Timelapse of colouring a digital illustration and weekly waffle.

Another happy, shiney week in art land.

Working on changing my drawing style and it's much harder than I thought it would be! At the moment, 80% of my drawing is done traditionally - pencil on paper, then scanned and coloured digitally. I'm trying to figure out what exactly I don't want to give up and what I do need to let go of to push my art in a new direction. The idea of drawing totally on a tablet seems a little sad so I don't imagine that will turn into a reality - not in my pencil loving world anyway.

Water colour painting is totally kicking my frog lately, every time I put the brush on paper something magical happens, (which is absolutely no reflection on any talent I may have and more about the medium). I've set myself a wee task of drawing something, (faces and working on that stylising thing again), then replicating the design across different mediums - digital, water colour and my brushmarkers. It's fun to trying to replicate techniques across the mediums (failing mostly) and then just enjoying the totally different feel each illustration has.

I'm not sure what the end goal actually is for the experimenting, after 3 years of working mostly on tarot decks for my passion projects, I feel a bit disjointed now I'm not working on designing one. Time to throw myself in to something new - which will probably be my workbook/art journal. It has lessons, drawing tips, activities and some magic info for art journaling. 

Living the dream when the problem is what art project to concentrate on!

 

 

 

digital colouring

Creative Journaling Roundup

Over the last couple months I've had the pleasure of hanging out with some lovely ladies and 'arting' on Tuesday nights. 

Tonight was the final night for this first round of classes. A very quiet night with half our classmates out sick - get better!! It's been pretty special to have a bunch of students go from 'I can't draw' (biggest lie EVER - everyone can draw), to hearing 'Wow! That's amazing!' So cool to be a part of someone's creative journey.  

Over the ten weeks, we have doodled, created patterns, drawn mermaids and my spirit dolls, which are cocooned ladies hanging from branches. Learned the magic that is possible with paint and a scraping motion, practices drawing faces, collages, made little books that fold out and tell one big story.... So much fun! 

Onwards to the next round of classes, for beginners that will be Thursday 3 May. To register just email: handmethatpencil@gmail.com or call in and see Justine at LeftBank Art Supplies. 

 

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Colouring Paper Doll templates

 

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Magic hair!

 

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Beautiful patterns! 

 

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Template transferred to wet strength cartridge paper using graphite transfer paper - a great product for in your artist toolkit.

 

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Tracy is lost in creative process, concentrating hard and Chris is making a watercolour wash with her yumbo Inktense pencils.

 

 

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Choosing the next colour for her watercolour adventures! 

New Beginners Journaling Class

We are nearing the end of the first creative journaling class. Ten weeks of classes has been crazy, creative fun as we have played with whimsical illustration.

A great bunch of ladies gathered every Tuesday and got messy with paint, acrylic, ink and pencil. More than a few laughs and some seriously beautiful work produced. It's such an amazing feeling to have someone say they cannot draw and to watch them walk out at the end of the night with a (mostly) finished piece of art. Well done ladies! 

Over the course of the ten weeks, we've played with using pattern to make simple line drawings POP!! Mermaids, castles, face drawing, we've painted crazy backgrounds and drawn in sailing boats pulled by magical sea horses - all of the magic, in all of the world. 

Last week we created an illustrated quote with ink and hand drawn type. One of the great things about journaling is how every ones final piece, is unique. 

With one more lesson for this course, it's time to think about the next one. New classes will start Thursday 4th May at 5.30pm, at LeftBank Art Supplies on Taupo Quay. This is a beginners course. Going through basic journaling techniques and aimed at unleashing your inner creative magic.  

Course costs $240.00, payable to Hand Me That Pencil and booking is a must! Spaces are limited with only 4 of 6 spots available. You can register by emailing: handmethatpencil@gmail.com  

Let's create some magic!

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Student work - creating a castle

 

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Spirit Doll lesson

 

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Gesso handmade book - student work

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Work in progress - student work

 

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Work in progress - student work

Spirit Doll Illustration

For Artists Open Studios this year I decided to try something new. I made cocoon dolls, that hang from the ceiling. They embodied a spiritual transition, had delicate illustrations on their bodies and had 'cocoon wraps' of gold leaf. 

Quite a departure from my normal drawing, it was interesting to work in a different medium, with 'new' problems to work through. I've gone back to paper to play with the concept. 

I really like the idea of a range of spirit dolls - made from natural(ish), recycled materials. With crystals attached. Similar in idea to medicine woman dolls. It's fun just to draw them let alone create them as a doll, I need to work on ways of including different elements.

This one became a part of my creative journaling class. I envision her hanging from a tree which is why she's upside down. The first time I drew her and painted her, there was a tragic accident with a gold ink pen. Redrew her and painted it again. There's still a black linework background to add in but I'm loving her so far. It's definitely sparked off a bundle of ideas! 

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Close up

2018 AOS dissection

I was in a new spot this year, with the best boss ever Frances Sim Higgins, letting me show my work from LeftBank Art Supplies. 

It was great to be in with other artists and I acquired some sneaky, sneaky tips and skills from being around  Julz Coffey! Julz is reknowned as a Fibre Artist and maker of beautiful things. Quite pleased to be bringing two of her pieces home with me this year! (You can find Julz on Facebook under Julie Coffey Artist and Frances Sim Higgins has a page as well - highly recommend looking at their work annnnd both do workshops and lessons).

I'm not quite sure yet what the highlight was for me from this year. I am the proud new owner of a lovely mixed media piece by Tanya Hayton (The Paper Package), which I'll photograph and share after I pick it up tomorrow. I met lovely folk - as I always do at markets and AOS. My circle of 'woowoo', cool kids has grown as well as some work collaborations I'm pretty excited about! 

