Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Alcohol Ink and ProMarker Compact - PaperArtsy Challenge

It's been an odd few days and I only got back from my normal weekend of looking after Mum yesterday. I arrived on Saturday morning to find an ambulance on the driveway; my worst nightmare. Mum had been found unconscious with a head injury, her bed not slept in. My legs went from under me as I got out of the car. I went with her in the ambulance to Kingston Hospital A and E, a year to the day since the fifteen days I spend there ending in David's death. I had been wondering how I would get through this difficult weekend and this sure distracted me. I didn't want any other family members to have to be there with me, especially my sister in law. Five hours later we are heading home, with my adored Mum very chipper and looking forward to some decent grub.

I couldn't believe that I still managed to go out with Julie Ann as planned on Monday. It meant I could be with Mum first thing and stay the night with her, and she had care all day. We had a wonderful day together, visiting the brand new Great Art superstore in Shoreditch, which is a very interesting area of London. We had a delicious lunch of avocado and chilli on toast in a steamy cafe and cake in the afternoon, and I had palpitations stroking the pencils in the shop. It was such a normalising day after a traumatic time, and a great tonic to see lovely Julie Ann as you can imagine. I had nightmares last night and Colin had to wake me up from them twice, but I'm glad I made myself go out for the day. Sometimes you have to.

So, back at the 'art'. I bought a couple of those compacts that have two mirrors inside, one of them magnifying. I dabbed alcohol inks on in Wild Plum, Shell Pink, Purple Twilight, Eggplant, Currant, and Raspberry, and a little blending solution. I stamped the Lynne Perrella images and added a little colour with alcohol based promarkers and die cut. I then added resin which in fact was the epoxy resin Darcy had tried out for us some time ago from Poundland. Thanks Darcy! It does smell of fish though! It reminded me of Mum getting me to feed the neighbour's cat. Not that I feed her with superglue, that would be cruel.

I am hoping these will be good Christmas presents. They don't smell of fish now they are set hard. Honest.

Mum has no recollection at all of falling, or anything at all that happened on Saturday. So I will hold one of these mirrors up so she can see her bonce. She is not tall enough to reach any of the mirrors in the house. She thinks I have made it all up. Honestly I have better things to do.

I am entering these into the PaperArtsy alcohol inks challenge.


  1. Gosh you really have been through it haven't you. I'm so glad to hear you are all okay and your mum has no memory of her adventures.... I've been to enormous warehouse you mention and it is just amazing isn't it. Be still my beating heart! Sounds like you and Julie had a really lovely day. What a tonic! Your compact mirrors are such a lovely idea too. They turned out so well. I hope your mum won't be too horrified when she sees her poor bonce... Dear me! Sending hugs. Lx

  2. Oh Lucy... glad your Mum is ok and no serious damage.. but what a way to spend your time. So pleased you and Julie Ann had a good day out together (seems like this is a place I must investigate.....) take care.. Love your fishy smelling mirrors!! Helen xx

  3. Your mirrors are beautiful Lucy!
    So glad you're mum is ok after her fall, and that you were still able to enjoy your day out.
    Best wishes,
    Alison xx

  4. I love visiting Art shops and I would love to see that one! Glad you made it and that your mother didn't suffer anymore than a bump. Your mirror will make special pressies for some lucky ladies!

  5. Wow - fabulous colouring and the jewelled look you've created is stunning.

    I can well imagine the shock you had with your mother, but thank goodness she took no serious harm, and that you were able to take her safely home as well as enjoy your day with Julie Ann.

    Wishing you and yours a peaceful 2017.
    Alison x