Friday, October 30, 2015

Colouring with Polychromos ... Tassie Devil in Wildscapes

So many things to colour, paint and create... not enough time! I think most of us feel this way. There's always been amazing books to colour over the years... Pixar, The Muppets, Winnie the Pooh, Tarzan and flowers, fairies, wildlife and mermaids! But now there are even more! This time promoted towards the adults that look after our inner child... more mermaids and fairies but also mandalas, zentangles, doodles, animals, flowers, gardens, forests and geometric anythings! 

The list of newly published books is almost endless... so I've limited my shop to just thise I truly love and think we'll gain the most therapeutic colouring time. Our time is precious, so its all about quality colouring time, not quantity. 

One of the newest books is "Wildscapes" by Stephanie Holm. Australian unique and diverse animals, plants and insects themed by habitat - from desert to rainforest to heathland. Its simply gorgeous. I love every page!


The paper lends itself to pencils, paints, crayons, gel pens or markers... anything at all :) but bear in mind if you use too much ink, they may bleed through the page. 

But there is good news for colouring with textas (markers, Chameleon Pens, Copics, etc)... if you spray a light coating of fixative on the page first, it helps stop the bleed through. 
I've yet to test it, but in theory it makes perfect sense. My can of fixative is solvent based so only suitable for waterbased pens. An acrylic fixative or sealer should be used for solvent based markers.


Tbis adorable Tassie Devil was coloured this morning using Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. Its a small tin of 12 so its  was good to stick to the basics and mix my own colours. 

I even did a video :) http://youtu.be/nqYnOBnWJ9I

I've the rest of the pic to do now, but it will need to wait for another time. Thanks for reading my blog :)

Have a happy creative day!
:)
Jenny


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Colouring Challenge - Masks with Only Five Colours

In Facebook there are just oodles and oodles of groups... networking, selling, swapping and now colouring. 

A friend started a group for those of us in southern Adelaide... some are even meeting in cafes, drink lattes and colouring in :) Its a fabulous life!

Once a month there are challenges as well. This month (July) is to colour this image using only 5 colours. 


I don't know where she got the picture from but it is copyright to somebody... thank you to whoever designed this drawing :) Its interesting to colour. 

I'm using my faves, the Inktense pencils by Derwent, in sun yellow, apple green, cherry, iris blue and violet. From these basics, I'm able to get a variety of other colours including orange, gold, greens, turquoise, purple and brown. I love mixing colours :)

Haven't decided if I'll add water yet. I'm liking all the grainy pencil marks so might just leave it as pencil.

Why not join us? Look for "Southern Colouring" in Facebook. A few have uploaded a pic of their version and they look fab!

(edit) I've just found out that the groups I love on FB are a little hard to find, so I've added a few links here grin emoticon 
Colouring Pages for Aust n NZ https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAA.ColouringCrew/ 
Southern Colouring n Friendship https://www.facebook.com/groups/1688155794745745/ 

Its fun and relaxing to colour plus it helps encourage the brain to mess about with different colour combos.

Have fun and happy creative day!
:)
Jenny


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Keep Calm with Layers of Green Lime

Keep calm, smile and create beautiful things... my favourite phrase stamp!

This is part of an art journal page created during an afternoon with friends. We had coffee, lunch and lots of laughs. A totally fabulous day!


Background was made using Tim Holtz Distress paints and inks with Darkroom Door and IndigoBlu stamps and Tim Holtz stencils.

The new Twisted Citron lime green Distress Paint is on the left hand edge, stamped with the borders stamp from IndigoBlu. The roses are made from th "Scribbles" Layering Stencil by Tim in the same paint but inked over with Weathered Wood Distress Stain, using a sponge. Sponges are great for layering as they are soft and ink soaks right in, giving you light feathery marks.

The final look was created on my phone using 'Studio' and a few of their groovy elements.

All items used are available in my shop including the wonderful book this is in ... Dylusions Art Journal (small).

Sing out if you'd like further instructions on how to get this look.

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Color Me Calm, Color Me Happy - Colouring Fun for Everyone

Two incredible books have taken off here in Australia, actually, they've taken off all over the world. Its amazing that something so simple has gotten the media's attention - colouring in for adults.

It's new and exciting for those who haven't coloured in since they were a child - just as it is for the rest of us who have never stopped (like myself)... because its always exciting to find new treasures!

Cover photo of Color Me Happy and Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter

Color Me Happy and Color Me Calm are two books from the "A Zen Colouring Book" series. Third in the series, Color Me Stress-Free will be published in September 2015.

Written by Art Therapist Lacy Mucklow and illustrated by Angela Porter, these books are a must have for every home. Do you already have one?

Check out Lacy's Facebook group for colourists and join in the fun - www.facebook.com/groups/338320733043463

The paper is gorgeous and suits all mediums including pencils, paints and markers. The covers feel fantastic, are so beautifully designed and finished with a strong but soft cover that protects the artwork inside.

There are over 100 pages in each book divided into chapters, filled cover to cover with beautiful drawings as well as useful information on using colouring for therapy, tips on colour and how to get the most out of each book.

Each chapter has a theme including landscapes and scenes, music, animals, flowers, whimsical illustrations and intricate mandalas.

Cactus Sunrise... I coloured this using Chameleon Pens.

A tangled garden... also coloured with Chameleon Pens.
No need to have hundreds of markers to created hundreds of colours
- simply colour and blend and use multiple layers.

The design of the book is thoughtful, with templates to colour only on one side of each page and a pretty monotone design on the back. Great for markers! Unless you want to colour both sides, then solvent based markers aren't the best choice as they tend to go through the paper.

