Monday, 12 February 2018

The journey of Mr Frog

Another page for AJJ and the animals from A-Z theme chosen by lovely  Rike from Rikes Art.
I used Gouache, watercolours,acrylic inks, and  Neocolour 2 water soluble pastels.

It started with a happy accident. Some time ago we bought some big bottles of cheap paint for Dave to use on his model railway scenery and I borrowed a red paint and painted my background page but I overlooked that it was gouache and water based. As soon as I realised my mistake I took advantage of that and used a stencil over the top with a baby wipe to remove some colour and to make a rock for the frog to sit on.

and then I added some random splodges of colour

more colour and some acrylic inks which were swirled about using some rubber ended shaper tools. 
I have no idea what the proper name is for them but you can use them with pastels too.


 Thought you might like to see a couple of photos of one of the train layouts. Art and crafts come in handy for model making, we made and painted all the cargo in the freight trucks.

Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

L for Lion

Today I have another page for Rikes great Animals A-Z theme  at AJJ

I used a mix of collage, gelli print which got a bit lost and painting using Neo colour 1 & 2's, Gelatos, and acrylic inks and added description from dictionary. The lion was from an old calendar.

Below was when the gelli print started to get lost

Thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Saturday, 3 February 2018

T is for Tiger


I have a digital Tiger page today as the lovely Rike from Rike's Art has chosen the theme of animals from A-Z and is the host this month over at AJJ

The photo of the  tiger I took sometime in the 1990s and have altered one copy using a 'comic book' filter in my software and then on the second copy took most of the background out and flipped/over laid it on the altered copy. The other digital flowers added I have created in the past either from my own artwork or created digitally.

I can't believe it's February already, and not too long until Valentines day.
When Dave was cooking lunch he discovered one of the pieces of fish was heart shaped
 so he put that one my plate.... awwwwww wasn't that nice :)

Have a great day
and wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.

Gill x

Friday, 19 January 2018

An adventure for AJJ and 2nd travelers notebook

I'm starting to get fed up with the cold grey (and often very windy) days here in the UK as they are making me feel less motivated to do much. I'm not sure I achieved so much this week and the woman in the piece I made for AJJ looks like she might be about to doze off too - maybe she needs to go somewhere sunny and warm on some adventure to change that.

Linking up to AJJ New Year, New Adventures  theme where the lovely Erika from BioArtGal is hosting ths month.
I used a white Neocolour 1 wax crayon as a resist on background then added water soluble Neocolours 2 and watercolours - added drawing and words  then finished with some some digital additions from my own made (previously )digital kits.

Below is the original piece before digital alterations.

This year I am hoping to finish half started things from previous years
like this male portrait.

Although I've done a few soft pastel pieces in the last couple of years, I'm fairly new to using pastels and still trying to grasp how to do things.. i.e when using soft pastels, when to use the pastel pencils or 'hard pastels' and understanding paper types and how many layers of pastels they might take and if I need a fixative, how to store them so they don't smudge etc  argghhhh!!  hopefully by the end year I might have a little more idea on how to do this!

And I'd like to do some bookbinding/making this year. This is the second attempt at a 'Travelers notebook' and bigger one than the previous one.. the pages inside are about 7" x 5".

The cover is a sandwich of 2 layers of green felt with a sheet of craft foam in the middle. I hand sewed around the edges and across the middle and should have used my machine instead as the sewing is awful - don't look too closely!

I'll probably decorate the outside some more later but for now I just want to see how I get on using it.
I added threes sections of pages inside - some plain paper and some lined.
I hope a third attempt on one of these style books (as soon as I can find some nice material and/or vinyl) will be better.

Have a great weekend
and thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Monday, 8 January 2018

New Year adventures week one

Hello.... A week gone from 2018 already - and I know it's early days but I did quite well doing some of the things that  I hope to achieve this year.  My digital page is a list of what I think would be achievable  and as the theme over at    AJJ  this month is 'New Year, New Adventures'  (hosted by Erika from BioArtGal ) I am linking to there.

