Thursday 26 June 2014

Summer of color ; Forest Dragonfly

This is this weeks Summer of color piece.
below are the colours of this weeks palette. As you can see I did something a little different this week.

I used a great woodland mask I have and usd only part of it to paste modelling paste onto a wooden panel.

I also used a sequin waste sheet to stencil through circle shapes to add more texture.

Then some spray inks and embossing powder.

The dragonfly is made from silk which I machine embroidered and then stiffened with sparkle modpodge.

I made several wings for use with more projects :)

Linking up to summer of color

and also paint party friday

Friday 20 June 2014

One tree

Wednesdays post showed a bench load of citrasolv papers made by dissolving the ink of old copies of the national geographic.
To answer an earlier question by ' fuzzy'  I believe new copies don't dissolve as well, although I can't vouch for that as I have only tried it on old copies bought from charity shops or Ebay.

A dissolved page.

  Soon became this!
I began to see a tree emerging from the at first abstract shapes. I used acrylics and gold leaf to build up textures, adding modelling paste to add a dimensional element.

Although starting off as an abstract it has now become a landscape. I see water, heather, sea and distant hills and a single lone tree. standing tall.

One tree, wood panel, cirtasolve collage with acrylics and textured elements

Linking up to paint party friday

For those arriving from Paint party here is a little catch up of my abstract poppy incase you missed it. Created in the color theme of Coral/teal/white

I am loving the challenge so far.... :)

Wednesday 18 June 2014

WOYWW citrasolv papers

A little late in the day but here is my link up to WOYWW
My workbench ready for action....
I thought it only fair to wait and photo my results with pages of the national geographic and citrasolv cleaner.

After brushing the pages with the lemon cleaner the ink starts to dissolve making wonderful patterns.

 Some look sea-like. Filled with swirling patterns and bubbles.

Lovely papers to use for collage or as backgrounds for paintings.

As you can see I have been busy. ;)

Linking to woyww click Here to take a peep at some other exciting workspaces around the world this Wednesday.

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Summer of color, week two: summer poppy

Summer poppy (gouache and ink)

Week Two of the Summer of color challenge and this week Artists and crafters from around the world were asked to use a limited palette of two main colours with an accent colour. The choice this week is

Teal, coral and white
As last week my inspiration is taken from nature and some of my photographs taken at Dunvegan gardens.

Last week my poppy was aqua blue, this week coral red!

Some of the poppies were a deeper rich red

Beautiful colour combinations can be found all around at this time of year.

A little pixlr magic accentuates the teal and coral colours of this Dock leaf.

I used gouache for my oriental poppy, not a medium I usually use, and because of the limited palette had to abstract and simplify the image more than I would normally. That's what I love about the summer of colour, it gets my brain trying out new things with both colour and form.

Linking up to the wonderful summer of color

Tuesday 10 June 2014

Summer of color; blue poppies

On my workdesk today is a sketch for the summer of color challenge.

Neocolor water soluble crayon

My Meconopsis or blue poppy is drawn from a photograph I took recently at Dunvegan castle gardens.
I took loads of flower photographs in the hope they may inspire me for the SOC challenge which runs for six weeks. It follows a colour theme, this weeks colours being, Aqua, yellow and pink.

Aqua, yellow, pink

Linking to
Summer of color

Monday 9 June 2014

seals in the sun

Thought I would share a few photographs of the seals in Dunvegan bay which I took recently

As you can see they were enjoying the June sunshine almost as much as me!
May and June are my favourite months of the year.

This is Dunvegan bay which has small islets within its sheltered shores. The islets are home to colonies of common seals.

The weather over the past few weeks has been beautiful, the perfect weather for a little boat ride across the bay. The shape of the flat topped mountain, McLeods table, stands clearly in the distance.

                            The seals seem unperturbed by my camera.              

                                                                       only mildly curious.

Seals can often look so sad with their huge watery eyes.

Although this cheeky chap seems to be smiling at me!

And this one, well what a pose for the camera!

And then back to the snoozing....
and why not :)

linking up to Inspiration Avenue 
and also paint party friday 

Friday 6 June 2014

Fishing on a plate

I love collaging on unusual shapes and materials,
I bought a number of large heavy-duty plastic platter type plates a couple of months ago.

 I covered the plate in newsprint and bookpapers. This makes it easier to collage onto the plastic surface.

My inspiration? The beautiful Portree bay, The lovely sheltered harbour of the main village on the Island of Skye, I love the pastel coloured houses and the way they reflect onto the surface of the water. From the quayside you can take some fabulous boat trips to the nearby island of Raasay and also out to see the famous Sea eagles which nest within the bay.

 I used silver foil for the mackerel.
I do love the way these beautiful fish glimmer with their metal-like scales.