Sunday, 8 September 2019

Wherever you go...

Oh my...it's the 8th already and I'd hoped to have posted by now.... so my first piece for this month Art Journal Journey is just a simple digital page. The fun theme this month is 'Polka-Dots, Stripes, Plaids or Patterns'  aka 'PSPP' and is hosted by the lovely Erika of BIOARTGal




  My head has been a bit all over the place for the last couple of weeks nothing serious - and hopefully a good thing. I've been wanting to move home, away from here for a while and now hubby is on board with this idea too we are investigating the where to etc etc... having lived here for over 20 years its a big thing to think about....

I did start a page on the 1st and then I saw that the previous collaged/painted double pages in my journal of the Blackbird from August was going to stick together* if I flattened the book in my book press - so it needed a coating of candle (does everyone do this I wonder or have other methods? - I rub the side of a candle over finished pages to try to stop that* happening) .... but then I couldn't find the candles...anyhow... I've since found a candle, flattened and gessoed  the page eventually after finding my old Gesso dried up... and for now I'm having a mental block....arghhh....  :)


I needed to make a card...  and because I now keep rough stamped copies of previous cards on paper that I can put in my stamping platform it makes it easier to reproduce again if need be.. this is so useful when having a mental block..


and the Altenew 'watercolour doodles' are fairly quick with the layering system and adds colour quickly and this design is a loose design with the colours going over the lines to give an arty hand coloured look.



Thanks for stopping by...
hope your weekend is going well...
will catch up with you soon.
Gill x

Friday, 30 August 2019

Flower girl for AJJ and a big thank you x

Hello everyone...
August seems to have flown by so fast - there's just one more day left
 for our AJJ 'anything with eyes' challenge so this will be my last page. 
This is a mix of watercolour painting and digital - I hope you like it :)


Before any digital alterations she looked like this


I used black pigment pen and white Posca paint pen for details on her eyes.



 I scanned my painting and then, using my favourite digital software, cut out the flowers in her hair and added them back on top of the original painting with some shadow making it look more 3d.
 


 I also added some other digital bits for some of the flower centres and
 some flower-swag looking things that I made ages ago.

 
 and then finished by adding a quote digitally too.


 'Eye' had a lot of fun with this theme and visiting all who joined in.. 
what an amazing  selection of beautiful pages for 'anything with eyes'
  
Thanks everyone and thanks for all the wonderful comments left for me. 
I am now looking forward to the next theme in September
 and wishing that host a fun month too :)



And its Friday...so... have a great weekend
Thanks for stopping by...
Gill x

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Eyes are watching.. everywhere ... for AJJ

For  AJJ 'anything with eyes' I had fun in my a5 journal stencilling first with black gesso and then stamping with the eye stamp by Visable image. Added colour and even more stencilling using Portfolio water soluble crayons,  Stabilo all and other coloured pencils.  Finished by adding digital words because it seems to be that cameras are everywhere.. in the sky and on the ground....


Until next next time...
Thanks so much for stopping by
Gill x


Monday, 26 August 2019

Garden Birds

My double page spread for my AJJ ....'anything with eyes' theme and because my garden is always full of birds I am also linking this project to TIOT  theme 'In my garden there is' 


I started with an image torn from a bird food catalogue which was on nice thick paper and used Winsor and Newton Galeria matt medium to stick it down. 

 I tried to choose acrylic paint colours close to the image as possible and mixed them with the matt medium. I then randomly painted splodges to fill the remaining white space on the left page but tried to paint some background looking flower blooms on the right side.




 Then to blend image more into backgroound, I extended the branches and added some leaves and buds - I used PaperArtsy French Roast Fresco Finish  paint.


I finished with a digital quote ..... not certain who it is by.





My feathered garden friends have played a big part in our life over the last 20 or so years :)





And while I am forever out in the garden feeding the birds, Dave is usually in the kitchen looking after my food needs and is busy baking all sorts of things.... breads on this occassion :)






 OK that's all for today,
Thanks for stopping by..
Gill x

Friday, 23 August 2019

Lots of things with eyes

My page today for my   AJJ 'anything with eyes    theme started with dictionary pages pasted in my a5 journal followed by a layer of gesso, then I drew my lady in T-shirt and coloured with Reeves Gouache and coloured pencils. Quote by Mark Twain.





And more extra eyes... I have some really old fabric paints to use up so I thought I would  stencil a face on to an unloved old T-shirt


final result after adding some extra glitter fabric paint and extra hair on top. For some reason this looks like T-shirt is beige instead of pale yellow.


and yesterday was the start of our annual 2 day air show - I just watched again from our garden
Spitfire and Hurricane

some 'Pitt planes' drew a lovely smiley face in the sky - the planes are not shown as they were so high up and too small to see.

There wasn't too much wind and the face stayed in the sky for a while





hope to see you there :)
OK that's all from me for today I'm off to watch more planes...
Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Friday - hope you have a great weekend.
Gill x

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Be Unique... for AJJ

For   AJJ 'anything with eyes'   a quick post from me today as 'The painter' (as in decorator) is waiting to move my PC desk away from wall to continue decorating our lounge.

