Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Grey Scale Animal Watercolour Bullet Journal Page


Yay, Hello February, finally the January blues are gone and we can all look forward to the rest of the year. This month I have been watching a lot of Anna Brim's (Mrs Brimbles) patreon videos on creating watercolour animal paintings using watercolour. You can join in here on Anna's patreon page.



My first attempt at painting a watercolour animal

Anna painted a stunning grey scale giraffe, so hesitantly I decided to give it a go. I honestly never thought I would be able to paint an animal, but finally I have mastered controlling the watercolour and brush to get the effect and shading I wanted.

I didn't pencil draw the giraffe first, I just did a loose outline in a light grey wash and then started filling in the facial features first before moving on to the body patterns. Finally I added a touch a black pen to define the outline of the pattern and it was one... first attempt! I know I was gobsmacked too!


I didn't really know what to do with the finished giraffe, so eventually decided to cut it out and use it in my bullet journal. It's perfect for my Hello February page and now that I was on a roll with being able to control the watercolour I even attempted a touch of hand lettering using the watercolour brush. I have tried brush lettering before with brush pens and I really can't do it. I found it much easier using a water brush dipped in to paint. Not a bad attempt for my first try.




To finish the page I added a few leaves using a green posca pen and a fitting quote 'Rise Above' and a bullet journal list of aims for the month. I am so happy with the overall page. I can't wait to see what else I can paint. There's no stopping me now!






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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hi Everyone!

 As it's 'love month' I thought I would create something in my journal using the Twinkling H2Os using pretty cute valentinesy colours.

 


 I wanted to do something that was akin to a gratitude type journal and came up with the idea of 'I'm loving' which is part gratitude and part 'currently' which is a big trend with a lot of memory keepers.








You can see how my page was created in my video below:




I hope you enjoyed this!
Much Love
Anna x

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A different way of working

Hello!

This month I decided to try something a little different with Anna's Patreon artwork. I've had my iPad Pro for a little while as well as the Apple Pencil. So far I've used it for creating some clip art, technical drawing and gaming. The first thing I thought when I saw some of the artwork was that I needed to use it as a digital wallpaper! Some of Anna's artwork is lovely as it is. This is my lock screen on my iPad. Up until this point I was using the screen savers that came with the software. I've used this yellow 'Life' mixed media piece as I find it visually upliting. I love the depth with the different medias used. Everytime I look at it I feel like I see a new piece of it. I play the piano so seeing the sheet music in the background makes me happy.

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As well as the above piece, I've used Anna's drip style artwork for my home screen wallpaper. I get lost in the swirls and colours. These particular colours, the blues, greys, whites and greens remind me of the ocean. I find them very peaceful.

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I then had a play with the artwork in Procreate. This is an app in which I have been creating clip art and sketching but I haven't really created from a mix media perspective. Procreate offers a whole range of brushes with more that can be downloaded. My favourite have to be the artistic brushes. When combined with the Apple Pencil it's so satisfying seeing the textures that can be produced. The pencil is touch sensitive so I can vary the pressue on how the brush reacts on screen. Don't get me wrong, it will never be the same as actual mixed media play. It's completely different in that sense. It's instant, it's tidy, you can add layers and have different versions, you can take away bits you don't like, you can make multiple versions. However, you cannot feel it, smell it, get the confidence to make a mistake but carry on and make it work. In that sense it's slightly less creative and more technical. So what did I create? I was immediately drawn to the black, white and yellow artworks Anna created. Look how nice this start image is...
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I had to work with it. As I loved how it already looked, I didn't want to create over it. Instead I decided to extend it. This is where I really got a feel for these artistic brushes. I found that they were very similar to the paint style used. This is where layers works well in Procreate as I could build the image up in stages. Firstly I played with some stars and text.... 

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* Please Pin me on Pinterest * Then I tried an image with stars and a sketchy fairy... 
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Lastly I decided to combine these images, they were originally two separate artworks. I love how they look together, I used the same brush style technique to blend them into each other. I then added a random little cat drawing, for no reason ^__^ 

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So that's what I've been up to this month. It's a very different way of working, from a journal perspective you don't quite get the same therapeutic feeling you would with a hands on creation. It's never going to be the same as that. It works well if you're wanting to get a feel for some artwork, you can come back to it at different points, add and delete. 

 Thank you for stopping by, 
 Kelly xx 
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pipstickers Stickers

I was very kindly sent a pack of stickers from Pipsticks to share with you all! Please do go and check them out: https://www.pipsticks.com/



PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Plan with me - Love month!


Hello, planner friends!
An unfortunate series of circumstances saw me digging into my stash of Mrs Brimbles goodies this month, to an old - but very much loved - sticker kit: the love bug stickers. I have loved this set every since Anna released it ages ago and I may have been unintentionally hoarding it for the perfect layout!

Well, I dragged it out and had a lot of fun putting together a February spread to celebrate the month of love.

This layout includes the love bug stickersletterbugs ephemera, and ladybug paper, all of which is still available in Anna's store!
I wanted to create something that was Valentine's-esque without being super-Valentine's-y. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I loved layering the different elements together to build something that is pretty and functional.

Check out my process video below to see how it came together:


Here are a few close up photos, too!



As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask - I love talking planners and all things crafty. In the comments, let me know about your February spread. Do you like to have a theme? If so, what did you go with this month?

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Have a wonderful February!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Art journaling to nourish

The beauty of Anna's patreon classes and collage sheets are that you can dip in and out and come back to them at a later date.  I've had a bit of crazy January with work and I tried to set aside some time today to do some art.  I need this for my own well-being - my word for 2018 is 'nourish' and in order to nourish my mind and soul I have to allow some time each week for art journalling.  I remembered that Anna did a lovely tutorial in November on different types of masking - so I used that to create a page in my art journal to honour my word of the year.



I started by drawing the hands - I normally sketch before bed - it helps my brain to calm before going to sleep and the following day I used some masking fluid to mask off the hands.  Once it was dry I painted a galaxy - it's meant to look like the hands are cupping the galaxy.  I find starry nights and looking at pictures of space calming and so this was meant to represent my gathering of the resources I need to nourish myself.

Anna has added some really wonderful collage sheets this month - my favourites are the dirty pour images - all the joy of dirty pours with none of the mess - plus you can include them in your journal - something you're not able to do as the paint pouring has to be on canvas.

Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Taking time to reflect on my word of the year

As we move from January into February I want to make a conscious effort to meditate on my word of the year - nourish.  This is particularly important because January was a really busy month for me and I didn't get to spend a lot of time doing what I enjoy, what nourishes my soul.  Instead I felt a little overwhelmed with work and travelling all around the region to get to J's medical appointments.  I found some time to make art but it was for moments rather than a period where I could sit down and create.

So I wanted to ensure that I go into February keeping my word of the year in mind - in fact, it's my plan to do this at the beginning of each month to remind myself of my wishes for the year.  And so I created a page to remind myself of it using collage sheets from Anna's January Patreon.  This beautiful acrylic pour painting reminds me so much of a bath when you have just dropped in the Lush bath bomb and it swirls around creating beautiful patterns.  Bathtime for me is a time of nourishment and reflection so I wanted the page to illustrate that idea - J is in bed by the time I get to run a bath so the house is usually quiet and calm.

The collage sheets are so beautiful that I hardly needed to add anything - I simply used some modelling paste with a stencil in the corner and added some found words from a magazine.


I've become a bit addicted to the collage sheets of Anna's acrylic pouring adventures, I've used one for my desktop background and one on my phone background too!


Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.