Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Joseph Roulin



The second of my studies about Vincent was his oil painting of his friend Joseph Roulin. This is his painting above.
A scary project to try as there is so much detail and so much to go wrong.
Under the guidance of Jeanne Oliver I had a go, and was surprisingly pleased with my efforts. 


I began by making a sketch in charcoal.


Next, I white gessoed over the whole thing and then added some umber acrylic paint both on Joseph and for the background.


Next the green background and touches here and there.


Worked on the face and beard and began to create the wallpaper.


And my finished piece. I have learned loads about mixing his colours and layering for depth. Enjoying a great course and I am going to do more work inspired by Vincent. 

Woman Knitting



A few days ago, I embarked a new online course by Jeanne Oliver entitled, Studying The Masters.
First to meet is Van Gogh.
I learned something about the man, his influences etc and then Jeanne sketched and painted her version of the woman knitting. Here is my version. Happy with it.

Friday, 5 January 2018

52 card, week one.



Happy New Year everyone!
I have been sadly lacking in the blog department recently, but hope that the new year will bring fresh vigour and inspiration.
I am joining in with a 52 card challenge on a group led by Chris Cresswell and here is my first card.
I don't usually choose to work so small, so, I am somewhat out of my comfort zone, but, that is good.

I began by covering my card with a selection of neutral fragile papers and washed over them with sepia ink and a baby wipe.
Next, I added some Grungepaste circles and coloured them with Black Knight infusions. 
I rubbed over the circles with treasure gold and "Frantaged" the edges of the card with Heat embossed powders.
To finish, some gold lace , a couple of characters from TH Christmas art dolls, which I coloured with portfolio pastels, and words from Chitchat. 
only 51 more to create!
I would like to enter this into the PaperArtsy ATC challenge. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Upcycled candle pot



Over on the PaperArtsy blog, the theme is Shades of White .I entered the other day with a card and, on the same theme, created a pot for Pot pourri, using a candle container that was used up.
Its a fairly large container that burned with 3 wicks and while cleaning it out I thought that it would be a good idea to bling it up for Christmas.
I glued some pearl decor ribbon around, which I had bought to cut up strips of pearls to dangle from Headbands, to sell at the school fair and then added layers of lace and ribbon, with a heart from music paper , some fibres and a few jewels.
I stamped some of Emma Godfrey's so useful words from her EEG12 range of Christmas stamps and sentiments and dotted them around inside the pot amongst the Pot Pourri.

Last minute entry to the PA challenge!


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Green journal page



Over on the That's Crafty blog their new theme is Greens. To be honest, they are not often my go to colours, but I really enjoyed playing with them.
I chose a selection of PaperArtsy fresco chalk paints for my background and added some Green Archival stamping.
I chose Carabelle stamps by Birgit Koopsen and stamped them onto some background paper. I drew some stems and added some extra colour around the stems. I added some smaller stamps in the background and stamped a sentiment.
I am entering this into the That's Crafty challenge.



Friday, 17 November 2017

White Winter Wishes



Over on the PaperArtsy blog the new topic is "Shades of White". Fabulous. Needed to join in and have been simmering a few ideas. Great inspiration from the wonderful presentation and designers.
However, when Bryan submitted an entry he sparked me off, and when I saw a piece from Diana Taylor this morning on her blog, I was moved into action.

I chose a square design and embossed a white background with snowflakes.
Next, I assembled some lace, doilies, flowers, threads etc and set to work arranging them. (not my best skill!)
I decided to use some sheet music to add some contrast and cut out a heart shape.
I banged it all together....I am so technical and precise....not!
I tied a bow using some beautiful silk chiffon ribbon and finished off with a quote from EEG12, Emma Godfrey's so useful Christmas stamp, Winter Wishes, which is heat embossed in white onto silver card.
I enjoyed making this card and will probably make a few more now that I have a plan.
I shall enter this into the PaperArtsy Challenge.


Monday, 6 November 2017

Natural forms in pastel



Over on the Stamps and Stencils blog, the new challenge is using Pastels.
I liked this idea and decided to join in.

I recently saw an idea for showing off dried flowers and leaves which appealed to me and here is my first attempt....a card.

I began by selecting some fern leaves and dried Astrantia seedheads from my large collection of pressed flowers and leaves. I can never go anywhere without returning with something to press between pages of a weighty tome.

I used heavy card and persuaded them to stick down with some persistence and trusty Matte medium.


Next, 2 layers of gesso. loads of possibilities arise after this stage.



Then I covered it all by stippling paint using a stencil brush. I used Paperartsy fresco chalk paint in Antarctic, Mermaid and Lilac.
When dry, I stencilled some butterflies using a mix of the chalk paints mentioned and added a little Amethyst.
I chose one of Lin Browns lovely stamps from ELB05, not the whole stamp, but enough to convey the lovely verse.
To complete my card, I brushed treasure gold over the flowers and leaves and created a frame with distress inks.
Double mounted onto a card I feel that it sits prettily. I hope that you like it too.
My pressed flowers are now going to gradually dwindle as I experiment more with this technique.


Very happy to join in with the Stamps and Stencils challenge.