Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Things With Wings Journal

Well, I'm unable to get all my pics off my phone to the computer so I'll do what I can.....

My plan for this page was ever evolving. It started out as a Pegasus silhouette with background with border then a pop up butterfly between the pages but then my computer played up and blocked all USB access leaving me unable to use my die cut machine so I decided instead to go with butterflies as I had a butterfly stamp available.

I firstly covered the page in torn pieces from an old German dictionary (no pic), mod podged them down and then added white gesso over the pages.  I then spayed the pages liberally with a LSG teal and brown spray. This turned out much more brown than blue which was not what I wanted so I added blue spray as well but decided to leave a lot of the brown after some consideration.

Next I stamped my butterflies with versa-mark ink and heat embossed each stamp with various colours of embossing powders. After the heat gun, I added a variety of drawing inks that I had to the butterfly wings to add bright colour to the page. I then cut the butterflies out.

Next I wanted to add some dimension so added a lime green spray to white texture paste and mixed well. I then stencilled this across the pages through a vine stencil. It was still a bit too brown so I hit the page with another spray of blue. 

I then arranged the butterflies across the page until I was happy but the page still needed more so I added lots of flowers in as well.

Next came the search for the perfect quote.  I then simply printed this out on brown card stock and edged the card with brown ink and attached to the page in the space I had left. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

EMPOWERMENT an Art Journal by Lesley Alexander.

Not at all sure what to do in this journal, I went looking for a quote that pleased me.  This is what I decided.
Look at the stars
look how they shine
For you
everything you do.

My first task was to get some colour down to represent the sky. I used a mix of blues, purple, black and white.

Next I used texture paste through some stencils to give me some stars.

I touched up the texture paste with silver paint, cut foil stars with a little punch, added some splatters and my words.

I really hope it is what Lesley was looking for.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Jan makes a Homage to Art

Jan makes a Homage to Art in Lisa Jones Journal

I decided I wanted to do a page that paid homage to Gustav Klimt. I have a lovely book about him and his art and it has wonderful full colour plates. So plenty of inspiration. I am amazed when i look closely to his art that he was so adept at mark making. He could really teach us modern artists a thing or two. Here is a close up of one of his pictures. Awesome.

I was also inspired by Sue Davis, a wonderful American artist. I love how she gets her backgrounds, so I used this for the base of my page.

Then I created my tree and went to work. I did a bit of stenciling and doodling to tie things together.
Hope you like it Lisa.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Natasha's Goddess Journal

Natasha joined our swap group and our journal swap a few rounds back and created a gorgeous journal with the theme of Goddess
I have had the great pleasure of hosting this journal in my home and It has been like a visiting art exhibition! I have shown it to almost every visitor and looked at it many times myself. 
This is the full opened cover- it is just gorgeous!
This gorgeous page dedicated to Lakshmi is created by
 Robyn Osbourne. 
I think we can all do with a little Lakshmi in our lives.
I love how Robyn altered and did her tag for Tash as well-
Very clever Robyn.
Our lovely Roz Willoughby is next and her pages are just beautiful.
Roz worked with Kwan Yin
in line with her deep appreciation and inspiration with all things Asian.
Roz has 2 opening flaps so added her research
and beautiful symbology in those areas. 
Next we are off to Ireland and Jan Mullanes beautiful page for Brigit
I have a personal fondness for the Celtic Pantheon
and I adore Celtic knotwork.
Jan even has Brigit's well I would love to visit one day. 
I love how Jan works, her pages are always gorgeous and I am really thankful to those artists who come back and join another round ( or 2) of the AAJS because it is a real privilege to share their own personal development and in a very different way we get to know each other.
Gail Bourke bought Artemis into the journal 
And Rachel Thomas who loves working with flowers so much
bought the Goddess Antheia to the page
She is the Goddess of Love and Flowers
Then we have these incredible pages!
Jenny James you have outdone yourself. 
This wild and wooly Goddess is Calypso
and she has a host of characters
and quirky details you don't see at first.
Jenny I love this entry. 
Another long term contributor
 Sharon Williams
has bought her own style
 and I alway love Sharon's work,
I cant imagine who else would have Lucille Ball
and I love Lucy :)
as Hesta
but what a perfect domestic Goddess she is. 
This page to Gaia is unsigned but thanks to my co detective Pam Parker we tracked it down to Lee Hynes who also made this amazing hanging Goddess 
I love Wendy's amazing Moon Goddess page
I also love and so appreciate how Wendy will just jump into any theme and create her own gorgeous interpretation, usually generously sharing her process and inspiring everyone else. 
And lastly I got to play as well and created my pages for Demeter and Persephone. 

Leafy Seadragons

This is my page in Sharon's journal, Seahorses and Mermaids...

I love creating with the gorgeous colours of the ocean :) My clever Dad used to cut out amazing shapes by hand on his scrollsaw... his leafy seadragon is perfect for this page. Will take a pic of it "raw" and add it here :)

Searching for a quote, I remembered Mum had published her book in black and white as well as colour... and given that we'd coloured in part of this book, I didn't feel bad using one of its pages. I don't like cutting up books!

The Leafy Sea Dancer was written, illustrated and published by my Mum. I have clever parents :D

The page in Sharon's journal has a flap. At this point, I didn't know what I was going to do, apart from use my fave colours and leafy seadragons!

I sprayed the page in the 3 Distress inks and splattered it with water. I thought I took a pic of that but its not there... It was such a gorgeous mermaid blue green mix of splatters!

I smeared the whole page with Ranger's Gloss Translucent Texture Paste, thinking of making it swirly textures. But it ended up smooshed like this instead.
I'm learning to let the art do what it wants, usually its right. The times I "argue" and keep trying to do what I want, it turns into a disaster! lol :)

While the texture paste was wet, I pressed bubblewrap over it all... then used the bottom of a reinker bottle and pressed out those bigger bubbles.

Then I dropped on Distress Dry Glitter in tiny mounds and light sprinkles... can't really see it in the photos, but its super sparkly and shiny!

The splatters of limey yellow and dark blue are from dripping Distress Oxide Ink from the Reinkers. I started this one drip at a time, then shook the bottle like a salt shaker :) Amazing effects took place, depending whether it touched wet texture paste or dry glitter.

Waiting for art to dry isn't easy sometimes... but thankfully the seadragons needed some attention!
Here they are after being splattered with Distress Oxide Inks then misted with water to encourage the ink to blend.

Dried seadragons were edged with Ground Espresso Distress Ink (ink pad and blending tool) then had highlights added using a yellow watercolour marker,  and white and black Sharpies.

Closeup photo of the groovy texture paste after it dried. 

This pic reminds me of algae and seaweed :) Loving these colours!

The seadragons were glued to the page using Glossy Accents... the seadragons themselves are only a little bit sparkly, thanks to my un-precise glueing and a clear Wink of Stella pen. 

Seadragons are such gorgeous creatures! They're found in a few places around the world, one being along the coastline of South Australia.

The wording I used is from the actual page from the book. Mum made the text in her book appear to be waving and bending over the pages :)

"Gracefully swaying without need for speed, are creatures of beauty disguised as seaweed." JE James

The illuminated letter of the G was drawn by Mum too. This is the original design for Dad's cutout creations.

Thanks so much for reading my post :) I'm very pleased with this page and am sure Sharon will like it too. In real life, the page is so pretty and sparkly with gorgeous mermaid colours, without being over the top! And who says miracles are impossible?

Loved working in your book Sharon, Thank You!