Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dragonfly Garden with Serviettes

Collage with Paper Napkins for Colleen

For Colleen's art journal page, I've used the Jane Davenport Collage Papers, aka printed paper serviettes... a packet of pretties to use in art. Together with acrylic paint, matte medium, paint pens and glitter glue, I've created a garden with a girl, flowers and dragonflies!

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
To start with, I tore two of the same serviettes into pieces that fitted around the portrait of the girl (which is printed on the same serviettes).

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Using a Matte Gel Medium, I glued all the pieces down around the face... the end result looks like I drew the face and simply added the collage around it :)

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Once dry, I painted the shapes of the dragonflies and flowers in lightly using Dylusions acrylic paint (Calypso Blue). Then I filled in the rest of the background leaving the dragonflies, flowers and her hair free of colour (so it showed the serviettes).

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Next was the greenery for the garden. I used Dylusions acrylic paint (Lemon Zest, a clean bright yellow) mixed into the remainder of the Calypso Blue I had on my plate. The variation of the green was created simply by adding more yellow to create a lighter green, with some areas using only yellow. Being a semi-translucent paint, it layers beautifully :) The blue flower is left free of green paint showing the layer underneath.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of flowers using Jane Davenport printed napkins
All the pretty white and green flowers were created using foam stamps with acrylic paint (white and yellow). The stamens and centres for the flowers were handpainted spots of black, white and yellow.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Each of the dragonflies had a whitewash over the tips of their wings to lift them off the page. Shadows were added around the hair, parts of the dragonflies and flowers using a wash of black paint. Once everything was completely dry, all the extra details were drawn in using white and black paint pens.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with a dragonfly using Jane Davenport printed napkins
While wandering through my stash of Tim Holtz Stickers, I found some quotes that suited my page perfectly. The super tiny tattoo style stickers I've had for ages work well too... so cute! I haven't added anything else to the original print of the girl except for altering her eyes ever so slightly.

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of dragonflies using Jane Davenport printed napkins
Can't really see, but there is glitter glue over the wings...

Art by Jenny James, mixed media collage of girl with dragonflies using Jane Davenport printed napkins
The finished page is full of beauty and wisdom. Thoughts added from Tim Holtz Stickers were 'Shine brightly, be fearless' and 'Do all things with great love.' and my current favourite...
Not only does my mind wander… sometimes it walks off completely.
Finally, I stuck down a quote sticker from Dyan Reaveley says “Never forget your sparkle” (with more glitter glue over the word sparkle, of course).
At the top right, I added some mini banners made from left overs and wrote the letters a r t in glitter glue. There's something magical about glitter :)

Thanks for reading and looking :) I hope it made you smile!

Have a wonderful arty day!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Jenny’s Stuff and nonsense journal

I was sure that I wrote a blog on this journal, I know I did two together but for some reason it got lost how I don’t know I probably deleted it instead of publishing it.
I decided to do it in portrait formate so I could fit what I had in mind for this page, it just looked to squashed up the other way.
I drew the face first and used my usual watercolours to add colour. I did the background next in acrylic paint.

I rather liked Lisa’s idea of using tea bags I thought they would great balloons for my escaping stuff. I found as many different things as I could to collage on the page starting with her head and working upwards. I really enjoyed working with this theme it was a lot of fun

Sunday, January 6, 2019

AJ6 Words of Wisdom is home.

Another year, another Art Journal circle is complete.  It is so exciting to have it arrive and to enjoy all the wonderful contributions by our assembled group of artists.
My sincere thanks to all who added to the beauty of my art journal.

Shall we take a tour?

The Cover

Opening Page

From Robyn Osborn, a very glamorous Me.

From Roz Willoughby

From Lisa Jones, her trademark tea bags.

Louise Kirby chose my favourite colour pallette.

From Janie O'Brien.  Another very busy collage.

This one took a lot of working out.  Awesome colour from Deb Stephens.

Another unsigned spread but I recognise the beautiful portrait.  Thank you Annabelle Reid.

From Moi!

From Jenny James, a gallery of pink galahs.

And this also unsigned from Sharon Rogers a fine collection of dizzy dames.

Colleen Mulholland always produces a beauty.

And lastly my sign in message board.

Thank you all for your beautiful works, but please ALWAYS sign your work.

AAJS6: Robyn's "Dreams & Fantasies"

Hi Everyone!
Sharing my pages in Robyn's "Dreams & Fantasies" journal from a few months ago - LOL I think I forgot to blog these pages at the time so I'm catching up!
I loved how this spread turned out - the colours and images were just what I was wanting to achieve.
I started by adding blobs of paint to each page and spreading with a credit card - I didn't want to cover the entire page so it's more "random" spreading of the blobs LOL!

