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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book of Days : May Queen - Autumn Splendour

After a planned hiatus with no lessons for April, Effy is back with session 2 of Book of Days which started beginning of May. I've finally managed to finish Week 1 - May Queen. Knew immediately that although our norther hemisphere friends are enjoying Spring and heading to Summer, in New Zealand we have been enjoying Autumn so my Queen's hair would be celebrating Autumn Splendour. 
Began with a layer of flesh coloured paint since I didn't have light coloured pencils. Then added pencil work
The white is acrylic paint (mix of transparent for blending and titanium for highlights) and the purple of her lips and eye highlights plus brown of her eyes I used watersoluble markers which I sealed with fixative before a layer of clear gesso to refine the face. 
And then time to move onto the hair. I did use watercolours but not working on actual watercolour paper so just wet it and added the watercolours and smooshed them with paint brush and thought they'll do as the lower layer. Some dabbing with paper towel and overlaying of colour worked quite well.
Then it was time to start doodling....started with leaves and decided that highlighting with white gives a hint of cooler temperatures to come
Printed a quote by Humbert Wolfe (but replaced the word October with Autumn) on appropriately coloured scrapbook paper. Then decided I would line the words up against the edge of the page so more room for doodles 
And here's the finished spread. Click on any photo to see it larger.
I really REALLY ♥ her - every piece of art I finish in this journal is my new favourite! See my Flickr album for all my art from classes with Effy HERESign up to Book of Days (Full Year or Session 2) or other classes with Effy Wild HERE

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quilt inspirations.

Saturday was our club's annual Tote & Gloat show. I've shared these days with you before - after a busy week at school with book week, this was a fabulous chance to slow down and absorb some quilt inspiration and catch up with lovely like-minded creative friends. Great venue with heaps of quilts on display. They are shown on the stage
 and then hung for our later viewing pleasure. I shared my quilt in my previous post.
I took quite a lot of photos this year - what follows are my favourite inspirations, but I'm sorry there are no labels so I can't credit makers this time. Click on any photo for a larger view.
As well as the show and tell, there were challenge quilts made by members. 
A coffee cup challenge (above) and a circle challenge (some of them below). Check out our Rose City Quilters blog with all the challenge winners HERE.
Some special exhibitions gave us even more to look at and be inspired by. Small quilts : 
Dolls and creatures made with Jill Maas patterns or classes : 
And there's always shopping...
although I only spent $2.50 this year! Cute butterfly buttons - pen is just there for scale. 
Lucky person who won our beautiful raffle quilt : 
and I was re-inspired to get on with some Sue Spargo-inspired stitching as I listened to our guest speaker, Rachel Maw from Annies Country Quilt Store
As you can see it was an awesome, inspiring day. I always come home wanting to stitch and not sure which one to start with next ;-)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Daily Journaling Weeks 19-20

I am so proud of myself, we're a third of the way through the year and this is the first time I've had to compromise my daily journaling practice. There's just been too much going on in my life, and rather than stress about getting behind, I decided I'd combine prompts this week in a way that works for me. My creative practice is one of the joys of my life - I am not about to make it a chore ♥
I've been following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 19 : Document a random act of kindness from you and Week 20 : Use a rubber stamp in a new wayAnd from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : Monthly Theme: Bold and Bright 
Week 19  : Prompt: Make your own Collage Paper 
Technique: use black gesso and tape in an envelope! 
Week 20 : Prompt: Paint colors, draw shapes and paint around them
Technique: Cut up your piece and make a page for your journal.
I sifted through all of that, and my original intention was to start by collaging using lovely inky under paper = a cheat's way of making your own collage paper ;-) , and then to use rubber stamps to put on shapes that I then painted around. Here's what actually happened.  First I went to my journal to look at the page size to decide how I'd do the journaling part with the prompt part - my next spread is clean, but the one after has already had stencil paint cleaned off on it so I decided to use the blank spread for the prompts, and my 2-week's journaling over the already-painted pages. 
The blank pages got the under paper treatment as my first collaged layer
Then instead of a stamp I decided to just use a mask and black paint (close enough to the prompt for black gesso I reckon!)
LOVE! Now to add some of my own touches....white pen dots and found words for a start
Then I just decided to use gold metallic sakura and write and doodle in the black gaps some of the things keeping me busy these 2 weeks.... (this next one is taken in daylight so looks different colours)
Over the page is the journaling - and now I have no pressure on this project and more time for other things....I just have to journal the rest of this week - Winning ♥
Want to share a couple of the photos larger : 
Was our school book week last week - fantastically successful and I loved being the witch for our last day where we all dressed up as book characters ♥
Saturday was our annual Tote & Gloat quilt show - 
That's my Disappearing Nine Patch quilt on the right. 
There'll be more about inspirations from that show in my next post. Hope you are having a lovely week. You can see all my posts about this Daily journaling project HERE and my Flickr album HERE

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Testing various watercolour paints and pens

In my previous post, I mentioned that I keep what I call a studio book - I keep swatches of art mediums, as well as notes about art tips/experiments for future reference. These are some of my watercolour supplies : 
And the swatch samples don't have to be fancy to be useful...it's really great when you're wondering what the colour is really like 
The Koh-i-noor samples come in the circular containers above. These are my caran d'ache crayons and 2 kinds of watercolour pencils.
I've also fairly recently acquired Tombows. 
I had some questions about how I might use them. Of course the best way is to test them out for yourself. It's so great to have a studio book where you can do this kind of thing. Click on any photo to see it larger.
I used them on different surfaces, and tried out a blending pen as well as water. They handle quite differently on the papers that I use compared to aqua markers : 
I think the water is fine for blending the tombows, but the blending pen might be fun for lettering : try out some fun lettering techniques with Tombows HERE and HERE
If you like lettering you might also like to explore my recent post which includes free online lettering class information HERE.
And I did a couple of other searches and found that I should have been blending on a separate page - how to blend with the tombow palette. I think I might just try freezer or baking paper since it should sit on the surface. There's another similar technique here
You can also use your studio notebook to decide whether you actually need to acquire another new product. I was considering absorbant ground for using watercolours on different surfaces. However : 
Now I've decided for the papers I currently use as substrates I'm good as I am.
I hope if you don't have some kind of studio book you're inspired to start one. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 18

This is last week's daily journal spread. As I shared in my previous post, we've started May with both highs and lows and I'm VERY busy so when I got a window of time, I did something easy to keep up in my daily journal. I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 18 : Add an inspiring quote to guide your weekAnd from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : create a swatch page of your favourite art medium/s. Stamp and colour in. 
I already keep what I call a studio book where I keep swatches of art mediums (will share in another post) so decided I'd just stamp some pretty flowers with one of my favourite ink pads
The prompt was "Stamp and colour in" so I did that with some pretty twinkling H2Os which I don't use that often. 
They are shimmery loveliness that doesn't photograph well here.... Then they needed additional doodles
and my other prompt "add an inspiring quote to guide your week" 
A good reminder that if you don't actually set a time, things can just drift and never get done. This is the finished spread with very quick journaling record this week.
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
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