Thursday, 14 August 2014

They also serve .......

This is the second in my First World War Series.   After reading a tip from another mixed media artist, I tried using oil pastels for the first time, they were a lovely creamy consistency.  I just used them for the poppies.  Below are some more flower freebies for you.  

Until next time, take care,

Thursday, 7 August 2014

A very quick post of freebies

This is a very quick post as I am having a hectic week, but I didn't want you to miss out on a few freebies.  I came across a book the other day called "The Day of the Birds" so here are 3 birds from the book.  If you like the them I will post some more.  Meanwhile have a great day xx

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Oriental Page with Briggs Flower freebies

The challenge at Quirky Challenges is for an Oriental theme.  Firstly I drew a crane and made the classic mistake of running out of room for the legs!  So I started again and made a real mess of that one and I was using a permanent marker!  Ripped that one up, took the first one and cut out the bird, then scanned it in the PC. Once on screen, I re-sized the bird and printed it out.  Using it as a template I drew round it and added the missing leg and foot!

I crumpled up the paper for the background which gave a good texture.  Changed the colour for the background 4 times!  Using a paper towel I dabbed it here and there to break up the final colour. I used some stickers to embellish the page, not sure how I feel about them, I may do something different, but here it for now:

Some Briggs embroidery designs for you.  Personal use only please.

Until next time, take care.

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: