Art · Collage

Black & White

This is the third week of the collage project I’m doing with my sister Carolyn, following the prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. Also it’s lovely to now have a number of other people joining in with our project. This week’s prompt is black and white. I did two black and white collages….

Dimensions Of Space - NB

The first collage is more traditional black and white tones and the second is vintage style….

Vintage Black & White - NB

Both collages measure 8″ x 8″ and I have used some erosion bundle papers in both collages. Both are more complex in design than previous week’s collages.

I’m really enjoying this collage project and already my mind is working on next week’s theme….

Art · Watercolour

Stormy Seas

Stormy Seas - NB

A watercolour seascape I created using techniques I’ve learnt from Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. In a few short weeks this book has completely transformed the way I think about and paint with watercolours. And I can’t see myself EVER going back to a more traditional way of watercolour painting….

Please click on the image to view it larger – you’ll be able to see the colours and lovely textures better. For the base of this painting I used clingfilm to create texture in the very first wash. I’ve struggled a bit with the clingfilm thing but with a bit of perseverance I’ve improved.

It took me a couple of days to do this – with large amounts of time just leaving areas to dry before carrying on.  But I’m quite pleased with the end result. Off now to learn more from Jean Haines…. !

Art · Collage

White

Hello everyone! This is the second edition of a collage project I am doing with my sister Carolyn – we’re following the weekly prompts in The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman.

The prompt for this week is WHITE – creating a collage using only different shades of white paper. Here’s what I did….

White - 1220 - NB
1220

These collages all measure 6″ x 6″

White Sunrise - NB
White Sunrise

It’s amazing how many different shades of white there are….

White - Turning A Corner - NB
Turning A Corner

This was a good prompt for me as I love white and I’m irresistibly drawn to the light. I have an A4 sketchbook set aside to put my collages into but some I may consider framing. Looking forward to next week’s collages….

Art · Collage

Five Minutes

This the first installment of mine and Carolyn’s collage project. The first collage prompt is to create five collages only taking 5 minutes on each one. Five minutes is not a long time so a bit of organization is necessary. I gathered all my materials together first – collage images, papers, glue, scissors etc. I started the timer and away I went….

Lavender Landscape - RN
Lavender Landscape

These collages are all approximately 3.5″ x 5″ in size….

Life Is Good - RN
Life Is Good

Notice I’ve veered away from my usual favourite colours….

Mr Happy - RN
Mr Happy

I’ve decided I’m going to be much more diverse with my colours in this collage project

The Seaside - RN
The Seaside

Notice some of my favourite colours creeping in above, and my love of the sea….

Spring Promise - RN
Spring Promise

I love the soft greens in the collage above, with just small touches of orange and turquoise – lovely colour combinations….

I hope you’ve enjoyed these collages as much as I enjoyed creating them. Collage is a wonderful creative outlet. Collage is something creative that everybody can do – young or old, whether you’re a complete beginner at art or a seasoned artist with many years experience.

And it is so much FUN….

Art · Watercolour

Opening Doors

This is another exercise from the book Atmospheric Watercolours by Jean Haines….

The Venetian Door - NB

This is The Venetian Door. There is every colour in the rainbow in this! Normally I wouldn’t use so may colours but just for the exercise in the book I have stuck to similar, not identical, colours to what Jean used. I’ve certainly put my own stamp on this – mine looks quite a bit different to the version in the book….

The purpose of this exercise is to simply practice a variety of techniques Jean teaches in her book. I enjoyed painting this. It’s good practice at painting loosely. This watercolour measures 8″ x 11″ and was painted on 140 lb Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper.

Slowly but surely I think my watercolour skills are improving….

Art · Collage

New Project

My sister Carolyn and I will be starting a great new project in January. For our new project we are going to be following the 50 weekly prompts from the book The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman. We’re both really looking forward to this and we both love collage.

We shall be posting our collage work every Wednesday starting with the 3rd January – all being well….

I’ve often been asked what I’m going to do with my Erosion Bundle papers and fabrics. Well, this is one way that they are going to be used – they are going into my collages over the next year.

Here’s are some collages I did some time ago:

A Vintage Collage - RN

Above is A Vintage Collage with a diet related theme….

winter-rose

The above collage I called A Winter Rose – created in beautiful warm red and gold colours….

Prints and products of the above two collages are available at Redbubble….

Sepia Collage 2a - RN

And lastly, this collage I simply called Sepia Collage – created for one of my sketchbooks….

I’ve spent ages sorting out all my collage stuff in readiness for our new project – otherwise I’ll never be able to find what I want – and now I can’t wait to get started…

 

Art · Watercolour

Creating Watercolour Textures

A little colour mixing fun with watercolours….

Watercolour Textures - NB

I started off with Windsor Blue (red shade) and Indian Yellow. Then I added some Buff Titanium, Prussian Blue and Indigo into the mix. Puddles of colour layered together and left to dry.  Drying took well over 12 hours. You don’t know what your going to end up with till the paint has completely dried. I love the colour mixes and textures – especially the top two ones in the right hand column! These were purely experimental. I actually used a thick smooth surfaced cartridge paper for these but I will try doing more of these colour mixing samples using hot pressed watercolour paper. A fun watercolour experiment which turned out really well. Please click on the image to view it larger or view it in my Art Gallery….

Just as a side note, I will not be doing any more Surface Treatment Workshop due to current family responsibilities.  I’ve really enjoyed this project, learnt a lot from it and experimented with lots of different art mediums which I would not otherwise have done.  It forced me out of my comfort zone! But it is a time consuming project and I don’t have the available time at the moment to commit to it. However, I’m still hoping to start an exciting new project in January with Carolyn, all being well. More info about that later in the year….

Art · Erosion Bundles

Art & Beauty In Decay

Summer EB 2017 Mosaic - NB

This image follows on from yesterday’s post of my Summer Erosion Bundle 2017. It’s a mosaic I created in Photoshop of some of the highlights of my erosion bundle. Notice the lovely autumnal colours ~ rusty browns and autumn berry colours….

When I made my erosion bundle back in the summer I realized it would be autumn when I opened it so I deliberately tried to incorporate things that would create autumnal colours – I didn’t  just throw my bundles together, I did give them a little thought…. !

You can click on the image to view a much larger version and large pictures have gone into my Art Gallery.

There is indeed art and beauty in decay, when nature just left to do it’s thing….