Thursday, 31 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
had to go by was one two paged artical in craft magazine.It gave me a rough idea of what art journaling was but just staded use any materials you feel happy with and you have on hand.Now this is a very valid point and I do agree that you should use whatever materials you have and love, but still when you start out this can be hard.mabey you havent done much art yet and you want to learn about what materials are good to use.So in this post i hope to help any newcomers to artjournaling to find some cool art supplies and to show you all what materials I use.A while ago i did post some good videos from youtube on tthis , as you may wish to check out:http://makealifeandmore.blogspot.com/2009/05/supplies-4-art-journal.html
so here we go:
PAINTS: I use two kinds-Watercolour and acrylic paints.I use the Studio Lascaux acrylic paints(http://www.lascaux.ch/english/farben/studio.htm) in dark red, bright red, yellow, lemon yellow, bright blue, dark blue, magenta(pink),black and a huge tube of white which also doubles as my gesso.I hayve a small palette of waterclours(see picture).
BRUSHESand other application methods:I use a bristle brush in size6,a size 11 and 13 0f those normal round ones,two one inched flat brushes for painting walls(i use for backgrounds), a small palette knife,an assortment of brushes in the sizes 6,6,10,4 and some unlabeld, a flat brush in size6, a middle sized waterhandeld brush and a sponge roller.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
I feel that in the last month or so, my writing skills on my blog and also my art has gotten better.Also I have sterted to work a bit more outside of my artjournal. I am working on a collaged jewelry box and 10 collaged bookmarks as christmas gifts.Yes I am still working on them.I know i should get a move on but I think art should not be rushed.When i am done I will post some photos though.
But for now I leave you with three photos of some of my latest art work.
1.My very first attempt to make an artists trading card.I loved making it. What do you think?
2.Is a journal page.The women where inspired by the volturi in new moon.I know theres not much visual reseblance but its more the feel i got when drawing them.
3.The first picture in the series of three pictures i want to hang up in room. Divided onto each it will say Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.So for the second I am going to paint a big eye.
Monday, 21 December 2009
One thing I have already learned is that a good way to strat is with colour and then gesso, this starts of your page nicely.Next just keep adding not covering with every layer.I got this very good piece of advice from one of suzi blus videos.So for now i will leave you with the 3 best videos i have found on the subject:
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You may also like:
http://makealifeandmore.blogspot.com/2009/12/pretty-layers.html This is one of my first layered pages i every did:
(I have decided to give you one or two links to other related posts on my blog to get you seeing all the work i have put in on older posts)
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tips on how to get started and great resources and more http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/abstract/art-journaling-101.html
A Heart prompt here.http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/?p=754
A whole page of promptshttp://www.journalgirl.com/journalprompts/
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
2.When rolling your dough out, sandwich it between two coolbags instead of using floor
3.To give it a nice shiny finish mix icing sugar with milk.4
4.If you want a chocolate topping add some coconut fat to you choclat to make it more shiny
5.if you are alleergic to nuts just add some fine oats
6.Dont let your cookies cool down for to long as they may start to crumble apart
7.If were talking gingerbread add a piece of apple to the storage box as this makes it stay fresh longer.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
What do you think of my new art journal cover?It was so simple to make, i simply cut out random bits of paper and glued them on and them coverd the whole thing with cellotape.The tool thing(is it called a spatula?)on top of it is new and im hoping to do marie antoinettes hair withit.
Okay so sorry the pictures are not in the correct order , but its hard uploading on blogger.:)Anyway here comes a cool Tutorial:
Saturday, 12 December 2009
...Your best friend:
How about these pretty FIMO friendship necklace?;http://www.cutoutandkeep.net//projects/clay_best_friends_lover_necklaces
Or some nice bath soaks or something(search in google)
This cute http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-appliqued-succulent-sachet.html sachet
...Your gameaddictat friend(joke)
this fab skirthttp://soyouthinkyourecrafty-tuts.blogspot.com/2009/11/when-it-comes-to-being-turkey-its-best.html
my cats have tested these toys and love themhttp://myfantastictoys.blogspot.com/2009/05/cat-toy-plushies.html
...Your Tee loving Friend
http://weefolkart.com/content/tea-wallet-little-birdie-branch so they can take their teabags everywhere
...Any one who loves cts and tea
make them a catteacosyhttp://bustleandsew.blogspot.com/2009/11/sleepy-cat-tea-cosy-tutorial.html
....a lovely gift
This shrinky dinks necklacehttp://lilblueboo.blogspot.com/2009/11/teeny-tiny-shrinky-dink-leaves-necklace.html
So get crafting!!!
