Friday, 24 May 2013

A Bevy of ATC's

I'm a member of an ATC swap group and recently did a swap in the theme of 'Green', another with the theme of 'Keys'.  I finally did a swap with any theme.  These tiny pieces of art are sometimes difficult for me and challenge me to be simple.
They are all very different ATCs with many products so I won't go through how they are all made.  If anyone would like to know you can always drop me an email :)

Here are the nine ATC I made this month.

ATC Green Flowers

ATC Green Leaves

ATC Green Bow

ATC Forgot my key

ATC Queens Key

ATC Bronze Keys

ATC Super Star Diva

ATC Whats the time
ATC Essence

Monday, 20 May 2013

Thinking happy thoughts.

The Three Muses have the theme 'black and white stripes' today.  Unfortunately I wanted to work with bright colours, so did both - black and white stripes surrounded by a riot of colour!
When my day is dismal, I create my own happy place
Here is a double page spread in my art journal.  It started out as a series of pencil doodles and then before I knew it, I was doing stripes.  There is no logic or rational behind it, it just is me having fun.

Pencil drawings then over drawn with black fine line pen, then some black paint and some black felt marker.  Once all the black and white was completed, I pulled out my Inklensils in lemon, orange and red and randomly coloured the background.  After wetting the colours really popped out and I felt a rough day become bright and cheery.

Next came some stamping in Archival Monarch Orange, Memento London Fog and StayzOn black.

My two favourite stamps are the Reality Check and the flying pig.  I love my barmy stamps!

Thanks very much for taking a look and I hope my journal has brought some joy to your day too.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Thinking about gardens

I've just returned from the garden centre and can't help wishing I had a cute little garden to plant up.  The fact is I don't, I have a balcony, so I decided to make my own little garden for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week.

Butterfly's are early this year!
 I bought a packet of little bows today and couldn't help thinking they looked like butterflies, so they are!  I began by spraying the card with water and then with Dylusions ink in London Blue and Cut Grass.  I rolled over the top with a paper towel which transferred some pattern and also some colour.

Once it was dry I used a baby wipe to remove colour through a flower stencil and then stamped some grasses and small flowers using London Fog Memento Ink.

I finished up by attaching the buttons and the bow and then drawing a trail for the butterfly using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in clear star.  I love these pens.

Thanks as always for taking a look, it's much appreciated.  Check out the other art at SPA.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Shake your tail feathers

Today's challenge at Sunday Postcard Art is 'chevron'.  Work has been so busy this past week that I haven't had much time to play with any art, so today I continued with my exploration of translucency.  I'm still having fun playing with various weights and colour of tissue paper and also translucent paints.  I also bought some new matte varnish today too, so tried it on the orange tissue paper which bleeds horribly - good result with hardly any bleed.

Do my tail feathers look big in this?
Today piece is a collage worked on 300 gsm card, starting with Golden Titan Buff and when dry I stamped little spots on it with Archival Ink Coffee.  Next came the chevrons, which I hand cut from a vintage Punch magazine before painting with Golden Nickel Azo Gold.  Once dry, these were collaged to the base.
I found the image of the bird on the web and printed it on white tissue before adhering it to the base with fluid matte medium.

The text is printed from my computer and coloured with Tea Dye distress stain.  I applied another layer of white tissue paper across the bottom of the card before distressing the card edges with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  I then went around the edges again and applied a rough dab of Golden Iridescent Bronze paint.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Translucent Angel

The Take a Word challenge this week is Stone Angels and this piece is based on a photo of a stone angel that Captain Slow took in Salisbury Cathedral a year or so ago.  I've been missing from the challenges for a week or so as I worked on various technique experiments.  I've used some of those techniques below.  I'm also working on some assemblage art which is great fun.

Translucent lady

The substrate is 5" x 7" canvas board and has some vintage paper collaged to commence.  Then came some stamping onto tissue paper using Archival ink in French Ultramarine and stamping direct to canvas with London Fog.  There are so many  layers of paint, wash and glaze that I can't list them all the paints are Quinacridone Crimson, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Iridescent Bronze (Fine) all by Golden.
I also stamped with the Crimson and Bronze paints.

The angel was printed from my computer onto white tissue paper (took a while to figure this out) and then made translucent before attaching to the canvas.  Next came many more layers of paint.

Stamping and background visible through the stone angel

The cross was made with polymer clay and when hardened I painted it with a faux ivory technique before attaching to the substrate.  Now that I have created the mold, I will be making lots more crosses for future pieces.

Looks like tortured souls
Thanks so much for looking and taking the time to leave a comment, it is always appreciated.