Friday, 29 May 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Would you believe it? It is Friday again and that means... it is Show Your Face Time! I know! I can't believe it either.

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's. 

Finished pieces or works in progress are all welcome so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets.


I shall kick off the share this week with a work in progress, it is an unfinished journaling page using acrylic and watercolours.

Work in progress art journal page

But the face was done as a sketch with pencil on Layout Paper.

Pencil sketch of a face on layout paper

Layout paper is great, it isn't quite tissue paper and it isn't quite copy paper but somewhere in between. It is an artist quality thin paper, 45 gsm (31 lb), mostly designed to use with layering up ideas and working out layouts, hence the name.

Sticking old book pages to layout paper

I love it as for its wonderful semi-transparent quality and if you layer it on strips of book page for example you get the book page just about showing through.

I've got as far as sticking her to the painted background but I just wasn't feeling it, do you know what I mean? So she has gone into the work in progress pile until more inspiration strikes.



Over To You...

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim


ps. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.





Friday, 22 May 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Yay Facers! Welcome to this week's portrait community share Art It Friday - Show Your Face. I'm super excited to see your portrait work this week.

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's. 

Finished pieces or works in progress are all welcome so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets.


Right, shall I kick off this week's Show Your Face share? (By the way there are affiliated links in this blog post, read more about them in my Disclaimers and Disclosures).

Shading practice for face drawing

Ok this really is a practice piece that I'm sharing today and if it puts you in mind of the work of Pam Carriker there might be a reason for that!

Picture of Pam Carriker's Mixed Media Portraits book

With my new found face-drawing obsession I felt I needed a bit of guidance so I bought Pam Carriker's Mixed Media Portraits book* and I followed one of the tutorials which lead to this somewhat skewed version of a Pam Carriker head.

Close up of head sketch

Obviously it is nowhere near as good as one of her works, however, doing it did teach me a lot. I think the book will help my shading practice, which is one of my weak points, so it was a useful exercise. But I can't help feeling a bit weirded out by the fact it feels more like someone else's style than my own, not that I know what my style is yet but I'm working on it. But we all have to start somewhere don't we?

Have you got a book or a other work that you have used to help your portrait art? Do share!


Over To You...

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim


ps. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.




Wednesday, 20 May 2015

When Is An Off-Trend Card On-Trend?

When is an off-trend card on-trend? No, it isn't the start of a joke, it is a dilemma! As a professional crafter I try hard to keep my stash up-to-date but it can be super hard challenging on a budget and with the really short life-cycles that a lot of craft products have.

So what do you do? Well today it's a blog post, so you will cut me a bit of slack I hope? You will let me use one of my older but totally favourite dies from MFT Die-namics - the Boy Meets Girl die set -won't you? I love this dies set! You might be able to still get this die set but the trend for the paper dolls has gone cold I'm afraid. *Sigh*

A die-cut mixed media shaker card

But I've cheated a little and matched the off-trend with the on-trend. I've used a small pocket shaker with closely cut, brush written sentiment and a stitched border die to keep this card at least vaguely up-to-date!

A die-cut mixed media shaker card close up

Now all I have to do is hold on to this die set until the paper dolls trend warms up again...perhaps if I keep using it I can keep the trend going?

Oh and if you are wondering how I did the lines of paper dolls, I used a handmade roller stamp with my favourite paint colours from PaperArtsy, they are on-trend too! Phew!

Craft foam roller stamp

If you are a regular subscriber to Craft Stamper you might recognise this brayer stamp, I used it in an article for the September 2014 issue of Craft Stamper.

What off-trend items are you still in love with? I know I'm not the only one out there so spill!

Catch you later Trend-inators!

Kim



Friday, 15 May 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Yay Facers! It is good to see you for this week's portrait community share Art It Friday - Show Your Face.

If you haven't had a chance then go check out the amazing works from last week, some great inspiration if you haven't done your face for this week yet.

I was worried I wouldn't have a face to show this week, as I've been super busy with deadlines, but I made it by the skin of my teeth!

