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Saturday, 31 January 2015

JANUARY SKETCH COLLECTION

I DID IT!

I was not optimistic about finishing this challenge to myself to sketch everyday for the month of January! I am not really one to finish much because when my steam runs out I usually change direction but I pushed myself to finish this. Besides I had the great company of a wonderful sketching group who I had asked to join me for the month of January  and I could NOT let them down!
I feel sad that is has ended and for those that missed it but they can still use my list to challenge themselves. Why not?  I made a lot of new friends, too.
Others have asked me to create a list for the month of February but I have decided not to because this list was intended to get everyone's creative juices flowing after the holidays which can be very stressful ,robbing you of your usual 'ME' time where you lose yourself in sketching .
'A sketch per day keeps the stress away'
 Others may have enjoyed the list as a way to not think about parting loved ones after the festivities.
Perhaps I will create another list for myself much later and I will ask some friends to join me.
I know that working in a virtual group makes a challenge like this much more fun and enjoyable.

The best thing for me was to read about how some sketchers dreaded  certain prompts or that they had never drawn a certain subject before YET the result were almost always AMAZING! I think that they amazed themselves!
We are often too insecure about our skills and fear to attempt new things but most of us CAN sketch just as good as the more seasoned sketchers. There is also a creative energy that infects and uplifts everyone when sharing with a certain group of people and this stimulates you to be bolder and to try harder at just going for it. Who cares if your lines are wobbly or your self portrait looks nothing like you? It's about developing a style and skill, discovering a technique, a medium  or a subject that will bring you further along in your artistic journey . It also builds confidence. Yes, I believe that a simple list of drawing prompts can give such results however I, would not encourage participating in doing one challenge after another.
Perhaps this simple list of prompts has given you none of what I've described but rather has given you something else ?

You can see all 31 sketch individually on my FLICKR







Friday, 30 January 2015

Review of Sailor Four Seasons, Jentle ink


I am just starting my collection of fountain pen inks in colours other than black, grey and brown.

Sailor's Jentle ink, Four Seasons line comes in eight colours inspired by the four seasons of Japan.
I loved how this colour washed out with a waterbrush pen. That is how I am testing my water soluble inks since it is the tool that I work with almost daily. 
I tested it on normal writing paper and watercolour paper 300gsm and on both it stained slightly and did not wash out as much as I would have liked it too. I am compairing it to my Pilot Namiki ink that once touched with water it spreads out like watercolour does and then it settles into the paper so you have longer to work with it.  Of course this all depends on the paper used and I am testing my inks on what I normally use.

On the writing paper the colour was a little darker compared the watercolour paper test.

300gsm Canson Aquarelle

The bottle is a beautiful shape,too as is the decor on its box.  You would want to buy this ink just because of its appealing bottle shape and fresh looking box!

I am pretty much new to fountain pens and inks and I am not really one to research instructions especially on cleaning pens and how they function but whilst flushing my pen that uses a convertor I, realized that I could draw up the water through the nib instead of filling up the covertor, attaching it to the pen and then pushing the water and alcohol solution out. So, after this illumination I filled my bent nib pen by drawing up the ink through the nib. No mess and no hyper-dermic needle needed! It did leak a little so make sure that the convertor is pushed in correctly.
You learn something new every day!
Instructions are in Japanese so I forgot to shake the bottle before using the ink! 
I rated this 8/10 because for £10.80 this a good price and the colour is nicely pigmented. It flows smoothly and I like it a lot. Inwould buy the other colours but my stockist no longer has them and other stores are selling them for far more $$$.  


Review of Sailor Four Seasons, Jentle ink


I am just starting my collection of fountain pen inks in colours other than black, grey and brown.

Sailor's Jentle ink, Four Seasons line comes in eight colours inspired by the four seasons of Japan.
I loved how this colour washed out with a waterbrush pen. That is how I am testing my water soluble inks since it is the tool that I work with almost daily. 
I tested it on normal writing paper and watercolour paper 300gsm and on both it stained slightly and did not wash out as much as I would have liked it too. I am compairing it to my Pilot Namiki ink that once touched with water it spreads out like watercolour does and then it settles into the paper so you have longer to work with it.  Of course this all depends on the paper used and I am testing my inks on what I normally use.

On the writing paper the colour was a little darker compared the watercolour paper test.

300gsm Canson Aquarelle

The bottle is a beautiful shape,too as is the decor on its box.  You would want to buy this ink just because of its appealing bottle shape and fresh looking box!

I am pretty much new to fountain pens and inks and I am not really one to research instructions especially on cleaning pens and how they function but whilst flushing my pen that uses a convertor I, realized that I could draw up the water through the nib instead of filling up the covertor, attaching it to the pen and then pushing the water and alcohol solution out. So, after this illumination I filled my bent nib pen by drawing up the ink through the nib. No mess and no hyper-dermic needle needed! It did leak a little so make sure that the convertor is pushed in correctly.
You learn something new every day!
Instructions are in Japanese so I forgot to shake the bottle before using the ink! 
I rated this 8/10 because for £10.80 this a good price and the colour is nicely pigmented. It flows smoothly and I like it a lot. Inwould buy the other colours but my stockist no longer has them and other stores are selling them for far more $$$.  


