Thursday, 29 September 2016

Artist Trading Cards

This is a scheduled post for the September ATC partner swap at UKATC
First off I chose a travel theme, using a piece cut from an old atlas and on the left you just see the white texture paste added with Tim Holtz clock stencil.
The globe is stuck on with 3D foam pads to give dimension.  The Eiffel Tower is stamped using Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap onto card stamped with Crafty Individuals' script stamp and DI Pumice Stone.

Next I used watercolour to paint the sunset background, then stamped the Inkylicious dandelions in DI Black Soot. The sentiment is from the same stamp.
Finally I decided to use some of the odd letters I have left from different alphabet sets.  The background is cut from an old dictionary page and whilst I didn't have a clear plan for this card, I like the way it turned out.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

This Year's Road Trip

I haven't disappeared for good, just been busy at work and then on holiday.  We've been back a week but I'm still trying to get into the old routines and failing, so I opted to scrap our first destination.
We spent a few days in Las Vegas as I've never been and I have to say the first day I didn't like it at all but it grew on me and I would definitely go back for a few days if ever in that part of America again.
So here's the first scrapbook layout dedicated to our time in Las Vegas and to represent that false, glitzy, in-your-face city I wanted a busy, bright and full-on layout. 
We went on the Big Red Bus Tour of the city which included a really helpful map so I've used a section of that as the background and some of the labelled pictures to add to my own photos.
The wooden lettering was sprayed with Krylon paint and dotted with Stickles to add a bit more glitz and the little bag stapled to the top contains a souvenir betting chip.


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Quick Sketch of a Twig

Another scheduled post today as I'm busy with work at the moment.  This time a twig which I picked up whilst walking round the loch. 
It's drawn in charcoal again, using the paper stump to blend the tones and I also experimented more with heavy and light pressure to give the twig some shape.

It's a little fatter than the real thing but overall I've captured the shape and I found that it was relatively easy to describe some of the finer detail around the two tiny branches. I used a kneadable rubber to 'remove' the highlights along the twig.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

A Sketch a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Maybe not the doctor but it certainly improves the drawing skills.  This is a scheduled post in which I'm sharing a sketch today that I did of my hand, using charcoal pencil and a paper stump. 
I hadn't used charcoal since my primary school days and had horrid memories of the mess; all over the paper, my arms, face and even legs - don't ask!.  These days you can buy it in pencil form so much less messy to hold and a paper stump is a great substitute for your finger to blend with.  It's basically a pencil made of a paper block - I think.  Anyway, here's the sketch. 

The proportions and angles were not measured exactly, hence the width of the thumb, because it was the process of using charcoal I was most interested in.  However, it turned out quite well and I can say that I really enjoyed using this medium.  So much so that I've done another couple of sketches with charcoal which I'll share later.