Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Journal time!


Not sure where time goes these days, but I haven't had a play around in my journal for ages. Far too long in fact. But on Saturday I will be teaching a class at the wonderful Art from the Heart, Harrogate UK (home of all things Dylusional) called 'Draw in your Art Journal', so I thought I had better get some practise in LOL! I have run this class once before and it was a popular class. Seems like a lot of us want to lose the fear of drawing and rediscover our inner child. (Children don't have a problem with drawing .. have you noticed? The inner critic sneaks up on us as we get older, when we're not looking).
Some of the AFTH regulars have requested that we draw faces / portraits so amongst other things, we will be having a go at that. 
I drew this face on a background that I had already done in my journal, and if you look really closely (at the top of the page) you can even see some spill-journaling in pencil underneath. I have no idea what that journaling was about now, and it is forever lost under layers of gesso and paint. The face itself is coloured with acrylic paint, neocolours, prisma-color pencils and a stabilo marks-all pencil ...er ... and probably a few other things along the way, I can't remember!  I know I am not the greatest at drawing faces (or drawing anything come to think of it) and I haven't done any real drawing since I left school, but I'm not going to let a little thing like that put me off. Drawing is like anything - the more you do it, the better you get. 

And isn't that what a journal is for? To experiment and play?


So what else have I been up to? 

I thought I would make the lovely Dyan a Dylusions inky journal as she is off to the USA soon and wanted something she could carry around easily to share Dylusions techniques with arty peeps along the way. I made something very similar to this before but this one is different in that is totally DYLUSIONS! Inks, stamps and everything!


Here it is as a work in progress. Boy, did my hands get messy on this day!


And here's a few close-ups of the inner pages:





For any of my arty bloggy friends who will be coming to my workshop at the Stamp Attic in November, or any of my Dutch friends who will be coming to some of my classes at De Craftorij in October, we'll be making something very similar to this. Woohoo! Prepare to get inky ;-)

Byeee for now .......

41 comments:

  1. Yes I agree Kate, good manners cost nothing. It's nice to be nice. I'm really looking forward to the class on Saturday, it will be nice to be able catch up. I love the techniques book you've given to Dyan too, I bet she loves it. Michelle x

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  2. Ohhh, I'm gonna get to see that journal in person when Dyan comes to St Pete, FL! I wish I could come and join you at your classes, Kate. I so need to learn to draw faces with things other than dots for eyes and nose and a single line smile.

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  3. Time just flies...haven't had time to even read my favorite blogs much les create on m y journal!

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  4. It would be so wonderful if you would come to Montreal, Quebec, Canada one day!!! I LOVE your art!!!! Wishing you a blissful and artful day,

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  5. yayy it's for me ...woop de frikkin woop xxx

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  6. Oh this is lovely!! I really must have a go at art journalling, and this project without the journal is ideal. You are an inspiration and I'm sure everyone will be keen to have ago after seeing what you've made!

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  7. Your journal page is simply divine, love it so much. And WOW what a fantastic book you've made for Dy, bet she loves it as will all those over the pond. Such wonderful work, as ever xx

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  8. I love it its really cool. I made a calander too with dylusions they are just amazing vibrant!

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  9. Ooo love the journal page and love the mini journal too, lots of inky goodness right there! I'm still trying to finish off pages in my smash book.......might be a while! Lol



    Kaz x

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  10. I love the face in your journal Kate, she's absolutely lovely.

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  11. Love it! This journal is awesome! XOXO

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  12. Just beautiful work Kate, and those pages in the little book look gorgeous.
    I would love to call in at one of your classes to do the drawings, love drawing but just don't seem to do any now~!
    I will book one of your classes at Dyan's as soon as I can.
    Debbiex

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  13. stunning page, and I love the mini journal too, both are wonderful
    hugs
    Miranda

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  14. What a great AJ page and an amazing Dylusions book...gorgeous artwork!

    greetings,ALie :-)

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  15. Fabby artwork Kate. Your journal page is AWESOME ♥ Love your little journal book, it's just PERFECT ♥ Have a great time at the weekend. Gez

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  16. Love your journal page-has me thinking -I've not done any real drawing or sketching since I was a kid! Your book for Dyan is stunning!!! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pages!

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  17. Love the journal, cant wait to make one myself at the craftorij!! See you there.

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    1. Woohoo! Alda, can't wait to see you at the craftorij too!

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  18. YES YES YES it's SOOOOOO BEAUTIFULL!!!!!!
    Can't wait until saterday 13th october..........
    Kind regrads Patricia

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    1. Yay Patricia, looking forward to the 13th too!

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  19. This is so beautiful. marvelous work kate. I am really looking forward to your class to follow in October in the Netherlands. See you there.
    lovely greet
    marja
    (marjascreativity)

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    1. Can't wait to meet you Marja! Looking forward to october ;-)

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  20. What a gorgeous journal! And thanks for sharing the portrait work you've done inside of it! I too have never felt very confident with my drawing skills, and it's nice to know that others strive to improve, too!

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  21. I so love your work and the journal pahe and mini album ate terrific I have been booked on your visit to the Stamp Attic since Wendy first put it on and am even more excited now! Looking forward to meeting you. x

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    1. Looking forward to meeting you too barb!

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  22. Such brilliant work, Kate - lovely to see you playing. Love the book for Dy, too - she must be so grateful to have you :-)

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  23. Love the journal and also i am going to make it at the Craftorij, I love your page to and making stamps by you? I think I will love them too

    groetjes Coby

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    1. Looking forward to seeing you in October Coby!!

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  24. This is a fantastic journal page kate and I love the face drawing. Your book is super and a wonderful gift to give.
    x catherine

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  25. beautiful .. love it ! thanks for sharing !

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  26. Gorgeous, Kate! Love all those vibrant pages... would love to see in person. Hope you get more time in your journal soon!

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  27. Awesome as ever, love your colorful art works very much.

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  28. Hi Kate, Per usual your use of color excites me so much . It makes me want to rush right to my art journal and start adding spray inks or acrylic paint. Just love your vision and style Would so love to take one of your classes. However the commute would be very trying and expensive. Diane

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  29. Lovely... I wish I were closer I would be there in a in two shakes of a lambs tail...
    Silly I know. Love your work.
    Sarinda

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  30. You're number one rule is so very important. And I love your page -- the face you painted is quite lovely. Your inky journal is fantastic too!

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  31. Stunning! Love all the colors. Fabulous journal!

    Jenn

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  32. Good for you teaching drawing.its something that can go anywhere with you.
    I am trying to incorporate other elements into my work and remembering to include words. My go to place is always drawing and I forget anything else.
    Such a vibrant journal, lyou have made .gorgeous!

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  33. This book is incredibly gorgeous (Dyan must be thrilled) and I would LOVE to make one with you. Your work just gets better and better!!

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