Thought it was about time to show you what I've been up to.
Apart from teaching some regular mixed media journal classes,
I've been working in my own journals.........
collaging and painting.
The most recent is a page created as part of the Finnabair Ambassador's Team to promote the month of April.........Stress Awareness Month. More heartfelt projects can be found on the Finnabair blog HERE.
And these are just some random journal pages..........
I have to admit that teaching how, what and why I create has never been something that I've been completely comfortable with.
Not because I'm not willing or happy to share, but more because the way I work is done very intuitively, rather than by a predictable step by step process.
I also love detail, lots of detail, and will spend a lot of time just on the detail and this is not always practical for a two or three hour class.
Having said that, once I have prepared a lesson and am in the classroom with a group of happy and eager participants just itching to get creative, their excitement is infectious and I can't wait to share my ideas, my processes and my creative philosophies (for what they're worth).
These two projects were created especially to be taught as a class, and I can't wait to share them later this month at Paper Flourish in Adelaide.
Collage A, B, C's
A multi-media Art Journal page with an emphasis on the process and learning to be intuitive and a 3 dimensional collaged block.
Each of these projects are close to my heart. They have collage as their foundation but many ideas, techniques, processes and different mediums are explored.
I'm stepping out of the comfort zone of my studio and into the classroom.
As a Finnabair Ambassador I get to try out some of Anna's new products as soon as they are released.
I love acrylic paint ..........and Finnabair's art alchemy METALLIQUE acrylic paint is beautiful and different.
I love to work in art journals, and I like to create a lot of different surfaces and many layers but without bulk. So, being able to use different paint "finishes" from very matte and chalky (PaperArtsy Fresco Finish ) to high gloss super shiny (Finnabair's art alchemy SPARKS) is essential, and the METALLIQUE paints are somewhere in between with a soft, metallic glow.
Texture is also important, and again I like it to be subtle without too much bulk and without making the page too heavy. Finnabair's new art basics PLASTER PASTE is perfect. Very white with a soft, smooth, chalky finish and very light weight. It is super thick, so if you wanted to add height and dimension you easily could. It can also be lightly sanded back, and accepts paint beautifully.
I've called this mixed media collage "The Face Lift" my little dig at how superficial "appearances" are.
Beautiful colours in Finnabair Metallique paints.
Great soft, white chalky texture on any surface with Finnabair art basics Plaster Paste.