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I feel a little lucky. A local cafe rang me on Thursday to see if I could fill a gap and provide artwork for their walls.  On Friday afternoon I hung pictures with my 5 year old helper, who was very patient and got a caramel milkshake out of it. It would be really lovely if a couple sold; lovely and helpful!  

Here’s a sample. They are all mixed media. I wonder if I should watermark the images? 

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What do you do when you go out to a cafe with your peerless watercolours and forget your aquabrush?  Use the Serviette  and go with the bluntish textured marks it makes. 

Luckily I also had some pens. I worked on a page that also had a print on it.  Might do some more when I get home. 

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When I began this blog, some years ago, it was dedicated to knitting, then I added some embroidery and later some weaving. I inserted a few drawings and more recently I’ve shared some of my mixed media!  I still knit, weave and embroider, but what do you know, I’ve developed!

The blog has languished while I’ve looked after my newborn son. But through some miraculous time warp, my child is now 5 years old!  I have time to resurrect my blog!

I think it will look a bit different though. It may include some hybrid creations like the one for this post: a journal page…newly created but including a little piece of my old embroidery.

So Happy New Year to me and to you! May we continue to develop.🌼

imageMy husband took my son out yesterday and when they returned my son asked, “Have you made a fabulous painting today?”  Such a sweet thing to hear!

Turns out I had made him a birthday card. (It’s his birthday today).

I had an old gelli print, which was kind of a sketch of my son holding up one of his Lego creations.  Here it is!

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Yes, I got rid of the owl!  I redid the sky and added a pirate ship, because he loves pirates and Peter Pan.  I love this painting because it has so many links to who my son is at this age.  He loves it too…but still wanted more items included.  I think he might have to be satisfied with this though.

So I thought I’d paint a mixed media picture for my son, and I thought I’d get some input….after all it will hang in his room and I hope he’ll like it.  Turns out he’s got very specific ideas at the age of 3 and 1/2. So far he’s liked pretty much everything I’ve done, he’s just made suggestions on thing to add in…like his fire engine.

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And so I’ve come up with this but….guess what ? He doesn’t like the owl!  Now it’s not finished yet…but he’s adamant that there is to be no owl. It’s too scary.

So I’m thinking of chopping it square and keeping it focused on the boy (my son) in the tent.

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Minus the owl’s tail of course.

 

So I keep looking for mixed media artist, and their blogs. I found this one, Kelly Kilmer, which Intrigues me as I like the sound of visual poetry. She has some published books and classes. This is a link to her new work for preorder on her blog.

image  And this is the beginning of something new for me.

image And I am so proud of my 3year olds effort. He said it was “the storm”.

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I like this this quick sketch I did this morning of our little star man in the shower.  I find that if I can grab 10 mins to draw something I’m much happier for the next couple of hours.  And I figure that even with 10 mins a day I should learn something and improve.

Years ago I did a paper cut. I blogged about it here .  I had no idea what to do with it really.  It seemed like too much work to turn it into a card that someone would throw away. But it wasn’t nearly good enough to frame or anything like that. So it languished in s drawer. Until now!   Enter the Gelli plate!   The paper cut, when backed with cardboard, sealed with acryllics medium and cut out along the outline, works like a mask and a stamp.  I love it!

Here’s the result:

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This is the mask/ stamp of the paper it after use….

image This is the Gelli print using the paper cut  as a mask mask.

image This is the ghost print of the mask, revealing the lines of the original paper cut.  I love this the most.

I do wish I had taken a photo of the original print before I had a second attempt with my Magic stamp – the tea and bean one that I was so hopeful about.  But I didn’t so I just have the end result.  I like it and I think you can see the little “pebble-like” print left by the beans.  I looked at the shape left after printing and it looked like a weird embryonic creature to me.  I think he’s kind of cute…if a little wicked.  I drew in the shape, over the paint with the inktense blocks again, and also with a bit of pastel pencil.

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