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Today I’d like to share another doodle I have drawn.

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

This one was created after watching a Shoo Rayner tutorial on You Tube. I used Faber-Castell Pitt pens for the outline and their Polychromos pencils for the colouring.

Links

If you are new to the world of doodling and want to learn how to draw a paisley shape check out Shoo Rayners tutorial and channel on You Tube.

Really enjoying doodling, just turn of your brain and let the line go for a walk. I leave the design uncoloured and go back to it another day when I don’t have inspiration to draw but want to colour in. A win win really :)

Do give doodling a try, you only need a little notebook and any pen you have to hand,  great for waiting rooms or long commutes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Thank goodness for the awesome light DH bought in the Amazon sale, the natural light is far too low to photograph without it.

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Today I’d like to share a doodle page I created over the holidays.

Paisley Doodle Page

Paisley Doodle Page

I was playing with the teardrop shape of the paisley and noticed that it reminded me of the shape of a bird. The materials I used were;

  • Daler Rowney Sketch book
  • Pens: Stablio; Point 88 (0.4 mm),  Staedtler; Triplus colour 1.0mm
  • Pencils: Faber-Castell; Polychromos (set of 12)

The Triplus pens were very comfortable in the hand as they are triangle section. I struggled a bit with the Polychromos as I’ve found in the past you need to press quite firmly to get good coverage, which my stiff hands didn’t like at all. This time on the DR paper they went on with very little pressure and felt quite velvety smooth. They tempted me into splurging in a set of 36 in Amazon sale.

Links

Have a nosey round You Tube there are lots of doodling tutorials. I just used a teardrop sort of shape with a bit of a curve for my paisley shape.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Regular readers will know that I don’t go in for New Years resolutions but instead for goals, things I’d like to try in the New Year. Stuff that will make me happy, rather than resolutions that always seem more about giving yourself a hard time.

So here we go, in 2014 I’d like to try the following

Dressmaking

Well making my own clothes. I’d like to make trousers that fit me as I can’t find them in shops, so if I make my own then I can get the fit I’m after, in fabrics I like. It would also be nice to try to make a few skirts as I seem to have reached the age/shape that can’t get away with wearing shorts anymore :( Bit of a dilemma, as I don’t have the feet that go with skirts but that is a whole different story.

This goal has started well, as I was very lucky to bag a dressmakers dummy on Ebay before Christmas so fingers crossed, that will help me sort out a fit for my clothes. I’ve also been collecting dressmaking books and later on last year discovered Threads DVDs, which are wonderful. Craftsy is superb but our internet connection isn’t strong enough to stream the video, so the DVDs from Threads and from Palmer/Pletsch have covered shirts, trousers and now upper body fitting too. Being a visual learner they have been fantastic.

Bring back Art

Doodling

On the art front, because I haven’t turned my back on that, just that my hands let me down last year, I’m having a go at doodling. Years ago I used to doodle quite a lot, but after seeing Zen doodling and Zen Tangle its renewed my interest. I’d like to find out a bit more about Tangling but it makes my eyes go funny, they remind me of optical illusions. That said, doodling shapes and patterns appeals and I fancy giving it a go. It seems to be a nice peaceful way of letting your mind wander and helps you relax. I still couldn’t quite get to grips with art journalling, either because I put too much pressure on myself, in the quest for the ‘perfect page’ or ended up with pieces I didn’t want to share online as they were too personal. So doodling it is, here’s to chilling out with art supplies. :) :) :)

Gelli Arts

The most burning ambition I have on the art front, is to try a Gelli plate. Other things kept coming up and taking the budget and I never quite got round to getting one last year. I had it in my head that I ‘needed’ the 8 x 10″ one, so I could make book covers and that the 6x 6″ plate would be too small. The price of the 8 x10″ one put me off, so round and round I went. I haven’t resolved those issues so when budget allows I hope to get a 6 x 6″ one and give it a go. In all honesty, I haven’t really the space to store a larger one anyway but it would have been nice to have more space on the plate to play on. There I go again DOH!!! Better a small space to Gelli rather than no Gelli at all.

In the meantime, until the light and my dexterity improves, I have my Christmas books n DVDs to read/watch so that will keep me busy. How about you, do you have creative goals for 2014? Do let me know what you would love to create in 2014.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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They often say that art imitates life don’t they? Well unintentionally the exact thing happened when I painted this.

Art Journal Page; Hope

Art Journal Page; Hope

PIC

It started out as a play with texture paste, and my favorite colours of blues and paynes grey which is a lovely grey with blue tones in it. I added layers of paste, and colours and the finished piece was definitely an experimental journey rather than a planned trip! The last 4 years have been tough and this year I’ve been feeling pretty low thanks to having a lot of pain and little use of my hands to take my mind off things. This piece was  one of the early pieces I created, when I finally had enough use of my hands for my first afternoon in the studio this year.

