Curiously spooky…!!

The theme “Things that go bump in the night…” is what it’s all about at SPA today! Here’s my entry:

All the elements I used here are from Tangie Baxter’s 4th anniversary sale grab bag! I thought it would be a great place to start for practising with elements created by someone else. And it was lots of fun. It’s so interesting, applying blending modes and effects to different elements and making them your own…

Not sure how cool it is though, that I have no wish to pick up a paintbrush and get messy myself though – but, on the plus side, I have more time for play! 😉

Zombie Revolution

For SPA this week – zombies…

Texture layers courtesy of Kim Klassen;

Che-zombie courtesy of an image from “Zombie shirts”;

Original background layer – me!!

I converted the Che Zombie image into a brush as the complete image was a bit too OTT for the purpose!! Fun all the way today! The sun is shining brightly and would probably sear the rags off a zombie, but hey, it’s only a theme, innit? 😉

Chrysalis emerging…

For Sunday Postcard ArtThings with wings!

This is a hybrid postcard – my altered painted background (previously used in sepia tones); the face I finished painting this evening was sketched earlier this week; and lots of brushes and layers on Photoshop. I also found a great site where I learned how to draw basic wings… HERE.

 

 

SPA – summer…

As they said, it hasn’t been very summery here this weekend especially… and laid up with a sprained foot, I have been frustrated by the whole situation. Having said that, I did spend a bit of time yesterday evening, playing with watercolours and drips and stuff…

The background started out more blue in hues, and of course, I have been carving small eraser stamps too! So this piece of paper was the foolscap sheet of lined white that I used to check my carving, that I then painted over!

The fun part was then scanning that into my PC, changing the hues and then playing with a new set of brushes which were presented to us over at Digital Whispers ning group. These are quite advanced files as I only have CS2 and when I downloaded them originally, I couldn’t open them! However, being married to a “web guy”, I offered to share my new toys with him and he opened them for me and sent them back so I could play too! (Doesn’t that sound complex??? Lol!)

So today I made this hybrid postcard for Sunday Postcard Art’s “summer” theme… using a few of the lyrics from Club Tropicana by Wham!

This is my promotional postcard for my new beach bar – Club Tropicana – which will open for business when I have the funds in place!!! 😉

Things my mother should have told me…

The title is taken from a brilliant book I bought last year at a Flea Market – “Things my mother should have told me – The Best of Good Housekeeping 1922-1940”. As today’s SPA theme is “vintage glitz and glam”, I thought I’d take a look at it for inspiration, especially as I made a mistake when stamping and embossing a 1920s image!! So that melted into the background (quite literally), and I cut this advertisement from the right side of one of the pages…

Isn’t that a fab ad for Helena Rubinstein? And the text is so 1920s… my Mum used to buy HR cosmetics when she could afford them!

The biggest problem with that book is that it’s absolutely fascinating – a charmingly retrospective look at women and how their lives changed during those formative decades. There are “Housekeeper’s Diary” notes, recipes and problem pages, fashion plates… I could spend a lot of time lost in its pages! 🙂

Fanta-sea….

That’s Judy’s chosen theme for SPA this week – nice! I haven’t drawn a new character, let alone a mermaid for ages… so, here she is:

I used the Neocolours in blues and greens, with lots of water, after sketching her lightly in pencil. The book paper I used for my postcard dates back to 1928, so I have to be really careful not to over-wet it! Either that or be patient (not my strong suit), and wait for it to dry properly between layers…

The shading was achieved with a Derwent Inktense Chinese Ink pencil, and the detailing with a Uni-ball Signo black pen and a white Sharpie Poster Paint pen.

Thanks for looking! 🙂

Eggs for breakfast?

Admittedly, Gordon the Gnome was a little surprised at the size of the egg he’d collected for his breakfast that morning, but he was really shocked at the size of the birds flying overhead… He wondered what their eggs looked like? Hmmmm….

For Sunday Postcard Art today!

I created the background artwork last night with watercolours and Gordon was discovered today, courtesy of Google images!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

Vintage Men

My vintage man is a gentleman dressed and equipped for salmon (game) fishing… and I’ve put him on one of the bubble background postcards I made yesterday. The fish are from a brass stencil and the frame is inspired by Marit!

Game Fishing

For this week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge! 🙂

It’s all about… ME!

For Sunday Postcard Art this week –

The fabric pieces are all attached to a postcard about planning for the future and that’s exactly where we are at the moment… planning. So, really, this postcard represents me totally! 🙂

Location is “everything”!

I suppose that’s true really. After all, none of us can wait to move away from here!! So, I was playing with a PS tutorial challenge set by Joyuslion (Digital Whispers group on ning) and because the theme at SPA this week is “storks”, I used a stork photo. Things didn’t go as expected – not unusual for me! – but I ended up following this train of thought:

And doesn’t that stork look like it got in on the ground floor when that development was being planned?!! *winks* indeed!! 😉