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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Keep Your Heart Open

For those of you who came for a desk snoop yesterday as part of WOYWW 206, they will have seen this page in progress.

I started this page at a class, continued it at home but then left it to one side whilst I deliberated what was missing.  Yesterday I decided that it had to be finished and to crack on with it no matter what!  So, now I'm happy with it and I can pop it on my blog for everyone to see - yeay!!

The inspiration for this page was my big bunny Bruno.  

We got our first English Lop, Petie, in September and as soon as I saw him I loved him.  He was the most gentle rabbit and he loved to be held.  Sadly, he died on the day we returned from our holiday at Christmas and we were really sad.  

I went back to the breeder to get another big rabbit and I chose Bruno.  However, its always hard to open you heart to a new pet when you are missing one you just lost but he's won me over with his gorgeous personality and kind nature.  

I decided to draw a stylised version of him and colour
him in the distress inks.

Relaxing in the garden
The background was created with dylusions spray inks and stencils.  

To be honest, I've shied away from the spray inks as they are quite messy and my workspace is rather small with my computer, carpets and white blinds to consider (not exactly ideal!!).  However, for this page I flooded the paper and then splodged it down on my craft mat and it was such fun that I'm actually keen to give it another go!  The only problem is that now the edges of at least half my new art journal are red!!!

I added quite a lot of texture stamps and other bits and bobs to create background interest before sitting my rabbit on some old sheet music, tinted with Distress Ink.

I cut my heart and added some wings and doodling and then finished the page with the paper banner edges and the title.

Investigating the camera

I am entering this page into the Craft Room Challenge to stamp your own background and also as a new entry in the Creative Corner blog as it's Anything Goes so my rabbit should be OK over there!!

Have a great week whatever you are up to.



  1. I love this bunny, I am sure Bruno will love it too xx

  2. Hi Alexa, glad to see you finished your journal page. LOVE it!! Love rabbits, we used to rise them YEARS ago, until a pack of dogs destroyed them. So devistating I just couldn't start over. Looks like you have a sweethear there in Bruno.

  3. Oh Alexa so sorry about Petie and I am sure Bruno has his own special place in your heart, he looks a gorgeous bunny. You have depicted him beautifully in your journal (clever you drawing him like this), I love the colours and imagery. This has great depth. My journal is like yours too, colours creeping through to the next pages lol.
    Hope all is well.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. Gorgeous photos, journal page & colours! I have never seen such a big rabbit, he is lovely - looks like he is a big softy! Valerie

  5. Fantastic card completely unique a terrific work of art. thank you for sharing with us at Craft-room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  6. Gorgeous journal page, thanks for sharing your memory. The new addition to your family looks adorable and cuddly.
    Yvonne x

  7. Oh my Alexa, you must have super toned arms from lifting up that big cuddly bundle! Your journal page is fabulous, I so wish I could do art like this. Xx

  8. How cool, that's a fantastic page.

  9. I absolutely love your page, Alexa - both the vivid red and the fab texty border bunting, and your rabbit drawing is just wonderful... but with inspiration like those beautiful Lops, is it any wonder? They are both stunning - so sad losing a pet, but wonderful to have found a new friend too.
    Alison x

  10. He is HUGE! wow, I didn't know they could get so big, and I love that they like to be held too! LOVE your canvas, it's adorable!! Thank you so much for stoppin by my blog, I always love having visitors!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  11. Love your bunny! He is bigger than my cat lol! Adorable. Your canvas is stunning. So much depth has been achieved on the background. Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room this fortnight. Wishes, Suzanne

  12. WOW! this is amazing! I love the bright colours and all the detail is amazing! and the rabbit is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at Our Creative Corner - Love from Laura xxx

  13. I can really see how you have been inspired by that fabulous bunny. Absolutely wonderful journalling. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time, hugs Jenny x

  14. Beautiful page, I love the colors. Your bunny is huge, but ever so cute =)

  15. Alexa, I just love Bruno, naively I didn't know bunnies could be so big! He looks so cuddly :-) sad about Petie, cause he looked so soft and cuddly too,
    your journal page is divine too, thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Room Challenge, Debi x


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