Tuesday 4 March 2014

Clumber Park....more photos and a Journal Page

 Hello Lovelies,
I took so many photos on our family visit to Clumber park the other week that, even after THIS picture heavy post, I was left with many more.
I thought I would share a few more here, to get you back into the atmosphere of this wonderful spot, before I share my latest drawing.

There was such a variety of things to see on that sunny day.
The formal bits.........


The woody bits.........

The watery bits..........


The busy bits.........

The special kitchen garden bit...........

The yarny bits............


The Floral bits ( though there were not many of those in February ).........

The behind the scenes bits ...........

The funny bits..........

The knitted bunting............

 And the birds................

All these images have been going around in my brain over the past week or so. Ideas have been forming .
There has been plenty of "thinking time" ( a phrase my lovely Dad used to use when he was in the early stages of planning his latest project).
Little sketches have been made on scraps of paper, then bigger sketches have been made.
I decided to try including some photos for the first time.

You lovelies know the colouring is my most favourite part. All the difficult decisions  and tricky drawing is done . I can just get out my coloured pencils and make it come alive.

Here is the finished page.............

            As always you can click on the images to see them larger in a light box.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out, but I do wish it was easier to take a decent photo of my drawings. I did try.

Here are some close ups....they always turn out better...........

 I did a border of bikes , they were easier to draw than the wellies. 

And I included a photo of my favourite yarny apple..........

I had fun with this map of our route around the lake...........

The photos I included were of things that I wanted to remember, but that would be too tricky for me to draw. So there's one with my little family enjoying their rest. And one of the amazing Victorian greenhouse............

Clumber is a National Trust property so I included their oak leaf logo ..........

And I also tried out my new date stamp. I've seen journal pages with this retro feature and liked this fun way to include the date in my design. It reminds me of an old Library stamp, but this clever little thing is self inking..........

Of course I have my photos and blog posts, so there is no need to do these drawings to record special times. But  I loved the whole creative process.

And the finished page makes me very happy.

Thank you so much for your congratulations on my exciting crochet news. If you have just found me via Simply Crochet magazine....Hello and Welcome.
Don't forget there will be a little give-away here later this week :0)
Jacquie x


  1. A beautiful sketch and a lovely way to record your family day out.

  2. A wonderful day out, the photography and sketching are stunning. Such a great idea to combine both to record it, well done.

  3. A beautiful page. I enjoy scrapbooking - printing a few special photos and making it into a page for my scrapbook. Have a good week. X

  4. Great journal page....love how you've mixed your artwork and photography, oh and loving that date stamp too! :) x

  5. Lovely painting. Looks like you had a wonderful day out
    Julie xxxxxxxx

  6. A beautiful and stunning page Jacquie. Oh Jacquie, I would love to own a book (if you ever decide to publish) of your stories with drawings. I can hardly wait for my copy of Simply Crochet, two of my favourite people Yourself and Lucy in an issue - Bliss.

  7. It's a lovely page, your drawings are lovely, like Irene I'm waiting for Simply Crochet to come out I'm really looking forward to it!

  8. I agree with Irene....I would stand in line, for a book with your drawing collections !!

  9. I am indeed very impressed by your journal and this page is so full of beautiful drawings. It draws me straight away. I really think you should seriously consider publication. As others have commented here too I would definitely buy a copy! It is such a fascinating way to recording family outings and events.

    keep well

    Amanda x

  10. Another lovely journal/doddle page it's really great. I just love that yarny apple every time I see it
    Clare x

  11. Wonderful pics, as always, and very nice drawing, you're really gifted! :) Have a nice week! ;)

  12. I love your way of recording your special visits and memories Jacquie and that surely must have been a most enjoyable outing, thank you for sharing it! Joy xo

  13. I LOVE this journal page! Your journaling is one of my favorite things about your blog - I just love all of the details. I hadn't seen the date stamp used on journaling yet, I really like that too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. The journal page certainly won't have you forgetting your excursion in a hurry. It's really sweet. Love the idea of bird feeders. It is awesome. Well done to the Trust. :)

  15. The photos are all so pretty that I can't decide which I like best... The apple is very high on my list though! And what a lovely idea to mix them with your drawing! Oh how I wish I could draw because I would love to keep such diary pages!
    Take care,

  16. I love your drawings Jacquie and I admire your talent very much.

  17. It looks like a wonderful time. I really l-o-v-e the drawing, and the date stamp idea! I too like to draw holiday memories. :)

  18. Your photos are super - I really like the picture you drew - you are so talented.

  19. How utterly wonderful! I know you have your gorgeous photos, but to me your collage with your drawings and colouring is even more special - art captures the spirit behind the event! I see your drawing and I just get the urge to take out my embroidery hoop and start stitching...those birds on the feeder...the flask...it all just seems so stitchable! Chrissie x ps CONGRATULATIONS on your Simply Crochet article! I loved opening it up to see a "familiar" face! :-)

  20. Only found you recently from someone else's blog. Love everything the wool conversations the photos and your delightful drawings. When I see is time to read your next blog I am very happy. Also love the tutorial links - not ready to do anything quite yet have too many projects on but I'm making a list. Thank you :)

  21. Hi Jacquie, Loved your journal page. Reminds me of Susan Branch's work. Great work!


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