HIM tribute album

A few years back I was introduced to the band HIM via the wonderful artist Michelle Ward. Tony and I both loved HIM instantly and have most of their albums. Tony just likes the sound, I think, but there’s something in their lyrics that speaks to my heart. I have often used their words in my journal pages.

Recently they announced a worldwide tour (but, sadly, not to NZ) and that they’re disbanding. I am pleased they’re going on to other creative adventures, but I will miss their presence in my life. I’ve decided to do a small art journal – just 14cm square –  featuring all the lyrics that speak so much to me. Here’s the first two pages.

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Weight loss update

When I last blogged about this, on January 14th, I had lost 38kg to date. Yesterday I reached the 50kg milestone, so only another 10kg to go. I’m beginning to wonder if I could be reasonably small boned and 15kg might be a better goal, but I’ll reassess it with the nurse and see what she thinks nearer the time – probably towards the end of March.

In that last post I said I’d bought jeans off the rack at Farmers. This morning I popped down to Wanganui and replaced them with a pair that’s another 2 sizes down. I’m now a 16/18 on the top and an 18 on the bottom. Unheard of…

Here are some update photos. Hardly great shots admittedly but Tony’s not that comfortable using my iPhone!

 

CMP17 week 6

This month’s theme is love, and I loved the week’s quote, so this came together easily. I normally do a paint, stencil & pen background with no collage or photos, but wanted to include a favorite photo of Tony. This was taken at Lucy’s Gulley, on SH45, in 2012 when we were having a weekend break from caring for Mum (thanks to my sister). I’ve used Distress Paint, Dylusions paint and a couple of stencils.

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Collaborating

Last year a library friend and I started an art swap – each month we sent off a background for the other person to paint something floral on. We got a bit behind for various reasons, and have been catching-up. Over the long weekend I’ve used 5 backgrounds she sent me. It’s such a fun way to work, and really pushes me to try different looks.

Practising with my Copics

I’ve got enough Copics now that I can start to blend the colours more. It looks so easy when you watch experts like Kelly Latevola on YouTube; then you try it yourself and realise just how much practise they’ve had! Still, all good fun and the cards won’t go astray.

The backgrounds are all blended Distress Ink with water drips, and I masked some of the stamping using Post-It notes so a couple of images sit in behind.