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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Art Journal: Bloom in the Rain

It is a bit of a rough time at work and I have very little time to be creative. Yet, these are the times that I find that I need most to relax with my art supplies. I am therefore not coming up with anything original at this stage, but I am taking time to recreate pictures and ideas that have left an impression on me when I discovered them on the internet. Today, I share another one of these that made it into my black drawing book. Somehow, this once again turned into a mini journal page.


I start again on black paper, but this time I do not use a chalk pencil to do my drawing with. Instead, I use a white Rembrandt-Polycolor pencil.


I draw two very simple gumboots on the paper. Note that this pencil can also easily be erased, using a black eraser.


I then draw a simple flower arrangement to spill out of the boots, some rain drops, and a puddle on the ground.


I will be using Derwent Inktense to colour the picture. These come in pencils, as well as in...


... blocks. They are water-soluble, although I will not be making use of this feature for this project.


I start by colouring the boots a bright yellow.


I then colour the flowers white with orange and lime centres.


I colour the stems of the flowers, as well as the drops.


Lastly, I colour the puddles on the ground.


I then use a white Posca marker to write: 'Storms and rain wield a diverse crop of flowers. - Miekie.' I use the white pencil to fill the space on the page with a flower pot with more blooms spilling out of it.


The final double page spread.


You can also watch a short video compiled of the photos above at: https://youtu.be/iHJZkRtOzF8


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Art Journal: Basking in the Sun

I am thoroughly enjoying the black drawing book I bought myself recently. Today, when I returned from work, I was slightly upset by something that had happened. I decided to sit myself down and focus my mind on more positive matters. I found a picture on the internet that appealed to my state of mind and immediately decided to do a short journal on it. I walk you through the steps in today's blog.


I start with a chalk pencil on black paper.


I sat myself down at the computer and drew the design directly off the screen. I started with the cow.


The pig was drawn on the back of the cow.


Then I drew the chicken on top of the pig.


I then sat myself down at my art station. I decided to use a combination of soft pastel bars and soft pastel pencils to paint the drawing with. The chicjen was done in red and white.


The pig was done in pink and green.


The cow was done in white and blue. Notice how I allowed the black of the paper to become a part of the drawing.


I then added some grasses on the ground for the trio to stand on.


It came time to fix the pastels with a fixative to prevent it from smudging.


The final drawing.


The thought I had been toying with while I was doing this was penned on the opposite page with a white Posca marker: 'Sometimes you have to carry someone else's weight for a little while, so they can also bask in the sun for a little while - Miekie.'


The final project.


You can watch a short video compilation of the photos in the blog here:
 https://youtu.be/b3VNIpgBmxQ


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Decorating a Book Cover with Paint & Decoupage

I recently bought a drawing book with black pages to doodle in. However, when I removed the plastic film around the book, I discovered to my horror that the ugly green paper with the manufacturer's name on it, was in fact a sticker! Try as I would, I could not remove it. I decidedly did not want such an ugly cover for my book, even though I only intended to doodle in it. I figured I could do better than to simply cover it. The result was a cover that was decoupaged and then painted with a cute motif I found on Pinterest. I show you how to do this in today's blog, so you can do the same with your own books.


This is the garishly ugly sticker that simply could not be removed from the cover.


This is what I intended to do on the inside of the book.


It annoyed me to think that the outside of the book caused me to turn away from it, rather than to excite me to open it.


I therefore rummaged through my craft papers and came across this sheet that appealed to me.


I cropped it to the required size.


Then I lathered the cover with Dala Acrylic Gel Medium.


I lay the page on the cover and sealed it with yet another layer of the gel medium.


I then cut a piece of organza ribbon to the required length and decoupaged this onto the cover as well.


I had a couple of strips of paper left over from a previous project. I decoupaged one strip onto the top of the cover.


A smaller piece was decoupaged onto the bottom of the cover.


I then left the cover to dry completely.


The next day I found a picture on Pinterest that appealed to me and I drew this on the cover with a chalk pencil.


I brushed the chalk away and redrew the drawing in black marker.


Then I painted the whole picture in Titanium White, using acrylic paint.


I started filling in the colours that I liked. It is important to work on a white base, or the colours will appear muted and dull.


More colours were added. You should of course choose your own colour scheme from colours that appeal to you.


I added a slightly cooler colour to the chicken on the right, which was repeated on the wing of the chicken on the left.


I once again repeated the next colour.


I painted the wings of the chicken in the centre, and also remembered to paint their cheeks.


Next up were the feet and beaks.


I repainted the white in the eyes and the dangly things under their beaks - no idea what those are called.


The warmest colour was introduced.


I then waited for the paint to dry completely before adding black accents with a marker.


I used a white marker to add highlights and reflections.


Finally the cover of my book was done!


You can also watch a short video of this process here: https://youtu.be/pybJH3LCpTo


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.