Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Who are you Meg Atkinson page in Sallyannes "Who are you" Journal Round 7Australian Art Swap Group

Meg Atkinson Who are you??

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Hi Ladies I created the background with Dylusions sprays and stencils with a Dash of the Shimmer spray in Pure Sunshine

Then thought about all the things i love and are a part of me.. 
I love succulents so started with the idea of a border. and a main Succulent branching out with the things that make me tick!!

didnt take many pics this time just my base page

my sketch of Centre 

and the Finished product!
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Monday, June 17, 2019

It's a busy place under the sea

I was looking forward to creating a spread in this journal as I share Melissa's sea obsession. I grabbed all my blue paints...cobalt, cerulean, ultramarine and a light blue metallic. Using these with a dash of yellow to add some green I tried to create a sense of the many blues of the ocean...going from light to dark to mimic swimming from the surface down.
I was really happy with my sea so then I sat down and drew all the creatures I wanted living there. I used a mixtures of coloured pencils and crayons to create the mermaids, cuttlefish, starfish, jellyfish, whale, sea ferns, various fish and the sperm whale...the sea of my imagination.
Thank you Melissa xox

Friday, June 14, 2019


My journal play in Jenny's
'The Bee's Knees'
began with pulling out my acrylic paints stashed in the campervan and taking over mama's studio.
As I joyfully used every colour in the box my head was pondering how this could somehow relate to Jenny's theme. Minor detail I assured mum and reluctantly set it aside to dry.

Next stage was pulling at all together into some cohesive page. Out came black and white. I used posca paint pens and signo gel pens. I love this kind  of journal play and find it medative, even over the riotous colour play.  Its just like life really, it can be pretty chaotic and we need to find our pace or space to rise above it and make the best of it all. 

Overnight in the campervan I was pondering symbiosis and thinking about this journal swap, and our beautiful supportive art group and how good it is to be part of a community. The next morning the joural beckoned and it came to me that ants live symbiotically and  have done for ever. They work  together cohesively and have amazing  beneficial relationships  with various plants and other insects. So my page then became an ant colony abd I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.   

Monday, June 10, 2019

Art Deco Pelican

Inside Roz's beautiful Art Deco address book are many wonderful illustrations by designer, Julian Robinson. One of them is a fabulous painting of two girls swimming at the beach with yachts floating in the distance. The diver has such great balance...

Artwork inspired my painting of antique pelicans and Art Deco design
This illustration goes perfectly with the antique pelican bookends I found made by Edgar Brandt in the 1930s. He created such gorgeous birds from wrought iron, one pair with dishes or bowls, the other pair drinking from a fountain. I'd love to buy them but its a tad out of my budget! lol :)

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans for an Art Deco themed journal page
Above : I stuck tape down the spine and painted out the address lines with white gesso, leaving the gypsy in the corner.

I then scribbled out bunches of ideas including the pelicans, borders, corner swirls and shells then set to work measuring out where they'd all go. Then I erased it all because Art Deco is all geographic and symmetrical (ish) so I had to at least try to have straight lines!

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans for an Art Deco themed journal page
After drawing in coils and triangles (inspired by an old light fitting), I then adding a bird flying in from the sea on the right, inspired by a lovely wooden bird from a brooch (might have been a frame). Using my new favourite scissors, I cut out the pelicans printed from the 'net... one of each as I was still undecided about which one to use, I love them both!

work in progress, Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans for an Art Deco themed journal page
I painted the background using acrylic paint in a mix of grey with a tinge of blue, leaving the shapes of the bird, ocean and coils.

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans for an Art Deco themed journal page
A dark blue was used to paint in the coils and other elements. After trying to match the original print, I made a saner decision and ignored that it didn't match... "it'll be fine" I said to myself (turns out I was right! not bad hey? lol).

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans for an Art Deco themed journal page
I glued one of the pelicans with the fountain to the page, cutting the "water" to make it shorter, to fit the page.
Where the seas met, I added a zig zag edge / joiner... zig zags are sort of geometric and triangular, therefore in my mind, def Art Deco!

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans, birds, swimmers, yachts and an Art Deco Sea
Little boats of black and white sailed into the page along the bottom. Much better than little shells!
Easier to paint too :)
After giving all the blue elements another coat, I used white paint to straighten lines.

Acrylic painting by Jenny James of pelicans, birds, swimmers, yachts and an Art Deco Sea
Here's a pic of the whole double page spread. The gypsy doesn't look too out of place either, as if she's keeping an eye on it all.

Thanks so much for reading my blog post. Thanks also to Roz for such a challenging but fun project. I hope you like it Roz!

Have a happy creative day!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

This is my entry into Sharon Rogers Time for tea Journal I digitally placed the photos onto a background then added some digital decorations table and teapot and some other programs I had hope you like it Sharon xx

Friday, June 7, 2019

Robyn’s World Fashion Journal

I chose Paris France for my theme in Robyn’s journal. Before adding everything I painted the pages blue, white and red to represent the country’s flag. I then sketched a lady with a beret and coloured her in with alcohol markers. I wanted to include modern and classic French designs, as well as the red beret with the blue and white horizontal striped top, thought of by foreigners as the typical colloquial clothing worn by Parisians. I feel their daytime wear is beautiful, effortless and fresh. While the fashion can be toned down, at the opposite end of the spectrum one will find that French designers like to liven up their concepts and take their visions to a whole other level, called avant garde, these show stoppers are magical and spectacular.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sing me a Haiku- Pam.

 I really wanted to make a pretty page for Pam, so I moved away from my usual pallet and went for a baby blue background. 

In keeping with the Japanese feel of the Haiku theme, l went for trees in blossom, cherry blossom.

It took a while to hand cut the little pink leaves and stick them all down but I think it was worth it in the end. 

The little bird sings his Haiku to Pam with love. 

Where birds sing my dear, 
That is where you will find me, 
In peaceful moments.