My stamps are available from this list of shops..
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if you know of any other shops that are stocking them, then please let me know so that I can add to the list. I am super grateful to all these shops, taking a leap of faith and ordering my designs.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
A while ago I asked for volunteers from my friends list on FB, I needed faces to practice on. This is one of those volunteers, some of you may know him. Working from FB photos is really challenging, they are usually small and have been taken with a phone camera, so once I enlarge the photo to draw from it a lot of details are lost.
so the initial outline..
adding in some of the darkest areas.
refining some of the lines.
now the face starts to take shape
all the main features and darkest shadows are now in.
now to add some of the medium shading
Adding in more medium shadows and some background.
tidied up and the highlights made as light as possible.
This was a challenging one to do, for several reasons, but he has such a lovely smilie face. I am pretty happy with it. I have no clue how to do beards so that is pretty rough but i like the rest of it.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Here is my catchup post for weeks 5,6 and 7.
First up, week 5. Add a doodled border.
Not much to say about this one, I didn't take step by step photos. Basically I wanted a light page, but with interest behind, so I randomly added paint and stencilling and then covered most of that with white paint. I added my doodles using a sharpie pen
Next is week 6, for this week we had to look on pinterest and be inspired by something. I saw this painting, and followed it to find out who the artist was. The artist is Stanislav Sidorov , visit his site here... His series of 'Umberella' painting caught my eye. See them here...
I had no intention of trying to copy one of his painting, I merely wished to capture the feeling of the movement in the rain and the drippy, merging colours.
I began by adding strips of patterned paper, this was never meant to show at the end, I just needed a starting point.
Next I tore up some used/dried baby wipes, and glued those in.
I now had texture, I needed more movement and colour. So I added lots of drips of acrylic ink.
as I heated the page to dry it, some of the ink bubbled..LOVE THIS...
It was feeling good, but it needed a shot of 'light' so I stencilled in white, using an Andy Skinner stencil
I outlined each number in black, and then added some dots, first in pale blue then when that dried I added white dots on top.
I really like this, it doesn't really look much of a finished page. I did think at one point it needed a title or a quote, then I decided I liked it as it is.
Now for week 7, for that week we had to use a repeating pattern. i did this page while I was away for the weekend, so the photos aren't great as the lighting in the room was a little dim.
I started by gluing book pages and patterned paper to the page, I then used neocolours mixed with gesso to fill in the gaps.
I added black stencilling through a Ranger alpha stencil. Then I draped some string over the page and held that in place with strips of washi tape.
Next I used a bottle cap to make black circles, and a smaller cap to make white ones.
I chose a small tag as my repeating shape. I coloured each one with neocolours and gesso, and added a little stencilling to each one. I edged each tag, mounted them onto graph paper and stuck into the journal.
I had some wordfetti already cut out, and chose this quote. I glued one or two words to each tag and doodled around the words and the tags.
I am still 3 pages behind *rollseyes* I do have excellent intentions of keeping up, life just gets in the way . I hope you are all having fun in your journals.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
A baby for you today, wow babies are hard! They just don't have any established features yet...I had to put all the emphasis on the eyes, and not sure you can tell who it is just from the eyes lol Maybe his mum will recognize him.
so, the initial sketched outline.
adding some of the darkest darks
a little light shading
working on the hair
second eye, and more light shading
mouth done and starting on the darker shades
Monday, 24 February 2014
Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with a couple of good friends. Gillian works with me at PaperArtsy and we got to know Steven through twitter, he is one of the loyal PAtwits. As Steven was visiting Newcastle to see family, and the city is about halfway between me and Gillian, we all decided to meet there.
Our first stop was the Art Shop, I love that place, it sells my favourite brand of blank journals. We spent a good while noseying at all the shelves, and filling our baskets. then, as we were all starving we headed to a pub that Steven had found. The Forth Hotel, isn't actually a hotel anymore, but oh WOW, the food is excellent. If you are ever in Newcastle, go to this place.
On the way to the pub, we found this amazing metal sculpture..
Seriously how cool!
We started with a drink.. of course..or two..
Then we ordered food, those sandwiches were huge, on homemade crusty bread and oh so delicious.
Gillian had nachos, and they were HUGE.
After lunch, and rather large drinks, we needed a little fresh air. Gillian was very giggly, and Steven turned into a tour guide.
After walking for miles, and hunting for various random items such as fairy power spray, creme eggs and toaster pockets... we found a great coffee shop.
We had the most scrumptious cakes.
Parsnip,lemon and ginger cake
Popcorn and salted caramel tiffin
Cranberry and white chocolate flapjack
If you point a camera that close to me I will pull silly faces, just can't help myself.
While we were stuffing ourselves with cake, we glanced out of the window behind us and noticed a yarn shop, it was getting late by now so after tea and cake, we dashed across the road, hoping it would still be open.
I bought some sock wool..
and these funky buttons..
and Gillian bought this yarn, which is the hairiest, hairy stuff on the planet. I am currently knitting this for her into a scarf.
we then wandered a bit more, and I found an advert for my new stamps in a magazine.
We said our goodbyes to Steven, and then me and Gillibobs went back to our hotel. There were lots of parties of 'hen night and stag night' people staying there, so it was very busy. We managed to grab a table and had our evening meal.... with a couple of drinks!
By now the bar area was getting very noisy so we headed back to our room. where I surprised Gillian by just how much journalling stuff I had packed into one pencil case lol
We both worked on Documented Life pages, and time flew by, before we knew it, it was 3am lol
Next morning we had breakfast and packed our bags and then waited for our mini spa treatment. We had booked through here Perfect mini Spa and we both had a head,neck and shoulder massage. it was heavenly.
Then we checked out and made our way back into town. this time we were loaded down with bags, and after a short while Gillian decided she couldn't carry hers so she bought a trolley!
She also bought some new Doc Martens
We stopped off for a cup of tea, at a small tea house that had been recommended. I had Oriental Spice flavour.
"This is a black tea with the addition of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom pieces and vanilla seeds rounded off with orange peel giving an oriental style tea drinking experience."
I laughed when it arrived with a timer, the young man serving us explained that all the teas required different brewing times, and we could pour our tea when the timer went off. mine took 4minutes.
I love flavoured teas, and bought myself this funky teapot, they didn't have it in stock in the shop, so I am trying to be patient and wait for it to arrive by post. Hurry up postman!!!
I think we look pretty chilled out after our massage and spicy teas..
Then it was time for hugs and train tickets as we both set off home. It was a fabulous weekend.