Thursday, 29 January 2015

I'm published in Art Journal Kickstarter


Taadaaa!

I did these pages a few years ago and I almost forgot how I did them!
I am looking at the Frida spread and seeing so many collage images sent to me by crafting friends  in RAKs that I stuck in a box and kept. Most of them I have not had contact with again but the memories of them and their acts of kindness are forever embedded in that spread! 
The painting was inspired by the very soulful Misty Mawn. She brings out my Higher Self side.

This is my second time published in a book so I am very grateful to have been chosen to contribute two pieces to this book and it is beautifully put together and the quality of images is great but I have to say that I am none too fond of the chosen cover but then that will be no surprise to those who know of my pet dislike of trippy Gelli Plate prints that mostly all look the same!  Other than that it is a fantastic book.

You can find a link to the book in the column on the right hand side of this page.





Thursday, 22 January 2015

FEATHER AND BONE necklace

I made this last year from my summer vacation beach finds.
The bone was shaped by the sea and Mother Nature herself making it a unique piece.
 I decided to paint a feather on it and make it into a necklace.

I am happy to announce that it sold VERY quickly yesterday in my shop!



Another Valentine Red journal ( or Ferrari Red) sold quickly, too! I have been using one of the finest quality paper by Fabriano, which is expensive but well worth it if you want decent paper and this is handmade!  You may find cheaper journals but the quality of  watercolour paper is just terrible and you end up getting frustrated , getting into that endless buying of new journals searching for half decent paper by NOT spending too much and trying to save money! In the end you end up buying more and are you never satisfied! So, I decided to just invest in the best quality paper. It might not have as many pages but take into consideration that it's 300GSM paper and weighs a lot more than the usual 150gsm that you get in sketchbooks.  You may even find a sketchbook that has 200 GSM paper which is also good but it will only take so much wet media and will probably curl on you.

I can custom male these on request:


TO PURCHASE THIS ITEM CLICK HERE- ETSY

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

HANDMADE WATERCOLOUR JOURNALS FOR SALE

I've been making these handmade journals with faux leather.
I had some requests for NON leather journals and this is what I came up with!

The recent one for sale had added Rag paper made in India from Khadi Papers. It is idea for watercolours and ink. 320GSM.
I mainly made it with Fabriano Artistico, hot press paper (300GSM). One of the fiinest in the world and quite expensive too BUT I wanted only the best papers in a journal like this.
I am have been disappointed too many times buying sketchbooks and journals that do not take wet media very well at all AND  they are costly!

I decided to make my own journals with the best papers.
The bottom one is already sold but I made another that is in my store:


 WATERCOLOUR JOURNAL





HANDMADE JOURNAL- BUY



Sunday, 4 January 2015

31 sketches in January 2015


 31 sketches in January
A daily sketch for the month of January


I have prepared a list of 31 sketching prompts for the month of January 2015.
Sharpen your pencils, pull out your paints, ink up your pens and get ready to challenge yourself for a month of daily sketching!

Working from photographs is perfectly acceptable. I realize that some prompts are not available to everyone but this  should not stop you from sketching things that you've never seen or have available. This is also part of the challenge ;)
If you wish you can use the hashtag #AJWchallenge . This will allow you to search all the sketches published for this challenge in the Facebook group.

PLEASE USE COPYRIGHT FREE IMAGES IF WORKING FROM PHOTOS.

DAY 1 :  sketch an item than you can't bare to throw away but should
DAY2:  your favourite book that includes the title
DAY 3: something industrial
DAY4 : an animal
DAY5 : a bridge
DAY6: seeds and / or pods
DAY 7: your rendition of a 19th century painting
DAY8: A çaydanlık , a tea kettle designed specifically to make Turkish tea.
DAY9:  coins and / or bank notes
DAY10: a medicinal plant or flower
DAY11 : lunch or evening meal
DAY12: the last gift that you received
DAY13: a mythological character
DAY14: a station
DAY 15: found objects from a nature walk
DAY16: black and white
DAY17: draw a recipe
DAY18: dusk or sunset
DAY19: a self portrait ( any style)
DAY20: something made with chocolate
DAY21:  tools
DAY22: an historical building
DAY23: a machine or mechanical contraption
DAY24: a barn or shed
DAY 25: a busy pattern or design
DAY26 : write out a favourite poem or phrase and give it a decorated border
DAY 27: portrait of an 'old master'
DAY 28: wind chimes, hangings or flags
DAY 29: transport
DAY30: something ancient
DAY 31 : Arches












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