Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Look Far

After spending time with overwhelming circles and patterns I felt that something quite opposite was needed. The world of folk art never stops inspiring me, japanese this time!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Marie Antoinette

I love the Marie Antoinette movie. I have watched it again and again and I love to examine the photos of the scenes. I wanted to doodle something overwhelming and overanything so I picked one photo, some paint and plenty of pens.

You can see the conceptual illustration in the lower right corner. I have found out that helps to figure the shapes of the doodles first. After the concept sketch, I made the original paper, shown in the upper right corner. Then I took photos of it and made some more versions on the computer. Romantic Monday!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Happy Organizer

I am attending two great online courses at the moment, both in the area of scrapbooking. They are produced by Big Picture Classes. The first course is Stacy Julian's Library of Memories. It is about how to keep up with photos and stories. I have managed to organize my scrapbook pages plus 4500 digital photos within few weeks!

Another great course that has put me organize my stuff is Lain Ehmann's Mother LOAD. It prepares for 26 days scrapbooking marathon. I made this layout about my scrapbooking space as the first week's assignment. I think it's pretty cozy but actually it's only temporary as we have been renovating the library room at our house and once my table arrives, I will move my scrapbooking stuff there. The real library of memories and the place to scrapbook, I am so happy about it!!

Last week's theme at Lain's course was putting all the scrapbooking stuff in good order. I am pretty organized in that sector but after going through my die cuts and odd alphabets I got this idea. I put them all together in separate divisions of one plastic container. I love this arrangement, it's so practical! If you have problems with handling the small stuff, try this!

Here's my layout for week 2 of Lain's course. It's about how my dog Cosmo makes my life happy. I think both of these layouts really show the happiness. Well, on summer holiday, it's so easy to be content and happy!

More ATCs, made in the middle of summer nights. I love to stay up late and play with paints and doodles.

During the days, I have been dyeing yarn and wool! Here's some tussah silk and bluefaced leicester wool blend. Happy colors here too.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Artist Trading Cards

I have always liked small-sized stuff so got into making some artist trading cards. Artist trading cards (ATCs) are very popular among artists and art hobbyists and there are a lot of groups where people swap them. The card's size is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

I love antique items so I made some illustrations of that theme. Before that I played with Photoshop to create some digital cards. Have a closer look of these and see the review of my other illustrations at the new Flickr folder called Illustrations.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Never Not Doodling!

I am participating this week's Get Inspired scrapbooking challenge with this layout. It has my budgie's childhood photos. The first two of them has been taken by her breeder Annica Haga. This is a digital layout and most of the elements are from Michelle Underwood's Wild Hearts kit.

What I really like in digital layouts is adding some doodling with the pen tablet. I have Wacom Intuos 4 in medium size. I have used it for the title. The digital page looks so much more personal when some hand writing or hand doodling has been added on it.

Talking about hand doodling, I have spent some non-digital quality time too. Here are the papers I decorated yesterday. The blue one is my favorite. They are for sale as a set in my Etsy shop. Check them if you are interested adding some wild stuff for your art journal, cards or what ever you like to craft from paper.