Tuesday, December 22, 2020
This is my Spread in Louise KirbysWhjmsical Creatures Journal my last journal had so much fun doing the Journals this year cant wait to get mine back to see all the wonderful spreads untill next year have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year lets hope 2021 will be a better year Hugs To All Robyn xxxxx
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
by Lisa for Janie
Janie's journal theme of Australia is a very broad one! There are some lovely spreads in it, and I had thought to do something to go with Dorothea Mackellar's My Country, but someone else beat me to it! Not sure who, as they didn't sign their page...😢
Instead, I remembered an Australian song that I LOVE, by Redgum. Great Aussie folk/political band of the 70s and 80s - even if you think you don't know any of their songs, you'll know I was only 19. Every time I hear this song about the Vietnam War, it really gets to me. I had an Uncle who fought there, and returned with PTSD. I've been to Vietnam 4 times, and have seen what this country went through.
But this is not about that song. Another of my favourite songs on Redgum's album Caught in the Act is The Diamantina Drover. It's just a beautiful ballad about the country, and the old days.
I started by adding recycled teabags to both pages, in wavy strips, to represent the land and sky. These were adhered using matte gel medium applied over the top of the teabags.
Once dry, I added teabag strings to represent hills and valleys, again using my trusty matte gel medium.
Next I added watercolours. Tasman blue for the sky, and Pilbara red, Australian red gold, and yellow ochre for the land. I love these Australian colours! The blue ended up too blue, so I added a whitewash of gouache over the top to tone it down.
Next I added the chorus from the song:
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
|I first prepared my spread by making a dark metallic background with Lindy's Sprays. I found a variety of images I was happy with on Pinterest and made a collage I was happy with. I sure hope things are picking up for you Sass, and I hope you enjoy this, cheers Janie|
Sunday, November 15, 2020
The 80s was the decade when we singles became couples, there were marriages, mortgages and lots of dinner parties.
We worked hard and played hard. We were upwardly mobile.
It was the decade our music went from Lp's ,vinyl to CD and Olivia Newton John encouraged us to get physical.
When a shy teenager, Lady Diana turned into a princess and a fashion icon.
There were frills, legwarmers and lace. Which was quite a lot to convey in one small spread. Hope it works for you Lisa.
Friday, November 6, 2020
I wanted to sew this pretty trim around the end of this work, so I made the entire piece on tyvek and stuck it in Rebecca-Lee's journal. It is all collaged pieces. I hope you enjoy it Rebecca-Lee.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
by Lisa for Deb
I really enjoy watching movies and have so many favourites, that it's kinda hard to pick just one!
In the end I thought of a movie that I'd rewatched recently, and could watch over and over again (along with its sequels!) - The Hangover. If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend it for a good laugh! Yes, it's inappropriate, and there's lots of swearing and a bit of (funny) nudity - but what a great story!
As usual, no progress pics, except one. I decided to complete this spread using Derwent pencils - not my usual go to, but a change is as good as a holiday, so they say...
I drew the boys on their adventure in Las Vegas, and added Mike Tyson's tiger that they somehow stole.
Then, while I was adding the background - a failed attempt at night lights and bokeh - I decided that it just wasn't bright enough and needed some zing. Enter Copic pens.
I ended up going over the whole spread - except the background blue - with Copics, and in the most part I was pleased with how it turned out.
My husband keeps telling me I'm shite at drawing people and should stick to animals... He may be right, but you're never going to improve if you never try, right?
So above are the Wolfpack members - Alan (holding Carlos, long story....!), Phil, and Stu who woke up missing a tooth. Plus failed bokeh lights. 🙄
And the tiger looked much improved after adding Copics.
And here's the whole spread, including the movie name banner in lights, and that famous Vegas saying: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
Hope you like it Deb!
Happy arting all!
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
by Lisa for Sass
This journal is full of lovely flowers, so it was nice to be able to add to it!
I didn't take any progress shots, but I found a great source pic in Pinterest and went from there.
I did my background first in different shades of pink and peach acrylics, then added a flower garland. I wanted the flowers to have more texture, so added some white gesso with a palette knife. Once it dried, I added colour to the flowers, and then some greenery in between and around the flowers.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Australia is the land of the most extraordinary flora and fauna but if you asked anyone to name an Australian animal you would probably get one of two anwsers.
