Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flying Friends in a Sea of Pink

This has to be the pinkest artwork I've created for many years! Usually I opt for greens but I guess sometimes we need a change. I made it for an art journal swap with the theme "Stuff and Nonsense".

Here's a quick rundown on what products I used. These arty treasures used are all available at ...
- Dylusions Ink Sprays
- Dylusions Paint
- Dylusions Dy Cuts
- Dylusions Stamps (Flight of Fancy, Everything's Rosy, Anatomy of a Page)
- Dylusions Journaling Block
- Archival Ink Pads (Jet Black)
- Ranger Craft Mat
- Jane Davenport Inkredible Pen (for the sketch in the background)
- Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
- Jane Davenport Glitz-sea Markers
- Tim Holtz Crazy Dog Stamps
- Tim Holtz Layering Stencils
- Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Tools
- Sharp scissors
- Strathmore Mixed Media Paper

How I made this artwork...

The first thing I did when planning this artwork was draw out a few ideas with the stamp sets next to me. In the sketch at the back of this photo, you can see I was thinking about the adorable Dyan Reaveley birds with long flamingo legs, Ruby Rainbow with her groovy brolly and the beautiful roses from Everything's Rosy.
With art, you've got to go with the flow as sometimes things just don't go according to plan, especially when you have so many ideas racing around your mind!

To create the hills, I used the scallop border stamp and placed it in a wavy line on the acrylic block. Rubber is flexible so with the thinner stamps like this one, they'll hold still (most of the time) until you've finished. Then it flings back into its straight shape.

Once I finished stamping out the octopus tenticles, flower heads and scallop hills, I got inky with the Dylusions Ink Sprays. I used Calypso Teal, London Blue, Lemon Zest and Dirty Martini.

Remember what I said about art not behaving? Well, I should have used watercolour paper, mixed media paper or applied gesso first because the inks didn't blend, they just soaked into the one spot. Ah well, a few more sprays of London Blue on the hills and base of the page sort of helped. And I wanted a cloudy day anyway! lol :)

After it dried (thank goodness for hot summery days), it didn't improve. I'd made such a mess of it, so I added some Dylusions Paint in White Linen through a few stencils in an attempt to calm it down. Didn't work. To me, this page ended up being a total disaster so I left it, uncovered at first but had to hide it because it was messing with my mojo!

I left the background to dry and got busy stamping and cutting out characters and flowers for the garden. I coloured them with Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers and Dylusions Ink Sprays (just take off the lid and dip in a brush).

Have you used Dylusions inks with a brush yet? Or tried the Mermaid Markers? The colours are gorgeous... so vibrant and clean - when you mix the colours, they stay vibrant :) Always a great thing. Both make beautiful pastel shades when mixed with white and wonderful dusky darks when a dash of grey, black or brown is added.

While colouring I had a brainwave (it happens sometimes)... and stamped out some tentacles, feathers and flowers, and drew some wings for the dog. These were all fussy cut with scissors before using the Mermaid Markers to ink around the edges to hide the white paper.

The time cutting out the critters refreshed my mind and I took out the Dylusions Ink Sprays again... this time in Bubblegum Pink, Postbox Red, Pure Sunshine (golden yellow) and Pomegranate Seed (which is a beautiful dark red).

Basically, I sprayed the Bubblegum Pink across the top, Postbox Red at the base and where the two met, I sprayed roughly with the yellow. Then a drop more pink and some Pomegranate was added before sending it outside into the summer sun to dry. The paper itself was upright during the spraying process (I turned it around a few times) rather than left flat on the table. This enabled the ink to run down the page, creating the drips and shadows.

While outside, I splashed White Linen Ink Spray about. To do this yourself, take off the lid and either splash about like a vinegar bottle (using your finger as a stopper) or use the straw of the lid to dip and shake off the ink. I did both :)

After this dried I sprayed the whole page with an aerosol fixative (should be available at your local newsagent, contact me if you can't find it).
Dylusions inks remain reactive with water even after they've dried in 40+C sunshine, a splash of water in the wrong spot could mess up my new creation. Being reactive enables the ink to be lifted off to create faux bleach effects or to change sections to other colours (wet with water and blot with dry kitchen or blotting paper to lift off the ink).