So I mentioned on Monday that I was trying to sort out my workspace, right? Get rid of all those bits of paper that I just can not throw out? Well this art journal page is another step in that direction.

Art Journal portrait with Stabilo and water

I've used up some leftover bits of digital papers that I had designed for some magazine work. After sticking the papers to my art journal I then added a layer of gesso. She was sketched out roughly with pencil then the details painted with a black Stabilo All surface pencil and a waterbrush.

So she has something old, she herself is new and she has digital too so I'm linking her to the Old, New and Digital Too challenge as well as the link up's mentioned in the ps. below.


So that is my share for this week,

Over To You...

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and share the word on your blog and/or social media

Looking forward to seeing your portrait work.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Or if it involves paint then link it up at Paint Party Friday.





Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Wednesday News

Hey up Wednesday! Nice to see you! But if you have popped by to see how my work in progress from the last two weeks is developing then I have a bit of a confession...

It hasn't! It is still in the same form that I left it last week.

WIP week 2 progress

Ho Hum! It is still a mess in search of a theme, I've just not had a chance to continue on it as I'm working to deadlines for a few articles at the moment.

Of course I can't wait to show you what I'm working on with the articles, as I am really enjoying doing them and hope you will like them too when you see them. But no sneak peeks I'm afraid until they hit the shelves in a few months time.


Ok, so what can I show you...erm...well I can share some news with you guys...



I've recently been accepted on the DecoArt Helping Artists program and their Blogger program too, which I am super excited about but I'm still trying to work out how it all works!

In the meantime I have been playing lots with the DecoArts Media range, as some of you might have noticed, and you can catch up with some of this work if you click on the pictures below:

Face painted with DecoArts Media paintWIP using DecoArts PaintsMixed Media card

The one thing I will make sure that I make time for this week is my face for Friday's Art It Friday - Show Your Face.

Remember you still have time to link any portrait work you want to this week's collection and the new collection will be starting on Friday from 10am (BST). Hope to see you there!

Catch you later Artinators!
Kim

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Mixed Media Greeting Card - Something Old Turned New

I think I might have a problem! I can not throw anything away.

Ok so we haven't quite made any of the Hoarders Are Us programs on the telly yet but sometimes I think it might be close. I reckon you can empathise with me can't you? I mean it is a bit of a crafters' disease isn't it?

Since the move last year I've been trying to streamline my studio space a bit and recycle what I can and get rid of unusable items. I was going through a box of bits of paper and experiments when I found these two items:

Some fabric and card work

I think I was experimenting with texture pastes and masks when I made these.

The heart was a crackle paste experiment on fabric. I've tried lots of different crackle pastes and mediums in my time, I think it might be the Golden crackle paste but I know how picky Golden crackle paste is about its substrate so it might be an embossing paste, not sure. Of course any sign of a label has gone - I so should have stuck it in an art journal.

Close up of a crackle paste heart on fabric

But I do know, by the pen work, that it was done when I was DTing for Kuretake so maybe from 2012 or 2013 - I told you I hold on to things!

I don't think I ever meant to make anything from them but for some reason when I found them they just spoke to me.

And so from something old...

A mixed Media card

...a new card is born. Now if it only had something digital as well I could have linked it up to the new Old, New and Digital Too blog. Mmm... work in progress! Go check the new challenge out btw.

But I digress!

The new elements added were a little bit of stitch.

Stitching on the mixed media card

Some colour using items from the DecoArt Media range. For the drips I used the sprays which I'm loving by the way, they are quite different from other sprays I have used, I might have to do a blog post about them if I get the time!

DecoArt Media misters

Finished with a bit of stamping with Ranger Archival ink and one of my favourite Kaisercraft texture stamps.

Close up of the mixed media card

So that is me, starting the week with this mixed media card.

Thanks for popping by and I hope you have a lovely arty, crafty Monday.

Kim

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Friday, 8 May 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Welcome Facers, are you ready to show your portrait work this week? I certainly hope so! We got an amazing range of faces last week do go take a look if you haven't had a chance yet.

