Monday, 13 February 2017

Watercolours

 
I thought I  would show some of my recent watercolours. Not sure where this is meant to be somewhere in my head that I would enjoy sitting and admire the view.
I never really seem to practice enough with watercolour paints as when I am in the mood I really enjoy using them. I think now there is more about that we can use such as inks. I found aqua inks a great way to learn the colours and becoming more fluid with the paints. I am also learning how to use wet in wet, its so relaxing and enjoyable just let it flow, easier said than done actually. I am the worst person ever for not letting go, I just see its looking ok and then I freeze for fear of messing the whole thing and having to start over. Oh the joys. But here is one I did as a practice really I never meant for it to be completed, starting with the sky then it evolved into some summer meadow. But I hope you enjoy seeing it.
 
The next painting is my favourite to do but much
more is needed to perfect such a scene. I can see lots wrong with it so this now allows me to improve on these. I mounted these both up and put them onto cards, these will be for family only for I know they will be a keep sake.
 
I have found since learning to paint how much I enjoy looking at the sky and observing colours. Even trees taking in their shapes and leaves colours etc. I love to go out in the car in the summer and admire the countryside when possible so much to see and witness. Before I hardly noticed clouds and trees, now a sunset is the best time of my day and early morning mists.
What ever you doing today enjoy look around you and take in the view you will be surprised at what you will see.
 
Happy painting
 
Holly
 
 

A little bit of watercolours

 
I started this card off using watercolour paper and
messing with some fluid washes of watercolour paints.
once dry I used Sheena Douglas stencil and used my watercolour sponge to add a darker green. Using some stamps for bushes and twigs as well as some drawn by myself to add a woodland effect.
The Faerie is a stamp from Crafters companion. Using watercolour card this time to cut out and raise I used watercolour paints and inks to colour her.
Please excuse the marking on the photo I used as these are normally available to see on my Facebook page for my artwork and available cards and gifts throughout the year.
I truly enjoyed making this card and it seems to have thrown me back into doing watercolours again. I have produced a few so will post them at some point soon.
 
Happy Crafting
 
Holly
 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Mix Media Mermaid

 
Thought I would post one of my recent canvases. I used the Prima doll mermaid stamp, love this stamp it's quite large but great for mix media. I used a canvas board for this project, for the background I used lots of bits and pieces such as papers lace and tissue paper to get some textures also added some modelling paste and a lovely stencil by creative expressions. It has a nice post mark and text. I added some buttons to give effect of bubbles as well as adding some beads. I gesso over in white then used Artiste spritzing inks of blue and sea green in various places and used a brush to pull out the inks before they were dry. Then using a brush in the ink made the effects of weeds in the water. Then inked some old bits of jewellery using alcohol inks these work great to die parts of beading or anything similar like shells. The mermaid doll for her tail I punched out some hearts different sizes and cut them in half then painfully added them one by one but the effect was just what I wanted. Added some beads to her hair and coloured her in using water based inks. The jelly fish are made from acetate and used a very thin coating of Dyna paint using the blue and pink colours with a touch of the green. The Octopus is also painted using Dyna paints and added some white gel pen to represent tentacles. The corners I added some metal ones from Santoro these were gesso over then used bronze wax and Dyna paint to change the look of them slightly.
 
 
 

I have added a closer photo above of the textures and embellishments I used on the canvas quite pleased how it all turned out but I think more room for improvements.

Happy crafting all

Holly


 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Book Cover

 
I have been really busy over past months, hence lack of posting here. Christmas seems to take lots of my time as well as running a craft group on Facebook. So finally I have been able to create another inky mess. Using Inkylicious stamps and Aqua watercolour pens.
I started with the Aquamarine shade and lots of water to give the background a simple wash leaving some areas white. Then adding Teal to create a darker blue with slight watered down slate. The edges are darkened using distress inks weathered wood shade and building up the shade. Not able to see on the photo maybe but used sparkle pens to add a hint of sparkle. Used a white pen to outline some of the blue areas.
The book page is part of a swap making 12 in all and all with the same design. Was quite a task the theme of the books Winter Wonderland.
 
Happy crafting
Holly