Happy endings

Ingredients: Paper. I can recommend a HP940C printer manual, but guess anything made out of paper would do just as well 😉 Procion dye. Super vivid colors. I used Magenta and Yellow. Brusho. (Or any ink). I chose Brusho for it's intense colors Spray inks - like dylusions or Ranger color wash. Or any ink … Continue reading Happy endings

confessions of a color junkie

Can't help myself, every day gotta get a fix of colors. Colors in combinations that don't always sit comfortably. Colors in big splashy forms. Speckles n freckles you only see close up....

Frisket stencils, part 1

I do love stencils, and after watching this vid from Julie Pritchard and Chris Cozens I was inspired to follow their technique using my own stencils. (I especially like the way they recycle the colors from the stencils onto tissue paper to reuse later on in collages) So, I got myself some Frisket Film (if … Continue reading Frisket stencils, part 1

layers on overspill

Sunday 29 April: This page started out with some overspill remnants from previous inky fun - the golden orange magenta dyes. It's been a while since I played with watercolors and the blue forms are today's addition. I'm messing about with different techniques - this time using a water brush dipped directly into the tube … Continue reading layers on overspill

the what and the why of ‘a page a day’

When I began this project (a month ago today) I had no idea how long I'd stick with it. Or how easy/difficult, much fun/much of a slog, it would become. Or for what reason I wanted to do it. But I did want to. So I began. A Page A Day, the project. Ingredients: New … Continue reading the what and the why of ‘a page a day’

adventures in color: ingredients

In response to the feed back on my paper dying project, thought I'd share some inspiration and some of my fave ingredients if you're interested in doing something similar. Firstly I must introduce you to an artist I find enormously inspirational, Ruth Issett. Ruth has authored several books of mouth-wateringly delicious adventure in color and … Continue reading adventures in color: ingredients

Bubblewrap, Buttons & Rice (Oh My!)

The anticipation of unpeeling and revealing the results of the paper dying exploration is magical! Of all the results, I think it's the rice I've found most inspiring.

dyed paper!

Thanks to all who've joined me in these last few days of paper dying. If you'd like to catch up on the story so far, it started here, went here, went off track awhile here, before showing up here. It's taken over my weekend, spilling into the weeks either side, and still there's stuff soaking … Continue reading dyed paper!

paper dying, part 3

As an aside, before I show you the latest happenings from the paper dying project: I never realised when I embarked on this it would become so all-consuming. I thought maybe a day of tearing, soaking, dripping, swishing, squishing and waiting would be followed up by a few hours of drying, unfolding, oooh-ing n ahhh-ing, … Continue reading paper dying, part 3

off on a tangent & happy accidents

Using a blank page from my sketchbook to work on for the paper dying episodes has a threefold purpose: It's a nice clean white (to begin with, at least) backdrop to photograph and record work in progress. A3 size book, opened up is a good sized working area. It protects my work surface (for now, … Continue reading off on a tangent & happy accidents