Friday, 2 December 2016

Light and Darkness for AJJ and a Hot Air Balloon for the Christmas tree

Hi... its 8c outside and one of those gloomy overcast (and cold? unless its just me) days that make you just want to curl up in front of the tv with a good film or go play and have some arty messy fun... or maybe both :)

I'm linking up to the new AJJ December theme 'Light and Darkness'   hosted by the lovely Valerie.
My piece is a mix of real art and digital. The real art using Portfolio water soluble oil pastels plus a black Stabilo all pencil.

The original artwork  (see below) was not so dark, so when I was adjusting it digitally,
I copied and layered it 3 times and added some effects to it to darken it.
Then I added some digital stars and word art to finish.
A couple of days ago I promised to show some more
of the decorations I've been making for our Steampunk tree.

For this piece I used 2 dies (a clock and an air balloon) and the clock inners stamp from Sheena Douglass 'Time Traveller' Perfect Partners range.  The clock hands were Marianne dies and a Nestability scallop circle die used to cut out the stamped image.

To make things more sturdy each part has a layer of craft foam in the middle and card either side. Glued all together with Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I wanted to make the original air balloon different and slightly bigger so used the balloon under the clock and sandwiched it between the scallop circle of craft foam.

The faux metallic effects done using various metallic paints, matte eco paint for verdigris/patina and a little extra rub-on wax to grunge more. But because its for Christmas I added a little iridescent glitter glue for some extra sparkle and some little gem stones.
Thanks for stopping by today
and for any comments.
Have a great day and if you happen to have an excess
of sunshine  you don't need - please send it over my way :)
Gill xx


  1. Wonderful journal page - it was nice before, but I like it much better dark and mysterious! Thanks for joining us at AJJ. I love your steampunk decorations, you have some great ideas. I saw some steampunk ornaments on sale at the Xmas market, but with VERY nasty prices! It's cold and wet here, so I will stay home for the rest of the day, too. Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  2. Wow.. I love how you altered your beautiful painting digital! So clever made!
    This air balloon is just AWESOME! I am thrilled about it!
    So happy to see your art at AJJ and I hope you will have a nice weekend!

  3. Super page for AJJ! Love the steampunk decorations as well.

  4. The page is so beautiful with an apt quote

    Just love the steampunk clock decoration it is amazing

    Same awful weather here as well

    Love Chrissie xx

  5. Great combination of "real" art and digital, and how fascinating to read how you darkened the picture, I'm not sure how you actually did that but it certainly worked very well, and the addition of the stars is the perfect finishing touch to a lovely painting.
    The way you make the Steampunk decorations is beyond anything, I haven't seen anything like it, it's terrific.

  6. Gill I love the quote you added to the beautiful journal page.
    Great Steampunk decorations, you have got amazing metal effects on them.
    Staying warm by the fire sounds good to me, we have had frost every morning for days now.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Such a gorgeous atmospheric creation Gill and wow that steampunk ornament is a bit tasty too ;)
    Donna xx

  8. I love your "Light-and-darkness-picsture" it is wonderful!
    Especially because you made from on of your own pictures which
    I like as well.
    And your new decoration for the Christmas tree is very arty!!
    I think you need the same patience for doing that as I need
    for my pop-up's
    The mail is following soon...

  9. hi gill,ooh my goodness,your page are awesome,so beautiful,i love the lady is looking the moon,the dark blue is stunning.
    have a great day.

    hugs jenny

  10. It's really stunning, how you darkened your beautiful painting, I like your original also! Now I see how much work it is, to make such fabulous incredible steampunk decorations! Looking like metal, but are not too heavy to hang on the christmas tree :)
    Schönen Sonntag - Sunday!
    Rike xx

  11. Your steampunk decoration is beautiful, I love the clock face and ballon combination - it's amazing! Your tree looks like it's going to be so beautiful with all the fantastic decorations you have made :-). You always create such wonderful art and I love that you have given us both a light and dark version of your page! I am facinated by the dark piece you have created digitally, your additions are perfect and it looks so dramatic :-). Hope you had a good weekend too! J :-)
    p.s. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog! I've had a great weekend thank you, busy putting up decorations and baking :-). As well as enjoying our town's Victorian Weekend, which reminded me of your lovely steampunk decorations :-). We've also been on a couple of walks on the beach with our friends, it's been lovely here - sunny but cold so I made sure I wrapped up warm :-). Wishing you a great start to the week! x

    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comments and message Jo.
      Hope you have a great week too xx

  12. Wow- this lady looks like she's off to a wonderful romantic night. :) Beautiful drawing. AND MORE gorgeous steampunk ornaments. Hugs-Erika

  13. A beautiful mesmerising page, beautiful original drawing to. Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

    Crafty Hugs Sonia xx


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