Saturday, September 18, 2010
So just a little warning guys, do be more careful than I was! Pleeeeeeze
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Postscipt - Dead Swan wasn't a popular choice LOL so I called it *Finale* instead. It's entered in an art comp and exhibition this week, so fingers crossed.....
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
It is based on the theory (for those of you with inquiring minds) that the left side of the brain is the *smarty pants* who *knows* what a chair, a nose or an apple looks like and bosses you around when you place marks on the page that don't match it's stored version (which does not allow for such things as foreshortening or the odd shapes that perspective or shadows produce). It's also this very precise side of the brain that keeps time and is good at lists!
However when the left brain cannot easily recognize or label a subject, the right (or creative) side of the brain kicks in and just sees the shapes and angles without trying to turn them into *something*. So, by working upside down and simply seeing those shapes and angles and repeating them, we produce a strange *map* which sometimes makes little sense until we turn it right way up. VOILA!!! Suddenly those ugly shapes become perfect shadows on a face or landscape. It's (almost) magic!
Of course it does have it's limitations as we can't turn a fresh vase of flowers upside down to sketch it, BUT we can take a photo and work from that, and over time, one develops the ability to be able to switch that pesky left brain off and work in right brain mode without the need for upside down subjects.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
So anyway, it occurred to me that I have collected or invented a whole bunch of money saving ideas relating to art, craft and general creativity over the years and decided to put them all into one place in the form of an e-book THE ESSENTIAL ART BOOK FOR THE FRUGAL ARTIST or How you can be an artist and still EAT! This book contains 11 pages of helpful, creative and money saving tips for just about everyone who creates, paints or crafts with tips ranging from organizing a studio or saving your favourite brush from certain death right up to making your own glitter mist.
There are even links to those free videos I mentioned at the start on how to make your own alcohol ink.
To get the book, simply click HERE Please SHARE this with your friends
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Hi everyone! I'm so excited to tell you that Connie over at DirtyFootprintsStudio is interviewing a group of art journelers over on her blog and has asked us to all share our own stories. You can see the rest of the interviews HERE, and my interview is below. Enjoy!
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ART JOURNALING?
Ummmm..... about 2 1/2 years I would say as it became part of my creative routine while studying for a Holistic Art Therapy diploma
HOW HAS ART JOURNALING IMPACTED, CHANGED OR ENHANCED YOUR LIFE?
Well it is a totally new and very FREE way of expressing my creativity with NO RULES. It allows me to write what I want, paint or draw what I want and then cover it up and start again if I wish. Splash paint, stamp, scribble, doodle, experiment without the restriction of needing to repeat, explain or justify it as art. It is just for me unless I choose to share and it helps me process feelings and situations.
WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR ART JOURNALING SUPPLIES?
Love, love LOVE gesso!! A little used material up until I started to journal, I now use it to base coat, cover up, stamp on, stencil to create texture, write or scratch into, etc, etc, etc........ Also love my watercolour crayons, copic markers and white gel pen!
WHAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD YOU GIVE AN ART JOURNAL NEWBIE?
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!! Take the pressure off yourself to create art and just experiment and practice going with your intuition. The more you do it, the more reliable it becomes and you end up with something better than you ever could have planned or imagined. TRUST yourself!
WHERE CAN WE CONTACT YOU - give us some LINK LOVE!
On my website www.janfoxdesigns.com
On my blog
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Playing round with a old sardine can and made this shrine which I have named "Grace Has Wings". Very textured piece with collaged hand painted papers, lace, oils, embellishments, metallics and wax. Had fun with this and think I will do some more....
