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13 August 2017

Have a little Faith


The first challenge for #ITAC2017 was to create a piece of artwork,
using whatever format or techniques we wanted,
to include some of the following;

a face
papers 
letters &/or numbers
the colour blue
ribbon, twine, string or lace
textures 
something vintage & modern

Throughout this tournament
I will be working in a small handmade paper book.


With a theme of Europe, I began thinking about the decision
that the UK made to leave the European Union.

There has been much angst & worry about
what the future has in store for us as a country.

My piece is entitled

Have a little faith


I have used two different pieces of book text,
green abaca ribbon,
a piece of white cotton fabric,
two green buttons,
hand stitching with gold metallic thread,
a green skeleton leaf &
a copy of a vintage image from last week's newspaper.

There was no room to be blue!

09 August 2017

Be Ready for Anything

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


I followed the mood board prompt for Week 30,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


The quotation Marta included in her prompt,
which I think is by Iain S Thomas,
lead me to include a family photograph.

It shows my Grandmother with her parents,
my Great Grandparents,
who together, make up a small part of me.

Along with the treasured family photograph,
I used a neutral colour palette,
to create this simple paper collage,
together with a phrase I had cut from that week's newspaper.


07 August 2017

Summer Tournament

Something new for the summer.

Click on the image below to find out more.


There are some amazingly talented people taking part.

Are you going to take part too?

05 August 2017

The One Day Project: Stationery Chaffinch

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.

02 August 2017

Thrive

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


The prompt for Week 29 was another mood board,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


I took the idea of tiled squares,
soft florals &
a large neutral coloured circle.

For the focal point,
I added words cut from that week's newspaper.

30 July 2017

A Mood or Two

For the art lesson of Week 29 on the Wanderlust online course,
Kasia Avery was inspiring us to make mood boards.

Everyday we are bombarded with images,
more now than ever, with smartphones & tablets on the go,
computers & televisions at work & at home.

Mood boards are a way to slow down & actually look at printed imagery
distilling those which speak to us personally in some way,
whether it be the colours or patterns that excite us
or the memories they evoke.

Whether you then use them to inspire further work
or just to capture your feelings at a certain moment in time,
creating them enables you to shut out the noise from the rest of the world
& tune in to yourself,
an act of meditation,
of listening to yourself
& learning what is important to you.

Below are a couple that I made during the week.



The first has a palette of cool blues & greens
with a highlight of yellow.

Round & oval shapes.

"The Simple Things"

It evokes a feeling of home comforts,
my morning coffee,
the smell of home baking,
the greenery & flowers of the garden.

"Stop away from the daily grind
and reset your mind."



The second has a warmer, more energetic palette.

Strong reds & oranges,
hard linear brickwork,
restricting lines & rectangles.

It reminds me that there are new places to explore.

A challenge to be more adventurous maybe.

To be bold.

"Isn't it time you tried something different"

21 July 2017

Take Two

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


The prompt for Week 28 was another visual one,
which Marta is tagging as #MaremiWhispersBoard


I took the idea of black lines of text,
a line of black washi tape, which had white dots,
  Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs instead of stickers
& a winged insect.

With a blue tissue paper background,
allowing the black circles from the playing card to show through.

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


I took the idea of black text,
a butterfly,
birds sitting thoughtfully on a wire,
waiting to take flight
& pink flowers.

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.

04 June 2017

Vintage Memories

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

The prompt for Week 22 was V for Vintage.


The background is patterned papers by K & Co
& the images are Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

03 June 2017

Unity

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

The prompt for Week 21 was U for Unity.


The background is patterned papers by K & Co
& the images are Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.