Title: Afternoon walkMedium: oil on paperCreator: Susan Bence I'd been following Susan on Instagram for a while when I decided to treat myself to one of her paintings. I love the intensity and depth of colour in her palette, especially her landscapes, and the way she uses sgraffito to add touches of texture. She is… Continue reading OPA: afternoon walk
Series: Wanderlust 2021 #25 I'm not a huge fan of using words in my art but I keep giving it a go in its various forms just in case something clicks with me. However, I did enjoy the process of creating this poem — take random pages from random books, cut out phrases that appeal,… Continue reading Wanderlust: found poetry
I have various small piles of art bits scattered around my craft room. All sorts of things. Purchases that haven't found a home yet, pieces that I've experimented with but can't decide what to do with, unfinished projects, collections of stuff for projects that have yet to be started, and lots of leftovers from completed… Continue reading Art card clear-up
Copic markers: skin - YG61, G21, YG63lips/eyes - YG63, G46, G29hair/dress - RV11, RV32, RV34greys - C0, C2, C4, C6, C8, C10wand - E29, W8wand swirl - YG00, YG03, YG25 Supplies: digital stamps:Scrap N’ Dipity - Josie zombie witchpaper and card:Neenah solar white 216gsm This image was coloured in February 2018.
Title: BouquetMedium: lino printCreator: Amie Bell I dithered for ages before finally buying this lino print. Not because I wasn't sure about the design — I love it — but because it was available in two colourways. The traditional black on white had that wonderful high-contrast crispness, but then there was this softer silver on… Continue reading OPA: bouquet
This card mask has been floating around my craft room for an absolute age, waiting for the right idea to come along. My first thought was to create a green-man-styled mask with lots of foliage, but that never got past the thinking about stage, though I still think it could work nicely, especially now I… Continue reading Gold mask
Copic markers: fox, white fur - W00, W1, W3fox, brown fur - YR27, E08, E29fox, feet - E29, E49, W10cast shadow - W7grass - YG03, YG17, YG25grass shadow - W5 Supplies: digital stamps:Isabel Cristina - mama and baby fox (free)paper and card:Neenah solar white 216gsm This image was coloured in February 2018.
Title: Autumn HuesMedium: watercolourCreator: Tina Martin I was looking around at ACEOs (art card originals and editions) as they can be an inexpensive way to pick up original art, came across this one and bought it straight away. I love all things nature-related and these autumn leaves really grabbed my attention — the colours are… Continue reading OPA: autumn hues
Series: Wanderlust 2021 #24 For this lesson, the starting point was to think about something we needed or were grateful for and then find a related quote. I was feeling less than perky at the time so I chose the word "comfort" and then went searching for a poem. The poem I found was Inner… Continue reading Wanderlust: butterfly vine
And this is the last of the lessons from Sandy Allnock's mini Copic course Autumn Scenes. For me, this was the trickiest lesson in this course. It was a combination of factors: firstly, I always try not to copy the lesson image exactly and, secondly, I am terrible at visualising things in my head in… Continue reading Just coloured: misty mountains
Title: botanical tile (gold0128)Medium: ceramicCreator: Lisa Ellul Oh the hours I spent trying to decide which one of these to buy. All of Lisa's tiles are lovely but I couldn't just pick one at random. So I made a first pass through, making a short list of the ones that particularly caught my eye, then… Continue reading OPA: botanical tile
Series: Wanderlust 2021 #23 The start of a new theme: poems & quotes. For this one, Kasia asked us to go on a walk, make some simple notes about what we saw, and then turn them into a poem. Well, the weather was utterly grim when I started this project, so I sat safe and… Continue reading Wanderlust: sitting safe inside
This is from one of the lessons from Sandy Allnock's mini Copic course Autumn Scenes. I really enjoy these mini classes, it makes such a change to start with a blank piece of paper, rather than a stamped image, when working with Copic markers and, of course, it does teach useful techniques that can be… Continue reading Just coloured: spooky forest
Title: robot whaleMedium: inkCreator: Anton Peck Way back in 2011 (it's only ten years but it feels so much longer), I was one of the supporters of Anton Peck's Adopt-a-Robot project for which he designed and drew 100 robots. This robot whale — number 82 out of 100 — now lives on the wall next… Continue reading OPA: robot whale