This year is the 10th year of Nathalie Kalbach‘s Creative Jump Start – I’ve missed a year here and there, and am so excited to be participating in 2021. There’s a new video every day, from 45 amazing artists from around the globe. It’s a great way to kickstart my art practise for the year. It’s not too late if you want to join in, and there’s no pressure to work daily if you don’t have the time or energy.
Today’s video, from Nathalie, was about sign writing a word that will inspire you throughout the year. For me, this course is about reinforcing the habit of daily art, so practise sprang to mind. I didn’t make a sign as such, but did go for an aged look in refernece to a story she told in the video. I’m working in a 5.5×8.5 Dylusions journal and used mainly Dina Wakley Media paints and Stencil Girl stencils.
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.
This week’s quote was by Rumi – another fav of mine – and the challenge was to list things that make your spirit sing. I used Distress and Dylusions paints, StencilGirl and Tim Holtz stencils, and a gold pen which didn’t photograph well…
This week’s quote was about gratitude and the challenge was to use sheet music. I enjoyed using vibrant colours for this one – Dylusions paints, sheet music from a local second hand shop, Tim Holtz and StencilGirl stencils.
This week’s quote was from Julia Cameron, who wrote The artists way. The bonus challenge was to use a heart/s on the page. I suspect my heart was not quite what they were thinking of! I used a StencilGirl stencil, other stencils, Dylusions paint and Golden Fluid acrylics. In the bottom left you can see, under the red border, that I started stamping a different border but didn’t like it. I left it there because the joy is in the process of creation and the final page doesn’t have to be perfect…
This week’s quote was about play and the challenge was to use circles somewhere on the page. Challenge accepted! Dylusions and Dina Wakley paints, Stencil Girl stencils, Tim Holtz stencils, Fudeball pen, gesso.
I’ve been playing with my Gelli Plate, a bunch of Stencil Girl stencils and some Dylusions paint to make painted paper. I like the Dylusions paint for gelli printing – it gives good coverage and doesn’t dry too quickly, even in the hot weather. Oddly enough, it dries fast in my art jounal. These painted papers have at least 2 layers, some have 4 layers, of paint. The prints will be cut up for card making or kept for in my art journal, collage projects, etc.