Monday, February 08, 2016

Colour me positive week 6

Not really happy with this one the Challenge was kindness and we had to use a stamp. I think there are about 6 layers on this as each time I tried to use a stamp it didnt stamp properly. finally I found these hand made stamps, one still didnt stamp out well but I filled it in with a sharpie and cut out the hearts and flowers. The best I could do with a real mess but I didnt want to not use the page. Hope next week is easier.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week five challenge on colour me positive.

Sometimes i surprise myself this week the challenge was dream big and use a lot of colour on our background. All I could think of was an elephant and flowers. I wasnt sure if I could draw an elephant but this one came up. I cut him out of paper I had done some gelli printing on and the back ground was various layers of watercolour paint, inktense pencils and spray through a flower stencil I then cut out some more flowers using a punch. I really am having fun with these, I wasnt sure I would manage but so far the prompts may have taken a day or so to percolate but eventually something happens. so glad I am doing this.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Baobab trees

It is wet and cold, unbelievable. Lovely steady rain and a fire has been lit!! I have been sewing a bit and also looking to see if I could wangle a trip to the centre but in doing so (dont think it will happen) I went through some of the photos from other trips and needed to do some drawing, love ;Baobabs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Keeping my hand in

I had fun doing this but was a bit disappointed that my inkjet sticks and my water pen didnt do quite what I wanted them to do, still it was fun.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

week 4 of colour me positive

This week we had to add a photo or drawing of ourselves, I chose a photo and the challenge was to use the words believe in yourself. I loved doing this page, turquoise paint. stencils, amethyst spray, then some drawing. Great fun. I dont aspire to the heights some of the participants go to, but I do stretch my self a bit every week. Arthritic hands which seem to be getting worse dont exactly help so I tend to try and keep it relatively simple.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

From my sketchbook

It is so hot I have done very little, a short walk in the morning, what house work has to be done and then try to find something to fill in the time. I have been watching the stages of the Tour Down Under on tv, glad they are riding in this heat and not me! So the sketchbook has been out and as the colour me positive challenge has been enthusing me I have been sketching and playing with real and imaginary things. Great fun. I really wish we would get a decent cool change preferably with a lot of gentle steady rain. It is amazing how at this time of the year, whe3n tempers are short, money is tight things begin to fall in a heap. We are making bread in the breadmaker with a shifting spanner on the bucket to hold it down, we have ordered a new one but that will be a week, water pumps are breaking down, leaks in pipes, under the concrete of course. I wonder what next.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 3 of colour me positive challenge

I have been having a bit of fun with these challenges, it is free to join, google it. The quote this week was Live Life and we could put in a bit from a song. I used a bit of one of David Bowies as it seemed somehow appropriate. This is stretching me, I am only using an A5 book, an Indian hand made paper one, it has lovely thick paper for painting. I am tending to do layers, probably a bit too subtle on this one to see but I am not very good at coming up with fresh new ideas so this is pushing me beyond my comfort zone. Not a bad thing. I hope I can keep up with the full 52 weeks.There are some amazing pages being done. Getting hotter, we walked early this morning. Yesterday was the local Young stock show for our Welsh ponies. We did nothing in one ring, he obviously didnt like us or our ponies but well in the other, 2 reserve champions and a champion.Very hot, a long way to go, not the best grounds and I think we will seriously think about not going next year. A shame but this is such a hot time of the year, it is not easy getting stock ready and it coincides with the cycling Tour Down Under and cyclists are out every where, not much fun negotiating them on the Adelaide hills roads.