Tuesday, June 29, 2010

playing with paper .. playing with books ...

... one thing leads to another.

Apart from the fact that playing with paper and reading books is what I love to do, Playing with Books is now the title of a new book.  A copy of the book was given to me as a gift last week.  Thank you.

In reading Jason's blog Rag and Bone over the last couple of years I have been watching him create and develop the items he has now put into the book. The blog is a great short cut to the most incredible paper art and artists.  Last night I was back at the blog to see what he has written about lately.   I had one of those ah, ha moments.  He has written another book and I already own that one, Making Journals by Hand.

I took a trip out to an op shop this afternoon in the first search for suitable books to ... play with.  I still find is hard to consider "damaging" a book.

Friday, June 25, 2010

old stamp, new markers + keeping my eyes open

Last weekend I brought my Hero Arts stamp H2122 "Lily Bowl" out into the light and tried colouring an image with Copic markers.   The day after I originally coloured the image I went back to make some "improvements" and was reminded that there is such a thing as too much colourless blender marker!! 

Trying for realism I thought the buds of unopened flowers would be green like the leaves.   One of our local petrol stations sells bunches of flowers and the buckets of flowers sit on the forecourt lit up by car headlights.  Tonight I noticed that the unopened buds of the liliums are a light green colour tinged with the colour of the flower packed inside.  It was an observation that will help when I try colouring the stamped image next time.

Picture from here

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Colours from life

I think this will be as dark as it gets.  We are now past the shortest day of the year and I wonder if the longer hours of daylight and increasing warmth (!) will change the leaf colour again.  Its parent plant is still an orange shade but perhaps some new soil will change the colour of those leaves.

Although it is hard to capture the intensity of the jelly bean plant leaves in the photo, the colour is very like Copic colour: R59 Cardinal.  The greens I will have to come back to you on with Yellowish Green YG06 in there somewhere.

For those of you mastering colouring with Copic markers, when looking at the picture above have you noticed the different places and shapes of the highlights on the curved surfaces of the leaves? 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

as the ink dries ...

On Saturday, June 26 we are having the next Tools + Techniques workshop: Inky Fingers + Embossing Powders.

The embossing powders we will be using are from Alison Ellis.  While I was at Chandon Craft today looking over final details for the class, I noticed there are now some jars of Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powders on the shelf.  Now that is a whole different kettle of fish. Perhaps I should bring some of my jars to class.