Sunday, 28 May 2017

What do you do?

What do you write when you aren't inspired or full of a love of life? What do you write when life gives you an unexpected twist that makes it seem somewhat hopeless? I haven't written for a long time and when I have the topics have been upbeat... musings about things, but generally positive. Lately, though, my life has been a series of bumps and twists... good and bad these last five years. And I haven't written much. It's not that the last five years have all been bad. It's just that there's been a lot of bad sprinkled in there.. and then when it's been good I've been taking it all in and haven't written.

I never set out to make my blog a journal. And right now, although many use theirs for that purpose, I'm not sure if that is where I want to go with mine. I don't know if I want to have a public journal, even if I don't name people. But I do know that I miss writing and miss getting my thoughts and feelings out.

What do you think? Should a blog be used as a journal?


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Art Swarm Fun

Warm hearts
Creative thinking
Creamy paints
Squishy gelli plates
Lucious markers
Sharpened pencils
Waxy thread
Meandering books
Exploding pocket books
Meditative Labyrinths
Rich coloured pencils
Smeared book covers :)
Glistening paper beads
Fun book pockets
Expressive stick figures
Sketchbook fun
Friendships forged
Memories made
A happy birthday girl
Art Swarm at the Bee Hive

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Where have I been?

First off,

This blog has mostly been ignored by me these last couple of years. Life events have kept me away from writing and oddly enough, tn purchase of my iPad. I've found it really hard to post via the iPad. I've tried different ways to post from my iPad and haven't had much luck.

So, here I am, again, I still haven't found a good way to post from my iPad, so not sure if it will work, but I will try!

I've just had a wonderful time away, a renewal of sorts.

Sights and sounds of the first day or so of my holidays

Early morning sun on my head,
Golden maple leaves crunch under my feet.
The smell of the forest hangs in the air.
A crisp cool wind nips at my cheeks.

Light flickers on in the Bee Hive,
The heating fan whirs.
Crisp sheets of Canson Mi-tientes feel rich in my hands.
Laughter and chatter as plans are made.

My heart warms as I meet these new friends.
The start of a wonderful week.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Art Exploration Pencil Crayons: Part III

The last three days I've been drawing the same thing, over and over, but with different products. I began with my Derwent Inktense Pencils, from there I tried my Prismacolors. Today I've tried my Caran d'ache pencils.
Caran D'ache Supracolors and Derwent Inktense are both water soluble. Inktense pigment becomes ink and permanent when water is added. Caran D'ache Supracolors turn into a watercolour. They can be reactivated with water at any time.

(all were completed in the same size, on the same type of paper Strathmore 500)

Caran d'ache Supracolor


Derwent Inktense

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Art Exploration Pencil Crayons Part II

Yesterday I drew a green apple with Derwent Inktense pencils. Today I have drawn the same apple, but used Prismacolor pencil.
It's produced a very different look. Derwent Inktense can be used with water to create a painted look. The Prismacolor has been blended, but no water has been added, because that wouldn't have done a thing.

Tomorrow I may need to try this again, with my Caran D'ache watercolor pencil crayons to see what results they may bring.


Derwent Inktense

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Art Exploration Pencil Crayons Part I

I've been learning some new drawing and pencil crayon techniques. I'm really happy with this new drawing, except for the bottom shadowing.
It's about 5x5 inches square on Strathmore 500 with Derwent Inktense pencils.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Glazier Codex: 2 new books!

Well, I haven't posted much for a long time, but I'm really happy to share my two new works! These books are in the style of the Glazier Codex and based on a model from 500 AD. I'm not going to pretend their exact replicas, but they are certainly 'in the style of!'
One book has a wooden cover with mahogany goat leather for its spine and wrapping. There are two carved bone toggles which I stained with terracotta coloured ink. That book has leather wrapped that continues off of the spine and wraps around the edges of the book.
The other book's cover is paper covered davey board. The leather used on it is deer hide. It will soon have toggles, as well.