Monday, 27 July 2015
Monday, 20 July 2015
So anyway, below is my starting point with gold paint and a border of warm brown. I think of these as "bumble bee" colours, there's something warm, fuzzy and comforting about them!
Then it was onto the message of the page, which was about finding peace in a situation where its how I think about things that will make it possible to get through. In other words I needed to calm down and think positive! I do love how peaceful and serene this girl looks, and I like to think that the little gold bird is telling her "everything is going to be fine"
Saturday, 11 July 2015
Its no coincidence that I started to paint the page green - a colour I really like a lot (I have green eyes) but when I use it in my journal I never seem to like the result! I even brushed some gesso over the top because I wasn't keen on it.
Saturday, 4 July 2015
The page began with a very simple background of yellow acrylic paint, and then I used a collection of black/white and grey collage scraps to create a border. On the left is the page at that point, and on the right you can see how it looked with a grey shadow and a black outline added. Makes a big difference doesn't it?
As far as I'm concerned every page needs to have a face of some kind, even if its just an eye or something like that, some human element I suppose. That's when I put down the head and shoulders (cut from a magazine) bottom left. She had a smiley face and I thought "that's not how I feel today", so I added the weary-looking face at the top right. All this got me thinking about how often I put on a brave face when I feel rough, and the fact that out of love I will wear a mask so as not to drag either of us down. That was when I cut out a mask to cover up her true face.
And acknowledging the truth that this is what I do, led to me writing it down. Believe me I'm not complaining here - lots of people have it so much worse - but I am trying to acknowledge to and for myself that this is one of my coping strategies, and to remind myself not to over-use it. Its important that sometimes I'm completely honest with the people who care about me.
Having said that, there's scientific evidence that smiling puts you in a better mood, so I practice a lot and hope it works! Its the difference between half full and half empty isn't it? I know I've said this before but its something I firmly believe, that attitude helps, and that people don't want to spend time with you if you're always negative and miserable.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Anyway, my next move was to rummage about in my collage folders, and I came across the word at the bottom of the page "paradise". I think it might be from a Teesha Moore collage sheet but since it was already cut out I can't be 100% sure. Anyway, this one word sparked a train of thought ....
On our recent holiday to the USA we'd been recommended to visit what turned out to be a really amazing art supplies shop (Sam Flax in downtown Orlando, Florida). I mentally gave the store a veranda (which it doesn't have in real life) and set myself up with a table in the shade where I could play in my journal, able to pop into the store any time I needed something.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
A sudden shift is certainly something that happened while I was working on this page - which is literally hot off the press. There I was happily playing in my journal when unexpected news came which rocked my foundations for a while. So what's a person to do in that situation? Get it down on paper of course!!
I had begun with this turquoise paint background, just because I like the colour, and its nothing fancy as you can see. I rarely bother to do "clever" backgrounds because I know I'm only going to cover them up. I just brushed a slightly darker blue around the outer edges and added the flower.
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Actually wings would be very useful if anybody up there is listening?? Then my ability to walk wouldn't matter!! Anyway, below is how the page began. I was trying to get away from my "usual" way of framing a page so I laid down orange acrylic and then used my Posca paint pen to create a pink border over it. The strong black lines were added with my new, larger black Posca pen. This is a 1.8 nib rather than my usual 0.7.
Saturday, 6 June 2015
It started with the blue and yellow paint background, to which I added some simple bits of collage and those V shapes were a rubber stamp. I always find images of the Buddha very serene and calming, so I think that's why he's there, and that deep teal blue colour just appealed strongly. Perhaps those are islands in my sea? The ink blots are another rubber stamp. The page stayed like this for some days until I came back and worked on it again.
Somewhere in all this I think I've managed to capture my dilemma between a human desire for excitement and interest, and the wish for a safe harbour at the end of the day. Don't know the answer to my own question yet until we actually take the plunge and go, but I suspect in the end all of us would like a large amount of peace and quiet punctuated by little oases of happiness and excitement?? I think that's what I probably want anyway.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Well I'm back - and (almost) over the jet lag, although we found a brilliant homeopathic remedy for that which helped a LOT.
This was a page I made shortly before we went .... I must have been in holiday mode already when I put that palm tree in there (we've been to Florida)!
I sometimes feel that my pages can be a bit too tight and controlled, so I tried my best to loosen up with this one. At this stage its simply acrylic paint in two colours with a little bit of collage on the top.
Couldn't resist sharing this picture of me drinking a FABULOUS cocktail on our trip - it was called The Tranquiliser, and boy did it work! Three kinds of rum, loads of pineapple juice, all topped up with cream and a cherry. :)
And yes, we DID have a very nice time, thank you for asking!!
Monday, 4 May 2015
My continuing love affair with lime green - something NOT shared by my family, who clearly have no taste and appreciation! I especially like this colour in the Spring, when the new green leaves are such an intense lime shade, before dust and traffic fumes get to them.
So nothing fancy going on here - I just painted the page in this yummy shade of green acrylic paint, and then began to add bits of green collage, mainly from a children's book I got from the charity shop.