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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

LB2016 : Smiling heart

This was a Life Book 2016 lesson with Angela KennedyI initially thought I wouldn't do this lesson and would just watch the videos to see how she uses coloured pencils. But once I watched, I decided I wanted to try out a few of her techniques. 
First applied white gesso mixed with cheap black acrylic and made marks with paint brush. Quick and effective and a departure for me who loves a busy/collaged background but it's very dark (spoiler alert - I don't leave the background alone!)
After dry I can start sketching in the girls' outline but because the background is too dark for her face base I applied some more white gesso followed by some portrait pink acrylic. Face sketched and some colour blocking here. 
I've been using coloured pencils quite a bit in my faces lately for shading - a technique I've been learning from Effy Wild in the Facing Forward classAngela has a slightly different approach, blending darker colours with a lighter pencil colour. Unfortunately I don't have light pencils, but I used transparent zinc white paint (as discussed here) for blending. I did some work with some of my water-soluble pencils too - the cheeks went a bit bright but were also saved with the zinc white. In the end, you have to use what you've got or you'll just end up buying endless supplies!  My face shading colours (Faber-Castell Polychromos brandare 4 different browns and I also have a black and white (used on the dress, sleeves, heart below). The brighter colours (green eyes, pink cheeks and lips) are Derwent Inktense - once they are water activated they are permanent.  
Bit more face detailing and started to add some pencil into her hair too. Pretty happy so far but I feel she needs something else...
Time to add some sparkle. Metallic rub-ons are creamy and grab texture on the page. The metallic pen is a favourite Sakura Gelly roll.
Although I admire Angela's more simple style, my girl needed "Shine". Added gold through stencil to her dress and finishing background touches with corrugated card pressed in gold paint.
Click on the photo to see it larger, or go HERE to see my Flickr album of all my Life Book 2016 projects. You can see all my posts about Life Book this year HERE.
If you're wondering abou Life Book, Tam has just released a FREE Life Book Taster HERE. It's a FULL lesson from the beginning of the year and includes a meditation, videos that you can download and keep, plus fully detailed PDF. It's a great example of the kind of lesson you get from Tam - almost monthly. This is a photo of her project : 
and this was my version from January
Sign up for Life Book 2017 HERE and there's a 20% off coupon anyone can use this year!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

LB2016 : Reaching around and from within

At last a chance to do another lesson from Life Book 2016. This one is from Roben-Marie Smith and came from August where the theme was Growth and Transformation and featured a vase of flowers. This was a fun class of layers and was the perfect subject for today - warm and feeling properly like Spring :-)
I enjoy taking the progress photos and seeing the different stages of a project. 
I enjoyed adding the final touches with black, white and metallic pens but didn't feel the need to add any words this time. 
Click on the photo to see it larger, or go HERE to see my Flickr album of all my Life Book 2016 projects. You can see all my posts about Life Book this year HERE.
Check out my previous post for a prize draw from Roben-Marie for her latest course and a special deal for Life Book 2017.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Things you might like...

Long weekend for us this weekend - Hooray! Going to be busy but a fun one I hope. Thought I'd share some stuff you might like to share in too : 
Roben-Marie Smith has a new workshop coming out and a VERY generous giveaway to go with it. Go HERE for that.
Alisa Burke also has a new class called "Hoop It" and a giveaway - go HERE to find out more and for a chance to win one of 5 free spots (only US$15 if you don't win) : 
Hanna has another International Postcard swap happening - all the details HERE
You need to sign up BEFORE November 8 2016 and be ready to send 10 postcards by November 11th. I did this a couple of years ago. For inspiration see what I sent HERE and some of what I received HERE
Time to start thinking about classes for 2017! Highly recommended for your consideration by me : 
My Life Book 2016 posts are HERE - sign up for 2017 HERE and there's a 20% off coupon anyone can use this year!
I've been loving Effy Wild's classes too - Click the titles to see my blog posts about Facing Forward II and Book of Days. BOD currently available for last quarter of this year HERE  (then you'd get an alumni discount on BOD 2017)
 Facing Forward II details HERE
I also keep a list of cheap and free online classes available HERE - will be updating that in December/January so if you know of anything that should be included that isn't already on the list, please let me know.
Hope you have a happy and creative weekend wherever you are.
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