Monday, March 26, 2018

Emerging-rock art

We had a small but fierce cyclone make a direct hit to Darwin over a week ago. It caused a zillion trees to fall over taking out power and phone lines all over the place. Thankfully we didn't loose power like many others (some for 8 days!!) but we had no internet for three days. I'm not a great TV watcher like my hubby so I spent a day trying to paint a rock....I wanted it to look like the person was staring out from the rock or "emerging" from the the rock. In my internet searches I had seen quite a few hand painted rocks with this type of work on it and it intrigued me so I decided to give it a try!

I started with a sea rock I found on a local beach which was roughly head shaped

Gesso tinted base and texture paste applied with palette knife to make a scarf and away I went!!

After around 15 layers of acrylic paint, glaze, touch ups etc etc I looked down and actually impressed myself with the result LOL. I tend to zone out from the overall project and work a small area at a time so I don't always realize what is emerging till I step back at the end and look. Thing is I'm not really sure how I was able to pull this off haha and I doubt very much I could ever repeat it BUT for the first time since I started painting rocks I wanted to keep this one for myself. I may release her after a while but for now I'll prop her up on my work desk I think :)

Better try and get some simpler rocks done to hide in the local parks once the hard working council has cleaned them up. I love seeing the children's happy faces when they find the decorated rocks....after all art is wondrous in any form I think.


Annette In Oz x

Friday, March 16, 2018

You Are Always Enough"-small water colour portable art book I made

THIS has been a long time coming. There is a sweet artistic young lady where I work. I know she can sometimes feel she is less then enough when we all see her as clever, sweet, kind and an amazing artist both musically and with her drawings etc. My own son also suffers from bad self esteem and periods of immense anxiety and depression that cripple him and tears at my heart. It truly breaks my heart that we can feel so crushed in this World and insignificant that we feel we are not enough to stay alive. This sweet young lady at work reminds me so much of my son and when I saw she was struggling a few weeks back I decided I would make her something to encourage her beautiful art and soul when I had time to do so.....that time came a few days ago! 

What I didn't realize was that in my desire to reach out to her it broke a fierce creative drought in me that had descended on me after I went to New Zealand over 4 years ago on my first arty teaching foray. Things happened there that very few people know about and due to those things I really felt my first try at teaching failed....and not because of me but due to bad organization and several other things. It caused me great angst and unhappiness that in the end I chose to retreat my arty side deep within my thoughts....I guess I didn't want anyone to say I failed or I was no good at what I did. A HUGE positive is I met and still adore some very wonderful people whom helped me greatly from that trip.

So back to this project....I knew I wanted to make an arty on the go art book for this sweet lady so I sat down and just started with no idea where or how it would turn out. I had some reasonably good quality A4 water colour paper in 200gms so decided it would be a water colour book. I scored and halved 10 A4 sheets. I punched five holes along the inner v fold by placing a centre hole first and then two holes either side of that at regular intervals.....repeat to all pages and then stack one on top of the other. Using a decorative twine I sewed all the pages together. I then attached thick plastic sheets in between each page and on the front and back using Washi was too hard to sew thru. These can be used as palettes to mix colours, wipe clean and reuse plus they protect each page from the other side.

Once I had my little book I used 3cm square swatches of Peerless water colour sheets on a grid inside the first page. These are gorgeous bright water colours that are impregnated into little sheets. You just touch a wet brush to them, pick up colour and paint away!! I did a little sample colour grid at the right with the left of the grid having white paint applied before the water colour sample so she could see the difference.

On the front cover I just started playing and as I did I had a moment of self doubt followed by a calm talking to myself along the line of  "just go with it yourself and let it go". After a while I looked at what had emerged....and there it old arty farty self had exploded in glorious colour, a fav quote, gesso, ink, water colour, stencils and I smiled! My hands and arms were multi coloured and I was happy!!! I too am always enough...I just forgot how to on the forehead of the lady who emerged I left "you are always enough"....I know my sweet work friend will find that and know why I put it there. I gifted her two Aquash brushes (water fillable brushes) and a Pitt fine black permanent pen as well. A mobile art book in her hands. I gave it to her yesterday and she loved it.

We are not all born rich, pretty, tall etc etc etc but when you are down hear that little voice and KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS ENOUGH no matter what


Annette in Oz x

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Hoot's...Glow In The Dark Owl Rocks

I'm thoroughly enjoying reawakening my arty self after sparsely creating for just on four years. It kind of amuses me that's all because I started painting rocks to hide and find with my gorgeous granddaughter Ivy. After my first attempts I made an Owl glow in the dark family with accessories!

