Tuesday 24 May 2011

Friday 20 May 2011

Tick-Tock & Soaked

The theme today for Illustration Friday is 'Soaked'. But my frog doesn't want to get soaked so he's sheltering under an umbrella. 
{mixed media - paint effect background, brush pen/felt tip frog, digital brolly & alterations}

Below - Tick-tock, a page from a sketchbook
{brush pens/felt tips}

Monday 16 May 2011


Some of my doodles are sometimes a bit rubbish, but I quite like these two.

Sunday 15 May 2011

Safari & Octogirlie

Above is 'Safari' for the Illustration Friday challenge this week.
Mixed Media/Collage - I made some stamps from found objects, the text is a purchased stamp, dyes, acrylics; the giraffes are made from a stamped inkjet print I put together, acrylics, pen liner
click on image for larger view
Below - weird doodle of octopus girl - brush pens/ felt tips

Saturday 14 May 2011

Beaded Alphabet Book [O-Z]

 The rest of the mini alphabet book. This is an altered address book with the letters of the alphabet down the sides. I've covered the pages with art work, printed art work, found images etc, then I've put a letter of alphabet on each page and included some sort of bead/sequins, mainly on fabric. I had a personal challenge this year to use some of my stash of beads, although I have not used that many on this project.

These were spare pages at the back of the book.
On some photos you will see some metal tweezers, which are not part of the book. It was difficult trying to keep the book open while I took the photos.

I see blogger have returned the missing page & as I redid that page, there are now two posts the same ... oops.

Friday 13 May 2011

The Sketchbook Challenge - Resist

 The Sketchbook Challenge for May is 'Can't Resist This'. I did actually post this the other day. My blog dashboard wasn't working yesterday and today I find that this post was missing, so I'm putting it on again as I don't know if anyone saw it or not. Anyway the picture above was created using a regular white candle to make the white lines [resist]. Then I painted it with blue dye. I waxed more areas [below] and painted again but with pink.
 More wax, more dye.
I wasn't happy with the white lines, I thought they looked too white [should have painted the card before putting on the first wax], so I put on strips of 'holey' painted paper. I'm still not sure I like it but I can do some digital alterations to it sometime.

 My other attempt is below, I can't resist a book. I do like this one. I've used the wax candle on this picture too.

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Sketchbook Challenge

The sketchbook challenge for May is 'Can't resist this'.
Although I would call myself a mixed media artist I have mainly been doing brush pen sketches recently so I thought I would try something a little different for a change.  
I used a plain old candle for the resist and just drew lines across the page, then I painted with dye solution.
 It was a bit plain, so I drew on more marks with the candle & then applied another colour.
 Another round, another colour.
 I thought the marks looked too white [should have painted the card before the first wax] so I glue on strips of dyed paper with holes in [from the end of sketch books] so the white would just peek through. I'm still not that keen on it but I will have a go at altering it digitally some time.
 I do like this attempt I did below. 'I can't resist a book'. 
I've also used the candle to add texture to the picture.

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Alphabet Bead Book [A-N]

I started this book a few months ago, but just got round to sorting out the photos. It was a little address book with the alphabet down one side. I covered the pages with collage - painted papers, found papers, papers printed with some of my work, etc  I also wanted to use some of my bead stash so I decided to make a letter for each page with some sort of bead embellishment, some are on fabric [some vintage], some on paper. I covered the book in some recycled denim fabric and as it is so fat I put a ribbon around it.