Wednesday, September 24, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 39

3D papier mache squirrel, decoupaged with orange paper printed with the words "squirrel", "paw", "ear", "tail" and "acorn", plus eyes made with "i"s - and an "n" for a nose.

Week 39 Words
Week 39: Words


Black Stained by Sharpie ink (a brushlike tip, supposedly for drawing on fabric, but nice to use on paper, too) on La Carta Weave textured paper.

Week 39 Words II
Week 39: Words II

Week 39 Words III
Week 39: Words III

Words and Pictures: Watercolour over cardboard templates, painted onto the page of movie reviews from Mx newspaper. (Ha! I was cleaning up the work area the next morning. The "audience" template, which I cut like a set of paper dollies from some card and used to mask off sections, looks too pretty to throw away. Into the Odds 'n' Ends box it goes. We may see it again some day.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 38

Oil pastel giraffe wearing a bilby mask - and a bilby wearing a giraffe mask. Signage created in Word, torn edges and painted with coffee.

Week 38 Giraffe
Week 38: Giraffe


Two-part paper finger puppet - one finger forms the neck. Outlined in black Sharpie, coloured with watercolours.

Week 38 Giraffe II
Week 38: Giraffe II

Week 38 Giraffe III
Week 38: Giraffe III

Freehand silhouette in black card collaged to a safari print gift bag. 3D eyelashes cut from white paper, with curls rolled over the end of a paintbrush. I was creating this at lunchtime today when a Facebook message came in announcing the passing of my actor friend, Elaine Lee (Vera in TV's Number 96) and I suddenly realised that my new giraffe needed to have - instead of white cartoon eyes - big white eyelashes. (Many happy memories having drinkies in Elaine's dressing room, after a stage performance, and watching her peel off her huge false eyelashes.)

Week 38 Giraffe IV
Week 38: Giraffe IV

Mixed media collage with chenille sticks (poking through random holes made with a hole punch), torn paper and self-adhesive faux fur safari skin on a quill board background.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 37

Black and green Sharpie outline with watercolour.

Week 37 Balloons
Week 37: Balloons


Assemblage art with waterbomb balloons (decorated with Sharpie inks), metallic pipe cleaner, Scotch Expressions patterned "washi tape" and coloured card:

Week 37 Balloons II
Week 37: Balloons II

Thursday, September 04, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 36

"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down..." - Mixed media collage backdrop for a puppet show. Acrylic paints, real straw for walls, paper clouds, windows and door, thumbtack doorknob with commercial wolf puppet.

Week 36 House
Week 36: House


I decided I needed to do Part 2 of House I. "He huffed and he puffed and he blew my straw house down..." Mixed media collage backdrop for a puppet show. Acrylic paints, real sticks and cardboard bricks for walls, corrugated cardboard door, thumbtack doorknob, paper clouds and windows, computer print-out photos, with commercial pig puppet (playing three roles).

Week 36 House III
Week 36: House III

Between the above mixed media collages, I created another collage with flint paper, card, corrugated cardboard, black ballpoint ink and glitter stars. The black house is actually the negative space cut from the indigo flint paper:

Week 36 House II
Week 36: House II

Cotswold Cottage (1600s) and gardens, all transported from Chedworth, Gloucestershire, England, to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, Michigan, USA. Watercolour and black Sharpie.

Week 36 House IV
Week 36: House IV

Week 36: House IV - mounted