Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book of Days : Star Shine

Art lesson from Book of Days - first lesson for Session 3 was about creating a textured background and then using masks to lovely effect. Effy's example was the autumn leaves spread HERE. Of course we're not in Autumn here in New Zealand, so I thought I'd do something reflecting my word SHINE
I did my background (pretty colours - gold included of course), and then Coldplay's lyrics just popped into my head "Look at the stars, Look how they shine for you" so that informed how my page developed 
Detail showing lovely layers. Click on any photo to see it larger. 
Page complete : 
See my Flickr album for all my art from classes with Effy HERESign up to Book of Days or other classes with Effy Wild HERE 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 37

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 37 : use a white pen prominently on your page And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt: Use a stamp as your focal point
Technique: Stamp, collage and drippy paint

I started with a base layer of collage
followed by colour (leftover paint from a project I was working on at the same time)
drippy paint
a stamp as my focal
and I have two pages, so added more stamps as focal to the left and I outlined them with my favourite white pen
I also sponged the white ink pad through punchinella for a bit of added texture. I completed my spread with letter stamps to add words that are so crucial to my well-being at the moment.
Hope you are able to enjoy some creative time and some gentle rest this weekend. You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 36

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 36 : Black & White And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt:  To use school supplies.
Technique:  Using a variety of school supplies feel free and go back to basics.
Quote: “I’m still learning.” – Michelangelo, age 87

Another busy week....I don't think I'll stop saying that until school holidays at the beginning of October - maybe not even then! The trick is to focus on the thing in front of you that has to happen that day (lists are my friend) and I've been saying no to a few things as well - that experience has just provided relief not guilt so I am doing the right thing there ♥  I've also given myself permission to only post once a week...then if you see me more than that this month it's a bonus.
Decided to try out some new stencils I got from a school supplies store for a simple journal spread for last week. I began with a layer of cheap black student acrylic paint and then while still damp wiped away some with baby wipe and simple stencils
Then I sponged a couple of stencil images with white 
- the Koru (bottom right) is one of my favourites - it symbolises new beginnings, harmony and growth and life - so appropriate for Spring, and nicely complemented by the silver ferm - an important New Zealand symbol. 
I decided to do some simple enhancement with my white sharpie paint pen 
and then keeping it back to basics I simply added some found words : we have 3 weeks of business/busy-ness until our holidays and I have a well-mapped path to get me through the tasks I need to complete. Click on any photo to see it larger
I do like the simplicity of this spread - clarity in my busy world ♥
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spring means a fresh start

