Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Faith Art and Book of Commonplace

commonplace book
  1. a book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.

I had not heard of a "Commonplace Book" until a week ago.
I decided to make one as part of my July painting challenge and
as you will see :)  I have been using my watercolour pencils and some pens.

See you on Friday xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Free on Friday

As promised a bumper crop of freebies for you today.

The last of the "My Little Cousin" series.

Two Wildflower Children pages

And a frilled poppy, photographed by me.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Painting Challenge, Faith Art and Sissix Tim Holtz dies

I had been looking at the Mixed Media set of dies by Tim Holtz and finally treated my self the other day.  Unfortunately they will be going back as the cutting edge is poor.  The above picture shows one of the dies which will not cut no matter how many times I put it through my Cut N Boss.  I have tried adding extra layers and changing the position, but to no avail and I am really disappointed.  Now I am sure this is a one off and HobbyCraft are very good about returns, but somehow I am reluctant to go for another set.  They all seem to need to go through at least twice which is annoying.

This is my latest Faith Art about Honouring God.  Another mixture of techniques, I feel I am letting Teresa down on the painting challenge, although the back ground is painted.  I have used a piece of tissue, an embossed piece of paper, the angel is cut from fabric and there is a little stencilling there too.  I was using a felt pen for the stencilling and it ran out half way through, so I have had to use a darker colour, but my art - like life - is never perfect:)

Free on Friday tomorrow - please don't download anything that is not labelled free as apart from being my copyright, I make sure my freebies are 300 ppi and a good size.  All other pictures are 125 ppi and much smaller so the page doesn't take too long to load.  I know sometimes you will see them elsewhere advertised as free and I am sorry if you have downloaded because you have followed a free link, only to find the quality is not very good.

Having said that, to make up for it I am giving away a bumper crop tomorrow xx

Monday, 20 July 2015

Painting Backgrounds and Faithart

Yesterday I decided to be clever - now that never works!  I decided to design my pages in pencil in a far as where I wanted the words to go, then went over them with permanent marker, which I thought - wrongly - would show through the paint.  I added a layer of gesso then painted my backgrounds using 3 watercolour pencils together, stippling the colour with a brush as I went and adding a small amount of gesso for texture.  I loved how the backgrounds turned out, but only one showed the marker pen!  When I realized the marker pen wasn't going to show on the second, I took a photograph of the remaining one!

Everything was going really well on the first one till I decided to fill in my letters with black marker, to me they looked too big and dominant.  So cutting out the lamb, I ripped the rest up and started again.  This one is really a mixture: watercolour pencils and gesso for the backgrounds and the lamb.  Fine pens for the zigzag, Ordinary crayons, Gold marker pen  plus fine pen outline for the diamonds. I used a diecut cross as a stencil and ink , adding gold marker pen afterwards. I nearly forgot about the hearts which I cut out of paper.

I deliberated about adding the cross through the lamb, but felt the number of references in the Bible referring to Jesus as the Lamb who was slain, sacrificed, meant I had to put my squeamish feeling aside and be truthful.  I know how important it is, but part of me does not want to think about it because then I dwell on the pain Jesus must have gone through for me!  I just want to skip Good Friday and celebrate Easter Sunday, which you simply cannot do.

Leave me some love please, just because it makes my day  xx

Sunday, 19 July 2015


Just a quick post of a little sketch of Antirrhinums that I did at the tea shop. They are sometimes called Snapdragons! They are leaning a bit - I could tell you it was the wind, but no I drew them that way!  I used my watercolour pencils,

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Honeysuckle and a freebie.

I have an art journal that I made with a book.  I glued various printed papers that I didn't want face down, but decided I didn't like the tall shape to work in.  I use it to practise techniques and if I want a small area to work on.  Today I used it to paint honeysuckle with my watercolour pencils.  I sprayed the area with water first and forgot to do a layer of gesso!  This meant the paper couldn't stand too much water which I decided to use to my advantage.  By wetting the paper and rubbing in small circles the top layer came away leaving the words on the original page showing through and also the colour of the printed paper I had stuck down.  I wasn't sure how I wanted to add the quote, possibly on an extra piece of card, but for now I have added the quote digitally.

Teresa has been really busy and there are lots of posts to catch up on.  Go here for her main blog and here for her A Closer Walk blog

As promised another freebie for you.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend, see you soon xx

Friday, 17 July 2015

Free on Friday

It's Free on Friday once more and I have two of the Little Cousin series for you.  Below is a painting of an Agapanthus that I did while having a cup of tea at a lovely little tea shop.  The gluten free Rhubarb and Custard Naked Bar was not at all nice and I wished I could have had one of the delicious cakes they had.  I was a little embarrassed when someone asked to see what I was doing, but as they were very complementary, I was encouraged.  I used my watercolour pencils for this and have plans to do something similar in an art page.

 Come back tomorrow and I will have another freebie for you.  You have to leave me some love though!!  xx