About Jan T (Urquhart) Baillie

WHAT'S ON THE SITE?You can find my art, my quilts and bits and pieces of my life. I am eager to have you visit and stay awhile.Why Utopia? The dictionary definition is: uto·pia, n., Utopia, imaginary and ideal country in Utopia(1516) by Sir Thomas More, from Greek ou not, no + topos place an...

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More time for art journals

There are so many distractions when you want to make art every day. Life gets in the way so quickly, you hardly notice. I have painted nothing for almost two weeks and we are going house sitting tomorrow for ten days. Oh well! My current obsession is watercolour. I love how it blends when...

Colour swatch challenge on Journal 52

I joined a free year long journalling group which has weekly prompts. Since I joined late, I still have to catch up, but am really enjoying the challenges, and am using them to experiment with some new techniques (for me!). Week 9 was to select three swatches of colour, and create a page, so...

ink writing, song lyrics

Ink writing, song lyrics, journalling

Journal Girl gave us an assignment, to listen to a favourite song, or read a poem we liked, and make a journal page around that. This spread started with spray inks and alphabet stencils, collaged music pages and images from a magazine. I wrote the words with dark brown ink, and highlighted the abc...

Pattern and pattern on a page

Samie ( Journalgirl.com) wanted us to get out five scraps of fabric, paper or lace that were patterned and that didn’t match each other. Collaged them on a gessoed page and began to spray inks and make runs of ink, and stencilled inks. Next morning when I went to work on the page I...

Experiments with green blue and red orange journal page

Experimenting with colour complements

I bought a great book, recommended by Samie Harding (journalgirl.com), called Flavor for Mixed Media by Mary Beth Shaw. (You can buy your printed copy or a Kindle version from the links at the bottom of this post. I get a small commission which I use to help pay for my website costs.) Using...

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