Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week FIVE - more paste paper

Gosh, week FIVE! Can you believe we are five playDATES into 2012 already?? So this week, more paste paper fun creating more easy and unique papers including a marbled background. Hope you enjoy and don't forget to leave me some love and/or a link in the comments to any work you post or join the 52 PlayDATES facebook page for even more interaction with other playmates.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week THREE - Collage napkins and tissue paper

Already at week THREE! Yahhh!!!! Having fun? Hope so, cause I am and it's much nicer to play with friends than all by myself. Wondering how many of you are on FACEBOOK? I'm thinking quite a lot of you so I have opened a 52 PlayDATES group over there giving us all a place to interact, discuss and share as a group and keep up in real time. Come join here

So date for this week is playing with tissue and napkins...........

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week TWO - Overpainting a magazine image or photograph

Welcome back to week TWO. How did your week ONE go? Did you try it? Well, whether you did or not, please enjoy this weeks offering of repainting a magazine image. This process will also work over photographs if you first seal them with a spray fixative or other sealer. It's in two parts as it was too long for only one upload.

I only used pastel pencils because my image was so small. Soft pastel sticks will work in the same way.

NOTE: I did reinforce her eyelashes, nostrils and centre line of mouth with pen at the final step but forgot to tell you.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week ONE - blending technique for collage

WELCOME everyone!!

Thank you all so much for the support you have shown by signing up to play with me this year. I so appreciate it and know we are all going to have such FUN. Please leave your comments, links and any suggestions in the comments area and don't forget to upload any work you do to the group's flickr page as well as any other link you have supplied us. We want to visit and look at the eye candy! To see the list or join up click here

So this week is a simple collage technique I use for blending elements together into a whole. It can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be and it is one I use often. If you have pastels, I strongly suggest you use them here as you will LOVE the way they interact with the gesso, both before and after. If using before, it tints the gesso and afterwards blends smoothly into soft edges. As mentioned in the video, if you are concerned about them rubbing off, you can *fix* them with spray fixitive or just normal old hairspray. I will be using pastels quite a bit, so you might want to get some if you don't have any already. Cheaper brands are fine and if you find a great bargain, please SHARE the info here!

I used similar blending techniques on the piece shown below while encorporating hand painting and layering to give more depth. I have used parts of prints of my own artwork to collage on here too. Think about doing that as you can paint it once and use it again and again AND AGAIN.......

Hi Everyone!!

Hello there BeAUtiFULL People!

Thanks for visiting me here and I hope you have come intending to play along with me in. This blog is dedicated to an ART DATE every week and I will be posting a mixed media/art journaling snippet each week for 2012. A new background, technique, idea or prompt........ perhaps a step by step, maybe a video, maybe a link or two to something cool. An adventure in mixed media and a learning experience for us all, me included. I always learn more from others as I teach. So thank you everyone for being MY teacher.

So, you have now entered my play area, where there are no rules except to play NICE and treat others as you wish to be treated. Here you will find I publish a new mixed media/art journal adventure every week of 2012. You can participate or just watch. Your choice. However if you choose to participate, then please leave somewhere we can visit you and see your work relating to this project. If you don't have a blog, website or somewhere else we can visit, then you might like to consider setting up a personal online gallery just for this purpose. Many websites such as Photobucket or Flickr allow you a free personal page where you can upload your work. I have also set up a group Flickr account which shall be for everyone to share their work and allow us to see it all in one place.  Join the group at

Starts 1st January 2012, and if you would like a reminder each week, join me on facebook (link upper right) or choose to follow this blog (bottom of page).

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