Saturday, 9 February 2019

She Walks In Beauty

While I was creating my last page to enter the new A Vintage Journey challenge, "Your Hearts Desire", I thought of another way of developing the theme.
My mind turned to a photo, which I have in a family collection, of a bride and groom. Unfortunately I don't know who they are, and there is no-one of my family left of this generation to ask.

I prepared the background with a mix of fragile papers and rubbed some pale creams and pink fresco paints in with my fingers, the idea being to blend together the background images.
I stamped a heart from Emma Godfrey onto a French Dictionary page, the page which lists Love words and aged it.
I fussy cut some flowers from my paper stash and made a copy of the wedding photo.
I added some diecuts which were left overs and found a poem which I thought was suitable. "She Walks In Beauty."
I darkened the edges of the pages slightly with an umber Neocolor crayon which I then moistened with a brush and water.
Happy to use this beautiful photo but sad that I don't know their relationship to me.
So, this is my second entry for A Vintage Journey Challenge.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Reach for the stars!

There was another extremely inspiring selection of art over on A Vintage Journey blog last week. This time the theme is "Your Hearts Desire".
So, another journalling page for me, inspired by the lovely artist Laly Mille.

I worked onto double pages in a girl's annual from the 1930's. some of the text is sill visible.
First of all I washed a light covering of Gesso all over, then glued down some strips of papers from Marlene's collection.
Lots of stamping and layering of paint followed.
I added some Vintage Photo Distress inks to give it a vintage feel and layered up quite a lot of drippage.
I stamped and cut out some Emma Godfrey hearts and aged them with Distress Collage Medium.

Finally, the crowning glory was a quote which Alison Bomber put together as a collection on one of her many sets of stamps from PaperArtsy. EAB07.
I seem to instinctively choose this quote quite often. Probably the new year and my emotions at the moment which draw me to it!

Here is some more detail which shows off some of the Carabelle stamps by Birgit Koopsen.

It is actually lighter than this, but February light in my craft room is sadly lacking at the moment.

So, my entry in the "A Vintage Journey" challenge.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Every Great Dream...

This morning I sorted through my many Graphic 45 books and selected lots of inspiring pictures that I can add to my journalling pages.
These three were my inspiration which guided today's work.

I began by covering my pages with an assortment of fragile papers and united them with a wash of Burnt Sienna acrylic ink.
Next, I knocked it back slightly with a wash of white gesso.
Some journalling ensued in both black and white pen.
I stencilled some Graphite Texture paste hearts for added texture.
My three images were enhanced by heat embossing some Frantage Aged Gols Embossing Enamel around the edges.
For my stamping, I chose one of Alison Bomber's wonderful quotes from PaperArtsy EAB07 and repeat stamped it in Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink.
To finish, I added an affirmation by Lynne Moncrieff and Added some Wrinkle Free Distress Method Vintage Photo.
To properly conclude my piece, I used Alison's quote around the edges in Black Archival as a border.
I am entering this into the A Vintage Journey challenge, Put a stamp on it.
Their design team have been so inspiring and got me entering challenges again.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Art Therapy!

It feels like confession time. I haven't posted on my blog for almost 3 months.
I seem to have lost the plot lately and then flu over Christmas knocked me for six!
Anyway, today, I got out my much neglected repurposed old annual and set to!

Gosh, it was hard work at first as I applied layer after layer of writing, fragile papers, paint, and stamping.
It was soothing, but it just didn't feel right!
So, I kept going in the style of the wonderful artist that is Laly Mille. it gradually began to speak to me as I gained confidence!
This picture shows some of the layers including some scratching into the paint.

I chose some pictures from one of my favourite magazines and words that just chose themselves.
There are lots of stamps in my background but to finish off I chose some hearts by Emma Godfrey for PaperArtsy.
So, the whole process felt like soothing balm, or therapy, as in my title!

If I can remember how to link this to a challenge then I would like to enter this months' challenge on
A Vintage Journey. The reason that I am joining in again after ages is that I was really inspired by the beautiful work from the Design team, particularly Astrid, Alison and Brenda!

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Portrait inspired by Frida Kahlo

This is a picture that I have had milling over in my mind since I saw an image of Frida that inspired me.

I began on a 20"x16" sheet of paper for acrylics, taped to my drawing board and sketched the figure.
I chose some collage papers by Marlene Meijer-van Niekirk and tore up pieces and added them to the dress and parts of the headdress.

Using PaperArtsy acrylic paints I painted over parts of the dress and added loose brushstrokes to the headdress.
I did some printing over the dress with Black Archival ink to tone it down as it was competing with the headdress. Also, a fair amount of scribbling with a Black Fudeball pen. Like scribbling!
Lots of adjustments took place with the face until I was reasonably happy.
Always room for improvement but I need to remember that it is all a learning process and I am not trying to achieve a photographic representation!

Sunday, 19 August 2018

PA Baked Texture Challenge

Over on the PaperArtsy blog the current challenge is "Baked Textures"
I have thoroughly enjoyed following the designer ideas and have loved them all. 
I have played with Seth Apter's Baked Textures before, but when Alison Bomber used them to press her stamps into, I had to have a play.

I took a standard sized playing card and gessoed away the background and glued some sepia tissue which has letters and numbers on it.
I glued some musical notes across the middle and a Paper Doll and aged them with Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium in Vintage.
I rubbed an embossing pad along the edges of the card and dipped it into Seth's Patina Oxide and heat embossed. 
Using Alison Bomber's stamp set, EAB03, I stamped into reheated powders with Distress ink Pad Picket fence. 
The sentiment that I chose was "Without music, life would be a mistake."
I finished with a little extra stamping randomly in Black Archival Ink.

So, I am entering this into the PaperArtsy challenge.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Girl with sculpted hair

Having been influenced recently by the very talented artist Emma Petitt, I embarked upon my third portrait using her ideas.

I mostly use reference when I draw a face, unlike Emma and found a girl in a Sunday Supplement.
I began by prepping my background and drawing the girl with Derwent charcoal pencils.

The picture is quite large, 20"x16".
I used PaperArtsy Fresco chalk paints throughout. Also PA Grungepaste .
As you can see, there are some collaged additions too.

The next stage really scared me, as I had never painted dark skin tones before.
It got worse before it got better, and I did wrestle with the paints before I was happy.
I actually used a metallic paint on parts of the skin.....Copper!
I finished off with lots of drippage and some treasure gold on the numbers and around the frame of the picture.
I saw lots of bits that I would have liked to improve, but, I love her now!