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.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sketches from the Past

I picked this leaf up when I was out walking in the Autumn and took it home with the intention of sketching it there and then.  Of course I didn't and the leaf shrivelled up but not before I took a photo.
Now I much prefer painting or sketching still life from the real thing but sometimes that's not possible.  I'm quite pleased overall with this but as you can see the shadow on the left is not correct.  The leaf was actually turned up on that side so it was not touching the table, hence the shadow underneath which looks like another section of leaf.
The shadow needed to be darker but that's what more practice helps to improve.  
If you ignore the dodgy shadow, it's not too bad.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A Posy of Carnations

Today I'm sharing a fairly quick little watercolour I did some time ago now.  I plucked these two carnations from the vase and decided to paint them without any drawing and using only the brush shape to give me the form.
I have to say at the time I wasn't sure about the outcome but now I'm quite pleased with the result.  I know the top of the stems are a little too long but I think they're recognisable.
It's quite liberating not to draw or mark any shapes first and it's a method I want to try more often.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sketch Pad

Here's a quick sketch (took about 20 minutes) of my husband's guitar case.  Getting the proportions and angles correct takes a lot of practice and I really need to do some drawing every day.  The problem is I don't always have the time or the inspiration for sketching.  I'm afraid I'm not one of those people who can just sketch anything;  I need to find the subject interesting.

Clearly there are a lot of perspective errors (not least the left-hand corner) but I'm getting there and it's good to look back on a drawing at a later date when you can really spot the areas for improvement.  However, I'm also seeing a lot of positives in this piece.
I'm off to pack a small sketch book and pencil in my handbag just in case.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Art Journal Journey

This month's theme at ART JOURNAL JOURNEY  is Fifty Shades of Red which made me think of Valentines' Day and hearts (I'm so predictable) so that's the theme I went with.
I got started with some watercolour paint in Permanent Rose and Alizarin Crimson and after wetting the page, allowed the paint to drip and run.  I dabbed more paint here and there to intensify the colour and flicked some across the page.   When this was dry I used a Tim Holtz faded dots stencil and StazOn red ink to add some texture. 
 Next, using a strong mix of each of the watercolour reds and a stencil,  I painted the solid hearts, then I used Distress Ink in Festive Berries and Fired Brick to stamp 'Love', using a Tim Holtz Stuff to Say stamp before finally writing 'Love' using a felt pen.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Silver Art

Here are the last cards for the UKATC January swap on the second theme of silver.  As usual I made 3 cards but one of them wouldn't scan or photograph well enough to post.
I chose black card for all the ATCs in this theme as it's a combination I like and for this one I used an Imagination Crafts stencil and silver texture paste.  It's actually a Christmas bauble but turned upside down it reminds me of an ornate topiary tree.

I threaded some fine white ribbon through the centre and wound it round the card before finishing with the bow.

For the next card I brushed the silver texture paste over the card with a wet wipe before pressing a die cut butterfly onto the surface.  When removed this lifted some of the texture paste off , creating the impression of the butterfly almost as a shadow.
The words were stamped and heat embossed using Tim Holtz, Stuff to Say stamps and silver  embossing powder.