Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Diva Challenge #221 Beads of Courage, spray inks, stencils, masking fluid and bookmarks

Thanks to all for last weeks encouraging comments, very much appreciated.
This weeks Diva Challenge is to represent "Beads of Courage". Laura's son suffers from a chronic illness, when children like him face something difficult they are rewarded with a colourful bead.

My first attempt at creating a card using the spray ink stencils for a background. The pattern doesn't show much here, but its a start.  Im still enjoying my new markers as you can see by the stamped bird!

Some more twin bookmarks!

A mono tangle of my tangle pattern Apulia
More exploring stencils for spray inks. Im learning to limit the layers, ha ha.

..and not to throw away those brown bags we're given with art supplies!

From there we moved onto adding STAMPS exciting to play with masking fluid, yoo-hoo!

This was a first, now I want to explore more of this process! I needed to add the green to highlight the leaves. Next stage I think will be to mask over this space!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Diva Challenge #220. UMT 'All Boxed Up', more inks and stencils

Today's Diva Challenge was indeed just that. A challenge! Asked to use Alice Hendon's  tangle "All boxed up" I made many mistakes as you can see by my first effort. Then I realised I shouldn't have the lines so close together, and to not be such a smarty pants trying to do it on curves when I haven't even done one on a straight line!! So my second effort was created using straight lines and not so close together. I added shading to give some special effects, and colour to top it off. I was pleased with that result. I'm being brave showing first one as its so bad, but to encourage anyone else who struggles.. to persevere!

Continuing to explore spray inks, this week we tried using stencils, finally realising that less is more!!

I think I'd say they all need some fixing up! Some of the good papers I have used for cards.  Show you those next week. To finish off with something a bit more successful are my bookmarks for the Facebook swap group. I've forgotten which ones I've shown already so I'll just put them all on.

Tangles: Wud, Ovy, finery, Bales, Coaster, Pin Bawl and Crescent Moon.

Tangles: Purk, Bales, Sindoo, Wud, Pokeleaf, Flux. I don't know what the flowers are called (but would like to know)

The next two have to be cut into two yet. They doubled as offerings for Stacked and Tangled group on FB.

Tangles: Apulia, Florz, Bales, Chard, Leaflet, Knase, Golven, Fandango, Camelia, Hibred, Reticulated.

Tangles: Chard, Camelia, Leaves, Leaflet, Jetties, Camelia Hibred and Fandango.

All were rendered in Copic or Mexpy markers.

Thank you to those who left such encouraging comments. They are much appreciated.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Diva Challenge #219 with Markers

I've just about recovered from our Creative Yarragon weekend and am really enjoying the two sets of Mepxy brush markers I purchased, Basic and Pastel. They are such yummy colours, you can go to town with colour schemes. Our recent swap for Facebook is to create bookmarks 2 x 6 inches. I found it easier to create a 4" x 6" size first, then cut it in half. Here are four I've done so far.

Now for my Diva Challenge piece which has to be all straight lines! Decided to see if I could use a string with only straight lines, #120 fit the bill (oh, should've made a copy of it, sorry). Unfortunately for the photo I used a gel pen for some of the black, not realising it was metallic!!!

Tangles: Afterglow, Arukas, Cubine, Schway, Brella, Triral

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Diva Challenge #218, more spray inks.

This week for the Diva we are to work on black paper using a white pen. I've had no luck with white pens. I keep buying them - good ones too- and they just keep drying up on me. Ive googled what to do but its not worked for me. I started using some coloured gel pens I had then it came to me I had a box of gel pens from Smiggle. Yey! They worked! Nevertheless, I liked the colours so finished that one, then did a stacked one in white. I shaded in white charcoal.

I have just returned home from a most amazing event! A little village called Yarragon, 15 Minutes from where I live, normally runs an Art Exhibition every year. Instead this year they put on an "Arts Fest...the Full Spectrum". Twenty workshops over two days put on by twenty talented folk. Each ran for an hour and cost only $10. People even came from over one hundred miles away to be further educated in as many arts/crafts as they wished.

On offer were calligraphy, gouache painting, journalling, printmaking, zentangle, scraper art, felting, weaving in the round, watercolour painting, acrylic painting, paper characteristics, knitting, pastels, watercolour pencils, sketching, charcoal, coloured pencils, marker rendering,  In between my teaching sessions I did the workshop on using markers, and another with Canson Papers, which was an in-depth instruction about why papers and paints are so different in price and quality. An awesome two days.

Ive had some fun tangling over my spray ink backgrounds, even made a birthday card ..of sorts.

And finally an assortment of ATC's made for Facebook swap "Pop of colour"
Hope there's some inspiration for you here today!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Diva Challenge #217 Duo tangle.

Duo-tangles are fun. They're easy to do in that you don't have to think what tangle to use, and you exercise your brain in trying to make an interesting design. The two tangles we are to use are Bunzo and Dex. I chose to use brown and red microns and Copic markers to shade.

I introduced my art group to spray inks this week, they really had fun! Later I couldn't resist doing a "Stacked and Tangled" piece for Facebook.

We have recently in Australia celebrated 100 years anniversary of the battle at Gallipoli. A while back thousands and thousands of poppies were placed outside Windsor castle in England. In a similar fashion a most astounding red carpet was laid out in Federation Square in Melbourne. This was made up of thousands of crocheted flowers. What an awesome sight!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Diva Challenge #216 UMT "Brella"; Leaf tangleation

This month's tangle is called "'Brella" and it's by Canadian CZT Bunny Wright. We were encouraged to add a Star Wars bit but its not my forte so I chose to do a straightforward zentangle design.  Its seems a bit uninteresting compared to some of the wonderful designs many have done with this theme. I used the latest string #155.

Tangles: Brella, Kiss, Chard, Carp3, Parch, Florz var., Prestwood.
This week I have been working on my first zentagle commission! I shaded it per usual, but it seemed to spoil its freshness, so erased it. I'd like your opinion!

Regarding my colourful Dylusion tangles, they are still in the pipeline. I need to complete two of the above first!!
See you soon!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Diva Challenge #215 Labyrinth, Dylusion ink sprays

A labyrinth is not a maze. mazes are puzzles designed to vex the mind, but labyrinths are contemplative designs, designed to focus the mind . It is an ancient design, found carved into churches, temples and tombs around the world. a recent event in Sydney, Australia saw a labyrinth opened at Centennial park for the purpose of people from all walks of like to walk on and meditate upon. On May 2nd there will be a "World Labyrinth Day", a day to bring people all over the planet together as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.

Some labyrinth are round, some square in shape. I chose to do a simple square one.

Tangles: Paisley Boa and Lamar

I have recently purchased some Dylusion Ink Sprays, having been inspired by the work of Alice Hendon on her blog "Creators Leaf". I have a lot to learn in their use, but here are a few results which I have attempted to tangle, particularly for the Facebook group "Stacked and Tangled"