Monday, 1 May 2017

Elegance and Grunge for AJJ

Hello everyone

I was so delighted and honoured to have been asked again to host this months challenge at AJJ (Art Journal Journey) 
It wasn't too difficult to think of a theme this time as I love all sorts of art and styles - pretty designs or messy ink/painty/distressed effects... so the theme I have chosen for  AJJ  is 'Elegance and Grunge'


On a double page spread I created my grungy background using a small Gelli plate as a stamp with cheap craft paints and a few stencils. Then I drew my girl and flower and painted with a mix of Neocolor 2s, Inktense pencils and coloured pencils. The rubber stamps on the flowers are from 'The Works' and old ones from 'Docrafts - see D's' range. 
To finish I added some more gesso and colour on the background to make the art pop out a bit more. The quote says ' She is messy and mad - but she has a heart of gold'.

... maybe you might only chose one of the words for your own creation...  

I hope you enjoy this challenge and have lots of fun.
I shall look forward to visiting you.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by
 and for any comments.
Gill x



  1. She is so beautiful and I can tell you that I really love all about this spread! The flower is so cool done and the quote is perfect ! Wishing you much fun with hosting AJJ this month dear Gill!I am really happy to see you as host again!
    I wish you a happy new week!
    oxo Susi

  2. Great use of the elegance and the Grunge on this spread. A beautiful face drawing us in and asking us to join the challenge--I hope I will be able to to.

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Lovely spread Gill, enjoy your month at AJJ, hugs, Valerie

  4. Elegance and grunge are wonderful themes, fantastic challenge. I like the style of your flower, great page.

  5. Great theme Gill. And I love your piece. I've got all kind of ideas rolling around in my head. Sounds like this will be a fun month. Hugs-Erika

  6. Lovely pages Gill! Your lady looks so elegant against your grunge background and I love the yellow gold flower you created too. So glad you're hosting AJJ this month and you have chosen a brilliant theme - I'll be sure to join in the fun :-) . It's typical Bank Holiday weather here too, mainly cloudy although still quite warm :-) . Happy May Day and wishing you a lovely week! J :-)

  7. A wonderful journal and the quote fits wonderfully to it .. The topic is to think for me but I hope that what comes to mind .. it really a challenge... cool!
    I'm looking forward to what comes from all the other contestants and from you!
    happy Evening

  8. A very interesting choice for art journalling!! She is lovely. We've had a mixed day here in west Midlands...showers and sunny mix!!

  9. Your portrait worked out very beautiful, Gill!
    She is nervy and mad?? :)
    I love her! And I love the way you created the flower as well.
    And now I'm thinking about what I could paint for this theme of you...
    Ich wünsche dir eine gute Woche :)

  10. She looks beautiful Gill against her grungy background. Its a fantastic new theme for AJJ.
    We have just got home and as soon I as catch up. I will be joining the fun.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Now that is one stunning drawing Gill!!
    Donna xx

  12. Beautifully done! You incorporated both themes wonderfully but I am especially drawn to how you created the flower. Simple, elegant, and grungy...a great piece to inspire us all this month!

  13. What a great theme you've chosen, Gill. Grunge gives me the impetus to do something different colourwise.
    I love your own piece, your painted lady is so proud to be the poster girl for AJJ this month.

  14. This is a beautiful page. Really in tune with the challenge. I just hope mine is a suitable effort.

  15. Love the elegance and grunge Gill the flower is lovely your painting of the Lady is really pretty. well done on hosting AJJ.

  16. Gill your beautiful lady and flower sit wonderfully amongst your grungy background. The two just seem to sit so comfortably together. Ria xxxxx

  17. OH WOW, you're hosting AJJ for this month! The half month is gone and I have read it today!
    Your painted face is so much beautiful, and it works very well on this textured background!

  18. Love the theme and your drawing! The girl looks fabulous on that grungy background. Fun quote!

  19. How utterly gorgeous she is. Love your style x adding to follow


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