Friday, 11 September 2009
One journal keeper I connected with was Liz (Flickr name Borromini Bear) who generously contributed some of her work to my Travel Journal booklet.
A few weeks ago I was looking through her Flickr pages, and spotted a drawing of Vanburgh, the architect of Castle Howard in Yorkshire. She mentioned in her post that she was planning to visit the UK from Australia. I commented on her photo, asking if she was planning to visit Bath. Well, it transpired that she was indeed passing nearby, and had decided to stop off for tea at the world famous Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford-on-Avon in the morning en-route to Wales. As I do the school run to Bradford-on-Avon every morning this turned out to be perfect.
So, this morning I had the pleasure to meet up with Liz, and Borromini Bear himself, we sketched in the tea rooms and swapped journaling experiences. Here is Liz in action (with Borromini in the foreground) -
So, if you have been hesitating to start that journal, JUST DO IT, you never know what may happen.
To see some of Liz's wonderful journal pages, and read a little about her journaling experience take a look at this wonderful book she had printed
Saturday, 29 August 2009
They are painted with acrylic craft paints on watercolour paper
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Anyway, enjoy, and let me know if you like it too.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Still working on my travel journal, but here are a few pages...
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
The image transfer method can be found here
I wonder what she is doing now?
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
The Cellist of Sarajevo - by Steven Galloway
I loved the lyricism of Stephen Galloway's writing, but found his characters hard to warm to, even though they were in the trying circumstances of a city under siege.
My second book this week - A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khalid Hossini - also had war as a theme. I found this book utterly heartbreaking, and totally gripping...
Note: If you haven't read either book, then be warned that the text in my journal page will contain some spoilers...
Saturday, 18 July 2009
The images were painted in watercolour on watercolour paper, some have the addition of PanPastel in the background, and a little stencilling added, others also have some rubber stamping. I then made a little booklet out of dark green paper, and stitched it together, then pasted the watercolour paper on each page. Finally I made two covers using fine brass mesh, which were attached with thread sewn through the eyelets and attached to the sewn binding of the book, and then added some fibres as a finishing touch.
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Peter, Alex and I attended a fun event at the National Trust gardens at Stourhead today. They were running a painting workshop called "In the style of...", where we were invited to paint a view of the gardens in the style of one of the well known painters who had visited and painted the park in the past. The idea had been to paint en plein air, but unfortunately it was raining, so we worked in the education room.
Peter chose to paint in the style of Turner, I chose John Piper, and Alex was perhaps the bravest of us all, because he invented his own landscape (rather than copying a painting) in the style of Cezanne.
Friday, 3 July 2009
The latest news is that we have raised in excess of £20,000 for Water Aid, with money still coming in - so we are well on the way to reaching our target.
Update: We raised a grand total of £37,000! A big thank you to all who contributed.
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
I then applied a little more gesso to the tops of the 'waves' and the shoreline. The foam at the water's edge was created by sticking some fusible fibre (the no-sew hemming tape), heating it gently with a heat gun, then while it is still warm sprinkling on some white embossing powder and heating it again. It gives quite a good effect, although it is difficult to see in the photo. The finishing touch was to add some fibres to represent seaweed.
Sing for Water West - The Big Sing. 600 singers raising money for Water Aid
Still on the subject of water - today was the 'Big Sing' at Bristol harbour side - 600 singers from various community choirs around the West of England raising sponsorship for Water Aid.
All the singers have been learning the same 7 songs for the past few weeks, and came together to sing them this afternoon, with only one joint rehearsal in the morning (which I was unable to get to!) Fortunately, the forecast thunderstorms did not materialise, and we were, if anything, too hot. I can be seen in the photo above 2nd from the left in the back row - singing along with the Tenors. Click on the video below for an extract of our first song Iqude - a traditional Zulu song (filming courtesy of my son, age 11).
Did you know that -
- At least 4,000 children die every day as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
- 884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world's population.
- 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is almost two fifths of the world's population.
- WaterAid projects providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education cost just £15 per head.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The latest letter for our Alphabet Discovery Journal is Z - so what else than Zebra's, Zentangles and Zetti?
Haven't yet decided if I want to add some colour to this page
Drawn with Pitt Pen on multi-medium paper
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Week 1's assignment was to alter some pages in your journal. I purchased a really cheap (but functional) Seawhite journal - just 20 A4 pages, which will be just right as I will be treating this as a 'technique' journal. Here is a compilation of my altered pages (click the image for a larger view) -
Friday, 12 June 2009
The background is painted with Teal and Turquoise acrylic paint.
Monday, 8 June 2009
I cut out the star shapes, then used the smallest cut out as a negative stencil to create the shaded stars. The cut outs have different surfaces behind them. The top one has acetate (see through), the large star has Sheer Heaven behind it - painted with watercolour washes then with rubbing alcohol dropped on the surface to create the white areas (this was supposed to be a sky effect, but didn't quite work!). The smallest star has aluminium duct tape behind it to create a shiny effect. The last star is awaiting some sandpaper which will be pained black then silver. Eventually this will all be sandwiched together with sticky tape :)
The word South is from a clothing label. The page is finished off with silver swirls, stamping and silver embossing.
Friday, 5 June 2009
Trish is selecting letters in a random order, so it doesn't matter if you are late starting - head on over to the Yahoo Group and join the fun
This is my spread for the first letter - N - done simply with black acrylic, white gesso, and black and white Staz-On ink.
I am using a multi-purpose paper (for acrylics and watercolour) and will be binding the pages into a book later.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Background created with Ranger Adirondack Dye inkpad in Cranberry (direct to paper technique), collage, Pitt Artist Pen and Posca White Paint marker
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
First pages for Pam Carriker's 'Shades of Grey' workshop. Using various shades of grey Pitt Artist brush pens, in Moleskine sketchbook
Pam's online workshop can be found at the Creative Workshops site - you can sign up for it at any time
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Had a great girlie weekend away in Cornwall at a holiday home of a friend. The colour of the landscape was perfect for my new graphitint pencils.
My scanner does not render green well, so the colour is not too accurate on this scan.
The photo of the Folio is printed on Safmat (from Letraset), a transparent adhesive film - great for sticking photos to your journal without adding too much bulk.