Friday, 16 October 2015


Happy Friday to you...( funny thing was, I thought yesterday was Monday but apparently it wasn't duh! )
Linking today to Kim Dellow 'Show your Face' and PaperArtsy 19-faces-challenge  
My face was inspired by Kims post on PaperArtsy  Kim created a wonderful face which also had some JOFY stamps; a flower in her hair and butterfly on her shoulder. 
I love my garden birds and have had them land on my hand to feed (and head once when I had turned my back) so mine is sort of based on me too - welcome to my world!
Mainly used watercolours with some pastel and coloured pencils.
I used JOFY 15 stamps and stamped the birds, birdhouse and leaves on tissue paper, then coloured them with Inktense pencils and painted white acrylic paint on back to loose the transparency. I couldn't resist adding the eye brows to the birds to give each one their own personality.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by
Have a fab Friday and wonderful weekend
Gill x

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Two MOOs and a Car

Hello.... Today I am linking to Moo mania challenge where the theme is 'Show Patterns'. I'm a bit out of practise with the original sized small MOOs but they are great fun.
On the first one I used some mosaic stamps by 'Rubberstampede', I've had these stamps a good 10 years or more and never used them until now - not even sure this company is still around. The other was just doodled.

The usual panic sets in when thinking about having to make a male birthday card, but this one seem to come together quickly and left time before the light faded to make the second MOO.

Used a La Blanche foam stamp on background and the car is by Viva Decor stamps. Used Brusho on background and for car. Stamped car using Brusho (green) then when dried stamped again on top with Black archival ink.
I like to sprinkle Brusho on to a craft sheet/or Teflon sheet, then spritz it and use it as ink.
 The little steampunk clock embellishment is made using one of those Mod Podge molds.

 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by
Have a terrific Tuesday
Gill x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

ARCHITECTURE create your own world

Happy Saturday to you....
Today I am linking up to Art Journal Journey where Architecture is the current theme.
I have two pieces, the second is using the first one in a digital work. 
First piece is one of those 'drawing with water' things I've been doing lately but with a Pan Pastels background.
added the buildings last

You can just about see the water drawing showing

digital artwork

So as you can see I have used my original artwork but reversed the image. 
(I use various software but my main go to is Serif 'Craft Artist' as it so easy and quick)
I have used a couple of my own digital papers which I made in the past from photos and drawings etc and blended them over my artwork.
 Is It just me, but there seems to be a large elephant now appeared over on right trunk down facing left  - how bizarre!
Added some digital buildings and a quote to finish.

Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a great weekend
Gill x

Friday, 9 October 2015

'Miss Snooty' shows her face

Hello its Friday again, don't they come around quickly... so that means I'm linking my face to Kim Dellow challenge 'Show your face'  and here's mine today - I think she doesn't look particularly happy that I called her 'Miss Snooty' or it could be that she started off blonde and ended up a bit different.

And last but not least, hope you don't mind but this Digital piece is
for the lovely  Valerie from Bastelmania

Thanks for stopping by
and don't forget to pop over to Kims
if you would like to 'show your face'
Have a great Friday and lovely weekend
Gill x

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Fangs for the Jar

 Hello... today I am linking to SanDee and Amelies Steampunk challenge where the theme this month is top hats and moustaches and I really fancied getting my teeth into this one!

I recycled a small John West Jar (which husband thought I could make use of) which was very shallow and my teeth fitted snuggly in it. Well not my own teeth of course as that might make me a vampire - I had a lovely box of various teeth like this given to me several years back for a laugh - I knew they'd be useful one day. 

I used fun foam with all the dies as that gives nice depth and is really useful when the dies are not suitable for cutting heavier/thicker card etc. 
Used various acrylic paints, inks and some metallic wax.

Fangs for stopping by!
Gill x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

4 Colours Faces

Hello... its another glorious sunny day here on the Essex coast.
Hope your weekend is going well.
Linking today to Kim Dellow 'Show your face'  come show your face too.

I challenged myself to paint some faces using only 4 water colour paints: Hookers green, Indian red, Cadmium orange hue and Prussian blue

Egg timer turned upside twice

I decided to see if I could do a quick faces for a change so borrowed my husbands egg timer - he's the cook so I guess that makes it his egg timer. I didn't get very far the first time so had to turn it upside down again.

Still using 4 colours but gave up with the egg timer

And as I love digital arts too and love that I can re-use what I've made with out really altering it - I created this when hearing a certain song playing.
For additional pieces I used a lovely free digi kit by Algera Designs called 'Trick or Treat. There were some lovely paint splodges in the kit which I thought would work with my painting and look like tears.
Font credit with thanks to Chris Hansen.
Thanks for much
for taking the time to stop by
Gill x

Friday, 2 October 2015

Green Goddess

Happy Friday to you, which means as it's Friday I am going to link my Green Goddess quickish watercolour to a new week of 'Show your Face' over at Kim Dellow
And right at bottom I have another of those drawing with water - a quickish Steampunk man (sort of ) with ink and Brusho added.

So as usual for the Drawing with water   did the drawing and some extra squiggles with water then added the calligraphy ink and then some Brusho powder.
Thanks for stopping by
Have a great weekend
Gill x