{21 Secrets} Watercolour Playground

21 Secrets
As promised, I’m back with some more of my creations from last year’s 21 Secrets workshop… today I want to share the pages I made following Tammy Garcia’s Watercolour Playground lessons.
Historically, I’m not the biggest fan of watercolour. It annoys me that you need to use certain paper to get a result. It annoys me that it reactivates if you spill something on it (and I do that a lot). Having said that, I actually really enjoyed this class. It’s quite a slow medium to work with, and as I was testing out a few new techniques, I was going extra, extra, slow… which is very therapeutic, especially if you’re a ‘mile a minute’ kind of person like me.
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Have I ever mentioned how much I love rainbows? Blending all of the stripes was sooo calming but do you now what wasn’t calming? Watching the cat knock my pain water all over it, and seeing a big white splodge materialize in the middle. Grrrr. I think you can see a few of the water spots in the top corner…)
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One of my usual bug bears with watercolours is that they’re just a bit wishy washy… and I have an expensive little set that I never even touch for that reason…. BUT my Crayola set (which was about £5) are so vibrant and lush that I can’t leave them alone now!
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Here I went a teensy bit rogue and put my own mark on the lesson by adding lots of doodles and dots… You can’t really tell from this photo, but the white dimensional paint sucked up some of the watercolour and tinted itself – a very cool effect!
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This page was a collection of all the different tips and techniques Tammy shared throughout the workshop and I’m not kidding when I say it took me FOREVER. I think I managed to watch the entire second season of Stella while I was working on it!
So what do you think? Am I a watercolour whiz now? You should definitely hop over to Daisy Yellow, Tammy’s blog. It’s filled with fabulous creative prompts, in fact, my first ever art journal page was created as a response to one of them!
Have a great weekend guys, I’ll be back soon 🙂
D x
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{21 Secrets} Doodling Our Way

As you know, this year I’ve been taking part in a number of online art workshops. I haven’t really blogged about them as much as I would have liked to, but there’s no time limit, so I will keep sharing my work even after the classes have finished.
Today I wanted to talk to you about…
21 Secrets

… the course hosted by Dirty Footprints Studio, that runs from March to December.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I did this course last year too – each cycle is a different 21 artist offering 21 art journaling lessons, and it’s a HUGE bargain. The one negative I have is that you don’t get to keep the lessons. It would be great if you could download the videos or something, in case you want to have another go later on.

The lesson I started out with was Doodling Our Way, by Cathy Bluteau. Essentially it combined a bit of collage and a lot of doodling (two things that I love). This was my first attempt:

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It was such a nice, relaxing process. I love being able to sit down with a a pen, a blanket and a cuppa, and just let my hand do all the work while my brain has a good old rest. I currently have another one on the go:

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And even more lined up for later…

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So tell me, have you been up to anything creative recently? If you’ve been taking part in 21 Secrets, I’d love to see some of your work!

D x

P.S. I’ve just set up a Facebook page for my blog – I’d love it if you would hop over and like it, or share it with your friends!

{Doodle Camp 2013} Part 3

Today I wanted to share the rest of the pages from my Doodle Camp journal:

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This page is the equivalent of doodling word vomit – I did completely without thinking or planning, or even really caring about what I was doing next. It’s not necessarily my favourite page to look at, but it was very relaxing to do!

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I started this page with a smoosh of ink across the page, and a doodle jump-start provided by Dawn Devries Sokol. After that I just let myself loose with a black pen and voila!

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This is my absolute favourite page in the whole book… I just love! All the colours and complete randomness just make me happy 🙂 I also really like the swirly cut out down the side of the page… plus it was just really fun. I could happily fill a whole book with this technique!

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This page of journalling blocks was designed to house a bunch of art journal prompts to use in the future (if you have any ideas then leave me a comment below!)

I’ve now shared all the pages from my Doodle Camp 2013 journal (click here or here to see the first two posts) – I have a few more blank ones at the bank for whenever the doodling mood strikes… so have you been up to anything arty this week?

D x

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{Doodle Camp} Part 1

One of the online art course I’ve been really excited about this year is Doodle Camp 2013, taught buy the fabulous Dawn Devries Sokol of D’Blogala. A week long art camp that involved prompts, jumpstarts, technique lessons and inspiration all geared towards one of my favourite things… doodling!

