11 May – 21 June 2015

Art Journal, Faces, Mixed Media, video

Ok, this was a major issue with my computer, so i stopped all activities on my social media, except Instagram. Since last week everything is back to normal. I have got a new hard drive and I have managed to save all my photos an videos, so it’s all nice again.

I guess I cannot possibly post all the work I have done during this period, so let’s just start with the latest.

I have made a new art journal:

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Here it is, on top of my old one. I have to say that this is so far the most successful binding I did 🙂 I am really rather proud of myself. I already started using it, however I am not posting anything from it yet. What I am going to show here is the front cover which I made over the weekend:

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I so much like all the contrast of that page. Black and white are striking and all the bright colors are even brighter. I did hesitate a bit with the cover, because I did not have a good idea what to do, but then we got this lesson on Lifebook 2015 about how to make stencils, or better to say masks. I did my own stencils before, and I was planning to do some masks too, so this lesson came at the right time.

This is the piece I did for Lifebook 2015 for the lesson about stencils:

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I enjoyed that one and I think there is long time ahead filled with cutting and masking and adding black and white doodles 🙂

The next piece is another lesson from Lifebook 2015 – Male Angel. Mine does not look too much like an angel. I was supposed to give it a wing, but it seems to me that I am not very much an angel person, and the idea of a male angel is even less appealing, so no wings for him. I like him anyway.

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And finally, I have uploaded the video I prepared long ago, but it stayed imprisoned on my corrupted external drive. Here it is:

Week 13-19 April 2015

Art Journal, Faces, Mixed Media

Spring is definitely here. It was such a nice warm weather this week. I did some gardening: planted some flowers and cleaned grass around my vegetable patch. I prepared wood bark to make the paths around, which I will do next week. I did a bit of art too 🙂 Here is a girl I coloured with color pencils, the first one is work in progress and the second one finished. It took a lot of time, even though the drawing is small. Blending color pencils is not easy, but the result is quite rewarding. I read about it in Jane Davenport’s book. You are supposed to lightly shade the face with colors you want and then to press hard over them with white or some other neutral color and they blend like magic 🙂 The background I did with the stamp which I carved recently and then some gesso and acrylic. I think it looks quite cool…

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I think I got a bit tired of faces so I turned to my art journal and decided to do something simple. At the same time I wanted to try Twinkling H2Os which I bought in the UK the week before. I have to say that I am not very please with them. The colors are nice, but you need to use a lot to reach nice coverage, which means there is not much pigment inside. Probably I will not buy more of them and will stick to the cosmic shimmer, which are so superior. Anyway, here are the two pages I did in my journal. They are both made with the same stamp that I carved last week too.

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Week 6-12 April 2015

Faces, Mixed Media

Oh time is flying! It’s already April and I am sitting only in a t-shirt. YAY! Finally, it’s warm. My lettuce and cabbages are getting eaten by slugs, which is not so yay, but more of a sigh… I was in Cambridge last week and visited two art & craft stores and got me some supplies :). This means I did not have to pay the shipping which saved me some 5-15ÂŁ or maybe more, who knows. My obsession with faces continues. I’ve resorted to charcoal and pencil while I was travelling. Here are two face done in Cambridge:

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For this one the light was really terrible in my hotel room. I was drawing in bed and in the evening, while watching tv at the same time, so she turned out a little dark for my taste…

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This one I did the last day before travelling back. She is less dark, but maybe needed a bit more work. Ah, well,… I really like her hairdo 🙂

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This was done yesterday, with charcoal and soft pastel. I rather like the sketchy look.

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This is something else I did yesterday. I used my new stencil for butterfly and modelling paste and coloured it with twinkling H2Os (my catch from the UK). Used also some NeocolorIIs on the background. Really just an experiment to try the stencil and the watercolors.

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And finally this lady, also done yesterday. I tried to make her smile, but she just kept puckering on me… LOL! I suppose those lips need to me thinner to smile…

Oh yes, my Beautiful Faces came on Friday. I am excitedly reading it and slowly trying some new techniques… Oh, happy…