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  • Recycled Packaging!

    We seem to have bought a lot of books just lately, acquiring as a by-product lots of those cardboard sleeves that books come wrapped in. So when I looked at Kate Crane’s 21 Secrets 2013 Class and saw that it was about trying out lots of different techniques, I thought the book packaging would make an excellent base for these projects.

    "Out beyond..." - 21 Secrets 2013, Kate Crane's Class

    For the first project I started off using spray inks and stencils. Because I sprayed them directly onto the cardboard, the colour was not as bright as I was hoping for. I could have painted over with gesso and started again but I decided to go with it and see what happened. Next I added acrylic paint using a variety of stencils, bottle tops, cards and stamps (including one of my home made foam stamps). I decorated a “dinner money” envelope with strips of old scanned artwork and stitched it to the board then added some ribbon and some more stamping. Lastly I added some cut out quotations to the envelope, and stuck one of them to the card.

    "The only way..." - 21 Secrets 2013, Kate Crane's Class

    For the second project I started off with some old sheet music which I glued to the cardboard. I covered this with acrylic paint, then used a selection of hand made foam stamps to create more interest. I finished it off with a collage of a painted stamped image and a die cut butterfly joined using a tiny split pin, and a quotation which I outlined using a Pitt artist pen.

    Four more projects to go – this is fun – I’m off to do some more. See you later!

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    By on Sunday June 9th, 2013 at 21:59 in 21 Secrets 2013, Artistic Ramblings, CED, collage - Comments Off on Recycled Packaging!

    More Quirky Birds!

    Carrying on with this week’s Life Book 2013 lesson from Tamara, I got a bit carried away with drawing quirky birds. I drew four instead of two! – oops!!!

    Quirky Birds - Life Book 2013, Week 14

    These are painted on the back of the other four and the whole image folds up like a concertina. Like the others, I created the background using spray inks and stencils, followed by neocolour crayons and acrylic paint and stencils. When it was all dry I covered it in clear gesso then drew the birds using pencil and coloured them using a mixture of acrylic paint, neocolour crayons, Edding 780 paint marker and unipin fine line pens.

    I completely missed out the journalling part of the lesson!! I may add it later, or I may just skip it, I haven’t decided yet. I’ll let you know when I decide… keep watching this space!

    By on Thursday April 4th, 2013 at 21:46 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, Life Book 2013, messy craft, Stencils - Comments Off on More Quirky Birds!

    Quirky Birds!

    In this week’s Life Book 2013 lesson from Tamara she taught us how to draw these quirky birds. They were so much fun!

    Quirky Birds - Life Book 2013, Week 14

    I created the background using spray inks and stencils, followed by neocolour crayons and acrylic paint and stencils. When it was all dry I covered it in clear gesso. I drew the birds using pencil, then coloured them using a mixture of acrylic paint, neocolour crayons, Edding 780 paint marker and unipin fine line pens.

    I haven’t finished the lesson yet, so I’ll post some more pictures when I’m done.

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    Colour!

    I’ve been having fun with Carolyn Dube’s Use Your Words workshop again. This is Mondays project.

    Colour! -

    I started off creating the word ‘colour’ using my homemade stencil and acrylic paint, then masked the letters while I created the background using spray inks. Next I took a piece of yesterday’s background sheet with circles punched out of it and added a computer generated image behind to add depth. I created my quotation on the computer and cut up the words. I added shadows and outlines using a uniball eye pen and a sharpie marker.

    Lastly I added a material and thread piece with has been sitting in my cupboard waiting for a new home for about three years (how’s that for using up odd bits!). It’s a bit bigger than the page, but I quite like how it sticks up at the top! What do you think?

    By on Thursday February 21st, 2013 at 02:29 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, collage, Use Your Words - Comments Off on Colour!