I liked the look the texture pasted gave and just added some quinacridone Nickel azo gold to highlight it. With the ‘layer love’ style of layers of paint and drips, the finished piece reminded me of a phrase, ‘The light at the end of the tunnel.’ I’ve put a second picture in as its so hard to get the real colours of the piece to show in photographs.

Art Journal Page; Hope

Art Journal Page; Hope

Who knows how much use of my hands I’ll get back, will I ever be pain free? Its not looking likely any time soon but when the going gets tough I can look at this piece and remind myself that there are better days too, sometimes I get to play, if only for a short time.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Seth Apter’s Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques, DVD.

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Product Details

  • Title: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques by Seth Apter
  • Manufacturer/Brand; North Light DVD
  • Item number: ISBN 13: 978-1-4403-2421-5 of ISBN 10: 1-4403-2421-2
  • RRP at time of writing: $24.99

Reason For Buying

Having read Seth’s blog; ‘The Altered Page’ for several years now, I already liked his style of art. A trip to America to take a class with him is beyond my budget so when I heard he had DVD’s out, I jumped at the chance when I saw one of them on Amazon. Please note if you are in Europe that this DVD is in NTSC format not the European standard PAL.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • The DVD is like taking a one to one class with Seth and ideal if you can’t get to America
  • 71 minutes run time
  • Excellent menu system if you wish to go back to a particular technique easily
  • Very watchable all the way through but you can watch individual sections if you want to review a specific technique
  • Ideal if you are new to mixed media, the techniques show are very achievable with only a few materials and products
  • Add dimension with the simplest of tools that you are likely to have around the home

Cons

Personally I haven’t got any, I saw some reviews on Amazon saying it was a bit basic but the clue is in the title ‘Easy Mixed Media’.  This is a great DVD for picking up new ideas and ideal for newbies too.

Build Quality

Excellent, easy to navigate to individual sections if you wish too and very watchable beginning to end.

Value for Money

Excellent, like taking a one to one workshop with Seth.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I love Seth’s artistic style and his tutorial style is encouraging, empowering and reassuring, which is great for those who would like to create more but are bewildered by the wealth of mixed media materials out there.

Summing up

Love this DVD, I learnt a lot of new techniques, and had lots of ideas for adapting them to  my own style rather than the sort of tutorial where you can only create the project as shown. This to me is the mark of a good tutor. Nice job Seth, and since streaming video seems to be beyond my current internet connection this DVD was ideal for me.

If you are in Europe, bear in mind this DVD is in NTSC format not PAL, that European countries use. The DVD is a region 0 disc though, so you need to check what your own DVD player will handle.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another mixed media project with you. This is one of those happy accident turned favorite pieces. Lots of texture and layers went into this piece.

Mixed Media art: 'Autumn Days'

Mixed Media art: ‘Autumn Days’

After a layer of gesso had dried I used thick acrylic paint to add more texture. Layered over that are two shades of brown applied with the brayer. Love the texturing the brayer creates, it’s a speedball brayer of the soft rubber, smell like school plimsolls but works oh so well.

The white is gesso or texture paste, both were around and not sure  which I used now as you can probably guess that was added using bubble wrap. Great texture from the plastic in the bubbles :)

This is another one that I like too much to add more too right now. It has joined others in the pile which may later be used as a base for further development with text or images but I’m enjoying it as it is right now.

Have you tried brayer meets acrylic paint yet? I highly recommend it, lots of messy fun play.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you ever start a creative experiment, just trowing things on the page to see what happens? Then find a result you like so much you just have to stop as you like it too much to add more? Here is the piece where that happened to me. This piece reminds me of a documentary I saw where they showed a diver swimming though kelp, lots of long strands of kelp with the sunlight twinkling though the half-light beneath the water.

Mixed Media art: 'Under the sea'

Mixed Media art: ‘Under the sea’

I had applied gesso to  the base board, then applied heavy body acrylic thickly with a sponge, then I heated it. (Best done in a well ventilated room as O. M days did it whiff!) The result looked a bit like crackled wood. Loving it too much to continue I left it aside for a few weeks. I do this as I frequently seem to make things I love too much to cover. I do this too with stuff I think doesn’t work as with a few weeks wait, you come back to a project with new eyes.

So I came back to the crackly paint, and applied a layer of green paint with the brayer (my new but now covered with acrylic paint so it gives good textures brayer).  This gave an even better look, once dry I have added more layers of washes and sponged on more texture.

This piece is likely to evolve further in the future so it will get perhaps text or imagery, but for right now, I love it just as it is.

How about you, what do you do if you get a piece you don’t like? Do you hide it in a box for a while and come back to it later? Maybe you gesso over it and hide all the evidence it ever existed? Do you feel the need to add lettering, images to every piece or are you happy to have a beautiful piece that you may once have thought of as a background, a place to start but now love just for its own right? Would love to hear your thoughts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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