I love poppy flowers, they are always taking me back to my childhood. I remember our veggie patch in which grandma just spread poppy seeds randomly and they were growing between carrots, potatoes, strawberries. Always standing taller than the rest of the plants on their hairy green stems. Bright, bold and also so fragile.
Then in autumn they were turning in to brown, rattling hard heads, still beautiful in their own way. And then Christmas time we had a delicious poppy seed cake. I wish I was good at painting realistic flowers…or animals …. or anything. But since I am not :)) I just used this Ronda’s fragment stencil to create poppies with a twist. There is still red and green and brown and black, all the colours I remember from childhood, so it makes me happy. And my kitty was there to help me to recreate the childhood feelings and also make new happy memories.
It has turned blustery and cold in Brisbane this week – Winter is here at last, but my Instagram feed reassures me that it is Summertime elsewhere in the world! I’ve created a textured art journal page to share with you today that uses lots of lovely texture, found words and a bird or two.
Molding Paste is perfect for adding texture to a journal page – it goes on like butter or thick icing and a thin layer is light enough for a small journal. Check out how I created the texture using an old, plastic spoon.
My page also features found words which were cut from one of the free magazines which are abundant in my city. I find the non-specific, fashion and event style magazines are the best for a good variety of words. I started searching with no plan in mind after I had the basic texture and trees done and just let the words jump out at me. Soon enough I had a theme and a title! It is a fun way of creating journaling.
Don’t you wish sometimes you could be a water creature? Everything in that world sparkles, shimmers and flows.
Maybe I should be the mermaid …
maybe the water horse …
maybe a gracious dolphin?
Maybe not for all the time but for a day in my life I would love to be one of them. For now I can just dream and paint my dreams. I hope you enjoy my project today called Little Mermaid. It’s painted over three small canvases.
Join Robyn Wood as she takes you on an imaginary journey starting with the simple act of making some tea. Have a cuppa beside you as you watch Robyn create this delightful art journal page using Golden Fluid acrylic paints, Dylusions sprays and Pan Pastels. If your drawing skills aren’t up to scratch – simply use some tea cup clip-art or follow Robyn’s simple trick to create the cup & saucer!
I hope you are all keeping cool if you’re in one of the crazy hot areas of Australia today. I’ve hidden inside in front of the air conditioning for the whole day except for a quick dash outside to the clothesline. The poor air conditioner can hardly cope!
This year I am determined to find more balance in my life – in particular finding more time to be creative. Creativity has taken a back seat lately while I was building the business but it needs to start riding shotgun again! I’ve taken the time today to start on one of my first classes for the year – Week 1 of Lifebook 2014. I have to admit, even though I made the time to do it today, I procrastinated like crazy .. maybe a little fear or inner critic creeping in there after all that time? Anyway, I finally went for it and at least got my sketch done ready to be painted tomorrow when I get some more time. Now I’ve started I feel so much better and realise how much I miss having a regular creative side to my life.
Today I want to show you this absolutely beautiful Art Journal Cover made by our lovely design team member Anne Cahill. Anne has used the Prima Resist journal covers with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Acrylic Paints to create this dreamy project. Those ink sprays are so vibrant and even when watered down they still give the most amazing results. I can’t wait to give this a try.