Wilderness Wandering

Come wandering in the wilderness with me?

Did you know that Australia has many wonderful wilderness areas? As a family we have been lucky to have visited some on the East coast but there are so many to explore. The Wilderness themed collection of products from Darkroom Door seeks to capture some of our wild places and recently I was given the Wilderness Word Block stamp to use in some projects.

Wilderness Wandering, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

The first project I created for this stamp was a watery watercolour one using an embossed image of the stamp as a resist. It was fun to splash watercolour around while making this one!

Wilderness Wandering, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

You can see my full card plus details on how it was made on the Darkroom Door blog.

 

Poppies in Bloom

I have a little trick when it comes to colouring flowers – I do a Google image search first! This gives me an idea of the range of colours a flower may come in so I have a starting point for my image. I was quite surprised by the myriad of combinations for poppy flowers.

Sending Sunshine with Poppies, Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

I created a couple of cards for the Darkroom Door Poppy stamp set and you can see the full details of these plus work from the other Darkroom Door contributing artists here.

Celebrate with Poppies,Robyn Wood, Purple Salt

Discover Colour

The first week of Life Book has come and gone and I’ve put the final touches to the first art journal & drawing lesson from Tamara Laporte. Tam themed the lesson around the idea of creating a Happy Traveller, a protective character that leads the way into the new year along with a soul animal or two.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media
Discover Colour – Life Book week 1

Mine turned out a little differently, as I want to make my online class practices more ‘me’ and less of the teachers this year. My soul animal was meant to be a fox but I guess I was meant to have the cat I ended up with! Never mind, first time drawing an animal like this from scratch so not so worried.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

My focus for this year is adventure. Adventures in art making, meeting up with my art sistas, travelling and an all round seeking of new paths. One of these will be learning more about art – so ‘Discover Colour’ seemed to be appropriate for this girl!

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

I love how she came together, especially the strings of doodles that hang from her hair. Those are pure Tam but I think you will be seeing more in future girls.

Purple Salt, Robyn Wood, art journal, mixed media

Below is a list of the basic supplies I used in creating her, one of the more unique ones is this rubbon – I’ve had it for ages so it was nice to finally give it a home. Leave me a comment if you would like to know what I used in more detail and I’ll try to help. I’d love to know which soul animal you have chosen for this year.

Supplies:

  • Neocolor II crayons
  • Ceramcoat acrylic paint in skin colours
  • Prismacolour pencils
  • Ranger Distress paints
  • Letraset Aquamarkers & Tombow markers
  • Sharpie fine white paint pen
  • Collage paper & rubbon
  • Stabilo All pencil
  • The Crafters Workshop stencils

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The Life Book 2016 year is still in the early weeks, if you are interested in learning from Tam and a great group of artists you can sign up here.

Today is the Day!

Hi, Happy New Year! I hope the year has started well for you. Today I’m sharing an art journal page as part of the new  Colour Me Positive art journal challenge run by LuLu Art. The theme for the first week of the year is gratitude and I’ve created this page while reflecting on and celebrating the things I’m grateful for.

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

There is something about the first week of the year. A chance to start fresh, a time to get started on that project, plan a holiday, tackle the completion of a long overdue assignment and any number of things. Don’t waste that time, those minutes of each new day, as you never get ‘today’ back!

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

For me this time is a chance to celebrate my multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Time to reflect on the changes and blessings that came into my life 11 years ago which culminated in a dreaded, life changing diagnosis, one that forever altered the path of my family and I. It is a time for celebration because having MS has meant staying at home with my sons instead of returning to full time work. I’ve continued to volunteer in my community and participate in all types of groups and events and I firmly believe that my life is better for it. So far I’ve been lucky – only a few minor issues and one pretty major attack 18 months ago that I’m mostly recovered from. I realise that could change any day, I could wake up tomorrow and some part of my body might not work quite as well as today.

Long ago, an MS researcher mentioned that studies were showing that each year that passed without significant disability could mean another two of the same. If that holds, and so far it has, then I might get to the magic ‘three score & ten’ without a lot of neurological damage or noticeable disability. Here is hoping anyway!

A few years ago, increasing fatigue meant reducing my part time working hours. But having MS meant that I had to go searching for something else to give me a challenge, to help my brain retain some level of neuroplasticity. This is the magical bit of our brains that helps us grow new thinking pathways – important when you have a disease that affects cognitive function! I am a long time paper crafter, creating cards, scrapbooking, bookmaking and such but I needed something a little ‘more’. Thankfully I discovered the world of mixed media. It was pretty new and there was a whole gamut of new techniques to discover, learn and practice. Many years later, I’m still firmly in the grip of this wonderful form of art and I couldn’t be happier!

Robyn Wood Purple Salt www.purplesalt.net

Today is the Day!

Supplies:

  • Darkroom Door stamps – Poppies & Butterflies sets, French Script Texture, Bingo Numbers Eclectic, French Script Background
  • Dina Wakley stencils – Essentials, Halves, Spinners
  • Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle
  • Acrylic paint, paper napkin, washi tape, tissue paper
  • Liquitex – matte medium, gesso
  • Words – Ali Edwards Old + New Story Kit

Edited to add: if you wish to read another perspective on living with a chronic illness, check out my friend Bree Hogan and her article ‘Who knew I would ever feel grateful for having a chronic illness

Art Catch Up – online art class love

You can probably guess; I love online art classes – I have joined lots of them over the years with varying degrees of success. Usually, I underestimate the amount of free time I will have or the amount of practice needed to achieve the skills I was hoping to learn. Occasionally a class steals into my imagination so quietly that I barely notice and the next thing I have completed a whole body of new work based around the class lessons. This happened recently with a class by Jane Davenport & Joanne Sharpe called ‘Miss Quoted’.

Miss Quoted combines Jane’s love of drawing whimsical girls and Joanne’s skills at teaching lettering with their joint fascination with the mercurial properties of watercolours. I was lucky to attend a weekend workshop with Joanne at Jane’s earlier this year and was hooked on her style of teaching – you can’t help but learn and it doesn’t seem like work or dreaded practice to complete the lessons.

Sparkle Quote

Miss Quoted starts with a bunch of lettering exercises, alphabets and such based on our own handwriting. I found it a great way to train my hand back to a bit of cursive style – I’ve been printing my letters for years! Lately I’ve been happily writing quotes in watercolour in the cute Moleskine watercolour journal I am using for class.

Milly & Monty

It wouldn’t be a Jane Davenport class without lessons on drawing whimsical girls and this class is no exception. Jane teaches us to draw girls in a variety of ways with watercolour and her Epic pen. Check it out here if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I am really enjoying the process of combining pen and watercolour, there is something quite freeing about it as it can be quite uncontrollable.

Miss Quoted 2

As the name suggests there are quotes involved – or rather lettering in among the drawings of girls, in their hair, their clothing, across the pages they sit on – wherever they seem to fit best. I created this quartet based on the lessons and love how they turned out.

Miss Quoted 1