The Painted Diaries – April (part 3)

I keep thinking I am going to run out of textured material. But it would seem that textures are everywhere, and so are The Queens. Here are the queens that appeared in my art journal this week. Enjoy! Brayer Ribbon Crayon (neocolor I) Lace (and puffy hearts!) Gelli prints Sheet music Paperclips

The Painted Diaries – April (part 2)

Some interesting queens have appeared in my art journal over this past week. My pages are becoming more and more curved around what lies beneath them. That's one way to be sure there is some good 3D texture going on! Tin foil Washi tape Glitter I love how the light reflects off the glitter. Masking …

The Painted Diaries – April (part 1)

My take on the texture theme in this month's Painted Diaries is inspired by my recent obsession with learning tarot. Queens seem to be popping up everywhere: in the cards, in movies, and in my dreams. I don’t tend to use much 3D texture in my art so this is an interesting experiment for me. …

The Painted Diaries – March (part 4)

During this past week I pretty much gave up trying to create separate poems in the double spreads. It was almost impossible not to get the words on each side of the page to talk to each other! I started to play around with watercolour mediums outside my paint box, such as Ecoline and Tombow …

The Painted Diaries – March (part 3)

I love it that poetry is back in my life. I have a feeling it will continue to make an appearance in my art journal pages even after this month is done. Here are my watercolour found poems for the last week in The Painted Diaries: I love how even though I think I am …

The Painted Diaries – March (part 2)

I am really enjoying this month's theme in The Painted Diaries. It feels so good to have included some poetry in my art practice. Here are the pages from the past week. For this page, I chose several earthy colours I almost never use: burnt umber, raw umber and raw sienna. I love how golden …

The Painted Diaries – March (part 1)

The theme for March in The Painted Diaries is watercolour. I’ve been missing poetry in my life lately so I decided to combine abstract watercolour backgrounds with fragments from my “found poetry” box. I became so fond of collecting scraps for last month's colour assemblage theme, I started this new box just for words and …

The Painted Diaries – February (part3)

After journeying with so many bright and vibrant colours this month, it felt so relaxing to move into the rich terrain of neutrals and earth tones: Out of all the colours I explored this month, grey surprised me the most. When I looked through the scraps I had placed into the grey box, it seemed …

The Painted Diaries – February (part 2)

Things have been warming up this last week in The Painted Diaries with some reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. I am finding it so therapeutic spending this time sticking scraps of paper down onto the page, without having to think about what I'm trying to say or what it means! It is so lovely to feel …

The Painted Diaries – February (part 1)

This month in The Painted Diaries daily art project is all about colour. I was so excited when I heard of this theme, especially as February can often seem to be a little dreary outside. In preparation, I decided to do a major trawl through my stash and gather together piles and puddles of colour. I loved …