Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pencil Sketch of Tree Bark

I'm sharing a sketch with you today which I did from a photo. 
I spotted these trees as I was walking round my local Loch last week.  It was a bright day and I was able to get a few good shots of the bark which I thought would be nice to sketch and perhaps even paint as a study.
I used graphite pencils in HB, 2B, 4B and 8B and a soft putty rubber to add some highlights and it took about 40 minutes.  The perfect way to unwind at the end of the day - being creative.
Thanks for stopping by and ...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Flowers Galore ATCs

Here are the three flower themed cards for this month's swap at UKATC.  We've got a couple of different swaps on at the moment so I'll be posting something different soon.
First up tulips.  I painted these in watercolour over the background card which I created with corrugated card and teal chalk paint.  I love the way the flower heads allow the background to show through and was so pleased with the result I think I'll attempt a larger piece for framing. 
The next card used a lovely stamp sentiment and a sunny combination of colours.  The white background is stamped with a swirl stamp in DI Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed before being layered with patterned paper to echo the daisies.
Lastly I used a pre-made tag adhered to a piece of printed acetate. The acetate originally came from a garment tag but was too pretty to throw away.  I don't often use bought tags but I was running out of time to send these off and other projects and work were needing my attention.
I seem to have taken on quite a lot recently and it's beginning to catch up with me but hopefully I can post in the next couple of days with a little plaque made for a swap. 
In the meantime ...

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Spring is in the Air at UKATC

The second theme for March at UKATC was Spring,  so I went for spring colours and flowers for the first card.  The image is from Crafty Individuals', painted with watercolour which gives a nice effect. 

For both these ATCs I used Saunders Waterford watercolour paper and Winsor & Newton Artist Watercolours and painted the backgrounds with pale washes of Cerulean Blue and Aureolin to create a summer sky.  
Yes I know dandelion seeds will be later in the summer but the stamps from Inkylicious are lovely to use and I'm sure my swap partner will forgive me.  The images were stamped using StazOn black ink
No stamping on the last card, just a little scene which represents the beautiful countryside where I live as it wakes up after the Winter. Again this is painted using watercolours.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Around the World in My Dreams

The theme for this month chosen by Hazel at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY is Magical Mystery Tour.  Inspired by The Beatles' song, where would your journey take you and how would you get there?
I love travelling to different countries as well as different parts of the UK where I live so a trip round the world would be my dream:  No rush, no constraints; money or time!!.  Oh yes, very much wishful thinking here.  And as far as the transport goes, well I loved the hot air balloon ride we did some years ago so I chose that and here's the result.
I began by using the edge of a piece of corrugated packing dipped in PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in Amethyst to drag the lines across and down the page.  Next I added a torn  piece of patterned paper with an oriental design to match the colour. 

  The word 'Dream' was added using white texture paste through a stencil.  When it was dry I swiped Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve across the top of the letters with dry foam.
The wording and map of the world were printed.  The balloon is from a Flonzcraft set, stamped using DI Black Soot.  
I finished the page by lightly stamping the names of some capital cities and iconic images such as the Eiffel Tower and Leaning Tower of Pisa so they would almost fade into the  background. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Everything's Coming up Spots and Dots

Today I'm sharing the ATCs for the March theme of Spots and Dots and for the first one I sprayed the white card with Cosmic Shimmer Maple Sugar then dropped dots of ink to create the background.  The tree branch was formed free-hand using white texture paste which I painted with brown watercolour paint and the lovely image is one received in a swap.
The next two cards feature die cuts using the Cricut cartridge Cindy Loo. 
The daffodil is cut from gold mirror card, mounted onto a piece of yellow dotty card.  This was matted onto white card which I dry embossed using the Cuttlebug swiss dots folder, rubbing the surface lightly with Distress Ink in Mustard Seed to bring out the raised dots.
For the last one, I dropped DI Victorian Velvet and Vintage Photo ink onto an offcut of white photo quality card and let the colours mix, which produces a smoother blend of colour. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