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
1.Did you see a good film lately?Journali about it, add colours that make you think of it, add your ticket from seeing it and write what the story was about.
2.Experiment with diffrent new mediums like crayons or shading with coloured pencils
4.Draw people and add your fave quotes.
5.Make a page with pictures of all your favorite stuff.Use your fave colours and photos ....
6.Design and plan new projects or partys in your art journal.
7.Grab a magazine and use it in your page in some way.
8.Make cool backgrounds and cut people out of an old book page and go from there.
9.Use photos of yourself
10.At the beginning of a new month makew a page with goals you haave for that month and tick em off as you go
11.Go overboard with your fave stamp and add glitter
13.Cut out random words stick em on the page and get inspired from that.
14.Next time you go to an art gallery, make notes and buy postcards . Then make a journal entery about it.
15.If youre in abad mood.Go grab your art journal and express yourself in colour and words .It helps!!!
17.Doodle while you listen to podcasts
Happy art journalin!!!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Okay so I have this cool plan to make some photo FIMO coasters as christmas presents, so today i bought the supplies.A huge chunk of white FIMO and FIMO liquid with which you can transfere photos.So stay tuned for how that works out.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
DO NOT go and buy yourself a new one, as you will spill paint , glitter and tea all over it!!!Just use an old one you would other wise throw away or go and get one in a second hand shop. It should be big enough though for all your supplies.Also it helps if it has drawers and lots of room underneath to store supplies.
Your best option is to get two lights - one coming from the left and the other from the right, but if you only have onê put on the left if youre righthanded and on the right if your left handed. Otherwise your hand will block the light hitting your journal properly.
Make sure it has a backrest so you can journal for hours on end .And it should be comfy!!!
Tins or jars are a great sulution for storing paint brushes, pencils, pens and scissors.
I pile my books I use for art journaling on my desk, but you may want to put up a shelf for them.I think the best way to store stamps is n a drawer.I just arrange a lot of my stuff on my desk. But I do keep paper in a basket under my desk- I have 3-One for pretty patterned paper, one for Junk paper and one for old magazines.
Their are many ways you can get inspiration from your work space:
Create an inspiration board or file-simply fill with images you love but dont know how to use yet.Hang up lots of pictures and postcards that inspire you.Keep your fave books close.Arrange your supplies in an inspiring way.Have lots of magazines around you.Cut out random words in adveance and when you dont know what to journal about let them inspire you. Have some kind of music player near so you can get inspired by your fave music whilst art journaling.
Keep a notebook or file to record all the great quotes and prompts from the web near so you will always have an inspiration kick!!!!
So that was just a few tips based on the way i have my artsyden organized.Tip: Have some comfy seating solutions near you, so can do the page at your desk and then journal in a nice comfy space:)
Happy art journaling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, 20 November 2009
1.The newest issue of lets knit.I love this magazine, okay Im really not that good at knitting but it has some nice simple patterns to and is full of inspiration for diffrent things. This issue has an extra mag with it on knitting hats, scarves and gloves.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
So hope that inspired you to create zour own pages.Happy Journaling
Friday, 13 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Cute knitted bear x-mas decorations;http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/free_knitting_patterns/
Knitted stocking: http://littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk/free_knitting_patterns/2007/06/knitted_mini_ch.html
Super cute lamb i-pod case:http://www.hipgirlie.com/2007/11/06/diy-ipod-mp3-case/
A super cool way to use up old starbucks cups or just have fun:http://aliedwards.typepad.com/_a_/2009/10/tuesday-tutorials-wilna-furstenberg-.html
Crochet a really cute owl:http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/BabyChild/WT1741%20Cutest%20Little%20Owl.htm
Retro inspired FIMO hearts:http://www.cutoutandkeep.net//projects/retro_inspired_fimo_heart_jewellery
SO THERE ARE A FEW TUTORIALS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
So youve finished reading your magazine.What do you do with it?
a) You throw it away
b)You recycle it
c)You give it tô a friend
d) You keep it and read in a few months again
e)You use it in arty ways
What did you pick?
I always do e) (okay sometimes i do d) first but then i do e))
So you may ask How can i use it in an Artsy way?
Well you have many options, Im sure I dont know them all , so if you wish to ad to the collection leave a comment.
1.Cut out pictures and use them in your art journal, create gluebooks, decorate furniture and whatever else you can think of
2.Think of a theme for example Autum.Now collect all the info and pictures you can out of lots of magazines and create a collage.
