When you make a conscious choice to be happy, no one can take it away from you because no one gave it to you: you gave it to yourself.

A quote from April Green's - Bloom For Yourself Journal

Wednesday, 19 June 2013



Desk dashers should dash over to Julia's to link up and join in, or just to see what on Earth this is all about & why!!

Okay my desk -

An ever growing pile of stamps including my new Dylusions & Tim Holtz purchases. Those beady eyes of some of you may spot a few more Copic sketch markers in my collection. Yep I needed a new colour combo ( you'll see it when I do my hair colouring tutorial).

Beautiful sunshine!

Window side is in-between I guess, a few things on the window sill ready & waiting and then last night I decided to finish off the page in my art journal. A new thing for me really. But I'm liking the freedom and gives a chance to get inky and messy if I choose. This finished page was inspired by a video Dyan from Dylusions did a while ago using black and white.

Anyway that's me showing my space this week. While you are here may I point out I've finally got myself in gear and have responded to many of you all asking me to do tutorials. So now there's a dedicated page for my tutorials, so they are easy to find but I will post them too so people will know when a new one appears!!

Take care Zo xx


Jackie said...

Nice stamps you have on your desk and good to hear you saying your using the Dylusions sprays ... I'm waiting for the day you have a messy desk, as you always seem so tidy!!!

Unknown said...

Morning Zo - the sunshine hasn't reached Derby yet! I have pen envy right now. What a fab collection and very neatly displayed. Love the Zentangle borders on your art journal page. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 78

Francesca said...

Great journal pages,Francesca #44

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. Wow, your journal page is wonderful. Ali x #79

Uniflame said...

I really like the shade of blue you used! Very pretty! - Uniflame 83

Helen said...

love that black and white journal page!! Have a great week Helen , 31

Jacqueline said...

Loving those journal pages!

I can't wait to get 'crafting' again! I have missed it so much.

Take care and happy woyww!

Jackie x

sandra de said...

I am always amazed at how many copic markers are on different desks. Your journal is coming along beautifully.
Sandra @105

Anonymous said...

Does that say Be a Goat not a Sheep?? You really must explain that....
ALMOST sunny hear, not quite, but warm. So glad to have a big window over my desk!

Happy WOYWW!
Mary Anne (19)

My name is Cindy said...

Ho Zo - always impressed by all those markers!! Love that black and white page, absolutely stunning. Have a great day, Cindy

Annie Claxton said...

Your art journal looks really fantastic and I am VERY jealous of you rCopic markers ... intrigues to know how they will be involved in hair colouring??? Annie C #114

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Wow, I love that art journal page. I do like images which are white on black, don't ask me why, I just do! The blue adds an extra facet to it all...great stuff!
Hugs, LLJ 43 xx

JoZart Designs said...

The black and white page is really effective.
I agree that your desk does alway look tidy even though you are being creative. We need a tutorial on staying that way!
Jo x

SandeeNC said...

LOVE your B/W art journal page, so pretty! Thank you so much for visiting my "floor of shame today", lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

ria gall said...

Hi Zoe
your desk is looking great I am loving your new purchases. That journal page is amazing I love how stunning it is
Have a great WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #47

Monique said...

Lovely journal pages you have there.
Have wonderful week, Happy WOYWW. xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Tutorials are a pressure, so whilst everyone appreciates your effort and frankly, your talent, please dont be stressed or over worked by them, huh. Yep, I totally see the you NEEDED a new colour set...I mean, it's not like you use any other colours for the tute, huh!!

KatzElbows said...

I really love that journal page. I love the grid with its wavy lines and the combination of words and drawings. Just fabulous. And I'm really glad you're enjoying having somewhere to play. I enjoy having a pressure free space to create.

Thank you so much for visiting.
Happy WOYWW.
Cheers, Rachel.

Darnell said...

Oh my gravy, Zo, what a pile of NBUS stamps you have there! Just using those will keep you busy for ages! Awesome art journal page!!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping in to the Playhouse and letting me know you came by! Darnell #20

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Zo
Oh it is fab to see sunshine on your desk along with all those gorgeous stamps. love your page too
janet #42

Daniella said...

I love all the stamps and inks I see!! And the "hair coloring" tutorial threw me off for a second. I thought you meant actual hair! And I was like "how will she color her hair with Copics"? Then I realized you meant coloring hair, like a stamped image hair!! I cracked myself up over that!!!
Your art journal looks wonderful!!

Nan G said...

Love the finished black n white page...really cool!! Digging the stencil or as you all,call them, masks. :) Happy WOYWW! Nan G #3

The Taming of the Glue said...

Loving the journaling! I've got that Dylusions mask and it's fantastic. Happy (late) WOYWW. Pam#38

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never owned a Copic, but they sure make pretty additions to your desk. And your have more stamps on your desk than I own!! I sure like those journaling pages. Black and white are always favorites of mine. Have a super slightly late WOYWW from #17.