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Floral head with Brusho background card

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I have made a few cards along the same theme.  Just by using different colours of Brusho with a matching matt you can achieve very different looks using the same stamp.

Monochrome warrior card

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I have had this warrior stamp for years now and never quite had any ideas on how to use it until now.  I  masked it out and then stamped the moon over it and just stamped the tree branches afterwords.  With just a little shading to make the moon glow.

Random zentangle card

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I did try to make this zentangle pattern random but it is very difficult not to end up making a pattern, not that it would have mattered in the slightest.  I shaded in the wide areas rather than the pointy areas just to get a different look.  The photo is taken from above and it looks curved because my card wouldn’t lie flat.  Instead of black and white I might do this one again in colour next time.

Mixed media misty trees landscape

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Another attempt at a mixed media painting Chris Forsey style from his video Pushing The Boundaries of Watercolour.  I did try to change it a little from his original by adding a tree stump into the centre of the pond rather than having a large focal tree in the central background but  am not that sure that it worked.  I used too strong a yellow in the background and the painting in real life looks more like there is a forest fire in the background rather than subtle  evening sunlight.  I quite like it though and it was fun to paint.

Mixed media scene

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I love watching Chris Forsey paint, in fact I could watch him paint all day, he can take rather ordinary scenes  and fill them with vibrancy and life.  Over the last couple of months I have tried different painting techniques using a variety of media.  Chris Forsey’s video, Pushing The Boundaries Of Watercolour, shows you how he starts with a couple of sketches or photos and takes you through his thinking process and how he achieves his resulting masterpieces.  I have tried to follow a couple of his paintings from start to finish while changing them ever so slightly.  I do like my results but still see many mistakes.   This was painted using oil pastels, watercolour, and acrylic inks on bamboo paper.

Coast watercolour painting

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Here is my latest attempts at a watercolour painting.  I was working through Paul Taggart’s lessons and although I did learn a lot I haven’t really done them justice.  I am still a bit heavy handed with the paint and my colour mixing needs more practice.  There is so much I don’t like about this painting but in doing it I did learn quite a bit and after all I do need the practice.  I used bamboo paper just because it was handy and in a gummed block but next time I do watercolour I will use watercolour paper and maybe even stretch it myself as I haven’t tried that yet.  Thanks for the lessons Paul.

Simple acrylic floral landscape

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Lately I have been dabbling in a variety of techniques in my quest to learn to paint and here is simple floral landscape that I painted using Angela Anderson’s tutorial (who got the idea originally from Yvonne Coomber).

It is dead simple, a bit messy and time consuming but a lot of fun.

Sketchbook Project 2014 Organised Chaos (page 13) Circles

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So here is my last double page and it is where I have put my contents.  The contents are in circles and little circles join them all like a chain.  Think of cycles and life cycles, some planetary orbits, mushroom rings, ripples from a single rain drop, flower heads, rock formations craters, and many more.  Chains of events one leading to another and some branching off.  This was mostly acrylic paint and computer generated text.

That was my last page of my little book.  I hope you have enjoyed it and I hope it stands up to it’s tour with the Sketchbook project.

Sketchbook Project 2014 Organised Chaos (page 12) Agate

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Concentric circles was what I was actually thinking about, like water ripples and tree rings and rock formations and such like, for this page.  I used a mixture of Pitt pens Copic pens and acrylic paint.

Sketchbook Project 2014 Organised Chaos (page 11) Patterns

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I have just used random patterns for this page with a few snakeskin type patterns, dots, circles, brain corral (stencil) and wood grain.  It didn’t really come out how I had planned it to but hey-ho I wasn’t going to change it.  I used spray inks, stamps, clear embossing powder and some acrylic paint.

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