Meet the Hoot's...

I made two sets of these and released one set in Darwin and the other in Adelaide. Of the 14 I hid I only know of five that had been found. It's the risk you take when abandoning art but I also like the thought that people enjoyed them even if I have no idea where they ended up. This rock painting thing rocks my World LOL
Annette In Oz x

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rocks In My Head and On My Desk!!!

We have now settled back into life in the Northern Territory. We have rented a unit not far from my daughters place. My art area took shape very slowly as I have left the majority of my creative stash back in Julatten. For the first time EVER though I have a spacious room here and have two desks....the computer and printer are on one and my arty farty treasures and place to get creative is the other desk.

This photo panorama shot was taken when I first set the room up. There is also a large built in cupboard in this room that stores my paints, canvases, Cuttlebug and Sca N Cut. Looks so lovely and neat hey?

Not long after I had it all so pristine looking I decided I needed to do some craft to get my creativity flowing again. My daughter Carlia told me to join NT Rocks Facebook paint or decorate rocks and then do a "rock drop" and hide them for others to find. I believe its being done in other states and countries too. It's getting kids and mums and dads out in parks looking for the hand painted rocks which is awesome. So I decided to paint A rock...yes ONE rock and see how I went. Within a week of starting said rock painting my desk looked like this LOL

I really enjoyed painting that ONE rock but it triggered an arty tsunami....ideas popped into my head for other I painted another....and another and....yeh well I haven't stopped! My first ONE rock soon became nine haha 

I'm loving be creative again even if it is just on rocks at the moment. All nine rocks have been dropped....8 in Darwin and one in Adelaide. I hope whoever finds them loves them :)

WE are also loving being near our gorgeous grand kids....this is grandson Chase who is 5 months old now

And this is mu gorgeous granddaughter Ivy who is 3

Oh in case its winter were you are...some fantastic sunsets from Cullen Bay NT


Off to paint some more rocks....


Annette In Oz 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mixed Media Full Tutorial ★ Rustic heaven ★ how to create rust paste

Hi all...we have moved back to the Northern Territory for a few years. We are staying at my daughters till we can find our own place so most of my art stuff is still packed up but I can still suss out things on the internet and tonight I found a tutorial on Youtube by Shira Manor on how to make your own rust look with paint and texture paste plus sand!!! At the end of the video she says to share her technique so here it is...

I think it looks amazing!! Thanks so much Shira!!! Hm what else can I find LOL

Annette In Oz x

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Hand made 85th birthday card for my Mum

My gorgeous Mum turned 85 yesterday!! Happy birthday Mum. Here is a mixed media card I made has stenciled texture paste and yummy shimmer sprays on the background

Starting to pack up stuff to move back to Darwin in ?April/May


Annette In Oz x

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Thank you Kilos

Hello World

In my silence from my blog I have been on a few journey's and discoveries....

* We have decided we are tired of struggling financially here in Far North Queensland. The ability to get full time work permanently here is just so hard. I guess being a seasonal tourist area we should have researched that aspect! Oh well we live and learn. As such we are going to rent out our house here and will be moving back to the Northern Territory in late April/ early May. Initially we shall stay with my daughter Carlia whom is pregnant with our second grand child!! Our first grand child Ivy is three now and we want to be apart of their lives very much.

* I have REALLY REALLY missed being creative....kind of sad I'm going to have to pack it all up and probably not be able to do any for a few months....but it will not remain absent from my life

* Some family and "friends" are so freaking toxic and not good people...just get rid of them suckers from your life/Facebook etc...believe me you will be happier and relieved. In fact take a break from social media regularly...its quieter and much more peaceful!

* Finally if you are struggling with a goal YOU can achieve it even if you have to try try again. I have struggled with slowly increasing weight over the years...too many fast carbs and bad life style I chose to turn that around. As such I wish to leave this declaration here :)

"I'm almost back to my wedding weight of 28 years ago...
just wanted to thank the lost kilos for sticking around and advise them
their services are no longer required. I wish them well on their travels,
terminate their rental of my body and will no longer be supplying them
with accommodation, food, warmth and a clothing allowance."

Kind regards

body corporate owner Annette Husband :)

PS: I have discovered I really hate Tofu and Kale LOL


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