Strumpet Stencils Used:
The Strumpet Stencil design team is doing a fun project this summer – round robin journals! Woo! I received Nolwenn’s lovely journal a couple of weeks ago and decided to use it for this month’s walk-through. Nolwenn had already stenciled some awesome backgrounds onto her journal pages and I wanted to keep the shape theme. She used the mini moley triangle stencil as you can see in the first image below and I plonked my pencil drawing over top.
I used watercolors for the next step because I wanted Nolwenn’s background art to show through the skin and hair tones so it was just a light wash here. To give the face depth, I used Copic markers over top for the shadows and highlights. Any regular markers will be fine because they’re not super opaque for the most part over top of acrylics.
To create the background, I used a watered down acrylic wash in pink and yellow so Nolwenn’s background could still peek out from behind. Once I added the crop circle stencil, I used another light pink wash over top to blend it in with the background. Washi tape on top! I love that stuff. And a few more mini moley stencils with the crosses or plus signs – however you see it.
I used Posca Paint Pens for the lettering. I seriously LOVE these pens. They’re pretty brilliant and will paint over top of most surfaces. They’re fabulous for painting over acrylics. I also used the Posca Paint Pens for the facial outlines and the little circles I added to the background. I sprayed with a fixative and then used regular ink pens for facial features.
Nowenn’s journal theme was Mantras and I don’t really have one. But I do like these words a lot.
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I’m happy! I’m working on a round robin journal with some of my art friends. I love doing these – collecting cool art from fellow artists around the world, all in one pretty canvas wrapped mini journal. I just sent mine off to the US and can’t wait to see it back again after it travels all over North America and the UK. Should be interesting. I did a spread in my own journal before sending it off using cool stencils from Strumpet Stencils again. And there’s a walk through for this one if you’re interested: Take no Shit walk-through.
It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve been working on tons of paintings and drawings to put up for sale. I don’t have any scanned to show yet but they’ll start popping up next week and will be added for sale here, with prints too!
Happy weekend and art making 🙂
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These are so pretty!
The mixed media artwork at the top of the post is actually from 2012! I pull this one out every now and then when I have too much going on in my head. That’s what today feels like. Hopefully the weekend is calm and WARM! Happy weekend to all of my art friends!
I’m not much of a writer as my regular visitors will know. It’s usually a struggle to put together enough words for a blog post so you can imagine my distress when it comes to writing stuff in an art journal. I’m not exactly big on pouring my inner thoughts on a page either and this is usually why my art journals are mostly filled with pictures rather than pretty words and quotes. I just like to draw and an art journal is more like a bigger, better sketchbook to me than a diary. The text above isn’t even part of the journal image above. I added it in Photoshop. Maybe I’ll call it an enhanced painting book from now on rather than a journal. Anyway, here’s to lonely socks! This post is dedicated to them.
More journal art! This time with a few words! The art comes from the wonderful Moonshine program with Effy Wild. Lots of pagan, witchy art stuff if that’s your thing. If not, it’s a super fun course anyway. Effy is such a great teacher of technique and a wonderful source of art supply knowledge.
Hope the weather is being kind to everyone! Spring is almost here! Sort of!
It’s been a busy week! Lots of art happening and a flurry of ATC trading and swapping. I barely managed to get any actual work out. And who needs work when you can trade art? LOL. I wish.
Above are a set of bar flies, or flies at the bar. This is me as a fly. Actually, I usually just sit at a table rather than the bar. These were made for an insect swap. I had to be extra and humanize them but seriously, drawing insects is pretty gross. They have a lot of ugly bits. No one wants to draw those bits. It was fun though – something other than human is always good for practice now and then. Also below are some mermaids and a pair of dryads for a trading friend in Germany. I love to make curvy mermaids with flowing hair. All of those curves are fun! And space adventures too! I went for a vintage vibe in space with these ones.
And a journal bit from one of my art journals. This one is from Book of Days with Effy Wild (highly recommend any of Effy’s art programs). The figure is a continuous line drawing though you can’t tell anymore since she’s covered in paint and ink now but I did do the exercise properly! The list is a list of wonders – things that make you happy on a bad day. I had so many more things to add but couldn’t fit them all in.
Happy weekend everyone!
I have a thing for a lot of colour. Some of you may have noticed that. So rainbow horns is totally my thing and I can’t wait to do another one of these mixed media paintings. The more colour, the better. I think I’ll be filling my next few journal pages with rainbow horned ladies and men just because I love bold colour. And rainbow horns. And smiling people. That is my new journal adventure this month – extreme colour!
