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Art Journal Time - Autumn Inspiration    Sunday, August 18, 2019

I spent a large part of my life in Queensland, Australia, a hot and humid place, where we didn't really experience Autumn like people do in other parts of the world. When I returned to my birthplace in Wellington, New Zealand as an adult, it was very special to see the autumn leaves and colors.  Better still, I have been in South Korea for four years, where the seasons are even more defined and spectacular.  Nature has always been a big influence on my artwork, but looking through my art journals, it occurred to me that autumn was one of the seasons that seems to have influenced me the most. 

Art Journal Time - One Block Print Many Ways (Part One)    Saturday, August 10, 2019

My art journal is for experimenting and having fun, not for creating 'perfect' works of art.  In my art journal I have the freedom to play with different materials, try out and practice new techniques, and make many mistakes.  Some of my mistakes have turned into my best ideas! I use a mixture of cheap and expensive materials, and whatever I have on hand.
Sometimes I take an image that appeals to me, and I repeat it many times in different ways, to see which looks the best.  A great technique which lends itself perfectly to this is printmaking, because you can make a print of one image over and over again.  Then you can go crazy and have fun adding colour and details to your heart's content.  The image above is an example from my art journal, with the same portait used many times.

Today I am going to take you through the process I used to create the first example, which you can see below.  I will post the other pages soon, as well as some more detailed information about block printing, so if you are interested, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter so I can tell you when I post them.

MY BEST SELLER! 29 Erasable Art Activity Cards - Printable    Thursday, March 29, 2018

Introducing an
exciting new printable in my shop!

These hand-drawn printable Art Activity Cards are great for encouraging drawing and use of imagination. They are aimed at children from age 5 and upwards, but I am sure there are many teenagers and adults out there who would also enjoy these. The cards contain a huge range of different drawing-related activities, for example:

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