Thursday, 22 March 2018

Colour just soothes...

...the soul, doesn't it?  I'm so happy to be back in the studio and playing with colour again.  I finished another journal spread (started a couple of weeks ago), and I am loving the quieter tones of blues, purples and magenta.


You can see that the segments of paper have rearranged themselves significantly from the original layout, some bits have disappeared entirely, and there is a theme of letting go.  It must be all that purging that has taken place, don't you think?


And just in case you think I've gone all serious on you, I thought I'd better show you another piece I finished this week.


Started with a Gelli print,


it took the addition of a 'wall', a tree frog and some flutterbies to turn this into a reminder




that I'd probably better have some lunch.




All items were 'glued' with gel medium and an iron in a method demoed thoroughly on YouTube by  Laura Lein Svencner.  The method has many advantages over the traditional gluing method using acrylic liquid medium, not the least of which is a lovely flat seal.

Do catch me up on your activities in the comment section below - I'd love to hear what you're doing!

18 comments:

  1. I love that palette, Win. It has definitely been a time of letting go for you, and will continue to be until the move is completed. It's a strange place of liminality, isn't it?

    I've painted my studio white now and it feels more mine. Once I get some art on the walls it will be so much better. For now, though, on with the coloured pencils and neocolors that make up my stash for the moment.

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  2. Quite correct, Tracy, and the feeling is one of both the joy of a new adventure and reluctance to let go of the old one. What strange creatures we are!

    I'm glad that your studio is now starting to feel like home; I'm excited for that slow boat from Australia to arrive so you can make the full transition to the UK - you must be on pins and needles!

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  3. What an explosion of colours!
    Like a burst of laughter.
    I love your artwork.

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    1. Thanks, Sim, and I love doing it!

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  4. That palette is gorgeous and the frog collage is so vibrant and positive that I would take this one for my favourite today!
    I learned from Laura a few years ago about her method on YT and I bought an extra bottle of polymer medium then, but never used it... shame on me. But I do much more ironing of paper pieces since then. She has such a wonderful collage style and I enjoyed to make an abstract landscape with her!
    Enjoy your new studio Win Dinn!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi...I definitely had fun with the frog piece...those tree frogs are so crazy-looking!

      I've been meaning to take one of Laura's workshops - I love her style and the meaning behind her work!

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  5. these are both super pieces Win but I especially like the blue and magenta piece. Thanks for the link to the tack down method.

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    1. Thanks, Val - I hope you truly the tackdown method. It's a good one to use.

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  6. Hi Win, steady I thought you were getting a bit heavy there Lol! still art has been known to have this effect on some people in the past. Loving your journal spread and the butterflies and frog are brilliant. Bye for now my friend and happy creating, Angela xXx

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    1. I know, Angela - reeling myself in right now! :D Hope you're heading into a great creative weekend, my friend!

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  7. Okay they're not reds or oranges but QUIETER tones of blues, purples and magenta? If you say so! It's a gorgeous spread Win!
    Glad to see you're back in the studio and all the hard work of purging and presentation of home is behind you!

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    1. Quiet is all relative, right Alice? At least it's not the screaming reds and violets. :D SO enjoying being back in the studio for some fun before we start packing!

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  8. Dreaming of apples at the Treefrog Cafe...gad you crack me up. Love the calm and peaceful feel of the blue spectrum, the first is my personal favorite...beautiful work.
    I think I need a rest too, but alas "No rest for the wicked" I've got 10 grandkids coming to camp out in my basement and raid my pantry this weekend. Holy kinaresy yiddie godiva where did all these kids come from...it's a good thing I love them all.
    Have a wonderful peaceful weekend Win.

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    1. Thanks, Deann - always a pleasure to see your comments. Rest? Not a hope when you've got 10 grandchildren coming for the weekend...you must be very wicked indeed. :D I'll be thinking of you as I lounge in the studio. ;-) xo

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  9. So pretty! I just love the orange and green page with frog and butterflies! It's super pretty! I have never seem someone iron collage items down on paper before. What a cool technique. I will have to give that one a whirl! Thanks for sharing the link :)

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    1. Thanks, Sal - and glad you enjoyed the link. I like the iron technique for giving that fabulous seal (as long as I remember to be liberal with my use of medium, that is!).

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  10. Gorgeous!!!!!!!! I loved the video you shared with us, Win. Kisses, my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Mia - it's a great technique, right? xo

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