Well, actually there are lots of things in my sketchbooks & art journals, most are just practices of techniques or notes of things to try but lately I’ve been making a concerted effort to actually draw, regularly and finish things rather than leaving them because the self critic was talking a little too loudly.
At the beginning of April I spent a couple of nights in hospital, I have multiple sclerosis and it was making itself known by affecting my sight. I’ve been diagnosed since early 2005, first big attack in late 2004 & really not much since so it was a big wake up call. I often get sore hands, fatigue & yucky numbness but nothing this scary and it has caused a little rethink. I’m taking more time to rest, more time to create and enjoy the little things in life that little bit extra. Part of that is a commitment to share more online, as a way of keeping myself honest and away from the business of life.
So here a couple of recent drawings/paintings from my Moleskin planner, the place I’m trying to do the ‘Documented Life’ project but mostly it’s a place to record crafty stuff – and draw!
The one at the top I did in hospital with limited supplies and someone looking over my shoulder every few minutes.
This one I did a while ago while watching a Pam Carriers video. A very different way to draw & shade but I like it.
This girl is my one from yesterday, I am finding I like to sketch on lined paper – give it a bit of evenness or something.
I’m linking this post to Dion Dior’s site for her Friday Sketches posts – they have been keeping me inspired of late and I’m a great fan of Dion’s, a fellow Aussie.
If you follow my Instagram you have probably worked out that one of my boys is a keen mountain biker, or more specifically a downhiller. Downhill cycling is a sport where you take yourself to the nearest mountain track and throw yourself over the side in a race to the bottom by the quickest time. Crazy! But he loves it with a passion.
I created this layout to celebrate his recent achievement of a podium position for a downhill endurance race. For this one the aim was to complete as many runs as possible over four hours. Josh came third!
This month, Darkroom Door is one of the sponsors of CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and I used Darkroom Door stamps on my page. Here’s the case file:
The idea is to use the above image, colour scheme and information for inspiration. For evidence I used – cogs, metal, bicycle and numbers and for testimony I journaled about something ‘mind-boggling’ but the inspo word ‘move’ was also inspiring. After all, Josh was on the move for 4 hours!
I started the page with a few swipes of Gelatos and used a wet Faber Castell sponge blender to blend. I laid my photos on top and marked out rough positioning for the next step.
A few cogs from the Darkroom Door Steampunk set and random partial stampings of the Darkroom Door Grid background stamp added a bit of interest.
I painted a couple of swatches of Distress Crackle to add a bit of texture and once dry rubbed it over with Gelatos – the Gelatos filled in some of the cracks to add an extra dimension of colour. As it was a mountain bike competition, I only wanted parts of the bicycle wheels sticking out from underneath my pictures so I inked & stamped only a portion of the bicycle. (it’s still the wrong type of wheel but oh well!)
A Tim Holtz number 3 reinforces Josh coming third – a bit of Distress Paint takes away the shiny silver to give a slightly enamel look. Some strip journaling and a title and it was done.
- Darkroom Door Enjoy the Ride stamp set
- Darkroom Door Steampunk stamp set
- Darkroom Door Grid background stamp
- Gelatos & sponge blending tool
- Ranger Archival Ink – black, watering can & fern green
- Tim Holtz number
- Ranger Distress Crackle rock candy
- Ranger Distress Paint – picket fence
In Australia it is Autumn, but in Brisbane where I live you would never know that the season has changed. It is as warm and sunny as ever but the flowers in my garden are disappearing and getting ready for the transition to Winter.
I thought this cheery card featuring frangipani’s might bring a bit of sunshine for your day. I love the quote it features – nature really is marvellous!
For this card I’m using one of my new stamps from Darkroom Door – Postcard Frame. It is fabulous to use, so versatile and just the right size for a tag or card front. Once it was stamped in red, I trimmed it out and layered on my card front with some patterned paper. Then came a bunch of frangipani flowers stamped with Momento ink and coloured with Copics. I’ve listed the colours I used down below to make it easy. Most of the flowers were coloured with the tip to tip Copic colouring method to give a bit of colour graduation. They were trimmed out and given a bit of dimension and glued down by just the centres so that the petals can stick up a little.
I hope you enjoyed this card. I’ll be sharing more on the Darkroom Door blog using the new stamps as will the rest of the design team – make sure you come and check us out!
Darkroom Door Full Bloom stamp set
Darkroom Door Postcard Frame stamp
Ranger Archival Red Geranium ink
Momento Black ink
Copic blending cardstock
Patterned paper – Simple Stories Snap Life
Copic markers – Y04, Y18, Y38, R24, R17, Colourless blender
A little while ago one of my online friends posted about working on a challenge based on a swatch of vintage fabric. I was intrigued by the idea and decided to join in.
Materialized – all participants must respond to the fabric, ie; the pattern, the texture or the colour palette, by creating a finished piece incorporating or referencing their swatch.
The material will plant the seed of a creative idea and the final designs will “materialize” as the ideas ger…minate and grow into the finished piece.
The result will be a diverse collection of work that incorporates fashion and clothing, textiles, jewellery, accessories, works on canvas and paper and sculptural pieces.
Here is a peek at my canvas with the swatch fabric.
The challenge was run by Liz Jones at Gleaners Inc, a handmade design retailer based in Brunswick, Victoria. The idea was to create a piece, inspired by the vintage fabric which would then be included in an exhibition as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program (boy is a mouthful!)
The exhibition will run throughout March and you can find more details on the Materialized Facebook page.
The exhibition opens on March 7 – if you are a Melbournite I’d love to hear if you visit the exhibition!
Would you like to see the first official project I have created for Darkroom Door stamps? Pop over to the blog so you can see my full card and step by step details on how it was created.