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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for May 2014

Jennie Boxall: The Artistic Stamper

The Artistic Stamper

Jennie Boxall The Artistic Stamper

I discovered her work thanks to UK Stampers forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found The Artistic Stamper aka Jennie Boxall, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are:

Jennie B: I am Jennie Boxall; Formerly a jeweller, now a rubber stamp manufacturer, and altered artist.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

Jennie B: Kent, UK England.

What you do:

Jennie B: Mainly I spend my days running a rubberstamp business, doing the paperwork, answering emails, and making stamps, but on the odd occasion that is my time, I create artwork for myself and for teaching on workshops.

Jennie Boxall's Book Cover

Jennie Boxall’s Book Cover

What got you started in your creative journey?

Jennie B: I have always done some kind of craft since I was little girl, so if it can be altered into something else, I will do it: paper, fabric, wool, metal, wood.

What inspires you:

Jennie B: The things around me inspire me, but I do collect lots of “stuff” from paper to boxes to mother of pearl counters, oh and I love bowls!! so my inspiration comes from those things around me, as well as magazines and books, and of course all those wonderfully creative artists in the paper world!

Jennie Boxall's 3 Canvases

Jennie Boxall’s 3 Canvases

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Jennie B: Travel to all those places I have never been to! with my sketchbook and camera, of course!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Jennie B: I love the fact that I get to see such wonderful work created, especially in my workshops. Everyday is different, and I have never been bored in the 21 years I have been in the business.

Links

To find out more about Jennie and her work, please visit her blog and website, details below.

Thanks to Jenny for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2014.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Here we go with another Stash Dive Challenge, our toys tools of choice for May are; Paint, Gelli Plate, Stencils, acrylic paint, pens & pencils. Go forage, hunt out your favourite materials and lets get messy. Plus free online workshop series.

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

Mixed Media May; Stash Dive

This month I challenged myself to try new colours for my palette, baby pink, lemon and Pale umber, Powder blue and also orange! Pastels are so off topic for me so it was time to give them a try. I’ll share my results with you later on. How about trying a new medium, there are so many interesting options out there, add some dimension to your projects with texture paste, layer things up with some gel medium which is not just a glue but can be mixed with paint for a glaze or as a resist to certain areas of your work too.

I hope you will join me for this challenge and try some different colours in your palettes too, would love to see what you come up with.

Links

Adventures in Acrylics Online Workshop

Need some inspiration, check out my mixed media workshop series I posted a couple of years ago.

Lets make something in May, if your mojo has been flagging lately, grab an old paperback and get messy with the paints on the pages, its a great way to kick start your imagination. Rip tear and punch out the results for some great motifs and backgrounds for your mixed media projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Bookmarks for Filofaxes

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some bookmarks I created to quickly get to the pages of interest in my Filofax.

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design

Page/Chapter markers for your filo fax. Hand drawn design.

Items used

  • Zig Art & Graphic Markers.
  • 160 GSM cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pens

When you are designing bookmarks, it is important to be aware of how permanent or not your ink is. Lovely though they are, these Zig Art & Graphic markers are water based and will reactivate if they come in contact with moisture. For that reason I’ve only used them in the lower sections of the bookmark, not the areas you would ‘grab’ so the ink doesn’t spoil on your hands or book. TBH they are fine for this Filofax as the pages they are in contact with are replaceable but if you are making these for reading style books then make sure you use an ink that will not reactivate.

Pitt Artist Pens are waterproof once dry so they are perfect for this project and for using on the tabs, where they will get most use and handling.

Let me know in the comments if you would like to see a tutorial for making your own markers for your Filofax and I’ll get one written up for you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Today I”d like to share a bird themed doodle I drew, inspired by Flora Chang’s designs.

Bird doodle page, inspired by Flora Chang

Bird doodle page, inspired by Flora Chang

Items used

  • Daler Rowney Basic A6 Sketchbook
  • Faber-Castell Pit Artist Pen
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

First I drew a few birds, then I wrote the word. Gave me the idea that looking up a word and doodling from that or the thoughts/ideas that you associate with that word might be fun ;)

What inspires you to draw & doodle?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Faber-Castell/ Polychromos
  • Item number: FC110012
  • RRP at time of writing: £20.75 for set of 12

Reason For Buying

The one’s in the picture were a gift from my friend but I have since bought the larger 36 pencil set. I wanted to use these for looser drawings like doodles and perhaps some colouring images

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable diameter in the hand
  • Smooth feel of colour, feels a bit like a wax crayon as colour goes down

Cons

  • High wax content means they can be tricky to blend
  • Results vary considerably from surface to surface

Build Quality

Faber-castell have always been excellent quality and these pencils are no exception. The tins are well designed and hold closed well, yet are still easy to open.

Value for Money

Good, these pencils aren’t cheap but they are pigment rich and fine art quality so worth the investment

Would I buy it Again?

After getting used to the 12 set, I went for the 36 set to increase the choice of colours. I am considering adding a few individual pencils for certain colours but I’m not looking to invest in the 72 set.

Summing up

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils; open tin of 12

Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

These pencils are an acquired taste, they are smooth like crayons, but the high wax content have made them tricky to get used to. If you are interested in them but not sure weather they will be for you, I’d highly recommend buying few individual pencils and try them on the surfaces you most use to see if they work well for you.

Have a look around the web, there are a lot of talented artists that achieve fantastic results with these pencils so I feel it is my lack of skill rather than any fault of the product that I found them a bit of a struggle to use. My dexterity let me down with these as I think the trick to them is layering and burnishing, which I couldn’t manage.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another marbled project. This tag was made from Centrua Pearl Card and marbled with the Marbling 4 Fun kit that I’ve been using all month.

Pearlised Marbled tag.

Pearlised Marbled tag.

The paint dried perfectly on the pearl cardstock and the pearl adds a nice reflective sheen the background of the paint. I can see this kit being used a lot more over the coming months. If I can stay off the Gelli plate long enough that is!

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Just wanted to share a quick picture of my latest marbled paper project. It was one of those times where I liked the pattern too much to want to stamp or further embellish the cardstock, so I trimmed the top and punched a hole to create a bookmark. Great for gifts. I can see me making more of these bookmarks for birthday or Christmas gifts. Ideal if you want to post a small gift to someone without too much bulk in the envelope.

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

This was created using the Marbling 4 Fun marbling kit and pearl cardstock about 250 gsm. I was worried that the pearlised coating would prevent the paint drying but this wasn’t a problem and I like the results, what do you think.

Links

  • Check out the Art supplies tab for details on where to purchase this kit.
  • My review of this kit can be found on the Art Review Tab.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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