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  • Creativity Rocks!

    Creativity rocks! I’ve been so busy writing my dissertation that I haven’t had time to do anything else. But I took a couple of days off last week and did a bit of catching up!

    All Wrapped Up

    A couple of weeks ago we had our dissertation tutorials and as part of the tutorial, our group were asked to create an image to represent our finished dissertation. I knew I had to create a doll, but as we didn’t have much time for the art work I knew she had to be simple. So I made a wrapped pipe cleaner doll and called her “All wrapped up with a feather in her cap!” Do you like her?

    Water Splash Blend

    This image started out as a photograph of the kitchen sink with splashes of water all over it. Then I blended a painting into it – et voilá!

    Paint Rings Blend

    This one is a blend of two paintings created during a recent painting workshop.

    Mandala 1

    I’ve been fascinated by mandalas for a long time as any of you who have followed my blog or flickr stream will know. So when I saw Julie Gibbons was running a five day free course, I just had to sign up and play along. I must say, the course is one of the most comprehensive mandala courses I have ever seen and I am learning so much. Thank you Julie. This is my first mandala created on day two using a pencil drawn grid, neocolour crayons and watercolour pencils.

    Fragmented Mandala

    And I just couldn’t resist playing digital with the mandala after I scanned it!

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    Breathing space!

    I’ve finally finished handing in my written work for this academic year and have a little bit of breathing space before the next marathon of academic writing begins!! I haven’t done any painting yet, but I have been playing digital and making dolls!

    Fragmented 1

    It never ceases to amaze me how many variations it’s possible to create from one image simply by copying and blending.

    Fragmented 2

    The problem comes with knowing when to stop – tricky one that!! Both these images were created from one original piece of artwork which I played with digitally to achieve more depth and interest.

    Ever since we had a doll making workshop on the course, I’ve been obsessed with doll making and have been reading about the history and researching well known doll makers. I bought this Art Doll Instructional Zine from Lani Gerity a while ago, and finally managed to have a go at making one of the dolls.

    Study's Over!

    She’s called “Study’s Over” and if you want to know how I made her you’re going to have to splash out $9 to buy the zine from Lani, but I can tell you I used pipe cleaners, fabric, yarn, air drying clay and acrylic paint. She was very simple and great fun to make!

    I’m working on some more dolls and am hoping to get the paint out very soon, so keep watching!

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    Just in case…

    Just in case you thought I’d forgotten to play digital, I had a little break from essay writing tonight and played with gradients and blending.

    Multicoloured Blend

    First I made it in colour…

    Monochrome Blend

    … and then I desaturated it to turn it black and white. I can’t decide which one I like best. Which one do you prefer?

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    By on Sunday January 19th, 2014 at 02:29 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Digital Art - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Another Journal Page!

    Following on from yesterday’s success, I’ve managed to create another journal page using the scanned digital technique. Yay!

    Blues Journal Background Page

    This is the background I created in my altered journal using acrylic paint, home made stamps and stencils.

    2014 Journal Page 2

    And this is my digital interpretation of todays ‘When Frogs Sing’ journal prompt.

    Spots

    I finally got around to processing the second of my recycled cardboard paintings from the other day. I created it using acrylic Paint, acrylic ink, stencils and moulding paste.

    It's In The Detail!

    You can’t really see the relief on the big picture so I took a couple of detail pictures to show it off. It makes a lovely textured surface – I really love texture!

    Altered Spots

    And you know what – I haven’t played blending for ages! So I just had to try a little blend here! I really like how this one turned out. What do you think?

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    Colour and Light

    In contrast to yesterday’s post, and just to prove that I have been creating some of my more usual bright work, here are the latest two – digitally altered of course!!

    Altered Tissue Collage

    This is my favourite – I love the softness of the colours and the textures which the tissue collage adds to the image. I created the collage using home made background papers, torn paint tissues, acrylic paint, stencils and some Krylon webbing spray. After photographing, I digitally altered the image using filters and blending.

    Problems with Focusing!

    This one is Bry’s favourite – he loves the bright colours, and yes, it is meant to make your eyes go funny!. I created this using acrylic paint, stencils and Krylon webbing spray, then digitally altered it using filters and blending.

    I’ve been playing digital with yesterdays images, but you’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see what I’ve done to them!

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    Time Flies!

    Doesn’t the time just fly by! I can’t believe it’s a week since I last posted here. In between a very special birthday, the celebration of which got delayed by snow over the entire country, followed by a nasty tummy bug which laid me out for a day, I’m only just catching up with myself now!

    New Paint!

    It all began when I had some leftover paint from creating cards for this week’s Life Book lesson. As usual I painted a page in my notebook with what was left of the paint. Then the postman brought me some very special paint that I’ve been coveting for a very long time – some Golden fluid acrylic paint! Well – I just had to try that out didn’t I? Isn’t it lush!

    New and Old Blended

    With two pages of abstract paint marks scanned I just had to play digital! So much fun and such beautiful colours!

    Game Cards, Front - Life Book 2013, Week 5

    Today I finally finished my game cards, the first part of Kelly Hoernig’s Lesson from Life Book this week.

    Game Cards, Back - Life Book 2013, Week 5

    I created my own playing card size cards using glossy white card, then painted them using acrylic paint (the old paint!). I used collages of stamped images coloured using watercolour pencils to decorate the front of the cards, and luggage tags coloured using distress ink pads to write my goals on the back. I obscured the titles of a couple of them as I am not ready to share them at the moment.

    So now I’d better get back to completing the rest of Kelly’s Lesson! I hope to be able to post it in the next day or so.

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    Scary Stuff!

    Yesterday I got the fright of my life. I was totally absorbed in capturing this shot when a dog barked right behind me. What made it worse was that I was precariously perched on the edge of the cliff path, and I suffer from a fear of heights! This was the result.

    'Fright' Original

    Not being one to waste anything, I set about playing blending games with this image.

    Fright Blend

    What do you think?

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    Altered Railings!

    Yesterday’s photo shoot for this picture took place on a road bridge through some railings. Needless to say I took pictures of the railings, and although they didn’t feature in the day’s picture, I thought they’d be fun to play blending with.

    Railings Blend

    Do you like the result?

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    By on Sunday January 6th, 2013 at 00:28 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Photography - No Replies - Leave a Reply

    Rose Blend

    I’ve decided to try and take a photo every day this year to improve my photography. Yesterday I took a photo of my Christmas roses, but you know me … I can’t help but play blending games with my photos!

    Christmas Rose Blend

    I just love the way it turned out! What do you think? You can see all of the originals here.

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    Ink Blots and Stars

    I treated myself to a set of drawing inks a while ago and created this background with them.

    Ink Blot Original

    I played around with it a bit to give it a bit more depth and have used it a few times already, including on the inside cover of my new notebook.

    Ink Blot Blend

    But you know me – never miss a chance to do a bit of blending, so when I made this star image on my iPad, I thought I’d just have a go and see what happened.

    Neon Star Drawing

    I added it to the ink blots, did a lot of copying and blending …

    Ink Blot Star Blend

    … and ended up with this! What do you think?

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    By on Monday December 24th, 2012 at 09:00 in Artistic Ramblings, Digital Art - 1 Reply - Leave a Reply