Monday, 20 March 2017

Daily Doodles and a Tip for Keeping Them Going.

Hello again!  Sorry it's been a while, I've been without my laptop for the past few weeks and I can't work out how to post on Blogger using my tablet so as you can imagine, it's good to be back using a laptop again!
So would you like to see what I've been doing? I've been making a doodle day in my art journal, doodling whatever happens to come out on the page. I never plan them, they surprise me as much as anyone with the imagery that comes out.
Now is the time you might want to go and grab a cup of tea and come back here to settle down for a few minutes because there are quite a few I have to show you!😁
These first few are done using my trusty Posca pens.  


These are done in watercolour with the addition of black and white pens.(above pic and below)

More watercolour with some black penwork.

My other new favourites are my Tombow pens that you might remember me talking about in my last post.
 They make lovely bright strong colours if you layer one on top of the other.

And then my drawings took a different turn.
I started to make paintings with very limited colour.

Some were only black and white, can you believe it! Here they all are in close up...

A little colour started to creep back into the last two. It was only a matter of time wasn't it?😉

So what is my🌟golden🌟 tip for keeping these daily doodles going? Well I shall tell you.😄

I make my doodles in the morning before I do anything else with my art journal ready next to my art supplies ready for action. I set up something to listen to while I'm drawing like a podcast or a Youtube video. This helps my mind switch off from the imagery and that's where the surprises happen! 
The routine I'm in now is when I've finished the drawing, I cover the next empty pages of my art journal with a background of acrylic, watercolour or inks so that they're dry and ready for the next day. This can be just a plain colour, or even black as I've done in some of the pictures in this post. It's great to have already made a start when I come to the pages the next day. A lot of people get alarmed by a blank white page but if it's already covered in something then it's almost already a painting isn't it?
At the beginning of each of these drawings, I felt as though I was making a mess, doing a terrible drawing, but it doesn't matter. I told myself no-one needs to see these.
Except that now everyone can see these and I had fun making them.  I hope that if you're artistic in any way this will inspire you to have a go. 

Let me know how you get on. I'd love to hear! xx

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Place of Peace

I've had a very busy weekend with family and travelling so I'm sorry that my giveaway announcement is a little later than promised!

Thankyou for all your lovely comments telling me which print you'd like to win. I'd love to send you all the print of your choice but there has to be one winner, and the name picked out of the hat is:
Donna Maria Lynn Well done Donna!

As you can see I've been having more fun in my sketchbook with my new Tombow pens and Distress Crayons. The nibs of the crayons are quite thick, like a lipstick but I find they come into their own when used as a background. When they're dry, I like to draw with a black pen on top. The Tombow pens work very well on top of the background too.

We had a long journey to make on Sunday so we decided to stop at Glastonbury for a break on the way home. It's been quite an action packed few days. My youngest son was flying back to Spain, my eldest son got engaged and we accepted an offer on our house. Phew!
I'd never been to the Chalice Well garden before and I had no idea that it would prove to be the most perfect place to feel calm and peaceful after such an emotional time. The winter sun was shining, filling the gardens with magical light and water from an ancient well trickled through the gardens leaving a glow of iron red. I felt at peace there for the first time in ages.
Click here if you'd like to see the website.

 Thankyou for stopping by today. Have a lovely rest of the week. xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sketchbook Play and a Giveaway For You.

I've been having more sketchbook fun playing with my new Distress Crayons.
The pages above I've only used the crayons by themselves without any gesso on the page beforehand. The picture of the face has a little bit of water to make them blend together. The left hand page shows a light colouring of 3 colours.

Here you can see I've blended the colours of the background with some water and when it was dry I've drawn on top using Posca pens. 

Again, on this picture I've added a few details with Posca pens on top of the Distress Crayons. 

Now the new year is here and I'm back in the studio, I'd like to give away one of my prints as a thankyou for following me. All that you need to do is to tell me which print you'd like in the comments either here or on my Facebook page. It's that easy! I'll put all your names in a hat at the end of next week and announce the winner. You can see all my prints if you click here.
I hope you've had a good start to your year!
See you soon
Jess xx

Friday, 6 January 2017

A Brand New 2017

Hello, a very happy new year to you!
2016 was quite a year for many people and that includes me! I've moved house and then spent every day for many months working on it. I've also said a sad goodbye to 3 of my baby chicks as they went their separate ways seeking their fortunes.
2017 heralds a brand new start for me, I haven't posted here for ages as there just wasn't any time to do artwork let alone write a blogpost. It's good to be back in the bloggesphere even though I am aware that there might not actually be anyone out there reading this any more.😉 If you're out there, thankyou for visiting! ♡ ♡ 
So would you like to see my newly spruced up website?
Click here for the link if you'd like to visit the site and see it in all its glory. ;)

 I was given some lovely gifts for my birthday and christmas. One of them was a set of Distress Crayons.
The page above from my sketchbook was first covered in a layer of gesso to give it some texture. When this was dry I drew onto it with my Distress Crayons. They're very soft and a bit like a lipstick to draw with. I then added a little water on my finger to move the pigment around and to blend it together. While the pigment is still wet, you can lay a stencil over it and then rub through the stencil with a dry cloth to reveal the shapes as I've done here. The white lines that you can see were made with the end of an old knitting needle.

Can you see the pale blue texture at the top of the picture? That's created by the underlying dried gesso.
I love playing with new art products don't you?
Another gift I received was a set of Tombow Duel Brush Pens.

 Now these are lovely because they blend together so beautifully. You see the stripes on the dress? I only used 3 colours for this, yellow pink and blue. The green and the purple were created entirely from the overlap of 2 colours. I don't have a purple pen in my set so I was very pleased to see this effect!
On the bottom left of the picture, in the background I laid down solid yellow and then drew with a green pen on top for the leaves and a pink pen for the flowers. It makes a lovely bright orange doesn't it?
The bird was done in layers too. It was a solid pink with a yellow pen creating the red looking spots of the bird's back and a blue pen creating the bird's belly.
I love using these pens because on one end they have a brush shapes and the other end's like a fine-tip. I can see I'm going to have a lot of fun with these.
Thankyou for visiting today, I shall be back with more updates soon.
Jess xx

Thursday, 5 May 2016

How I Use Iridescent Inks and a Woolly Update.

This past week or so I've been painting on paper and enjoying using some lovely iridescent inks. The ones I use are by Daler Rowney from their FW Pearlescent range. You can use them straight from the jar and they'll sit quite happily on even the most darkest of backgrounds. They can also be watered down to create a lovely glaze like I've done on the figure in this painting.

 The little  gold dots here are painted with golden ink and they twinkle and shine in the light! The blue background area on the right is a shimmery blue glaze from the FW Pearlescent range. You can see from the two photos how it changes in the different lighting.

What better subject to use my sparkly inks than on a magical mermaid! I made a mini video (of only a few seconds long!) to show how she changes ...

This larger (8 x 12inches) painting's a mix of acrylic paint, inks, souffle pens and iridescent inks. I call her 'Aurora'. She's in my Etsy shop along with all the paintings in both this post and the last post. :) Please click here to take you to them!

In Woolly news.....
Do you remember the cardigan I was making? Well it's finished and it fits very nicely!

We were trying to get her to smile but she wasn't very happy at having to sit still!

After using a rainbow of colours in the cardigan, I'm now making a crocheted blanket using a limited palette of mauves and greens. I love this combination of colours together. Even though it's acrylic, the yarn's lovely and soft. It's Special by Stylecraft and comes in such glorious colours. I'd rather like to have them all!
And I suspect one day I will. ;-)