Monday, 15 January 2018

Watercolour portrait play

Hello friends, - today I have another little portrait and some warm up exercises to share. These were inspired by the second week of Lifebook 2018. This week we had a guest teacher, Andrea Gomoll, who inspired us to work creatively with water colour. Loved her class!

Here first of all are two warm up excercises, the first one followed her instructions pretty much exactly.
I just did it in my own chosen colours and elements. Adding the water droplets was an idea from Shirley Deatcher from Papercreations by Shirley, who is also doing the Lifebook classes. I think many of you will know her, if not check her out, she is an amazing artist!
With this next one something went wrong and it became a complete wet mess, so I put some clingfilm all over the wet painting and let it dry. This then gave me the background to add the other elements.
Finally, the main project of this class, a watercolour portrait with an inspirational quote. Andrea's portrait style is very different from mine. At first I tried to follow her style (more cute), but I absolutely could not do it and failed miserably, so in the end I gave up and did my own style of portrait... There apparently is something deep inside me that really resist "cute" lol.....

Anyway, that's it for today. Hope you are not getting too bored with all my portraits, I am trying to keep these posts short as I know how busy we all are, - but in any case, thanks for your visit, and happy creating!

Friday, 12 January 2018

The world is full of magic things

Hello friends, - today I have another journal spread to share, this time nothing to do with Lifebook 2018. I started this weeks ago in my Jane Davenport journal, and finally got round to finishing it.
The background was created first, using a mix of collage, acrylic and watercolour paints. I then added the girl with the help of water soluable crayons, Tombow markers and Prisma colour pencils, plus some Stabilo all pencil and marker pen to add more detail.
The face turned out quite patchy, because of having done the background first. I also really need to get some flesh coloured acrylic paint.....

I added a hand lettered quote that I found on Pinterest I think. I love the thought behind it, trying to paint portraits certainly make you look more closely at faces, and the human face, particularly the eyes, always fill me with wonder.
Here is a close-up of the background. After having completed the face I added some stamping and stencilling.
A little tiara on her hair and a scrap of a paper napkin, finished it all off.

Well that's it for today. I will probably be back with a few more Lifebook creations in a few days time.
I will add this piece to the lovely ladies at AJJ  again
Meanwhile, thanks for your visit like always.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Garden Fairy, Lifebook 2018 no 2

Hello friends, before I share today's piece I woudl like to welcome all the new followers who have joined me since the beginning of this year. Thank you so much for joining me here. I also want to thank you for your kind comments on my previous page.

Today I am ready to share my next page, which is more coplex, though using many similar techniques. Again I can't really share them, as they are part of the Lifebook 2018 classes, but as you can probably see I have stepped right out of my usual comfortable colour scheme....
I love painting these kind of semi realistic portraits, but always have a hard time showing them, as there is so much I still need to learn, but of course, that is partly what this journey is all about.
I also attempted some hands (so hard) and my little bird, part of my chosen theme for this year, makes an appearance again too.
I am not really into "cute", but I do love whimsical, so a few whimsical houses make an appearance also....
And finally some stars in the background, I love stars, they did not quite come out the way I wanted, - but so be it.
Well there you have it, - I followed some of Tamara's example but then pretty much went my own way, just using her techniques for inspiration.

So that's it, my garden fairy, who is meant to be my muse for the coming year, whether she will or not will remain to be seen, - but one thing is certain, I am really enjoying Lifebook, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for some new art inspiration this year.

I am linking this piece to Art Journal Journey were this month's theme is "New Year New Adventures"
Thanks for coming by like always, and happy creating!

Monday, 8 January 2018

A New Adventure

Hello friends and thanks for dropping in. Just recently (or to be honest for quite a while really) I have been in dire need of some inspiration for my art and creativity. So after thinking about it for some time, I decided to join Tamara Laporte  from Willowing Lifebook 2018 classes. Here is my very first creation from the first class: It is just a warm up excercise, but I had great fun with it.
Obviously I cannot reveal the techniques used, as they are part of Tam's class. She has called this first class "Make your Mark", and it is full of personal symbolism, letting go of old stuff and opening yourself up for new things. (Lifebook lasts for a whole year).
You choose your own totem animal, - I chose birds and feathers. You are also to choose your word for the year. I had chosen Transformation as my word a while back already, but as that seems to be just about every second person's word this year, I changed mine to Realize, I like the double meaning of the word, - you realize, as in understand/discover, but also you realize in the sense of bringing things into reality, if that makes any sense. I chose birds and feathers as I love drawing and painting them and they symbolize flying free to me. Anyway, that's enough waffle, here are a few more close ups:

