Thursday, 16 October 2014

It'ts Thursday!

A quick post today, I have had a migraine since yesterday so feeling a little fragile!  I made a couple of 12 x 12 papers, the top one has the ocean filter applied,  here they are, today's freebies:

See you next time x

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Art Page with Charcoal

This months challenge at Jennibellies Journal Worshops is to try something different!
There are so many great YouTube videos on practically everything you could wish for!  I wanted to try charcoal in my art journal, now apart from drawing or colouring with it, I wasn't sure how else to use it and how it mixed with other mediums.  The lady doing the tutorial was Terri Sproul.   The link is to her blog not to the YouTube.  So I watched the video and set out to have a go myself.  Terri used clear gesso which I didn't have and powder charcoal which I didn't have either.  I used white gesso and tried to do a thin layer, but it didn't work!  The charcoal was supposed to be rubbed away to show the colour underneath.  Since it didn't work, I used a baby wipe to clean off the charcoal instead,  I used a black marker - note to self, use a thinner one next time! - to add outlines and details.  I didn't have any fixitive either so I sprayed the whole page with hairspray!

Then I photographed the page and digitally added some leaves.

I am entering this in Quirky Challenges Falling Leaves.  Try something new today!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Puppies and an apology

My beautiful Annie had her puppies after a tense few days watching and waiting on Monday.  She had five puppies, four girls and a boy.  Mother and babies are doing well.  I just love everything about newborn puppies - and no house training is involved till much later!  I could and do sit and watch them for ages.

 I showed this picture on Monday, since then I have made some subtle improvements and I haven't decided if I am going to do some more yet!

Now this picture of Teresa I also showed on Monday, but my mind seems to have been with the expected puppies.  Not only did I leave out something important, but I also got the name of her blog wrong!  Luckily Teresa is very forgiving.  The actual name of her blog is Tickell Expressions  Tickell is her mother's maiden name and a big apology for getting it wrong.  If you follow the above link it will take you to her blog where you will find the most gorgeous bird freebie.  I helped myself earlier!

What I missed out on Monday was something really important about this lovely lady.  Teresa comments on other peoples posts in a great way.  She always manages to say something encouraging and positive.  I think that is a wonderful gift and one I have appreciated many times.  So pop over and see her, you might even be able to get a copy of Lizzie the Dragon, a cheeky looking dragon created by Teresa.

Today's freebie is a digi I made from a vintage image.  The first one is the original, the second edited and the third my digi.  I hope you enjoy using it.

See you next time - probably with more puppy pictures!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Creative Blog Hop

You may have seen posts about a Creative Blog Hop Challenge.  It's been going a while and the whole point is to spread the creativity around, other people's ideas and creations.   It is held on Mondays, every Monday.  I was invited to take part by Lady Anne who does amazing albums and cards.  Today I am promoting Teresa of Tickell Expressions.


Teresa Arsenault has always dabbled in crafts of one kind or another. She discovered card making after moving from Ontario to the East coast ofCanada as an empty nester in 2003. Mixed media art journaling captured her attention in the spring of 2014 and she has recently begun drawing characters and converting them into digital images to share with others.


As part of the challenge there are 4 questions to answer:

What am I working on now?

I started reading a book called The Queen's Blade,  I didn't get too far with it as I came across a description of a type of "Lord of all the animals"  He rides to visit the Queen on a grey horse, with a grey wolf walking beside him, an eagle on his shoulder and various animals tucked inside his coat of many furs.  I wanted to create that scene and spent sometime trying to draw the various animals.  This is how it looks so far:

For the horse and wolf I drew around templates made from photographs

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I think every body's work is a little different, sometimes we see styles or techniques that appeal and we incorporate them into our own work.

Why do I create what I do?

I guess I feel a need in me to express myself, in either art or poetry or writing.   I enjoy it when it goes well and get frustrated when it doesn't!

How does my creative process work?

I think everybody has their own style of working.  Sometimes I feel inspired by what I have read, seen or by a hymn.  I like having a "starter", a monthly challenge to create something within a theme.  It gets me thinking and creating!

I'll be back on Thursday, meanwhile my little Annie is about to have her pups!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Puppies nearly here!

I am getting both excited, and nervous as the birth of Annie's puppies gets nearer.  She is not due till Monday, but apparently poodles often have their puppies early so I am keeping an eye on her.  It is a lovely day today, which may be the reason she is panting, but I have come in from the garden where I had enjoyed a coffee out in  the October sunshine to see if she stops panting.  If she doesn't I will spend the afternoon in the room she is having her puppies in, with her of course!  I have got a comfy camping chair in there so I can sit and read till things get going (or I decided it's not going to be today!)

I have a few vintage animals for you today.  I would love to know how you think you might use them.

I will be posting the news about puppies shortly after it happens and hopefully some pictures too.  Till next time take care x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

First 2 of 29 faces and more vintage pictures edited in Elements 11

I have just discovered this site -  Ayala Art holds 2 challenges a year, February and September.  You do 29 faces or as many as you can and display them here -  Above are my first 2.  Faces are not my strong point and as an exercise I have taken several magazine pages with faces on and I am going to try and draw them.  I don't think my first 2 are very accurate, but I admit to being pleased with them anyway.   

I have a few more vintage pictures for you, edited in Elements 11

 The originals

Edited in Elements 11

Edited in Elements 11 filter palette knife.

Edited in Elements 11 filter coloured pencil.

The Quirky Challenge at the moment is Summer Memories, it closes Saturday morning.  I had an art page in mind which I still hope to do, but not feeling too good at the moment so went for a scrapbook page instead:

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Adobe Elements 11 Filters (2)

A little while ago I did a course with Krystal Norton which really helped get back to drawing and painting again.  The other day she hosted a Play Date with crayons.  It was a small disaster for me because my printer ran out of ink and I was unable to print out the 4 sheets provided to join in.  This was because I am having a new printer so decided not to buy any more ink for my current one!  By the time I had searched - just in case - I had a spare ink anywhere, I was behind and try to play catch up.  Since the whole point of the session was to have fun, I decided to "do my own thing" whilst still watching.  I did enjoy myself once I had relaxed and thought that this was a great poster to have in my art room!

Here is another set of the same vintage images done with different filters in Elements 11.  I have added two filters this week.  Mosaic Tiles and Burlap Texture.  Mosaic Tiles makes me think of the tiled pictures I have seen in Spain, whilst the Burlap makes the picture look like an old fabric.  Feel free to take one or more of them.

Coloured Pencil

Burlap Texture

Mosaic Tiles 

Palette Knife

Do let me know what you think, see you soon!