Wednesday, 17 December 2014

More 3 Wise Men!

If you saw my post yesterday then you will know how much I love the story of Three Wise Men. Yesterday I shared with you the Stampotique version in my art journal, but here is the painted version! I LOVED doing these Christmassy pages :-)

For the background I used Amsterdam acrylics by Talens (Standard range), as well as Portfolio oil pastels. To create the hats I used Dylusions stencils and inks (Cherry Pie). And of course a fabulous Stabilo Aquarellable pencil for shading.

I'll be teaching this as a class at Art from the Heart this weekend, although I feel that there may be some scoffing of chocolates and biscuits and the pulling of crackers as we all get into the party mood!

Byee for now!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The 3 Wise Men.

Inks by Dylusions

I love the story of The three Wise Men ...  for lots of reasons. Their story is such a long one, and goes on well beyond the 25th December. I love the way they are often portrayed - dressed in gorgeous colours and silks, with decorated crowns and gowns - such a contrast to the stable scene.

And I love the fact that there are 3 of them. 3 is a great number, and artistically it works really well!

I used 'Rocky' by Daniel Torrente for Stampotique Originals to represent Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar, and then gave them over-sized crowns ;-) I used 'Abstract Foliage' and 'Text Star' by Jo Capper Sandon, also for Stampotique Originals.

And I've also been painting The Three Wise Men in my journal too so watch this space!

Byeeee for now!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Angelic art journaling.

'Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King'! Ahhhh, just warming up .... well, it is nearly December ;-) This page began as another messy background and I decided to add an angel. 

Here's a few progress pics so you can see how it grew from the beginnings of collaging some interesting papers on the background. I love catalogues ... not all catalogues, but nice ones! They make lovely art journal backgrounds. And I love the way some of these papers still show through at the end - such as the flowers in the angel body, and the clock.

Collaged layers

First paint colours

More colour added!
And a little doodling with pencil and Polychromos colours

Byee for now. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, 28 November 2014


Very excited indeed to be published in the very fine 'Somerset Studio Gallery' by Stampington :-) I absolutely adore all of the Stampington magazines so to be published by them is a very great honour indeed.
The magazine is full of gorgeous loveliness, and in the UK Stampington magazines are available at Art from the Heart, and The Stamp Attic (as well as a few other places I think).

Available now - Issue 14 volume 1

I am also very honoured to be the guest artist over at Lulu Arts blog today. Lulu Arts is an Australian mixed media store. You can see the interview here:

For the rest of today I will most be recovering ..... from what? Well, many of you will know I am a part-time school teacher, and this week I agreed to do some extra days to cover for a colleague who came down with the lurgy. Only to find out that OFSTED (school inspectors) were coming into school. Arggghhhh. Stress levels rise tenfold when this happens, and agreeing to do extra days at school while this was happening was probably one of the most unfortunate decisions I have ever made!! But we all survived, and today I have a day off and its time to chiiiiiill .......

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

More messy journaling!

It would seem I am in the mood for some more messy art journaling! I've got several things on the go on my desk at the moment and this is one of the things that was completed earlier today. It's really small - and fits inside a cute little frame :-)

Of course the quote is a line from a song .... ha! an ear worm. You're welcome ;-)

Right, real life calls. Got to some extra teaching days in school this week so no more art for me for a while ..... Byeeee!