Sunday, 22 March 2015

Meet Miss Nicole

Meet Miss Nicole - N was the next letter in line and I could only think of nickel which is gray so I've chosen some other colours for Nicole. I also tried a side on portrait this time too.

Miss Nicole
Mixed Media on Mixed Media Paper
42cm x 30cm = 16 1/2" x 12"
 

Miss Nicole was created on watercolour paper with watersoluble crayons and pencils, and acrylic paint. Her clothes and hat are made from a gelli print.

She is available to purchase through Etsy.



Saturday, 14 March 2015

Meet Miss Monica

Meet Miss Monica whose favourite gemstone is moonstone and her favourite colour is blue.
Miss Monica
Mixed Media on Mixed Media Paper
42cm x 30cm = 16 1/2" x 12"
 

Miss Monica was created on watercolour paper with watersoluble crayons and pencils, and acrylic paint. Her clothes and headdress are made from a gelli print.

She is available to purchase through Etsy.

Have you met the rest of my girls?


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Two Book Reviews

I have reviewed two books over on the Creative Klatch Blog about drawing and painting mixed media faces which is something I am focussing on creating this year.




1. Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker - Techniques for Drawing and Painting Faces  and 2. Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces - The Mixed Media Portrait Workshop with Jane Davenport are both great books and I'm enjoying learning from both of them.

Check out my review here if you are thinking of buying these books. 



Monday, 2 March 2015

Meet Miss Lapis Lazuli

Meet Miss Lapis Lazuli whose favourite colour is ultramarine blue and her favourite gemstone is lapis lazuli!

Miss Lapis Lazuli
Mixed Media on Mixed Media Paper
42cm x 30cm = 16 1/2" x 12"
 
Miss Lapis' face and hair was created on watercolour paper with watersoluble crayons and pencils, and acrylic paint. Her clothes and hat are gelli prints.  The background is mixed media paper which has been gelli printed.

She is available to purchase through my Etsy store.




Thursday, 26 February 2015

Gelli Printed Art Travel Bag

Here's my travelling art and craft bag that I have decorated with gelli prints.

When I first saw one of these plain canvas tool bags I fell in love - it was decorated by Lucy Lampshade. Then late last year Gelli Arts decorated one with gelli prints and I loved that one too! A year later I succumbed to getting one - sent all the way from the USA - many thanks to Cindy Jones Lantier!!
They can be bought at Harbor Freight - http://www.harborfreight.com/canvas-riggers-bag-38124.html

Here's how I decorated mine:

1. Gelli print fabric:

1 metre of cotton material
1 metre of iron on lining - this makes the material stronger and easier to print and sew
Gelli plate, acrylic paint, texture makes, stencils

1a. Cut your fabric just larger than your gelli plate then iron on your lining.
1b. Print your fabric and decorate it to suit you.  I used normal acrylic paint - in some places I did not have enough paint on the plate or the paint had dried (it's summer down under). Experiment, use fabric paint if you have it as you may get a better result.

The latest Gelli Arts video demonstrated how to use foam sheets to make great texture on your plate so I tried this and loved my result.

Here are my gelli printed fabric pieces:
The feather stencil comes from Sarah Jane at Rainbow Gecko Gallery. Thank you!

2. Make your panels:

2a.  I made this stencil and used a lead pencil to outline my panel.

2b.  When I cut out my panels I added half an inch to the lead pencil stencil outline for my seam.

2c. I folded the material along the pencil line then I ironed down the seams.


2d. I sewed along the seams/edges.


3. Glue your panels to the bag:

I used fabric glue but you could use a hot glue gun. Be generous with the glue.  I held the top of the panels down with pegs but this has left an indentation on some of the panels.


Voilà!!

I love my bag!!!  It is several hours work but if you don't have a sewing machine then glue down your seams before gluing the panels to the bag.  the side panels are just one panel as I really liked how the print turned out and wanted to show off the whole section and not cut it up.

Many thanks to Lucy Lampshade, Gelli Arts and to Nicole Maki - whose bag and blog I found through Pinterest.   I like to gather all the knowledge I can before embarking on a project and found these blogs to be helpful.


Monday, 16 February 2015

Meet Miss Kallie

Meet Miss Kallie - she's Miss Frida's younger sister and she loves colour!  Kallie is short for Kaleidoscope!!! I couldn't find a gemstone/mineral for K so my friend Lin suggested Kaliedoscope which I loved as Kallie.

Miss Kallie
Mixed Media on Mixed Media Paper
42cm x 30cm = 16 1/2" x 12"
Miss Kallie's face/hair was created on watercolour paper with watersoluble crayons and pencils, and acrylic paint. Her clothes and headband are gelli prints.  The background is mixed media paper painted with acrylic paints.

I have a busy week ahead but should have Miss Lapis Lazuli ready for you next Monday or earlier hopefully! Then I'll be busy creating Miss Monica Moonstone, Miss N?, Miss Opal and Miss Pearl.

Miss Kallie is available to purchase through my Etsy store.