Tuesday, 26 April 2016

New Paintings and a Special Oak Tree

It's not too long since we had the big celebration of my brother's wedding and today, it's the turn of Youngest Daughter turning 19!
As you can see from the photos above, we planted an acorn when she was born and as it's continued to grow throughout the years, as has she! It's always been known as 'Carenza's Oak'. It's far bigger than she is these days and hopefully will continue to get much bigger!
I mentioned in my last post that I've started to make paintings outside my art journal. All three of these are now available in my Etsy shop.
So here's the first one I finished.
 It's called 'The Wishing Tree' and is a mix of acrylic paint, pens, inks and some lovely iridescent paint. If you wish, click here to see more details.

The next one is a small painting called 'Cottage in the Forest'. While I was painting this I'm sure I must have been thinking about Eldest Son's recent move to the Forest of Dean.
Again, I've used a mix of acrylic paint, pens, inks and iridescent paint. I love how it glitters in the sunshine.Please click here if you'd like to see more info about it.

The next one is along the same theme, but this time a dancing lady appeared holding a fan!

I've called it 'Forest Dance'. I think she looks quite contented don't you? I think she's enjoying listening to the forest sounds. ;) You can see more details here.

Before I go, let me show the the cardigan I'm making for my granddaughter, it's almost finished. I have a vast collection of buttons and when I get to the last stage of knitting something I go through all the colours looking for something suitable. Often I have to buy more because I'm quite fussy when it comes to buttons. I might even have a bit of a button obsession! Anyway, this time I did find some that were a perfect colour and size and not only that, I had 5 of them the same, no more no less!
Hopefully next time I can show some more new paintings so I'd better get to it hadn't I?
Have a lovely week! xx

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Weekend Festivities

I adore colour but I fancied just using a black pen for this page.  It was my brother's wedding on Saturday, maybe I was thinking about what to wear? ;)

Another drawing done in just black pens. I've been doing a bit of home decorating recently and I guess that's why the house appeared in my picture.

 We had a great day on Saturday, a registry office ceremony in the morning, a Buddhist ceremony in the afternoon and festivities until late into the evening. Here's the happy couple after the morning ceremony.

It's been a very busy weekend so it was lovely to relax by going back to my knitting the next evening. I simply love this yarn! It's Simply Soft Paints by Caron. I love the rainbow stitches on my needle! I'm making a little cardigan and I'll show more pics when it's done.

This week I'm going to be jumping out of my art journal and onto a canvas board. I've been working solely in a sketchbook this year which has been so helpful to staying creative but I think it's about time I made some new paintings again don't you?
I'll be back here soon with painting and knitting updates. See you then! xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

An April Shower of Creations

Well those April showers are in full force today! So what have I been doing on this very wet day? Well apart from decorating the bathroom that's been in dire need of repainting for far too long, here are some recent creations of mine.

I've finished making a crocheted cover for my old chair. I love making these colourful granny squares!

And here are a few pages from my sketchbook that I've done recently.


black pen

watercolour and black pen

acrylic background and Posca pens

and finally, this one below was done with an acrylic background,

with the addition of  Prismacolor pencils for the girls' faces and hands and a few squiggles of my Posca pens for the dresses and flowers.
As you can tell if you look closely this is the last page of my current art journal. I don't like to waste a nice inside cover when it can be covered in paint and made pretty!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Spring Sunshine and a Brixham Mermaid

It's April and today has been such a warm sunny day

 so we went to visit a lovely National Trust garden. The bulbs are in bloom and although the trees are only just beginning to show their buds, they're already looking so beautiful in the sunshine.

And what a beautiful shade of purple they are too. :)

 These strange looking yews look as though they might move around the garden at night don't you think? Or is it just me?!

On the way home we saw this lovely little wooden hut in the middle of the countryside. I'd love a bell like that outside my house, although on a windy night it might not be such a great idea!

This week has been a busy one, repainting things that need attention, getting our holiday lets in Devon ready for the summer season.

