Friday, May 18, 2018

The Cheshire Cat

I've always loved Alice in Wonderland so painting something with this fabulous theme was absolutely awesome. I loved every moment, even when it wasn't going so well (I messed up the background and started again). Thanks for choosing this theme Deborah, its been a good boost to the ego cos he's turned out to be a bit magical looking! So happy... I'm grinning like he does! lol :) Hope you like him too!

above : the one, the only, the amazing... Cheshire Cat!
Portrait version of the finished happy cat... I used only a few treasures : Dylusions acrylic paint, Jane Davenport Gesso, paint brushes, a watercolour pencil for sketching out the cat after painting the background and coloured pencils for deciding upon the colour scheme.

I was going to add a quote but forgot all about it after I started the actual painting! I remembered after I sent the book to Sharon. It was going to say either “If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take.” or “I am not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” or “which way, that way, here, there, anywhere” (with arrows).

Scribbling out thoughts, deciding upon design, characters and choosing colours. So many fantastic characters from these books that are fun to portray in art!

The final design is based upon the original sketch of the Cheshire Cat by John Tenneil when he (CC) was telling Alice the best way to go.

Round and round and round I went with the paintbrush ... Dylusions paint in After Midnight (dark blue), Laidback Lilac (pretty purple), Vibrant Turquoise and Black Marble.

Adding white splatters of paint is much easier using a splatter brush than the old toothbrush! But then spilt some paint so turned that into a spiral. Next thing I knew, I had all these spirals over the page...

I drew the Cheshire Cat's basic shape and a rough tree branch in watercolour pencil after the background had dried properly.

Ground Coffee tree branch decorated with Melted Chocolate swirls... sounds delicious!

Quite a nice combo, the two browns. Pre-mixed colours make life easy :) I love mixing colours, even just adding a smooch of white or spot of black to anything makes me smile...

The leaves were painted in layers, one colour at a time ... first I used Melted Chocolate, then Dirty Martini (yummy earthy green, my fave). With this paint, the colours underneath show through adding a bit of depth.
Next I added a line of Lemon Zest (yellow) along one side of each leaf then waited for them to dry before painting over it with Cut Grass (bright green). then a line down the centre with the brown.

Next was the cat himself... I painted his basic shape in Jane Davenport's white gesso. Its not as thick as some, its more like the Liquitex gesso - smooth and creamy. Anyway, I painted his stripes and features a few times to get the shape and stripes looking how I wanted.

Once the white shape was ingrained into my head (don't ask), I mixed up some Laidback Lilac and Vibrant Turquoise to get a blue-purple mixture. I painted the Cheshire Cat in the purple and blue, then where the colours met, blended it with the new mix.
I should mention that I don't clean the paint brush inbetween the purple and blue... which why having a palette is so important - it keeps your pots of paint clean :)

Don't forget, if you use pots of acrylic paint like Dylusions (and live in warm dry climates like Australia), to add a spritz / mist of water into the pot before closing the lid. This puts back any moisture that evaporated while the lid was off. I didn't do this with my black and it looks like black cottage cheese! lol Still works :)

The Vibrant Turquoise and White Linen makes it look mystical and magical :) So pleased with how its turned out.

A splash of white, dash of black, smoosh of turquoise and he's a completed cat.

Oh, and it has a strip of Jane Davenport Washi Tape down the edge because I made a mess :) lol

Hope you like him Deborah!

Thanks so much for reading this blog post :) Hope my Cheshire Cat inspires you to get arty and crafty!

Happy Creative Day!

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Rogers Vintage Circus!!!

This is my page I did in Sharon Rogers Vintage Circus Journal you might recognise the circus performers if you look closely.

 I had fun doing it
 hope you like it Sharon xx

Funky Town

Robyn's cute little journal has been sitting on my desk just waiting for me to play.

I have been trying to remember what I dreamed of as a kid and I think it was living in a real community. 

My Mama had a really cool friend who homeschooled her kids and I had a girlfriend down the road with an exotic hippy extended family. I so wanted to live in that funky imagined utopia.

