Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mixed Media Techniques - Abstract Art Using A Paper Napkin

Hi guys, Been a while, I know. Busily packing and moving house and it's turning out to be a much larger project than I could have anticipated. But I did manage to make a YouTube tute in between all the boxes. I hope you are inspired in some way. 



Friday, September 9, 2016

Updated contact details

Guys, just wanting to update some contact detail. Please be aware I have access to one email address only. All others are defunct and I cannot receive or retrieve any messages from the last 12 months or more - pretty much the same time we left on our trip. Any messages from this time frame have remained unread. If you have emailed me during this time then I am unaware of your message. You can reach me here scrapmuse@outlook.com please update

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mixed Media Whimsy

Wanted to drop in today to share a few of the characters I created over this last weekend. I was so happy I was able to attend Bev'n'Nat's Scrapbooking From Scratch Retreat at Summerland Point, since I really didn't think we would be home for this one. Life has a funny way of working out sometimes, doesn't it. It felt like coming home. I was able to catch up with and spend some time with some of my bestest creative buddies ever and we all had an absolute blast. No, I didn't scrap one photo. But I did do a lot of painting. I discovered new product and colours I love, and completely immersed myself in the creative flow of the weekend, and I've come away with a whole new vitality. These women are truly inspirational - from the projects they create to the unconditional love and support they offer one another freely - I always come away with a new vision and zest for life. Women taking care of women. My heart is full.

So on with the goodies. That's why we're here right!

The first painting (pictured above) was inspired by our Saturday night antics. Let's call her Angel B. I won't go into much more than that suffice to say I was inspired. The golden rule applies here - "What happens at retreat, stays at retreat". Something to ponder ;)

Lots of other little personalities showed up over the course of the retreat including this little curiosity. I love the simplicity of this painting and almost wish I had left it at this stage but I went ahead and added more detail. I am thinking of recreating this style in future projects. I love the innocence. 

More detail and added colour - thanks to Tim Holtz and some new groovy stencils - this was such a fun piece to work on. 

I've discovered the magic of a black background to work on when I purchased one of the new black Dylusions journals. Black really does bring out the vibrancy and magic of colour. Loving it lots. 

That's all I have to share for today. Have a good one and I hope you are inspired in some way xx


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Unnamed Portrait Progress


Today I wanted to share the next set of progress photographs for the current project I'm working on. I've yet to decide on a title for this piece but I am playing around with a few ideas. Maybe something along the lines of "...flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere..." - I'm not sure yet, but the lines from this song keep coming back to me over and over. You know it I'm sure. The Cowsills - The Rain, The Park and Other Things. I swear this song could pull me from the depths of the deepest funk. 

Go on, click the play button now - I dare you not to dance along.

As I started to add more detail, more marks, highlights and lowlights I decided that the feathers to the right of the face just really weren't working very well for me at this time. I love and admire Juliette's native American theme but I just have no connection to these roots and I wasn't really feeling it. It was at this point that I realised I needed to change that theme.

One of the things I have been doing lately is using collage to recover from that feeling of...I don't know what to do next. As soon as I started tearing up my tissue paper and laying it onto my canvas I knew she needed a hat. Or a bonnet. Actually more of a sunhat really. Something fun.

And it happened late at night so here's the horrible night photo.

It was at this point The Cowsills paid me a visit and I had direction again with my painting. There are still parts I am wanting to change, particularly now as I am looking back over these photographs so I will be tackling them at some point shortly.

Please forgive my horrible phone photos. In reality the colours in this piece are bright, vivid and rich. I am looking forward to having access to my old studio again soon but in the meantime I only have bare minimums to work with.

Have a great day xx

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Beginnings

Hello, hello and hello! It's been an absolute eon since I've sat to give my poor neglected blog some good lovin', and I hardly know where to begin.

So many changes have taken place in my life which I never saw coming and, at the time I didn't want. In hindsight I can see that these changes were desperately needed in order that we may move on with the next chapter in our lives. One of the biggest changes to my day to day was my sudden withdrawal from the papercraft industry that I loved in order to make way for getting our lives back on track. This included my husbands' early retirement from a career and employer he has been with since leaving highschool, packing the bare minimum into a caravan and heading off into the wild blue yonder..

Well all this happened about 7 or 8 months ago, hence the long gap between posts, but here we are back on the coast again about to face yet another major change when we pack up our family home and put it on the market to relocate.

One of the things I have dreamed of doing for many years is to live a more self sufficient eco friendly lifestyle and at last the time has come where we can now see this on the horizon. And I can't wait. I'm excited. I'm full of hope and I'm happy. I'm sure there will be many challenges ahead but I feel re-energized and ready. At last.

So....scrapbooking? I think those days are mostly finished. But I'm not going to close this chapter quite yet. I still love paper.

I have conquered my fear of paint and realise that creatively this is where I need to be headed. I honestly don't know where the hours and days disappear to when I'm working on my art. 

So hopefully I will have many bright colourful things to share on this new adventure and I hope to breathe new life into this crumbling webpage. Starting with today.

I came across some artwork by Juliette Crane probably over 12 months ago now and was completely smitten with her style. I've done lots of other online art classes as well but I keep coming back again and again to this one - Faces Mixed Media Portraits. I love it. I think this is my 4th time through from start to finish.

The above painting was one I started on yesterday, I stopped to pause and take a process photograph then continued on with it well into the wee hours of last night. It's interesting this face has taken on a distinctly native American feel to it now - although I have only painted from my own imagination and not used a reference. I was simply just having fun and this is what happened.

I have no idea what will happen with this one today, whether it will stay on course or head in an entirely new direction but I do know I am looking forward to cracking open some fresh new paint this arvo.

Thanks for dropping in - welcome back or just welcome!

I'm looking for some inspiring new mixed media artist blogs too so if you are into mixed media art or have a fave mixed media artist I might not know I would love you to share some links or pics with me! Please and thanks - Kimxx