Sunday, 24 July 2016

Dance of the Shadow

Hello my arty-farty friends,

We had another bonus lesson with the fabulous Mary Beth Shaw for Week 29 of Life Book 2016. It was a totally crazy lesson - we scribbled and scrunched; dribbled, doodled and dripped; painted, inked and even set fire to our work at one point - what an adventure!

Here's how mine came out ...

I've photographed it against the cement path outside my house, so it's not immediately obvious, but if you click on the pic and look closely, you will see that those are burn holes which go all the way through the paper. I think it would make a good cover for an art journal, what do you reckon?

Mary Beth certainly has a way of encouraging you to let go of your inhibitions and just play!

I can't wait to see what the next lesson has in store for us :o)

Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon.

Annie xxx

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Finding the Light

Hello Bloggy Peeps,

This month in our Life Book adventure has been all about light and dark. The lesson for Week 28 was with the wonderful Tamara Laporte, creator of Life Book, and it was called Embracing All of You. Tam encouraged us to work with a whole figure this time, rather than just a face as we have before.

Here's how mine turned out ...

We started by using a gelli plate to create a grungy background, masking off the silhouette of a figure, then used torn paper masks and gesso to make the shapes of trees. After that, various media came into play to add shadows, highlights and extra detail - I used Inktense pencils, Prismacolour pencils, Pitt Pens, Posca Pens, Neocolour II crayons and Golden Fluid Acrylic paints.

And what a lovely messy time I had. Need to go clean my room now .....

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Life Book 2016 ATC Swap

Hello bloggy mates,

What a busy week I'm having - off work, but SO much to do!!! However, the sun is shining and I feel very positive ... every little thing is gonna be all right now :o)

Not much time for blogging and artyfartyness this week, but I just wanted to show you the beautiful ATCs which I received from the lovely Mychele Boardman for the Life Book 2016 ATC swap ...

Aren't they GORGEOUS!?! I love the layered backgrounds, the colours and most of all those beautiful faces which just radiate a feeling of calm and tranquillity. Our theme was "Healing and Transformation - working with the Inner Critic" - something which many of us can relate to I think.

Mychele also sent me some beautiful hand painted papers and fibres and other goodies which I will enjoy using in a project very soon! Here are the two ATCs I made for Mychele ...

It was a bit daunting joining this ATC Swap - mainly because my Inner Critic tells me my ATCs will not be good enough - but Life Book is such a supportive community and it is wonderful to make a connection with another Life Booker, even though we will never meet IRL.

Thanks for checking out my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Embrace and Transform

Hello my bloggy friends,

This week, I travelled back in time to week 24 of Life Book 2016 to catch up on a lesson with the fabulous Tamara Laporte, creator of Life Book and Teacher Extraordinaire!

The lesson was all about working with our Inner Critic and Tam showed us the wonderful "paint-over-collage" technique which she does so well. This time, she encouraged us to incorporate an animal into our painting ...

It just had to be a cat for me, and somehow this one ended up sitting on his companion's shoulder. There are definitely shades of my little friend Archie there - he used to look at me just like that ....

Thanks for visiting my blog today, see you again soon :o)

Annie xxx

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Gelli Time!!

Hello, me again!

Just popped back to show you a quick peep at my first ever experiments with my brand new Gelli Plate. oh Wow!!! I'm going to get addicted to this :o)

I watched some brilliant YT videos by the talented Barbara Gray from Clarity Stamps - check out her YT channel for loads of ideas, tips and inspiration.

Here's a closer look at my results so far ...

Recycled Reflections

Hello there Bloggy Peeps,

I had a lovely day today - playing in my craft room for the first time in what feels like AGES!! For week 25 of Life Book 2016, we had a bonus lesson with the inspiring Rae Missigman, who showed us how to make a little art journal out of one of those paper wallets your photo prints are sent in - genius!! :o)

Here's how mine turned out ...

The gorgeous fibres were sent to me by my lovely bloggy friend Zsuzsa - I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use them. Inside the wallet there is lots of space for me to store ATCs-in-waiting and mixed media experiments I've saved to use as backgrounds for tags and such ...

The wallet had a coat of gesso and several layers of paint, so it's quite robust, and I reinforced it with washi tape at strategic points ...