Thursday, 24 July 2014

Elegant lady Freebie

Hello! Thursday again!  I have had a few days away with my In Laws and had a lovely relaxing time.  I tried a colouring tutorial, which used a different (better!) method to mine.  I was quite pleased with the results.  The link is here.

I got this elegant lady from an old book, I have removed the background and tidied her up a little.  I thought I would use her in one of my journal pages.  Do let me know what you decide to use her for, she is today's freebie.  Personal use only please.

A quick post today!  Have a great week xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Bird Wrapping paper and freebies.

 The Quirky Challenge at the moment is Christmas in July (with punchies or die cuts).  For this page I used a piece of wrapping paper, gessoed over it,  coloured the birds on the wrapping paper which could still be seen slightly and added the holly.  Then I painted the background and added parts of a digital paper that I had done.  Lastly the die cuts which have caught the flash a little too much!  

This page was done using the same wrapping paper.  This time I did the background first, then coloured the birds and added leaves etc.  The quote was supposed to be "The time of the singing of the birds has come", which is a Biblical quote from the Song of Solomon 2:12.  As you can I ran out of room - oops!  Lesson learnt!  Finally I put the second layer of a 3 layer serviette over all of it.  I used the second layer because it was much lighter than the top layer.  I have some wrapping paper left so I may do a series!

Your freebies this week are a little early.  These images come from an old book called "5 Mice in a Mousetrap" available on Gutenberg.  Hope they will be useful to you.

Till next time, take care.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Freebies for Thursday 9th July

Hope you are having a great week!    July's challenge at Jennibellie's is to revisit previous work and improve (hopefully) on it.  At first I did not want to do this challenge - not that I think all my work is perfect, but afraid of making things worse.  In the end I chose a background done with gel pens and white glue. when the ink from the pen is mixed with plenty of white glue you get these wonderful patterns forming.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do next so I left this one and then decided to use it for the challenge.

I had been thinking about painting a hare for a few weeks and looked at various photographs to see the differences between hares and rabbits.  I wanted to keep the patterning in the hair so I used inks (not gel pen) to change the colour and used gesso on the rest.  The fairies and toadstools I bought at a craft fair a few weeks ago, but they are available on line -

 I was not happy with the waterlillies with this one so I decided to redo them using a draft print of a photograph I had taken.  I cut 3 out and painted over them.

A few of Briggs embroidery designs for you.

See you soon

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thursday, figure drawing and yes! Freebies

Hope your week has gone well.   I have been practising my figure drawing.  The pages that I have taken out of a book on birds, to convert to an art journal have been doubly useful.  First of all I cut the birds that I liked out ready to use on my pages, then I have been using what's left to draw my figures on.  There are numerous places which offer help on proportion when figure drawing all you have to do is google "How to draw figures" or "Figure Drawing".  So I made myself a little ruler, divided into eight sections, to help me keep everything in proportion.  I wanted to draw realistic figures, ie not the skinny model type!  I came across a site with proportions for the ideal woman and she didn't look like anybody I know (laughing!). There is a site with figures taken from actual photographs of women with an assortment of shapes, a little too realistic for my purposes!    This is what I have done so far, they are deliberately sketchy, but I think I am making progress.

                                                               How to draw people

                                                            Real women

And your freebies for today some more butterflies, please remember these are for personal use only:

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Squirrels (freebie) and a mask!

I had a lovely visit with my In Laws for a few short days. They have their problems like everybody else, except their problems at the moment are to do with strawberry-eating, raspberry-eating squirrels!!  Now I would love to have squirrels in my garden, especially red squirrels!  Usually the squirrels are in trouble for eating the bird food they put out.   As they have a fine woodpecker who visits, they can be forgiven for preferring the birds!  They also have a handsome pheasant who calls for them to put the food out if there is none.  Sometimes they see his wives who, by contrast, are a little drab.
                          Here is a squirrel tag for you.

Parting is always tinged with sorrow, but we left with tomatoes, cucumber, broad beans and beetroot!

This is my latest art journal page. It started off as a digital stamp I designed some years ago.  This is being entered into the latest Quirky Challenge.  The challenge this time is to use masks or masking.

See you soon!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thursday, Chester Zoo and freebies

 We have been to Chester Zoo twice recently, on Friday with my daughter and her two little ones and on Monday with Aiden, my son's son.  Both days were lovely.  I think Monday was more relaxed as we had seen most of the animals on Friday.  They are building a new part at the moment so the zoo is going to be even bigger.  My scooter just manages to get me round and back to the car before the battery gives up!

This beautiful bird is a Grey Crowned Crane

I have done a set of 4 inch square butterfly photographs for you this week.  I hope you like them.  On Friday the butterfly house was crowded and I didn't get many good photographs, it was much better on Monday.

Till next time, take care.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Fabric Glue? A Freebie or Two

Yesterday I found an old bottle of fabric glue.  Goodness knows how old it was!  Anyway the top part had gone hard so I cut the top part of the bottle and poured the liquid into a jar.  It worked very well with paper, but left a certain stickiness if used on top.  This is the page I did, I was going to use the quote "Nature, the art of God"  I wrote it in marker pen and then covered it up.  I haven't decided whether it is finished yet!

These are my brown paper backgrounds I mentioned in last Thursday's post.

Partially covered with gesso

I have a habit of looking for public domain images.  I start looking for a particular item and get side tracked!  My side tracking led me to a book with quirky illustrations.  Here are two of them.  Peter Peter, Pumpkin Eater and 3 children sitting on a bench.  I have tidied them up and enlarged them.  I hope you like them.  Please don't share, but send people here to collect them.  Save them as Crafting With Jack PU so you know where they have come from.

Till next time, take care