Sunday, October 16, 2011


This was inspired by an iris in my garden. I just love the colour combination in the flower. I had a page with a bit of pink and some torn hand towel with the confetti waste stencilled on it. Just t he right start for the iris colours.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Peacock Feathers

I’m not really one for pastels, but I started off with a spread I had cleaned off a brayer on, and then some strips of torn paper towel, also used to finish up the remains of some paint, The colours lent themselves to using some paler or fainter colours.

Once again, it took some time to work out how to finish the spread.  I came up with the peacock feathers, and I guess they aren’t too bad for my first attempts. I just wish I could find a white correction or gel pen with an even flow, that would go scratchy on a textured surface. Traci did recommend one but I haven’t found it in Australia. Any suggestions from Aussies would be very welcome.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Playing with photos

Open to the possibilityA few years ago I took this photo of the moon through clouds.

In this one I put it behind a photograph I took of forest that bushfire had been through. I desaturated the coloured photo to make it black and white.


In another I added some other digital trickery. I have forgotten where the brushes came from. I have referenced then in an earlier post.

           something wicked

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

More Art Journaling






This page started with some unsuccessful printing using a felt table mat. I liked the blotchy green effect though, and over printed it with a foam printing block traced from another table mat.  Then I added the orange stamp made from a matt board shape. Then it sat for weeks because I couldn’t figure out what to do next. I resisted text because my text is underwhelming, to say the least, Finally, I decided to try to draw a pomegranite, one of my favourite shapes, and then the flowers. I googled for images to copy as I totally lack confidence in my drawing. I used both cheap water colour paints and the fabulous Derwent Inktense pencils in the colouring.



A very similar process used here.


Another of my favourite shapes. The printing on this started as navy and red. I hated it! Out came my new best friend, gesso! The lime sparked it up a bit. I really like using the water colours and the Intense pencils as  the background really shows through, and here it adds texture to the poppies.

Maybe one day, if I have anything worth saying, I will add text to these, but for the moment, I am happy to leave them as is.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Traci’s Online class

I recently joined a Traci Bautista online class on Art Journaling. I really enjoyed the lessons, though I was always behind because of various family things. I combined what I learned in her classes with some of the printing techniques from Ro Bruhn’s workshops and here are a couple of pieces I came up with.

Art journalling 10001

             journalling 20001


I am discovering my style at last. It appears to be a combo of grunge and fairly stylised flora, but who knows where it will end up. I have more stuff in an actual journal which I will gradually add.

Back on Board

I haven’t blogged for around two years. Life got in the way and, when I wanted to be creative, I felt I needed to spend more time doing, and less time reading and writing on the web. Having found my muse, got my studio up and running again, and attended a few workshops, I feel I have something to contribute again.

The first thing I would like to share are the pics of my beautiful repurposed coat made in the workshop held by Ro Bruhn and Patsy Worledge.063 I highly recommend this workshop.  Ro and Patsy  take two students at a time, help with the design elements, 064065 and Patsy does all the sewing on her industrial overlocker.How good is that! Not only that, but I have a one-off garment I would happily spend a considerable amount of money on, if I found it in a boutique.

My fellow student, Maha, also made a beautiful coat totally different from mine. So if you would like to get an idea of the types of things you could make, check out the page on Ro's blog and then, if you live in Melb., do yourself a favour and contact Ro re organising a class. No I don’t get a commission, I’m just a very happy customer!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

KK necklace

Lucy has  received and opened the necklace I made as her Kris Kringle present, so I can now show everyone else. The beads were made from Primo polymer clay. I think it is called Blue Pearl. I was surprised that the colour wasn’t even throughout each bead. I’m not sure if it’s meant to happen or if I somehow messed up but I actually like the effect.

005I haven’t got my muse back as far as paper or digital art is concerned, but I am really enjoying the jewelry side of things.