Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Miniatures ... again!

Oh, how I love tiny things! Always have, always will.

This week has seen me attempting to complete my tax return which I find 100% stressful. I know, I know, I shouldn't leave it till the last minute, no need to remind me ;-) Next will be different (heehee! How many times have I said that?)

Anyway, in-between ordering numbers, finding invoices, looking for random letters from HMRC which do a last minute vanishing act every year etc etc, I started playing with match boxes again. It soothes me :-))

This one holds mini art journal prompt cards

I listed these in my Etsy shop and some of them will already be on their way to their new owners *Thank you* Hope they love them as much as I love making them.

In March I'll be teaching this as a class in Middlesbrough (north East UK). If you fancy joining me to make some miniature marvels then have a look here.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Art journaling ... every day ...

Over on Facebook, I was tagged, and asked to show some art every day for 5 days, tagging others along the way. So I had a root around to find art which I haven't already posted, and I found Mr Fox. I painted him with acrylics over a collaged and painted background. (The clock is from a catalogue!)

And as part of my art journaling classes at Art from the Heart (Harrogate UK) we did some collage using images by kind permission of Nancy Baumiller aka Crowabout Studio B at Mischief Circus (previously known as Deviant Scrap). If you haven't visited Mischief Circus then you must! You must! There are hundreds and hundreds of digital collage images fro your art ... you can lost for hours over there ....

And now I must go and get back to my tax return (can you hear me sobbing?) Byee for now ....

Thursday, 15 January 2015

The Ranger Designer Challenge

Paints, stamps, stencil by Dina Wakley
Butterflies from Papillon by Tim Holtz

I was totally honoured to be asked by Dina Wakley to create a canvas for this year's Ranger Designer Challenge at CHA. And I mean TOTALLY honoured :-)

I just love all of Dina's products anyway and use them all the time. For the challenge you are sent a selection of colours and products, and have to produce a canvas alongside 22 other selected artists. I love doing this, but boy! do I feel the pressure!

I got to play with Dina's lovely paints, her Textures rubber stamps, her large Queenie stencil, and also some Ranger texture paste. 

It is fun to see how different all of the entries to the challenge are ... You can see all of the canvases on the Ranger blog here, and on Dina's blog here.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Happy new year!

Large number stamps by Time Holtz
Snowman stamp by Stampotique Originals

Happy new year to you all! Well, after 5 years of creating art calendar pages I couldn't NOT carry on could I?!  Last year got a bit busy in places and I missed a couple of months but rather than looking back, trying to catch up (which is pretty soul destroying) I decided to look ahead and get ready for the next month. Hey, some months completed is better than no months, right?!

Here's a pic of  the page in progress. I never have an idea in mind for my pages, I just started splashing the paint around and see what happens....

So, who's still doing the challenge? We've got a large and very active group on *Facebook here* so come and join us!
You can also find a group on *Flickr here*

As more and more of us seem to be moving over to Facebook to share our calendar pages I will no longer be providing a link on this blog post but do feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your blog :-)

And finally, my on-line buddy Karen shared an idea the other day, which caught my eye, and I can't resist joining in! All you need is a jam jar, and then throughout the year you write down any achievements, things you are proud of, special memories etc, and pop them in the jar. Then on new year's eve 2015 you take them all out, read them and give yourself a pat on the back! Not too arduous, but could be fun!

Happy new year everyone! Hope you all have a fabulous and artful 2105 :-)

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

More 3 Wise Men!

If you saw my post yesterday then you will know how much I love the story of Three Wise Men. Yesterday I shared with you the Stampotique version in my art journal, but here is the painted version! I LOVED doing these Christmassy pages :-)

For the background I used Amsterdam acrylics by Talens (Standard range), as well as Portfolio oil pastels. To create the hats I used Dylusions stencils and inks (Cherry Pie). And of course a fabulous Stabilo Aquarellable pencil for shading.

I'll be teaching this as a class at Art from the Heart this weekend, although I feel that there may be some scoffing of chocolates and biscuits and the pulling of crackers as we all get into the party mood!

Byee for now!

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