Friday, July 24, 2015

Flower Vase Workshop.....

Workshop fun!!
Last night was another of my workshops, "Flowers in a vase".  I was able to show the ladies different techniques in applying paint, using stencils, and much more.  We all had a great time and learnt something new!!  If you would like to be a part of one of my workshops, please email me on and I can give you more information.  

Above:  Here are the final masterpieces!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mixed media fun....moroccan shapes....

On my day off on Tuesday, I thought I would experiment a little bit, with playing around with my acrylic paints, my new stencils (I looove using stencils!!) and also putting my Brother Scan and Cut to use!  I finally found a way to liven up my S & C after realising I could spray stuff on the mat when it lost its stickiness.  And it worked!!!!  Was quite excited about that little tit bit, as those mats are expensive!  Anyway, so I threw a bit of colour around (while catching up on Game of Thrones), and had quite a pleasant afternoon!  I know its a bit of mumbo jumbo colours but it just seems to draw me in.  Its still very much a work in progress!!

Above:  Here I have added the paper moroccan shapes and ovals in an array of colours and patterns.

Above:  Its still a work in progress, but I will have to put it away for a bit as I have a busy week or so ahead of me and I just won't get time to do much of anything!!  I have a couple of evening workshops plus my days at my day job have increased as well.  Looking forward to the weekend thats for sure!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Art Journalling....

Art Journalling....
I found this old book (amongst a few others) last year whilst out looking for stuff to add to my mixed media artworks at a recycling place near where I live.  I originally wanted old book pages themselves, to use and cut up for my canvas paintings, but after reading a few posts etc on Pinterest and the like, I decided I wanted to start using some of those hard cover books and make them into art journals!  Im not big into 'writing' a lot like you would in a diary, but more of a self expression of art, where I can express myself artistically or put down new ideas for artwork etc.  I have not fully finished each page, more like put a 'base' down so that I can add other things to it later.  Whether it be some writing, doodling, tags etc, the important bit is to just get something 'down' on the page and let the ideas flow!  Well I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and it is very therapeutic and very addictive!!  I can use up my gelli plate printed pages, my washi tape that I have hand made myself, plus a HUGE array of papers I have collected over the years!  I am just loving it, and it is so personal and something to keep and  I can hand down to my kids as a part of me when Im long gone!!
Above:  The only thing I wished I did first was to 'cover' the book in some cool fabric!  Never mind, I will think of something to do with the yucky brown cover!  I first 'thinned' out the book (but kept the pages to use in other projects), otherwise the book would be too bulky.  Next I stuck together with glue, about 2 or 3 pages and gessoed them ready to play!!

Below are the results!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Mixed media tutorial of Butterflies and Blooms.

Good evening everyone

I have finally put one of my workshops into a basic step by step, photo's and text

tutorial!!  Its nothing fancy (I still working my way around how to work the program!)

but learn something new every time!  I will be attempting another one but in a fast forward

motion type video when I get a bit of time!  Enjoy the tutorial :)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Vanilla Dream.....

 Here is another from my mixed media girls series....."Vanilla Dreams".
I have used a variety of mediums such as acrylic paint, papers, impasto, glitter glue, fabric, beads, old book pages, wire and pastels.  Lots of shimmer and glitter to this girl and again, the photo's don't do her justice!  Hope you like her.

On this angle, you see some of the metallic gold and glitter that I have used.  :)

New abstract work.....

Well....this one was one of those paintings that I really, REALLY struggled along with!!  I fussed and fluffed, and got mad, got excited then at the end, I finally felt happy with how it turned out!!  Talk about a journey!!  Lots of little details on this one when you get up close to it, and the photo really does not do it justice! Hoping you are enjoying it.

"Life Unfolding"...
102 x 51cm
mixed media on canvas

New watercolours....

Good evening everyone.....
I finally had a chance to put some of my latest watercolours and ink illustrations here on my blog.  Ive had a few days to dabble and have come up with these.  I will be putting them in my Etsy store as soon as a I get the chance...A4 prints and A3 prints will be available starting at $25 plus postage.  I will also be adding them onto 7x10inch greeting cards as well.  I hope that you like them.

 Dragonflies are quite popular, so I might also do a variation on this one above...possibly in different colours/composition and numbers.