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18 January 2017

A Little Nonsense

The inspiration for Wanderlust Week 2 comes from Mary Wangerin.

She used a quotation by Roald Dahl as inspiration for her artwork,
so I looked for one that would inspire me.

"A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men."


Thus A Little Nonsense was created.


I used a piece of cardboard, 6 x 6 inches, coating it first with white gesso.


I then added pieces of paper & washi tape to cover my "canvas".

I left it overnight to dry thoroughly.

Next came a coating of clear gesso.


Around the edges I added white acrylic paint, over crackle glaze,
then rubbed Distress Inks (broken china & picket fence)
& Gelatos (Chocolate & Snow Cone).


To create my focal point, I added a piece of torn cardboard box
& my favourite butterfly, covered in Perfect Pearls.


Guess I didn't quite follow the lesson,
but I like it.



10 January 2017

Let's Play

I was able to have some quiet time to myself today,
so I replayed the Wanderlust Week One video lesson by Kasia
& made another page for my journal.


This time I used her printable collage sheet,
made some washi-style tape
& just played.

Which is number one on my list.


The photograph is an old family picture.
They look as though they are mid-stride
as they walk along the promenade at the coast,
on their own adventure.


The couple wearing hats are my Great-Grandparents.

The base is a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology kraft cardstock.
This piece has a star resist motif.


I have also used his Distress Crayons
(picked raspberry & spiced marmalade)
together with a black Stabilo All pencil.


I love the different layers & textures.


07 January 2017

Start as you mean to go on

is a year long online mixed media & art journal course,
run by Kasia & Jamie at
.
Each week there will be video tutorials to guide & inspire us.

Last year I used a small Dylusion Art Journal,
which I loved,
however as the year progressed & my journal got fatter,
it got harder & harder to work in.

This year I have decided to create my own journal,
using a variety of loose pages,
all measuring 5½ by 8 inches.


The journal cover is a piece of corrugated card,
covered in a textured wallpaper sample,
with Tim Holtz Grungeboard alpha & numerals.


The inside cover holds the three words
I chose to focus on during this year long course.

play
refine
develop

Week 1
I am starting simply.


My paper this week is watercolour paper.

Background of acrylic paint (Pistachio)
a little mixed with Golden Soft Gel Medium (to add transparency),
a little mixed with Golden White Gesso.

A hint of stencilling, using gesso,
then splattered with watered down white gesso
& watered down acrylic paint (Black).


This week we were encouraged to spend some time to gather
& record our thoughts, creating a statement of intent
for the New Year.

Mine were printed & adhered with gel medium.

The word January was cut from a calendar,
(free with this month's Waitrose magazine).


Finally some Distress Crayon (mustard seed & twisted citron)
& Dylusions Paint Pen (White Linen)
& Ohto Fude Ball 1.5 (Black)


05 January 2017

Video: My 2016 Art Journal

During 2016, I completed a page in my Art Journal,
each week for 52 weeks,
inspired by the creative prompts on Colour Me Positive,
graphics from past Brave Girl University classes
& incorporating my set of Artist Trading Cards
made for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge,
on my year long theme of
 Resilience.

I have gone back,
at various stages,
throughout the year
& added to the pages,
here & there.

Therefore I have made a short video
so you can see the completed art journal,
page by page.

I hope you enjoy watching.

04 January 2017

Art Journal Week 52

This is my art journal page for week 52,
the final week in my 2016 Art Journal.


I have used graphics from past classes at BGU.


The Artist Trading Card (ATC) is the final in my series
for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.
You can read more about it here.


The background has a white gesso base,
with a thin layer of watered down acrylic paint (Pistachio),

Here are my art journal pages for weeks 51 & 52 side by side.


The last two words from the book I have used to source text,
seems quite apt here.


31 December 2016

Just a Point of View

The Alpha Challenge at The Craft Barn was a year long creative challenge,
using a letter from the alphabet every two weeks as inspiration.

The last letter (as the letters were not done in alphabetical order) is
P
& we must include the definition of our chosen word.

I have chosen
Perspective.


The image is from The Graphics Fairy


The definition is torn from an old English dictionary.


The additional words are cut from an old book.

My creative focus this year was Resilience.

I thoroughly enjoyed pouring through my favourite novel,
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin,
looking for just the right words to use for each chosen word definition.


This final ATC will have a place in my Art Journal for Week 52.

Here is a short video of the complete collection.



Finally, I just want to give a recap
of the other supplies I used during this project.


Patterned Paper: K & Company K-ology Addison
Dictionary Definitions: Collins Gem English Dictionary 1987 edition
Additional Words: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin

28 December 2016

Art Journal Week 51

This is my art journal page for week 51.


Firstly, this is a quotation that has been with me throughout 2016,
so I thought it needed a special place in my journal.




The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is
Sharing your Soul, through Creativity.


I have used graphics from past classes at BGU.


For my last double page spread, I looked back through my journal
to find my favourite background from the whole year.

This technique was from Weeks 27 & 28.

One of the most simplest, yet most effective, has a white gesso base,
a thin layer of watered down acrylic paint (again I used Pistachio),
then I dabbed the excess off with a paper towel,
which left a soft mottled look.

To draw the grid I used my template, as always.

My card template after one year.

Firstly I outlined the grid with a normal graphite pencil,
then I drew over those lines with my Black Stabilo All pencil.

Taking my waterbrush, I went over those lines to create a strong outline.

21 December 2016

Art Journal Week 50

This is my art journal page for week 50.


The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is Comparision.


I have used graphics from past classes at BGU.


The Artist Trading Card (ATC) is for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.
You can read more about it here.


The background has a white gesso base,
with Distress Crayon (Picked Raspberry) by Ranger
 & Gelatos (Red Cherry) by Faber Castell,
with some washi tape to finish.


Here are my art journal pages for weeks 49 & 50 side by side.


17 December 2016

Changing your Mind

The Alpha Challenge at The Craft Barn is a year long creative challenge,
using a letter from the alphabet every two weeks as inspiration.

The next letter (as it is not being done in alphabetical order) is
M
& we must include the definition of our chosen word.

I have chosen
Mind.


The image is from The Graphics Fairy.


The definition is torn from an old English dictionary.


The additional words are cut from an old book.


The ATC will have a place in my Art Journal for Week 50.

14 December 2016

Art Journal Week 49

This is my art journal page for week 49.


The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is New Beginnings.

This is the first prompt set by Kylie Fowler,
the new owner of Lulu Art in Australia,
who has also decided to take over Lisa's inspiring weekly art journal prompts.


I have taken the words from the last card in my 2016 ICAD series.


I have used graphics from past classes at BGU.


The background has a white gesso base,
with Distress Crayon (Picked Raspberry) by Ranger
 & Gelatos (Red Cherry) by Faber Castell,
with some washi tape to finish.