Making a tiny art book

So I made this little art book, just for out and about travelling to work and things.Tiny art book

I made it with strips of long paper all folded together…..lemme show you

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I splattered a huge sheet of recycled drawing paper with watercolour paint….Jackson Pollock style. (That cup of orangey liquid, is watercolour water….its not juice, heh!)

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Then waited for it all to dry, before tearing into 4 long strips. I may have used a hairdryer……it helps move the paint around too.

accordian style

Then I folded up the strips into equal sections, making the pages of the book. What I love about this is are the details that emerge in the smaller format. So many are missed when viewing a large sheet, but making it smaller just brings a different persepective to the artwork. I see shapes and patterns that I didn’t notice before.

Tiny art book

Stick a cover on it, doodle around the colourful shapes that I see, and make art. Its quite interesting making something out of random blobs and dots. And having some colour already on the pages, takes away that “oh what can I draw on this pristine white sheet of paper?” feeling.

I’m going to make another one now – it only takes about 20 mins to do (including drying time)

 

 

Vintage Collage

So I have veered into the word of Vintage Ephemera‚Ķ…which is a whole new place for me. I was initially inspired by some youtube videos of books/journals that were being made with scrapbook paper ( I bought a whole stack of pads last week from the Poundworld chain of shops that was closing down, purely because they were pretty. I had no plan in mind, I just didn’t want them to go to landfill)

So I was browsing the videos, wondering where they got their images from, found some free image sites, downloaded a few images to see what they looked like, and made this…..

weird collage thing

Naturally I had to go with the surrealist in me…..no straightforward matchy matchy for me, oh no. So here we have a steampunk scrapbook page, with random cactus placed along the bottom. The cacti have upturned strawberries as flowers (heh!), and an early 19th century girl stands among the thorny plants waiting for her beloved. He brought along his giant pet bird because he couldn’t find a sitter, but the bird doesn’t mind as he found a friend in the upper left corner. So yeah, that was fun. Off to find some more pics now – apparently vintage is a *thing* just now – who knew?!

One more

needlefelted monster

So I finished the rest of the fluffy wool and made this little guy. 10 inches or thereabouts. Needle felted wool onto cotton. Going to move onto something else tomorrow because I think I have done enough jabbing for now, heh! Times-a-ticking, and there are so many other projects I want to get underway. See, this is why I can never develop a “style” as such, because I am always exploring and experimenting. Which is good, right? Art always changes and reforms into more art……but sometimes I feel like it would be nice to have a recognised *thing* going on. Then the serious moment passes and I’m all about the fun again ūüėÄ

 

Seascape (Rockscape?)

Rocks and seaSo I was looking through some photos and realised that I could now use an online program called Pixlr¬†to have some fun with photography¬†filters. I couldn’t use¬†the website¬†for the longest time because its flash based, and my “Tea” Laptop (I’m referring to the one I drowned¬†as the Tea Laptop, just for future!) did not have flash capabilities¬†at all. So there were many websites I couldn’t access, which was vaguely annoying. I thought I would mess around with this shot I took on the Isle¬†of Bute, in Scotland¬†a few weeks ago to see how it could look with a nice dreamy filter on it.

Last of the paint pouring

I think I’m pretty much done with paint pouring now. I like the effects I’m getting, but I refuse to move forward with the various mediums and stuff people use. I like to keep it simple – and mixing silicone with Floetrol, etc, just doesn’t appeal to me. Anyway, here are a couple I made using plain old poster paints. They look amazing when wet, but dry matt and muddy, so thats no good.

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Looks like oil or watercolour, huh?

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If only they stayed like that I would be a happy bunny! Ah well….oh and I did this too – ¬†a paint poured vinyl record.

painted record

The colours are more vibrant than on screen, and this is acrylic paint with water.

So I think I’ll go clean up now and move on to something else.

 

Experimental Paint Pour on Foamcore

Yesterday I went looking for some cheap canvas and gesso. I came home with 5 sheets of Foamcore. I reasoned that I had saved money getting that for my painting pours – I had never used it before, so it would be interesting to say the least. This was A3 size. Acrylic and water.

It started out well…lovely detail shots here

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If only it would stay like that…hrrmph! Like all pours, things change, and this is how it dried out this morning.

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Its¬†alright I suppose…..still some nice detailing mostly….but the beginning was much better. Also, being foamcore, it warped like mad, making the paint pool in the most annoying way!

But hey, its all about the learning. I wonder what else I can use…..

Gosh its hot today!

Who would have thought Scotland could bask in such heat? I’d forgotten what the sunshine felt like! So glad to be in the house rather than outside – I’ve been painting this morning. Well, not actively painting with a brush, more just pouring paint around. here are some detail shots of the ones I like.

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One thing I’m learning about this technique, is that (apparently) the idea is to get cells appearing, which shows the colour underneath, but, I don’t like cells. I mean, this one is very pretty, and its still changing, but……I prefer the flowing and merging colours of a marble effect. Its personal preference, of course, but…..

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….I much prefer this look….the veiny patterns and random shapes, all soft and flowy.

Still, both are nice in their own way. I’m trying to get hold of some decent varnish or even resin (gulp) to coat the surface of them. I love the glassy look rather than matt, although I’m kind of worried about the chemical element of such things. Ah well…..onwards and upwards.

 

Another Paint Pour Experiment

I know, another obsession brewing, heh! But look!

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I’m just showing two bits of the same painting here, because it changes all the time – but this is just acrylic paint and water on a canvas. I’m just loving the tiny detailed swirls. Its a small canvas 30 x 40cm, but the entire thing looks like marble. I’m looking forward to it drying so I can varnish it and bring out the colours.

Back online and painting

Whoot! Hi everyone! Glad to be back – issues still ongoing, but lets not be moany. I hope you are all having a fine day.

Lemme show you something I have been working on – its poured painting. These shots are all different parts of the same painting.

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Remember when I tried the hairdryer paintings, and said I didn’t want to try acrylic poured painting because it involved chemicals and stuff? Well I got some good results just using water and paint.

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The thing with this technique is that it changes ALL the time – for example….this shot here no longer exists. It had morphed into something else by the time I had uploaded the picture.

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This is at the bottom of the picture and is beginning to dry. When the paint dries, it gets quite muted so I’m going to have to find a varnish that can bring back the vibrance and shine.

Sewing on Wallpaper??

 

wallpaper sewing2Hello everyone! Perhaps my last post “Skippity Skip” was a tad premature……muscle aches, lethargy, and general flu like symptoms lasted for quite a few days, and today I finally feel a bit better…(she says cautiously)

Anyway…..sewing on wallpaper, whats that all about? Let me tell you then. I have acquired several wallpaper sample books from my lovely local decorating shop, and today I rifled through them wondering how to use them. I tried some collage, but no matter what glue I used, nothing would stick! So I came up with the idea of sewing the pieces on…..a bit bizarre, some might say.

But….there is much to learn with this technique!

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Not just the colours, but textures. Shapes and placement. PLUS, the thread colour and style of stitching – whether its part of the design element or not. These are just a couple of practice pieces, but I have more on the go.

Wallpaper structure is very sturdy and doesn’t crease or tear. It can be washed (obviously), and I’m finding it is very like working with textiles in a way. I’m loving this because it incorporates all creativeness in one! Such experimentation to be had. ūüôā