Monthly Archives: July 2013

Fun with acrylics – Sketching challenge week 4

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After deciding to paint, I picked the bird sketch as my subject, for no other reason than I liked it, and could see it as a painting.
I very rarely paint, and when I do it is usually small designs in pen and water-colour, so trying acrylics is a bit of a departure .

I only have a few small tubes of acrylic paints, which I use with my Fimo, and most of the brushes I have are for water-colour, or painting walls but what the heck, I feel like painting,so no excuses.

Well I had a lovely afternoon, and I can’t help wondering why I don’t paint with acrylics more.

The result is not so good, but it was such a good lesson In observation, and in mixing colours and most of all, it was fun !

I am now all fired up, and am already thinking of what I want to paint next.

I also want to read more about what acrylic colours are most versatile for a basic palette ,and what brushes are useful etc.

It would be nice to see how artist quality paints and the right brush for the job, compare with what I used for this painting.

Mmm…. I feel a trip to the art shop might be coming soon !

Enjoy your week-end.

Sketching Challenge Week 4

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white walls at last !

white walls at last !

I am a day or two late with my sketching post this week . My excuse reason being I have finally painted the walls of my work area, and put my paints, wire, clay, and leather tools in a cupboard – which I hope to organise a bit better over the coming week .
It feels so much nicer, not being surrounded with cement patches, and I am looking forward to spending the afternoon drawing and painting today.

Here are this weeks 5 sketches.

 using charcoal

using charcoal

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using watercolour , pen , and chalk

using watercolour , pen , and chalk

This week instead of picking a sketch and then choosing whether to use clay, paint, lino etc, I have changed it around. I have decided to try a painting in acrylics, and will pick which sketch to follow-up, with that in mind.

I rarely paint, as the result never lives up to what I want it to be, although I do enjoy the “doing ” of it.

So I am going to give it a go, and will post it as soon as I feel it is complete.

Sketching challenge – Pegs

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When I was deciding which of the 5 sketches to follow-up, I discarded my page of pegs at first.They looked rather pathetic, and I couldn’t see me being able to do anything with them.

However, I must have felt I needed a challenge as I ended up choosing the pegs for the same reason I had discarded them.

I doodled and cut out some peg shapes in coloured paper, and they looked like possible pendant shapes, so I decided to play with my polymer clay, and make some peg inspired jewellery .

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I was so happy to be using my polymer clay again, that I got a bit carried away mixing colours and making simple canes.
I wasn’t really sure what direction I was going in, and after most of the morning had gone, I was no where nearer to having any definite idea in mind.
After rolling some thin slices of my canes into some green clay I had some nice patterned clay, and after pressing some left over curtain tape into it, it looked like fabric.

I liked the link between a peg and fabric and so used it to make a peg shape along with some textured gold clay, and made a brass bail based on a peg spring .

I then made some other bits and pieces with the remaining clay, which was not peg inspired

I made a second peg pendant using my left over clay, which when mixed together was a sludgy olive colour. I textured it, brushed some eyeshadow on to bring out the texture, added some silver and gold bits to give it a more man-made feel, and finished it with another peg spring bail.

They look a bit rough and ready as I have not sanded and tidied up the edges, but hopefully you get the general idea.

I am not over the moon with these two pieces, but they are a good starting point. They have given me some ideas on playing around with pendant shapes, and on trying out more fabric effects with the clay.
It also showed me that ideas can come from an unlikely start.

Enjoy your week-end.

Back at last . Sketching Challenge – Week 3 ( I think)

5 days ago I restarted my 5 day sketching challenge. On the first day (after a two-week break, and my visitors gone), I sat down with my sketch book, and found myself looking at the blank paper with an equally blank mind.

A distracting voice in my head was saying, “sort out the cleaning and the laundry, and start tomorrow.” The next day it was saying, “sort out painting the other half of the walls, or go and buy bread.
Luckily another little voice was saying, ” Come on, it’s just 10 minutes. Do something. Anything. Just make some marks on the paper.”

I looked at a Picasso quote I have on my desk
” Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working ” and stayed there until I had made some kind of sketch or doodle. ( thank you Mr Picasso)

Here are this weeks offerings .

As I am writing this, the sun is shining and occasionally my mind wanders to thoughts of lying under a tree down at the river beach, but I am going to stay at my desk, and once I have posted this I will decide which sketch I am going to create something from tomorrow.

Tune in on Friday to see what I came up with !

Whilst writing about the distracting voice I had in my head, It made me think of something the wonderful artist Vincent van Gogh said.

“If you hear a voice within you that says “You cannot paint” then by all means paint, and the voice will be silenced ”

I think I should stick that quote on my desk too !

Sketching and crafting on hold for 2 weeks !

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I wasn’t sure last week whether I would have time to continue my daily sketches this week, as my parents are here on holiday.
Today is the first time I have even managed to switch on my lap top in the last 5 days, and so the answer is no I won’t!
My sketching challenge will start again after their holiday.

I finished off a few polymer clay pendants, and earrings, with wires, bails and cords before they arrived, but the next two weeks looks like it is going to be filled with sight-seeing, picnics and enjoying the sunny weather( I know it’s a hard life ! )

All crafting is on hold, until 15th July.
In the meantime here are my latest finished polymer clay pendants