Friday, 5 February 2016

Smash Book Page

Another week, another art journal page. It amazes me how slowly these things take to make. Don't read me wrong, I love making them. It's just that I have the perception that it will only take an hour, two tops, to make a page like this. In reality it takes around 5 or 6. Maybe practice and experience will speed up the process. Or maybe it's supposed to be slow. Maybe the point of it, the joy of it, is in the effort and time required to put into it.

And do I like the final page? No. Not yet. It's not perfect. It's anything but perfect. It's riddled in imperfections. The lines are not strong, confident ones. They look irregular, wobbly, diffident. Maybe in a day, week, month or year, I look at this page and love it. Just not right now. It's time to draw a line under it and move onto the next one. And yes I'll probably enjoy putting it together and still feel unhappy with the results. 

Believe me, the day I'm content with a page, I'll shout it out loud and proud :D :D :D

Friday, 22 January 2016

Teesha, Sarnaty & Hattie - A Trinity of Inspiration

I'm continuing to fill up my Smash book with further pages. I'm still mixing up ideas stolen from other artists. Not quite found my own style and confidence yet. I know if I try out different techniques, keep the ones I like, lose the ones I don't, it will eventually come.

These pages are a mash up of the artists Teesha Moore, Sanarty & Hattie Stewart. I love the mix of collage and doodling these three women employ.

And behind the scenes - thanks must go to Aaron & his Imperfect Impulses. His encouragement and inspiration have urged me on. He's been gently stroking  my mojo and slowly bringing it out :) Check out his videos on youtube.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Kate Crane Inspired Page

My first post of the year! Hope you all had a pleasurable break. I know, it seems a lifetime ago now. Who can remember it?

Anyways, I'm here with an art journal page. It's not the only one I've made in the last few weeks but it certainly is the only one I'm happy enough with, to share. Mostly because it's a CASE'd design from Kate Crane.

Over the break, I enrolled on Wanderlust, a year-long, online, art journal class. Week one is a series of videos by Kate showing her process for making pages for a mini album. Now I didn't want to make a whole album but I was quite happy to pick one of the pages shown and make my own version of it.

Yes it's a bit messier and freer in style than I'd like but I wanted to try making a page as instructed, in order to learn a different approach to mine. After all, I can now incorporate what I discovered in the process. Keep the aspects I enjoy and leave out the parts I don't.

After all, as I previously mentioned, left to my own devices, my pages are a hot mess and not fit to be uploaded to the web. At least when I'm following a class, I'm not too ashamed of the result.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Mixing it up for a Challenge

It's been a while since I posted. Well, no point really. I haven't really made anything worth posting about. Yes, I've been dabbling, playing, drawing, splashing paint around. But I've not actually finished and produced anything. 

So to ease my way back into "proper" paper crafting, I logged onto CASE This Sketch to see what the latest challenge was. Turns out, it looks something like this...

and I had absolutely no idea where to begin. I had zilch in the ideas department. Tumbleweed in my brain.

So I took some card and a rubber roller and merrily applied acrylic paint with it. I scraped some lines with a texture tool and left to dry. And that was it. I was up and on it. Ideas aplenty. You see my left brain has read about and seen in practice from experience many times, that being creative is not about feeling motivated first then taking action. I have to take action first, no matter how crap I feel and wham, bam, my right brain sparks off - the motivation appears.

I took an ink splat stamp from MFT and applied archival ink. I die cut a heart from a scrap made in the last couple of posts. Finally I used my label machine to produce a sentiment. 

So this card technically falls into the category of mixed media. But I hope I've also kept the CAS aesthetic enough to prove acceptable. Tough tits if it doesn't. I like it. Plus I had fun putting it all together lol. So much so, I'm looking forward to doing it again

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Life Is Beautiful

With the leftovers from the card I made in the previous post, I created this. It was, honestly, totally serendipitous. The act of moving bits of paper around to find something I was happy with, brought to light that I was playing with the same tricolour as the French flag. I'm a Francophile. Enough said.

And rather than stage it against a clean background for the photo, like I usually do, I took my camera and snapped it as it was on my desk.

It's a bit rough around the edges but I'm growing to like that.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Dipping My Toes

My creative output of late has not been prolific, to say the least. However, after spending a few hours mucking about, I ended up with one solitary card.

Okay, not quite true, as the majority of the play was in making colourful backgrounds onto various pieces of card, using Ken Oliver's Colour Burst Powders.

Once I had a selection, I cut out the shapes using a Spellbinders Die, Contemporary Circles. I took a separate piece of card and sponged over yellow and orange distress inks, adding texture with stencils. Finally, I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment using black Archival ink.

So yes, I can say I've dipped my toes into making inkier, artier projects. I haven't quite abandoned the clean and graphic style, though. It's a start. I have plenty of coloured card and offcuts leftover. Enough to make at least one other card.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Meeting an Online Chum & Misty Installations

I took a day off on Tuesday to take a trip down to London. I had a fun day out, meeting up with an online friend from New York, who is over here for a brief visit. And though I took my camera with me, I was so swept up in the day that I didn't pull it out once. As far as memory-keeping/blogging goes, I'm sooooo crap at the moment.

Thankfully, my friend took this photo and sent it to me, so I have something to show for the day.

So let me back up a bit. Here's who I met up with...

(I grabbed this photo from his blog)

You may or may not recognise him as the mixed media artist, Seth Apter.  And he is a kind, generous,  witty and charming companion to go around London with. Am I gushing? Then don't get me started on his talents as a teacher in mixed media art. He creates the most stunning, textural work and has shared some of his techniques in a couple of DVDs, both of which I own and were how I first came to know of him.

To say I'm a fanboy is an understatement. I own his stencils, his stamps, his books. He's lucky I didn't grab the shirt off his back when we met up lol.

Much as it may surprise you, he did not fly all the way from New York solely to spend a few hours with me (and joking aside, Seth, if you are reading this, I know I've said it to you already but I'll say it again, I'm incredibly honoured and grateful that you took time out from your busy schedule to meet up).  No, he's also on these shores to teach classes at Art From The Heart up in Harrogate.

So what's with the photo at the head of this post? Well, we went to the Wellcome Gallery, just round the corner from Euston Station to see Ann Veronica Janssens: yellowbluepink exhibit. You know I'm a sucker for these entertainment/art installations. You enter through closed double doors into a room, painted floor to ceiling in white. It is filled with a thick fog, lit by coloured lights from above. You can barely see what's in front of you. A couple of times, my nose nearly touched a wall before my eyes could focus. It's disorientating, for sure but then I have no head for directions already, before you put me in a fog filled closet.

So yes, I'm fully made up for the rest of this week, possibly month :) And last night, the arty fun continued when I attended a demonstration from an artist who painted a beach landscape, from start to finish, in acrylics, in an impressionistic style. Absolutely breathtaking to watch.

The only thing that seems to be missing is any art or craft within the walls of my own creative space. Hopefully soon. Hopefully soon :)