Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Drawing in my journal ...

Ink sprays by Dylusions for Ranger

I drew this figure a while ago, spent ages colouring her in and then decided I didn't like her. She looked too 'cute', so I put her in with a pile of 'stuff' on my desk and forgot about her. But then when I was fiddling about I found her again, and tried her against this very grungy inky background and I thought she looked ok!

I like to mop up any spare ink left on stencils etc in my journal - a trick I learned from Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley. It ends up looking something like this and makes for a great background:


I added a few little extras to the background, but mostly I left it as it was, and even left some white space *gasp*! I'm not usually very good at leaving white space ;-)


I used Basic Backgrounds stamp by Dylusions on the heart and dress, and then scribbled over it with my new favourite - liquid pearls


Now, I can't actually decide if this page is finished or not. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't.

I found a scrap of fabric that I coloured with Dylusions inks - can't decide whether to add it or not. What do you think?


If you fancy doing a bit of drawing in your art journal come and take a drawing class with me! See the details *here*.

Byee for now ....

41 comments:

  1. oh I love it Kate, lovin the white space and your figures are lush, cant believe you discarded this poor lady and left her to languish in a dusty corner, tut tut LOL x

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  2. That darn white space is soooo hard to leave sitting there but it looks good when you do!!!! And I like the fabric piece:)

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  3. Know of any (Really, really) cheap flights from Oz? I'd be there in a Jiffy!

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  4. I think she's been waiting for just this moment when she gets all the glory. She's wonderful. The heart is effective too, and the fabric just pics up the colour of the heart too, I think you should keep it. Michelle x

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  5. She went from "cute" to WOW!

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  6. Great page Kate and I love your little "lady" as Christy Thomlinson would say "she's a cutie".Love your scrap of fabric too.xx

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  7. I think she is wonderful. Can't believe you thought she was too cute. She is charming. I'm not personally crazy about the fabric but she is your creation so do what pleases you. Diane M

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  8. Kate, forgot to tell you, I now have access to Dylusion products and I'm spending way too much money. Have a ball though. I use the Basics alot.They are so versatile. Diane M

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  9. LOVE IT!!!!!
    Greetz Patricia

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  10. I love this, Kate and I know how you feel about the white space, cos I'm the same, but it looks so good! I'm also pretty sure that if you start journalling, there won't be a lot of it left, unless you choose to highlight it by leaving it blank. Great colours and lovely colouring on the angel x

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  11. She reminds me of an Angel; missing her wings so she's sad and wondering how she could get them back again! Fab background and I must say I quite like the material along the bottom.

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  12. Brilliant page and she looks good on this background Kate. And...... you actually left white space too !! lol

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  13. Kate this is so stunning. The lady in it is marvelous. Beautiful details and colors. Indeed I I wish I could draw and paint like you.
    Warm greet
    marja
    wwww.marjascreativity.blogspot.com

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  14. Awesome page, love your ickle figure

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  15. Hi Kate...this is wonderful. Love the lady, she is stunning and your background is fabulous.
    Debbie x

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  16. Hi Kate...this is wonderful. Love your lady, she is stunning and your background is fabulous.
    Debbie x

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  17. Hi Kate...this is wonderful. Love the lady, she is stunning and your background is fabulous.
    Debbie x

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  18. Hiya Kate.
    She is lovely, I love the way you have drawn her aswell. Art was the only O level i got, but I don't do drawing anywhere near as much as I used to, must get back into it. Angie and I have booked the Graphic 45 class with Dy in June, but we want to come and do a class with you later in the year.
    I like this page just the way it is, and love the bit of white space, it looks great.
    Debbiex

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  19. Fabulous image Kate.;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  20. Here from Dyan's FB link.

    I like the white space. It gives they eye a place to "rest." Love your lady, she's unusually beautiful.

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  21. Better late than never with my April posting, but you look as if you are keeping busy - lovely use of different techniques.

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  22. Oh quite different from some of your pages - and I like the white space even if I am scared of it. When undecided about an element I usually think that if you're hesitating you already know the answer - if it was right it would already be on there!

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  23. It's amazing !!! I love it. The figure it's so cute.
    Thanks for this Art
    Bye

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  24. awesome page again Kate, love the colours and the image is stunning, love that gorgeous piece of fabric, the colours and style suit very well
    hugs
    Miranda

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  25. I love it! its really original and I love the colours Jacquie x

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  26. Hi! Saw your work in norwegian "Ett Trykk" and just loved it! I follow you now, thanks for inspiration!!
    Happy easter :-))

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  27. Love the page Kate and would love to take classes with you but too far away. Maybe we'll meet up sometime again for a playdate though. xx

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  28. Such a happy and bright page! I love the 'neat' figure against the funky background! Oh, and I like it more without the fabric)

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  29. Love the page and your character is wonderful. She would make a good stamp!!!

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  30. Yoohoo! Just popping by to say Hi and see what gorgeousness you've been creating over the Easter hols :D And it is a gorgeous page... LOVE your drawing Kate, it has a whimsical feel about it but is 'earthed' by your colouring in (which is amazing by the way!) x x x

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  31. I love this Kate... Your girl is so wistful, give her a hug from me!I like the addition of the fabric, it grounds it and goes beautifully with the 2 horizontal stripes up near the top. Your work is stunning xx

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  32. I adore this. I love the colours, and the white space works so well- I'm not good at leaving white spaces either, but I'm inspired to try it.....!

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  33. hI! Your work is unbelievable! We are trying to inspire older women through writing and art at our website, "Be Brave, Lose the Beige". Could we pay to use one of your pictures as a background for inspirational journal writing?

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  34. I think it´s perfekt and i love it! It´s not to much und not to little! I love the dress and the backround with the fresh colors!
    Send you a little bit sunshine from here!

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  35. Your art is so unique! I love love love it. Thank you for sharing.

    I'm curious -- do you have a favorite medium, or do you use all equally?
    Kate

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    1. Hi Kate. I have several favourite mediums! I love acrylic paints and Dylusions ink sprays, but for colouring in images I love Distress inks by Ranger. Thanks for asking!

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