Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post, this time for Day 17 of the Blog Along with Effy (details below). Today’s post is an art journal post (yay finally!) as I watched the Wanderlust lesson yesterday morning, which was Dyan Reaveley’s lesson, still in the silhouette theme and I thought it looked like a quick page to make so I could definitely fit that in to the afternoon. Hah! I’m not sharing any specific details since it is a class lesson but it involved paint and stencils mostly and looked very quick and easy. When I decided to make my own stencil, that’s where it all started to be more time consuming, but the heart wants what the heart wants and I wanted a specific stencil. LOL
BTW this is how I watch Wanderlust and any other art class! I have one art obsessed kitty who definitely wants to paint and one other kitty who just wants to eat paintbrushes. This is the art obsessed kitty trying to get a front row seat for Dyan’s lesson lol.
Last week I shared a post about gel prints using a mask I made from one of my cat drawings. I really like how it looked on the gel prints so I decided to make it into a stencil.
This is not part of the class lesson so here is what I did…
I copied the cat drawing I used for my gel prints as it was just on flimsy copier paper and transferred it on to some recycled cardboard.
I like to do my bit for the planet and reuse cardboard as much as possible instead of putting it straight in the recycling bin. This is the box from some Marks and Spencer Chocolate Biscuits that were snaffled up over Christmas. Yes the box has been waiting in my craft room since December lol. I really liked the blue colours on it and was going to use it for die cutting but the size was perfect for yesterday’s stencil making activity, so it got to be a stencil instead!
After I drew and cut out my first cat shape, I used it to draw a second car but in reverse, so I have tow that are facing different directions. Then with the space in between I drew two different sized cat heads and a paw print.
Here’s a look at the full stencil… I also kept the cut outs to use as masks.
Since it was Dyan’s lesson, I pulled out some of my old Dylusions paints – they used to be in wide jars but now they are in little bottles. The colours are pure? sunshine, vibrant turquoise, peony blush, laidback lilac, and fresh lime. Dyan likes to stick with hot and cold colour families. I like to do whatever colours I like to put together so mine looks a little different from the class lesson.
After painting it was stencil time and I used more of my homemade stencils that are all made from recycled cardboard and were never really meant to last but have lasted for a couple of years so far!
After all the class work was done, I had two pages that looked like this…
All that remained was to add a quote and what else could it be but…
Here’s a closer look at the finished pages.
On the turquoise page, I drew in little cat features on my kitties.
I used the same glaze pen so you can see it’s shiny.
After I (finally) finished this page, I started on the previous lesson from Kate Crane, so I might finish that one this weekend!
Let me know what you think in the comments, and as always, thanks for reading!
Blog Along with Effy – Day 17
Links to all the days of the April blog along
April 1st – Day 1 – You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing
April 2nd – Day 2 – Cat hammocks and sneak peeks
April 3rd – Day 3 – Favourite Children’s Books
April 4th – Day 4 – Green Crochet Socks Story
April 5th – Day 5 – A Short Family History of Scones
April 6th – Day 6 – Happy Tartan Day
April 7th – Day 7 The Unbearable Lightness of Old Wallpaper
April 8th – Day 8 Off with their heads my Queen
April 9th – Day 9 – Andy Warhol Cat
April 10th – Day 10 – Tiny Book Covers WIP
April 11th – Day 11 – Happy National Pet Day
April 12th – Day 12 – Collage Fodder, Recycling, Stealing from Kittens
April 13th – Day 13 – Company of Liars ATC Book Cover
April 14th – Day 14 – This is What Happens when you Make all the Things
April 15th – Day 15 – A Short History of Blogging, Tips, Tricks, AMA
April 16th – Day 16 – I just want to drink tea, pet cats and read books
April 17th – Day 17 – today!
This month I decided to join in with Effy Wild’s blog along – 30 posts in 30 days and hope I can think if enough things to say. every. day. I’ll do my best to keep up. The idea is to blog every day (obvs) but also to comment on other people’s blogs to keep the conversation going. There is a facebook group where you can link your posts and find other people’s to go visit and comment. During April you can find all the Blog Along posts linked on my home page for convenience. If you leave a comment, I’ll be sure to return the favour!
Art Journal Journey – Inspired By… April Challenge – it was so sad to hear that Eileen, whose theme it was, passed away last month. I didn’t know her personally, but enjoyed reading her posts and her art. I like the openness of the theme is this month, and it’s a nice way to remember Eileen. My pages are inspired by the Wanderlust lesson but also by the cats, and recycling. I try to recycle as much as possible, plus Earth Day is coming up soon so I’m trying extra hard to do more this month.
homemade art journal, acrylics, homemade stencils from recycled cardboard, paint pens, glaze pen, stazon on, stamps etc,
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