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  • Doodle Flowers

    Yesterday I got talked into trying out a new app on my iPad called Bamboo Paper. It’s a notebook that you can paint and scribble in.

    Flower Doodle

    The first thing I wanted to know after I’d played around with the different tools and produced a few doodles was – “Can I export the images?” So I tried… and it let me email myself a .png file copy of the page I’d been working on. From there it was a simple matter of playing digital games to come up with today’s image. I can see I’m going to have fun with this!

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    By on Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, Digital Art - Comments Off on Doodle Flowers

    Winter Flowers

    After yesterday’s disaster I thought I’d keep things nice and simple today. I felt like playing with bright colours so I got my Inktense pencils out.

    Autumn Flowers

    I created the flowers and the background using the Inktense pencils, then added some foliage using digital brushes after scanning it into the computer. I love the way the Inktense colours glow!

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    By on Monday November 19th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings - 8 Replies - Leave a Reply

    Purple Haze!

    Today’s piece underwent radical transformation in it’s early stages. The first layer was a complete disaster – but it did add some texture to the piece.

    It all started when I emptied my pencil sharpener and discovered amongst the wood shavings remnants of lots of beautiful colours of water soluble pencil lead. I had the bright idea that if I tipped them onto the page and added water, I would get a lovely rainbow effect. It didn’t work – what I actually got was a dirty brown/grey sludge! So much for bright ideas!

    Purple Haze!

    To cover up the mess, I added a thick and lumpy layer of gloss gel medium, then started adding layers of acrylic paint. The first paint layer was just added with a brush. Next I added some lines and shapes using a variety of implements including bubble wrap, old credit cards and bottle tops. The next layer was a black outline followed by a layer of coloured gel medium. Some more bubble wrap splodges followed finished off with a healthy dose of gold Krylon Webbing Spray.

    I have no idea what I’ll end up using it for, but I love the colours and the textures it has ended up with!

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    By on Sunday November 18th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings - 6 Replies - Leave a Reply

    More Cling Film!

    Following on from yesterday, I thought I’d create a background on glossy card using the distress ink pad and cling film technique.

    To Be Beautiful...

    When I saw how it turned out, I decided to scan it, add some digital brushes which I created from a couple of my own photos and the Thich Nhat Hanh quotation.

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    By on Saturday November 17th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Digital Art - 4 Replies - Leave a Reply


    Seeing all Leah’s snow pictures last week got me thinking about snowflakes, which in turn inspired me to get some paper and scissors and start cutting! I know snowflakes are supposed to have six sides, but mine has eight – call it artistic license!


    I coloured the background using Inktense pencils then cut the snowflake out of white paper and coloured it using distress ink pads applied with cling film. I stuck the snowflake to the background using gel medium then added more colour to the background using the same distress ink and cling film technique.

    Digital Blended Snowflakes

    After I scanned it into the computer I started wondering what it would look like if I played digital blending games! You need to click on this one to look at it large.

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    By on Friday November 16th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images - 4 Replies - Leave a Reply

    Moving Forward

    Today I played catch up with my Life book 2012 classes. I completed Lesson 29 from Jodi Ohl. The lesson started with a positive letter to my younger self which I then tore up and used as the basis for the piece. For the next layer I added some printed tissue paper followed by a thin wash of white gesso. Then I stamped a border using home-made foam stamps and acrylic paint – messy!

    Blue Lady

    When it was all dry I drew the face using pencil and coloured it using a mixture of acrylic paint, gesso, Inktense pencils, uniball pen and pencil. Finally I added a set of positive affirmations around the edge.

    I had so much fun making this and found the personal development element very useful – thank you Jodi!

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    By on Thursday November 15th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, collage, Life Book - Comments Off on Moving Forward

    Let us not…

    I’m still ploughing my way through my pile of leaf prints from the end of September. Today I decided to add a quotation using digital text to this one, and a bit of digital blending for good measure!

    "Let us not..."    ~ James Thurber ~

    The original image had an acrylic paint background with acrylic paint leaf prints on top.

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    By on Wednesday November 14th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, Digital Art - 2 Replies - Leave a Reply

    Digital Blending!

    Today I felt like playing digital, so I started out with one of my leftover acrylic paint creations and a photograph I took showing the beautiful autumn leaf colours.

    Take one...

    Then I played digital blending.

    Grey Rain

    You really need to look at the big version to see the full effect of the final result, but I really like the result. Do you?

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    By on Tuesday November 13th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, Digital Art - 2 Replies - Leave a Reply


    The other day I downloaded the latest free ebook from Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and was inspired by Lisa Engelbrecht to create this.


    I hand drew the letters in pencil, then coloured them using Derwent Inktense pencils and outlined them using Stabilo point 88 pens. After I scanned the image into the computer, I tried out lots of different coloured backgrounds, but decided I preferred the original or plain black.


    Which do you prefer?

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    By on Monday November 12th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Lettering - Comments Off on Peace

    Just Doodling…

    Continuing on from yesterday, I thought I’d stay with the small size and doodle some zentangles. The inspiration for this came from the latest issue of Craft Stamper Magazine.

    Just for You

    I created the border round the edges first, then stamped the mouse and text (very old freebies from a magazine), then filled the remaining space with doodles. I used my trusty Rotring Rapidograph pen for the doodling and a black Staz-on ink pad for the the stamping. I finished it off by colouring the mouse using neocolour crayons. I like the contrast the colour makes with the black and white of the doodles.

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    By on Sunday November 11th, 2012 at 12:00 in AEDM, Artistic Ramblings, Zentangles - Comments Off on Just Doodling…