3. Cut out words and use them in art
So thats what i do, but now you can use these simple ideas in any way you want.Why not decorate a canvas or piece of furniture?
1.Is there a film you wanna see? Yes then create an artjournal page around it and add a pocket for tickets and newspaper reviews
2.Practise mixing coloured pencils and then artjournal it up a bit
3.Write down you feelings
4.experiment with new art supplies
5.paint people and draw their face as practice
6.draw spme still life in colour
7.Try to use your art journal as a way of learing for school, by using info you have to learn in your art.
8.Make a page about things you like
9.Use cartoons out of newspapers in you art
10.PLan partys inside in a creative layout.
11.Rip up magazines and use thwm in diffrent ways
12.Create a page around a quote
13. write lists
15. write about art gallery visits
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
"If you're going through HELL keep going" Cant remeber how said this quote but its damm good.
Mini creative challenge:
Take this quote and this video and use it to inspire what ever you do creativly.Your artjournal,your art, your photos, your blog , your knitting, your sewing -WHATEVER just go and DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
So to get started here are a few links:
1.Craft had a few articles about yarny buissness:http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/cozy_up_to_yarn/
2.Wanna go travln?http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/07/simple_yarn_project_travel_cas.html
3.Make some cute logcabin washcloths:http://www.purlbee.com/log-cabin-washcloths/
4.Q:How can i use up all my scrap yarn in a project?
A: Make mixnmatch yarn:http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/09/how_to_crazy_yarn.html
5.Make an Owl yarn oganizer:http://www.girlontherocks.com/knit/blog/2009/01/12/crewel-for-christmas/
So there`s a small taster.More coming soon!!!
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Observations of weather, seasonal changes, animal behavior, animal tracks, birds at the feeder, the shapes of leaves or twigs, insects on the windowsill, flowers, grasses, mosses, bark, even soil. Be sure to include the date and time, and if you don’t know the name of an animal or plant, try looking it up in a field guide when you get home.
Drawings of landscapes, wildlife, items collected on a walk, your children or other people, plants, insects, mushrooms. These can be simple pencil or pen sketches, or full-color drawings or watercolors. Don’t worry about your artistic skill—no one else has to see your work; the point is to have fun and sharpen your observation skills.
Poetry or Essays about the things you observe in nature, the memories your outdoor experiences evoke, and reflections on how these details fit into the bigger picture of your life and the world. As with drawing, the finished product is less important than your experience of fashioning words from the natural world.
Tools for Nature Watching:
Magnifier of 5X or 8X
Trail Guides and Maps
Good Hiking Shoes
Water to Drink
Neutral colored, cotton clothing
Snack of Trail Mix
Plastic Freezer Bags (For collecting treasures)
Nature Journal Supplies:
A good sketch pad, journal, or notebook
Mechanical pencils (They keep a sharp point)
Soft, cushy finger grips for pencils
Black ink pen - ball point or felt tip
Prismacolor Pencils if you wish to color your sketches
Things to Include in Journal Entries:
Time (Be specific)
Weather (You can include temperature, wind, humidity, and sky conditions)
Habitat or Location
Draw and label details of your specimen
Compare sizes (Size of thumbnail, thumb, finger, palm, etc.)
List Textures or patterns (fuzzy, thorns, freckles, spots, smooth, etc)
How are the leaves and veins on the leaves arranged?
A simple sketch will do. You may wish to try and trace items like leaves.
Might wish to press leaves and flowers and tape into journal and cover with clear contact paper.
Make note on what's going on: What is the animal doing or what period of growth is the plant.
Make note of landmarks of your adventures. Wild animals make note of landmarks and often keep coming back to their same spots. If you mention that it is on the blackberry trail near the old fallen Oak, you can later retrace your steps.
Make note of items like owl pellets, ants, dropped feathers, cocoons, or insect wings on your nature adventure. All of them have a story to tell.
What to Look For:
Stripes, spots, or streaks
Bands or rings around the tail
Mask or dark band across the face or around the eyes
Bars or bands across the tail
Narrow bar of white across the wing (wingbars)
Eye-ring or ring around the eye
Eyebrow or streak of contrasting color above the eye
Bib or dark area under the throat
Neck bands, rings, or a broken band
Spots, either large or freckles
Crest or long head feathers
Make note of the sound the bird makes.
On Butterflies, Moths, Beetles, and Other Insects:
Shape or length of antennae
Wing patterns of either borders, bands, or stripes
Camouflage patterns or colors
Eye spots or false eyes - large round spots that may serve to frighten away enemies.
The height of the plant - ground or knee high?