The first part of the class consisted of making a journal to ‘take to camp’ with us. I was convinced this part would go wrong for me, but I actually love the result:

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What do you think? I’m still contemplating  adding colour to my cover, but I’m not 100% sure yet…

I also prepped some backgrounds using Dawn’s techniques, but with a few different materials. I didn’t have a pipette so I used an empty glitter glue tube (I had no control, but everything has been infused with a bit of sparkle, which I love!), I also didn’t have ink at the time, so I used watered down emulsion.

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Come back over the next week or so to see how I filled up these pages…

D x

Divine Colour

Good afternoon everyone! I’ve been somewhat lazy over the past few days because I’m all fluey and feeling a bit sorry for myself. The one bright side is that I have had a chance to catch up on my Life Book lessons. The page I’m sharing with you today was inspired by Dion Dior’s ‘Divine Colour’ lesson. If you’ve seen any of her artwork around, you’ll know how vibrant and colourful she is in everything she does… so I was excited to learn from the master!

The first step of this lesson was to create a colour palette to work with (I’ve since invested in a colour wheel so I can play around with colour combinations some more). I picked the tetrad of yellow-green, blue, red-violet and orange for my gerbera, what do you think? (NB a tetrad is a combination of two sets of complementary colours)

She showed us lots of tips for using water-soluble media, and creating texture using everyday items (unfortunately I had none of these everyday items lying around… instead of cling film, gauze and bleach, I used kitchen role, string and nail varnish remover).

This is the page I ended up with:

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It really doesn’t look like something I’d normally do, but I really like it. The photo doesn’t really do justice to the vivid colour of the physical page… and you can’t see the golden shimmer at all.

I hope you all have a great weekend, but for now I better get back to my Lemsip!

D x

Bottoms Up!

So I’m back for my second Blog Every Day in May post, today’s prompt is: What is your favourite thing about spring? What plans do you have to enjoy it?

My favourite thing about spring is that feeling you get, first thing in the morning, when you walk outside and see blue sky. The air might still chill you to the bone, but whenever I see that stretch of blue, I can’t help but feel optimistic. Spring reminds me I’m still young. It reminds me of daisy chains. It reminds me of car boot sales. It reminds me that I should really start watching One Tree Hill from the beginning again. Mostly it reminds me of me, the way I used to be, before this avalanche of responsibility swept me away.

Spring just makes be feel happier about life in general, and all those things I’ve been blessed with.

And this ties in perfectly with my latest Life Book page, inspired by artist Aimee Myers Dolich (check out her quirky, colourful art here) and is all about ‘honouring and grounding’ (i.e. coming back down to earth and appreciating what you have, something we should all do a little more often!).

The first part of this lesson involved creating inky backgrounds with crusty old ink pads. As soon as I realised that’s what we were doing I thought ‘Yesss! I’ll finally be able to use that tub of ink pads I’ve been hoarding for the last year!’ But then I tried to use them and… I think when the sponge starts dissolving into the ink, it’s time to get rid…

The second part of the lesson was to make a collage with those inky backgrounds, and add some writing. Because of my ink pad malfunction, and because I just wanted to get started rather than waiting to buy some new ink, I used paint to make my colourful papers.

Here is my final page:

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I loved everything about this. I loved creating it, I love how it looks, I loved that I didn’t need to get all my messy stuff out… and I will definitely be creating more pages in this style.

The words are a list of the wonderful things I have in my life (some more profound than others), but there are endless things you could write about on a page like this…

So what are your favourite things about spring? What are you most thankful for today?

D x

A Series of Quirky Birds

Today I have another Life Book page to share with you. This was a lesson by Life Book’s founder Tamara Laporte, and it was a lot of fun! The page is in a slightly different format than usually, rather than working a normal A4 sketchbook page we made an accordion page (which is just a page that folds out in the style of an accordion):

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The idea was to create a layered backgrounds and draw a series of whimsical birds before adding some grounding words (these could be song lyrics, poetry, our own thoughts, a famous quote… anything). I used some lyrics from this song.

Here are the close-ups of my little birds:

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I really enjoyed creating this spread. The background had so many layers and yet was so easy to work on, and I liked having smaller boxes to fill (sometimes large pages can be a bit intimidating). I love the way that the text and borders have been added, but there is one thing I don’t like too much… the birds. I just think they all look a bit… stoned. I think I might experiment with birds a bit more until I get them ‘right’.

Have a great weekend,

D x