I have had a fantastic day. More of which I will post about later. But what I need to tell you all right now is the storm I am sitting in the middle of. I haven’t had a real chance yet to post about our move and the fantastic house we bought. ….. but let me say we are now living in Tamborine Mountain and right now – yes this very second – I am sitting out on our deck up amongst the storm clouds.
Yes – I am actually sitting outside in a storm cloud. I can’t see anything past about 2 metres away – it is all white. That is the cloud that is surrounding my house. And accompanying that cloud is a huge bank of storm clouds. They have been rolling past for about the last 30 minutes. There has been thunder and lightening – both of which have had my furry babies running to see who can get on Mums knee first
However, I decided that since the wind and rain were coming from the West and my deck faces East – I would go and sit out on the deck and just sit amongst the clouds in the most amazing thunder storm I have been in since I lived in the Pilbara over 13 years ago. My furry babies ???? Well they are inside hiding LOL
I would love to have taken photo’s of my surroundings to show you what I am experiencing but I don’t think that even a professional photographer could do it justice.
I see the lightening and hear the thunder but I think that since the lightening isn’t striking ground right here it isn’t a clap and bang – it actually feels much calmer. And even though for a while there they were quite on top of each other it as, and still is, really quite gentle. No huge loud claps – although we did have one loud clap earlier but that was before the clouds came over and before the lightening storm cloud enveloped the house.
Now that I have re-read my post, I don’t think I have given this experience the justice it deserves. I suppose you just have to be there.
But I have to say – life in the Mountains is one amazing experience after another.
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I just can’t stop making journals right now. I LOVE making them. This one is make from sketch paper and is the one I will be using to practice drawing. It will mainly be lead pencil – hence the black and white cover. Not sure if this is finished yet – but my arm and neck need a rest as I have worked on this for a few hours straight.
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I have been having fun lately making my own stamps using “Speedy-Carve”. A rubber type product that is easy to cut and carve into various shapes.
My first items were a couple of small birds for a spread I was doing. After cutting them out I had all these bits of Speedy-Carve that I was reluctant to throw away – there had to be SOMETHING I could do with them. I had the idea to use them to make a texture type stamp. I grabbed a sheet of clear acetate and my Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue. I used the Helmar glue because I knew it was tacky enough to hold the pieces in place as soon as they were placed down and would dry quickly and still be flexible
I applied a layer of glue to the acetate in small sections and adhered the various small pieces of Speedy-Carve into a pattern. What I ended up with is this…
The stamp is only about 5cm x 2.5cm as that is all the scrap I had. I now have a jar to save a lot more scraps to make bigger stamps.
Here are the bird stamps and samples of them all once inked and stamped onto paper.
The following 2 photo’s show the collage stamp used as a border on a page I am working on.
They really are easy to make – why not have a go.
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I decided this morning that I wanted to make Beef and Red Wine Casserole for dinner. Not having any red wine I nipped to the bottle shop. As I was looking for a “cooking” priced bottle of red I spotted a bottle that had my art brain careening around with ideas.
Tell me – is it wrong to pay nearly $40 for a bottle of wine just because the label inspires you?
Well I decided it was so I took this photo instead….
Now I have an even bigger problem? What to have for dinner tonight as I simply don’t have time to make my casserole now – I have to go create art!
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This is a face created using a stencil by Jane Davenport. Awesome stencils for when you just need a starting point… It isn’t finished as I need to add hair and journaling. Not sure I have finished shading the face either – Hence it still being a work in progress (WIP)
I have actually gessoed over a failed piece of art in my journal. The background art was created using Peerless paints – which are watercolor based but have leached through the gesso which I think has created a nice effect.
…and here is the finished piece.
Her “followers” were copied, reduced then collaged onto the page from this larger piece that I painted just to add to this layout….
I had posted a version of this fish earlier – but the tail wasn’t working for me so I changed it. You can see the original version in this post.
Lessons Learnt and Other Information:
In the first “cut” of this piece I printed various sizes of the Monarch Fish onto tissue paper and collaged them onto the page using Liquitex Matte Medium. However, since I had used Distress Stains for the background I found that even though the edges of the tissue paper were torn and soft** the colour drew to the edges and made a “hard” edge around the tissue paper and fishes. Not a very desirable result. So I decided to gesso over the entire background and start again.
I decided to repaint the background with a mix of Liquitex Fluid Acrylic and Distress Paints as they were the supplies I had with the colours I needed. I placed a small amount of each colour onto my palette and used a stippling brush with a little of each colour to repaint the background. As the paints used are both acrylic based I knew they wouldn’t react and pool in the same manner as the stains did. BUT just to be sure I printed the Monarch Fish in varying sizes onto copy paper using my laser printer.
I then fussy cut out each fish. They were then adhered to the page using Liquitex Matte Medium.
The last thing added was the lettering. As there were so many different mediums on the page I used an alcohol based marker – in this instance it was a Prismacolor Premier marker.
** to easily “cut out” images on tissue paper use a thin paintbrush dipped in water to create an outline. Leave for a few seconds then gently “tear” along the waterline. This creates a SOFT edge that is easily blended into a collaged piece.
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My muse has been absent over the last 5-6 weeks. I know why she hasn’t been here; After all – you can’t loose your sister without something having to give. However, convincing her to return has been difficult. But I am not going to dwell on that here as I have done so in my personal hand written journals. What I am going to post about here is the return of my Muse.
I had a couple of good friends over for a girlies art night on Friday. It was a great night with lots of talking, laughter, food and a few wines. The loving, relaxed and creative atmosphere was just what my muse was looking for and she has returned with a vengeance. Woo HOO.
And this is what she sent me……
The mermaid was already drawn and the tail painted. It is one created in a mermaid shaped journal made during the online class “Mermaid Circus”. The balance of her was painted on Friday night. Then yesterday I decided she needed a friend. That is when the Butterfly Fish evolved. Neither are finished yet but I love how they are evolving.
- Prismacolor Pencils
- Peerless Paints
- Inktense pencils
- White Sharpie
- Black Prisma Premier pen
- Distress Stains
After the fish is complete I will scan it, reduce the size (significantly as it is A4 size at present) and collage it onto the Mermaid page. I will post the finished piece once done.
If you are looking for supplies you can try The Institute of Cute (an Australian online shop with the best of mixed media/journalling supplies).
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