Friday, January 31, 2014

End Of The Month Round Up

I can't believe it's the end of January already! I swear, it's going to be Christmas time before I know it and I still won't be ready for it. Needless to say, it's been a very busy and productive month! So here is my round up for January:

This is my Documented Life challenge for Week 5. The task was to doodle a border in our planner. I may have gone a little off topic, but as someone pointed out, there is a doodled border in there, so I can't have bent the rules too much. I do have to say I'm a little unhappy with her eyes. They are a bit too close together, but I did rush her a little bit... She's done with acrylic paint and Derwent Artist pencils, the border is done with graphite pencil an pigment pen.

And this is my finished Quirky Bird from Tam Laporte's workshop. I have started to set up an 8"x8" canvas to do another one, and I'll also be doing a couple of them in my new journal! Yay! This little guy has been created with Dylusions spray inks, Silks Acrylic paint, regular acrylic, Derwent Inktense pencils, Letraset Aqua markers and Posca pens.

And last, but not least, I know some of you have been pretty curious as to how my Calendar Challenge 2014 has been going. Well, January is done and dusted! The theme for the month (not that I initially had set a theme, it just turned out that way), was to portray a snippet of my day using acrylic paint and Posca pens. I can't paint that well, especially tiny things, so it was a bit challenging! February will be a month of little doodles, so that should be fun! I do hope you'll pop back in during the month to check out the progress and also to see what other arty adventures I get up to!

Thanks for stopping by! x

Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Pencil Case Is Too Small... I found a bigger one! The problem was, I didn't like the design on it.

I have a million pencils, markers, pens, erasers, you name it, on my work desk. I also have a selection of bits and bobs in a pencil case that I use when I'm not in my workroom. It's got everything I could need. A small ruler, protractor (I haven't used it yet, nor will I probably, but the day I take it out, I'll need it), a compass, a kneadable eraser, scissors, assorted pencils, pens and markers, etc. Well, I added some more pens to it the other day and realised there was just no more room! Rather than buy a new one (because, between my 9yo daughter and I, there are enough pencil cases in this house to supply a class room), I hunted down an old one I wasn't using anymore, you know, one of those old tartan jobbies. So, instead of getting on with my Documented Life Project challenge, I decided to cover the whole pencil case with gesso and paint a whole new design on it.

I'm really sorry, but I don't have an image of the pencil case that just has the paint on it. I just started doodling and then realised that I hadn't taken a photo. But basically, while I was waiting for the gesso to dry on the pencil case, I continued on with my DLP challenge. Now, to get a little sidetracked, I was quite happy with how my DLP was working out (after much frustration at the beginning), so I decided to implement the same technique onto my pencil case. 

This is the end result of my Document Life Project challenge. I decided to use this technique on my pencil case.

So, after using acrylic paint to do the background, I then used my Posca paint pens to doodle over the top.

And now, for the finished result!

What do you think? At this point, I have only finished one side of the pencil case. I aim to finish the rest over the weekend and then I will transfer all the contents of my old pencil case into my new snazzy one! I'm not sure whether to go over it with the iron to heat set the paint or not, as I didn't use a fabric medium with the acrylic. A friend is sending me some from her stash which I will be using on an old canvas bag, but it hasn't arrived yet, and I was curious how working with paint on a pencil case would work. I shall try and post an image when it's all done though. In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! xxx

Monday, January 20, 2014

Catching Up!

I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to art. Could that be a good thing? I'm not sure... It's NOT such a good thing when I can't keep up with my projects on a day to day basis, but it IS a good thing that I'm constantly inspired enough to have so many projects on the go. Needless to say, with all the artsy stuff, my blog gets neglected and although I have loads to blog about, I run out of time to do it and end up with this giant backlog of stuff to blog about! So, in order to catch up on events, I'm going to post a bunch of pictures for you, of my recent adventures in art, with a quick blurb on what it's all about. First cab off the rank is:

My "Roots" Journal. I'm currently taking part in Kristal Norton's ROOTS e-course which is proving to be very good fun and quite liberating, in the sense that she is encouraging us to just let go of our inhibitions and not be afraid to just create without fear of failure. In week one, we prepped our journals to get started. I haven't quite finished the prep work yet though...

I have another journal that I work in sometimes. Most of the time, I just smear my left over paint in it, then eventually get around to trying to work with the page. I had made a few back grounds some time ago and never went back to them because I didn't know what to do with them. Finally inspiration struck and I did this. Not my finest page, but fun to do, nevertheless.

I decided to start doing a little workshop by Tamara Laporte called Quirky Birds. It's a segment from last years Life Book (2013) that proved to be one of the most popular. So she's offered it to everyone now and for a very reasonable price too! I made a start on my birdies background today. I battled a little bit, but, as usual, I made a final mistake, where I thought I had completely ruined everything, and it turned out to be exactly what the background needed. I shall post again when my quirky bird is complete!

