Friday, May 27, 2011

What's happening in my studio!

Hey there blogging buddies,
Thanks for popping over for a visit. 
I always appreciate visitors and comments.

My baby sister recently moved into a new big house with lots of large blank white walls. I thought she needed a bit of colour and she jumped at the chance of having a canvas painted by her big sis.
I'll show you the steps I went through to achieve this piece.
This canvas is 120 x 40 cm. I base coated the canvas with a mix of Primrose, White Gesso and Texture Paste and applied it with a palette knife thickly.
I then painted Jo Sonja Pale Gold, Rich Gold and Burnished Copper in a semi circle motion.
The Burnished Copper was way to bright on the first coat so I made a mix of Rich Gold and Burnished Copper for the second coat on the outside edges of the canvas.

 I then used Burnt Umber and dry brush technique and worked from the outside of the canvas in towards the centre.
Here I've painted the tree trunk and branches in Burnt Umber.
I added the blossoms using a large filbert brush and Warm White.
Some small centres using a deer foot brush and Burnt Umber.
A close up of the piece.

This was a plain green shopping bag that I've painted using Jo Sonja Iridescent colours on the background.  Applied Butterfly's from Napkins using Impasto Gel then added more stamps, paint and Kindy Glitz for added oomph.

This is what my backyard looks like today after lots of the leaves have fallen off my beautiful Oak tree.

And another plain calico bag.  I used Parisian Essence for a stain coloured bag then used Stencils and Jo Sonja Burnt Umber, Warm White, Pacific Blue, Olive Green for the tree and finished off with Burnished Copper here and there for highlights.
I hope to get around and visit my favourite bloggers over this weekend, so chat soon,
Ciao~Hugs Anna

Friday, May 6, 2011

Credit where credit is deserved

Hello to my dear blogging buddies,
Thank you for taking the time to visit me and leaving comments.  I can always count on my blogging buddies to give me a boost when needed!

Here is a photo of 'Le Journal' my very own personalised journal that my dear friend Kerryanne made for me some time ago.
Kerryanne has recently started an on-line journaling class, which made me get into second gear and back into journaling.

 Here are a couple of pages I've finished in my Journal. Oops, I forgot to take step by step photos however if you see something you like I'd be happy to explain it to you.
All paints and mediums are Jo Sonja products.

 Zentangles are not really my forte, but I enjoy doodling and playing around.
 My Mum returned last week and is going hung ho at painting up a storm in my studio!
This Buddha design is by Lee at ArtfulLee designed.

 OK, onto a bit of sewing now~I have to thank Vicki at
The Pickledish Patch and
Val at for the cute designs I've made this quilt out of. Thank you ladies for being so generous and offering these free designs on your blogs. 

This is a lap quilt for my Mum.  I'll be giving it to her on Mother's day. Just the hand sewn binding to finish now.
Happy Mother's Day to everyone on Sunday xo

 This is my latest painting project~ Oops, not finished but I wanted to share the talent of others here. Another of Kerryanne's designs called 'Village Shops'.
 I did finish these cute bunnies in time for Easter but haven't had the time to blog.  These are also Kerryanne's design called 'Some Bunny Loves You'.
Have a wonderful, creative week. Hugs, Anna