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Painted Scribble Flowers Birthday Card

All the way back in those heady days of July (like all of last month) I fell in LOVE!

I remember it well, it was a gloriously sunny day (it might not have been, I mean it was July in the United Kingdom after all). I was wearing a blue skirt, sea-green shirt and red shoes (I was probably in dark trousers and my altered Hong Kong Phooey t-shirt), my hair was rich, flowing and radiant (yeah, most likely grey, piled on my head waiting for a dye). I was working hard, rushing towards my project deadline for Blitsy when IT happened.

It hit me hard and fast! BAM! I’m in love!

I made some Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes (with a tutorial and a free template hint hint!) and fell in love with painted Scribble Flowers!

DIY Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes

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It is funny how these things happen isn’t it? But what can you do when love hits you? I just had to make some more painted scribble flowers, so I kept on going and made a birthday card with them.

Painted Roses Birthday card

My painted scribble flowers use the My Favorite Things Lisa Johnson Designs Circle Scribble Flowers as a base. I stamped out the block images and used them as a size guide rather then getting all carried away if I did them freestyle, ‘coz I would you know and before you knew it there would be one giant flower and no room for anything else! Not a bad thing, but not the look I was going for!

Aww love, how it doeth affect you (and seemingly change your memory of actual events and usage of the English language, apparently) *Swoon*.

What (or who!) have you fallen in love with recently? Do share!

Kim (imagine lots of emoticon hearts)





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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Guess what day it is? Yep! It is Faceday and I was thinking we have been doing this since around April so it is about time that we had a blog badge, what do you think?

Well, here it is, please feel free to grab the code from the box under the badge to put it on your blog to tell the world you are sharing your face with a group of like minded folk:

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It links straight back to the Show Your Face posts so that you can find them easily.

Right, who is up for a Face share?

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.


Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s. 


Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!  

I’m sharing another sketch this week, I seem to be stuck in face-sketch-mode at the moment but I’m really enjoying them.

Kim Dellow Show Your Face sketch 23rd July 2015

She is sketched in a white pen, a Signo Uni-ball, on a painted black page from my junk journal.

So that is my share for the week, now…

Over To You…

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don’t forget – During August Art It Friday – Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Hey Amazing Facers, it is Friday and time to #ShowYourFace!

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 


Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s. 


Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like! 

Did any of you guys take up the 50% offer with Craftsy last week? If you did I hope you are enjoying the course.

This week I’m back to doodling again. I’m having a major clear up of my workspace and I just grabbed what I had to hand, an old monoprint and a white ink dropper.

Doodling faces with an ink dropper

‘Ok,’ I thought, ‘let’s see if I can make some faces with that. Yeah pretty doodly! But hey still fun.

So what have you been up to with your face this week?

I’m loving the addition of some animal faces in the share. If you missed them then check out Arnoldo L. Romero from A.L. Romero Art and Design with his link from last week and Jeanet from Creating A Fairly Fabulous Life from a couple of weeks ago.

Over To You… 

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday.

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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Hey Facers, how has your week been? I hope you have managed to snuck some creativity into your days this week? Are you ready with your face?

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.  


Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s.  


Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!

I’m going to kick off this week’s face share with a painted art journal page. I have several art journals on the go. I use old event flyers, which I’ve mentioned before here on my blog, as my junk art journals and places to experiment in and I often have a load on the go at once so that I can chop and change whilst I wait for a layer to dry.

Ok, this is turning into a long story, but the upshot is I was messing about in my journals yesterday afternoon, knowing that I still needed to do this week’s face but not really getting inspired, when this happened.

Art Journal page, stage one background

Can you see the face? Squint your eyes a bit…I already had the dark layers and the 3D-letters on this page from a previous day’s work and I added some white with a bit of buff with an old credit card and suddenly I could see a face in the shadows.

Seeing the face in the background

You can see it too, right? I mean it isn’t just me is it? *Oh dear she is seeing faces everywhere*.

So I sketched the face in with pencil, perhaps not exactly how I first saw it but it would do!

Then I went over the outline in Raw Umber.

By the way the paints I am using today are a mix of things from Liquitex basic and artist to Daler-Rowney System 3 and some Golden on the background. For the texture I used the DecoArt Media White Modelling Paste through a letter stencil from a stationery shop.

Ok so now you can see the face?

Blocking in the face with paint

As I started blocking in the outline I have to confess I bottled it a bit. I started with the dark tones, as I think might be customary, but I am sort of making this up as I go along. Then I lost my nerve and did light and dark at the same time.

Finished art journal page with a man's face

Which is why I think he might be a little overworked. But hey, he looks like a face, I learnt a lot painting him and I managed to get him done in time to post for today’s #ShowYourFace, so that is a RESULT in my book!

You guys know what is comes next, don’t you?

