Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Bits and Pieces

I thought I would post photos of some of my latest projects.
 This is a birthday card I made for my niece. I made 3 sheets of background paper and then I photocopied them on to ordinary copy paper. They came out well and it means I can use them over and over.

 This is a journal page inspired by Klimt. I found an advert for cross stitch cushions, so I collaged some of the photos into my page.

 I used mixed media and lots of layers.

I took the pattern from the womans dress. I added a gold embossed frame to make the picture stand out.

 I discovered by accident that gel pen acts
as a base for embossing powder.

 Unfortunately it doesn't show
up that well.
I recently went to an art exhibition held by Hereford Cathedral School as part of the Three Choirs week. I was truly amazed by the range of different styles, the talent and energy of the pupils work. I am pleased to say there was a lot of mixed media work.

 I was also impressed by their drawing and sketching skills, especially of people.

Their portfolios were also on display to look through all of the inspiration and ground work undertaken to arrive at their final pieces.

I came home feeling inspired to revive my own drawing skills and analytical approach to it.

This is my very first quick sketch.

This is my second, this time the grids were very roughly drawn and I realised that I need more accurate grid lines to follow.

 This is a journal made from fused plastic bags then decorated using alcohol inks, mica powders and duct tape.

I am using it to store all of those small bits of art work, backgrounds, test pieces etc.
 this is a page in my junk journal, it is an acetate insert in a piece of packing. I watched a YT video using alcohol ink to decorate. I took it a step further and used sticker dots as a resist. I then used the stickers on another page.

 Apologies for the side on view. My daughter gave me a Klimt diary as a present and I never really used it until recently. I now stick all sorts of random bits and pieces in it. Bits that I cannot easily put into the bin or things that I don't really want to smash.  I find it works well.

 This is an unfinished page that I must have done a while ago and forgotten about. I was experimenting with texture paste and watercolours, I think.

Some of my current journals.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

Keep crafting, Hannah x

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