September = officially the start of Spring here in NZ. Although I don't get excited about expecting to be into warmer clothes until after the Equinox on 23rd September, I remain hopeful - as I began to write this I was in bare feet and we had lots of sunshine and 18 degrees during that week ♥ (not so warm this week I might add!)
Spring's a time to take stock, spring clean the house, sort out the garden... It's also a time filled with the promise of light and warmth and longer blissful days. We've still got a whole 4 months of the year left - what are you going to do with it? 
In amongst all the looking forward, I want to BE PRESENT to what is in front of me. There's work to do, and it's a great time to think about whether there's anything that needs changing....Last weekend I left my family at home and went to Otaki beach with a lovely creative friend.
We walked on the beach, ate well, shared stories, and took our sewing machines. I took my hydrangea quilt project, and started stitching another was tedious! And I realised with sudden clarity that although I enjoyed the day that we had stitching as a group in the holidays, I'm not prepared to spend the hours that are still required on a project that I'm not absolutely in love with. Yes it's a beautiful quilt, but it will always be recognisable as someone else's design, and I have so many other projects I want to be doing that while I learned some great techniques, I'm not going to finish it. I put my leaf away, and went back to stitching on paper again. Immediately I was in my happy place ♥ 
Don't do something just because you feel like others expect you to, or because you started something and feel like you "should". Life's too short to be caught up doing things that don't make your heart sing...I thought I should have a look again at my year-long projects.  I want to complete my Daily Journaling project because my journal looks like this ♥
and I'm mostly enjoying the prompts. I've also realised {duh!} that I don't need to be constrained by the way I started this project and I've moved to this being a weekly spread often without documentation. I'm not sure I'll continue with a weekly challenge like this next year, but I'm happy to continue for the last third of the year.
I LOVE Book of Days with Effy Wild - we have just started Session 3 after a month-long hiatus. The break was welcome for me in a month that turned out to be overwhelmingly busy, but I am looking forward to getting back to the energy of the awesome FB group, the weekly Bed Head diaries (Effy's video musings), more learning from full-length mixed media art lessons (videos & detailed PDF every 2 weeks), as well as continuing written responses to the daily prompts offered. I think BOD is something that will remain into 2018 - it's very special. BOD is on sale right now - read about that HERE.
Inner Work journal - I write in this regularly and stick useful bits in too : responses to Effy's prompts (above); exploring Tarot as a mirror to what's happening with my own self-development; capturing wise words from others; responding to One Little Word prompts; printing out messages I want to keep from FB...I feel like this is a long-term habit now.
LOVE this Oracle card - perfect for Spring ♥ (click on the photo so you can read it)
One Little Word online class with Ali Edwards. The monthly prompts encourage you to think about your word and stay connected through the year. This month we are looking at our word in relation to the three words of Rest, Pace and Joy = paying attention
It's the perfect mix of things for me to consider right now - I'll share when I've given it some more thought.
If you're looking for some new things to spark your creativity in September there's a FREE 29 Faces Art Challenge (daily prompts) that's happening HERE, Flora Bowley's got a FREE Creative Revolution Playful Prompts Challenge HERE, and Effy's doing a Blog Along for September - posting every day. Workshop 3 of the FREE Strathmore workshops for 2017 has opened as well - so all are available HERE until the end of the year. See my entire list of cheap and free online art classes HERE - always available top right of my blog.
And if you want to check your direction, I've been enjoying some of the prompts from Susannah Conway's mid-year check-in
I was too busy to unravel at mid-year, and at this change of season there's still time to think about where you want to direct your energy for the rest of the year....
I hope that something I've said here has struck a chord with you and helped to clarify what you want to do with your precious creative time. Don't do something because you should - do something because you love it. Talk to you again soon.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 35

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 35 : Draw, sketch, paint, doodle a face 
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Prompt: To incorporate 'Tea bag Art' into your journal in some way.
Technique: Experiment and use a variety of art supplies to create your art.
Very excited by both of these prompts - although I haven't done it much myself, I admire Tea Bag artists - Ruby Silvious and Judy Coates Perez are firm favourites. 
Last week was looking forward to September 1st (Friday) and the official first day of Spring.
First I soaked a tea bag of a lovely pink hue, and used it to add background colour to my pages
Once used, I dried it and pulled it apart to make quite a sizable square : doodle a face - this is my Tea Bag Art
She's wishing for all the good things of Spring....then I tried to use a variety of art supplies on the rest of the spread. I tried to think of as many different supplies as I could fit!
These are cute tea bag labels that I've saved over time - I used a couple on the final spread. I also soaked another teabag cos I wanted to try a stitching experiment. I used my machine and fancy stitch - on one layer it tore a bit - but looks grungy and cool (right) - doubling it worked just fine (below)
Above - collage (coffee card) and below washi tape
Above - watersoluble media for some simple daffodils and below - staples for a different way of attaching
Time to add words - stamping and found words (large print book)
Paper serviette
and, finally, acrylic paint touches
Here's the completed spread with all the challenges ticked off this this time :-)
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
Have a fabulous week

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book of Days : musing with the masters

Art journal lesson from Book of Days in June. This spread was an exploration of two different influences - Klimt, with his swirly doodles, and Modigliani, with his elongated faces. I've been dying to finish this lesson and finally got some time. I began with collage and gold acrylic, before adding a layer of Transparent glazes. 
Showing you the before and after the glaze cos I just so LOVE the transformation - I used two of my favourite colours : Turquoise (Phthalo) and Permanent Violet Dark (both Golden brand)
Then it was time to add the first stages of the face and hair
Face development : I just love my Polychromos coloured pencils. They smudge so beautifully over clear gesso, but are then permanent. 
Click on any photo to see it larger.
Hair and decorative details added with gold posca pen
Lovely layers
And here's the final spread
The end of August = end of our month-long hiatus from BOD - we start session three on 1st September - YAY. See my Flickr album for all my art from classes with Effy HERESign up to Book of Days or other classes with Effy Wild HERE
Been a bit of a Klimt-filled month ♥ Go HERE to see my Klimt-style journal page for Life Documented, and HERE for my Klimt in the Garden Mixed Media Collage Box. Can't wait to see what September brings.
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