Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Amanda's Galaxy Journal

I really had fun with this, I love anything to do with space exploration, for eg: astronomy, ufo's, event horizon's, intersteller, rocket ships (lunar modules, international space station), our history of space evolution, obviously the apollo moon landings, (even though all Apollo missions did not make it to the moon), as you can see, everything, everything to do with space space space.
So when I had the opportunity to dive into this journal, I knew it was going to be fun and exciting.

You may notice an obvious similarity here: Circles haha, obviously for me it was a no brainer, I wanted to do the solar system, and that would obviously need to include spheres, similar to my circles/spheres in Meg's bucket list journal.

I went to my A4 printer paper stash and grabbed about 3 to 4 sheets and glued them together for stability. I cut two A5 size pieces of cardboard to add sturdiness to the working surface, it worked really well.

Firstly I painted black gesso all over the whole area, once I did that, I quickly used a glitter duster spray bottle to spray dry 'Ranger distress glitter dust', in the colour 'vintage platinum', for star light effect.  I then waited for the gesso to dry before adding more work. By the way, the circles I used are the Sizzix framelits 8 piece die set.

I began with the sun, and then tried to place the planets as they are in our solar system. I would call this more of a caricature representation of our solar system. I wanted to add a bit of comedy to the whole thing by drawing and colouring in a martian from the toy story movie series and also drawing a ufo. I wanted to add the USA rocket ship to represent the many launches into space. I know the placing and sizes of some of the planets are off scale but I think you all know what I am getting at. Lastly, "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" is a song by Klaatu, originally released in 1976 on their first album. The year following its release, the Carpenters covered the song, using a crew of 160 musicians. The Carpenters' version reached the top 10 in the UK and Canada, and charted at number 1 in Ireland. I thought this was an appropriate song to include, I loved listening to it as a youngster.

Anyhow, I hope you like it Amanda, thank you for this awesome opportunity, it was sooooo much fun :D

Meg's Bucket List Journal

Today I will be blogging about two different journals, unfortunately I didn't get around to blogging about Meg's buck list journal until now, my apologies.

My idea was to present a small bucket list in individual circles. I have plenty more things on my bucket list but I decided I would like to add pictures or a character along with bucket list label. I wish now I had of added more.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

World Fashion with the Australian Home Journal of 1938

Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James using page from the Australian Home Journal of 1938
Many moons ago, Australians used treadle sewing machines, flannel fabric and buttons made of shells to create pyjamas and nightgowns for their children. Plus the most adorable bunny slippers!

For Robyn's theme of World Fashion, I've used an original page from the Australian Home Journal magazine, published in 1938. Amidst cries of  'oh no, you didn't' and 'why didn't you photocopy it' from my historical fashion loving Mum (retired dressmaker and designer), I cut up all the elements of the page including the children with their captions and mini-me pattern overviews. Its not like I've used a page from her collection (yes, she has this one and omg, no way, I'd never do that).

Besides, its beautiful paper, worth preserving in a wonderful art journal.

Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James using page from the Australian Home Journal of 1938
All the illustrations are so beautifully drawn. The wonderful very fine paper has aged in colour to a greyish tone but isn't as brittle or as fragile as some paper of the same era.

creating mixed media collage art layers for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
To get started I found a pink sheet of scrapbook paper that would compliment the pink journal as well as the era of the Australian Home Journal page I've used.
Torn and put back together using a matte medium gel. I then used some washi tape in similar tones... pink, green with roses and stripes - and all seems to suit a pjs theme well :)

creating mixed media collage art layers for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
Just for a change, I only used 2 different colour acrylic paints... Finnabair Art Alchemy Sparks in Butterfly Spells (such a pretty pink) and Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique in Ancient Coin (gold).
Using the Ranger Ink Blending Tool (with round foams), I blending through 2 stencils from Tim Holtz, Lace and Flourish.

creating mixed media collage art layers for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
Once the pink paint was dry, I threw on some white paint by dipping my splatter brush into a bottle of white acrylic paint and flicked it everywhere.

guilding a sewing machine with paint for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
While the page was drying, I coated the sewing machine shape with the Finnabair Metallique Ancient Coin gold paint using a brush.

dry brushing with gold paint art layers for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
I used up the rest of the paint in the brush over the page, dusting gold everywhere, breaking up the pink and washi tape background.

working on the sewing machine for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
Its a sewing machine, therefore it needed a spool of thread and to look like it was in working order.
Using my trusty Tim Holtz Craft Pick (sharp pointy awl type tool), I poked a hole in the top of the machine, about where the eye would be.
I've wrapped a length of cotton quilters' thread around the spool, threaded it through the eye to the back, and laid it along a strip of glue down to the needle.

creating mixed media collage art layers for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
While waiting "patiently" for my sewing machine to dry, I dug around in my jar of lace and glued a piece to the page.

dimesional elements using Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tape for the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
Using my Tim Holtz Scratchy Tool (its a retractable tool with a mini wire brush), I scratched up the end of a strip of Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ruler Ribbon... a fabric tape measure to use in crafts! Its not accurate for measuring but looks really cool :)

golden sewing machine with Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Tape on the Childrens Clothing Collage by Jenny James
The Ruler Ribbon was attached using matte medium. The sewing machine was glued to the page using double sided tape at first, but then also added matte medium around the needle and spool.

