I started out with a background of old gold/yellow (Anita's Caramel Corn if you're interested) onto which I dry brushed some mid brown for interest.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Saturday, 30 June 2018
Determined to address my tendency to work in shades of a single colour, I ruthlessly painted my background in not one, but three different colours! I know. Had to have a sit down after that.
Sunday, 17 June 2018
First I laid down a quick and easy painted background of lime green with a slightly darker green brushed on top, and then it was out with the collage scraps drawer. OK yes, because the background was green guess which colour I went for? I really must cure myself of thinking in terms of just one shade .... weird habit.
Then a day later I walked past the open journal and noticed that my female figure was wearing what I saw as Big Pants (OK a swimsuit really). That set all sorts of mental hares running around "putting your big girl pants on" ... which in turn reminded me of the times when its a struggle to speak and behave like an adult, when your inner child is shouting "no, don't want to" or something very similar.
There's quite a big of stamping on this page - I usually just cut out patterns and images that take my fancy, but lately I've started cutting out scraps of plain coloured paper that I can stamp on, as in the green circle my figure is standing on. I also used some stamps in the background spaces once the page was more or less finished.
As ever, if you have any questions about what I use or how I work feel free to ask in the comments and I will always answer.
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
As always, the simplest of painted backgrounds, just two colours of blue acrylic scuffled around with a wet wipe. I'm now concerned about my use of these and looking into alternatives - don't want to contribute to an ocean full of them, and apparently they take eons to degrade. Might have to use real fabric scraps instead?
I wanted to put the pictures above and below side by side so you could see the difference adding a subtle shadow around the elements can make, but Blogger wouldn't let me.
I know what I mean but I'm not sure I've explained it very well. The sunshine and the garden are calling me away ...
Friday, 18 May 2018
It makes you realise that its not the great big things that mean the most, but a whole host of little things that light up your everyday life.
Tomorrow my aching legs will be parked in front of the TV as I watch the Royal Wedding coverage. I'm not much of a royalist, but I do LOVE a good wedding!
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Simple bands of acrylic paint form the background, and I had no particular idea of where I was going. I just wanted/needed to get back to work!
Sunday, 22 April 2018
This is a page about just keeping going when life isn't exciting or much is happening, but you just keep on ... always hoping for that day of sunshine, those moments of insight, which in the end are the things that keep you going.
Haven't used my Neocolour II crayons by Caran d'Ache for a while, so dug them out for this. When you scribble onto a gessoed page you get the look below, kind of like wax crayons ... its what happens when you touch them with a damp paintbrush which is magic.
Monday, 9 April 2018
There hasn't been as much time as I'd like to work in my journal lately, so it was special to finally sit down and paint a background and begin to collage. I know some people are intimidated by a white empty page ... but I love the feeling of possibility and the adventure of starting something with no idea of where it will lead.
Sunday, 25 March 2018
On the first day of our holiday there was a death in the family, which left us trying to respond and organise some things from a distance ... never easy.
Nonetheless, it was warm and sunny and we managed to enjoy ourselves a lot of the time. Returning to cold dark days and a funeral was a shock to the system, but in the aftermath there are many many things I feel deeply grateful for. There was more than I could fit on a page really ... but this is the result.
I painted my page turquoise first, then added this glorious teal colour around the edge and roughly blended the two. As I'm always saying - no need for fancy backgrounds when you're going to do a lot of work on top.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
I'm off on holiday to warmer climes and can't wait, particularly since snow is forecast this week. Bring it on, and see you when I get back.