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19 July 2017

Fly

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.


The prompt for Week 27 was a visual one,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


15 July 2017

The One Day Project: True Blues

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

06 July 2017

Stay true ...

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 26 was Z for Zentangle.


I covered the playing card in Ranger's Texture Paste
& once dry, painted it black.

A few splatters of white gesso completed the background.

I drew my tangles on a piece of heart shaped watercolour paper
& added my printed words.

As we are halfway through the challenge,
I put together a short video flip through
of the altered playing cards thus far.



Do you have a favourite?
I'd love to know which one & why.
Just leave a comment below.

05 July 2017

Be yourself

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 25 was Y for Yellow.


I used a layer of white mulberry paper
to partially obscure the playing card image of the Queen of Hearts.

Next came a piece of pale yellow handmade paper,
edged with Distress Crayon (black soot).

The butterfly is an image from Brave Girl University
& the girl is a Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

There is also a small piece of lace,
three yellow glitter gems
& printed words.

28 June 2017

Playtime

Week 25 on the Wanderlust online course had a technical lesson
by Jamie Avery on using metal,
whilst Kasia's lesson was using air dried clay
to create a tile reinforcing our course values from January.

My three words from January were

play
refine
develop

I picked the shortest to fit onto my tile.



Once kneaded, I used a wooden rolling pin to roll out my clay,
then pressed in some Tim Holtz Grungboard letters to spell my word.

I also used a K & Company key
& some old lace
& an embossing tool to make indents into the soft clay.

Once dried, I added colour.
I used
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (broken china/peeled paint/weathered wood)
Dina Wakley Media Glazing Medium
Ranger Perfect Pearls
Uni-ball Signo Permanent Ink pens (Gold/White)

I think next time I will gesso my piece before adding the colour,
as most of it has absorbed into the clay.

Also my tile was too thin & indents dried too small
to add the other items I really wanted to include,
to make it a truly mixed media piece.

25 June 2017

The One Day Project: Magpie Mail

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

24 June 2017

Do they know you care?

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge
using prompts & inspiration from Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 24 was X for XOXO.


The background is patterned paper by Docrafts
& the image is a Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

21 June 2017

Wear your wings with pride

Another altered playing card for
#52CafeCards
which is a year long creative challenge,
following prompts provided by Marta Lapkowska.

The prompt for Week 23 was W for Wings.


The background is patterned paper by Docrafts
& the image is a Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

14 June 2017

2017 Index Card A Day - 6 to 10



Below are the results from the second week
of the Index Card A Day creative challenge,
which began on 1st June.

I am not following Tammy's daily prompts,
instead I am working my way through a new art book
to find my daily inspiration.

This year I am using
abstracts in acrylic & ink
by
Jodi Ohl

Index Card 6

Index Card 7

Index Card 8

Index Card 9

Index Card 10

Another week, another set of completed index cards,
none of which appear anything like Jodi's examples,
but each one will act as a reference guide for her techniques.

It's all about learning
as I play.
Learning what I like,
learning what I don't like,
finding out which ones
have the loudest voice
& speak to me.

07 June 2017

2017 Index Card A Day - 1 to 5



The Index Card A Day creative challenge,
began on 1st June.

This is my third year & as I did last year,
 I am using a new art book
to find my daily inspiration.

For me, ICAD is the perfect excuse
to open a previously unread book
& explore it's hidden depths.

This year I am using
abstracts in acrylic & ink
by
Jodi Ohl

Index Card 1

Index Card 2

Index Card 3

Index Card 4
Index Card 5

None of these turned out the way I had expected.

I am out of my comfort zone,
experiencing uncertainty & surprise,
delight & frustration,
& a strong determination to continue.

It is all about the doing,
the daily practice of being creative in some way,
forming habits,
exercising those creative muscles
& having fun.