Over To You… 

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!

Kim

ps. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.




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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Would you believe it? It is Friday again and that means… it is Show Your Face Time! I know! I can’t believe it either.

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 


Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s. 


Finished pieces or works in progress are all welcome so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets.




I shall kick off the share this week with a work in progress, it is an unfinished journaling page using acrylic and watercolours.

Work in progress art journal page

But the face was done as a sketch with pencil on Layout Paper.

Pencil sketch of a face on layout paper

Layout paper is great, it isn’t quite tissue paper and it isn’t quite copy paper but somewhere in between. It is an artist quality thin paper, 45 gsm (31 lb), mostly designed to use with layering up ideas and working out layouts, hence the name.

Sticking old book pages to layout paper

I love it as for its wonderful semi-transparent quality and if you layer it on strips of book page for example you get the book page just about showing through.

I’ve got as far as sticking her to the painted background but I just wasn’t feeling it, do you know what I mean? So she has gone into the work in progress pile until more inspiration strikes.

Over To You…

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.




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Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Yay Facers! It is good to see you for this week’s portrait community share Art It Friday – Show Your Face.

If you haven’t had a chance then go check out the amazing works from last week, some great inspiration if you haven’t done your face for this week yet.

I was worried I wouldn’t have a face to show this week, as I’ve been super busy with deadlines, but I made it by the skin of my teeth!

So I mentioned on Monday that I was trying to sort out my workspace, right? Get rid of all those bits of paper that I just can not throw out? Well this art journal page is another step in that direction.

Art Journal portrait with Stabilo and water

I’ve used up some leftover bits of digital papers that I had designed for some magazine work. After sticking the papers to my art journal I then added a layer of gesso. She was sketched out roughly with pencil then the details painted with a black Stabilo All surface pencil and a waterbrush.

So she has something old, she herself is new and she has digital too so I’m linking her to the Old, New and Digital Too challenge as well as the link up’s mentioned in the ps. below.

So that is my share for this week,

Over To You…

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and share the word on your blog and/or social media

Looking forward to seeing your portrait work.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!
Kim

ps. If your art happens to be from an art journal page then go link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Or if it involves paint then link it up at Paint Party Friday.




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A Journey Through Art Journal Fear

If you follow my Twitter feed or Instagram account then you might have spotted the sneaky peek at an art journal page I started last weekend. This wasn’t meant to be anything other than a quick play with some new materials in my art journal but it turned into so much more. This page represents a little journey of overcoming fear for me and I hope it will inspire you to push through what you fear.

PaperArtsy paint and stamps


So starting at the beginning and the new materials I wanted to test out. I got my inky, painty hands on some lovely bits and pieces from PaperArtsy and just had to have a play. I used the JOFY Collection 32 and the Lin Brown Limited Edition paint set.

I used a double page in a new A5 repurposed flier that I’m using as my current art journal. I started with a semi-transparent layer of Gesso and the PaperArtsy Caribbean Sea paint, stamped the images over the top and painted them with the PaperArtsy paint then went over the outlines with a black Derwent Graphik Line Painter pen.

Finished!

But as I looked at it I thought perhaps it needed something else. This is where the fear factor kicks in. I want to be better at drawing and I do practise when I have a moment. But faces, human form and the such are super difficult for me. So I decided to be brave and do something that I have never done before. Paint a face.

Underdrawing for a face

I know the trend is very much towards whimsical, stylised faces but I really wanted to see if I could draw something closer to a real face. I didn’t work from a photo or use a mirror so it is an imaginary face but I wanted it to be as real as I could make it. I seriously have no idea how to paint a face so I was learning as I went along.

I sketched the proportions of the face in pencil and then set about putting a thin layer of paint on the underdrawing. I used Liquitex Basics as I have the colours I needed to make skin tones in this range.

putting in details on a face

At this stage, pictured above, I was tempted to leave it as it was turning out far better than I expected it to and I was afraid to mess it up! But I gritted my teeth and pushed through…

Art journal faces

and I’m glad that I did. She isn’t perfect but seeing as she is the first human face that I have ever painted I’m really pleased with the result.

Close up on a face in the art journal

Things I have learnt and wanted to share with you guys:

  • Try something that you haven’t done before – you might surprise yourself.
  • Push through the fear – if it turns out rubbish you still will have learnt a whole lot from the process.
  • Working in arts and crafts is full of transferable skills – you will be surprised how much you improve a certain skill set even when you are doing something else that isn’t directly related to that specific skill set.
  • Don’t paint your first face over a fold in your art journal!

Now I need to overcome a new fear – trying to paint another face, this one might have been a fluke!

What lessons have you learnt recently from your art and craft work? I look forward to hearing all about them in the comments below.

Catch you later artinators!

Kim

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