Friday, August 15, 2008

Apron Art

Just before the craft fair I painted this Artist Apron bag that we sell in the shop for $43.90. It is made of a heavy duty canvas fabric similar to that used in better quality suitcases. It has compartments for paint brushes, tools and paper pads holding easily an A3 pad. It also folds up to a handy portfolio bag. It took me all of 10 minutes to paint. I painted over the white printing on the pocket with golden black gesso. Paynes grey, Quin Nickel Azzo gold and Titanium white are the golden acrylics used to paint the pocket on the right bottom. Heavy body acrylic is necessary for this substrate as the fluids would not show up. I used a Golden stencil that Joanne cut out for me with black paint. The other stencils are all Coffee Break Design, using the paint left on my palette. The man on the bottom left is the cut out piece from the top stencil. I did put some double sided tape to hold it down but would not stick so just held it in place with the end of a long paintbrush then painted Titanium white over the top. I like this one better than the top ones as the black image of the cloth stands out well. For any of you wanting to paint your travel bags, use Golden heavy body paints, it stands out, vibrant colours, dries quickly and stands up to all the rough handling your bags take when travelling. I have painted one of my travel bags and also glued 7 gypsy tissue paper with PVA glue makes your bags are easily recognisable when they come through on the moving gondoliers at the airport. Creates a lot of interest and great talking point. So go get out your paints and brushes before you go travelling.

Being Creative

I have not had time to update my blog for a little while. We had a craft fair here in Perth that we exhibited in, so much work! Then there was stocktaking (a bit late I agree) and getting the shop back into order after the fair. Recently I have been working my butt off making a baby journal for my niece's newborn (that was in May) baby daughter Miller, Phillipa's granddaughter. Will share with you, I liked the really soft colours and followed some of the techniques from Corey Moortgat's book the art of personal imagery. I really liked how she incorporates collage papers into her pages, I covered them with a light coat of white acrylic to blend them into the background.
No great artist but you will agree it is childlike. These and the following pages are for Karen to journal in.The birds on the wire are created from the Coffee break design that we got into the shop recently and sold out within days, fortunately we kept one for us to try, it is so versatile. The baby clothes on the line on I painted freehand, they look ok don't they?

These pages are for Phillipa to journal, on her feelings about Miller as her new Granddaughter.

I have journal led these next few pages as the keeper of our family history. I have made Miller's journal on her maternal line and therefor included history and photo's of her maternal grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and great, great great grandmother which is as far back as I have information on. A line of strong creative women that Miller can be proud of. The pages above are of Phillipa's and my mother. ie Great Grandmother.

And finally on the right great, great grandmother with photo's and on the left just written history on 3 times great and a little on 4 times great grandmother of which I have no photo's. The journal size is 23 x 25 cm, I have used 300gsm rives watercolour paper.