Crusade #45 – back to back

Michelle’s challenge this month over the GPP Street Team site was to make colour copies of the backgrounds we scraped together last month, and finish them a few different ways. Today was a rare day for me; aside from the washing, there was *nothing* I needed to do. No paperwork, no artwork due, no anything!

So, I did a pile of colour copies, grabbed some supplies and ripped into it. I used stencils, Sharpies, transparencies, foam stamps, bubble wrap stamping, hand writing, collage, stickers. With some of the pages I then re-scanned and added text in Photoshop.

All up, I did around 20 pages. Here are a few that I particularly like (I’m showing a couple of the original backgrounds too). In some of them not all of the writing is visible. This is because some of them became like journal pages as I worked and the messages on them feel reasonably personal given that I’m quite introverted. If you can read it all, go for it. If you can’t, never mind!

As always, thanks so much for the inspiration Michelle. If you enjoy looking at these, you’ll find links to other artists who are playing this month on the left hand side of the GPP Street Team home page. And if you want to join in – cool! Can’t wait to see what you create ūüôā


background 1



background 2



I value diversity



My guarded heart



Valued tools



Painted hands






My hands...


Trying a new direction

Circles 4

Circles 4

This weekend I have been working (playing)¬†with new directions; nothing serious, just seeing what happens. This wee one¬†is a 4×4″ box canvas – it has a lot of layers, some scumbling, some stamping, some glazing. I’ve also been working on a new set of four 4x4s ready for the new gallery in Christchurch.







I’ve also been working on a digital entry for the latest Masters Month challenge, Andy Warhol,¬†with the NZ Art Guild. I took a self-portrait using my Nikon D40 then manipulated it in Photoshop Elements to get a Warhol style self-portrait poster.

Out front and on film

Yep, I got out from behind the camera, and put myself on film.
Okay, okay, I admit it – I was both behind the camera and in front of it.


I took the photo in our bedroom mirror, with the camera held to one side.
I’m quite pleased with the result – tidying up an image like this in Photoshop works wonders.

Looking in the mirror…

Really looking in the mirror can be a pretty scarey thing – so much of the time we unconsciously prepare ourselves before we look. We get the angle right, run our hand through our hair, perhaps tilt our head a particular way.

But take all that away, and just look – at the colours, shadows, lines, shapes – and you start to see something quite different.

A bit less familiar, and a whole lot less flattering.

I’ve done a series of self portraits over the last week and I have to say this is the only one I’m prepared to put “out there” on publc view! Gives you an idea of what the others are like huh?