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Weekly Photos 29/52

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Lots of poppies and mushrooms in my world at the moment. The poppies were a happy surprise as I thought they were all done, but no, some lovely ruffled petals bloomed in the sunshine.

Although it has been a hot hot week, there is still enough damp in the woods to produce a new mushroom or two.

There was a funny little crop of mushrooms all jostling for growing space.

We have been clearing the honeysuckle from around the shed and found this sign written by the boys and their friends years ago. An arrow pointing round the corner and the words ‘Hide Out’. They all wrote their names under it!

Happy Monday x

 

‘I like’ Friday.

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This week I have been liking all kinds of things, it has been hot and humid so there has been more indoor activity than outside.

Grace and Frankie.

I am at the last episode of Grace and Frankie  on Netflix now, so I am looking forward to season 3 next year (I hope!).

Marcella

I have only just started to watch this series (also on Netflix) and I am only a few episodes in, enough to have me gripped though. Part of the reason I like it is because it is a British drama and I eat those up, just to see the UK is enough to make me happy.  Even if it is part of a police drama.

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it all by Jonas Jonasson. 

I was drawn to this book because it sounds like my kind of dark humor and it was written by the man who wrote ‘The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared’ which is one of my favorites. I am not far in, just getting to know the characters, but I am enjoying it so far.

Boden 

I haven’t bought anything from Boden for ages and ages, I used to love their kids clothes when my boys were younger.  I spotted an  ace top in their new catalogue and after a browse, it turns out there is all sorts I would like.  This coat, these sandals, this top and this bag!

Stencils

This week I ordered two stencils from Stampington and I am delighted with them.  I am not the best stencil user in the world and consequently I don’t use them much, but I think I will be using them more now.  Isn’t it funny how you are drawn to some art supplies and not others. Sometimes all it takes is a very talented art journaler to inspire you, Karen Gaunt, I am looking at you.

Homegrown tomatoes.

Are the best. That is all.

Collection of found stuff

This article about found items on the beaches of the UK is so good.  It makes me want to arrange all of the stuff we have found in the local woods and creek, not that we have quite this kind of collection.  It is amazing what you find!

 

Gelli Plate printing with seed pods.

Sometimes I find printing with my gelli plate very confusing. There I said it.  Like trying to direct something while looking in the mirror, it is just a skill I do not have.  I still love to play with it though, even when I am not sure whether I am going to get a print with negative or positive colour! I really think this is sometimes when I get my best prints, when I am not sure what is going to happen.

I have seen some great prints lately using seed pods so I decided to use some dried honesty plant to make some pages of print and colour.

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Firstly I decide on my colour palette and  in my mind I wanted these prints to be all blues and blue/greens which as you can see I strayed from a little.  This often happens when I get my paints out and start to put them together, some get taken out and some get added. I will sometimes paint a few sample splotches to see what looks best together.  For this session, I grabbed colours and got on with the prints.

The Gelli Plate I used is a 4″ circle which I can use directly onto my sketchbook pages.

My sketchbooks here are Ranger Dylusions creative journals small and large, some old music paper, a Moleskine Art Plus small sketchbook and an altered book which I use as a sketchbook and I primed with transparent gesso.

I like to have lots of paper and/or sketchbooks on hand to make many pages at once while I have the plate with paint on it.  Of course I don’t want to waste the paint, I want colour everywhere!

I started with the neon so that I can gauge how much bright I want and I can print over it if I gets too much.  I can never tell which way I will go with neon, love it or hate it.

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Once the paint is rolled onto the plate I added some seeds and printed by placing the sketchbook directly onto the plate.

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When all the ‘outside’ paint has been used in prints, I carefully remove the seeds so that I can make a positive print of the seeds and I also use the painty seeds to make little seed prints.

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I use new seeds for each colour and the same process to get all the different print options. As I was getting lots of print opportunities from each colour I printed in all of my sketchbooks to make a variety of backgrounds.

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I love the stick/branch images I got from the stalks of the dried plant in that grey circle.

To add more random colour to the pages I used the paint left on the breyer to roll colour onto parts of each page.

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The music pages ended up with colour rolled onto them using the left over paint from the breyer and I like how the colours are together.  I had some bean pods which I used for the small sketchbook print in the middle of the picture above.

The question is, if these are backgrounds, what am I going to add?  Well, I am not sure right this minute, but I will share when I finish them.

Honestly!

Happy Wednesday  and happy creating x

 

 

Weekly Photos 28/52

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This has been a week of art and printing and colour!  Just how I like it.

It has also been a week of homegrown tomatoes, once they are ripe they need eating, so tomatoes have been popping up in salads, pizza and sauce all week!

1. My first beefsteak tomato which went on a pizza!

2. I thought this van looked like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.

3. My first foray into printing this week, I started with a roller print and ended up with gelli plate prints too.  I printed onto lots of paper including this vintage music.

4. Dusk at the end of a dog walk and Pokemon hunt.

5. There are lots of mushrooms in the woods and I liked these star shaped fungi.

6. We had all the weather including a massive storm which we had to wait out in Starbucks, but we were rewarded with this ace rainbow as we walked home.

