Friday, January 6, 2017

Dot to Dot Challenge AASG

We have lots of fun and challenges in our Australian Art Swap Group.  We have different swaps and challenges with different hosts.  To kick off the new year our friend Joan set up a totally new event with her Dot to Dot challenge.  She set a series of prompts which we had to follow.  Here is my effort.

#1    Recycle a food package. 
 I used a muesli bar box...a little small, but all I had.

#2  Mix some gravel, beads with paint or gesso to create texture.
I mixed river sand with bronze acrylic paint.

Spread the paste onto your substrate'

#3  While still wet place strips of material, ribbon etc.
I used a blue lacy material.

#4  Attach smaller piece of cardboard to your work and use some more of the sand/paint mix.

#8  Using a background stamp stamp over canvas.
Due to so much texture I could only do this in the centre of the piece.


#6 Using 3 compatible colours spray or drip paint, inks down the work.
  I used Daler & Rowney Acrylic Ink.

#7  Use pieces of tape that have been hand made.

#9  Use 1 to 3 pieces of metal or wood items to create focal point .
I used wooden embellishments and a wooden button which I fastened as well as the two pieces of cardboard with copper wire.

# 10  Find a quote from Shakespeare to use as your title.
Since my grandson played Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream I decided to use a Puck quote.

Finish off by inking the edges.  Oh my gosh I just realised I missed the last one.  To spray/splash coffee on piece.  Whoops!

I really enjoyed the challenge.  Had a lot of fun and dor the first time ever the art work led me.

Sorry that I got things a bit out of order and thanks for looking.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Mission Inspiration.

I have been watching the activities of a group called Mission Inspiration.  It is hosted be the very affable Mike Deakin and each month he gives out a challenge and then demonstrates his version.  So this month  inspired by my talented friend Roz Willoughby, I decided to give it a go.

The prompt is given in the form of a secret mission with the steps laid out.  This is the list for December.
1  Cover with book text fragments.
2  Add a thin layer of gesso or paint.
3  Apply texture paste through a stencil.
4  Spritz with colour or ink.
5 Add patterned paper shapes.
6 Add journaling or scribbles.
7  Add festive focal image/s.
8  Apply a little bling or sparkle.
9 Add title or quote   (I missed that!!)
10 Finish with border of your own choice.

So here it is....without title or quote  :(

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Post Card Swap.....iHanna

About twice a year I join in a post card swap hosted by Hanna at  It is delightful to send and receive small pieces of art from all over the world.

I have been part of this for several years and it is great fun.  Usually I use watercolour paper but this time around I used cereal boxes cut to size.  Good firm card, I make my post card on one side and attach printed post card backs to the other side to address and send.

After the closing date Hanna sends an email with a list of addresses which may be anywhere at all.  Very exciting.

I did something different this time, I used a collaged background and then placed my focal images over the top.  I usually do painted backgrounds. I do hope the people who receive them enjoy them.  Some acknowledge when they get them and some don't.  It's always nice to hear if the mail arrives safely.  It is not a direct exchange.  Everybody's list is different.

Much fun!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

#aags30daychallenge Day 11

Today was circle day.  I added three sizes of circles in 3 different colours.  Interesting.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#aags30daychallenge Days 9 and 10.

I saw this done on a Youtube video and I was impressed so I thought I would try it.  Sadly I didn't bookmark the vid so I can't go back to see what happens next. It is a 2 part technique so I did it over two days.

I put a heap of heavy duty acrylic onto my canvas in two colours and white and the got my fingers into it.  The idea is to develop lots of texture and then I left it to dry. Below is Day 9 development.

Day 10 and I had to rotate my canvas and do it again.  Makes for very interesting fingers and anything else I touch.  Then with a plastic card scrape all over to make lines. Fun and messy.  What next? No idea.

Close up look at the texture created. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

#aags30daychallenge Day 8

I am certainly not as consistent as some of my friends who are doing this challenge.  No matter here is my latest effort.

After scaring myself silly with all that white I decided I needed to have some colour.  The paints I used here are sample pots we got at Bunnings when Louise and i did my lovely Elinor.  Small i is to signify the small amount I did in our 'collaboration'.

I bought a nice sponge at the reject shop and here is the result. Certainly prefer it now and I see lots peeping through.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#aags30daychallenge Day 7

Oh my gosh!!  What have I done?  When I say that I don't know what I am doing I am sure nobody really believes me.

Today I decided to cover my canvas with white paint.  I spread it with a girt card and then to get really excited I blotted it off with paper towels to add some texture.  Well that's what happened and now what??

Enjoying watching other players especially Roz and Colleen, but I think they are more in control of what they are doing than I am.  We will see what the next chapter brings.

Here is a closer shot to share the texture.