What was a nice surprise, was the interest in my 'doodle' pages. Both in the (undrawn on) painted backgrounds, which I prep and scan for my creative journaling. And then the overwhelming response to my little characters and ships was VERY unexpected. I know that my colour combinations are not traditional, so to have so many people love them as a work of art to hang in their homes was seriously awesome sauce! All up, 14 ships, mermaids and magical castles have been adopted by AOS visitors - pretty crazy cool right? With 2 more commissioned. Obviously I need to change my focus and spend my life creating inspiring words and telling stories with lines in white.

I don't remember how many times I've been asked about the pens I use. I happened across them on my internet travels and can honestly say - there is NOTHING like them in New Zealand. Like seriously - they are not sold here. But I'm working on it, with the help of the best boss in the world and a company halfway round the world, we hope (cross your fingers - we're doing the hoop jumping now), to have them for sale soon. It will be worth the wait, I KNOW you're going to love them as much as I do.

For all those who came out and once again supported me, I thank you very much. For those waiting on digital prints of original art works that sold before you could get your hands on them, they will be available within two weeks from my Etsy store. If you live in Wanganui, I will create a coupon code that when used, will let me know you'd like to pick it up from LeftBank Art Supplies.  

Its time for bed now - I have some serious sleeping to catch up on! 

J xox

 

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New decks released on Etsy!

After what feels like a month of late nights and an abundance of coffee, I have just listed TWO new decks on Etsy. 

You can find information about The Common Thread Major Arcana tarot deck and the Learning To Witch oracle deck over at www.handmethatpencil.com  in the TAROT section. Each of my 3 decks has their very own page annnnd there's even free downloadable journal/workbooks there as well!

The Song Of My Heart deck has her page and now you can download her little white booklet straight from the source. (That has always been a mission but I finally learnt how to upload files to Squarespace - winning!!!) 

If you get overcome with desire to own one of the new decks there are links on the page (including a discount code) that will zoom you along the interwebby to Etsy.

Now, I'm off to forage for food and have an early-ish night!  Less than a week until Artists Open Studios!!!!

Love

J xox

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13 days until Artists Open Studios

There's really no need for a countdown, I'm well aware that over the next two weeks my head will explode.  

I will make, at a guess, 20 lists. Twenty, because I will lose the first ones I write. I will lose the important ones first - that have the supplies I need. The last minute printing jobs that I always forget at shows. Like labels. And price tags. Because heaven forbid, someone will fall in love with something I made and HAVE to take it home.  

Which would be nice. Especially if it's something new. I've branched out this time. Made paper clay dolls, which are a little bit unusual. They are butterfly ladies. In their cocoons, with delicate line work drawn on them, gold leaf wings wrapping as casings and gently sleeping little weirdo faces. A mermaid slipped in too. Just because. 

I've been playing with larger work too. Still within my theme of wings and fins. Layers and linework, giant journal pages really. Dark, dramatic backgrounds with shimmer and a dash of iridescent paint.  

We shall see how they go! It's been pretty cool seeing artists who are in AOS coming into the shop. They all have a sprinkling of excitement about them. I'm guessing I'm further through in my mad rush panic stage than they are - or am I really the only artist who panics at a deadline?

It's all part of the process is what I tell myself. 

Tarot decks are printed and all ready to go. The Song Of My Heart deck offering stability and The Common Thread Major Arcana ready to show her face to the world. There's another deck hiding in the shadows but I'm unsure if she is ready to be unveiled yet. She's an oracle deck and making her wording perfect is taking longer than I hoped.  

Greeting cards are all printed, some new witchy designs which make my heart smile as well as images from the Bird Edition of the SOMH deck. I hope they will be loved!  

Back to the grind - terrible saying, it's not even a chore! Creating is a joy I am grateful for. 

Sending out some love and light, thanks for dropping by!

J xox

 

 

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Varnish drying on my cocoon ladies.

 

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Temperance tarot card from The Common Thread Major Arcana deck.

 

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Detail from Metamorphosis mixed media painting.

Artists Open Studios Preparation

Last year I participated in my first Artists Open Studios here in Wanganui, New Zealand. The impetus of having a serious deadline for the next edition of my New Zealand tarot cards nearly sent me insane but it was so worth it! 

I had on display the process behind the cards. Visitors to my 'studio' could see the walls covered in journal pages, giant concept sketches and the finished cards were available for purchase. This year, I've signed up again. Return visitors will be able to buy the latest edition of My Song Of My Heart cards - The Bird Edition. Featuring flora and fauna of New Zealand illustrated on diverse ladies. 

I wanted to really push myself and create something new so there will be  dolls made from paper clay and plaster as well. After so long of working on developing my drawing it's been hard work to create with 3 dimensional creations! They are slowly coming to life and it will be interesting to see them in their final form - work in progress is a definite term for the dolls.

I will be at LeftBank Art Supplies on Taupo Quay this year, a new space with the lovely Frances Sim Higgins and Julz Coffey. I cannot wait to be a part of AOS again and look forward to seeing you there. Call in, say hello and if you are working with my deck, please tell me how you find her for readings. Feedback helps make her grow stronger as not just a piece of art but as a tool for your spiritual practice.

Love

J

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Song Of My Heart tarot deck - a New Zealand flavoured deck for your spiritual practice.

 Paperclay art doll - little mermaid

Paperclay art doll - little mermaid

These dolls are quirky, imperfect and touched with a hint of popsurrealism and the darker side of life. 

 

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Little faces and tons of doodling!

 

 

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Fantasical creatures and ladies of myth, my dolls this year are all about wings or fins.