Posts Tagged ‘mixed media art journal’

GPP No 52 ~ Seasonal Wardrobe

This month’s Crusade is to examine our artistic “seasonal wardrobes” and notice which colours we are drawn to as the season’s change.

Autumn and Winter Colours

It’s winter in the southern hemisphere and my latest canvas has been done in colours of warm purples and reds, with a little yellow thrown in. I’m not ready to share it yet as it’s not quite finished!

Mixed Media Art autumn colours

I had also completed an art journal layout in similar colours. Interestingly, I was halfway through the canvas before realising that I was using the same paints as I had for this journal layout!

Here are a few close ups:


Spring and Summer Colours

Another set of colours I am drown to use are the greens and yellows. These seems to be more part of my summer colour pallet.

This art journal layout was a trial for a collaborative book page, due at the end of the month.

Here are a few close ups:



Thank you to Michelle and all the GPP Crusaders, for drawing our attention to what we often do unconsciously as artists.

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Happy Crusading!

GPP Street Crusade No 38 – Grab a tissue

GPP Crusade Grab a Tissue

This month, Crusaders, our household has been besieged by plague and pestilence alike (hubby had pneumonia and the boys had head lice) but I have struggle bravely on, in this quest for sharpening our artistic skills and ultimately, art perfection.

Michelle Ward has challenged us to “grab a tissue” for the GPP Street Crusade and incorporate tissue paper into our layout this month. I was excited by this as I have a TONNE (both metric and empirical) of tissue paper in the form of my grandmothers old dress patterns. Initially I took them in to use the great sketches on the front covers. But I soon discovered that each packet had heaps of tissue paper inside, and how could I call myself a “Mixed Media Artist”, let along a true “paper crafter” if I had discarded all of it!?!?! Needless to say, I had adequate tissue paper on hand for this project. On closer inspection, I also found that not only did I have the usual brown tissue paper, but some of the patterns were made from white tissue! Oh joy indeed!

The details of making this layout can be found over at our Mixed Media Art companion site.

Mixed media art journalling with paints and tissue paper

As with all of Michelle’s Crusades, I had lots of fun. Using tissue paper when there is lots of it really does release my creativity. I am happy to play when I’m not “wasting” something I have been saving. Here is a close up pic.

Writing detail in art journal

Green and purple are not colours I would usually use together. I had my mind set on green (my favourite colour and also the same Michelle had used) but I had purple paint on my paintbrush for another project and, not wanting to waste any paint, used it up on the gesso’d tissue paper.

Ink used is Brilliance Graphite black – a little wetter than Staz0n, as I was worried that Stazon may tear the tissue paper, as it can get a little sticky. Stamps from See-D’s Perfectly Paisley set.

Fair well, Crusaders.