Sunday, 22 January 2017

Gel Press at Creativation

As a long term fan of mono printing on a gel plate I was absolutely delighted when Gel Press asked me to create them some art work for their Gallery Booth at CHA Creativation Pheonix, USA, and I'm just a teensy weeny bit excited to think that it's all happening now, this weekend, over in USA. I so, so wish I could be there :-) #maybenexttime

So here;s a few peeks on my art that is on display alongside some fabulous art by some very well known artists.....

One day I will make it to CHA, but until then I shall continue gel plate mono printing from my little ol' studio, in the deepest darkest depths of North Yorkshire, little ol' England, UK     ;-)

Byeee for now .....

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Variations on a theme!


If you see my previous post (here) you will notice some similarities between the two pages in my art journal. I liked my funky haired girl so I added her to another page :-) The long hair made a great frame around my words!

I used a combination of paintbrushes and a brayer (which is my favourite tool of the moment!), acrylic paints, PITT pens, White Signo Uniball pen, Stabilo pencil, Polychromos pencils, Stickles glitter, and Distress Crayons. It is truly mixed media!

My pages usually have many many layers, some of which get covered up. Here are a few progress pics so you can see how it came together. I worked in my Dylusions square black journal - love the grunginesss of working on a black page.

Number stamps by Tim Holtz

Byee for now! Have a great weekend!

Monday, 16 January 2017

It's January!

Yup, it's January which means more stuff from me about the whole new year thing. I don't really DO the new year's resolutions thing, because if I do then they are the same every year which means I fail to keep them on a spectacularly regular basis. But I do kind of evaluate and have a think, and promise myself things for the year ahead.

I don't think anyone can deny that 2016 was a horrible year on many levels. I am hoping for much better things for 2017 but I really do worry a lot about the state of the world...... So my message for 2017 is very simple: You had better be better than 2016.

I brayered a background because right now I am in love with my brayer (or stuck in a rut LOL!) and added some pattern with this very cute layering stencil by Tim Holtz. When you draw round the design with a white pen it looks like daisies :-) What's not to love?

I gave my faceless girl lots of wild blue hair and added extra colour with Polychromos pencils and Stabilo pencil, and then journaled in the hair with a white pen.

This page became part of a class I was teaching at Art from the Heart this weekend ... but once again I forgot to take any photos. Doh! You can check out all of the workshops at Art from the Heart *here*. And just a heads up ... due to a couple of late cancellations there are LIMITED places available on a mini journaling class I am teaching on Sunday 22nd if you fancy it?

And finally, guess what? Wohoo! I am joining the DecoArt Media Design Team for 2017, alongside some fabulous artists. You can check out the DecoArt mixed media blog *here* it is full of lovely tutorials and inspiration.

Byee for now

Monday, 9 January 2017

Happy new year!

Happy new year! Better late than never, eh?! Ooh I do find January difficult. I seem to completely switch off over Christmas, and then I find it very hard to get going again, and the short dark days really don't help. Ah well, onwards and upwards ... not long till spring!

Anyway, here's a ceramic heart I painted using DecoArt fluid acrylics in the yummy colours of Dioxazine Purple, Medium Grey, and Cobalt Teal. Ooh these colure work really well together and make me smile :-) The ceramic heart (Country Love Crafts) was a surprisingly smooth and lovely surface to paint on.

I decorated the background with stamps and stencils by Andy Skinner, and added a little collaged butterfly with a bit of glittery bling.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Ho ho ho! Yes, it's that time of year again. Love it or hate, it's in your face the moment that Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way!

These pages began life as Gel plate prints, and how I love messing about with mono printing! 

I taught these pages for my last art journaling classes of 2016 at my regular art journal class at Art from the Heart last weekend. We had a lot of festive fun ... mince pies, biscuits, silly hats, crackers,  ..... and (thanks to Luise) ... toffee vodka! It's actually quite surprising that we got any art journaling done at all. But here are some pics showing the work in progress:

All the new classes for the next few months at Art from the Heart have been listed and are available here.

On a different note, look what just landed in my hot little hands. Julie Kirk has published her own book of 'Snipped Tales' I just love the concept of this, and couldn't wait for it to arrive. Soooo looking forward to this!

And finally, don't forget that the on-line class - Wanderlust - is still available at the early bird price. Click *here* for all the details. It's fabulous, don't miss out!