Art Journal: Elen of the Ways

Sometimes the divine speak to – and through – you in unexpected ways. This was supposed to be a practice of painting fantasy faces. But when the redhead was done it felt like something missing. I painted the branches/antlers and there she was, Elen of the Ways.

I was still missing something so I grabbed my golden paintmarker and simply started writing, the words flowing with such ease. They aren’t my words, they are Hers.

Come join me, oh wild one
running free through the woods
I will guide you on your path
show you the way to go
follow my Way; the sound of pounding drums
the sound of your own heartbeat
hear the song of your soul
and happily find out where it takes you
know that wherever you are
no matter what path you are on
you are not alone, oh wild one
for I am in the ground under your feet
the birds soaring above you in the sky
the stars lighting your way
I am right here besides you
walking next to you

Elen of the Ways

Whimsical Girl

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Last Saturday me and my mum went to an amazing workshop where we would try and make a mixed media painting with a ‘Whimsical Girl’. The workshop was led by the awesome Miranda van den Bosch {seriously, check out her website and Facebook page!} and was held at Doe@ding {a.k.a. one of the best craft-shops in the Netherlands}.

It was such an amazing and fun-filled day. I learned a lot from Miranda about portrait drawing and shadowing, which was exactly why I wanted to follow this workshop. I also got to work with materials I’d never worked with before, like the Distress Crayons. All in all, it was a fun mother-and-daughter-day and I walked out of there with a new addiction… Expect more of these paintings really soon! But first, some W.I.P. pictures:

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General sketch and added tissue paper to the background

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Filled in the background with Distress Crayons and Gesso

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Finished her face! Now all she needs is hair and eyebrows….

Mixed Media: Flowers and Secrets

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So in last weeks post I promised you guys that I’d show you something else you can do with your colouring pages. Well, here she is! A mixed media painting using you colouring page as a beautiful centre.

This picture is again from Jasmine Becket-Griffith‘s amazing Fantasy Art Coloring book. Her name is Flora! First I coloured her with Spectrum Noir markers, specifically the Pastel set. I added a bit of sparkle to her belt with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle set – Metallics.

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Next I took some really tiny scissors and cut out the figure from the colouring page. Then I grabbed a canvas, painted on some colours that I liked with my page and had some fun with stencils! Next step: Mod Podge. I glued my cut out colouring page onto the canvas and waited for it to dry. Already looking good!

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Last but not least I painted the borders with black acrylics, contoured my colouring page with black Posca marker and added the handlettered text. It was still missing something, so I took my white Posca marker and added the scribbles and the border. And there you go! A pretty mixed media painting using colouring pages!

I’m totally hooked now, and already working on the next one. These are just so much fun to make! So tell me, what fun ways of using colouring pages have you found?

Cattitude painting

Hi guys! OMG another post so soon? Yeah, it’s a new thing I’m trying, I hope you like it.

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I made this adorable painting for my mother-in-law {who is secretly a crazy cat lady}. She is just awesome and helped us remodel our kitchen, which is now so pretty! I wanted to make something for her to thank her. I found this art journal page through pinterest, made by Nika in Wonderland. I loved the design and wanted to make something like that, but more in my style and in her colours.

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First I painted a gradient in turquoise and purple and added the cat sillhouette. Then I added some texture to the page using stencils, which was for me a first time using this technique.

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I looked at some art journaling pages for ideas for the edges, wanting to do something that was more ‘me’ than the original page. Then I added the quote, which I printed out on normal paper, and added the decorative borders. She absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait to hang it on the wall. It was my first try in the ‘art journal’ style and it was so much fun to do! I’ll definitely be doing more in this style, whether it’s in an actual art journal or on canvas again. Fun!