My page is created using home made stamps, acrylic paints, gel pens and posca paint pens.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

My spread in Pam's Words of Wisdom Journal

First of all I must apologise for being so late with blogging...Life is a bit hard at the moment...and to prove that, I joined the Upside Down Club. Sorry Pam - my spread is the wrong way up!!
I did the background first with gesso and napkins and let that dry. I then added some Pixie Powders and spread them around with diluted PVA. I covered the doubled page spread with cling wrap and let it dry. Next I added some Archival Ink in Orange Blossom...I just rubbed the pad directly over the background.. I had decided on the quote and printed it out on purple paper. I pondered over the purple for about a week!! I had also decided on the Dyan Reavely stencil to do the girl...I traced the outline onto some paper that I had done with napkins,paint and glitter. I also knew that I had  the image of the crayons saved on my pc so I printed them out, coloured them with crayons and cut them out. I added shading with a Distress marker and edged the spread with a red crayon and a black marker.
Hope you like it Pam!!

AAJS6: Sharon's Page in Annabelle's "Walk Like an Egyptian" Journal

Hi Everyone!
Sharing my spread in Annabelle's journal - fab Egyptian theme!!
Some great pages done already - I bet the finished journal will be amazing by the time it returns home to it's owner!
I had so much fun creating the background and colouring the quirky little characters from Vera Lane Studio!
For the background I used some greaseproof paper (tissue paper works the same but the greaseproof paper is a bit stronger for adhering it to the background pages.
I started by spraying the paper with ink sprays in what I thought were desert and Egyptian jewels colours ie. yellows, browns and nice deep blue and emerald colours.
Once dry I then used impasto/matt medium to adhere the sprayed paper to the pages - I smoothed them out but any added wrinkles and imperfections I was happy with to add to the texture and interest of the background.
I added some stencilling with both gold and metallic emerald all over the pages for some added richness of colour. When you think of the Egyptians you think of richness and lapis lazuli!

I printed the Vera Lane Studio images onto white cardstock. I coloured the "head" of the gal with Copics and then used ink sprays to colour the body and also the camels - the effect was just what I wanted for the page. Once the spray was dry I fussy cut all the images ready to add to the background.

I printed some "border" Egyptian themed graphics for the top and bottom of each page and I also found the lyrics to the song that kept going through my head the whole time I was working on this page "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles! I tore the wording out and added to the pages along with some bits of muslin cloth - which makes me think of "embalmed mummys" LOL!!!!
And here are the finished pages! I hope Annabelle likes them!

I can't wait to see future pages in this journal - everyone interprets themes differently and it makes for a wonderful journal at the end!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Deb's entry in Louise's Gypsy Journal- April 2018

I'm Late...I'm Late...for a very important date...
But this post isn't about Alice, it's about the gorgeous Gypsy Journal that Louise created. I love how interactive your entry is Louise (and Janie's entry in there as well.) I enjoy doing these journals for our group as I always end up learning something new as I research my ideas for my own entry. I was amazed by the history the Gypsy people have and how far back it goes.
My entry in Louise's journal was about the art of Palmistry. Like the crystal ball, palm reading to tell your future was something mysterious and exciting the Gypsy's did and it intrigued me. I used a mixture of Dylusions paints randomly for the background.On the left page  I traced the outline of my own hand and painted/filled it in with acrylic and highlighted with  Pitt Pens. I then drew some of the symbols and meanings that people interpret when they look at the anatomy of your palm and drew/wrote them in. 

On the right page, I wrote a Romani Proverb using a white POSCA Paint pen. 

This journal is now traveling on its way to the next Gypsy in line. I hope you enjoy this entry and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Colleen's page in Jenny's Stuff & Nonsense Journal

Jenny your journal is gorgeous, & Sharon I love your page as well.
It took me a while to figure out what I would or could do, so, as I had just done a class on making strange pictures out of collage, I thought, right, that's what I'm doing. It just evolved as I went along.

And so the stuff & Nonsense began.

I used colour burst powders for the base, followed with some stencilling & stamping.
I chose the figures I would do, & cut the pieces out of scrap paper. I wanted to use the quirky birds somewhere & the saying "A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush." So the birds went into their hands. I cut out the saying 3 times on my cricut, but wasn't happy with any of them, so I stamped the saying & used pictures.

Still not enough nonsense for my liking. So I added the little speech bubbles. The boy is saying "I don't know about that! I'm thinking lunch", & the bird is saying "HELP!"

Hope you like it Jenny, It was fun to do.