Friday, 27 February 2015

Interesting trip to Kirkcaldy Art Galleries

Hi folks

Today is not about what I have created.  Today is about my visit to view what others have created.  I visited the Kirkcaldy Galleries to see a Diane Arbus exhibition.  It was a small exhibit but there was a good number of photograph and certainly enough photos to get a flavour of Diane's work, in my humble opinion.  The gallery provided some interesting details of each photo on separate laminated printed sheets. I noticed in the shop there was an autobiography book for Diane Arbus on sale.  It might be worth a read???? It is not my usual type of book to read but there is always a first time, so who knows.

There was also a small area outside the art rooms where art students displayed some of their Diane inspired portraits.  

In the room next door was a small exhibition of other artists portrait work.  It was small but it was very interesting and inspiring.  I wish I could have taken photos to share as I was particularly taken by the sculpture made out of coat hangers.  However, I totally understand why I could not.  In fact, really when you think about it.  We go to exhibitions to pay attention, to look at items there, if we take photos we are hardly present are we?  I would encourage anyone who is in the area to go visit the galleries.  Today was my first visit and I plan to go back to other exhibits. 

Although I was not allowed to take photos of the Diane Albus exhibition or the other portrait exhibition.  I did ask permission to take a photo of the corridor of the other exhibit rooms, which I was of course granted.  I was rather inspired by the long corridor linking them all so to share with you all here is the photo I took.  I hope you like it.  I did spend a lot of time just staring up that corridor taking in the view before I then asked permission to take a photo. 

I also enjoyed when I spoke with the employee at the gallery to ask for permission to take this photo.  She was friendly and even after I took the photo was very interested in seeing it. All in all a really successful and inspiring trip to the gallery. 

Of course now what is going on in my head is an idea to start to keep an "I visited............ today" journal.   I have taken an info leaflet from the exhibition today so I can put it into my book.  Not sure how I will do it but it is an idea in progress lol  so watch this space.  :)

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog today


Monday, 23 February 2015

learning something new every day

well, it would seem that for me the weekend has been learning curve.  Trying lots of new things.  I have already posted the big projects I have done on Saturday.  What I did not mention was that the techniques used for my flag was something new for me.  Well, I was also in a chat with lots of other crafty people on Sunday as well as Saturday and we were talking about beads.  Now, I had been pondering whether or not to try making handmade paper beads.  Well the enthusiasm and creativity I felt in that chat room was contagious and before I knew it, I was heading out to the shop across the road to buy cocktails sticks (which I couldn't actually find so bought bamboo skewers instead, which worked just as well only rather longer than a cocktail stick lol)  Anyway to cut a long story short I use jennibellie's tutorial on bead making and came up with the following

Now the bottom picture shows a close up of a bead I used original mod podge with some glitter sprinkled into and the other bead I used pigment ink to cover the bead then sprinkled embossing powder and heated as normal.  I think the result is pretty cool  I am sure there are numerous other ways to finish and seal beads so here's to my next lot of experimentation with paper bead making :) I am wondering what normal PVA glue would be like as it dries clear too.  I think I will try it next as I do not have the glaze Jennibellie recommends in her video
I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and come back :)

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Jennibellies birthday bash

Hi folks I just wanted to share with you my day.  Today I participated in an Art Day on jennibellie's journal workshops page.  This website is one year old and to celebrate Jennibellie organised a get together of all its members to have a fun day of creativity.  There were videos to watch and projects to try and lots and lots of chat.  I had such a load of fun.  I managed to do two projects today.  The first a journal page using the prompt "what does your heart look like" well of course I thought long and hard about this one.  I have had my heart bashed over the years and it feels a little broken right now.  However, as negative as that sounds I also have family and friends who are essentially bandages wrapped around my heart holding it together til it heals.  I have not done a photo tutorial of these projects I just wanted to share

journal page "what does your heart look like"

The second project was a flag, I used linen and put gesso on it to create a page to be able to use my new geleto steam punk colours :) I am rather pleased with the outcome.  Again no run of photos from start to finish so I will simply share the finished item.

I think this one speaks for itself, Tania's touch as I have hand made it :) and the hand because it is my touch so it is a print of my hand :) the rest is embellishments. 
I hope you have enjoyed having a look at what I have been up to today.  Please feel free to pop along to Jennibellie's journal workshop and have a look, may be even join :)
cheers T 

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Hi Folks,

I thought I would take a bit of a rest from art journaling, not because I do not want to do it, but because my livingroom was becoming rather cluttered with art materials.  I also had a bag I needed to make for someone, who wanted it as a mothers day present.  I will have my own present to make soon so I thought I might as well get it made and out of the way.  This meant putting away the art stuff and getting out the sewing machine instead.  This post is really a show case of the bag I have just made today.  It took approximately 4 hours to make.  In writing this post I am thinking that perhaps I should have taken photos of the process and shared.  However, I didn't so I cannot change that.  What I can do is tell you all that the bag is of a simple lined shopping bag design and tutorials can be found on YouTube and no doubt pinterest.  So without further ado. I bring you my latest creation.

The red stripe at the top came about simply because I did not have enough material left to make the full thing in the same dog material. The tag reads -  Handmade with love.

Thank you all for stopping by T