Sunday, 12 November 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 16: Rustification

The latest PaperArtsy topic was Rustification.

My layout was inspired by something I saw on my recommended feed on Instagram. But, you know how it goes with Instagram... you blink and poof, it's gone. If it reappears, I will link it here.

I used die-cut flowers and some stencilling for my background. I gessoed the whole page white.

I used some gold and copper metallic inks (and also a bit of purple) for drippage.

Finally, I added some splatters and a quote.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

"Wanderlust" art journal - SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER

As I mentioned in my previous post, last month was all about catching up with my "Wanderlust" art journal. I have three traveller's notebook inserts for this year-long "project", so I'm now in the last one.

I'm following the Wanderlust classes and if a page was inspired by a particular class, I mention it under the picture.

I'm still not enjoying the creative process much and it shows on my art... But I'm over hiding my bad art, so here it is.

inspired by Wendy Brightbill class

this page has a flap that opens 
(I needed a page with a flap for a class I'm teaching)

the quote continues under the flap

a failed attempt at image transfer...

inspired by Marta Lapkowska class

inspired by Andy Skinner class

So, I finally managed to catch up. I guess, I can now get behind again ;-)

"Wanderlust" art journal - JULY and AUGUST

In summer, I was hit by a serious creative crisis. It continued pretty much till the middle of September. I did very little art journalling - but I read about 30 books in 3 months. The bookworm in me rejoiced... the artist, not so much....

So, for the last couple of months, I've been trying to catch up. Why, you ask? Why not just skip the uneventful months and restart now? Well, that's me... If I have a journal dedicated to something - in this case a weekly page - I just have to fill in all the gaps - no matter what.

I'm still following the Wanderlust classes and if a page was inspired by a particular class, I mention it under the picture.

this was the last page before THE CRISIS

inspired by JOFY class

created for a "Doodles" challenge

inspired by Amy Maricle class

a page done with the Facebook live prompts
I watched the live broadcast but didn't create while watching.
I don't believe in art done under pressure.

a simple extra page*

* If you remember, I have three traveller's notebook inserts dedicated to this Wanderlust adventure. I can fit 4 months of weekly pages in one journal. But there is usually one or two extra pages left in each insert for some random pieces of art.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 15: Pearlescent

I'm here with another PaperArtsy challenge - last minute entry, as usual ;-)

The topic for this fortnight was Pearlescent. I was inspired by Kate Yetter's blog post.

Here are some details:

PaperArtsy products used:
   - Pearl Glaze Fresco Finish
   - Infusions
   - stamps from sets ELB04, ELB29, ELB30, Gentleman Plate 4

Sunday, 1 October 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 13: Metallics

Here is my last minute entry for the latest PaperArtsy topic which is Metallics:

I finished it 5 minutes ago, the deadline is in 20 minutes or so. I will update this post later to list all the products I used.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

AALL&Create - ITAC 2017 tournament

In the last 6 weeks, AALL&Create were hosting the ITAC 2017 "tournament" - The International Tournament of Art & Craft - a series of six challenges with tutorials from various creative people.

I stumbled upon their webpage via Seth Apter, who is was of the featured artists and being in a creative slump, this short challenge was the right excuse for me to try to restart my creativity.

We were given a continent and multiple prompts each week - I didn't exactly do a "European", "American", "Asian", etc. theme but I chose some of the prompts to follow.

I created a special mini-journal for this tournament. Here are my pages (plus some step-by-step photos).

Challenge 1 – Europe
Prompts: Face / Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.) / Letters, numbers / Blue colour / Ribbon, twine, string or lace / Textures / Something both vintage and modern

 Challenge 2 – Asia
Prompts: Mandalas / Geometric shapes / Tiles / Asiatic flowers / Calligraphy or handwriting / Fabric, faded or dyed / Powdered pigments

Challenge 3 – Oceania
Prompts: Patterns inspired by traditional symbols / Monochromatic black and white or colors of the Earth / Organic or natural material(s) / Inspired by traditional or indigenous art

Challenge 4 – Africa
Prompts: Warm, bright colors / Repeated ethnic patterns / Charms, pearls, metallic wire / Words or text / Textures, cracks, rust effect

Challenge 5 - The Americas
Prompts: Shades of green / Something transparent or sharp, like ice / Large format feature, XXL size / Money and currency / Music, samba / Decorations made of feathers, metal, leather…

The Grand Final - The World
Prompts: CIRCLE(s) symbol of the globe, and of infinity / Words for PEACE, LOVE, HARMONY or UNITY in any language / Wire, sewing, lace, ribbon, something interlaced to symbolize interconnectedness / WHITE color of unity and peace in the world / a HOLE or something OPEN

You can follow these hashtags on social media to see what others created:
#itac17 #AALLtournament2017 #aallandcreate

Saturday, 2 September 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 12 - Hybrid Inks

I'm back with a PaperArtsy challenge. I skipped (or didn't submit) a few challenges because I'm still in the creative crisis "phase".

The latest topic is Hybrid Inks. This is a page in my art journal:

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

#showusyourMEdia Challenge #2

This is another art journal page I created for a Dina Wakley/RangerInk monthly challenge. The topic of the July challenge was:

If you wouldn't say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. ~Jane Travis
Create a piece of art about the things you say to yourself. Are you positive? Negative? Both?

I don't think I talk to myself while painting... Other than "what have you done? you ruined it all!" and then "ufff, you saved it". LOL

Also, I don't like to add my own words/journalling/etc. to my art journals. But - most of the quotes and words I use reflect my current state of mind. So they are "personal" in a way and mean something to me.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

PaperArtsy Topic 9 - Aqua

The newest PaperArtsy challenge topic is Aqua.

I created this page:

Here is a detail:

Products used:

  • Fresco paints - Jade + Bora Bora, Green Patina + Hey Pesto, Smurf + Buff, Limelight
  • Zinski Art stamps - ZA02, ZA05, ZA07
  • Infusions - A Bit Jaded, Orange County
  • white and black POSCA pen