Thursday, February 04, 2016

Every day drawing day 3

Day 3 of my everyday drawing. 

I think the problem with this project is not going to be the everyday drawing, but the everyday blogging! I might end up doing a weekly post with my drawings from the week. Also, it's hard to get a decent photo at this time of the year, still quite dark in the afternoons. Today's offering is some kitchen gadgets:

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Daily Draw 2

Day 2:
Yesterday I sat on my sofa and drew some of the things  I could see in my lounge room.
Here is the result-pardon the photo -it was taken in bad light:

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Daily Draw

I've decided to try to draw something each day. Not time consuming, detailed drawings, but instead some simple quick line drawings of everyday life.

This is Day 1, the ingredients for last night's dinner-and delicious it was too!

You can find the recipe at amuse-your-bouche

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DLP 2016

The Documented Life Project for 2016 goes by the subtitle-The Unplanner. Basically a planner format is used, but participants are encouraged to adapt the format to suit their own needs. In general I'm not much of a planner but I do have an ARC planner by Staples that I use for work and I love it. The Arc system has a spine of discs, which allows you to assemble the pages any which way, and to move them about. I love that flexibility.

So I decided to use that system for my 2016 Documented Life 'Unplanner'. All the elements of my planner are hand made. The cover is made from chipboard covered in gelli printed papers, with washi tape to reinforce the holes.

The back cover, more gelliprinting: 

The planner has monthly dividers and I also have a 'to do' list which can be moved along each week:

The planner has weekly pages where I can record little bits and pieces to help me remember my year. Every month we are given a monthly theme. This month the theme was "Going out on a limb, trying something new". I did an art work based on this theme on the back of my January divider. This is a collage with paints, inks and stamping:

Each week we are also given an Pocket Art Card (PAC) challenge. These are done on small cards and kept in plastic pockets. I repurposed some 12x12 Project Life page protectors for the cards, and have placed them back to back in the pockets. One challenge was to use the number 16 and another was to use a quote and cover all except one word:

And here the prompts were to use words cut from a magazine, and to use a receipt. My floral card does have a receipt under the drawings of flowers, but I got carried away with the paint and forgot to leave some of the receipt exposed.

I'm really enjoyed doing this mini sized art cards. They can be completed so quickly, and could become ideas for larger pieces of art should I get the urge to explore further.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Well 2016 has well and truly arrived.

Initially I had thought I would close this blog and start a new one, as in 2016 my focus will be less on scrapbooking and paper crafts and more on mixed media pursuits. I have scrapbooked for 10 years and enjoyed every minute of it, but I've found that since my kids have grown up and left the nest, I have less to scrapbook about. Additionally, over the last couple of years I have been doing more and more mixed media art, and so that's where this blog is headed this year.

In 2016 I want to develop my drawing and painting skills, so I intend to do more of that, and hopefully that will extend to some printmaking as well. I have signed up to some online groups and those will feature on the blog too. I'm also continue to design for Paper Artsy so you will be able to see how that goes as well.

The groups I have joined this year are The Documented Life Project:

LifeBook 2016:

and Journal 52:

  Check back over the next weeks to see how I get on.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Brushos and Paper Artsy

I've been playing around with Brusho crystals,  as Pigment Powders is the topic presently featuring over at the Paper Artsy blog.

Brushos are coloured powder pigments that are great fun to mess around with.  For these pieces I was using the new Hot Picks 1505 stamp set.

These are the projects that I made for  Paper Artsy. The details of how I made these can be seen on the  Paper Artsy blog:

When I was coming up with these projects for the Paper Artsy blog, I tried all sorts of Brusho techniques. I thought you might like to see some of my experiments.

1. This one was done by spritzing the stamp with water and stamping the water onto the paper. While the water was wet I shook the powder into the wet imprint.

2. Same stamp, but this time I spritzed water onto a craft sheet, and sprinkled the powder onto the craft sheet. Then I picked up the colour on the stamp, and stamped it onto dry paper.

3. Spritzed some water onto paper, and let it dry a little. Then I spritzed the stamp and spindled powder onto the stamp, and stamped into the damp paper.

4. I used embossing inks and stamped the image onto paper. Sprinkled red embossing powder onto the flower, and free embossing powder on the stem and leaves. Heat set the powder, then added a wash of red powder onto the flowers, green onto the stem and leaves, and then blue on the background, with a few sprinkles of powder onto the wet surface.

5. This is the cling film method I describe over on the Paper Artsy Blog, but I first stamped the image onto paper, cut it out, and used the cut out as a mask. I really like this technique, it looks a bit like batik!

Why not get your pigment powders out, get creating, and link up your art work on the Paper Artsy blog for a chance to win a voucher to spend at Paper Artsy.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

August Calendar

It's the beginning of the month, and that means a new calendar page as part of Darcy's Calendar Challenge.

Here is a reminder of the rules for August
1. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2. Technique - Use found objects to stamp with
3. Add – a silhouette
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from August 1st 2015

Here's my August page:

I stamped with the edge of a plastic card, the rubber end of a pencil, a cut carrot and a scrunched up piece of cling film.

Here's what my calendar page looked like before altering.

Now off for a look at some other calendars.