Friday, 25 June 2010

End of week round up 25.6.2010




My latest journal pages( check out and try the photo mono printing, if you want me tp post a tutorial on photo mono printing, just leave a comment,)

Hello
First of have a lovely summer!!! The warm weather has just kicked in for good where I live, so i hope this will open a whole new door to my creativity: getting inspiration from the great outdoors.

But for today I want to bring you all the creative things that have been passing my mind lately. first of all this amazing video by journalgirl, about reflecting on your day is super inspiring when you need a topic to journal about and it has already made my art journal more true and juicy.


Click to make the above image bigger, it was inspired by her video:
www.ustream.tv/recorded/7661471

Then these two links have a lot of potential: how to make flowers to use in art and a magazine canvas. Check them out.

The photo mono printing journal page is also my Grid page prompted by GPP Street team prompt. I just created a grid around my photo mono print, which I had doodled on and then in each grid a drew, doodled or wrote the first thing that came into my mind. This was a cool exercise.(click on the yellow journal page at the top to get a bigger picture).

To finish off some ideas on my todo list:

1. a journal page in red
2. create a zine about animal rights
3. make and use some homemade clay
4. Make some artists trading cards
5. Art outside
6.work on my secret journal house(i will be sharing my slow progress soon.)

Have fun!!!
One last question to every one plaese leave a comment with the answer, I will post a comment with my answer in it:
What is your all time fave art supply and why?

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Art must haves for journaling in the garden



So a few posts ago, I posted a very cool page I create in the garden. I LOVE DOING So during the summer. IT is just so inspiring and fun! So, if you want to spend some time makin art in the garden, just grab a little table and chair or sit at your picknick table. Now garb a lunchbox and fill with goodies:
  • Camera(to take inspiring photos)
  • acrylicpaints( TO paint with:))
  • suncream(you dont want to get burnt and it can be used like gelmedium as a glue)
  • paintbrushes and water
  • pens for journaling

I only use these basic supplies and then just create whilst listening to craftpodcast such as craftsanity and craftypod. What pod casts do you like to listen to?

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Arthistory Crashcourse part 1: Impressionism







I am launching a brandnew series about art history. Every tuesday, I will bring you the history on a time period, artist, art matêrial or piece of art.



The Impressionism offically started in the mid 1860's, when the first exhibition was launched containing impressionist pieces by artists such as Monet, Degas, Cezanne and van Gough.It was a personal way pf portraying the light and colours of the world.The art style was more about painting a reproduction of the true spirit rather than co├╝pining nature down to the barest detail. I think that art journalers can learn from them that you should depict the world as you see it and never be afraid to include the truth no matter how ugly that might be.
Impressionism is baout how the artist sees the world in that very spilt second and the ever changing reality. Colour was very important, ^the colours should convey the atmosphere of busy life in pure brilliance. It became more popular to go out in the fresh air and to paint face to face rather than being in a studio. These artists also figured out that the sun is not a single colour, but a sum of pure chromatical values.Light was important to impressionists and they use brush strokes to represent the vibrations of light.This could make a fun prompt: try painting a scence, by onld painting in the light or apply a thick layer or paint and then consoiusly create brush stroke texture.
Black became regongnized as a colour of its own and was no longer banished from the palette.Colours were applied in fantastic new techniques that either allowed them to blend or spilt the dark from the light.Basicly they paint reality as it is in the eyes of the painter with emphasis on light and colour. I think this is a cool attitude to have towards art journaling to.
I hope you have enjoyed this brief history crashcourse, as you have noticed, I will throw in some artsy inspirational ideas that came to me when I learned about it.
Now go make art!!!! Do you want to adda ny ideas you get from impressionism, please comment below and share.In order to promote commenting on my blog, I will post everyone's blog adress on my side bar, who leaves a comment.¨
XXO MAKEALIFE

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Get outside that studio!!!




My work space outside, a pretty flower,a photo and the painting of the thing I painted.






Today it was warm weather and I had time and I had no ideas of what art I should create, so I went outside. I have a table and chairs outside, so I grabbed a few supplies: my art journal, camera, ipod,acrylic paints, watersoluable pencils, pain tbrush and water and a pencil. Then I simply sat down and started to create a wonderful impressionist painting of this part of my garden.I focused on the wonderful colours and basic shapes of the painting. I let go of thinking, oh that isn't very good and I think that itz turned out great. Yes, I know it does not look really realistic, but I love it. My painting really captures the colours of my garden. The coolest thing is that now that the light has changed, the colours did to, so I have captured my garden in an absolute unique way. The colours will never be the same. Try this experiment to, I took a photo and compared the colours, guess what mine were nicer, more saturated and just generally more realistic, colour wise. Ask yourself what do you feel, is the colour and feel more important to you or is it more important to you for the image to look realistic.To me, the first is way more important when it comes to art.


I dare you to try it to, grab your fave supplies and head out to your garden to create an impressionist painting or some fab photos. Another new thing I ma in to lately is Craftsanity, a fab podcast.I especially love the episodes about artistic people. I love listening to podcasts whilst I create art.

Lastly sorry I have been away for a while, but first I went on a trip to italy and then lately, Until now i did not feel like blogging and to me, it should be fun. But I am back!!! YAY!!!!Here are somethings that will be coming up lately:

  1. Some info on great artists, both from art history and present day people.I am hoping to interview some people to, so if you are interested in being interviewed please leave a comment.
  2. Ways to grow as an artist, such as how to start my own spin on summer projects
  3. More things about art quilting and other creative fabric things
  4. How to get active about animal rights( check out www.peta.org.uk )
  5. Awesome links

Please leave a link to some art you have done outside.:)

Makealife