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Being Yourself

Belated Happy Easter to you all ūüôā¬† Did you indulge in a huge chocolate-fest, or were you restrained and just¬†had a few little treats?¬† Did you spend time with family and friends, or take part in religious events?¬† Whatever you got up to, I hope you enjoyed yourselves and had a nice break.

I spent a lot of time with family and friends over the weekend, cleaned my house so it was fit for my Mum to visit and stay in for a couple of nights, and did some crafting.¬† I am still loving the Kelly Rae Roberts Unscripted series I have subscribed to.¬† It’s just makes me want to craft and create and DO STUFF.¬† I am nowhere near her standard of creativity and art, but it is very enjoyable just mucking about with paints and paper and having a go.¬† I am still rubbish at faces, but I keep trying and hope that some day I will get them just right!¬† If only people didn’t have eyes!¬† It would make everything so much simpler for me, at least in terms of drawing and painting (maybe not so much in real life though…) and I wouldn’t end up having tantrums, or just drawing a lot of people with closed eyes (which is my default position these days).

I had this little communion plaque (bought on a recent op-shopping trip for 50c) and I thought it would be perfect to paint over and repurpose.¬† It’s quite small – a little bigger than an iPhone – so perfect for me to do some crafting on!¬† Plus it had the little hanger on it so I didn’t need to worry about adding one myself.

I removed the picture that was already on it ( a communion poem and prayer) and sanded the wood back, then slapped on a layer of white Gesso, just to seal and give it a good working surface.  I then added paint in various colours to create a distressed, rubbed back look.  I used a soft green, some burgundy and a little bit of yellow Рjust dabbing and rubbing it on with my fingers.  When I was happy with the effect, I let it dry whilst figuring out what I was going to put on it.

I decided to draw my little lady on a separate piece of paper, paint her main features and then cut her out, to be glued¬†and finished on the plaque itself.¬† I didn’t trust my drawing/painting skills to just add her straight to the wooden surface.¬† I adhered her with gel medium and then added¬†flowers and wings cut from scrapbooking paper and vintage¬†books.¬† The words were cut from old books or stamped (when I couldn’t find the word I wanted!) and I’m not quite satisfied with them, but they’re stuck on there now!¬† I might go over them with a bit of colour, just to make them look less “new” and pale.¬† I outlined here and there with black and white pencils to give some definition.

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I was a bit heavy-handed with the lady’s¬†features – I was using a very¬†fine black marker, but it was still too heavy.¬† I will do better next time!¬†I’m happy with her top though – it came out very rustic looking and picks up the red colour in the background – and I’m glad I added the¬†“me” heart as it needed an extra little something.

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So, all in all, I was pretty happy with my little lady.¬† I am trying to be myself and be ok with who that is.¬† Even if it means I am not the world’s greatest artist ūüôā¬† I am still trying to find my “niche”, artistically speaking, so this is another part of the journey.¬† I will keep practicing faces and different techniques with paint and drawing and, in the meantime have a lot of messy fun doing it ūüôā

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Thanks for stopping by – may you enjoy the freedom of being yourself,
whoever that is, today and always x

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Flying Fish

Oh to be a flying fish!
With scales of feathered gold
To swim the air and fly the seas
In sunshine bright and bold…

Yeah, maybe writing poetry about flying fish isn’t exactly my strong point.¬† But how else to start a post that features a half-bird/half-fish creature on a card?

This one came about because I had used the other body parts of both animals in previous cards and had some spare bits laying around.¬† You know me, can’t throw anything out.

So, the flying fishy was born.¬† And bedazzled.¬† And bedecked with a hat. I think he’s rather nice and suited the sky-themed backing papers quite well.¬† I didn’t add any extra text or wording because I wanted it to be suitable for any occasion.¬† And I was being lazy (as per usual).¬† I feel it is more of a masculine card, which is good because I tend to neglect that demographic when making things.¬† “Got any nice cards for blokes?” people ask me, and I shake my head sadly and say “No…sorry…”¬† So maybe this one will suffice.

Hope you are having a good week РI feel it has been a long, tiresome one, with lots going on,  and I am feeling a bit like a fish out of water myself.

Take care and thank you for dropping in to visit ūüôā

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Pretty Mermaid

This is possibly one of the quickest cards I have ever made. ¬†No faffing about, no rummaging around for hours for the right coloured paper, just bing-bada-boom and it was done.¬†The fish tail fit perfectly with the little girl and everything came together really easily. ¬†No fuss and no tantrums. ¬†The biggest struggle I had was finding a word or piece of text to add to it. ¬†“Pretty” was the best I could do (ie I gave up in the end) and it seems to fit anyway. I added some Liquid Pearls¬†around her neck so the word appears as part of a necklace. ¬†I’m still considering putting an object¬†in her hand as she does appear to be holding something, and I might add some shine to her scales too,
but I will sort that out later.

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She’s quite a demure little thing – no bare boobies for her. ¬†Maybe she is transitioning from mermaid to human? ¬†Maybe she burns easily? ¬†Maybe blouses are the new underwater fashion. ¬†Who can say? ¬†I’m just glad she didn’t give me dramas and I finished her quickly.

Hope your day is happy and coming together as it should ūüôā