The Background Story

Today I'm sharing the 6 background ATCs made for the March UKATC swap.  This is additional to the partner and themed swaps and is a nice opportunity to be creative without having to think of the finished card.
For the top card I used Crafty Individuals' script stamp and Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.  The edges were then inked with DI Seedless Preserve.  This makes a nice background, perfect for vintage style finishes.
The middle card was cut from a larger background piece I created a while ago.  I used Daler Rowney watercolour paper and the side of a large squirrel mop watercolour brush, dipped into two different colours of paint.  I pushed the side of the brush onto the paper to create the fish, almost as a print. 
 As an artist it's always a great exercise to 'play' with brushes to see what sort of marks can be made by holding them at different angles to the paper.
The bottom card was white, sprayed and splattered with Glimmer Mist Sugar Maple before inking the edges with DI Vintage Photo.  Another versatile background suitable for any theme of card.
For the next one I started by letting yellow and orange watercolour mix together on white card.  Then using DI Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick I used a variety of stamps to create a riot of flowers, over-stamping some to give depth
For the middle card I used a music score stamp and DI Pumice Stone to create a faded background, before stamping the Eiffel Tower with DI Black Soot.  The image was stamped twice to give a faded look.
For the last card I used the music score stamp again in DI Seedless Preserve, stamped over a background sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist, Antique Rose.  I then inked the edges with DI Dusty Concord.
I hope my swap partner finds these useful and I look forward to possibly getting one or two back at some future date as a finished ATC.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Artist Trading Cards

Here we are today with the March partner ATCs for the UKATC swap group on YAHOO.
First up is this lovely butterfly image from Crafty Individuals, stamped using Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.  

Another Crafty Individuals' stamp using DI Black Soot.  The background uses part of the large stamp then the individual corsets have been cut out and matted onto a die cut frame from Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge.

Finally an ATC featuring an image from the Lily Elsie photo-ready stamp set from Oxford Impressions.  I stamped the image onto paper first so that this impression would be slightly grainy. 

I used silver texture paste and made a free-hand frame around the image and matted this onto plain card wiped with DI Victorian Velvet and some of the silver paste.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Out and About

I'm sharing my page for this month's theme of 'Out and About' at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY  today, which reflects how I enjoy going out with my sketchbook and paints.  However, I don't take the opportunity to do this as often as I'd like so maybe now I'll make more time.

I started by using a piece of corrugated card  to create lines across the page with chalk paint in teal and antique white.  Then I stencilled the word 'Love' using white texture paste.

When this was dry I used Tim Holtz Circus Alphabet and Distress Ink Black Soot to stamp 'To Paint'.  The rest of the text was painted free-hand using chalk paint. When everything was dry I painted some of the text with watercolour paint.
The focal image was a little note sent with one of my ATC swaps (thanks to Janice for that), stamped using a free magazine stamp and DI Black Soot.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Hearts and Craft

Today I'm sharing the ATC cards made for the February theme of Hearts at UKATC

The first card used a piece from a Tim Holtz 12 x 12 card pack with the hearts punched from a mini punch to give the look of a playing card. The wooden hearts were sprayed with gold before adding splodges of bronze glitter glue.

For this background I used the side of the VersaMark watermark ink pad and Blonde Moments Midnight Blue heat embossing powder to create the stripes. 
The hearts are die cut from thick card using Cricut Cartridge Indie Art. The swirl pattern on the bottom heart was stamped and heat emboss in the same blue.  I used blue glitter glue to make the grid patter on the top heart which was added using 3D foam pads to height.

For the last card I stamped the Crafty Individuals' image using Distress Ink Broken China onto white card.  The hearts on the right are stencilled using silver texture paste.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Red and White Everything

Here's the first of two posts showcasing the February themed swaps of artist trading cards at UKATC and I'm starting with the Red and White theme.
The first card features a die cut using Crafty Individuals' sweet little bird cage die, matted onto plain and spotty paper, with a few dots of Sparkles glitter glue.

For the second card I used Distress Ink in Fired Brick and two Crafty Individuals' rubber stamps: crackle stamp and a script stamp. The butterfly is cut from textured card stamped with the crackle background, using Cricut cartridge Indie Art.  The butterfly is randomly brushed with ink and because the card is textured it gives a nice grungy look.

The last card uses the negative space left from the above die cut, with flower corners punched from a mini die cut.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Quick Watercolour Pear

This is a quick practice piece using the wet-in-wet technique of allowing the colour to mix on the paper, creating colour and form.  This is a much looser style of painting and one which I want to move towards.  As a 'fiddler' (one who fiddles with her painting!!) it would stop me from overworking a piece and ruining it - I hope.  It is a style I enjoy very much so it seems the way forward for me. 
The exercise is part of Mark Geeson's course 'Wet-in-Wet Techniques' at ART TUTOR and painted  in my sketchbook using tubes of paint in French Ultramarine, Aureolin, Hookers Green and Burnt Umber with a number 12 round and a Rigger brush.