Friday, 24 May 2013

A Little Bit of Fun

...mermaid related of course.
I'm really enjoying text as texture at the moment. Just starting writing on a page and filling up all the available space with my stream of consciousness thoughts. I make some close together loose lines with a pencil then use those lines to guide me. Writing really small, printing rather than cursive, I make all the letters the same size as the space between the lines. I like the effect.

What do you write in your art journal?

Friday, 17 May 2013

Treasure and the Dark

Learning. Being reminded. And pushed to try new things. That's the wonderful effect of being a part of Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore's Mermaid Circus.

We're on week 6 (with 2 weeks left after this) and I have been so inspired because we've had the opportunity to go through about an hour of video showing Teesha flicking through 15 years of her art journals. I've listened to her talk about her style and how it evolved and I just feel incredibly lucky.

It's not too late to join if you want to. Use the link on my sidebar. The lessons and inspiration are all available until the end of August and the facebook page (where we post our work and see other people's amazing pieces) is open forever.  If you're a fan of Jane or Teesha, or if you want to learn to collage better, or draw, or just trust your intuition more, it's money well spent.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

More Circus than Mermaid

I'm at the half way point of the Mermaid Circus online course and have finally started channelling the Circus part as much as the mermaids. This week I've made another hand made journal (using a kettle stitch & a wide variety of papers) and painted the cover. An accident involving water on Tombow markers has made my clown with attitude's make up run but also set the tone for the contents. I've always thought of the circus life as hiding something...
This is some Teesha Moore inspired collage with a bit of dark story too. I still don't think I've quite got her way with the cut outs but I do think using my gelli plate papers for the borders added a lot to this piece and it's something I'll be doing again.

Have I mentioned how much I love neon at the moment? My life was so DULL without it. :-)

Hope you've been shining your art light bright this week.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Upturned Faces

If you read my blog regularly you'll know I really like drawing faces from my imagination. This week is no exception, not least because I've been learning a new pose on the Mermaid's Circus course.

This was my second attempt at the upturned face and uses coloured pencil for the face and the negative print from a Crafters Workshop stencil as the background.

My first attempt didn't go well but had a lightbulb moment when I realised it was because I was trying something new AND using art supplies I wasn't comfortable with. As soon as I switched to my favourites (Prismacolors) I found the whole process much easier and enjoyable.
And here's another upturned face which is more in what I'm starting to think of as 'my style'. I really like how much depth there is on this little moon fish and the patterns created in the background make me smile. Without meaning to I made shells and other beachy stuff. My poor little moon fish is washed up on a beach waiting for a wave to come and take him back to the ocean.

I hope you found time to try something new this week. I'd love to hear what it was and what you learned.