I have a fun piece on a A5 page in my journal using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache, coloured pencils, white Posca pen and Stabilo all pencils.


Thanks for stopping by..
Have a great day..
Gill x

Friday, 16 August 2019

You are not a number......for AJJ

Today for AJJ 'anything with eyes'

for my mixed media page I slung a mix of watercolour paints, acrylic inks and water soluble crayons on my background.
 I found several sheets of colourful numbers (thick stickers) in my stash to use up which I thought fitted nicely with the wording used  (White Posca paint pen)and I also used some of the fab TH vintage people die cuts.


In case you can't read my writing ..it says ' Your value is more than a number' and 'a good decision is based in knowledge not a number'

It's Friday.. have a great day
 and wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by...
Gill x

Monday, 12 August 2019

For AJJ 'Anything with eyes' .. what do you see?

My page for my AJJ ....'anything with eyes'
What do you see?....  the answer is at the bottom of post :)

A mix media A5 page using gouache, watercolours and water soluble crayons, black and white Posca pen and a digital quote.


What did you see? ... did you see the word 'eye' on her face.... I started with the word and then drew the rest from there.



hope to see you there :)

but before I go I have a digital MOO for the 'Butterflies challenge'
over at MOO Mania and more
 that was created with my own digital art and photos.


OK that's all for today,
Thanks for stopping by..
Gill x

Friday, 9 August 2019

Anything with eyes....Barn Owl..... for AJJ


I did enjoy creating my page today for  AJJ 'anything with eyes'
as I had a sweet Barn Owl ornament that I was using as a reference looking at me with its mesmerising eyes and the look that made me think he was probably wondering how much longer he was going to have to sit there posing for me :)

I did a rough sketch in my A5 journal and painted using a mix of  Reeves Gouache, Rowney Water colours and Coloured pencils.


And in case you are wondering, the tall red thing (below) to the right is a recycled perfume atomiser (you have to pump the top up and down to build up pressure) ...good for spritzing paints or anything else....



Sadly we don't get Barn Owls in our garden but we do get lots of other birds...


answer.... It's an eye of a Wood Pigeon

I was privileged to see (for the first time)  a Wood pigeon feeding its young.
The young bird is known as a squab.
I think the adult is one of our regular visitors and 
use to seeing me so wasn't phased by me using the camera. 


They seem to have a funny ritual where it looks like 
the  'squab' nudges and cuddles its parent.


It is not common to see Wood pigeons bring such a young bird and feed in a garden. 
I have seen juvenile Wood Pigeons but never one as young and small as this.
 Unlike most garden birds, Wood pigeons have the ability to make a milk 
and feed its young from its crop. 



hope to see you there :)

OK that's all for today...
Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Friday - hope you have a great weekend.
Gill x

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

'Home is where the heart is'......... for AJJ

My journal page for    AJJ 'anything with eyes' challenge


I was inspired by a sweet little MDF house
 I found in my stash 
 and wondered who would live in a house like that :)


I first drew the house roughly, my old school set square came in handy to draw around to make the roof and I also used a heart shaped metal die to draw around.  
Next I painted house/heart and background with PaperArtsy chalk paint and gouache. Then loosely painted a few bricks and flowers and added quote and TH vintage people die-cuts.

Thanks for stopping by
Gill x





Saturday, 3 August 2019

'The hills have eyes'....... for AJJ

Hello

I've always had a bit of an over active imagination, seeing pictures in clouds and abstracts and imagining that the birds understand me when I talk to them... and hoping believing there really are fairies somewhere in my garden and little magical worlds down below.
So for  AJJ 'anything with eyes'  today my artwork was created with oil pastels - I'll leave what I was thinking to your imagination :)


There's some amazing entries already for 


hope to see you there :)

Happy Saturday..
hope you have a wonderful weekend
Gill x

Thursday, 1 August 2019

'In her eyes' for 'Anything with eyes' at AJJ

Hello

I am so thrilled to be hosting the challenge at Art Journal Journey this month where the theme I have chosen this time is 'anything with eyes'.  
I thought 'Anything with eyes' would give plenty of scope to come up with some fun ideas. 
Apart from the obvious, other things have 'eyes' also, like storms, needles and  potatoes - the potatoes were pointed out by my husband Dave who does all the cooking here and thus often surrounded by potatoes waiting to be peeled :)

Although not good at it, I do enjoy trying to draw/paint faces and sometimes birds too.. they're never perfect but I always have fun doing it.
So I of course had to start the month off with an A4 size mixed media face.

I used Reeves Gouache, Neocolour 2 water soluble crayons, Inscribe  coloured pencils and white Posca pen, then added a digital quote attributed to Audrey Hepburn.



The quote says....  ' The beauty of a woman  must be seen from in her eyes,
 because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.'

AJJ

I hope you will come join us at AJJ
 and have some fun with this theme.

Gill x