Number of petals of a flower
Shape of flower - trumpet or separate petals?
Colors and patterns - stripes, spots, or dots?
Center of flowers - different colors and shape?
Sepals (green petals) - shorter or longer than the petals?
Leaves of flowers - rosette design at base of stem or along the stem in arrangements of either opposite or alternative?
What is the size of the leaf - thumb or thumbnail?
Edges of leaves - smooth, wavy, or toothed?
What is the leaf texture - waxy, leathery, thick, fuzzy, smooth, or rough?
On trees, notice the same leaf observations.
Shape, size, and texture of tree.
Notice the fruits and nuts of trees.
Bark of trees - smooth, flaky, stringy, rough, etc.
Seasonal Nature Sites:
Now is the time to go and enjoy bird watching. The males have on their colorful coats and are singing to attract the females. Nests are also being built.
Frogs are beginning the choruses. Find a pond and watch the frog cycle in process.
Plant some seeds. Draw what the different plant seeds look like.
Investigate some spring flowers. How soon did the first flower pop its head out of the snow and what was it?
Go on a hike and enjoy the first bursts of life coming out everywhere.
Insects are starting to get noisy. Listen! What insects are you hearing? Make some notes of what they sound like and study how they make their noises.
Explore some wetlands. Dragonflies, turtles, and wetland wildflowers are sure to be admired.
Those beach trips offer investigations into shells and sea birds.
Grow a garden and note the changes you find there from week to week.
Plant a butterfly garden and enjoy watching and drawing all the different types and their behavior.
What an excellent time to do leaf studies of trees. Enjoy their color, their fragrance, and all the different types.
Harvest time provides a look into different fruits and vegetables.
Note the flowers that bloom only during this time of the year.
Certain farms open up for tours during this season. Take advantage of them if you don't live on a farm and draw the different farm animals you find. Ask some questions and make note of what the animals were doing.
Pumpkins are always fun to measure, check if they float, cut apart, estimate seeds, and then count them.
How many different types of apples can you find?
Learn some about animal tracks and go tracking. The snow makes an excellent blanket for tracks to show up clearly.
Keep your bird feeder filled and watch which birds come visiting each day.
Mark small holes in the snow. A burrowing animal lives there. Check the site out come spring.
Search out some snowfleas. These are not actually fleas, but they are very tiny insects that can be found abundantly on the surface of the snow around trees.
Note the shape and size of snowflakes on your mittens. Draw a few and dry to make copies of them as an art project.
This is a great time to really make some detailed notes of different tree barks.
Evergreens can provide some interesting plant studies.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Some SUGGESTIONS for what you can do with this journal:
-Include pressed flowers and leaves you find. You may also record time and location where you found them and identify them using a flora. Maybe describe it with botanical terms.Since this is an ART journal, you may do this on a watercolored background, or whatever else.
-Journal about your favourite spot. For example, if you have a favourite tree to sit under, try to share this experience with us. Take a photo of your tree, write how you feel about this tree, what it means to you. Share memories connected to this tree. Include leaves from the tree, do leaf printing, do a sketch of the tree, or a watercolour painting, this can be abstract if you are not a good figurative painter, just express the colors of the tree. Include photos taken in the morning and at night.
-Take a walk in nature, document your trip, write about flowers and animals you see, the mood you have, share your photos taken on that trip, include a pressed flower you find beautiful, make an abstract painting with acrylic or watercolour in the colors you saw on your trip, or figurative if you have the skills.
-You can make leaf and flowers pressing by just stamping them on the page with paint. Or you can use them as a negative.
-You can also use magazine images, pages from books, or other images/rubberstamps etc to show what you have seen. But it should be image of something you have seen in nature, not just any nature picture. It should be personal pages
.-Recreate a flower you saw, making a paper flower of scraps…then you can paint the stem, and include real leaves from the flower. That is really mixed media, which I encourage in this journal.
Ad by me: Tip
Get a Moleskin or something as your natureart journal and when youre out and about note stuff on a notepad.When you get home you can sort your info into a cool pages and use big heavy books to identify the birds and trees youve seen.Take photos so you can do some drawing at home or bring a drawing pad, but leave you acctual journal at home, so it stays pretty with all the end results:).
This website has a few good tips to: http://homemade.truepath.com/nature2.htm
Monday, 5 October 2009
For a start i made some cute soap(sry forgott to take pics) and started my halloween costume(post some pics when im done).
And last but not least I wnet to a craftfair and bought loads of goodies, including shrinky dinks plastic, xxl thick wool, hat pattern, fat square of fabric and a cute unicorn stamp.