Of course, we can't forget Week 3 of The Documented Life Project! The challenge was to use an envelope from our letter box. I didn't want to use some boring old bill envelope, so a friend and I decided to send each other a partially decorated envelope with some goodies inside to help finish the challenge. I got some lovely pieces of ephemera from my friend, and also used a few pieces from some more happy mail I had received that week from another friend. As a rule, I want to make everything that goes into my planner, from this year, 2014. So, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out! Now to get started on Week 4!

Well, this image is a lot smaller than I anticipated, but here she is! I gave you a sneak peek of her lovely eye last week and now she is complete. For this lovely lady, I used acrylic paint, Derwent Artist coloured pencils, and Gelatos. I had used a page from an old telephone book for her hair, but I didn't realise that the paint I was using was so heavy bodied and it completely covered up the writing. I'm still learning to do faces so this is all just part of the learning curve. Overall, I'm happy with how she turned out and I'm keen to do more!

So, that's a round up of what's been going on this last week. I have a mountain of other stuff sitting on my workbench to get through. I'm still doing my Calendar Challenge every day too and I will post some images of that at months end. In the meantime, I'll keep you up to date with more arty adventures, so as I always like to say, STAY TUNED and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Documenting Life and Other Stuff

As many of you know, I am taking part in The Documented Life Project (see post HERE for more details) and it's proving to be a lot of fun! So far we have had two challenges. Week One was to incorporate the front door to our homes in our planners. There are some truly talented people within the Facebook group and it was great to see the many interpretations of everyone's front doors. We have quite a boring front door, and at first I struggled with the challenge. Finally, I decided to do my interpretation of our front door and to portray the kind of life behind the front door. By sketching out my door, painting it blue and having a bright, paint splotchy background, I'm pretty confident I got my point across.

The second week was to incorporate a selfie into our planners, a challenge that, I know, took many of us out of our comfort zones. Most of us like to remain behind the camera! Maybe if I was still in my 20's, I'd be happy to pull the old 'duck face' in front of my phone! However, with the hundreds of filter apps available on smart phones these days, I was confident I could filter the cr@p out of my photo to suit my needs. Some of you may know I'm not good with colour (although, I seem to be getting a little better of late), so I stuck to muted tones for this one. I did want to add a splash of colour, but the layout I had wasn't really calling for it, so I just went with what I was comfortable with. Again, I think I did a fairly accurate representation of myself. Grungy, yet feminine. I'm looking forward to Week Three's challenge now!

Many of you have been inquiring about my Calendar Challenge. I have been keeping up with it, every day too! I shall post a complete months photo at the end of January, but for those of you who requested to see more, here's what's been going on so far...

I've also been curious to learn how to do these beautiful faces I see so many ladies do. I was never into doing faces, but recently I've found myself very intrigued with them. Especially the faces and girls that Suzi Blu and Jane Davenport do. So, I've been practicing a little in a little Moleskine book. I started off with just grey pencil sketching and shading, then moved onto a colour pencil version and my most recent is more of a mixed media version. She isn't finished yet, but I was working on her eyes today, so I thought I would post a close up shot. When she's all done, I'll post a full image of her.

And that's what's kept me out of mischief this past week or so! As always, thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you back here again soon!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone! It's the start of a new year and I am PUMPED to get my art on this year! I have got so many plans (all of which are noted in my Big Book of Ideas) and I hope that you have all got many creative plans for your year also. I can already tell that this is going to be a very exciting 2014!

Firstly, I am very excited to be taking part in The Documented Life Project. This is a project organised by Roben-Marie Smith, Lorraine Bell, Rae Missigman, Sandi Keene and Barbara Moore. The object of this project is to document your entire year in one massively pimped out planner! Each week there will be a challenge and other creative ideas to put into our planners. News of the project has spread like wildfire and the organisers have had an overwhelming response. I've even convinced one of my friends to join in! You can find out more about The Documented Life Project HERE and join the Facebook Group HERE! I've added a few images of the Moleskine planner I have prepared for the project for you:

It's so fat and chunky! I just love it! Filled with Washi tape, gelli prints, water colour paper, sketch paper, graph paper, vellum and kraft paper! I even included a pen holder for it!

I've also given myself a challenge for the year, that I've simply called Calendar Challenge 2014. The idea is to fill in a calendar space every day, with a doodle, painting, collage, writing, anything, for the entire year! Here is todays first image!

So, over the next few days I'll post some more images of The Documented Life Project and some more images of my Calendar Challenge. I'm also excited to be taking part in Kristal Norton's ROOTS e-course, which begins on January 12th. I was lucky enough to win a spot in the course, so I'm really looking forward to it! Pop on over to Kristal's website to find out more information as there's still time to sign up!

I'm keeping it short and sweet today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all had fabulous celebrations to see in the new year and aren't suffering too much as a result! And I also hope that 2014 brings you everything you hoped for an more. xxx

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