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The Wanderers

I think these babies deserve a bigger post... They’re just so yummy and are seriously making my heart smile.  

The Wanderers are little boats/ships, sometimes with a lady aboard, who are out living a life of adventure. I usually draw these, on one of my crazy painted backgrounds. I love that they feel hopeful and brave and intrepid all at the same time. I kinda hope they inspire other people in the same way! To me they represent a spiritual journey and are all tied up with positive vibes and good juju.

 

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I started making these with a mold made from Jovi air dry clay. It’s quite chunky so that I can create tiny boats by using the inside as a base or go bigger by sculpting a form around the outside. 

I’ve been using Sculptamold and that stuff is yumbo! Really light weight which helps make them feel delicate and you can create awesome texture in its pulpy surface. If you are one of those weird creatures after a smooth surface then you could either make a runny mix, add some PVA or sand your complete boat before you start colouring it. I’m not after perfect so I do none of that.   (You can hear me laughing right?).

Colouring them is waaaaay too much fun. I’m experimenting with creating patina, and layering in some gold leaf. Then dirtying it all up a bit. Heaven!!!!  

The magic ingredient seems to be happening with the final stages of colouring. Blue Interference medium is giving the sheen that you can see. When you add that with ‘a smidge’ (technical term) of colour (turquoise), then you get that aMAZiiiiing paua colour combo that’s happening on the inside.  

 

 

Next step is detailing the outside and I cannot wait!! 

Products: Everything I’ve used I got from LeftBank Art Supplies here in Wanganui.  

Jovi Air Dry Clay for base mold

Sculptamold (Frances gave me a packet to try - best BossLady ever)

Gold leaf and size

Derivan Matisse Structure paints

Princeton fine liner brush

Das flat brush

Interference medium - Shimmering blue

Blood, sweat and tears from my own two hands.

 

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Daydreaming and procrastinating

My best intentions to be an 'artist who blogs regularly' never succeed in reality. I'm ok with that 😊. 

For the past couple months I've been working on creating a journal for my classes/students. Something that consolidates design basics, drawing exercises and tips, creative activities and a collection of 'pretty pictures'.  

Its a bigger undertaking than what I thought it would be. It started small and then I realised you can't do this without a bit of that and if you add those then some of them would be great too!  

Its fun to make and fingers crossed it will be fun to work through and will maybe help ignite some creativity and magic in someone else's life. Sharing my passion and all that jazz.

Ive attached a few pictures of completed illustrations - let me know what you think ✌🏼💗✨ 

 

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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