April 30, 2013

Another month gone...

I can't believe how fast time goes when I'm having a challenge! I made 25 hands through the month of April, which is a bigger amount I imagine doing! I expected to make maybe 8. :oD  Thank you for your great ideas and suggestions! You made the challenge more fun for me ♥

These coming weeks I will be doing weird drawings for an "Exquisite Corpse" I organized with some members of the 29 faces group in Facebook. It is not my usual style but it is good to get out of our comfort zone once in a while :o) Unfortunately I forgot to scan them before I mailed them... I guess I will wait till they are all done and are mailed back to me.

I have to show you the awesome work my team in "Face in the World" is doing to my painting! The face painted by Manon, the hair added by Reagan. Looks at this:

Thanks for visiting! And Happy May day for those that celebrate it ♥

April 29, 2013

Journal page and fun

I have been painting up a storm, and for whatever reason forgot to upload to my blog. I have not been online as much anyway, my DH took a day off, we ran a bunch of errands and enjoyed the nice weather, then we were updating apps and this computer which hardly ever takes them well. I am still yet to fix the last update of the Live Movie Maker :o/ ugh...
But anyway, the fun part: images!

 Added flesh tones:

Painting the face features with many translucent layers:
 More images after the page brake!

April 24, 2013

Two different "L"

After I finished drawing these hands, I stopped to think one was "love" and the other one a sign of "looser". Funny that I have those two L letters together... :oB

I finished the page of the face I showed yesterday, will post it tomorrow.
The teams for the "Exquisite corpse" are selected (what is that? well, google it, but we are aiming for whimsical, not too grotesque!) So anyway... soon we will be mailing each other drawints to finish together.... Another activity from the 29 faces group.
If any other person would like to participate in "spontaneous"  collabs and challenges, just let me know!

April 23, 2013

WIP and 4 hands

I am working on another page in my journal, this is the first scary step:

More WIPs coming soon...

I have to say, out of all the things I have penciled in my life, baby hands are the hardest! I made a few that I had to destroy, they were terrible lol Finaly I made an adult hand to go as a visual reference, because my baby hands were looking like fat decrepit monster hands
ლ(ಠ_ಠლ) ugh!

 Also, I guess I ended up making them too light, because my scanner didn't want to catch the detail unless it was ALL detail including paper edges, wrinkles and all lol Some days are like that :oP

Thanks for visiting!

April 22, 2013

Three more hands

You'll guess these right away!

I am having a lot of fun with the hands but I think I got in too many things this month! lol
Today I worked on the little face of a doll, visiting me from Australia. Since it is painted, I will show tomorrow the picture in this blog as well, I just need good lighting for it, the first I took had very sharp shadows. Can't believe we are reaching the 90's this early!

April 21, 2013

Crazy hand and cute video

Remember I mentioned a witch hand some days ago? Well, it is finally going to get posted. So much stuff going on I had almost forgotten, poor hand:
And since this one is fantasy (and ugly!), I will also post a fantastic video (and super cute!)

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

Thanks for visiting!

April 20, 2013

Face in the World update

With so many things going on, I completely forgot to post about the amazing collab we are doing in my team #3 in Face in the World!
This one was started in charcoal by Marji,  her blog is HERE
Then Sandra transformed her with beautiful shades of blue. Visit her blog HERE.
Here is what I received in the mail:

Blank background ready for me to play with! Took me a couple of days to feel the direction to follow, then I just went for it. I really didn't want to cover the face so.... I cloned it! :oD


I collaged another face and layered it with flesh tones, then I used fluid acrylics for the background. Now I just wonder what Manon is going to do next!

Also, here are 3 more hands for my "Hands in April" challenge:
They are "1", "3" and "4". I didn't make "2" because it looks too close to the "peace and love" I made already :oP
 Oh, Oh, OH!! I am so thrilled to hear I was the lucky randomly selected artist to be a PPF Painting Spotlight ♥ HERE

Thanks for visiting! ....Any more input on hands? ;o)

April 16, 2013

Another Art Journal page

I didn't want to post anything yesterday, with all the terrible news from Boston.
Today I have this page which started as a more angular design, got lost in the layers, took a very scary turn until finally ended in something I agreed with. Has a little collage rice paper:

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day ♥

April 13, 2013

20 minutes...?

I have been timing myself to paint a bit faster in the hopes to loose my brush work. I get too much into detail and although it can be fun, I also admire the more abstract, free paintings.
So.. it was great to find Gritty Jane doing a "20 minute painting" activity. Perfect timing for me.
Now the thing is... do I stop at 20? So far I have, look a the piece... and keep going a bit more hahaha
I just can't help myself! But it is a nice incentive, to have the impending time stop. For those that perform better under pressure, you should try it!
This is my 20 minute stop:


This is a few minutes later:

Few more minutes...

And this is where I finally stopped. I regret nothing! :oD

I was so caught up in this, that I didn't even think of hands.
But that's ok. Thanks for your visit and your wonderful comments. ♥
Since it has details in orange, it's going to the "Mandaring Orange Monday"

April 12, 2013

Goodies and a video!

These are some goodies I bought from Michaels: A large journal (9x12/ 23x30.5 cms) and some little dye pads with awesome colors! I'm sure they are not waterproof but that's ok.

Also my desk was re organized a bit and I discovered the hand made journal I started last year following a tutorial by Teesha Moore, it ended up under some books to make it flat; so I'm working on it and decided to start painting on it too. So exciting!

