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  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year to you all!

    December flew past, taken up with finishing my dissertation followed by a really relaxing family Christmas – it seems like ages since I last posted. But I have been busy creating!

    It’s become a habit over the last few years to use this workbook from Susannah Conway to review the passing year and look forward to the New Year, including choosing a word to represent the coming year. This year I chose ‘Emergence’ as my word and placed it in the mandala from the workbook.

    Emergence

    After I uploaded it, I just couldn’t resist pushing the invert button to see what happened. I’m not sure if I like it. What do you think?

    Emergence inverted

    A couple of days ago, I was inspired to create this large painting by these words from Leonard Cohen‘s song ‘Anthem’:

    “…There is a crack, a crack in everything
    That’s how the light gets in.”

    Light Crack

    Today, I couldn’t resist the call of a ball of yarn in my supply box. It was calling to be made into a doll. This is the result!

    Wound Up

    I devised this method of creating a doll from yarn last month when I was playing with a few scraps laying on my desk one evening. With the exception of the head, which was stuffed with a small ball of tissue to give it shape, the entire doll is made from wool wound round on itself. This is the original that I made last month.

    Yarn Doll

    They’re so simple to make, and have endless possibilities from a therapeutic point of view which I’m working on developing at the moment.

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    By on Tuesday January 6th, 2015 at 21:03 in Art Therapy, Artistic Ramblings, CED, Dolls - Comments Off on Happy New Year!

    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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    By on Friday November 21st, 2014 at 23:21 in Artistic Ramblings, Blending Images, CED, Digital Art, Dolls, Mandalas - Comments Off on Creativity Rocks!

    Getting Messy!

    Once again I’m playing catch-up! I’ve been having so much fun getting messy, I just haven’t had the time to post the images!

    On Friday I played with some embossed flowers, trying to colour them using a couple of ink pads. It didn’t work quite as I planned. Instead of nice clean colour on the raised areas, I ended up with a very dirty, grungy looking image (and a very dirty grungy me, covered in ink!). Not being one to let these things deter me, I stuck the image to a page in my notebook and created a grunge border round it using acrylic paint and an old credit card (getting covered in paint this time!). I think it looks alright now. What do you think?

    Embossed Flowers

    Yesterday I finally got around to completing this week’s Life Book Lesson from Monica Zuniga. I was a bit apprehensive when I watched the video, but once I got started I had so much fun (I got covered in paint and glue with this one!)! I started by creating a painted background, but once I created my doll and put her on it she disappeared, so I decided to use a plain black background. I created the doll using a collage of a mixture of stamped and embossed images, with the exception of the face which I scanned from a magazine and altered digitally, then coloured her using watercolour pencils. I’m really pleased with the way she turned out. Do you like her?

    Collage Doll

    Today I thought I’d play digital and mess free! I started with a photograph of sand patterns I took last week, then added a scan of an acrylic paint background I made a while ago and blended them together.

    Sand Blend

    I really love how the colours draw you into the image.

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