I started a new art journal for 2018 and already I’m wracking my brain trying to come up with a theme to paint that doesn’t make me feel like a Stuart Smalley affirmation. I’m not especially into themes like “dream” or “thankful.” Not that there’s anything wrong with themes like that. They’re meaningful and pretty to many people. I get it! I just have a stupid sense of humour and if someone gives me a theme like “dream” you know I’m going to paint a surreal half nightmare featuring Chuckie dancing with cute forest fairies. I should consult my own list and give one a whirl. I have a long list of art prompts and themes here on my blog if you’re ever stuck for a journal theme. Be warned though – some of the themes are utterly ridiculous, some light, some educational and some really dark. I think I might go with “What’s at the end of my rainbow?” for my next spread. It’s fitting my colour love this week.
I made an art trade recently with Jennifer McLean from justaddwatersilly.com and just received her package a few days ago. WOWZA! She sent me the most brilliant cherry painting! If you’ve ever seen Jennifer’s art, then you know what a master she is with the watercolours. MASTER. I love the painting and am going to frame it and hang in my kitchen! I forgot to ask her permission to post it here but I’m sure it will appear on her blog at some point. She hasn’t received my art yet so I can’t post it. But such a fun trade!
Reading: Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Watching: Just finished La Mante, a French myster thriller on Netflix. Creepy!
Learning: I’m still working my way through LifeBook 2017. So many lessons!
Loving: My new set of Golden Fluid Acrylics! I was a heavy body girl. WAS.
I borrowed the above blog bit from Jennifer. I like seeing personal info on other blogs so I’m going to add it to mine too! It’s a bit of fun. 🙂
Happy weekend everyone! Linking to PPF and Art Journal Journey for my new adventures in ridiculous colour spread. LOL.
This is me to a T. You should see me on pub night. LOL.
Actually, I’m a night owl in real life. I stay up late making art or playing Dragon Age but the wild part only happens when we’re actually out doing something and then only until the sun sets. Then I’m done! I used to be out every weekend until 2 or 3 am in my youth but I think that might kill me now. Middle age. Wow.
The artwork above was done as part of LifeBook 2017. Such a fun workshop!
Below is a quickie for last week’s Illustration Friday. The theme was Women (I’m the one with the martini). I’m clearly a slack poster. I have no idea what the theme is this week.
I’m still on the Life Book 2017 thing! Surprisingly, since usually after about 3 or 4 weeks of a workshop, I move on to something else. Above are a set of empathy monsters meant to be sent to a swap partner to give them positive messages. It’s a cute idea. I made one for myself and one was sent to Texas. I haven’t received mine yet but I’m looking forward to it! Life Book is filled with lots of art therapy type of lessons and to be honest, I’m beginning to find it a bit overwhelming. I’m more of a “show me the technique” type of learner than I am a “feelings” type of learner though I can see why the program is so appealing for so many. It’s very positive. I just like the nitty gritty. How do you like to learn? Are you art therapy or art techniques or both? Or something else?
Below is art from my sketchbook, a challenge from my 11 year old daughter. She asked if I could draw a lazy, fat cat with a t-shirt on and the t-shirt had to have cat puns on it. Challenge met!
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It’s time for 29 Faces again! Woo! I always love this one… not that I get far, but faces are just fun, right? I think I made it to 29 faces a few years back, and my fingers are primed to reach for that goal again this year. I’m going to try a few styles for this set of art and see where things go. As you can see, I’ve gone completely different for my first two. It will keep things interesting!
Below is a journal page for the Journal52 group. This week’s prompt was listen and I went more with conversation, which also includes listening skills (for most of us… except my very talkative mother – still love her!). I’ve always liked diner counters but you don’t see a lot of them anymore, except in movies. It was my favourite spot to sit as a kid but they’re pretty rare in coffee shops now. Sadly.
I also did the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge for January and I’m counting that challenge met too. Ok, I only did 22 actual paintings but they were all 5″ x 7″ or more, plus I painted tons of watercolor sheets for work so they count. I figure it all adds up to 30! Here’s the big image of all of them, except the work stuff.
I have to get all of the art challenges out of the way before March since Mass Effect Andromeda comes out then. I will be glued to my computer, hopefully fake romancing some hot alien and saving humanity.