I have recently discovered the most amazing stationery store in town called Typo. Next pay I'm buying me an art journaling pack. You've inspired me, Nicky!!

  8. hiya :) just found your blog and I love your journal art. Gorgeous!! Especially that top one, and I didn't realise that type of doodling had a name either. Am totally gonna have to try that pastel thing now

  9. These are beautiful journal pages. You've inspired me to dust mine off and actually use it ~ thank you!


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