Saturday, 29 June 2013

Hands on Canvas

This is a canvas I made for my daughter using the family hands to spray, doodle and attach to the canvas.  For a couple of the hands I have used just doodling, for others I have outlined the shape left by spraying through the flower stencils.

Friday, 21 June 2013

4" Art Squares and Canvas

At our crafty meetings each month, we decided to hold a 4" swap each month.  I decided to design mine around corrugated board.  Using a mixture of acrylic ink mixed with white gesso to partially cover.  I had prepared lots of embellishments so I ended up making quite a lot of pieces.  The above was the same as the swap piece (but I liked it so much I made another that eventually I used on the canvas below). 

Above is a 16" square canvas I made with other pieces.  It was a gift to my lovely daughter in law. 
I got a bit carried away and went on to make several cards with similar designs but using a finer corrugated cardboard, 15 in total, all slightly different and still enough embellishments over to make more. 



Thursday, 20 June 2013

Mixed Media Journal Pages Take 5

I tried a new technique here (completely outside my comfort zone), inspired by Teesha Moore's fabulous journals.  I had taken limited craft supplies on holiday early this year and decided to cut up a few magazines and try this method.  Teesha's method is to cut colourful magazine strips to glue as a border onto a prepared background, adding paint, inks, etc.  For the flowers I used the negative of a chipboard sheet as a stencil after die cutting the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, then painted and outlined.  Adding the cut outs and overlaying.  I enjoyed the process for the first time and will definitely have another try and see how it turns out.
Another venture with limited supplies on holiday.  Black ink,  paint brush, Pitt pens and  a few Caron Dache Neocolour II watersoluble crayons. I dipped a paint brush into the bottle of black drawing ink and squiggled all over to create areas. Starting with the right side and probably have overdone it with doodling.  After I had finished drawing this I then discovered a sort of Punch type face, (Punch and Judy) so decided he needed an eye. 
For the left side I decided to just draw overlapping hearts and colour in with light wash using the crayons and lots of ink splatters.  I like the left side much better. 
There are more pages, but not completed and ready to share yet.  Will be back with other stuff I have been playing with.  Until then....


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Mixed Media Journal Pages Take 4

Lots of fun creating these pages, stamping onto distress inked book papers, unfortunately I had already prepared the doodled border and the acrylic paint covered it, but like the end result.

I used Pan Pastels for the background on these pages, so intense.  I played around with various flower stamps and quotes, another experimental couple of pages.  My favourite pages are on the way.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Mixed Media Journal Take 3

No, it is NOT blood.  As usual when working on a canvas, I had a stencil drenched in lovely juicy red dylusion inks, so I slipped the stencil between two pages and blotted it on the opposite page.  Weeks later I picked up my pens and decided to fill the empty areas.  With such a large area in the centre I drew this lovely lady.  Some friends think this is spooky due to the red ink residue on her face.  I don't have those thoughts, I loved working on the whole thing and wonder about the mystery lady peeping from behind the flower!!!!!

The background for the pages above came after completing the border, which I often do it seems.  I used various ink sprays and stencil for the main images.  The completed pages are a bit dark, but then this journal is all about trying out different techniques that I might not have tried otherwise.  More to follow tomorrow.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Mixed Media Journal Pages Take 2

I really enjoyed completing these pages, the colours and the doodling, I used ink sprays and stencils for the background before I picked up my pen.

Experimenting with different inks here.  I covered both pages with white gesso.  On the left I used Ranger Distress Stains in patches before stamping.  On the right I used Stazon Pads direct to the paper.  I liked both but was surprised how well the distress stains appeared over the gesso.  More to follow, until then...

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Mixed Media Journal Pages

After a long absence from this blog, I thought I would share a few pages of my journal over the next few days followed by the various crafts I have enjoyed over the last few months since finishing with our local workshops last year.  However we have decided to continue to meet and craft with each bringing their own pieces to work on.  I do really miss tutoring, but not the preparation and cutting of card and papers for everyone plus purchasing sometimes months in advance for forthcoming projects.  But I now enjoy meeting up with fellow crafters each month to share the latest ideas.  We also have decided to have a swap each month, a 4" mini work of art which we will compile it into a booklet as a keepsake at the end of the year.  Some wonderful swaps which I shall share later on, now that I intend to keep up with blogging again.
The journal pages above were mainly stamped and painted, with a pan pastel background.  Hand drawn border, coloured with glaze pens.

This second set of pages started off with the banner, the rest just came together.  One of my favourite pages.  Check back for more pages to follow.
Feel free to leave a comment, I would love it if you do!  Until next time....