CJS17 with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Yesterday’s artist was Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, again someone whose work I love. The piece she inspired us to create starts with a layer of various mediums so I had to leave it to dry overnight given our summer’s not exactly hot! Although this was scary to do – it involved pouring thin black paint right over the top of the previous layers – I would certainly use this process for something like a journal cover.

I used Golden garnet gel, Golden light modelling paste, Galeria black lava texture gel, Galeria medium grain gel and Golden gloss polymer for the initial layer. The colours are Golden fluid acrylics, Reeves copper paint, Golden Micaceous Iron Oxide fluid acrylic and Zinc White fluid acrylic.


CMP week 4

I love this week’s quote and was going to do something relating to the Muslim ban in the USA and other political happenings, but then realised art is my time out from all of that. So here it is, just another journal page that made me happy in the creating. Distress paint, Dylusions paint, Dylusions stamps, stencils, Fude ball and Posca pens.


CJS17 with Diana Trout

I’d seen Diana Trout’s work before so was thrilled to see her name pop up yesterday. This is gesso including through stencils, then watercolour followed by copper paint (which has not scanned well and looks sort of brown). In real life, it has metallic glow.

I forgot to use watercolour paper and just worked in my journal, so it’s quite buckled. I’ve cut it out and will spritz the back to flatten then glue back into my journal.


CJS17 with Michelle Ward

Today we were inspired by the lovely Michelle Ward. I have followed Michelle for many years and enjoy her style, and dedication to her art practice. Heck, we even share a love of Ville Valo and HIM. So this was exciting for me, because I got to do a project inspired by her processes.

As always, I’m not going into the process I used, but I have to say this … my project was meant to be a solid red, but the spray paint wouldn’t set on some of the pieces I used. When it’s totally dry I’m probably going to try a light coat of gesso then respraying. Although I quite like it as is, to be honest.


CJS17 with Dina Wakley

I love Dina Wakley’s work, and also her paints – they are a nice consistency and great colours, so I was excited about today’s inspiration.  The project was quite different to what I’d normally do, which is the whole point of Creative Jumpstart. I painted a journal page as the background, then a loose page of marks for using as contrast, then tackled the face on a second loose sheet of paper. I’m not good with faces, so printed one of the internet to use as a guide. Once it was all dry, I tore the face in half and combined with pieces of the mark making paper. I’m pleased with the final result, and will probably try this approach again.