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.