Monday, January 19, 2015

January Week 2

So far I am managing to keep up with my arty bits and pieces, except maybe the photography part. But that's as much about the weather as anything else. The weather here has been quite miserable-wet windy and wild- well that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. Plus I back at work, and that eats into most of my day!

I forgot to post this page of my Artfully Inspired Life:

Like most year long projects this one starts with a page about your one little word for the year, and as you know from my last post, my word is Time. Use it usefully and try not to waste too much of it!
I'm not very happy with this page, but that's OK, I am new to this after all. I should have done a little hand drawn illustration rather than use the clock stamps, and I need to cluster my words a little more in the middle.  I can only get better!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Artfully Inspired Life week 1

What a wild weekend we've had weather wise here in Edinburgh. It has been blowing a gale for a few days now-winds up to 90 mph at times, snow yesterday, snow and rain today. All this has meant I have not really been able to get out much, so it has been a bit of an arty weekend for me.

One thing I was working on was my week 1 page of the Artfully Inspired Life course I'm doing this year. I do find the lettering to be a bit of a challenge. I'm not sure I have a wide enough selection of pens yet, so I have to do a lot of filling in with a fine tip pen.
Anyhow here's my page:

The pink  ink used to colour this page is a Dylusions spray paint. The yellow is Caran d'ache new colours.

I chose to write some lines from Sir Walter Scott's poem, 'The Lady of the Loch'. These lines are about Loch Katrine. Last Saturday was an altogether different day-a stunning clear, cold winter's morning and I took my camera and walked at Loch Katrine. Along the way I discovered the loch was the setting for the poem, and also the poem inspired the music for 'Ava Maria". Many painters and writers have been inspired by the beauty of the loch, and to be sure the loch ignited a spark in my soul!

Here are some photos I took at Loch Katrine:

The story: 

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Happy Creative 2015

I'm planning for 2015 to be a  happy creative year for me.

I'm still designing for Merly Impressions. My first project of the year was a 2015 scrapbook using the HELLO TODAY collection from Kaisercrafts. You can see the rest of the album on the Merly blog.
So each month I will be posting at least three scrapbook projects.

I have signed up to Joanne Sharpe's Artfully Inspired Life course. I chose this course as I wanted to work on my lettering skills this year. Here is my first page for 2015:

Although that lettering looks loose and simple, it actually requires quite a bit of planning and concentration. So as a counter to that I am also doing the Documented Life Project. I intend to take a much faster, looser, playful and messy approach to this.

The first prompt for DLP 2015 was to collage book paper onto the page. This year I am going to focus on using time more productively, and that it what this page is about:

I'm also including a monthly calendar in my journal and that is where I will record what happens each month. (Already you can see the influence of Joanne Sharpe's class!)

I'm also hoping to work on taking a more artistic approach to my photography so I've signed up to another course, PhotoArtistry with Sebastian Michaels.

And finally, I'm hoping to play along with Darcy Wilkinson's Calendar Art challenge. I've yet to buy a calendar though.

Oh, and I'm doing a couple of guest spots at Paper Artsy as well!

So all that should mean I DO use my time well-and will hopefully kickstart my creativity! And I intend to blog about it all, so keep on checking back to see how I'm getting on!

Good luck with your creating to-leave me a comment and I'll check back with you too!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas scrapping..

So, Christmas is over, and all those photos are waiting to be scrapped. Why not head over to Merly Impressions and take a look at the great range of Scrapping goodies they have, like the fabulous Basecoat Christmas that I got to scrap with in December.

I used that collection for this layout of my nephew's gorgeous children:

And this layout is about my mum's Christmas pudding recipe:

Monday, October 06, 2014

Ghostly going ons...

With Hallowe'en rapidly approaching I thought I'd show you how to have some fun with your Hallowe'en photos by adding a ghost or two, so that you  end up with a photo a bit like this:

To create a photo like this you need things:

1. A tripod
2. A photo editing programme which uses layers. I used Photoshop Elements, but I believe GIMP, downloaded free from the internet, is very similar.

To make a ghostly photo you need to take your photos using a tripod. This is to ensure the scene in which your subject is placed remains exactly the same in each photo. You will photograph your model in different places within the same scene.

Then upload you photos to your editing programme.
 Drag one photo on top of the other-you will see the two photos open in the layers palette (right hand column):
In the layers palette click on the opacity tab. You will see an opacity slider-pull the slider to the left reduce the opacity of the top photo. You will notice the subject in both photos start to become transparent. Adjust the slider to the transparency you like. Mine was set at about 50%.

Your two photos should be perfectly aligned, but just to make sure zoom in to check. As you can see these photos are slightly misaligned. If you have that problem you need to find the move tool, (Left had tool bar)click and pull the top photo into alignment.
You then need to flatten the two images: Layer> Flatten.
I decided to convert my resulting photo to black and white.

And then I cropped it to tighten up the composition. So there it is-a ghost photo to use in your scrapping, or mexed media projects!!

 With many thanks to my model, Louise!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

LifeBook 11 and 12

So anyway here are weeks 11 and 12 from Lifebook. I'm still keeping up with that each week, as well as the Documented Life Project which I joined late, in June, and of course still scrapping!
This is my week 11 lesson:
 And here is week 12. This was a class by Finnabair, and as you can see is heavily embellished, gessoed, painted and sprayed! good fun stuff!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Lifebook #8 #10


I really am going to catch up on blogging my Lifebook 2014 pages.

Week # 8 was an intuitive painting lesson by Alena Hennessy.  
I love this type of painting-just go with the flow and see what emerges-and this is what did:Week #8

Week #9 was an interview with Claudine Helmuth. there was no lesson as such, which gave people a chance to catch up if they were getting behind.

Week #10 was a lesson by Tamara Laporte involving painting over collage. Here is my effort:
Week 10

I am really going to try harder to update this blog regularly with all my various creations!!