Finished collage artwork featuring 1938 Childrens Clothing from Australian Home Journal magazine by Jenny James
The sewing thread was covered in matte medium and placed over the page in loops. Luckily it took ages to dry because it needed moving a few times to make room for the banners, captions and illustrations.

Finished collage artwork featuring 1938 Childrens Clothing from Australian Home Journal magazine by Jenny James
All illustrations, captions, mini patterns, paragraphs and buttons were glued to the page using the matte medium. A couple of pieces were torn in half but they survived!
I love these illustrations, they remind me of the kids in Enid Blyton's stories like Famous Five and Enchanted Wood! Check out their little slippers, so adorable.

Thanks for reading! Hope it makes you smile too :)

Happy Creative Day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

 These are my pages for Jenny James Bees Knees Journal hop you like it Jenny 

Gaia Mother Earth in Louise journal

Gaia - From the Greek word "yaia", a parallel form of y2 (ge) meaning earth.

In Greek mythology, Gaia was the mother goddess who presided over the earth.

Divine Mother, holy one.
Bless us with your grace.

The warmth of a summers day, life-giving rain. 
The winds of change, the perfection of a snowflake. 

Divine Mother, bless us with your grace. 

Swirly background created with acrylic paint and fingers. I love finger painting. 

Then she started to emerge, I had originally thought about creating her with collage, however, once I had the paints out I decided to keep going. 

Now the tricky part, what to do on the other side of the spread.

Went for a mandala, so I had something to write around. 

Added a few butterflies and all done. 

It was an absolute pleasure to work in Louise's journal. 
I hope you like it. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

"Melissa's Journal -Under the Sea by Meg Atkinson"

Receive Melissa's beautiful hand made Journal- pictures don't do it justice!

I Started my entry using some sprayed and stencilled pages and decided to do an underwater view through an old diving helmet..... except in very bright colours

I wove some strips into the bars to create the look of a porthole and then proceded to fill it with fish

I stamped on sprayed Journal pages then cut the Sea animals out

Ending up with a porthole filled with bright creatures
and a bit of Glossy accents to finish the page off

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Haiku Art - Hungry are the Fish

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - Dragonflies Hover Above the Waterlilies Hungry are the Fish
Dragonflies Hover
Above the Waterlilies
Hungry are the Fish
by Jenny James

Who knew I could write poetry? There's a first for everything! My watercolour painting skills are constantly improving, proof that with practice one can achieve anything.

Here's how my page for Pam was created...

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - sketchbook image of starting out initial ideas
In the beginning... it always starts with scribbling out ideas on scrap paper then nutting them out in my journal.

Writing a poem with the correct number of syllables was interesting. Once I worked out what I wanted to paint or create (dragonflies and waterlilies) and realised it didn't have to rhyme, it was much easier.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - sketching out the design
It was planned to be a pair of giant gold fish swimming underwater, as viewed if you're also underwater.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - water soluble pencils to start with
Less is more... so I started with water and pencils as I'm always heavy  handed when I use paint. I then waited an eon for it to dry. Well, maybe 10 minutes...

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - Winsor and newton water colour sticks
Still trying to be "less is more" but pencils weren't giving me enough paint, so dug out my Winsor & Newton watercolour sticks... I've included this closeup to show the amount of paint used. I love the texture of pencils and sticks!

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - waiting for paint to dry
I painted more water onto the page and let it dry again... the second fish decided it didn't want to join us, so that's where the quote is going.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - more layers of paint in blues and greens
"Trust the Mess" ... that's what we're told to do so many times with abstract art and other types of creativity, but its as hard to do as waiting for paint to dry! lol :) Took a couple of hours this time.
This photo is showing what happens when you give up on micro layers and just go for it. Thank goodness its meant to be water hey? At this point, I was happy with the clouds and tiny forest in the background :)

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - photo of my workspace
This is my favourite palette! This pic was after adding pink gouache to the petals, brown to the stems and shadows in the water.
Things we take photos of when waiting (again) for paint to dry...!

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - work in progress
I really love painting with watercolours... especially when its working! All that's left to do is all the bubbles, the fish's details and other bits and pieces.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - adding details to the fish
Here fishy fishy... a giant goldfish eyeing off the dragonflies above the flowers. The bubbles have white paint pen highlights and brown paint underneath to make them appear round.

Haiku Watercolour Painting by Jenny James - finished picture of dragonflies with giant goldfish among waterlilies
The above pic is my finished painting. Hope you like it Pam :)

Sorry, no progress pics for the dragonflies.... they weren't behaving! Thank goodness the turned out ok... quite happy with the wings.

I used more pencils and dry watercolours to add depth and shadow to everything. The quote is drawn freehand with pale blue pencil then again with black pencil. Then using the blue pencil again, I added extra words to make the dodgy bits look like they were meant to be there (of course they were).

Then the 3 little fishes with their teeny tiny bubbles were drawn in too, just because. The writing is all a bit crooked, but then again, it is underwater! lol

So that's my Haiku Art Page for Pam... Thanks so much everyone for reading my blog post. Hope it makes you smile!

Have a happy creative day!