Sunday, October 20, 2019

Pam's Book Art


As many of you know, we recently lost a founding member of the Australian Art Swap Group, Pam Parker. Not only was Pam a wonderfully supportive admin and organiser for our group, but she was also my beloved mama.
I was blessed to spend 4 months by her side this year so some things have had to slide as her needs were my priority, we did try to keep up all the art swaps but in the end, death came quickly and my darling mama was worried about meeting her art obligations, I assured her I will honour them all so you will be seeing posts up until this round finishes by Pam. 
I have been helping my dad go through all of mums stuff and I have about a tonne of her art supplies to bring home and I decided I will use her supplies and as much of her hand in each piece I do for mum. I just worked on this page, playing with all mums materials and listening to her music, I still feel so very connected to her. 


This was the inspiration for mama's page, I found it in one of her stashes of papers as I was gathering book pages and suddenly I knew it was perfect for Lisa's Journal.
I covered the pages in Lisa's fabulous little journal with scraps and torn pages, then I used some of mama's paints to finish the background. While that was drying I started to go through mama's magazines to find the words, mama was an avid magazine reader and collector so no shortage of materials and it took me a long time to find them all. 
It was really lovely to be home and arting and to feel mama close. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Twinkle twinkle in Amanda's galaxy journal


There is no easy way from the Earth to the stars. - Seneca

Big topic, with so many possiblities. I really didn't know what to do, I had so many thoughts and ideas. 
Decided to just start. 
Laid down the usual acrylic wash in blues, purple and a little red. 



Then the fun part, flicking white paint all over the page to create a star filled galaxy .

The journal is full of colourful planets and aliens and a little whimsical, so inspired by the cover of a children's book I saw at the library and the first nursery rhymes most of us learn, l made a start. 


The little astral boy slowly took form, surrounded by lots of stars and planets. 




Dancing through the galaxy, is he sleeping or just day dreaming, I don't know. 







But as he plays in his imagination he asks, Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?






And there you have it, all done in a blink of an eye. 

All yours Amanda, enjoy. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Art Deco At the Beach

This Journal was a bit out of my comfort zone.... out of my collection of craft items the one thing I don't have is anything Art Deco!!!

So decided to make my own Art Deco background
Loved the idea of using this Art Deco original address book .. Very Cool

I ruled the design up first in Roz's Journal, chose papers 



 Then cut the pieces of different textured paper to fit the design


 fixing each one to the pattern drawn on the page


 Loved the beachwear of the era 



Added some advertising and frame....Wallah!!!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

A Haiku for a Lunar-tic


One of my ongoing obsessions has been with the moon. I share a Moon Goddess tattoo with my daughter which shows just how obsessed I am.
When it came to Pam's wonderful Haiku journal I had to do a spread honouring my love of all things Lunar.

I began the process with gesso, papering with music and book pages then some stencilling with model paste, circles to echo the moon...now to build. 


I really wanted to try to capture a full moon rising over the ocean, one of my favourite things to watch. I chose my acrylic paints and began doing some layers. I had masked a circle space for my moon beforehand.


Once I was happy with my sky and ocean I began on my moon...lots of greys, white and some blue. To create a sense of a sparkling lunar reflection I added some silver Liquid Pearls to my spread.
 Lastly, I smudged graphite pencil around the moon and the haiku piece.

The Haiku is not my original...it somehow disappeared. It took me a while to consider what I wanted to say. Having taught many Year 8 students during my teaching years all about Haikus it was time for me to come up with one of my own.


Historically, Haikus are about reflecting on the fleeting moments in Nature which help the poet to consider one's life-based reflections. As I had recently lost my father, his memory became an inspiration for the result. I hope everyone enjoys my artistic and literary attempt, but especially Pam xox








Friday, September 27, 2019

Memories of the Sea



My darling mama has had a bugger of a year, In March she was diagnosed with cancer and a month ago she had a stroke! Enough already!
Art to the rescue once again. 



Melissa's Under the Sea journal came into the hospital with me and mama told me a story of her favourite Sea memory and it was a holiday we shared about 15 years ago. I was her scribe and her assistant to create this page as mama only has one hand working I think she did very well. 

Diving Deep in Melissa's Magnificent journal



Melissa's Under the Sea journal is a truly beautiful creation.
 Her pages and construction are such a privilege to have around.



I took liberties and created 2 pages
 just because there are so many pages just waiting for play.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Who is Robyn?


This is my pages in Sally Ann Schofield's 
Who am I Journal 
it is me at 18 months 
14 years
 30 years 
and now at 74 
hope you like it, Sally Ann