Tuesday, 17 May 2011

With one slip of the palette knife

Well, I learned something this week, that palette knives can be sharp! Who would have guessed? And when you are trying to scrape something off a surface you should scrape "away" from you not towards your hand. No great damage done, just a deep paper cut which is all but healed now but a lesson learned none the less.

Anyway, I am currently thinking a lot about where I want to be in the next few years with my creativity and what it will take to get there. I have always been a dreamer and find that my dreams are my motivation and focus for getting things done. This is why art journaling has been so invaluable to me. It helps me with a lot of things; stress relief, focus, recording my dreams and goals and working out who I am and who I want to be, and focusing on what beliefs i have and those that i need to let go of. 

This week my page is all about Imagining the life you want.

Another page that started with leftover swipes of paint and ink. I decided the background would be Jo Sonja Orange which i spread on with a credit card.

My bubble wrap came out again and was coated this time with Jo Sonja Aqua and stamped randomly over the pages......

I scraped over the aqua while it was a bit wet

.....dug out an old piece of paper towel that had paint on it from a stencil in pinks and orange. I separated the paper so it was one ply thick, tore and stuck it to my page in bits. I also wiped the page with Jo Sonja Smoked Pearl in places, with a credit card.

I picked a few stamps that I liked, a script stamp from Kaisercraft and an Artist stamp from a Tim Holtz collection.

i then used a small sponge brush and Jo Sonja RosePink to wipe down the page particularly on each side.

The writing was done with a black Sharpie and white inkssentials pens.

The word Live was stamped on and outlined in white, then i stamped on a manilla tag and cut to size, grunged up with black ink and stuck to my page.
To end up with these pages.

Last weekend I also did a watercolour workshop with a local artist Glenn Hoyle which was a scene from Venice. Glenn does beautiful watercolours and oils and was such a generous teacher with his time and knowledge. I always learn a lot in his class. I need to do some final touch ups of my painting so hopefully will be able to show you this weekend.

We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving. And we all have some power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
- Louisa May Alcott 

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I hope your weekend is just what you imagine.

till next time


Janet said...

Ouch! I guess I never thought about a palette knife being sharp but I guess that's why they're called a knife. Hope you're okay.

This spread is amazing. It has just the right look to convey what you were thinking about....imagining your life as you want it to be. I love that you always share your process with us. You're an amazing artist!!

Monica @ bohemian twilight said...

yikes. i don't think my knives are that sharp, but better check next time!

enjoyed watching the process, as always, thanks so much for sharing it.

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Keep dreaming, Lee! I've been dreaming my life for years and the payoff is finally arriving. Believe in you dream against all odds! Your page is yummy - that orange is WONDERFUL! Big hugs - and thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog. I am SO behind. Know that I read and appreciate each one.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Lee,
Ooo, I didn't know palette knives were that sharp either.
Great journal spread here~we should all follow your advice!
Warming hugs,

Serena Lewis said...

A lesson learned the hard way....OUCH! That's reminds me of when I tried to catch a falling stay-sharp knife last year. A cut on the hand ensured I wouldn't make that mistake again.

It was great seeing your page come together, Lee....lovely finish!

Tyggereye said...

Great pages. I know what you mean about those palette knives. I've done that too when I got too happy mixing oil paints. lol. Hope all your dreams come true!

Artoholic said...

Sending Quick Healing thoughts your way! Whenever I know that I'm about to hurt myself - I send out a silent mantra - "Not my painting hand please!" As a consequence my left hand has battle scars all over it!

Creating Art is a journey that will never be smooth - all I ask is that I can enjoy it a little along the way!



Eden said...

All the best to you Lee as you listen to yourself and realize your dreams! I think it's important to have that "art" time with ourselves, and sometimes I struggle because I'm not working toward a bigger goal....but I think we do what we need to do and one things builds on another, and another..... Hope your hand heals quickly :D

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