Sunday, April 9, 2017

Scribble Sticks go to the Circus

My latest art journal page for a swap with friends for the theme of "circus".

Hand drawn and painted onto Liquitex acrylic paper using Dina Wakley's fabulous Scribble Sticks with a waterbrush. I also used Winsor & Newton Watercolour Paint Sticks (not much this time, mostly used Dina's) and Dylusions Paint Pens (the red and white) for a few details with a splash of white acrylic paint for the fabric.

I started with drawing red and white big top stripes using the ruby Dina Wakley art stick... but I got carried away and it was way too much for what I wanted, so sprayed it with water. This just turned it all into a red mess ... I used too much water! lol Things we do!

I then added blue and purple with the Dina Wakley art sticks and smooshed it all around with my fingers while it was still wet. The swirling purples gave me an idea so I dried off the middle circle, lifting off the excess.
You can just see the remains behind some areas of the purple.

With so much water used, I had to put it aside... no matter how much I waved air over it, it just wasn't drying!

The next day it looked ok :) Phew! 
I painted brown and red stripes inside the circle with black around the edge and also over the corners of the page.

The silk trapeze artist was drawn in pencil and painted using more DW sticks, as paint rather than using them direct on the page. I added layers and layers of red brush strokes for her hair before painting in the silk. Adding more red squiggly lines afterwards with Dylusions paint pen and even more curly lines in black.

It looked a bit plain... but the star dust Icestickles glitter glue soon fixed that and added that bit of glamour to her hair and leotard. Its amazing what a few spots of glitter will do :)

I like how its turned out :) Thanks so much for reading my blog post.

Happy Creative Day!

Friday, March 31, 2017


Calypso was my inspiration for my art journal page. She is a Sea Goddess well known for sinking ships, making big waves in stormy seas and putting curses on pirates. The theme "goddess" was for Tash's journal - part of the AAJS.

This first photo is a work in progress pic with my original sketch behind. I used my favourite paints Tambi Gansai and the Distress watercolour markers with a few other arty treasures.

Every sea has a Heart of the Ocean hidden somewhere... this gem is wrapped around seagrasses, watched over by big mud crabs. 
Sparkle added with Wink of Stella clear shimmer paint pen.

Details throughout the page were added using black and white waterbased Sharpie paint pens along with Stella in gold and white.

Stamps were used for some critters and seaweed. The crabs are from Under the Sea and school of tiny fish are from Ocean Backgrounds, both by Dyan Reavely, while the shells and seaweed are by Rachel Greig of Darkroom Door.

The fish, crabs and shells were all inked with markers then coloured with paints before bring cut out and stuck in the page.

This octopus was drawn and painted freehand, cut in a way that enabled him to climb over the shell and page edge. I wonder who's hiding inside the shell?

Looking up, the octopus realises he has a chance at being a kraken... but is too kindhearted to sink the ship!

The ship is made from card and tissue, so light it floats, despite the huge waves crashing into it.

With waves this wild and huge, the sailors are hiding below deck so we can't see them. Lucky really, because they'd be so tiny I'd need a magnifying glass to paint their little faces!

Calypso's wild mermaid coloured hair is made from yarns, cord and ribbon. Each strand is carefully curled and attached in place using Glossy Accents (glue).

Scales, Smooch and shimmery glitter glue (Diamond Icestickles) finish off Calypso's face.

The finished art journal page...

I'm so pleased with how this turned out, even if Calypso has an odd looking nose!

With the flap folded up, it appears Calypso is hiding, ready for anything!

Thanks so much for spending time looking at my artwork. I hope it made you smile :)
It was a joy to create. I loved every minute!

Darkroom Door and Dylusions cling rubber stamps, Wink of Stella, Sharpies and Tambi Gansai warercolour paints are available at my online shop,

Happy Creative Day!

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