Next I used a stencil and some Pearl finish paint and applied with a sponge randomly over the page - the pearl paint is great for adding some nice shimmer!
I also added some white paint using the same stencil randomly over the page as well.
Next I tore some Tim Holtz patterned tissue paper and adhered randomly over both pages. I did add a very thin "wash" of gesso over the pages to tone down the paint colours slightly after adding the tissue paper pieces.
Next step was putting my paper doll elements together - by Art Tea Life of course - LOL I'm like a broken record but this is my fav collage store - has the perfect images that I like to create with!

I used an alphabet stamp set to stamp out the "Dare to Dream" wording - I cut each letter out and edged with a sharpie.
Adhere the letters to one half of the spread:
And the paper doll to the other half:
Hope Robyn enjoys her journal when it returns home!
Sharon :)

AAJS6: Colleen's Paper Napkin Journal

Hello Everyone - Did You Hear??????
My final pages in this Round 6 of Journals in Colleen's Paper Napkin themed Journal!
Some really fab spreads in this completed journal!!
I started by tearing strips of napkins and adhering to the pages - I covered the entire pages and once the gel medium was dry I trimmed off all the overhanging bits.
I used a thin layer of gesso to tone down the napkins but it still allows the pattern and colour to show through.
I printed out my collage elements - of course they are from "Art Tea Life" my fav Etsy store yet again LOL!!
I added strips of washi tape randomly on the pages as well along with some strips of muslin cloth.
I wanted to add a bit of "humour" to these vintage gals - the way they are sitting and their expressions were just what I was looking for!
Here's one half of the completed spread:
And the other side:
What a fab round of journaling - a great range of themes - hope everyone enjoys their completed journals when they all make their way home!
Can't wait for Round 7 LOL!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Gypsy is Home!

Oh, my lovely Gypsy is home!
She is a travelling art journal from the sixth round of the Australian Art Journal Swap and has just travelled around Australia, now she is home and full of stories to share, the horses are unhitched and free to roam, so find a space by the fire, pour yourself a glass and enjoy her return with me.

Once we open up the wagon we are greeted by my gypsy woman page, she is waiting at her crystal ball and ready to tell your future. She shared her message with all on her way.

Her message is bound in red thread and tucked in behind her crystal ball when folded open and removed it reveals the stairs to enter.

There are mysterious old maps on the inside covers no doubt showing the secret gypsy pathways for her to get where ever she needed to go, they must be good maps too because she has made the full circuit and returned home.


First stop was in Cairns with Janie, oh the things they got up to!
Barefoot dancing in peacock feather skirts, poetry, palmistry and more feathers!

Then she took the long road over to Western Australia, I just know we will hear many more stories about Darwin and the far north of WA but that will be at another campfire.  Once she got to Perth and caught up with Deb they got serious about the palmistry and they had a bright and beautiful time. 

She hitched up the wagon and headed back east to visit Jenny and all of her adorable kitties. Jenny had a paddock full of the most amazing sunflowers and the sunsets were amazing.

The wagon looked so good nestled in that field and I believe a lot of creative fun was had with Jenny and they wore fabulous fun and funky hats. 

Next camp was at Lisa's in Melbourne, the horses were not impressed by the trams in the city apparently, however, they got out the beautiful Tarot cards Lisa created and I hear some coins crossed their palms in the Burke St Mall. 

There were many wonderful camps in Victoria however the call of catching up with Colleen in  Yacka, SA,  her gorgeous camp was just what was needed after the big smoke and the horses were much happier by  the beautiful bubbling brook 

Colleen pulled out a fabulous old map and shared some definite possibilities, this Gypsy girl has itchy feet and is always looking for the next adventure. 

Robyn put out a call for a gathering happening that our gypsy just had to get to, it was so good to catch up with everyone and the music around the campfire every night was fabulous. 

Robyn even made a beautiful tambourine, and the gorgeous silk ribbons were scented 

Our gypsy girl was really keen to catch up with fellow gypsy and super talented painter of gorgeousness Annabelle, 

Annabelle has a bit of a reputation for her beautiful faces and despite a heavy travel schedule supporting family on opposite sides of this vast land they really enjoyed catching up and Annabelle even beautifully captured one of the horses. 

Catching up with dear Rozzie was next who had so many stories to share of all the gypsies all over the world, and she not only put her heart and soul into her pages, she used gorgeous fabrics, beads and coins from her clothes.

It was really beautiful camped at the foot of the Blue Mountains, the stars at night were so clear and the air so fresh, especially in the mornings. 

Next camp was a home camp <3
Camping with Mama,
looking out on Mt Arthur every morning and the amazing skies.


Family is important to gypsies, as are friends,
human connection makes life so richer and I am very blessed to have this evolving group of wonderful creatives to share this journey with year after year. 

Next camp was at Sharon's,
she was putting on a show and it was going to be spectacular!

The set was so lush and it was a fabulous evening
the highlight of the show has to be the snake charmer!

Thank you so much to all of the beautiful creative gypsy women who hosted my journal on her journey and worked so beautifully in her. I treasure it. She is a little worn but how could a handmade wagon cover all of those miles without showing signs of all the love and work she gathered.

A little bonus is the charms added on the way - thank you again.