I really don't know why I have this journal fever now. I love books, but I like working on non-attached paper, so go figure.

Look for more pages shown as I work on them, I am having ideas overflowing my head!

And now.... here is the video from yesterday's post:

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Thanks for visiting.
See you tomorrow, I'll be posting more hands!

April 11, 2013

Well then...

Some days are so frustrating! yesterday was one of those days... too many little annoying things to mention, and no internet connection. I just kept telling myself "this is nothing, this is nothing."

I decided to dedicate the time to paint and plan projects and better yet, take a video! I had everything settled down, clicked to start and after a few minutes puff! The battery died. And of course I am using the camera that uses a rechargeable battery. Which takes like 3 hours to recharge. ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)  agh!
So I got the other camera, went to get ready for another painting and I cut my finger with something invisible. lol I have no idea what it was! But a chunk of flesh was missing from my index and it hurt a lot! Well then! 
I decided to take a deep breath and do something else.

At night the stars were better aligned I think, because everything went smoother. With a bandaged index I started a new page in my art journal and today I finished it, the video will come soon (hopefully!)

Update: Thanks for all your comments! My finger healed after 2 days, just a little red dot now ♥ The video is HERE

I hope your day is beautiful and harmonious.

April 10, 2013

More hands and a video

For my hands today: Tah-Daaaaa! Hand painting nail polish to another hand. Thanks for the suggestion! ♥

I bumped into a cool hands video. This is kind of close to the way I draw my hands, only I do it by hand B>) ...and make my lines outside, not just small marks for the fingers, but that's drawing preference mostly.
The music is a bit repetitive and annoying IMO, so maybe you can just turn off the sound. It worked for me ;o)

April 9, 2013

Colorful Page

I think this mixed media art page is turning out very colorful and Spring-like... makes me happy!

A nice contrast with my day yesterday, full of contretemps, nonsensical things and red food coloring on my white blouse... ugh...

She is not finished at all, but I wanted to show you a fun WIP. Tomorrow: more hands! Thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions for fun hands!!

April 8, 2013

Holding hands

Two more for the "Hands in April" challenge! 

 Since I am posting 2, I will be skipping tomorrow, to post another journal page. I am actually going to be trying to make a video and have it ready... sort of difficult for me, but let's see, maybe the video won't be ready tomorrow, but the page deffinitely.

Thanks for all your suggestions! Keep them coming! :oD

April 7, 2013

Live long and prosper!

Thanks for the suggestion to do Dr Spock's hand, it was fun, and I would've never thought of making that one!

Next I guess will be holding hands, an ugly scary hand, and I am thinking, maybe a baby chubby hand... that would be a challenge!
What other hand ideas would you like to see? Thanks for your comments!
You can join the fun and try to make some hands, you'll surprise yourself with the things you can make!

April 6, 2013

Journal page

These are the steps for a page in my art journal. It is loosely based on this painting, and I say loosely because the proportions are off and the result is comical... but I really wanted some texture and do something  from centuries ago. This detail is a Madonna by Duccio painted in the 1300's

First I made a drawing, which proved to be a hard task on the left side of the journal. Then I added a base of ochre:

Keep reading...

April 5, 2013

Love! 2 hands today

Thanks for the awesome suggestion of making "heart" hands! I had fun drawing these:

They look a bit too .... hmmm what is the world I want? Scary? Whitchy? haha I mean, they could've been a bit more plump, softer maybe.  Maybe the lines are too harsh, not sure. But overall I am happy with them :o)

I will not post hands tomorrow, because I want to share a journal page in steps, so it was great to have 2 hands for today.
Any other ideas out there? :oD

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5th hand, fancy ring

Per request, a fancy ring in a hand for today... but you can tell I am not a jewlery designer! ha!

Next one will be hands making a heart shape, thanks for your input! Love your ideas!
Drop me a comment with more suggestions, and feel free to grab the blog button that I finally made lol

April 4, 2013

4th hand, thumbs up

I was working on this one, and then it was suggested that I do a thumbs up... so here it goes!

I guess the next one will be one with a fancy ring. Don't forget to post a comment with more ideas about hands! 

April 3, 2013

3rd hand, peace and love

I am really having fun with these hands!

I have been working on dolls for 2 different teams, but I also have been painting a lot, only that I need to scan and I have not done it. I also need to list!

Thanks for visiting and post a comment what kind of hand do you want next... I'd like ideas!(◠‿◠)✌

April 2, 2013

2nd hand and Face in the world

This is my left hand in what was supposed to be a "reaching" position, but somehow ended up looking just funky. The proportions are a bit off, but it was fun to draw, regardless :o)

Also, for my team in "Face in the world", I finally got the first piece to work on fro Australia!
I am working on it with pencil, can you see the arm there? Then I will add collage and a little color... and get it ready to mail it to the UK

I will show tomorrow you how mine is looking right now thanks to Manon!

April 1, 2013

April's hands

Well, I kind of ran out of day! I hope you did not suffer to much through the April's fool day. I myself, didn't feel so great today :oB
Anyway.... I am doing hands for this month of April... play along with me!
This is my hand for today. You can make as many, as big, or as detailed as you want. I am aiming for one a day, let's see how it goes!

Pencil drawing with simple indications of what goes where. I love hands, aren't they interesting?