Thursday, April 17, 2014

Running out of time

Work in progress - gelli print scraps printed on tissue paper and glued to journal page (prepped with brayer cleaning); silhouette from a magazine printed with gelli plate; sticker alphabet from Art&Hobby shop, clock stamps from Urban Stamps.

I think I might add an acrylic glaze to unify the lot - it's a bit bitty right now, don't you think?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Voodoo at Baros, Maldives

Very small video, I know, but given this was filmed on an iPhone and I wasn't right by the stage, that's not too bad. And it's the sound that matters. These guys are so good - Voodoo - once a week at Baros, Maldives

Monday, April 14, 2014

Travel Sketches - 9

Palm trees are very sketchable

and watercolourable 

Walking Donuts and A Chain of Donuts

Gelli printing is completely addictive! (PS - gold acrylic paint doesn't show on these scans, unfortunately)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Travel Sketches - 8

At this stage, I'd say you're getting the idea - beach, sea, palm trees, ...

The band whose name I wrote down there, Voodoo, is a Maldivian band that played on Baros once a week. They played a lot of Pink Floyd, and also some reggae. I've never been a Pink Floyd fan, unlike my other half, but these guys were very good. We even asked them to play "Girl you'll be a woman soon", a Neil Diamond classic, and their bass player knew it and sang it alone with a  guitar - the other band members were probably horrified!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Donuts x4

This is a great design for greeting cards! The bronze colour is Reeves' Acrylic Fine Artist Quality from the Art&Hobby shop


Mine was a lime juice - a cup of green tea is not quite the same!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

This might not be quite finished, but I was so pleased with it I wanted to share it with you. I was inspired by a Facebook post by a lady called Jenny MacRunnel. She had cut out little dress patterns out of gelli prints. It was so pretty I had to try it too.

So I found a pretty paper doll dress on,  cut it out and traced it  on a gelli print that "hadn't quite worked out". It was so much fun, I had to cut a few. The shape of the dresses reminded me of the Sound of Music (in case you were wondering about the title of this post).

I then glued them to a journal page, prepped with acrylic paint rolled with my brayer (that's how I clean my brayer after applying paint to my gelli plate - I hate wasting paint, and it's so much easier to start a journal page when you already have a colourful background to inspire you)

A few dots and details applied with a Letraset metallic marker and a white pen (my favourite is the Uni-Ball Signo). And a bit of shadowing with a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen (cold grey)

I might stamp a few words - my handwriting is so appalling apparently!

Saturday, April 05, 2014


I was on a roll - I've decided to call them donuts - (a few more to come):

And here is the polaroid view from Picasa, which I'm always quite fond of:

Spring colours

A really simple Gelli print: turquoise blue background, with an imprint from an Ikea drawer liner. Then a fairly transparent yellow-orange layer, with areas masked by hand-cut wobbly circles (I used a gyro-cut tool to cut plain paper. I find that after a few applications of acrylic, the paper is strong enough to withstand repeated prints). The paint I chose is Reeves' Acrylic Fine Artist Quality from the Art&Hobby shops. They have some really bright and happy colours in the range - I do like their gold and silver paints a lot.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Travel Sketches - 7

I told you I was trying to sketch more!

I also use my little black moleskin book to take notes of anything that catches my attention or that I want to remember, since my grey cells are not what they used to be. So, in case you're wondering, Huvafenfushi is the name of another island in the Maldives. I had difficulty remembering its name so I wrote it down! It used to be called Nakatchafushi and it was really laid back. Now it's all posh and expensive and it had to have a matching name. But do have a look at their website - it's wow. Even an underwater spa! That said, my memory is that the reef in Nakatchafushi wasn't as good as Baros.  Well, maybe that's changed too.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Travel Sketches - 5

Another beach view

And a little fun with Picasa

Black-tip reef shark, Baros, Maldives

We love the sharks. So hard to photograph them, though. And they look bigger in the water. These guys are no more than a meter long. We must look really big to them.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Eagle Ray, Baros, Maldives

I think Eagle Rays are my favourites. This clip was filmed by Shuhaina (known by all as Sugar), the expert snorkeler from the Marine Center at Baros, Maldives. She took us on a day snorkel and two night snorkels. Wonderful memories! She's got a eye for spotting fish and other creatures that I would swim right past, and of course she takes great pictures!

The currents on the house reef were quite strong when we were there, so you would glide past at quite a speed without having to kick at all. And when we'd get to the end, Sugar would ask "Do you want to go again?" Yes!

Yoga on the beach

Well, not quite on the beach, but pretty close.

I enjoyed my yoga sessions with Abimanhyu, the yoga teacher at Baros, Maldives.

I'm not quite as flexible as I thought I was!

Travel Sketches - 4

Quality will only come after quantity - that's a lesson I learned from my current favourite book on drawing and sketching. In other words, practise practise practise. What you sketch may not be very good at first, but you will only get better if you keep practising!

So, yes, this one definitely falls in the category of quantity rather than quality.