2015 – Postcard Swap

After finishing an online course with Jane Davenport & Teesha Moore (Mermaid Circus) a group of 12 of us from Australia and USA, continued on with a journal swap. We realised as we got to the end of the year long swap that we didn’t want it to end so have embarked on another journey by way of a postcard swap. Each month we have a different theme and seeing how everyone interprets their theme is inspiring. As is watching how everyone’s style is evolving and growing. It is very easy to see that we all have our own style and now I can identify who has done which piece before I even look at the name. I love this group of ladies.

This is my January postcard. The theme was “Turquoise”

Turquoise

Supplies used:    Derwent Inktense pencils, Dylusions ink, Gelatos, Masking Fluid, Prismacolor pencils, Acrylic paints

The theme for February was either “Words” or “Go Wild” – I combined them both. I used a page from an old book for the background and then went wild with doodling and colour in the form of an elephant. I loved the end result.

Words & Go Wild

Supplies used:   Adirondak Daubers, Peerless Paints, Sharpie, Inktense Blocks, Page from old dictionary

Whatever Makes you Happy….

This page was created for a journal swap. The theme for this particular journal was “Whatever Makes you Happy”. Well my turn in the journal occurred when I was addicted to Zentangling…. I just couldn’t stop for a few weeks there and this is what happened.

 

Whatever Makes You Happy

I took inspiration from a distant memory of something similar I had seen surfing the internet a while back.

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Vicky

I haven’t posted in a while….

Well I have been very busy…. sorry…… Life just gets in the way sometimes. I just thought I would post some of the things I have been working on lately. They are all part of a journal swap I am part of. Sad to say but I haven’t had time for anything else.

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Each journal has its own theme so these are all done to fit in with each one.

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Vicky

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Teachings from a Dabber Bottle

I learnt some valuable lessons last night with compliments of one of my acrylic paint dabber bottles….

1. Always, ALWAYS, wear an apron when using dabber bottles. OR change out off your favourite shirt – even if it is just for a little touch up on your art…
2. Do NOT, under circumstance, squeeze hard on a dabber bottle.
3. Be patient if the top of a dabber bottle top has dried out. Spritz and dab….. then dab some more and spritz again if needed…..
4. IF the dabber top has dried out before using it on your artwork, always test first on a scrap piece of paper.
6. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE SQUEEZE HARD ON A DABBER BOTTLE. Yes I repeated this as it was most probably my biggest undoing…

Why you may ask….????

Because if you don’t you will end up with the entire contents not only on the page you are working on but also all over your shirt, your chair, the floor, your desk and your artwork. The bottle just EXPLODES everywhere. And it will only every happen when you are wearing your favourite shirt.

NOTE: My favourite shirt is now my favourite art inspiring “apron not needed” piece of clothing…..

Hand Made Stamps

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…

Mosaic Stamp
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.

Bird Stamps

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The following 2 photo’s show the collage stamp used as a border on a page I am working on.
Whimsy Stamped Page

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They really are easy to make – why not have a go.

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Vicky

Whimsical Face – a work in progress

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.

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The Monarch of the Sea

The Monarch of the Sea

…and here is the finished piece.

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Her “followers” were copied, reduced then collaged onto the page from this larger piece that I painted just to add to this layout….

Monarch Fish

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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Vicky