The different textures in the background were added using Dylusions Paint (White Linen), Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Fossilized Amber and Tattered Rose) and a foam blending tool with a variety of my stencils by Tim Holtz : Ornate, Flames, Mosaic, Bubbles, Dot Fade, Splatters and Zig Zag.

I drew the snail with a spiral staircase on his shell so he could easily reach his fab row of houses. They were made from the hair or hat of one of Dyan's Dylusions Dy-Cuts (All The Gals).

I gave the fairy dog a glittery collar and sparkly nose using Jane Davenport's Glitz-Sea Pens (they are so pretty!).
The little dragonfly (on the toadstool) was added afterwards along with a few scribbly flowers along the base of the page. The octopus flowers turned out pretty cool with their feather leaves.

The other fairy is from a pack of Dylusions Dy-Cut... she's on a mission flying through the air with her toothbrush and butterfly wings (stamps). She's made up of a couple of paper dolls with a few changes including scallop skirt hem, different legs and some glittery ink added to her sunglasses. I love her curly hair and spotty stockings :)

Thanks for reading my blog post. I hope it makes you smile and inspires you to get messy with paints, inks and other arty treasures!

Have a happy creative week!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dylusions Challenge for January 2018

An art journal page created for a monthly challenge with The Dylusions Facebook Challenge Group :) 
January 2018 theme is - Red, Orange, Squares.

I've decided I really need to do something with the fabulous journal I started at Dyan Reaveley's workshop last September! Given that most of the pages are covered in paint and ink already, the hard work of choosing colour combos is done. For the challenges, all I'll need to do is choose a page and get crafty! That's the plan anyway :)

This page started a very plain page using orange and black Dylusions Ink Spray. To get the same background effect, choose a colour (Tangerine Dream) and spray it in three large areas of the right hand page. Then pick up the Black Marble and spray in the remaining uninked areas of the page. Close the book to spread the ink to the opposite page. Open the book and use your paper towel for rolling off excess ink. Amazingly, the black ink doesn't take over the whole page! Leave it to dry for a bit.

For this challenge page, everything I've used is from Dyan Reaveley's range of art products:
- Colouring Sheets (I used two sheets from set no.2)
plus :
- small scissors

Everything you need is available at Art by Jenny - :)

The first thing I did to my page was tape down some washi, dividing the large rectangle into smaller squares. 
To finish off the background I used Dylusions Paints in Pomegranate, Lemon Zest and Cherry Pie with an ink blending tool through various stencils (Squares, Blocks, Arrow Border and Stained Glass). I started with the large Squares stencil with the dark red (Pomegranate Seed), then used the same paint with the dotted strip from the Arrow Border set of stencils. After that there wasn't really an order to what I did - just follow your heart and you can't go wrong!

To decide what to add to the page, I flicked through my Dylusions Stamps, die cuts (Dy Cuts) as well as the colouring sheets. I ended up only using two sheets from Colouring Sheets Set 2. The quote (shown above) says "We are all a little broken but broken crayons still colour" and is one that speaks to me on so many levels! lol :) 

I coloured the hair, borders, bird and heart with Dylusions Ink Spray - put a few drops of ink onto a plate or palette and pick up the ink with a brush.

The border of the square behind the face (above) was painted with Pure Sunshine Ink Spray before being stuck down. I then painted the inside of the square with white gesso and then again with the yellow ink.

The heart is made from two doodle curls and painted with both red inks with a splash of yellow towards the centre.

I needed more little squares so drew some in black pen along with one of the doodle curls (the one in the book was facing the wrong way!). No extra paper was used, they're all made from scraps from the two colouring sheets.

I think that's it... oh, I drew some more little black squares here and there. Sometimes its hard to know when to stop and today was one of those days - but I'm leaving it as it is and any more ideas this gives can go towards next month's challenge.

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope this blog post somehow inspires you to have a go and get messy with paper, ink and paint!

Sing out anytime if you need a hand or have questions!

Happy Creative Day!

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