Kangaroo or koala, probably in that order. So I decided to go with the Kangaroo.
Unfortunately this spread came together so quickly I forgot to take many photos.
The background was a layer of scrap papers which was covered with Atelier green black acrylic paint.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
By Lisa for Rebecca-lee
When I received Rebecca-lee's journal, I had no idea what Gypsy Soul actually was - so to my trusty Pinterest I went!
I found quite a few images and quotes that inspired me to do my spread.
Firstly I gessoed the pages, then drew a girl sitting in a meadow. I did take a pic of her, but being pencil it was a bit light. So I won't share it!
Next I watercoloured her. Sometimes you get great effects watercolouring over gesso... and sometimes you don't. I quite like how her dress turned out though! 💗
On the other page I added the quote that I had found:
Wanderlust consumed her; foreign hearts and exotic minds compelled her. She had a gypsy soul and a vibrant hope for the unknown.
Then I added lots and lots of pink, purple and orange flowers around her, and the quote.
A big blue sky with some clouds, and a big yellow sun, and I called it done.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 2020
I wanted to do a tribute to Mr Disney, who brought so much colour and magic into my childhood. There was Snow White, Peter Pan, The Jungle Book and many more.But my favorite was Fantasia. Walt Disney brought together the wonders of classical music and fabulous animation.
If I close my eyes and listen to Fantasia, I'm transported back in time to the dress circle of the Guildford Odeon with my Grandmother and younger brother Peter.
For the background I was going to just paint black but the night sky is made up of so many hues. I used Blue Violet, Prussian blue hue, Diox purple, and Red black. Once dry I had great fun flicking warm white and a very pale blue to create the stars.
I found Mickey in a children's book on manners.
And decided to paint the mops free hand.
Lastly just to paint the one word that sums Fantasia up for me - magic.
So thank you Deb's for
A) coming up with such a great topic.
B) for allowing me to work in your journal.
C) bring back such happy memories.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Memorable Music Art Journal...
I started my covering the page in a light purple acrylic paint. I then used a royal blue arcylic paint through a really cool stencil.
I then used Pink acrylic paint through a similar stencil, however the patterns didn't really show through as much as i wanted. I then used a circular pattern with Orange acrylic paint.
It was at this point i started listening to Jimi, especially the song Purple Haze. This Amazing song reminded me of relaxing t home when it's rainy outside, so i decided to show this in the page. I love drip art, so fun and messy. I used Finnabair Liquid Acrylic Purple watered down and lindy's squirts Purple for the rain.
I used a print out of Jimi from a Google search. I was going to attempt to paint him but didn't want to ruin that Strong image.
I created a Purple Haze around Jimi using Sprays, ink and Watered down Acrylic paint.
I used a very opaque white posted paint to write words that describe Jimi. I came across an Amazing Image taken from The Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation. This image is of words that Jimi's fans used to describe this Amazing artist.
I borrowed some of these words for my page.
Interesting fact about Jimi Hendrix.
Funniest Misheard Song Lyrics Ever. Purple Haze.... "excuse me, while i kiss this guy", in stead of the actual Lyrics "excuse me, while i kiss the sky"
Jimi died at the age of 27, his career only lasted 4 years.
Jimi was only known by the name Jimi in 1966, he was born as John Allen. Once his father returned from WW11 he renamed him James Marshall Hendrix. Jimi was first spotted at a cafe where he started playing his Guitar with his teeth. Chas Chandler, the Bassistfor the Animals apparently said "wow, i can do something with this" and suggested to start using the name Jimi to start an amazing career with this unheard of kid. Jimi could not read music and taught himself to by ear. He would often use words and colours to describe what music he wanted to play and what emotions he wanted to portray.
I really enjoyed creating this page in The Memorable Music Journal.
I really loved creating it.
Lisa's 80's theme journal is a riot of colour and fun and it took me a while to settle on a theme.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
So many creatures travelled through my mind while I was thinking about creating this page for Louise. I moved from absolutely realistic to absolutely abstract and back again, but I knew I wanted colour so I settled on creatures in between realistic and abstract. I hope you enjoy them Louise, I will be sorry to see them go; I really had fun with this. All hand painted with various techniques, apart from the little birds which were a last moment collaged addition - couldn't help myself; they had to be there.