The photography course book I have started to read is for 20 weeks
 but as long as I have completed it by the end of the year I will be happy.

I hope I learn some skills to improve the quality of taking photos indoors as I had 
awful trouble trying to photograph my white Steampunk tree and its coloured lights.

I was sad to take down all the Christmas trees and other bits as the lights
 were lovely and cheerful and made me forget the grey wintry days outside.

I have been playing my keyboards again - but not this one,
this is the one I started decorating last year which needed more doing to it.

I used a mix of alcohol inks, black and white Posca paint pens and alcohol pens.

I always say I have a bit more confidence sewing after a little drink
 but I'm not sure it works with painting ha ha.

First go painting people using that Hazel Soan book I had for Christmas.

And as for learning to sew (its on my list too)...I altered a waistband on my PJs - taking out elastic and machined it up with a cord instead. And for more sewing next, I hope to make one of those 'Travelers style journals' with a fabric cover, which may also come under learning a 'new craft'... My first attempt yesterday with a mini one of those was using craft foam and laminated paper but I don't think its very sturdy.

And finally..because the weather in the UK has been cold and grey and what with the dreadful flu virus going around, it makes me feel that I just want to stay inside and hibernate. 
So for exercise - with the aid of some on line videos I have been learning to .. no laughing please!..... 'line dance' .... yes really!  ... something called 'the electric slide'. 

Hope your new year and any new adventures are going well..
thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New Year - New Adventures


I hope your New Year has started well... 
at  AJJ the theme is New Year, New Adventures   and this month the lovely Erika from BioArtGal is hosting. 
Every new year I seem to say I'm going to do such and such and then never remember what I said at the end of the year. This year I'm giving it more thought for achievable things I can keep up which I will tell of in another post... but some adventures have already begun!

So my page for AJJ this time was made with Portfolio water soluble crayons, watercolour paints, white candle as a resist and then lastly I digitally added the word art.

and also linking to Moo Mania where the theme is
WELCOME Somebody / Something / The New Year

thanks for stopping by
Gill x

Friday, 29 December 2017

Lets Celebrate 2017

This is my first post since Christmas, so if you celebrate that I hope you had a wonderful time.
It seems one minute we were waiting for Christmas and in almost a blink of the eye that was over and now we await the New Year. 
My last page for this year for AJJ and Sheilas wonderful theme 'Lets Celebrate' is to raise a toast and celebrate all the good things in 2017... which are too many things to list.
My page is a mix of real art and digital.
You'll see further down what this was like before I added the digital words, digital grungy bits (I created those previously) and also added further colour/marks using various digital brushes.

My page started like this using mainly water soluble crayons

Then I felt a bit more braver and added more

Celebrating the lovely food Dave cooked for us in 2017
Dave is hoping I will learn to cook myself in 2018... at long last! 
(ha ha ..wonder how many years have I been saying that!)

Celebrating handmade cards
        A shelf of special handmade Christmas cards.

Celebrating the little things that make me smile...
The twinkling lights and the 
Steampunk tree always make me happy :)

Celebrating music
Over in my music corner of the lounge I have been playing carols and Christmas songs and all sorts - I'm not good at it but like when sewing, I play better with a little glass of something (that has been hidden out of sight!) ;)
And even my keyboard has a Steampunk sort of screen saver on it

I probably spend more time watching this than playing!

 We had a lovely little hamper from my cousin and his wife in New Orleans and
 the first thing I thought of was, what can I use the basket for.

And.. this is what Santa kindly left - he knows that I love arty books (thank you Santa x) and yes there are 3 different palettes, 2 of them are the 'peel off paint' sort for acrylics with one having a lid to hopefully make the paint last longer. 
Hope Santa left some lovely goodies for you also :)

That's my lots for now...
So I thank you for all your visits and comments this year
which are always much appreciated
and I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2018

Gill xxx