May 28, 2013

Picasso Head

When you are feeling arty but not sure what to draw, PicassoHead is a lot of fun to create masterpieces online without the mess or dilemma of what to draw.

Here's some I created ..

March 30, 2013

Free online magazine

Who doesn't love a freebie? Thought I'd share this great find with you...

It's Australian.
It's over 170 pages of eye candy about lifestyle and home.
It's FREE !

December 5, 2012

Retail Therapy

This is what I purchased this week to hopefully get the creative juices flowing .. I'm sure I enjoy shopping more than creating!

Websters Pages Warehouse Box for $25

Kaiser Texture Stamps AU$4 each

December 1, 2012

Found Freebies

I've been trawling the net tonight for papercraft goodness and came across some wonderful printables and freebies which are too good not to share with you all ...

First up these stylish movie stars

Lovely ladies

Collage items by PaperScraps

Swimming Beauties by

Birdies by Paperscraps

Last but not least I came across a free online course for mixed media and whimsical style stuff. It promises to include techniques for altered books and art journalling aswell as painting an angel.

November 6, 2012

Darkroom Door Numbers Background Stamp

 Darkroom Door have just released some more rubber stamps!!
This month my projects focus is on the new Numbers Backgound Stamp

Love Laugh Numbers Background ATC

Darkroom Door Photobooth Ladies 
Archival Ink (Coffee)
Distress Ink (Mustard)
Wordstrips (Paris & Prague Vol2)
Ribbon and photo corners

I stamped the background patterned paper with Coffee Archival and the Numbers background stamp before distressing with the Mustard ink and a Ranger Ink Blending Tool. I also dabbed the edge of an acrylic block direct on a black inkpad and stamped randomly three times a second generation print to add some texture to the edges. I foam mounted this beautiful lady who happens to be my favorite Photobooth image and finished off with adding the wordstrips, ribbon and photo corners.

Best Wishes Numbers Background Card
Darkroom Door Montage (Sweet Treats)
Archival Ink (Sienna)

This card started as an ATC and I finished it off as a greeting card. I stamped the background of the ATC with the background stamp and added a strip of dotty patterned paper and attached the Montage lollypop image. Then decided to switch course and matted on some turquoise patterned paper and stamped a white greeting card with the background stamp again.

October 26, 2012

Imaginary Animals

Here are some critters I created from Carla Sonheim's latest book, Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals. I've experimented with pastels before and not liked them (messy) but last week at my art classes I gave them another bash and was really impressed with the effect they give when blended, plus suited my short attention span perfectly because they made it really easy to complete a project quickly. I whipped these four critters up this afternoon using either the sidewalk crack method or start with an eye trick! In about 45 minutes I completed all four. I picked up the Pastels from TYPO.

Party Boy



September 24, 2012

Carla Sonheim Books

In my previous post I shared a book I had purchased called Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim. Let me tell you, this has been one of the best buys ever! I took up art lessons last year and have surprised myself at my capabilities (drawing a stick figure was a stretch before!) but hadn't really mastered being able to draw much other than copying pictures or photos. Drawing from my imagination was something I wanted to explore and this book has ticked all the right boxes and got the creative juices flowing rather easily. No long pages of dribble, each double spread has an exercise with brief instructions and colour examples .. so it's easy to jump from one thing to another (hello short attention span!).

I was delighted to read that Carla was releasing two new books .. Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals and The Art of Silliness and have just ordered my copy...

To celebrate her book launch, Carla has some great blog posts coming up with lots of giveaways, eye candy and inspiration ... hop over and follow her launch. The blog is also great to trawl through the history.

Carla has really inspired me to draw from the imagination and to draw things I never thought possible. It is so much fun creating a character ... watching it come alive as you draw. I have always looked at other artists and only hoped I could draw something half as good but with Carla's approach anyone can create the magic with their own spin .. it's so much easier than you'd think. It's everywhere! Even in sidewalk cracks! There is also a Flickr group where people upload the creations they have made inspired by the book.