Patchings Art Festival 2016 (England)

Well I really enjoyed my day at Patchings yesterday, despite the rain!

I’d never been before, but a friend suggested it and said I’d love it. It was quite a drive from me, but I’m glad I went.

There were a number of marques. A large one housed art materials from a variety of companies. I was quite good and didn’t buy anything from there, but it was great to chat to people about new products and to try some out. I also took part in a Derwent Workshop where I had a go with Charcoal and Graphite blocks (who knew they were water soluable!?) and it was interesting seeing the textures you can create with them.

My favourite tent (another large one) was the one with the craftspeople in. I was able to have a really good chat with a variety of makers, including a calligrapher, a felt-maker, a watercolourist and glass carver, a jewellery maker  and a textile artist.

I think it was a really inspiring day. I’ve got lots of different things I want to try and courses I want to do. I don’t know how many other artists try as many different art forms as I have, but it meant that inspiration was literally around every corner!

 

 

Nearly a Year

Well I’ve been offline for almost a year!

Basically my computer was rubbish and I’ve been very busy with my new job etc.

I’ve decided so start up my blog again, but with a difference, now I’ve got a new laptop. I’m going to do the same kinds of things, but with a bit more chat. Talking about the things I’m doing and thinking and seeing, and what has inspired me!

I’m planning on going to an Art Festival tomorrow called Patchings, so maybe I will do a post about that.

 

 

 

 

Printing from Embossing Folders

I went to the Stamp Magic craft show recently and bought this for £5:

emobossing folder printing 6

emobossing folder printing 7

So I wanted to try doing something fun with it.

I love my embossing folders, but I’ve been umming and ahhing about how to make the most of them. I thought I’d try printing with them:

So first I opened the embossing folder and pressed the surface really well onto the pad.

embossing folder printing 1

Then I just closed it back up and inserted a piece of cheap white card

emobossing folder printing 2

I ran it through my Big Shot Plus machine

emobossing folder printing 8

and this is what I ended up with:

emobossing folder printing 5

I took a second print too:

embossing folder printing 3

and you can get different results by using the other side:

emobossing folder printing 9

The colours aren’t showing too well in these photos, but you get the idea 🙂

Do I really need Chameleon Pens?

Chameleon alternative 1

So I’ve seen the promotional videos for Chameleon Pens. I love the idea of being able to make lighter tones of each colour, but I have LOADS of Promarkers and the Chameleon Pens are pretty expensive.

I wondered….can you do the same thing with Promarkers?

So I bought a cheap colourless blender (99p from The Works) and decided to try them out.

Chameleon alternative 2

So like with the Chameleon Pens, I tried holding the tip of the colourless blender to the tip of the Promarker. Apparently you have to do it with the blender pen above the Promarker or the colour from the marker goes onto the blender!

I then coloured with the Promarker:

Chameleon alternative 3

Not all my photos came out well, but you can see from the one underneath that it colours from clear and gradually fades into the full Promarker colour.

I tried it for severall different lengths of time.

Chameleon alternative 4

So it worked pretty well. Have a go yourself! Feel free to let me know if you have Chameleon pens, how you think it compares!

It seems to work best with darker/stronger colours.

Documented Life Project Weeks 8-9

DLP weeks 8-9

So this is the finished page. It has the ‘repeating elements’ of week 8 and the 5+ layers of week 9.

DLP week 8 layers 1-3 copy

 

This is what it looked like after the first 3 layers. I initially carved the feather stamp and stamped the background, then painted it with Inktense. Then I gelli plate printed over the top, and here I have added more feathers and stamped with an unmounted script stamp. I then messed it up a bit by printing with quite opaque pink over the top. So I printed with more white gesso and other colours, added yet more feathers and paint splodges and writing. I think it’s finished….not 100% sure yet. I like that I used my own handwriting loosened up. First time I have risked doing that and I will definitely do it more 🙂 I need to get a new dip pen which holds a bit more ink.

Documented Life Projects Weeks 5-7

DLP weeks 5-7

Okay so I cheated a bit. This is DLP weeks 5-7. That covers the February theme: Layers You Will Love! and the weekly prompts:

week 5:  Art Challenge:  Under Paper (paper on your work table that gets all inky while you work)  Journal Prompt:  What Lies Beneath?

week 6: Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop  Journal Prompt:  “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough!” (Ooh)

week 7: Art Challenge:  Cover Up Good Stuff  Journal Prompt:  Going Undercover

So I might need to explain a bit! I used some gelli plate prints which were lovely (the good stuff, week 7) but were also only useful as a background really (under paper, week 5, I know stretching it a bit, but I ripped up the 2 prints into strips, so it really was from scraps). I layered and layered including the following materials: 2 gelli prints, Inktense blocks, gesso (multiple layers), patterned tissue paper, brayered on layers of acrylic, Possibly some distress stain (can’t remember), layers of embossing powder and obviously alphabet stamps. There were a few occasions when I wasn’t happy with it. So I just added more gesso and then more layers (week 6, when not to stop).

What I might do with the next one is to take photos/scans and show in stages how I did it. Let me know if you’d like to see that 🙂

 

Documented Life Project Week 4: Words With Friends

friends week 4

 

So this is my 4th page. I may have overdone the brightness and contrast, it’s not quite so bright in real life! This one is less ‘painterly’ than my other art journal pages, so I might eventually move it to a different art journal. I do like it. Whether it is ‘finished’ or not I am not sure yet. I sketched the girls out, then painted them and added the heads to the background after which I painted on the shoulders. It was my first proper attempt at hand drawn text. I think the text could be neater, but I quite like it. My scanner is not quite big enough to get the whole page, which is why the end of the writing is missed off.

 

 

The Documented Life Project Week 3 – The Colour Wheel

colour wheel

This is my attempt at DLP week three, using book pages (or in my case patterned tissue paper and gesso. I used handmade stamps to put coloured shapes in the background and covered over with gesso (actually it was white emulsion). Apologies that the centre is unclear, it didn’t scan too well where all the strings are! I stamped in black archival on all the individually painted mini tags. I’m quite pleased with it. Not every thing is perfect, but it has a neatness to it that I don’t normally have in my art.

Documented Life Project Week Two – The Beginning is Always Today

DLP week 2

 

So here is my attempt at week 2. I created a background with the insides of envelopes (very interesting visual textures). I wanted to try meditation/mindfulness as once of my goals. I also wanted to include handwritten text. This layout isn’t quite finished, but I like parts of it. I need to add an alternative quote at the top somewhere. I am practising my handwritten text a bit more before I do!

January Week 1 DLP

Week 1 Goals

So I’ve been a bit busy and haven’t posted anything for ages!

I’ve been taking part in two online weekly challenge thingies (not sure what you call them!)

The main one I am doing is the Documented Life Project 2015. I am also using the techniques of some of the Journal Journey Driver Reviver.

This is the piece I did for DLP week one. The prompt was about creating your own goals and you have to use book pages in your background. I used brown paper and wrapping paper in by backgrounds instead. It’s the first time I’ve properly used washi tape on a page too!

I am up to date with the challenges, so I’ll post some of the others when I get time!

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