Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Spooky Happenings

A little bit of Halloween fun here today......
Two ATC's created by blending distress inks on to the background.
Added a bit of stencilling and some white paint pen splatters.

Stamped out the Halloween images from a Stampendous stamp set I've had for eons and coloured using distress markers, cut out and layered up onto the ATC's using foam pads or cosmic shimmer glue.

Added some shadows with a Pitt pen and edged them with black ink.
I'm entering my ATC's over at The Craft Barn blog where the theme is 'Halloween' click HERE for all the details and also over at the That's Crafty Challenge Blog where the challenge is Haunted Halloween, click  HEREfor all the info. 

Thanks for looking,
Claire xx

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Faces - Willowing Style!

Hi Everyone,

So I couldn't sleep last night so decided to have a go at another face as I'd enjoyed creating yesterday's face so much. So another person Leandra mentioned in her intro blog post HERE was Tam aka Willowing. I've long admired Tam's work and style of faces so was extremely pleased to see she has one of her 2015 Lifebook lessons open for free for four weeks as a little taster for Lifebook 2016.

So I watched all of the videos and there is also a very detailed PDF that accompanies the videos too.

The reason I wanted to try this technique was because I try to draw faces all the time but somehow - no matter how hard I try - they always seem to end up looking very similar!

So this technique involves using magazines to collage a background and uses a face from a magazine as a starting point for your page.

I didn't do a whole collaged background as I was working on a journal page that already had a pretty busy background - this is how it started out:

I cut up a picture from a magazine, added it to my page with gel medium, added random washi tape here and there then covered the page with clear gesso:

So there she is - the starting point......I spent a long time faffing with her skintone, adding highlights and lowlights to her. I used Paperartsy Frescos in Buff, Blush, Vintage Lace, Little Black Dress, Snowflake and Mocha Mousse.

And here is how she looks now:

Her eyes are Sky Fresco and her lips are Prawn. Originally I had planned red hair for her but when I blocked out the area in Snowflake to make her hair pop I decided I quite liked her with grey hair so she stayed Snowflake and Elephant coloured.

Her clothes were painted using Merlin and stencilled with a TCW stencil and Proffesor Plum, Granny Smith and Captain Peacock.

All the black fineline detail was added using a Faber Castell Pitt pen.

I'm quite happy with how she turned out - and I'm so pleased she looks completely different to the original magazine girl.

I'm entering her over at the Paperartsy blog HERE.

If you'd like to see Tam's free taster Lifebook 2015 video then you can check it out HERE.

Thanks for visiting today,

Claire xx




Saturday, 24 October 2015

My Green Eyed Girl

Hi Everyone,

The challenge over at Paperartsy this fortnight is 'faces' I usually would have been straight to this kind of challenge but I've been away on my hols so just scraping in last minute!

So I looked at all the inspiration Leandra had lined up for us on the introduction blog post HERE and watched the video of Dina Wakley drawing a face - I'd never seen her doing faces before and decided to give her style of face drawing a try :-)

So I started out with a page that already had some background journalling on as she suggested - this is a page from my Birgit Koopsen workshop journal from a couple of months back:

I didn't take any 'in progress' photos but here's how it turned out:

I thought the background looked a bit boring but didn't want to overwhelm my girl so just added a little bit of stamping:

So there she is - my first Dina style, scribbly face. She's been drawn with a black Stabilo all pencil, painted using Paperartsy Fresco paints in Buff, Snowflake, Little Black Dress, Blush, Prawn and Jade. Her hair was painted with Tikka, Chutney and Snowflake. And the additional stamping was from Paperartsy hot picks plates 1501 and 1506.

I'd also like the link my girl over at Show Your Face on Kim Dellow's blog HERE

Thanks for looking,

Claire xx