Sunday, 20 October 2013

waiting, waiting

I am waiting for my class art journal to be returned following the Sandown show,  so I don't have sneak peeks for the Art Journaling class to show you yet. But as it turns out, the class is already full!!  How awesome is that? Just over a week of advertising and we are now taking names for the waiting list.

I am SO humbled!

I am also really excited to be getting back into art teaching.

In honour of this momentous occasion I have done a new art journal page this weekend - in one of my other art journals...

I currently have 5 art journals on the go - a scrap journal that is being used for cleanups (that will become a collage journal in time), 2 handmade journals- one of which is my wild mermaid circus journal (you should have a look at that class on Jane Davenport's site if you are not already familiar), my Strathmore hardbound journal and my new Milini class journal.

I did this page in the second of my hand made art journals. This journal includes a few different types of paper, as I wanted to experiment with products on different types of scrapbooking paper, watercolour paper even transparencies! This page is on sticky back canvas, untreated, mounted on transparencies, with transparencies layered over the apple-heart.

I did the apple-heart using chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal and acrylic paint.  The teal background was done using a combination of Fresco Paints.

I think that it still needs words, but I want to sleep on it, as I can't quite find the right key word to describe how I feel.  Is there a word for thankful-excited-nervous-thrilled-trepidation?



Sunday, 13 October 2013

Art Journal love

Well hello all,

Its been a couple of weeks since my last post and I thought I would share a couple of journal pages with you.

The first is one I completed some time ago.  Those who came and saw me at the Crafters Cupboard stand atPaperiffic may have seen this page on display.  I've used a whole bunch of techniques - collage, glazing, spraying, painting and products including grunge paste, gelatos, paint pens, pencils, paint, dylusions and the fabulous Jane Davenport's face stencils.

This next page I completed  yesterday whilst at home nursing a cold. 

I find that when I don't have a clear idea of what I want to do with a page thumbing through magazines and cutting out images is a great way to get the creative juices flowing.  This page incorporates paint, watercolour, tissue tape and plenty of collage elements.

My art journaling class with crafters cupboard is now open for sign up here. (The crafters cupboard website seems to be running slowly, but hang in there!).  The class numbers are limited to 10, as I don't feel that I can give the appropriate attention to more participants than that at one time. I understand that there are already 4 sign-ups after less than a week! Awesome work gang!

Its also worth noting that participants will get a Milini journal and 3 Montana paint pens as part of the course kit - I'll have you all addicted to paint pens like I am by the end of the course, I can guarantee it!

I have designed the 6 classes so that each participant can feel confident doing homework on their own in the intervening month between classes.  I am giving some thought to January as there is no class scheduled at this stage, but I do not want participants to lose momentum with their art journaling... Maybe I can be technical enough to break out a special video class?  If I manage to work that out (it can't be that hard can it?) I will definitely share it on the blog.

I hope you all have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

love Liz

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Stencils galore

Well hello all!  Its been a couple of weeks since my last post - I've been busy getting my feet under the table at my new job, and watching Fremantle get to and then lose the AFL Grandfinal.  A rollercoaster in all.

Excitingly I have received the prototype of my stencils!!! So here's a pic for you:

So of course I have found some time to use one for a page in my upcoming journal class - the preparations continue! I can't show you the whole page, but here are selected highlights:

That stencil design came from a page I did in my operation recovery journal whilst staying at Coolah. You can see the doodled designs on this page - my ode to Floyd the mad guinea fowl.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll post some art journal class sneak peeks as they are completed.


Monday, 9 September 2013

A Paperiffic post mortem

Well hello peeps!!!

Apologies for not saying hello from the blog last week - but I started a new job and my laptop has been out of commission,  so things have been a little hectic.

Paperific was great fun!  I saw lots of arty friends, and made some new ones too.  Loverly :)  Even though I only did 2 days of demoing I was a little hoarse on Sunday lol. I got great feedback from everyone - thankyou, it means so much to me.

Jennifer tells me that the consensus on classes is one on the canvas / journal cover, and.... drumroll.... ART JOURNALLING CLASSES.

Cool!   As you are aware I am a bit of an art journalling fan, so teaching a series of art journalling classes is just going to be so much fun!!!  I had a chat with Jennifer from crafters cupboard yesterday about format, and she is going to get back to me later this week with some further thoughts. We have our thinking caps on about the best way to tackle this. 

Needless to say, I have already started a new journal just for the class (any excuse), and will blog a little more about it over the coming weeks.

I thought today that I would add some more pics of my show samples, as I couldn't give them all to you before the show started.

A slide-up card using the yummy PaperArtsy Lynne Perella stamps:

 with the slider up:

a blokey card using the stencil bump technique on a tag as the background:

 Recycled cardboard packaging used like a canvas and cut and decorated (this was one of my faves to make):

More recycled cardboard - cut to see the corrugations, and turned into a little book:

Lastly, a little canvas done using painted tissue to get stamped images onto it:

If you want instructions on any of these, please leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, 26 August 2013

Exciting news & Sneak Peeks

Hi everyone,

I'm finally able to announce that I am joining a design team. OMG!! For the first time ever!

I am a DT member for a new online business - Crafters Cupboard

This is such a thrill for me as Jen and Angus from Crafters Cupboard are bringing in the FULL RANGE of PaperArtsy product from the UK.  

They are the only online Aussie-based store to be doing this.

I can't begin to tell you how AWESOME these products are - Fresco Paints, Grunge Paste, Crackle Glaze and, of course, the stamps... Ink and the Dog, JOFY, Lynne Perrella...

I'm in heaven!

So, in celebration of all this delicious PaperArtsy goodness, Crafters Cupboard are going to Paperific, and I am demoing for them!!

Here are some sneak peeks of just some of my samples and a bit of what I will be demoing this Friday and Saturday.  I hope that you can stop by the stand and say hello :)

So after we all get through the show, I will be regularly contributing to the Crafters Cupboard Blog with projects (including step by step how to's).  If there is enough interest in the different projects I have created then I will be running classes as well.

I am truly getting my art mojo back again :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Practicing Faces

One of the things that got me back into arting is doing the online workshop Supplies Me with the AMAZING Jane Davenport.

As part of the course we need to practice drawing faces.  Here are some of my practice faces for your amusement!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A fresh start

Hi everyone,

So this is a cross-post from my old blog.  A fresh new blog, for a fresh new art-start!!!

It's been a challenging few years for me, which included a complete hiatus from art.  But thanks to some good friends and the discovery of art journaling, I am back - with a vengence.

So I thought I would do a bit of a photo dump to kick start things. These pictures are from a journal I created whilst up at my sisters place. It was the winter school holidays, and I was recuperating from a pretty big knee operation, so my 8 year old niece and I created journals and did lots of art together.  It was pretty awesome!

I'll be back soon with some exciting news and some more pics.

Thanks for stopping by :)