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  • Gratitude!

    Still playing catch up with Life Book 2013 classes, today I finished this piece for Tam’s week 10 lesson.

    Heart Full of Gratitude! - Life Book 2013 , Week 10

    I decided to add my own twist to the lesson by folding my paper in half and cutting a heart shape in the front half to make a heart door. After cutting the door, I started the background using acrylic paint, then added a collage of printed tissue paper, washi tape, and paper ribbon. Next I used Caran d’Ache neocolour crayons and stamping with a staz-on ink pad to add more colour, then finished the front using die cut letters. Once it was all dry, I taped in the ribbon ties and stuck the two halves together.

    Heart Full of Gratitude! inside - Life Book 2013 , Week 10

    On the inside, I covered the back of the door with torn tissue paper and gel medium, then set to work making the mini scrolls for the centre from a mixture of torn magazine pages and digital design prints, decorating some of them with stamping. I filled the heart shape with gel medium, and arranged the scrolls on top. Lastly, I made the ‘Gratitude” banner by sticking some die cut letters on a scrap of digital design paper.

    I had great fun with this lesson – thank you so much Tam!

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    By on Sunday March 31st, 2013 at 19:47 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, collage, Life Book 2013, messy craft - Comments Off on Gratitude!

    Celebration Journey!

    I have finally finished part two of Life Book Week 1! I had so much fun creating this – thank you Tam for such a great lesson! I chose an aeroplane as my mode of travel as I have have only just got my passport and have never yet flown. I intend to take my first flight in 2013!

    Celebration Journey - Life Book 2013, Week 1

    I created my background using watercolour paint and rock salt, then added a collage of the plane, which I coloured using neocolour crayons, combined with a picture of me. I created the flowers using circles punched from old magazines then added the details using a uniball eye pen and watercolour pencils. Having already stuck the plane to the page, I then decided I wanted some buildings behind it! Nothing like planning for getting things in the right order! I photocopied a book drew the buildings using the uniball eye pen, then coloured them using watercolour pencils. Then I had to cut them to fit round the plane! Next came the clouds, using the uniball pen and white gesso, and the sun using the uniball pen, yellow acrylic and neocolour crayons. Lastly I added the text digitally after scanning.

    Phew! All done just in time to start Week 2. Roll it on!

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    By on Monday January 7th, 2013 at 09:00 in Artistic Ramblings, CED, collage, Digital Art, Life Book 2013 - Comments Off on Celebration Journey!

    Freehand Mandala

    Playing catchup with the Life Book Course, today I followed Tam’s Freehand Mandala class from week 36.

    Freehand Mandala - Life Book 2012, Week 36

    I hand drew it in pencil, then coloured it using Derwent Inktense Pencils. When I had got to this point with colouring it, I couldn’t decide whether to colour the rest of the background in or to leave it as it was. So I scanned it in to the computer and added some digital backgrounds to see what they looked like. This is my favourite – it really seems to make the colours pop!

    Digitally Altered Freehand Mandala - Life Book 2012, Week 36

    After all that, I decided to leave the original as it is. But it was fun playing.

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    By on Friday October 26th, 2012 at 09:00 in Artistic Ramblings, Life Book, Mandalas - Comments Off on Freehand Mandala

    Spiritual Growth

    Last weeks life book lesson with Tam was to create a mixed media collage using paper and material celebrating where you are now using no more than two words. I love working with material, so I just had to have a go at this lesson! I chose Spiritual Growth for my two words as above everything else, that represents where I am right now.

    Spiritual Growth

    I started off with a collage of images torn from magazines. Then I added an assortment of material pieces most of which were more or less transparent so they just added colour while still allowing the paper layer to show through. Next I added the images and words which I printed out using my computer. I used a distress ink pad to help the paper to blend in with everything else. I added some hand stitched crosses and buttons and finished off with some machine stitching to link everything together.

    I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out. Its very tactile – I love the feel of all the stitching! Thank you Tam for another great lesson.

    By on Monday October 8th, 2012 at 09:00 in Artistic Ramblings, collage, Life Book - Comments Off on Spiritual Growth