More birds, this one was a scrap of washi tape, on some text paper.
And another one from the same washi tape, I enhanced it a little with a black pen to bring it out a bit more from its background.
Well, that's it for now. I am nearly done with my next painting and will be sharing that in a few days time.
Thanks for your visit like always

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Bullet Journal, - the journey continues

Hello lovely visitors, - I hope the new year has started well for you so far.
Today I am sharing some of my completed bullet journal pages and my set up for Janauary so far.
There is not much to say about the pages really, I think they speak for themselves.
Here first of all are my final December pages:

All the elements are hand drawn. For those of you who are into stationery, I used Micron pens, Tombow Brushmarkers and Crayola Supertips. I just noticed that I photographed the above spread before it was filled in, trust me, I filled all of it in by now 😄.

For the new year I decided to change things up a bit, - this is what I love about bullet journaling, it is totally up to you how you want to do it.

A hand-lettered quote and the 2018 title page, because I starated in October there is still loads of space left in this journal, so I decided to just continue in the same one ( The Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal).
This is probaly my favourite page in the whole journal so far, unlike the January page below, which I don't like at all, but hey ho, some pages work and some don't, I guess it's all good practice. That's one of the things I like about bullet journaling, not only does it help me to stay on track, it also makes me paint and draw almost every day.

I decided to go with a sort of snowy wintry theme for my January pages, and my accent colour is grey. There will be more January pages to follow, but for now I will finish with my future log where I can note down any main things coming up between now and June.
Well that's it for now, thanks for your visit. I know this is not the usual mixed media stuff I normally blog, but it's part of my artistic journey right now, and therefore I decided to post these kind of spreads here every once in a while. I have decided to add this to Susi's Art Journal Journey where the theme is new adventures.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Three is not a Crowd for Frilly and Funkie

Hello lovely visitors, I hope you are all well and happy. Today I am sharing a special card with you created for a guest designer post for the Frilly and Funkie blog.
I was lucky enough to be the winner of the Frilly and Funkie November challenge and was invited to do a guest post for their latest challenge theme which is "Three is not a Crowd"
This is what Cec, who is the challenge host had to say about the challenge:
Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes three of something. Examples of three of something could be three different patterned papers, three colours, three layers, three flowers, three bows – the list goes on. This would be a perfect time to use some of the new supplies you received for Christmas or to make space in your stash by using up old supplies. Just remember to think in multiples of three.

Well, this theme had me well stumped for the longest time, but in the end I came up with this card that is based on triangles. I also tried to include threes in some of the embellishments.
So here is a short description of how I made it:
This is what you will need:
1 sheet of 12 x 12 card for your substrate, - I used Kraft card
1 sheet of 12 x 12 card or paper for matting
Either scrapbook paper or card for your final layer.
Inks, stamps and stencils plus whatever you like to decorate and finish your card.

I created a template to help with the construction:
1.To create the triangle, mark the middle of the top and bottom side, put your ruler along and draw a line of about 2.5" down. Next go to the bottom right corner and draw a line the the line you just drew and make a mark at exactly 12". Do the same from the left bottom corner and where the two meet is the top of your triangle.
2. Cut out your triangle.

3. Score and fold as shown on the template, below you can see which are valley and which are mountain folds.
4. Now comes the tricky part, matting and layering. There are no doubt many ways to do this, I created another template using strips of white card:
Truth is, it did not turn out very accurately and if I did it again I would probably create another triangle, slightly smaller and use that to mat by cutting the different sections just slightly smaller too.

Anyway, on to the decortaion. I used distress inks, stamps and stencils for mine, below first the inside and back and then some close ups of the different sections:

Here are somee of the smaller triangles and one of the other sections, I mostly used various Tim Holtz layering stencils and a variety of stamps, stamped either in Distress or Archival inks in various green tones.

And here you see the card when folded together:

I added a little bird image to each of th 3 panels that show at the front. They are from an old Kaisercraft collection I had in my stash.

A larger one was added to the central triangle in the middle together with a little sentiment from one of Tim Holtz's stickers.
Finally 3 little roses and a little metal leaf decorate the top, - see I tried to stick with the theme of threes.... :o)

Well, that's it for now, thank you for your visit and thank you to the team over at Frilly and Funkie for the honour of creating this little project for them.

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