Friday, 29 July 2016

New Painting: Trying Acrylics



I primarily use oil paints for my paintings but inspired by the students at school, who primarily use acrylics, I decided to give them a try.
It turns out they weren't as tricky to use as I'd always thought. With oil paints you can take your time and work back into parts as the paint takes days to dry, but with acrylics you have to work quicker due to the fast drying time. But a bonus of acrylics is that you can cover up something completely with a new layer of paint as the layers don't blend.



Usually I paint from my photos but this painting comes from one of my videos. This clip of my boyfriend was taken during a weekend in Brighton back in April. We stayed at the Artist Residence hotel and that place is super cool. The painting shows part of their restaurant.


I tried not to be so detailed when painting with acrylics and not blend so much like I do when using oil paint, but I kinda can't help it.

The painting is about A3 and done on canvas paper. I'm really pleased, and a little surprised with how it turned out.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

This Week I...

...celebrated my birthday!
I had the day off on Friday so my parents took me to Hunstanton beach. The sea was surprisingly not cold so we had a paddle.

We did classic British beach things like 2p machines and crazy golf.

On my actual birthday I made cakes and watched a lot of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with my boyfriend because that's what 26 year olds do.

How was your week?

Thursday, 14 July 2016

More Animal Pots

My Mum's been busy crocheting so I've made some more animal boxes. Like the last ones my Mum crocheted the blank pots and I added the felt features to make them into cute characters.


The purple hippo is my current favourite. Look at those ears, and the teeth!


This cute cat has embroidery thread whiskers that stick out.


And finally the monkey with it's sticky out ears.

What other animals could I make?

Sunday, 3 July 2016

This Week I...

As I mentioned, this week was our end of year art exhibition at work, showing the GCSE and A level work of our art students. Tuesday evening was the private view during which the art teachers presented me with a bunch of flowers to thank me for my hard work in putting the exhibition. Just doing my job guys.
As I don't own a vase I had to improvise and put the flowers in a tupperware box.


And in other flat improvement news I put together this mail organiser so I can stop cluttering up my table. It's just three cardboard folders stapled together and hung to the wall. I labels the pockets 'my mail', 'junk', and 'not my mail' as I'm still getting post from previous tenants of the flat. I've got to say, I'm pretty chuffed with this quick but very useful addition.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Art Cards

This week at work we've put up the end of year art exhibition. On Tuesday night we had the private view where some of the students get awards for their work this year. The Head of Art asked me if I had some handmade cards we could give the winners, so I made these 6 especially for them. 

The starting points for most of the cards were these paint experiments that the students made throughout the year and then abandoned in the 6th room. I scooped them up and put them to good use. 

For these cards I cut out a geometric pattern using a craft knife and layered the patterned paper underneath. I stuck pieces of coloured paper on some of the triangles, picking out colours from the patterned paper.

For this card I used a Sharpie to draw mandala style doodles over patterned paper, which I spray mounted to a folded piece of red card.

This was the quickest card to make. I just made water colour paint splodges and when they dried I drew feathers using a fine liner on top.

Which card is your favourite?

Friday, 24 June 2016

Antlers Necklace Display

When I lived at home I kept my necklaces on this guitar neck hanger I made, but now that I live in a rented flat I needed something else to display my jewellery on that wasn't such a permanent fixture on the wall.

So I came up with a papier mache deer head with gold antlers!

Most tutorials that I saw online used a shop bought head but I wanted to make mine from scratch (and not spend any money). I started by cutting out the profile of a deer head from corrugated card and an oval shape for the back of the head; the part that would go against the wall.  

I then started packing scrunched up newspaper around the card, securing it with masking tape, to start making the shape of the head.

I papier mached a few layers of newspaper all over the head and added details like lips and nostrils on the final layer. I also did a couple of layers of kitchen towel, channeling my inner Neil Buchanan.

For the antlers I used some thick wire which I put through the head and out each side. 

I then covered the wire in aluminium foil because I'd seen someone do that on one of the tutorials and it seemed like a good idea. I papier mached over the foil, paying particular attention to where the antlers meet the head as this part needed to be very strong to keep the antlers up.

I decided to spray the antlers gold and paint the head white for a sleek, modern look.


I hung the finished product on the wall by wrapping fishing wire around the base of the antlers and hanging it on an existing nail in the wall of my living room. 

This photo was taken a few days after I put my necklaces on and the antlers have dipped a bit under the weight of the jewellery but I don't mind because at least they haven't fallen off completely. I'm just happy that it looks like what it's supposed to.

I'm really please with how this turned and it adds a bit of character to the room whilst still being a functional piece.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Scrapbooking #13

For this photo of me with my cousins and sister I went for a woodland theme to match the trees in the background of the image.

All I used to create this scrapbook page was various papers and this letter stamp set that my Mum found in her things. It's a little bit fiddly to use because the letters are so small but I like it.

For the background I used a craft knife to cut out tree shapes with lots of branches from green, yellow and grey coloured sugar paper. I then layered them on top of each other with some over lapping the photo. I really love how it turned out.