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

Learning Control

This is another exercise from Jean Haines’ Atmospheric Watercolours book. This exercise is all about learning to control watercolour – getting it to move in the directions you wish it to…..

I started with a blank piece of paper and imagine a white circle in the middle.  I next painted two lines around the edge of this imaginary circle, roughly top and bottom with gaps….

Watercolour Control 1 - NB

I then bleed the colour away from the circle with a wet brush. I dropped in more pigment and then bleed the colour away again in the direction you wish it to go. The colour only goes in the direction you invite it to with the brush and water….

Watercolour Control 2 - NB

Watercolour Control 3 - NB

The colour will not enter the white circle unless you “invite” it to with your brush and water….

Watercolour Control 4 - NB

Above you can see that the edges of the circle are blurred because I invited the pigment into the circle with a wet brush.

This was a very simple exercise but I found it very useful. Again, this was not about producing a “masterpiece” or finished piece of work, but simply to learn how we can control watercolour using brushstrokes, placement of water and pigment….

I like my circles and I used Khadi paper for these exercises. From the top, the colours I used were Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Turquoise, Phthalo Blue, Indigo and Prussian Blue.

Art · Watercolour

Paintbox

I got up quite early this morning and did some sketching….

Paintbox - NB

This is my much used and loved paintbox. When I’m at home in my workroom I like to paint with tube watercolour paints but when I’m on the move or away from home I use my paint box above. The paints originally in this box were cheap and nasty, so I binned them and replaced them with Winsor & Newton pans instead. I hand picked all the colours myself and the colours are:

Top row from the left: Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Rose Madder, Dioxazine Violet, Prussian Blue, Indigo

Bottom row from the left: Cerulean Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Lamp Black

I’ve deliberately let the colours of the pans run, to give a slightly messy look to them because that’s how a paintbox should be – messy, used and looking like someones had some fun with it. I’ve certainly had a lot of fun with mine…. !