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28 September 2016

Art Journal Week 37

This is my art journal page for week 37.


The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is Change.


The two Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) use graphics from BGU.


This week saw the launch of the first British polymer banknote, a £5 note.

I like the smaller size & the transparent section.


The background has a white gesso base coat & colour added using
Gelatos (Margarita Mix/Orange Soda & Chocolate)
Distress Crayon (mustard seed & spiced marmalade)
Distress Ink (spiced marmalade)
Tim Holtz Stencil (Dot Fade)

The grid was drawn in with a Stabilo All Black Pencil.

17 September 2016

Art Journal Week 36

This is my art journal page for Week 36.


I followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive (CMP), which this week was Travel.

I decided to sign up for Wanderlust 2017 this week.


The inchies are from BGU.



The Artist Trading Card was made for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.


You can read more about it here.

To create the background
I used Distress Crayons
(twisted citron/mermaid lagoon/peacock feathers)
over a white gesso base.

The grid was drawn with my Dylusions Black Paint Pen.

Here are the pages from week 35 & 36 together.


14 September 2016

Always look on the bright side

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
O
& we must include the definition of our chosen word.

I have chosen the word
Optimism.


The image of the lady is from a Crafty Computer Paper CD.


The definition is torn from an old English dictionary
& the additional words are cut from an old book.


This ATC will have a place in my Art Journal for Week 36.

10 September 2016

Art Journal Week 35

This is my art journal page for week 35.


The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is Generosity.


The two Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) use a graphic from BGU.


The definition is torn from an old dictionary.


The inchie is also from BGU.

"I love square forms"
This inchie is a reminder of the Willem Sandberg exhibition
which I visited during this week.


We started a new month this week.

The three butterflies are from Crafty Computer Paper.

To create the page background,
I first coated the page in white gesso.

This time I used my Gelatos by Faber-Castell
(Snow Cone/Margarita Mix/Pistachio)
using my waterbrush
& my Dylusions paint pen
(black marble)
to create my grid & doodle.

07 September 2016

Planning ahead

September has arrived
& with it thoughts of what next year might bring.

I am still enjoying working through my 2016 Art Journal,
using prompts from Colour Me Positive
& incorporating my Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
made following
The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge letter prompts.

During the summer, I joined in with the
Index Card a Day (ICAD2016).
It was a fantastic way to interact with like minded artists,
so I hope to take part next year.

Also during the summer,
there was an online course by Tim Holtz
This was a recap of his two previous courses
prior to launching Creative Chemistry 103.

I enjoyed the summer,
creating without reason,
trying out new ideas,
working with new products & techniques,
without the pressure of creating a "finished" piece.

I want 2017 to be a year of freedom

exploring,
playing
& learning.

So with this in mind ...

I am planning to sign up for ...


For more detail, visit Everything Art.

This is a year long online course,
with 20+ fellow artists
sharing their knowledge,
style,
& ideas.

31 August 2016

Art Journal Week 34

This is my art journal page for Week 34.


I followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive (CMP), which was Being the Best,
with an additional prompt of superpower.


So if you could have one superpower,
what would it be?


The inchie graphic is from BGU.


The Artist Trading Card was made for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.

You can read more about it here.

To create the background
I used Distress Crayons
(twisted citron/mermaid lagoon/peacock feathers)
over a white gesso base.


The grid was drawn with my Dylusions Black Paint Pen.

Here are Week 33 & 34 together.


I forgot to add in my letter for the Alpha Challenge ...


28 August 2016

Keep Hope in your Heart

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
H
& we must include the definition of our chosen word.

I have chosen the word
Hope.


The image of the lady is from The Graphics Fairy.


The definition is torn from an old English dictionary
& the additional words are cut from an old book.


This ATC will have a place in my Art Journal for Week 34.

24 August 2016

Art Journal Week 33

This is my art journal page for week 33.


The prompt this week on Colour Me Positive is Anything is possible.


The two Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) use papers & images from BGU.


They call these Truth Cards.

The inchies this week also use images from BGU.


To create the page background,
I first coated the page in white gesso.


I used Distress Crayons
(twisted citron/mermaid lagoon/peacock feathers)
to draw my grid.

Then Distress Ink (broken china/peeled paint)
through a Tim Holtz stencil (Bubble).

17 August 2016

Art Journal Week 32

This is my Art Journal page for Week 32.


I followed the prompt on Colour Me Positive (CMP), which was Alive.


The Artist Trading Card was made for The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge.


You can read more about it here.


The week number badge is cut out from a Tim Holtz Pocket Card.

All other images are from The Graphics Fairy.


I added the pair of eyes, to make you turn the page 90°,
as sometimes you need to look at things from a different angle.

To create the background I used Americana multi-surface
Neon acrylic paint by DecoArt (pink & blue)
over a base of white gesso.

Once dried I used stencils to add a layer of visual interest,
using more white gesso & a mini blending tool.


I used the Bubble stencil by Tim Holtz,
a handmade stencil derived from his Vintage Market alphabet die by Sizzix
& one of my own, made during ICAD2016.


To draw the grid, I used a White Dylusions Paint Pen.

Here are pages for Week 31 & 32 together.


14 August 2016

Seeking out the Positive

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
Z
& we must include the definition of our chosen word,
together with a pearl.

I have chosen the word
Zoom.


Choosing a word from the Z section of the dictionary is always tough,
even more so when you are trying to follow a theme.


My theme for the year is Resilience.
We should try to focus on the positive,
look for the positive side in each situation &
seek out the positive every day.


The two images are from The Graphics Fairy.

As for the additional challenge,
well I gave her pearl buttons on her cuffs.

This ATC will have a place in my Art Journal for Week 32.