When my daughter left primary school recently, the school presented us with a folder containing all her school reports and a series of self-portraits that she had drawn each year. It was such a lovely leaving gift.
It is interesting to see them all side-by-side showing the developmental stages of her drawing skills - the first one features the all important belly-button that all children seem to include in their early pictures! and the last one the introduction of shading. It is also interesting to see when she chose NOT to draw the glasses that she has worn since the age of 6...
A prickly subject.... again painted at the garden centre.
There is something very interesting about this particular garden centre, it is a family owned business, and one of the original founders is a lady of 101 and she still comes in to work every day! Well they say doing what we love keeps us young - she must be the proof...
Week 2 of my drawing and watercolour class - this week, seascapes, using masking fluid and spatter techniques, working from a photo. I'm really pleased with how this one has turned out, but must try harder to get my horizon line straight! I think what really made the painting was adding the little sailboats on the horizon - they weren't in the photo.
Another sky study this time I applied a Watercolour wash then removed some paint with a tissue to get the cloud effect, then back in with a darker colour when the paint was slightly wet to create the dark clouds. Landscape put in when sky had dried.
These were my first attempts at dry needle felting. They were completed in Denmark last summer when we were on holiday. My daughter and I were taught while we were there by a family friend.
The little character on the right was created as an example when my daughter had a 'felting party' for her 11th birthday. She invited 5 friends over and they had a great time - lots of broken needles, several minor stab wounds requiring plasters, but fortunately no serious injuries
Another amazing sculpture at the Eden Project - THE WEEE MAN (stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) - view the large size to read all about him.
We had a lot of fun trying to make out all the different things he was made of - the teeth were rather intriguing, then we realised they were computer mice! Do a Flickr search on WEEE to see lot's more photos of him.
Certainly got us thinking about what we will buy (and discard) in the future...
Collage on irridescent acrylics with white gel pen in Moleskine sketchbook. The poem reads -
TIME You can’t buy time, nor can you sell it You can lose it, but you can’t gain it back We all live on borrowed time, trying to steal more of it We talk of saving time, but all we do is fill it Some people have time on their hands, others have no time at all when in fact, we all have the same time— we have all the time there is Some people wouldn’t give you the time of day others take the time We say it’s time to get up, and time to go, and time to work as if time controls our lives We don’t say, it’s time to love or time to do nothing We waste time, doing what does not need to be done and what we have no pleasure in doing We let others control our time We don’t take the time, to think how we use this minute, this hour, this day, this year which make up this life
This collage was a 'thank you and leaving gift' for a wonderful lady with whom I worked with in a local Business Women's committee.
The tag actually has a little 'home' underneath the name, and it has a personal message on the reverse. The name buttons were made out of Fimo and stamped with a rubber stamp then painted with a Gold leaf pen.
The new addition to our family unit - we adopted her from the Cats and Dogs home a couple of weeks ago. We think she is about 10 months old and possibly a cross between a Staffie and a Whippet, with a bit of Labrador thrown in! She is very affectionate, playful and alert, and can run like the wind, but is a little nervous when out on the lead.
I had never particularly been a dog person - we used to have a lovely cat, but I must say I am enjoying her company and she gets me out of the house more which can't be bad
I used two techniques here. I drew the Flag Iris on the right first. It was drawn with watercolour pencils then painted over with a waterbrush, but I think I overworked it. It's always so hard when to know to stop!
The one on the left I painted with a light watercolour wash then shaved on some pigment from the watercolour pencils. This technique would have worked better on proper watercolour paper as the moleskine sketchbook does not seem to like getting too wet - it will take a certain amount of water but then tends to seep through to the back of the page. I like the looser look of this one though - what do you think?
Watercolour and watercolour pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook
We moved into a new house in January, the garden had been very neglected due to the previous owners ill health. So it has been a nice surprise to see a few flowers poke through the soil. So far we have had a patch of bluebells and these Lily of the Valley which have always been a favourite with their delicious scent and tiny white bells.
Not too pleased with the leaf on the left - it looks far too 'flat', still early days in my watercolour journey, much still to learn...
Welcome to my blog - my little bit of cyberspace to share my passion for journaling and mixed media. I hope you enjoy it. I love to hear your comments, and will always try to respond to any questions you may have.
Married with two children, a stepdaughter and two grandaughters. I am fortunate to live surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet only a few miles from the Georgian city of Bath. I have a passion for Visual Journaling and mixed media. When I was first starting out I found a lot of inspiration scattered around the web. So I decided to create a resource for anyone wanting to keep a journal and www.journalcraft.co.uk was born.
I previously spent 25 years in the IT industry, and still advise small businesses.