Friday, 18 August 2017

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Hi

Thanks to all who stopped by last week.

I am linking up again this week with Paint Party Friday.

A place where artists can come together and share what they have been working on.

It's fun to come together with like minded people

and to see their work and hear their comments.


I started working on a double page spread in my

'Permission to Play' Journal.

  I've just a little more to do to it before it's finished.




I have also completed colouring my first page in the beautiful

 colouring book Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin.







It's a great way to practice my coloured pencil skills and I can't wait to start my next page.

XXX

Friday, 11 August 2017

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Hi

This week I have been playing with different mediums.

Firstly coloured pencil in my new colouring book Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin

I will share my first completed page in a future post.

Secondly acrylics on a little cardboard painting for my box project.

This one went through many changes until I was happy with her.




Lastly a little watercolour.



Thank you to all who visited last week for Paint Party Friday.

 I really appreciate you stopping by and I love to hear your comments.



Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Friday, 4 August 2017

WIP and New Goodies



Hi

I have just been doing a little on a painting I started a while ago and put aside.

It started with a mono-print background.



I used acrylics and then coloured pencil on the hair, face and bodice's




More work is needed on the skirts and I think I will do some more to the

 background before I can call it finished.


I wrote in an earlier post about my new found interest in colouring books.

Its a great way to practice my watercolour and coloured pencil techniques.

the book mentioned in my post was Linda Ravenscroft's Fairy & Fantasy Art.



I have been watching Dede Willingham's videos over on You Tube where she shares

all her colouring techniques and Art Journaling ideas.

I am hooked now on books featuring artists illustrations and have just bought a new one

that I am very excited about and can't wait to get started on.



    
It has beautiful illustrations by Emmanuelle Colin.




Although I will work primarily in watercolour and coloured pencil for

small areas and finishing touchesI have come across these water based markers

by non other than crayola.



They have an amazing array of colours for what is notably known as a brand for children.

 Although some look very alike they are subtly different.

 I was AMAZED!


And here is another way that I found that you can use them.



Apply some to a palette


and apply with a brush.

Happy Days!!

XXX


Linking to Paint Party Friday.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Update on My Little Project



Hi


If you missed the start of my little project you can check it out

  here and here

I painted the box with gesso and the edges with gold acrylic and I planned to cover it with my own

painted papers. However I had a lot of 'bought' craft papers so I

decided to use them and this is the result.


I liked the green and gold together but it just wasn't 'arty' enough for me so

I replaced it with my painted papers.








Inside there will be twelve little artworks on cardboard.

I have wanted to do a video for a long time. Not anything edited 

or time lapsed or anything fancy like that as I wouldn't know the first thing about 

doing that but just a silent flip through of the twelve little cardboard paintings.

That is my plan anyway. Lol!  

To those of you lovely people that visit my blog I want to send a big 'thank you'.

I really appreciate you stopping by and it's nice to know I am not talking to myself.

XXX






Tuesday, 11 July 2017

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Hi




I have recently come across some colouring books on line which have

 beautiful illustrations and when they are coloured in make beautiful works of art.


I want to improve my work with coloured pencil and watercolour

and thought that colouring books would be a good way to do this.


 Linda Ravenscroft  is an artist well known for her illustrations of fairies and has

some lovely colouring books which are available on her website.

I chose her book ' Fairy and Fantasy Art 2 Painting and Colouring Book.'


The paper is 300gsm and is perfect for watercolour and the pages

are one sided so ideal for framing if you wished.

I was hesitant to start my first page as I didn't want to ruin such beautiful illustrations.

Here is my first page.

Before....




.......and after.

Completed in watercolour and coloured pencil.

Before I go here is a little update on my current project.


Not much done since my last post.

Next step more... more gesso.



Thanks for visiting.

XXX

Friday, 7 July 2017

Sneak Peek


Hi

Here is a sneak peek at a little project I'm working on.

Take a conveniently sized box.


and paint it with gesso ready for decorating.



You will have to stop by next time to see the next step..........




Interested???..............

See you next time.


XXX

Sunday, 2 July 2017

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Hi

Stopping by for an update .

Today I've got a couple of pieces to share.

The first is mixed media on  mount board. 



It is larger than I usually work with 12x12 ins.


It is made up of my painted papers, acrylics, coloured pencil and gel sticks.

Then second is a page in my 'Permission to Play ' Journal,

For a long time I have enjoyed watching Mystele Kirkeeng on You Tube.

She works in lots of loose layers of collage and paint and I wanted to try

something similar in my journal.

I started off  with layers of acrylic applied with a palette knife.

  

I applied more layers of paint using a palette knife and brushes 

 scraping back with a bank card and adding collage.


She looks a little stoic but I loved the process and the finished overall appearance

with all the layers paint.

 Using a palette knife reduces the control you have which results in a looser style 

but I need to try and bring a little more of my own style into the process.

Thanks for stopping by.


XXX

Friday, 23 June 2017

Working in Watercolour



Hi

In my last post I mentioned that I have started to try my hand at watercolour

and I shared my first couple of small paintings. 

If you missed them you can check them out here.

Today I wanted to share my latest watercolour with you.



My favourite so far.

Hope you like her too!

XXX


Linking to Paint Party Friday

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Catch up


Hi


I have been neglecting my blog and my loyal blog friends.

A big THANK YOU to those of you that have visited and left comments


I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.


I have a lot to share with you in this post.


Since I was last here I have been working in my 'Permission to Play' Journal 

and experimenting with watercolour.  A  medium that I am

not that familiar with.

Firstly I here is a couple of new pages in my journal.





I found the shape of the rabbit in the background which dictated 

the theme of the double page spread.

I have also been trying my hand at watercolour.

Here are a couple of small paintings  I have completed since I my last post.





I enjoyed playing with watercolours for a change and quite 

like the results.


Over the last few days I have returned to working in the 'Big Monster' colouring book

by Juliette Crane.

I have shared pages in the past but her are a couple I have recently completed
.

The first was completed in watercolour with a touch of glitter glue.



On the second I used watercolour, metallic acrylic and a touch of glitter glue.





In the back of the book there are some blank pages where you are invited 

to create your own characters. So here are a couple of my own.


The first completed in coloured pencil.





The second in oil pastel and gold metallic acrylic paint.

  


I hope you enjoy taking a look at what I've been up too.

XXX

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Hi



Just stopped by to share my latest page in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

This page was created using Faber Castell Gel Sticks, oil pastel 

and coloured pencil.




This is how she looked after I used the gel sticks diluted with a water brush.



And this is why I love oil pastels


Hope you like her.

XXX

Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Quick Update



  Hi


I have been working on a couple of things recently and I am

 just posting a quick update.


My son has unfortunately broken his leg playing football and is

in hospital at the moment awaiting an operation so things are a bit

hectic at the moment.

Firstly, I have completed the small painting from my last post.



Secondly, another page in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

I laid down some colour and white acrylic and used the texture to pick out a figure.







Thirdly, I have started this piece by planing out the composition

by laying some mono printed papers and rough sketches

on a mono printed background.




Unfortunately when I stuck the papers for the skirts down I didn't like them.




This is how it looks at the moment.



Not sure when I will get time to continue with it but will be
back to share it when I can.

XXX