The gardens always needs tidying so we had our work cut out but the views from here make up for it as you can see.

The harbour's very pretty and I love those roof tops, all higgledy piggledy just how I like them.

The view from the sitting room's not half bad either. It's great when there's an event here (and there are many) because it's a ring-side view! About an hour after I took this pic, a Punch and Judy show was set up just to the right. Last year we had a lot of the family here for Pirate Weekend. It's a great place to sit if it's a rainy day and you don't want to miss anything!

Here's a little 30 second video I made last year on Pirate Weekend. :)

Did you notice the drawing at the beginning of this post? This drawing and the one at the top of the post is done with an acrylic background and then the drawing done in pen. The one at the top is done with Posca pens and Sakura Souffle pens and this one of the mermaid is drawn with just a black Pitt pen. Both these types of pen you can draw on top of a darker colour and it stays opaque, what a great invention. :)
Isn't that acrylic colour lovely? It's a brand called Pip Seymour that I bought a while ago at Totnes market. I sometimes paint the next page of my art journal with a background colour so that it's dry ready to draw on the next day. I do love a mermaid don't you?

I hope you're enjoying the beginning of April and that the sun shines for you!
Jess xx

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Easter Break


I'm crocheting a new seat cover for an old chair in lovely bright colours. If the cushion on the left looks familiar, you might remember the watercolour painting I did a of these ladies eating ice-creams a while back. This cushion is available from my Society6 shop if you'd like to see. :)

It was a gloriously sunny day here on Good Friday.

Spring has definitely sprung!

I'm looking forward to my tulips blooming. They're my favourites. 

 So all there's left,
 is for me to say

Happy Easter! xx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Choosing Colours

And so I reach the end of another colourful blanket.

This one was only going to be a shawl but I didn't really want to stop at that point so it carried on getting bigger and bigger until it was a decent sized blanket, fit for a single bed! I love putting the colours together, choosing which one I'm going to use next, pure joy.
Now I've swamped my entire family with them I was thinking maybe I could make them to sell. What do you think?

My sketchbook drawings continue each day. I love choosing the colours for these too but I don't find it as easy because paint colours are limitless and choosing balls of wool not so much, I have only the wool from my stash to choose from.

Of course choosing which pen to use is a bit like picking out a colour from my wool stash.

I have purple glitter yarn and now I have a purple glitter pen! 

This is one done with Intense pencils. I tried to limit the colours but as soon as water gets on them they're so lovely to blend together and make even more combinations!

 I filled in the background with black pens, I love how it makes the colours stand out and gives a whole new feeling to the picture.
I wonder what colours I'll use today?
What are your favourite colours at the moment? 

Jess xx

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Acrylic Backgrounds for Drawings

As you might already know from reading my recent posts, I love using pens to draw with. I've got quite a good selection now thanks to christmas and my birthday ;) but the ones I love the most are the ones that will sit on top of a darker colour. This 2 page sketchbook spread above was done with a layer of acrylic paint before I added the detail with my Posca pens.

These pages above have a layer of collage paper and acrylic inks as a background. I used my Sakura Souffle pens for the lighter lines but then I remembered my trusty old Sharpies. I'd almost forgotten all about them in my new found love! They don't stay as bright as I'd like when you draw over a dark background but on the white areas of the paper the colour sings.

The background of these were done with my FW inks. I wanted something quite bright and fluid and when you spray them with water, you can get lovely effects and blending.

Another background you can use is Neocolor crayons. I love how rich the colours are and by adding water, they spread over the whole page like paint.

I've never tried drawing onto a Neocolor background before so I didn't know how the pens would behave. The waxiness didn't stop me from being able to use my white Posca pen, or the Sakura pens!

In case you were wondering what the red squiggly lines were drawn with, I used a chopstick drawn into the wet blue paint. :)
I hope I've given you some ideas to try out. 
Have a lovely weekend! xx