Friday, 26 May 2017

BORN TO BE REAL for AJJ

Hello

It's another Friday - hope your week went well and you have a fun weekend planned.

My piece today for AJJ  'Elegance and Grunge' was drawn/painted on Strathmore 400 series mixed media paper.

 
The Background was created using TH Distress stains, Neocolor 2s and a stencil. Then I muted the colour etc by gessoing over top and then edged with Neocolor 1's. I drew my girl and then added colour with Neocolor 2's and added hair and face details drawn with coloured pencils and Neocolor 1's. I used white Posca pen for white on eyes. Finally I finished off with a quote printed from my pc.

It's been extremely hot here and the next 2 days predicted to be hot again. When working in garden I do a little then sit under an umbrella for a rest and then go back to work again... Yesterday I played with a heavy hammer and bolster (a first for me) and chipping away old cement from some bricks - great fun - but slow work - hopefully we might finish changing our garden around in time to enjoy the summer.   ha ha :)

 
Thanks for stopping by,
have a great day and wonderful weekend
Gill x
          



Thursday, 25 May 2017

TOO MANY WALLS for AJJ

Hello

Today I have a digital page for the AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' theme


Some buildings can look shabby with their peeling paint and cracked brickwork but somehow can still look so elegant - I found these images and just had to use them.
The Images I used were from a Serif cd 'Serif Pro Images collection 2'.
The font is called Gabriola. The digi-kits used are ones I made some time ago called ‘Grunge it' and 'Natasha' - (the leaves don't actually belong to the flowers but were some small chard leaves growing in our garden which I liked the look of to go with the flowers which I can never remember the name of).
 
Have a great day
and thank you for stopping by
Gill x

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

SIMPLE ELEGANCE

For Elegance and Grunge theme at AJJ


This page has a soft and grungy Aquamarker background made scribbling the markers on a piece of cellophane first then either spritzed or breathed on it and then pressed that down onto the paper to transfer the ink.  I found the decoupage hand in my stash and cut a little of the cuff of and pleated a small piece of vintage lace behind it.



Not certain how old the lace was but it either belonged to my husbands grandmother, or going by the sewing contents in the old box it came from it was more likely his great grandmother, so possibly over or around a 100 years old. Words printed from my PC.


That's my lot for today but if you haven't already joined in there's still time to join in this month to the 'Elegance and Grunge' theme at AJJ and lots of  lovely inspiration there too - thank you to everyone taking part.

Have a great day
and thanks for stopping by
 
Gill x




Monday, 22 May 2017

CLASSY AND SASSY

Hello

My page today for the AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge' theme is an all digital page made using Craft Artist software and a digikit called 'pin up chic' from Daisytrail.
Not a lot of grunge but she sure is elegant :)


thanks for stopping by,
have a great day
Gill x

Sunday, 21 May 2017

CANDLELIGHT for AJJ

Hello

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.
It looks like being a hot day here today so I'm off out to do some gardening etc before it gets too hot.

But first...todays page for 'Elegance and Grunge' at AJJ

 
 I started off with a piece of yellow A4 card but it was soon covered with brown paint.
The candles were from the front of a local free magazine - so I cut them out, stuck them down and painted around them and the rest of the area with brown acrylic paint. I then found some decoupage scraps of flowers and the hand, stuck them down and added some iridescent glitter glue to the flowers, lace cuff and her ring. I printed the quote out and added some Neocolor 2s around the edge. Finished off around edges of the page with some Pebeo Dyna paints and odd splodges of glitter glue.
 
thanks for stopping by
and hope you have a great day
Gill x

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stylish Elegance and Grunge and letter journals

Hello everyone

It's Friday again - hope your week has been good and you've got some fun planned for the weekend. Weather permitting I will be working in the garden again but also hope for some play time too and to read two new arty books.

Today I have some (hopefully) stylish  'Elegance and grunge' for AJJ
This is an all digital piece. I used an ancestors  photo - the elegant stylish lady we called her Auntie Bette but she was actually a 2nd cousin. The digikit 'Grunge It' is one I made... it includes photos of paper flowers, lace ribbon, brackets and some digitally drawn items.

 
 
 I created my first letter journals recently and today I am showing some pages from one as it has been received...
But sadly the beautiful one that the lovely Beo made for me got lost in the post... these things happen of course, but I was sad also for Beo, for all the creativity and time she had taken to make this wonderful lost letter journal. I know how wonderful it was because I have seen photos - it was amazing! - so I hope it is found by someone who will enjoy and appreciate all the work that went in to it..

But then ..oh wow! I had a big surprise - a new beautiful letter journal arrived :) You may have seen some of the pages from  the beautiful letter journal that Beo made for me  and I'm sure you can  imagine my delight :) and wasn't that was so very  kind..
Photos never seem to quite show all the details and colours the same as in real life - and I have so very lucky that in 'real life' I am the recipient of this fantastic creation - thank you once again Beo, I love it xx :)

The following are some of the pages in my letter journal to Beo. 
 
front cover - hasn't quite scanned the colour quite right.
Beate had encouraged me some time ago to try gelli printing when I had been afraid I might have ruined the plate - so now of course I am fearless (ha ha ) and had to do lots of gelli prints on my pages.

 
 
 


The house was folded on one side and opened up for my message
I also used this opportunity to make some things inspired by a Carla Sonheim book that Beo recommended too called Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun


         
 
 
   
 thanks so much for stopping by,
have a great day and wonderful weekend
Gill x


Thursday, 18 May 2017

ELEGANCE CAN'T BE BOUGHT

For AJJ 'Elegance and Grunge'

 
The background is acrylic paint plus a few various washi tapes,  I also used craft foam and punched small holes in, to use as a stamp. The stickers I found in my stash and the words say 'Elegance can't be bought - it comes naturally'.

A shortish post today as I am off out into the garden to help Dave dig up old some surface tree roots and try digging over some ground where some old trees were cut down.
 
Thanks for stopping by..
have a great day
Gill x