Monday, 11 July 2011

Play Day

On Saturday I had a fabulous time at Art From the Heart. I spent the whole day playing with paints and inks getting very messy. My fingernails will never be the same again! They are already weak and feeble but now seem to have absorbed significant amounts of Dyan's Dylusions inks and are stained round the edges in conspicuous shades of blue and green.

We made books starting with cream card and some lined file paper as the basic materials but using different techniques to decorate them first.

We used Dyan's paints in two ways: first rubbed, spread and stamped on like this...

 With a splatter of mica spray bling at the end.

And then we painted great big blobs of watery paint and let them run about on the page.

Plenty of white space left for jurnalling soV scary and not my favourite!

Then we sprayed inks. There is just something about this - once you get started it is impossible to stop. Every available surface gets coloured (and my slippers and sleeves although not on this particular occassion).

And finally Dyan's ghosting technique also with ink sprays.

See her video of how to do this here.

Finally we glued all the folded papers back to back to create a book to journal in. Hmmm, I don't think so. Although I may get round to doing some doodling in it I am slow enough at getting a page a month sorted out in my 365 day journal.

 This is what the "completed" book looks like.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Where does time go?

It's true what they say then, that time passes more quickly the older you get. I have no idea how half the year has gone by already - I blinked and missed it.

Still running behind with my 365 journalling - June isn't finished but at least here is the page at the start of the month all summery ready for the nice weather that has eventually arrived.

And because splodging and squirting is so much easier than writing July is miraculously ready to go before June is done! I am feeling suitably delinquent for procrastinating on the diffucult and playing with ink instead. We have lots of fledglings of various sorts feeding in the garden at the moment so this birdie theme was a must.

And here is another inky diversion. I made this little canvas for my son to take to Taiwan to exchange as a gift with is counterpart in the University Orchestra. Because red and gold are percieved as bringing good fortune I based the colour scheme around those colours and added the word music in English and Chinese symbols with gilding foil.

Unfortunately the planned joint concert arrangements fell through at the eleventh hour so he has decided he will keep it instead.