Saturday, February 17, 2018

My Silhouette Journal Returned home

Thanks Everyone!!

My Journal Recap - Homage to Art!

I was so happy to get my Round 4 Journal home last weekend, compliments of Joan!  We're so lucky that we both live in Melbourne (well I do, Joan is a bit further south!) and get together with the Art Mesaj Group once a month on a Sunday to mess around in art journals.  Any other Melbournians are welcome to join us!

Anyhoo, back to my journal.  It's about A5 size, and my instructions read "This journal is about admiring other people's art and wanting to try and emulate it yourself.  Imitation is known as the most sincere form of flattery, and so long as you credit the original artist, it's a wonderful homage to their art!"

My front cover is in the style of Roben-Marie Smith , a wonderful mixed-media artist.  Roben also has a great Facebook group called Claim Your Happy that you should definitely check out.

My inside cover comprises my contract, some texture-paste flowers in the style of  Toni Burt - I adore her gorgeous faces with flowers, and my title page a lรก Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  Julie introduced me to art journalling about 4 years ago, and I love her use of bold colours, stamps and stencils.  

My first entry was from Jan, and is based on the gorgeous metallic art of Gustav Klimt , coupled with the flowing trees and backgrounds of Sue Davis.  I love the colours and composition!

Next page in my journal is by Lesley and features the iconic Banksy. Thought provoking, modern street art that is amazing!  Lesley's page is grungy with heaps of Banksy stamps, and I love it!

Next up is Pam's entry, based on the healing art of Bebe Butler and the backgrounds of Traci Bunkers.  Gorgeous colours and textures here, and Pam added a lovely paper flower too.

Next is my entry - my take on Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  I've admired his work for a long time; such passion in the brush strokes!  I also discovered that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo often, and the letters are beautifully written.  Definitely worth checking out!

The we have Colleen's bright page paying homage to Dyan Reavely.  Dyan's art is fresh and quirky and her Dylusions products amazing!  I particularly love the Dylusions journals and paints, but have yet to try the sprays!  Colleen's page is just delightful. 

Joan chose Ken Done as her inspiration.  His Australian art is bright and certainly iconic!  Joan has done two different pieces; the one on the left is called Collection, but not sure of the gorgeous parrot on the right.  Love the colours Joan!

And that was the extent of my guest journalists since Joanna didn't get a chance to do a page!  At the back of the journal is my sign in page, based on a Rothko print.  His simple colour blocks really appeal to me.  Next to that are my doodles based on Cherie Bitanga's gorgeous art doodles.  Cherie used to contribute to the 52 Week Illustration Facebook Challenge that I was part of, before she became famous. ๐Ÿ˜€  The quote is by Adam J Kurtz, who I follow on Instagram.  His posts are funny and real, and well, just  make you feel better.  ๐Ÿ’—

My journal also has a flap that goes over the front cover.  The front part is heaps of flowers done in the style of Alisa Burke.  Alisa does beautiful vibrant art with a lot of flowers.  The inside flap is a girl done Penny Stamper style.  Penny Stamper is Angela Kennedy, and she draws beautiful but often sad girls that I love!


My rear cover is based on a Dina Wakley silhouette.  Her art is messy and colourful and I love it!  I have Dina's book Art Journal Courage which is fab.

And that's my journal!  Thanks so much to all the lovelies that contributed to it - and next week it goes off to Jenny so she can add something too!

Looking forward to the next round!   ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gypsy is ready to roll

I, like quite a few of us took a while to find my mojo and create my journal for round 6, but once I did it was so much fun.

My theme is Gypsy.
To me this word brings so many images to mind but the beautiful horse drawn gypsy caravan and a fortune teller were the strongest.

I used my favourite Stonehenge paper and bound with leather.  My pages are created with inktense pencils, acrylic paint, serviette, lace and scrap book paper.

Im ready to hitch up the horses and send it travelling and watch it gather beauty here on our blog. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Chaos Within - Be Yourself for Annabelle

Version no.1 ... with a Dylusions portrait from the colouring sheets.
This was the hardest page I've done so far... mainly because it is mean to be about Me. I struggled with what to create, what to add, what not to include. How to fill the page with Me. A few scribbles later I decided to attempt to describe the inner workings of my mind! lol :) It was going to include a flipped side ... a face one side, the chaos within.

But it was soon finished! Thank goodness :) If Annabelle looks carefully on the back of my page (behind the coffee), she'll see a scruffy erased version of my face. By the time the chaos had been finished, I'd had enough of doing me and it didn't get painted. Sometimes enough is enough, especially when its about me! lol :)

And now, the process begins...

A big white page... overwhelming at first but then I had an idea. As it turned out, it was quite a good idea! lol :) Stamping along the whole of the bottom edge with one of the Darkroom Door Border Stamps, Art Studio, with Archival Ink in Potting Soil (icky brown but its going in the background so didn't matter).

Next was stamping a few of my favourite background stamps everywhere in Archival Ink (Potting Soil and Jet Black). The stamps used were Tim Holtz Halftones and Rings :)

Did you know you don't need to buy separate stamps to create smaller versions of itself? Here I've inked up a section of a Darkroom Door Background Stamp, Polka Dots, with Archival Ink (Black Marble by Dylusions... similar to AI Jet Black but in a mini sized inkpad).

It gives a great rugged look to the background imprint, rather than rectangles with straight edges. Background stamps are fantastic for adding a bit of blah blah blah onto a page... its amazing how that above image gave me direction on how to continue with the page!

fyi... all Background Stamps by Darkroom Door are also available in a smaller version called Texture Stamps. They're exactly the same size design but cut smaller with a rugged edge (instead of the rectangle).