I think everyone should have at least one of these two books (but I highly recommend both), not because I sell them, but because they're so good for you - each book and chapter taps into different parts of the heart and mind.

I love these two books, they are just gorgeous through and through. I've posted links below in case you need to buy the books and or colouring supplies. Just click the picture :)

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny

Color Me Calm by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter, for sale at Art by Jenny online shopColor Me Happy by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter, for sale at Art by Jenny online shop

Chameleon Pens, solvent based markers, for sale at Art by Jenny online shop
  Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils for sale at Art by Jenny online shop Distress Ink Watercolour Marker for sale at Art by Jenny online shop

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Love is in the Air

Happy New Year, Happy Australia Day, Happy Valentine's, Happy Pancake Day (and I still don't know what that one is for!) and Happy Every Other Day of the Year!

It's been so busy these past few months with Art by Jenny. While the graphic design side of my business was busy before Christmas, its slowed down, allowing me more time to dedicate to my wonderful shop of art and craft treasures. I've been keeping a blog on my shop's website if you want a look - www.shop.artbyjenny.com.au/blogs/art-and-craft-news.

I love having a shop!!! Absolutely LOVE it. Its mostly online, but its the next best thing to the bricks and mortar version... which I will have one day - a shop with a gallery and studio overlooking the ocean. One day :) In the meantime I have my awesome shop, my studio and my big beautiful verandah with the most awesome table my Dad made from my son's old bed.

A new table for the Art by Jenny verandah-studio
The new table in the outdoor studio - sometimes a girl needs more than one studio!
I love my new table - are you seeing why I've called this post "Love is in the Air"? I just love everything today! Got to be a good thing hey? Well I think so :)

So now I have a space for workshops that doesn't make everyone feel so squished! My studio is only little but I'll never complain... its such a privilege to have one and I'm very grateful to have it too. I love being out there (both the verandah-studio and art studio) with the birds, sunshine, canvas, paper and paint.

I have many favourite things about owning a shop (no, bookwork is not one of them! lol, can't love everything). One is to look for items for my customers. I was searching for stamps to colour with the marvellous new Chameleon Pens when I came across this frog doing the ballet (or toad as they call it) by Stampendous.

Of course I bought it straight away and used him as part of an ATC swap the same day he arrived!
In the photo above, my frog has been inked with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick. Then his crown was inked with Sakura's Gold Gelly Roll and the white was added using the Distress Ink Watercolour Marker in Picket Fence (white).

I love frogs and toads :) Frogs are adorable and such gentle creatures - made by Mother Nature in the most exquisite colours and so many sizes. They always look so happy and peaceful. Toads have got features only a mother could love, in other words, they have fabulous personalities!

A small collection of some fabulous stamps that came with my frog ballerina.
I always like them (being brought up with Wind in the Willows would have had something to do with that), and then I read a book by Morris Gleitzman called Toad Rage (about cane toads in far north Queensland) and now I think even cane toads are wonderful. So they're not the best animal for Australia, but its not their fault they're here... you can thank the humans for that one! They're just making the best of what they have, like we all do with life. Read the book, you'll find Limpy will steal your heart!

Another thing I've been doing more of lately is cardmaking. I love making cards for family and friends... I just seem to keep running out of time!

This card pictured below was alot of fun to create. I sponged (using the bottle's built in sponge) Distress Stains for the sky in two colours (Broken China and Stormy Sky) overlapping the green 'grass' - Peeled Paint Distress Stain. After adding the shadows with a marker (just rough scribbles), it was then heat dried and then splattered with water. After it was dried (air dried while I made the caravan) I then stamped gum trees in green and brown Distress Ink Pad using the stamps by Darkroom Door.

The finished caravan card, shown here in my studio with my cat kitchen paper holder in the background, another treasure made by my clever Dad (Woodn Marbles).
The caravan stamp, also by Darkroom Door, was inked with Distress Ink Pads in Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade. After cutting out, I inked with other colours and coloured the door with Ripe Persimmon, then added the white using a white Sharpie. The curtains are made of ribbons.
The barbecue and other elements were stamped with black StazOn, with the white table and chairs stamped in grey, inked over with a white Sharpie. Ranger now has a white inkpad that would be perfect for this card.

What's next...? The birds in the sky are hand drawn with a black pen as are the letters on the banner. The banner was cut out of pale yellow scraps of paper with the stitches "sewn" with black pen. Oh, and the umbrella is painted with Smooch :) mmmmm... Smooch! I love Smooch - such beautiful colours and so sparkly shiny!

I've added pics below just in case you'd like to see some of what I used. All found at my Art by Jenny Online Shop at www.shop.artbyjenny.com.au.

Image of the Tutu Toad stamp by Stampendous with a link to rubber stamps at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Caravan stamp set by Darkroom Door for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Gum Trees Stamp Set by Darkroom Door for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Distress Stains in over 49 colours for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Distress Ink Pads in regular and mini for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop An essential cardmaking tool, the Blending Tool, for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Refill pack for the Blending Tool for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop The Fudeball Art Journal pens for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Tim Holtz Distress Ink Watercolor Markers for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop in singles and as a set Sakura Gelly Rolls in a set of gold, silver and white for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop You have to use good quality paper and card for stamping. Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper is for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop Why add a dozen layers of scrap glued together when you can use adhesive foam. Found for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop A fantastic pair of scissors, the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors cut through just about anything. Found for sale at Art by Jenny art and craft online shop

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the week ahead!

Happy Creative Day!
:)
Jenny


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