Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Pams Haiku journal Australian Art Swap Group round 7

Pams journal completed by Meg Atkinson 

My journal page for Pams journal, was a painted picture lesson I completed  from the Art Sherpa

I chose this particular picture as it was a connection between the universe and the Earth that was so calming and Peaceful

Really loved the mixture and blending of colours using acrylic paints .
Our Journey is never ending

 My Haiku is also the way life ebbs and flows 
Very peaceful scene

Sunday, October 27, 2019

by Janie O'Brien for Louise Kirby's Gaia - The Lungs of the Earth

( i ) 3 panels. On the left is the opened 'fold-over' with the two open pages. Watercolour wash.

( ii ) close-up: started my background using a watercolour wash to develop the trees, vines and water for the mangroves

( iii )further development in water colour
( iv ) Added Margaret Mees collaged jungle flowers to the 3 panels - FINAL
( v ) Close up of outside of flap 

( vi ) Close up of inside of flap

( vi ) Left hand page

( vii ) Right Hand Page

Buzzing around in Bees Knees!

By Lisa for Jenny

I'm just back from 5 weeks' holidays overseas and had not actually looked at which journal I would be receiving from Rozzie next: sometimes I like to be prepared, and sometimes I like a surprise!

Jenny's journal is a very  l o n g  journal made of great watercolour paper.  Unfortunately it is falling apart Jen, so you may need to get your trusty tape out when it comes home...

Jenny's theme is the Bees Knees and her brief was any insect, except those with 8 legsAnd she also added caterpillars are okay too!  So that got me thinking...  I only received this journal a few days ago so didn't want to start something that was going to take weeks to finish.  

Caterpillars made me think of Alice in Wonderland and then Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar so I decided to go with the latter!  

Eric Carle has lots of different pics on his blog, from all of the books he has written over the years.  He just turned 90 this year...!!!  He traditionally does his illustrations using tissue paper and collage, but I was too impatient for that.  

So instead I decided to do this homage in my trusty watercolours (since I knew the paper would stand up to it!).

First I did a pencil sketch of my spread and then inked it with a Uniball Pitt pen.  These are waterproof so you don't need to worry about paint making them run.

Then I got out my Micador paints, which are really bright and have great pigment in them, and used all the colours! 💜💛💙💚

I didn't want to include a portion of the book, or saying, so just decided on metamorphosis.

Hope you like it Jenny, I had fun with it!

Happy Arting, Lisa xx

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ocean Child

My Spread in Melissa Guest's Journal - I painted background, fussy cut the coral and tried blending into the background, added dolphins fish and sea horses, hope you like it Melissa

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ghost Ships

Lisa's theme had me stumped for quite a while, I was shuffling through book pages and considering found poetry or various other ideas but nothing was grabbing me.

Then I remembered some book pages I had been working on before I went down to mum's back in March, April. They are stitched and ecodyed and I just grabbed some and stuck them in.

I had been at the beach yesterday and had been doing a lot of deep work around grief and letting go, and I was listening to the Saints, Ghost Ships. It all seemed to fit together.

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!!!