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Monday, October 08, 2012

There is a first time for everything

Here we go, my first official blogpost about my artwork.
I have given myself the challenge to create a blogpost every Monday about art, mixed media, art journalling and many other art and creativity related topics. I hope you come back to visit and please feel free to ask any questions and do leave a comment if you like what you see. :-)

My first post is about an art journal page I made this weekend.
First of all I have to give a big thank you to 
Shannon Green for sharing their techniques and vids on you tube. They were such an inspiration for me! 
This is what came out of it.  I did not journal on this page, for me this picture says it all.
Title: "Lost for words" 

Here's the process of creating this page. I'm hoping to make some vids in the near future to show you how I go about my work. For now I hope these photo's are sufficient?

I started of in my Art journal with a double page, glued scrap paper on the pages (paper used for leftover paint etc.) and then a layer of watered down Gesso.

I then doodled with oil pastels, played with sprays and acrylic paints and stencilled with gel medium to create some 3D textures. No thinking, just making a big mess, I love it!!! :-) 

A detail of the 'mess' I made. :-) 

A sketch with black pencil. 

In the scarf I sketched I added pieces of an old handwritten letter which I had saturated with olive oil the night before  and left it to 'dry' overnight between sheets of newspaper (this is the technique Shannon Green shows in her video). 
This makes the letter translucent without disturbing the ink. And yes, it will stick with glue!  

Then it was time for some finger painting! Yes, sooo much fun! This is where I tried the technique that Nolwenn shows in her video. Dabbing here, dabbing there.....yummie!
For me this is a perfect way to 'tackle' perfectionism, shut of my 'thinking' and just play, have fun and create the features on her face at the same time.

This is the result of my dabbing....

I added acrylic paint around the edges of the sketch to blend the background and push the picture more in the foreground.

A little more accents around the border with charcoal for a grunchy look. Hehe, I felt that was appropriate because.......well........she is a bit scary, freaky and weird right? :-D

Wel, there you have it, my first post! It was a bit of a struggle to get everything alligned in Blogger but I think it worked out OK. I hope you liked it and we meet again next Monday.

And now go and create something! It's nourishment for the Soul.


  1. Wow! Getting inspired!
    Loving the dabbingtechnique....just do it, no thinking.....nourishment for the soul, with an extra bonus for the eyes when looking at it.
    Can't wait to get started.

    Love, Nique

  2. Beautiful artwork! And your blog is lovely :)

  3. Thanks ladies!
    Nique, there is room for you in my studio, you know that don't you?!

    Shannon, nice to hear from you! Love your vids on youtube and thanks again for the 'oil-tip'. I like that better than spraying with a varnish, much healthier! :-)

    1. YES YES I know!!!
      Sometime next week maybe?

  4. What a beautiful blog! Congratulations!