All posts tagged: Art Inspiration

‘I Like’ Friday. Picture books for art inspiration.

I keep getting the best ideas from children’s picture books. I check them in and out at the library and every so often, one will catch my eye. I have a look at the beautiful illustrations and get some ideas for my art journal. Some are just plain gorgeous and some are sparking ideas left and right! These are some examples of what I have found recently. There are lots of ideas in these books which will keep me going for ages! Yak and Dove by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Esmé Shapiro. These buildings are inside the covers and I just love them. Another inspiring inside cover from Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter. Looks like some gorgeous collage and pen drawings. These fabulous ladies make me want to gather all the leaves and sticks to make wings and crowns and skis!  From Fairy Friends Seasons by Merrilee Liddiard Images to inspire from Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill. The drawings are deceptively simple and very effective. These last two pages are from The Story of …

Get Messy Live!

“I don’t know anything, ever. I follow fate around” Dirk Gently. This week I went on Facebook ‘Live’ and made some art journal pages alongside and in front of the Get Messy community. It was equally terrifying and great fun! We chatted via comments and I made some pages in various journals, letting one part dry as I hopped to the next and so it went on for about an hour.  The time flew by and I made pages I never planned or expected to make.  Isn’t that the best thing when you start to create and don’t plan the outcome and it still turns out well! It could have gone so horribly wrong so easily! So here are my finished pages, I added very little after the ‘live’ event because I had finished most of them.  I wrote on a couple of the pages and added some doodles here and there. Black gesso and white paint pen over Germany in my ‘atlas’ journal. Neon, stencil and another ‘Dirk Gently’ (written by Douglas Adams) quote …

Art Journal Pages. Season of Dreams week 3.

We are in the Season of Dreams in the Get Messy Art Journaling community and inspired by the wonderful Tanyalee of The Drawing Board, I created these two pages in my journals. I painted a watercolor wash over some vintage ‘onion skin paper’ which is very thin paper which is slightly wrinkly but I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t completely crinkle when I added the wet paint. Using this paper I cut out circles and butterfly shapes which I layered over the base pages I had created. The top page has a loosely painted self portrait with watercolor splashes which I glued the shapes over. The bottom page is  butterflies glued and layered  along the bottom ‘escaping’ from the darkness of the black gesso. I used a fine black pen to make some outlines and doodles. I have some sheets of watercolor wash left to play with, so I wonder what I will do with them! Happy Friday x        

‘I like’ Friday. The Art Inspiration Edition.

I was chatting on the interwebs to the fabulous and talented Jeanette from Craftwhack blog this week and we were talking about which sketchbooks we use and which we like best.  I am a bit of a sketchbook junkie, but I usually end up filling the same ones. I would love to have a single sketchbook and fill it full up with artistic-ness and brilliance.  So, off I go to find the perfect sketchbook for this task, the book with the correct paper weight for each idea, the best size of paper and of course the ideal colour pages.  With that all in mind, I would need a sketch book with cardstock, sketching paper, watercolour paper, tracing paper and marker paper.  Of course I would also need pages of all sizes from tiny squares to big double spreads and a selection of paper from black to white via kraft. Not going to happen, unless I make my own (this I have thought about and it may happen!). I really am quite happy hopping from one …