Dylusions Ink Sprays... little bottles of gorgeous inky colours! Tim's Spray Stains are also gorgeous... they both are :) The main difference is that Tim's sets once dry and Dyan's is always able to be altered with water or other inks (for lifting colour, etc). For the background above I used Dylusions Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Vibrant Turquoise, then left it to dry in the 40C summer sun... only took 5 minutes!

I don't use aprons but after spraying the card for the sign (maybe I'm an artist etc), I had kitchen paper in rainbows of colour. The top card is Lemon Zest and spritz of Postbox Red, the card underneath is Pomegranate and London Blue.

In the pic above, I've added the birds, cat, washi, flowers, leaves and Tim Holtz Alpha Tiles (they're white on clear plastic, I've glued brown packaging underneath). The page was starting to fill up at this point and I started to get stuck.

Of course I did a bit of colouring (yes, Mermaid Markers again! lol). I do love to colour in! I've left the birds and cat black and white... even after it was all finished I was thinking the birds might like little red boots, but I didn't :) I've always loved black and white with a splash of colour.

In case anyone is wondering what rubber stamps I used ... Tim Holtz's Haunted House set with Dyan Reaveley's Anatomy of a Page, Everything's Rosy and Flight of Fancy. Just a few of my favourite things! That washi tape is Dylusions too, and the cute little sausage dog is from a set of animal Dy-Cuts.

Above is the page so far... yes, its taking ages to write about it too! I spent a couple of weeks agonising over what to do, then 1 day with the inks and another up to this point. This is when I got stuck! lol

So I added my favourite frog - Tutu Toad from Stampendous... isn't she adorable? Just like me (totally, lol), a well balanced, coordinated prima ballerina! I love frogs, toads and tadpoles... they're beautiful creatures.

I've stamped her onto the inked page, and then using a brush, water and kitchen paper, gently dabbed off the ink. It didn't take all the colour away but enough that I could add blue (London Blue, direct from the bottle with a brush) and let it turn green on its own. The tutu is Funky Fuchsia and London Blue. After she dried, I added a smidge of glitter to her shoes and crown. And also her tutu, dotting it everywhere!

I attempted to do the coffee mug (Tim Holtz Brewed Blueprint) in the same way but the green was too dark and only lifted a little bit... made a great shadow for the blueprint bits and pieces though.

I'm pretty pleased with the coffee, mug and flowers :) All coloured with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Mermaid Markers. mmmmm... coffeee! I can smell it from here :)

Version no.2 ... with a VW Beetle stamp from Darkroom Door
And now it is finished. Finally! It seemed to take a long time but I think that was because it was supposed to be about me. The VW is more me than a pic of a Dylusions girl... even if the saying was perfectly me : My head has too many tabs open! I had an accident, one of many in the creation of this page. So the girl pic got peeled off and a groovy car put in its place. The marvellous thing about art is that there are no mistakes (even if I can see hundreds! lol)... anything blotchy or torn or crooked or smudged is meant to be just as it is.

Thank you so much Annabelle, for this insightful journey into my soul... an adventure that I'm glad is over.
I made Roz's ATCs shortly after finishing this... you can see why I was so limited in my colour choices for the beach scene. lol :)

There are a few parts of this page I'm really pleased with... the greeny yellow background, the frog and a few other bits - and the coffee mug is exactly the same as mine but different! lol :D

Thanks everyone for reading this far and checking out my artwork. I hope it makes you smile :)

Have a happy creative day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Janie's Simply Whimsical Journal

My self portrait collage with the things I love

My stencilled cover

Danie May's wonderful whimsical flowers
Louise Kirby's very knowing doodled whimsical owls 

Roz Willoughby's lovely whimsical summer scene with icecreams & cheeky bird.

Wendy Mason's very, very cute & whimsical pussycats - she must have sussed my love of pusscats.

Sharon Rogers' very whimsical 3 little maids on life's journey.

Jenny James terrific cast of birdy characters.

Annabelle Reid's lovely face with beautiful whimsical decorations

Lastly, my whimsical landscape - Walking in the Rain

Friday, February 9, 2018

Janie’s Journal.

I enjoyed working in this journal but once again I got in the zone and didn’t take photos of my process. I find this to be the hardest thing for me to do. I started by sketching the face in watercolour pencil then I collaged tissue paper on the top half and around the right side of her face. Then I worked on her face using watercolours. Next I worked on her headdress/hat. Then I did a bit of fine tuning of her face and found a place for my words. I am the last person to do a spread before it heads home, it has some beautiful art inside, I am sure you will love it.

I also find it difficult to add photos in the right order, I think I might need a new iPad this poor old thing can’t download the new updates which might make this a bit more user friendly but then again it might be the old operator that can’t work the new updates. But the photos are here and I’m sure you can work out which order they should be in. Thank you so much Janie for letting me add to your beautiful journal.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Trees - the Last Page in Louise's Journal

Louise's Journal arrived safe and sound after a short vacation via the South Pole I think, even though I didn't find any penguin feathers attached.  Louise visited just after it arrived so she was able to see it was safe and sound but had to wait a little while longer for its return.

My page started with my desire to use a favorite leaf stamp around the edges of the page and a quote I had seen online.

The background was just a gentle touch of color using my Pan Pastels and a little bit of stenciling, before adding the leaves, some of which were stamped and colored directly on the page, others cut out and stuck on.

I roughly drew and painted a border to frame my main imagery and quote.  The poem/quote took up a entire page and I drew a simple tree on the other side coloring it in with Posca Paint Pens.

I am planning on delivering this now completed journal back to Louise in person in the coming weeks.

Thanks to everyone who was in this round and worked in and on my journal which I also have back safe and sound, I loved seeing the imagination of each of you and taking inspiration from all these beautiful pages.

I look forward to joining a round again with you all some time soon.

Danie xx