Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday 282 (WOYWW)

OMG the weeks have flown past...had a few stressful weeks as well trying to do a course, look for a job plus a some family issues to sort out and another wonderful visit from my gorgeous 82 yr old Mum so I missed WOYWW yet again for a few weeks. TODAY I am in my art room having a play at last...its so relaxing and I miss doing art when life gets too busy and gets in the way. So...happy WOYWW everyone...WOYWW stands for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday and every Wednesday arty folk all over the World share what is on their desks. If you would like to join in or know about go to Julia Dunnit's blog here

This is my desk's strewn with some VERY happy mail that came for me from two lovely arty friends. I'm slowly finding it all new homes :o)

On the left I received an amazing care package of art goods from Rockin Robin in the USA. There is an A4 Geli plate!!!!!!! (I nearly died when I saw that LOL), a little Maya Road canvas book, lots of wonderful metal bezels and metal steam punk jewellery components and a Inkadinkado Delux Stamp Gear set with 16 stamps!! It was all totally unexpected and nearly made me cry...I really have to go to the USA and meet Robin one day...thank you again Robin!

Robin sent me this card too...

In the middle of my desk are some yummy large and small cogs plus silver tape that Eliza has sent me plus the gorgeous tag she made that came too. I adore all that is steam punk and I really appreciated this gift...thanks Eliza MWAH

Lastly on the right are some Christmas cards I have started to make. I've always put them off and ended up in a mad rush to make them in the final week before Christmas so I thought I would surprise myself and get them done early this year!! Once I have the new stash put away I shall spread out and get the production line going....well that's the plan anyway LOL

BIG NEWS FOR ME....I finally got a job!...I had been trying for 7 months or so. It was hard as I decided to not be a nurse anymore after 30 years of being one. I start tomorrow at Coles in the deli. It's a large super market chain here in OZ...I'm nervous and excited. I'm part time so I should still have enough time off to do art and I am so happy about that. Perhaps I can make arty things with the sliced meat at the Deli LOL....Anyway I am off to spy on some desks for WOYWW. Thanks for dropping by
Annette In Oz

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's On Your Workbench Wednesday (WOYWW) 279

Hello all you desk hoppers. It's time for WOYWW where by arty folks around the World share what is on their desks each Wednesday. If you want to join in or read about it go here to Julia's blog. I missed a few weeks again  as life got in the way and I forgot but here is my desk today.

At the left is a recently done abstract painting of the ocean, rocks and sky. This was made as part of my weekly art classes at a local gallery. The process to getting the end result is in a post below this one. In front of the painting I am making "grided viewers" to more actually sketch what I want to try and paint.

On the right I am making a small beaded purse shaped necklace to hold a few coins for when I am caught short buying something.

Just "missed" still being on my desk was a 12 page mixed media book I made using fabric as its base. It's now on display at the council chambers building with other students work. You can see it on a previous post though if you want here. Time to scoot off and spy on what's on other peoples desks!

Annette In Oz

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Abstract Painting

I'm  slowly learning about the principals of design, colour theory and how Acrylic paints work. In the last two weeks in class we did the process to creating an abstract painting. We used a previously created abstract of our own. I decided to use this page from my art lessons book. It was made using a palette knife to quickly put paint on the page and then I folded the page in half to create this glorious mess.

I then used a small  6cm square "view finder" to find a section I found pleasing.

Then I had to paint that section onto a 30cm square didn't have to be an exact copy more of a hint of it. Once that was done we tried to make some sense of what we had painted and turn it into an abstract vision of something using thin washes of colour. I thought mine looked like rocks and waves so I dry brushed white on the black areas to knock the colour back. The rock in the middle I decided was in the distance on the horizon line so it had a white wash put on it to make it look further away. Lastly washes of Pthalo blue, Cadmium yellow and Magenta were randomly added to knock back the white areas.

The image above was taken with the camera flash off and one below flash on

I can't say I get abstract but I really enjoyed the process and I actually don't mind the end result which is pretty amazing for me LOL.

Oh goodness. I was just looking at the original abstract in my book and now I see a Man In My Moosh with a map of Australia around his legs

and also a stylized praying mantis viewed from under a glass table?....hhhmmm I think I need medication LOL

Annette In Oz

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fabric Art Book-Experimenting with textiles and transfers

I have just completed a 10 week experimental textiles course held at Douglas Art Base in Mossman.. It reignited my love of mixed media and I used up loads of my stash. In today's post I'll show you a 12 page mixed media fabric base book full of all sorts of transfers and a mixed media fabric wall hanging.

The book is called "Art House" and the pages are fabric that I have attached to Vliesofix (double sided heat bondable stuff) and then to Vilene (stiffening). That gave me a firm fabric base to alter. Each page was then encased in Opals Embossing Enamels (Large grained thick embossing powders) by sprinkling on the Opals over the fabric page, cover it with Gladbake and then iron it to melt it into the fabric. This gave me gorgeous glass like pages that I could hand sew thru, cut, sew with a sewing machine etc etc. I cut all my pages into a house shape and began decorating them. This is the front-

The face is friendly plastic that I melted into a Krafty Lady mold. The shiny fibers are Angelina fibers. It reads "Hope and memory have only one child and her name is art". I hand coloured the trim.

The second page used Angelina film and fibers plus some foiled lattice glue stuff. Quote reads "It's not what you look at that matters it's what you see" by Henry David Taoreau. You can openb the door to the little glass house in the centre.

The red oriental page has an Inkjet Water transfer to Calico.  The quote reads "The very word "Geisha" means artist and to be a Geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art".  The tiny paper Kimono was made by me. The green side is an Inkjet printed water slide decal transferred to material. It's quote reads "The pebble in the brook secretly thinks itself a precious stone".

Blue and lemon page features a Translucent Liquid Sculpey transfer of vintage children onto organza. The quote reads "Family is not an important thing. It's everything" by Michael J Fox. Yellow page next to that has a vintage image of children inkjet printed directly onto Calico that had been treated with Inkjet Set. Quote reads "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter".

Next is a purplish page with a gorgeous vintage image that had been printed onto glossy photo paper with my inkjet printer and transferred to water colour paper using Isocol rubbing alcohol. The quote reads "The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back". Green page next to that has a Toner printed image transferred to a skeleton leaf using Opals embossing enamel clear (Franklin) and an iron. ( A heat transfer of sorts). The quote reads "A good husband is healthy and absent"...I like that one LOL.

I have allot of vintage bathing beauty vintage images so they had to have a double spread too. Red one at left is a colour toner printed image transferred to material using Omni Gel medium. The quote reads "Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore so do our minutes hasten to their end" by William Shakespeare. Beach Beauty page at right is a toner printed image transferred to cold laminate and then attached to material. I used a real shell part at the top and the quote reads "Miami is where Neon goes to die".

These are the last two pages...well maybe LOL. Blue page has a toner printed image transferred to material using Elmer's Caulk. Quote reads "The man who has no imagination has no wings" by Muhhamad Ali. Final green page features a toner printed image transferred using a Walnut Hollow heat transfer tool. Quote reads "Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body" by Martha Graham.

Lastly I made a mixed media fabric wall hanging. It has material that has been stamped on, geli printed on, put thru an embellishing machine, solar printed etc The image is a toner printed one transferred to material with Elmer's Caulk.

There was a little bag too but I forgot to photograph it before all items went on display at the Mossman council building so I' ll upload photos at a later time. To read about how I did the transfers I used look here where I did a post regarding them.


Annette In Oz


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