I wasn't particularly inspired by this Messy May prompt, but I did like the simple gelli plate technique the host used. I used that and my favourite butterflies to create this page.
Time to make birthday cards for the twins again. I made it easier on myself by using a frame die set, and then harder again by getting the microfine glitter out.
While doing a (very) little bit of tidying up, I came across December’s Scrawlrbox and decided to have a quick play. This subscription box included 3 Spectrum Noir metallic paint markers, a black POSCA marker, a pink Gelly Roll Moonlight, a pencil and a square Art Gecko pad with black paper. I loved the silver… Continue reading Quick play: butterfly in stars
The only plan I had when I started this was to use up the bits of paper left over from cutting out the warm-up pieces, especially the butterfly outline. I stuck all the pieces down without too much thought — other than the positioning of the butterfly — I just wanted to get some texture… Continue reading Jungle butterfly
The vast majority of my colouring is done with Copic markers, I've played with coloured pencils a few times (though I have to be in a particularly patient mood as those take forever to do), and then there are the occasional ones where coloured stamping takes centre stage. Apparently I made no notes whatsoever when… Continue reading Butterfly beauty
Alongside creating the abstract landscapes and this canvas, Laly Mille also wanted us to start to identify our art language — the colours, mark-making, textures, materials, formats and compositions that resonate. I'm starting to get a feel for the colours I like working with and texture is definitely something that is important to me. Mark-making… Continue reading Artist Soul canvas
When I made the butterfly grid, I had a few squares and butterflies left over. I decided to make some simple panels with them which could either be framed as is, or turned into cards with the addition of a sentiment banner underneath the painted square. The kraft squares were looking a bit too clean… Continue reading Butterfly drips
Back in October I joined in with the Lifebook 2021 taster sessions. I wouldn't take the full course because there is quite a focus on mixed media portraiture and figure paintings — something I'm happy to have the occasional play with but it's never going to be my go-to subject matter. But there were some… Continue reading Butterfly grid
The final project from the Artful Academy Visible Image Mini Collection. This tag was inspired by the lesson from Veerle Moreels; I've always liked Veerle's style and borrowed a design from her for some of last year's Christmas cards. [Previous projects from this class include butterflies, Stampbord owls, a dragonfly and a hummingbird.] There are… Continue reading Artful Academy butterfly tag
Remember the hummingbird that took me so long to turn into something I was happy with? Well, this is another project from that class: the Artful Academy Visible Image Mini Collection. This was inspired by the lesson from Lisa Taggart and it took me almost as long to make as the hummingbird, but only because… Continue reading Artful Academy butterflies
I posted this card back at the end of July before I had decided what to do with it. I thought it might get used for my other half's mum's birthday, but I wanted to leave my options open. In the end that's what I decided to do, though it was going to need a… Continue reading Butterflies and flowers – update
Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #7 I like the background — made with my ivy stencil and layers of paint and pen — and I like the foreground. They just really don't belong together. Maybe if I'd made the background more green than blue, using the complementary colour of red, it would have been better.… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – June
Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #6 May's prompt was "quotes" so I really couldn't avoid using words on this one. Trying to find a quote that wasn't over-used or twee or without any meaning for me was difficult though; I have a few collected in my notes, but nothing was speaking to me. But there… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – May
It was time to make cards for my other half's twin nieces again. Although they no longer live at home together, I carry on the tradition of making an almost matching pair of cards for them. Almost three months into lockdown and I really wasn't feeling like doing a lot of colouring and I was… Continue reading Butterfly trellis cards
I have a few more cards to write up (I got so far behind with my blogging it's ridiculous), but this is the last of the Power Poppy designs for now. When this image and the one I used for the Mother's Day card were released as digi stamps in February, I just couldn't resist… Continue reading Butterflies and flowers