I can not believe that we are near the end of September! I have to say that I have really enjoyed the 29 Faces in September 2014 challenge. Also the Living Beings theme over at Art Journal Journey. So thanks to the lovely ladies that host them.
This is Ashley, she loves all living creatures and all creatures seem to love her. Dogs and cats come running when she is in their territory. Birds hover near her and sing songs to her! She is a magical girl who walks through life with lots of compassion. If you see her, smile and watch the magic happen.
This is Kasey, she is dressed up in her party dress, it is her eighth birthday and all her friends are coming. She is twitching with excitement as she watches her mother sets out the spread they will be having … there are fairy lights, jelly beans and pink and purple cupcakes! Best of all, there will be lots of presents!!!!
Faces 22, 23 AND 24
On Monday Morning I was doing a bit of blog reading while the kettle boiled for my breakfast. I happen to hit on Morag of Paper Rainbow’s post about an Australian Artist Peter Rush (see here) He does street scenes of Sydney with coloured pencils on old cereal cartons. They were awesome. My eye spotted the weetbix carton I had just put near the fireplace for burning. Ummm ….I fetched it and made a few marks…….. An hour or so later the above was underway and my weetbix were soggy! Needless to say I was so excited with how the coloured pencils worked on this card, that I had finished the picture well before lunch. Three more faces done!
These ladies are three sisters, Bertha, Agatha and Elisabeth.
The first and eldest sister Bertha loves to be indoors and hates being outside because of the creepy crawlies. She is often to be found standing at the window watching her sisters’ antics with disapproval. Did you see how a bee has managed to invade her kingdom!
The middle sister Agatha, is a bit mixed up, she admires both her sisters and wants to be like them, but she can’t stand Bertha's nagging and she is actually very nervous of nature and really wants to be inside. The youngest is a creature of nature she loves to dance in the woods singing to all the creatures she finds, especially the little people.
I just love using the boxes and will be doing more of this. Now, for my beauty of the week:
This is Catherina, she wants to be a model, but has been let down by un scrupulous agents trying to manipulate her into dodgy ventures. Despite her fragile exterior there is a strength within her that will help her to avoid all the pitfall of her chosen career, good luck Catherina, I know you will succeed!
I was going to show how I make some textures with my home made stamps this week but I have decided to wait till 29 faces is over and do a series on my techniques then.
However I can give one tip that follows on from my step by step last week. While I was doing the three sisters, I realised that all my faces no matter their medium I do a layer of white. For pencil; work I use a white pencil as it softens the marks. For watercolours and acrylics I use zinc white acrylic paint and do a thin wash, yes even over watercolour faces such as Catherina.
I just love the soft magical feel it gives.
Even though I am enjoying all the challenges this month I will be glad when things are back to normal, it is spring here and everything is growing at a pace. My poor garden is sadly neglected. Don’t you think that Bro is trying to tell me something!!
Well, have a wonderful week every body!
Linking today to Paint Party Friday hosted by Eva and Kirstin
And Art Journal Journey hosted by Valerie and Susi