Thursday, 28 March 2013

Collage, Paint, Jane & Teesha

I am so excited this week as I'm running away to Teesha Moore & Jane Davenport's Mermaid Circus at the beginning of April. I had been saving up for Jane's I Heart Drawing course (if you read my blog you'll know how wonderful I think she and her teaching are) but when this opportunity came up I just had to jump on board. I mean, Teesha... and Jane... together. It's going to be amazing I'm sure.

I got out my collage in celebration & created this piece. I really like it but must admit I think it still needs more doodling to bring it all together.
To add to my excitement I am also the winner of some Jane Girls Stencils in the Artist Cellar competition last week. Hilariously I'd already ordered them (because I never win anything!) so passed the prize on to someone else. My copies arrived this week (along with some other ones of course) and I set to using them straight away. I've only tried the front facing face so far and really like it. Best thing is I can already see how I'll be able to use the individual elements and move things around to make it even more useful. Just having a symmetrical outline or even feature placement is going to help me as I've noticed my portraits are always wonky (and not often in a good/quirky way - they just look like I can't get it right!).

The final piece I did this week is this fish girl. 'She hadn't meant to stay under the sea, but it was the only place she'd ever felt at home.' I'm really happy with her, not least because she has a story and I like that. I used collage & acrylic for her body, and Neocolor II, Aquamarkers & Tombows for her face & the shading. I am really enjoying the neon aquamarkers, they are so shockingly good. Writing in Sakura glaze pen with Tombow marker shading.

Are you signed up for any new courses in the coming months? What are you looking forward to and why?

Friday, 22 March 2013

Fishing for Love - Art Journal Every Day

I'm having so much fun with found things in my backgrounds. Check out this fabulous creature I found lurking earlier this week.
I really wish I'd taken a picture of the page before I started finding this fish. At least you can see some of it in the body. There was lots of stamps & stencils & ink before I went in there with the aquamarkers to add in detail and shading.

It's a long time since I've been fishing for love but I always used my heart. :-)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Painting With My Son

My son is 3 years & 7 months old. He's never been interested in drawing or painting very much (he's a cars and wheels kind of guy despite my efforts to teach him about flowers/trees/the sky in his formative years). Until recently that is.

I think it's because his obsession with LEGO is paying off on the dexterity front and he can now manipulate a pen/brush etc. much more easily. But whatever the reason I am really enjoying making art with him. Suddenly he's asking to get out the paint/ink/crayons/pencils pretty much every day. Yet another thing about him that makes me heart burstingly happy.

We made this background together. Orange is his favourite colour (I love that). Those are his hand & finger prints. He just smooshed them on the ink pads without a thought and went to town with the stamps/paints too. And he really loved the using the brayer to spread the paint around.

The next day, after everything had dried, I asked him what he could see in the background and he said a parrot. He pointed out the beak, the wings & the tail and then asked me to paint it. So I did.

After adding some stencils (Crafters Workshop/Julie Fei-Fan Balzer) I gesso'd out the background and left the parrot with the background showing through.  I used Ranger's new Distress Acrylics for the parrot (the blending/distressing worked wonderful for the feathers), pencil for the branch and distress stains over the gesso for the background.

I think this might be my favourite piece from my art journals. It has so much meaning to me and that's - I think - what it's all about.

Do you have a favourite piece? Why is it your favourite?

Monday, 18 March 2013

Wild Hair

Here's my girl completed. I really like the texture the tissue has given.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Art Journal Every Day - Wild Hair

I, like many of us art journallers (or should that be journalists?), draw/paint a lot of faces. They're so compelling and getting one right/looking how you want it to feels like a major success.

Lately I've been using very patterned backgrounds & then finding faces in them using gesso to blank out the background & face, leaving the hair wild.

Here's a background I created with tissue paper, acrylics, stencils, sequin waste & a brayer.

Here's where I've got to with the face. I've gesso'd the background and the face as well as adding a red wash to the hair.