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Another on my goddesses. I seem to be *collecting* them and I envisage them as cards in the not so distant future. I think I have about 8 so far now. This one is *Serene Power* thus named as she reminded me a bit of a lioness with her mane of hair, but oh so calm and serene.........gentle power
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Did you know I started my teaching career teaching stretch sewing? Mmmmmm...used to whip up those tees and track pants in a jiffy. Obviously a LOOnng time ago now though as I just spend an hour fighting with my overlocker to get it threaded and working. I lost! Grrrhhhhh!!!! Gave up and painted a whale on a purchased suit - made me feel much better! LOL
Friday, June 25, 2010
I always want everyone to be happy with anything they purchase from me whether they be goods or classes. I have had the unhappy experience of signing up for classes online that have disappointed and it's a tricky deal I have to admit. So, I have decided to offer a TRY BEFORE YOU BUY *taster* class for my ARTBOOK/Journal 101 class which gives you a very good idea of the quality and content of the rest of the class. No guesswork! Simply visit my website here, click on FREEBIES and scroll down to the free class. Enjoy and I hope to see you in the full class!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thanks Bev for reminding me of this very *Aussie* expression which is just perfect for this post. I told you I was going to use crops from my last painting to produce more artwork and so I have. Here are two miniature pieces I have just completed in the ACEO/ATC acceptable size format of 2.5 X 3.5 inches. Both are Butterfly Goddesses with BLING! LOL The single butterfly is silver foiled and the multi butterflies are 3D barely kissing the surface, both with diamonds (real of course! LOL - not!). i will be selling these beauties on Etsy
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This is a pic of my latest mixed media piece *Keeper of the Birds*. It is mostly acrylics and pastels with some of my papers collaged into the background. It is a largish canvas so after taking my pics, I went into Photoshop to resize. I then decided to play around with cropping some areas to ATC size (2.5 X 3.5 inches) just for fun and to see how many different pieces I could get from the one finished painting. So far - SIX! The original large canvas and five ATC size works. I am planning on printing these out and using them as a basis for more works just to see how far I can take it. At my age, I need to work smarter and not harder! LOL
Monday, June 7, 2010
Since becoming a grandmother 7 months ago, I seem to be drawn to birds. Particularly baby birds so have been painting, collaging and even making 3D birdies. I am also much more aware of recycling in my studio for a couple of reasons. Firstly - ROOM! LOL I love collecting and hunting for new treasures and supplies in the thrift shops, stores and markets, etc. however the thrill of the hunt is addictive and I now have far more than I can use stored away in drawers, boxes, bins, shelves and now the floor!! Secondly I am even more aware of the drain of resources on our planet and want my grandson and any potential brothers and sisters to have the best possible planet of the future. So this little birdie is almost 100% recycled - made from security envelopes, rescued stuffing, wire and vintage wallpaper and trim, along with a few scraps from my art table. He is in my ETSY shop at the moment. What do you think?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Personally I just ADORE pop-ups of any kind and Karen's pop-up card is just ADORABLE. I love the way she has several different layers coming forward and the leaves on the tree! Well done girl!
Friday, May 14, 2010
In the process of preparing pages for the aforementioned online class, I made some COOL paper flowers based on some files made by the talented Ms Penny. There is definitely a trick in folding these little beauties and I didn't have enough fingers to begin with! However I kept on going and with a little help from the video here the penny (Ha, ha- no pun intended!) finally dropped! It really is quite easy, once you know how. Isn't that always the trick though? I didn't end up using the flowers this time, but know they will end up on something special soon. Thanks again Penny.
Been busy preparing for my ONLINE Art Journal/Mixed Media class. So much fun playing with paint, paper, crayons, stitching and embellishments. Kind of makes me feel like I am a kid again! LOL I missed out on going to kinder so making up for it now.
This page is using gesso, washes and various other techniques along with some of some rose art. Very SHaBBy I think. LOL
Monday, April 19, 2010
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Had a *mad* day yesterday - literally! I was MAD about all sorts of things and did a bit of stomping, yelling and even punching pillows before i decided to take it out on some craft materials. In NO mood to do pretty, pretty acrylics or soft pastels, I got out my WIRE, beads and paper and scrunched, tore, bent, cut and generally had a great time being MAD. LOL who knew it could be such fun! Anyways, after I was done I decided to create something out of it and change the energy. Result is this prayer scroll necklace. I think I might have a MAD day regularly!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Been having lots of fun with mixed media lately. Lots of layering and glue, paper, paint, pens and MESS! Just need to find someone willing to clean up after me now and I will be in heaven. LOL
So this is the before and after pic of my latest project. As you can see, I left some areas, painted over others and added more painted roses to match. I have a challenge going on over at my Ning site to follow my lead and do a Rose related mixed media piece incorporating collage so if you would like to join in the fun, hop right on over there now. You will need to join if not a member, but it is free. There is a prize up for grabs too!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Want to add this blog? Scroll to bottom of page and click on SUBSCRIBE TO POST link. Then choose Google. It's that simple! Have fun........
Monday, February 22, 2010
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Monday, February 1, 2010
1. Draw a spiral on a 4"x4" square sheet of paper
2. Cut out spiral along the lines you have drawn
3. Begin rolling up the spiral from the outside
4. Keep on rolling until there is no more left to roll
5. You're done
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Hi everyone, hope you are all having a fantastic start to 2010! I have finally launched some long awaited online painting classes. I was doing these *live* a couple of years ago but everyone is so busy these days, it's hard to get everyone in the same place at the same time (particularly when I am in Australia and everyone else is .....well everywhere else! LOL) So I have designed these classes to be *on demand* where you work at your own pace, along with video and other instruction. You can join in at http://janfoxdesigns.ning.com/