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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Hugs

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.

Butterfly Free

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.

Thanks for visiting

Vicky

Getting Started with Watercolour

One of my favorite mixed media artists is running a new course on how to use watercolors. Check this out:

Getting Started with Watercolor with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

I am off to sign-up.

Thanks for dropping by

Vicky

Mermaid Circus

This page was created using watercolours, collaged elements and Prismacolor pencils.

Mermaid CircusThe scuba diver peering down from the top is a photo of my son taken during his Shark Dive at Bondi. The mermaid is a copy of one I created previously – I liked her so much I just had to use her again.

Thanks for dropping by

Vicky