If you are new here I've gone a bit face art-crazy recently and am running a community share all about faces! The idea is to inspire, be inspired and to share our portrait progress week by week.

So if you have drawn, doodled, painted, sewn a face or done any portrait work at all then link it up below. It can be any style and use any materials but it needs to be your own work and not using stamps or stencils to make the face, unless you designed those stamps and stencils yourself that is!

You can link up old work too, that is no problem so just go ahead and link up then spread the word and we will see if we can get everyone making faces (pun intended!).

Ok that is enough of that, let me share with you my face this week.

Doodles of two faces

This week I went back to pencil and practised some whimsical faces. Just a bit of doodling.

Portrait practise from the Other Anne Boleyn Girl

Then the doodling got a bit more serious as I tried to practise shading whilst watching the BBC production of the Other Anne Boleyn girl. It is supposed to be Jodhi May, luckily I wasn't practising getting likeness!

More face doodling

Then back to some random face doodling and shading practise.

That was my week of portrait work, well when I say week I really mean Wednesday!

Over To You...

Remember to link up below and any shares on social media or on your blog would be much appreciated. Inspire, be inspired and share the word!

Looking forward to seeing your portrait work.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Or if it involves paint then link it up at Paint Party Friday. For any work using old, new and digital aspects why not check out Mo's new challenge blog Old, New and Digital too?

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Work In Progress - Art In Search Of A Theme Week 2

Last Wednesday I started a new project working in a series and shared my first step here on my blog. So I am back this week to share how it is going and show the next steps in the process.

When I finished up the blog post last week I was trying to settle on a theme but a week later and I still could not focus my ideas and options.

Does that happen to you too? There are just too many options and nothing was really speaking to me so I've gone kind of theme-less.

Instead of a theme I thought I would just use a random collection of some of my handmade stamps.

A collection of handmade stamps

But before using the stamps I added some pseudo-writing (aka big squiggles that don't say anything but look a little like writing) with a waterproof marker pen on different parts of each piece.

Adding texture with pseudo-writing

Next, using a brayer, the stamps and a limited colour palette of Yellow Green, Carbon Black and White gesso from the DecoArt Media range, 

DecoArt Media acrylic paint range

I went about adding marks on each piece.

Making marks on my wip

I tried to be random about it, but I can't let go that easily and my designer eye is always looking for balance, it is a habit that is hard to break.

Adding stamping to my WIP

If I wanted the element to lift from the background I first stamped out the shape then filled it in with Gesso. Once the Gesso was dry I then re-stamped with the paint.

Two of four WIP pieces.

So the mess is progressing nicely. I'm still not sure where this WIP is going to go...

Two of four WIP pieces.

but that is part of the fun, right?

If you want to see how this WIP project started then visit this blog post:

First post in this WIP series

If we are lucky by next week I might have resolved this WIP series into something pretty, or then again I might not!

So a question for you, how do you come up with the theme of your work? Do you even bother with a theme or just work organically? I would love to hear your tricks and tips for making your art.

Have a fun arty Wednesday and don't forget to link up any face art work you have to our Show Your Face community!

Kim

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Monday, 4 May 2015

PaperArtsy Flower Greeting Card

If you are lucky enough to have a Bank Holiday today where you are then YAY! Bank holiday! Hope you have a lovely day off.

Wahoo! Bank Holiday dance!

Sorry to the rest of you! Ok don't be too sad because I'm here to cheer you up with a pretty JOFY flower from her Collection 32 and some lovely Lin Brown Limited Edition paints from PaperArtsy.

Greeting card using products from PaperArtsy

I went for a semi-clean and simple style with a mixed media spin. It is full of Spring prettiness thanks to JOFY's lovely designs and Lin Brown's yum colours, isn't it?

Close-up on a greeting card using products from PaperArtsy

What are you up to today? Whatever it is I hope you enjoy your Monday, even if it isn't a Bank Holiday for you.

Kim

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