CJS17 day 17

Today’s artist was Rae Missigman, whose work I love – I have a few of her stencils and often watch her videos. Her process has inspired mine over the years, so this was in my comfort zone. I started with gelli printing straight onto the page using Golden Fluid Acrylics, then cleaned off the stencils over the top. I added layers of Neocolours, stencilling, collage, mark making etc.


CJS17 day 14

Today’s class was with the awesome Andrew Borloz, whose work I was familiar with through StencilGirls. Andrew showed his process for making, then using, a Master Baord. I worked a lot smaller than he did – his was something like 5 feet in one direction – but used the general idea.

I stated with gesso through stencils, then used waterproof ink to stamp some floral images. I cut the master board into the right sizes for card fronts then stencilled onto each one using the same four acrylic colours and a bunch of fav stencils. Once they were dry I used my Misti to stamp the sentiments with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, and went around the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass just to finish them off a bit. I mounted the finished pieces onto cards cut from Stampin’ Up cardstock.  

Below you can see the master board before I cut it up, the sample I’ve kept in my art joournal and the cards I made (which didn’t scan well as a group, but you get the idea).


CJS17 day 13

Today we were inspired by artwork from Gina Lee Kim, who specialises in mixed media seascapes based on watercolour backgrounds. I completed mine and was okay with the colours etc but disliked the sloping horizon. I left it overnight and this morning decided to cut it beneath the textured horizon and reposition the top so the horizon was flat. Of course it didn’t line up properly so I had to trim the edges a bit and, rather than lose half my yacht sails, I chose to keep a sloping top to the picture. I’m much happier with it now.

I used W&N watercolours, watercolour pencils, Dylusions white paint because I didn’t have gouache, light modelling paste, and some scrapbooking paper because my origami paper is hidden in my stash somewhere!


CJS17 day 12

Today’s inspiration was about using black and white with a little colour, by artist Stephanie Schutze. She used a photo transfer technique, collage, then drew a quite detailed background. I’m not much on drawing even after 4 years of art school, but I did some, then placed a heart over much of it! The touch of colour comes from two scrapbooking papers. The photo is our Grandson Rory, who loves fishing.

I used collage materials, printed photo, gesso, Dylusions black paint, stencils, and a diecut heart.


CMP week 2

This week’s quote is about discipline, which is very relevant to me as I keep learning to do all the things that go with weight loss surgery; eating the right foods, reading food labels, exercising, taking vitamins every day without fail…

I am practising creating richer backgrounds this year. Today I collaged papers, then coloured with Distress Paint, followed by stamping with Dyan Reavley stamps, and mark making with a Fude Ball (black) and white Posca pen, then a little stencilling with Tim Holtz stencils for extra contrast.


Weight loss update

It’s a few weeks since I updated progress. Following my pre-Christmas trip to Base Hospital I am feeling *much* better. Having lost over 38kg so far, I’m now under 100kg for the first time in a couple of decades and am about the same weight, but not shape, as I was in my mid-to-late 20s.

I went to Farmers and bought jeans off the rack; the first two pairs were too big – unheard of! More importantly I am starting to feel like myself again, and have more like my usual energy back. Instead of going to bed at 7pm like Mum used to, I am staying up till 10pm or later, am crafting in the evenings and generally doing ‘stuff’. I’m also on the exercycle every night and, although being cautious in case of injury, I am increasing both the time and distance a little every night.

I had a couple of phone appointments this week with staff from the weight loss surgery office; they are pleased with how I’m progressing now, having been very concerned about how sick I got. They expect me to keep losing weight for another 9-12 months but at a slower rate as I eat a little more variety and quantity. At this stage I can’t increase the volume, my pouch just won’t let me, but I am trying more foods. I’m managing to drink around 1200mls a day, with only minimal nausea. So, all good finally!


CJS17 day 11

Today we were inspired by Tori Weyers, and I loved her technique so was excited to try it. She combines organic pen and pencil marks with acrylic paint and inks. I used a Pitt Big Brush pen, pencil, Golden fluid acrylics and napthol red ink by Liquitex. I’m pleased with how it turned out, although initially one of the shapes in the drawing reminded me of a penis, which was quite off-putting!



CJS17 day 10

Today’s video was with the fabulous Birgit Koopsen, whose work I love.  I used her techniques to collage and paint the front cover of my Moleskin diary. I started with gelli printed tissue, then stencilled on the tissue with Tim Holtz and StencilGirl stencils, and stamped with a variety of older rubber stamps. I added a coat of gesso to the cover, then tore the tissue into pieces and adhered with gloss polymer. Once it was dry I used black and white Dina Wakley paint and my favourite StencilGirl stencils.

This was a fun project and I’m happy with the end result.