7. More printing, this time with the gelli plate and some dried honesty seeds. It has been a painty week and I am hoping for more of the same in the next few days.

We have a heat advisory here in the oven which is the mid-west until Friday, so sun screen for the win with a side of iced water!

Happy Monday x

 

 

Get Messy Thursday. Season of Introspection Week 6.

This was the last week of the Get Messy Season of Introspection and I am really happy with the final three spreads of my altered book.  I now have a book which started as a guide to growing avocados from the avocado stone and is now a full and splendid art journal.

I made these three pages pretty much simultaneously once I had the back ground to the butterfly page.

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This background was a total experiment with a cardboard tube and cut up foam stickers to make a print roller.  I used my gelli plate as a palette to apply paint to the roller and it worked really well!

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As you can see in the pictures I ended up printing lots of things once I got started and once I had used the roller as much as I wanted, I pulled a few prints directly off the gelli plate. One of these prints is also used on the butterfly page at the edges.  I printed on dry deli paper because I like the translucent quality. My dining room table was awash with colour and paint and mess! Of course I had to clear it all up so that we could have dinner, but I got lots of great prints to use.

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This page was inspired by one of the Get Messy prompts this week.  I took a scarily close up  selfie with my Instax camera and used it on the page with words, drawing, outlines and splatter paint. I used another gelli print on deli paper over the whole left page.

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This final page started with the blobby background which I didn’t love, so I covered the whole spread with another gelli print on deli paper (are you spotting a theme yet?).  These deli paper prints or even just plain deli paper are great for calming down a overly loud start to a page or a rather harsh background beginning which was the case here.

While I was waiting for the background to dry, I looked through my clippings and found this fantastic sign and the little bird.  So I chopped them out of their page and added them to this page.  The song lyrics seemed appropriate to the developing sarcastic theme of the page!

If you want to join the Get Messy Community, now is a great time because this season has finished and the new season won’t be starting for a week or two.  Follow the link for more details.

Happy Thursday x

 

100 Days of Altered Cards 71-80.

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We are almost at the home straight of The 100 Day Project and I was thinking why I like it so much.  I like challenges with prompts and instructions which are usually a month long, but this is a different beast.  Over three months of the same (ish) project which you thought up yourself and only really have yourself accountable for.

I post my cards on Instagram every day using the hashtag #100daysofalteredcardsbycatseatdogs and that is pretty much my accountability. I know, I know, it could have been shorter!

So, here are ten reasons I like The 100 Day Project so much.

1. The time frame is huge but so satisfying (especially once I got into double digits).

2.The body of work you make is going to be fairly big and hopefully useful

3. You can’t help but land on a style or a way of working which you enjoy.

4. I have learnt to work small.

5. I have learnt to take off the pressure to create something amazing each time.  There is always another go tomorrow if today’s doesn’t work out.

6. Imagination is essential and gets exercised each day with new experiments.

7. Ideas come flowing because I have a creative focus.

8. Many of the techniques and outcomes I have used on the cards, I have also used in other areas.

9. The community feel is great and there are so many amazing things being created and achieved.

10. I will be a very proud bunny when I am at 100!

Here are my cards alongside the original playing card from 71-80. Onwards and upwards to 90 and 100!

Are you doing The 100 Day Project? Feel free to share your hashtag and I can follow you on Instagram.

Happy Wednesday x

 

Weekly Photos 27/100

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It has been a week of humidity (no surprise there!), early morning dog walks, drawing and Pokemon catching with ‘Pokemon Go’.  Is there anyone not playing this app!? Wherever we go there are kids pointing their phones at random points and swiftly heading off to the next ‘catch’.

I snapped some pics to share my week with you.  What have you been up to?

1. On Monday I went with my husband to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was a lovely cool morning and the gardens are in bloom in every direction. These lily pads are amazing and the reflection of the cherubs in the water made the photo.

2. My most favorite part of the gardens are the lotus flowers in the Japanese Garden and they were in bloom so I was a happy snappy chappy! I love these flowers so much, they influenced my whole week!  I drew them, painted them and used the colour palette in my art journal.

3. This wet pebble path was strewn with bright leaves.

4. Every time I visit the gardens, I have to take a photo of the sunburst glass by Dale Chihuly, I think they are the most beautiful thing.  This time I held my camera up as close as I could and took lots of photos from different angles, so some glass was in focus and some not.  I really like the effect I got.

5. I have spent lots of drawing time on the porch this week.  This is a sketch for the Tinkersketch challenge.  

6. I spotted this guy while walking the dog, he posed for long enough for me to get in nice and close.  I don’t know what kind of fly he is, do you?

7. There was a cracking sunset on Saturday night.

8. I made a fresh tomatoes sauce with tomatoes and basil from the garden and mozzarella balls (not from the garden!). It is from the Laurie David book The Family Dinner.

9. Our neighbours have been unwilling landlords to this snapping turtle all week, we managed to get him down to the creek and everyone was much happier. They think he is about 35 years old!

Stay warm or cool depending on which end of the world you are!

Happy Monday x