Friday, 21 October 2016

A game of cards

Art journal entry.

'Game of cards', mixed media, art journal page

I finally got some deli paper!!  Just a box of small 6 by 10 ins sheets.  WOW!  I love this paper for gelli prints.

So the background for this journal page is one of my gelli deli paper prints.  I glued the deli print on the page spread.  Then I glued the book page girl on the right and a stamped playing card image on the left.

Other than this, I've been working on drawings for a wax crayon painting...which I may get around to doing next week.

Happy paint party Friday!!

Have a great weekend.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Monkey see

Monday morning... monkey make!

'Monkey see,' mixed media, art journal page, 7 by 10 ins.

Mostly pan pastels for the green background and for some of the shading on the monkeys.

I watched lots of  monkey-world repeats on TV on monkeys were on my mind this morning.  I did a journal page  as a quick intro to drawing some monkeys and thinking of some possible ideas for paintings.

The monkey figurine in the top right corner is an interpretation of an African tribal statue; but the monkey is a lion-tailed macaque from a well-travelled page content.

Hope you have a great week!!

Bye for now.

Friday, 14 October 2016


Art journal page spread.

'This girl loves pink', 6 by 8 ins, mixed media, journal page

A pink and blue page in my small journal.

I used my new stamp in the background...the small honeycomb design.  I think I will be using this one more in the future.  

A fun page with lots of sticky fingers from glue and paint!!

Have a GREAT weekend!!

Bye for now.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Shih Tzu portrait sketch

Some art from this week.

1. 'Shih Tzu dog', 12 by 9 ins., pan pastels, Murano paper

2. 'Is there not a song', mixed media, art journal

3. 'New small art journal.' 6 by 4 ins. mixed media

4. 'Apollo says...', 6 by 8 ins., mixed media, new small art journal.

Photos 3 and 4.

I started a new small journal which I am using as 'five-finger-exercises' to get in the mood for the day's art.  Its good to have a little journal like this when you can't decide what to do for the day.  Painting in this book often puts me in the mood or right mindset for art for the day.  

I went with blue and orange for the first pages.  

I was inspired to draw this particular face (head position) after reading Bridgman, 'Heads, features, faces', from Dover publications.  Its a fairly inexpensive book which covers how to draw faces very well.

I had already collaged on the sun symbol.  It reminded me of Apollo and so I developed that idea, which was fun.

Photo 2.

A page in my mainly faces art journal.  This is A4 size.  This page went through a lot of started off purple and gradually changed to orange.  

The face was painted in acrylics to start off with but I decided to redo it in ink on book text which I collaged over the original.  I like the ink on text page better as it contrasts with the painted background. 

Then I found a little inky face which I added to the bottom right side. I thought it looked like he was asking the question that Id previously collaged on:-  'Is there not a song in your own tongue for a great day such as this?'

A reminder to paint in your own way perhaps?

Photo 1. Shih Tzu portrait

From a photo on wetcanvas for the WDE art project last weekend.  I used my new set of pan pastels for this portrait.  

Shih tzu's are lovely little dogs.  My yorkie Toby had a Shih Tzu best friend.  They loved to romp in the park.

Here's my new set of 20 pastels.

They are lovely to use because they are fairly dust free.  They are good for journal page backgrounds because they are a dry medium and don't wrinkle thin pages.  They may be good to use as under-painting for full blown soft pastel portraits...have not tried this yet!

Hope you are having a great week!

Bye for now.

Friday, 7 October 2016

more mixed media ladies

I bought Pam Carriker's book on Mixed media portraits and tried out a couple of her projects this week!

'Her ship is coming in,' collage and acrylics, 11 by 9 ins., paper

'Blue lady', acrylics, 15 by 11 ins., paper

1. Her ship is coming in:  Pam's project number 11.
I like the vintage feel of this project, rather like an old manuscript page.  I was mostly interested in practicing using acrylics in a dribbly fashion here.  

I used a couple of subsitutions in method, e.g., I used a traced image rather than a transferred image. The girl was inspired by a photo on wetcanvas.

2. Blue lady: Pam's project number 4.  

It was interesting to do a monochrome portrait.  I used to do these in the past as under-paintings, which I would then go over with thin acrylic glazes of colour.  I may glaze over this one, actually.

Pam achieved a more flowing look to the hair (using a stabilo pencil) so I think I'll do another monochrome and try to get that flowing watery look!  A portrait from imagination.

+Pam Carriker 'Mixed Media Portraits. North Light Books. 2015.

My stamps and stencils came from  I received 6 sets...below is set 1.  I used one of the stamps from set 1 (the clockface) for the background in painting 1.

Set 1

That's all for now.  Have a great weekend.


Friday, 30 September 2016

Journal page

Back to some mixed media journaling for a change of pace.

Front page, journal, A4, mixed media

I used some patterned tissue paper on the left hand side...I received the paper from one of my art swap partners this year and it was fun to  include it in my journal.

On the right I collaged on one of my faces from the  29faces project...a face on text page.

Then I added some stencils and stamps.

I ordered a stache of new stencils and stamps (half price from +Create & Craft TV )  and so I am eagerly waiting for them to arrive.

Have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, 29 September 2016

29 faces project finished

Last day for #29faces project.  Here is my catch-up for this week.  Some graphite pencil and colour pencil studies.

 'Curly Sue- left side', graphite, sketchbook. Face 24.

'Curly Sue, left side', cp, sketchbook. Face 25.

'Curly Sue, right side', graphite, sketchbook. Face 26.

'Curly Sue, right side', cp, sketchbook. Face 27.

'Japanese statue, profile', pencil, sketchbook. Face 28.

'Japanese statue',pencil, sketchbook. Face 29.

'Curly Sue' was inspired by reference photos on wetcanvas.  The Japanese lady was drawn from a small statue figurine in my studio.

The end of the project.  I have enjoyed the challenge: especially attempting to use materials I don't usually use such as brusho and colour pencil.

It would be good to do further work with faces using various materials/mediums.

I already feel this practice has improved my ability to 'see' faces and details of the planes, shadings, and other characteristics.  I think this will be very helpful for future work,both in a realistic portrait style and for imaginative drawings of people.

Thanks to Ayala Art for suggesting and hosting this project.


Bye for now.