Art journaling

A few weeks ago I came across this beautiful book about art journaling. I have been browsing though it on and off today and thought why not share it here on my blog? “The decorated journal” by Gwen Diehn. It doesn’t appear to be a new book but it was only published in 2005. It covers many different aspects of visual journaling including materials, techniques … Continue reading Art journaling

Drawing faces

This week I’ve been drawing faces in an attmept to develop a little stylised icon of my own. It is a return to something I started last year.  Turns out it’s not so easy. Well maybe for some…not me! But I have also been reading a new book – Doodles Unleashed by Traci Bautista. Continue reading “Drawing faces”

Constantly creative

Yes, I’m back. After an extended blog break that I never really intended to have. Life just got in the way! It’s not that I didn’t have anything to write about, it’s that things just kept happening to keep me away. And yes it is about priorities. But I have missed my weekly posts. They get my brain juices going and somehow help me evaluate this creative life that I desperately want to flow in. To be constantly creative.

So, I have been thinking about what to bring to this post, especially when I am trying to make it about artyjenniep rather than a whole load of other bits and pieces. But the fact is, this last few weeks my art has been about others. There has been a whole load of creativity going on and I am so pleased to say that I have helped facilitate it. That is a thrill. Being part of others getting creative. Constantly creative. Continue reading “Constantly creative”

things with photos

This term at school has seen the students engaging with digital media to create artworks. Basically they have taken photographs and manipulated them using photoshop, iPhoto or iPad apps. The theme has been ‘urban landscape’ and it has been so exciting to see a variety of responses. The task was set to manipulate the photos to emphasise the elements of art, that is, Line, Shape, Colour, Line etc. being mindful of the important part that the principles of design play. (Rhythm, contrast, focal point etc)

Having reach the end of that challenge I thought it would be good to challenge the students further to use their images in other ways. So this weekend I have thoroughly enjoyed gathering together some transfer techniques, collage ideas and other ways to use photographs.

A selection of ideas
A selection of ideas

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