Wednesday, 25 May 2016

courage, brave heart ... Life Book 2015

Here I am continuing on with Life Book 2015 ... yes 2015!! 

This is my interpretation of the Week 4 class with Patti Ballard. I have worked her in my 9 x 12 inch Strathmore Mixed Media Journal.

I can see lots of things 'wrong' with her and I started getting a bit OCD about it! Then, after many reworkings of various areas, concluded she is only in my art journal and isn't going anywhere, so time to leave her be!

I have created my girl on a base of patterned papers and drew and painted her mainly with acrylic paints.

I've used several layers of watercolour paint to add some depth around her and then I've finished off with some rub-ons dotted here and there.

The whole page was then coated with Liquitex Matte Medium. It gives it a lovely rich depth.

P.S. I am also following Life Book 2016, so you may see me producing something from that and hopefully before the year is out!

Thank you for looking.


Saturday, 7 May 2016

copyright 1983 mixed media canvas

Hello! Once again, it's been a while!

Today I have a mixed media canvas to share with a seamstress/needlewoman theme. This one has been in my head for quite some time!

It has lots and lots of layers. I have had this lying on my craft table for a couple of weeks, fiddling and adding layers, until I was happy with it.

To create the layers, I've used old sewing patterns, including the pattern, instructions and the outer sleeve of the pattern. 

I've used tickets, string, alphabet stickers, rub-ons, acrylic paint and matte medium.

More texture with a mini sewing spool. Texture paste through a Prima Scissor stencil and a Memory Box ~ Modern Dressmaker stencil for the ruler.

More layers with acrylic paint and matte medium, adding on and taking off. Many, many layers of this, until I was happy.

The lady was created with a Julie Nutting ~ Rita doll stamp. I built her up with layers of the sewing patterns, rub-ons, acrylic paint and matte medium.

I have decorated the deep sides also, with co-ordinating layers to the front. One side uses the dressmaker stencil from the Memory Box stencil mentioned above.

Finally, I finished the whole lot off with a rubbing of gold wax along the edges of the canvas and the raised parts of the canvas and girl.

Thank you for looking.