Posts Tagged ‘journal’

IMG_0485 I decided that, for my butterfly picture, I wanted to take the colour, markings and ‘beauty’ out of the butterfly and just work with the basic silhouetted outline.

Acryllic inks and paint went down in layers in my journal, too much water on the page meant that I pressed the two open pages together creating a symmetrical butterfly in and of itself over the double spread though only one was going to be used for this prompt.

I had a butterfly stencil that I then used with black ink to ‘print’ the image. It was an interesting play around. I did something similar a while back in a different art journal but in white using a raised modelling paste, black though just seemed so dark and different when we are so used to seeing beautiful butterflies in all manner of different sizes and colours.

I think they work better on the lighter colours. I had been tempted to leave it at just the first one in the top left corner when I did it but I did wonder how they would look over the deeper colours further down so I kept adding them.


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the art challenge week 12 cardboard box I had all these grand plans to draw a tattered old box in a growing forest, a forgotten piece of rubbish being reclaimed by nature as grass and fungi grew around it. As you can see that didn’t happen, but it doesn’t matter. Something happened and that’s what counts.

I drew one of our packing boxes from the move, minus the lettering on the outside, in black ink and tried to keep it sketchy with a little cross hatching and a light watercolour pencil wash over a more vibrant inktense background.

My calligraphy marker went AWOL on the watercolour paper but I wanted the words included because for me, I couldn’t decide what the box should be so I asked the question: ‘What will you be today?’ It may not look like much but it was a stark reminder of how we make things what they are through the power of our minds. The humble box can become, for a short while, anything that our imagination wants it to be and that is what creativity is all about.

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the art challenge week 10 shells

A trip to the beach with the little lady, coffee in the wind and a search for shells ended in this drawing using my travel kit of inktense pencils and a water-brush pen to create a loose, colourful speed drawing.

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Are you looking out or looking in? What do you see? Something to enjoy or fear? Perhaps someone or something looking back at you?

Windows are interesting, just the perspective of whether or not a viewer is inside looking out or outside looking in says a lot in an image. They don’t even have to be a traditional window; some people say that the eyes are the window to the soul. What kind of window appeals to you and where does it take you?

This week’s prompt is to create an image on the topic of windows whatever that means to you. It doesn’t have to be profound, if nothing else take a look outside your closest window and record what you see.

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About the only thing I knew I wanted to do with the unfamiliar prompt was to play around with a medium that I didn’t use very often as opposed to a subject matter. This became tricky in itself because I have a lot of different materials in my studio that I use fairly frequently. I had a sort through everything and settled on oil pastels which I find myself using less than other medium in my regular art practice. Generally if I want to use oils I paint and if I want to use pastels I use chalk ones that I can smudge and get a large variation of marks with.

I played around with turpentine to loosen the pastels and create thin painterly effects as well as using them thicker to create texture and layering them pure on top of each other to blend colours which I think is one of my favourite uses for them, much as I do with paint I suppose.

I included a picture of the blank page next to it because I used it to clean my pastels and brushes. I do this a lot in my sketchbook and journals and it leaves me an interesting addition to incorporate as a layer in some way on the next prompt.

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the art challenge week 6

I found this week’s prompt easier despite all that was going on in my personal life. Just making the marks was refreshing, something that I could build up in layers over the space of a few days. I used acrylic paint on watercolour paper, first in thin washes and then experimenting with applying the paint in different ways with splatter, brushes, printing and dragging the paint with an old credit card. There are a couple of areas that I particularly like:


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I had a lot of trouble with this one following a really rough emotional week last week. I wanted to paint a nice calm candle flame. I started said picture and it was just awful, then the song ‘Cleanse By Fire’ by Alice Cooper came on my random playlist, which was kinda ironic. It opened up a strange kind of angry side to me, I covered everything in black and began plastering acrylic paint and modelling paste over the top.

It was actually really therapeutic and I guess what fire needed to be for me today; energetic, cleansing and rough. It pushed me through the artist block I was having and for that alone I can value the mess

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