Friday, 28 February 2014

Diva Challenge #156

It has been ages since I have had the chance to do one of Laura's challenges. You can see the challenge for this week here, it is to use a wonky grid. I can do wonky and I like working in grids!!

Here is my first attempt

and another go, this one is blurred at the edge as the journal I am using does not open flat and it did not scan easily, but you get the idea!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Rainbow Escape


Tammy over at the Daisy Yellow website has been running a challenge for December which is to create 7 journal pages using a variety of colour combinations and Journalling techniques. You can see the challenge here.

I am fairly new to journaling and still trying out new techniques so it was interesting to push myself to work with specific combinations. Here are my 7 pages that I produced

December Rainbow Escape - Page 1
Prompts picked at random were Green/Turquoise and Lyrics/quote
I painted the background in a lime green acrylic and then used stencils with turquoise and a darker green. I painted the butterflies with turquoise acrylic and green iridescent paint. My words are lyrics from a Queen song.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 2
Prompts picked at random were Green/Yellow and Haiku.
I painted the flower in various shades of yellow acrylic with a green background outlined with Inktense pencil in black. I wrote the Haiku myself with a little help from my daughter.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 3
Prompts picked at random were Purple/Indigo and Top 10 list.
I made the circles with 2 Inktense Pencils, violet (I didn't have purple) and Dark Indigo. I then added water and smooshed the colour around to cover the white spaces. The journaling of my top 10 art supplies was done around the circles in Purple gel pen. I decided it was still a bit plain so added the stars, then hated them and wished I hadn't! Hmm..but it was too late by then.


December Rainbow Escape - Page 4
Prompts picked at random were Orange/Yellow and Mind Map/Brainstorm.
The background is Mr Huey sprays and then I doodled with Red/Orange pen to make my interpretation of a neural network and then I have a thought which is the journaling roaming around the brain in black. A bit of fun.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 5
Prompts picked at random were Scarlet/Magenta and Alphabet Stencil.
The background is scarlet acrylic paint and then I got out some of my new stencils that Santa brought me and added more paint through them and also added Magenta highlights with Derwent Aquatone pencils. No real structure to this, just a chance to play with new toys!! It looks better in real life, the scanner seems to have knocked out some of the contrast.

December Rainbow Escape - Page 6
 Prompts were Turquoise/indigo and fancy hand lettering
 The background is turquoise acrylic paint then I lettered using an Indigo Inktense Pencil. I added stencilling with gesso and more turquoise paint and some die cut cogs (not sure why!) Highlighted the lettering with black and white ink.
December Rainbow Escape - Page 7
 Prompts were Red/Orange and Patterns/ Doodling
I did a background wash with red and orange Inktense blocks, then doodled with Micron pens. I then tried to shade using a paintbrush and inktense blocks. My scanner seems to have made this all look red rather than a mix of red and orange.


Thursday, 5 December 2013

Diva Challenge #147 "UMT v. XXIII - Boo*Kee"

Laura's challenge to us this week is a Use My Tangle, and it's Laura's own tangle - BooKee. See the challenge here.

I had not tried this one before so I tried out a few practice variations before I did my tile.

Hubby's comment on this one was that it looked quite Science Fictiony, I think I can see where he is coming from. :-)

Monday, 25 November 2013

Diva Challenge #146 Duo-Tangle Pea-nuckle and Well

The challenge from Laura this week is to create a duo-tangle tile. That is a tile using only two tangles, pea-knuckle and well. You can see the challenge here.

The first time I met pea-knuckle was in Diva challenge #71, I found it really hard, until I practiced a bit  and got used to it. At that point I had only just started tangling so was much more of a perfectionist. I have learnt to let go a bit now and I am enjoying pea-knuckle more this time. I kept it quite simple.

Duo-Tangle Pea-knuckle and well.
 I am tangling in a journal with cream paper which is why the colour on this piece looks so different from the next one which was done on white card.

My tile from challenge #71

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Diva Challenge #145 Quib

The challenge this week from Laura was to use the new Official Tangle Pattern Quib. You can see the challenge here.

I like patterns like this one, it is fun just to play and try and get some depth with the interweaving lines.  I have decided to call this piece " Dancing Jellyfish " !

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Diva Challenge #144 A bugs life

The challenge from Laura this week was to be inspired by bugs, you can see the challenge here.
I decided to tangle a dragonfly template, this came from a Ken Kwok who set up a number of templates of animals.

This is the scan before I coloured it. I have then added cosmic shimmer paint, however when I tried to rescan it you can't really see the colour as it is iridescent , so I stuck with the before scan.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Diva Challenge #143 UMT - Cruze

The challenge from Laura this week is to use the tangle Cruze. I had not come across this tangle before. You can see the challenge HERE.

This was my first shot at this tangle and I did cheat and try it in pencil first to get the hang of it. Once you work out how it flows it is fun to do. I tried a wobbly variation and added a bit of Mooka to finish it off. Don't look too closely for the deliberate mistake.