Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 14

 On Day 14 of CJS, Sarah Matthews showed us how to create a block printed paper quilt. She collaged painted paper scraps and pieces of gel prints all over the page, then added the multi-coloured printing with a hand-carved stamp.


 I enjoyed making the collage, and using up a few of my many scraps. It was also fun to do some stamp carving again.

I got carried away and carved another stamp, but I've yet to use it.

I'm linking up to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for visiting today,

Alison xox

Monday, 18 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 12

Hi Everyone!

Day 12 of CJS was Textural Watercolour with Nancy Curry. It was interesting to watch Nancy's process. I managed to create a painting with some texture, although my cheap watercolour paints didn't work as well as Nancy's artist quality ones. It might be time to invest in some better paints.


 The flower centres were made using fluid acrylic paint, and I used a black watercolour pencil for the flower stems. I added watercolour and acrylic paint splashes to give even more textural effect.

Finishing a page with paint splashes is one of my favourite things to do, so I'm linking up to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey.

Thanks for dropping by today,

Alison xox

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 11

Hello All! 

Day 11 of CJS was Everyday Storytelling with Riikka Kovasin.


 We used different techniques on old receipts and bills, then cut them into little squares to create a mixed media grid background on an envelope. Then we created an art doll focal image, and added some words and doodling.

I used a mix of Carabelle Studio and PaperArtsy stamps, and Tim Holtz word stickers.


Mixed media is my favourite kind of art, and I'm linking this page to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend,

Thanks for visiting,

Alison xox


Saturday, 16 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 10

 Hello All. 

Day 10 of CJS was Setting The Mood with Jimmy Leslie. Jimmy showed us that painting an undercoat of yellow and orange on a canvas would give a finished painting a warm and sunny look. In the same way, a blue or grey undercoat would give a cool finish to a painting.

We both love getting out in nature for a walk or hike, and I used Jimmy's techniques to paint a sunny walk in the countryside. I must admit that I nearly didn't do this class, as I was afraid of making a mess of it. But I decided it's only paper and paint, so I jumped in. I really like the result, as it happens! The grass was looking a bit flat, so I added some contrasting spring daffodils.

Our walk didn't look like that this morning. Today we braved the snow and sleet at 7.30am! It's all gone now though, the rain washed the snow away.

I'm linking up to Erika's Favourite Things theme over at Art Journal Journey.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Alison xox

Friday, 15 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Days 8 and 9

 Hello All. I'm so glad I signed up for the CJS course. It's been well worth the money so far, with a great diversity of projects and techniques.

On Day 8 we had Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's class, Story-telling with Symbols. This involved creating a paper stencil that was personal to us, and using it with Distress Inks and a Gelli Plate. I created a stencil similar to Julie's, with dots representing my family and curves being the hugs we are all missing.

Then on Day 9, Danielle Donaldson's project was an Illustrated Mermouse, using watercolour paint. I painted a Mouse Princess instead. 

Here's Princess Pansy...

I'm linking my page to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey. Watercolour paint is quickly becoming one of my favourite things to use.

Happy Friday to you all,

Alison xox

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 7

 Hello Folks! Mystele Kirkeeng was our tutor on day 7 of CJS, and she showed us her art process. This involved using a piece of her painted paper that she'd used up paint on I think, then finding an image on it to develop. Her painting was a portrait, but mine turned out to be a crow.

After painting in the crow, I used a pointed tool to scratch into the paint to add texture. I love doing this! I covered up most of the under paper, but you can still see bits of it if you look very closely. I used artistic licence with the crow's eyes by the way, they're not usually yellow. 

Watching birds is one of my favourite things to do, and we occasionally get the odd crow or two in our garden, so I'm linking up to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey.

Have a happy and creative day,

Alison xox

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Creative JumpStart Day 6

 Hi Everyone! I was thinking about my favourite people when I created this page, which was based on CJS Day 6 with Birgit Koopsen, 'The Distance Is Only Physical'. There's also lots of colour and splatters, which makes it my favourite type of art.


I'm linking up to Erika's Favourite Things theme at Art Journal Journey.

Keep safe everyone, and thanks for dropping by today.

Alison xox