Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Play time : Alcohol inks

I was inspired this week by Birgit Koopsen's experiments with alcohol inks on her gelli plate. See her video HERE and also her Instagram HERE with extra ideas. I already had a few alcohol inks, and then was given a 50% off voucher for Warehouse Stationery and purchased these :
What fun even though my prints don't look at all like Birgit's! I need to practice more with mixing or maybe limiting my colours and the right amount of white paint but there's nothing here I won't be able to use. If you click on any photo it will enlarge.
I probably need to try better quality paper since I used some large paper placemats for some of this printing and they wrinkled.
Even these "failures" which I did before ink had dried properly are pretty - like old walls of peeling paint
and I cleaned up with a cosmetic sponge and Ranger alcohol blending solution which will help lift the inks
There's nothing here I don't like - and I'm very happy with areas that I'll be able to tear and use as collage elements in future projects. I decided to crop a few photos for examples just for fun....

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Journal 52 : Weeks 42

Journal 52 is a weekly prompt from Effy Wild 
(Free HEREthat I'm creating on a deck of jumbo playing cards 3.5'' x 4.75'' (8.5 x 12 cm)Each card will include stitch, a found word, and be inspired by the project I've been working on that week or what's lying leftover on my work table. 
See the original post HERE
#42 =  only 10 to go til the end of the year! Inspired by this image which a friend shared from FB about the importance of smaller steps to attain your goals.
#42 : Reach
Find all my Journal 52 posts HERE

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cheap and Free classes you don't want to miss

There are a couple of online classes I just have to share with you today so you don't miss out. 
Have you joined The Painted Paper Project Kindness Movement? 
Created by Rae Missigman and Sandi Keene, and featuring tutorials by more than 10 lovely artists, Rae has warned that doors are closing on this FREE offering in November so get in there now. Once you've enrolled you get to keep the content. I have been inspired by watching a few of the videos, and have so far created the lovely tags at the top of this post, inspired by the lesson called Encouragement bites by Kristi Nazzaro - also available free on her site. Here are some recent "Envelopes of Kindness" that Rae's created. I can't wait for my Summer holidays to have more fun with this. 
I also adore Laly Mille's work
In January I created a lovely Book of Whispers inspired by her class and more recently I shared cards I'd created from a Free Life book Taster lesson. To celebrate 10 years of painting, she's created a Free online offering called Artist Soul
It's only on offer for a very limited time 
21-26 OCT. 2020 so check it out now. She also still has available her FREE video series about supplies and it's worth a look.
Another artist I love is Tracy Verdugo - she has a couple of FREE classes on offer
and has recently announced a special deal of US$27 for Jump into Abstract Painting
I'm considering purchasing this because of the price and that it's a Tracy class I can afford right now. One of the things I've been thinking about recently is about the reasons to continue to purchase new online art classes when I already have a bunch that I've only looked at and many that are not completed. There is a lot on offer and you can want to take *all the things* for fear of missing out. It's also very easy to feel guilty when you sign up for something and then don't have time to do it. I only pay for things with lifetime access, so I can do them in my own time, and I know my art style so I can use my head a bit more when making decisions. But another reason to purchase classes if you can afford to (and I'm always on the look-out for a bargain) is to financially support teachers you love. I want those online teachers I love to keep being able to do what they do. 
A heads up that in the past I have bought classes on great deals in Black Friday Sales -these are examples from 2019 and that's where I purchased Laly's Book of Whispers mentioned above. This year's date is November 27th so mark your diaries to check out your favourite artists for potential specials then. 
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