And here's one I made earlier. I'm really enjoying the freedom in their wild hair!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Ready (Collage) - Art Journal Every Day

Here's my finished piece from Kelly Kilmer's 10 mins a day challenge. I enjoyed the collage experience & following along with Kelly as I really like her feminine style.

I like what I created here and realised that, despite being collage, it's very similar to my art/painting/drawing style. I think I'll be doing more.

Another thing that happened while I was creating this page was, like all my work, it went through what I call 'the ugly phase'. Even with all these cut out bits (rather than my own paint/drawing) it still had a point in time where I didn't like it at all. I find this very interesting and it's something I need to nut out in my own head before I blog about it in the future.

Have you done anything with different mediums recently? How did it go & what did you learn?

Thursday, 7 March 2013


Check out my instagram feed (kookymakes) for the next 3 days. I'm away from home & no way to blog. Still managing to fit in 10 mins a day on this page though...

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Kelly Kilmer 10 Minute Art Challenge Day 2

Here's day 2 of Kelly Kilmer's challenge (which I blogged about yesterday). There have been some other people take up the challenge & their work is beautiful. Do go take a look if you get a chance.

Today I set the timer, took a look at my layout & thought it needed balancing.

0-2 mins. Collaged torn strip of book paper on the left & a tiny scrap at the bottom.
2-3 mins. Added a few bits of floral washi tape then put matte medium over them (I hate when the ends start unsticking or you come to write on it and can't - this solves that problem from the start).
3-4 mins. Decided it needs a bit more interest so hunted out some epoxy stickers from Basic Grey.
4-10 mins. Spend the next 6 minutes moving those 4 stickers round the page. 6 minutes. For 4 stickers. So satisfying. :-)

I really like what's happening here and can already see where the page is going and ways to get it there. I like that a lot.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Kelly Kilmer 10 Minute Art Challenge

I've been following Kelly Kilmer's blog for some time because I think her art journaling style, which is very different from mine, is just so lovely. It's feminine, rich, collage & lettering plus, beautifully designed and constantly takes my breath away. If you haven't seen it before, do take a look.

This week she's running a 10 minutes a day challenge so I thought I'd join in & try to learn something about her style as I went along.

I set my timer for 10 minutes and grabbed a bag of collage fodder from when I was trying (and failing thank goodness) to be Teesha Moore and came up with this.

The background is a premade 20cm x 20cm board covered with bits of junk papers (this definitely gave me a head start).
0 - 2 mins. The girl grabbed my attention from the bag of collage fodder & I glued her on straight away.
2- 8 mins. I wanted flowers. I had to hunt through my scrapbook papers for these, then cut them out and glue them on.
8-10 mins. I didn't like the bottom of the cut out girl but wasn't sure what to do then I noticed the word 'Ready' on the rest of the page she was on (that I was about to throw out) and that's where I am right now so I cut & stuck that too.

This page is far removed from my 'normal' style but it's also not. The colours are similar but paler. There's a face. There's writing. There's layers. There's lots going on in that background.

I like it and can't wait to see where I go with it tomorrow.

Thanks Kelly for inviting me to play along with you.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Trust - Art Journal Every Day

I've done a heap of art journaling this week and feel very lucky for that opportunity.

I've made a background I liked so much I didn't add anything to it.

I filled a page with stickers & made them into a pink quick sketch gallery.

I did a collage/paint/stamps/quote page in greens & yellows about gardening.

I painted a self portrait on a watercolour doodle background that even looks a little like me!

And I did a little self-healing using the wonderful Tam at willowing's free course.

But... I wonder if you notice any trend here? The only one I see is a kind of desperation. And searching. See, I'm searching for the answer to a question I don't even know and I'm waiting... waiting desperately for my style to arrive and for me to discover my own voice.

I get to make nice stuff on the way though.

Are you searching? Waiting? Wanting answers? Or have you already found them? And your style? I'd love to read your thoughts.