Long, Tall, Skinny work…

That title describes my favourite journal to work in – which I learned to make in 2009 on JP’s Art Journal Supernova course. I can’t believe I have very nearly filled the book and will soon have to make another one! I think one of the seductive things about it is that all the pages are made from A4 sized cardstock, so I tend to think “A4” when I start to collage/paint a page. That gets me into a “framework” mode…

Anyways, I sat creating this spread on Friday, which was such a release as I have been knitting in my free time and sorting out images for the calendar too. Who knew that that would take up so much time – getting the right images for each month, etc.?

Angel, birds and flow...

I was playing with a few new things that I had ordered from Jacksons – namely some watersoluble pencils – in grey, indian ink and sepia tones – and a couple of new Neocolours to use in the Willowing coursework. I also tried mixing acrylics, watercolours and pencils, charcoal and pens – being very experimental.

I drew/painted on the round roses, the fat birdie and the angel; I used my own birdie stamp and the latin text from MaVinci, plus a small dragonfly stamp from Personal Impressions. The musical notes appeared because I have been trying to teach Nick’s parrot Gizmo  a Christmas Carol. She does a fair amount of random “singing” anyway, so I thought the “falalalala…lalalala” from Deck the Halls would be simple enough – considering she can sing “Food, glorious food!” from Oliver… She normally picks a new ‘thing’ up within a week or 10 days, depending on how interesting she finds it. Earlier this year I taught her to say “Yeah, baby!”, which she loves and she learnt that one within a few days, so…

***How odd: WordPress won’t let me “live-link” at the moment, so I can’t do much about that, sorry! I have been painting an angel today, as the final part of Tam’s free course which has ended now. It’s sad, but what a fabulous amount of people joined in and how we have all grown by doing this. The course isn’t closing, so if you’d like to try it yourself, then click on the badge in my lefthand side-bar to go see what it’s all about and watch the videos.

**I loved that song – Aliens want your underpants, or something like that… It made me giggle the way Tam set it to music and sings it while she’s painting!! What a lovely person she is! 🙂

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  1. You are the best with color, Rosie! Love those vibrant blue/green/purples! And of course the birdies!! Your hand-carved birdie stamps are the standard by which I judge all others. They have the most personality!! BTW, have you received your diary 2011 yet? I need to order mine and just wondered how they look….

    • Thanks Barbara – I still panic if I can’t find my birdie in the “handcarved” box! As for the Diary, no, I haven’t… I need to order mine too.

  2. Fantastic colour – LOVE it

  3. Fantastic, love this page, wondeful colours.

  4. Yummy artwork Rosie… i’ve been painting my angel too(sad that this is the last week of Tam’s course…hoping for pennies for xmas to buy another) It’s been a wonderful journey and I can’t wait to see your painting.

    Congratulations on setting up your website too… you go girl… I hope it goes really well for you. I’ve been thinking of doing something like that for ages but just haven’t got the confidence (in me or my stuff…lol) So I applaud you and I just know everyone is going to adore your art cos it’s wonderful.


    Chris xx

    • Well if you need any help and encouragement to do just that yourself Chris, let me know after xmas and I’ll be happy to give you a hand! =)

      Thanks for your lovely words and encouragement – means a lot!


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