Sunday, February 24, 2013

A little Sketch

A little Sketch

 

came across this photograph in a Simple Life Magazine and love the simplicity of the composition , 

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Quick 10 min pencil sketch to play with the odd angle of the missing head and the pathway ahead 

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brushed over with an ink filled brush to loosen up the lines and play with movement 

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Quite like the feel … 

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milliande

:-) 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Art Quote of the Day

Art Quote of the Day :::

 " The aim of every artist is to arrest motion " 

 ::: William Faulkner

New Color Moodboards inspired by my walks along the welsh sea ..


New Color Moodboards inspired by my walks along the welsh sea .. 

Beach Views - Sea Views - Mountain Views - having travelled again to my beloved Wales ..the colors here never cease to amaze me .. when the sun reflects he salty water the most gorgeous color combinations can be captured as a result of it .. I love the muted greys matched by an organic color palette of burned wood burgundy's, seaweed greens and rusted metals found when beachcombing .. I am an avid photographer and am often drawn to macro shots of particular fragments I encounter on my travels so here I like to share some free printable color palettes inspired by my personal photography ... the way and artist sees ...the way an artists appreciates the play of light and colour .. without further ado .. Gallery 5 and Gallery 6  of my CAPI Color Moodboard palettes 

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Gallery 5 Free Printable Color Moodboards ..here the thumbnails, you can follow the link to get to my website where you can print the colour palettes for your own inspiration



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Gallery 6 Free Printable Color Palettes , inspired by the welsh seaside , here the thumbnails, you can follow the link to get to my website where you can print the colour palettes for your won inspiration

i hope they inspire
milliande :-)


Who could Resist Rusty Beach Treasures

Who could Resist Rusty Beach Treasures 

 

Making the most of the sunny spell, the beach calls … and delivers .. yummy rusty contenders for our rust dying experiments .. It is fun to rust non-rusty metal using vinegar and salt , leaving it outside to weather or steaming it .. but it is almost even more delicious to go out hunting for rusty metal that has been softly seasoned by the saltwater and the elements, being battered around by the changing tides and leaving  the story of a long journey to tell its tale amongst the patterns and textures of its rusty patina … now just look at these finds that make me happy .. 

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One of my favourite Rusty Nail Finds ..it looks like a perfect artwork all by itself … the colours of the stones in the sunlight emit such a gorgeous blue hue … don't you think ? :-) 

 

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Love the way these pieces of rusted wire poke out and cast an interesting shadow onto the surface itself .. 

 

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I think the local farmers would seriously doubt my sanity if they could see me swoon over these rusty nails .. 

giggle

 

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on a lovely sunny day the shadow play is almost as interesting as the rust pattern themselves ..

 

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I particularly like rounded and curved shapes rather than straight edges and this is going to be a perfect rusty contender .. a half ring long broken off from its whole ..yet now cosily nestling up to it's rusty friends in my bag …loved once again ..

 

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Rust with a View 

 

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Maya loves the rope climbs along the way :-) 

 

 

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A great view over the estuary across the snowdonia mountains today, although it is quite clear today , only the first mountains are visible, on a crystal clear day the mountains stretch for miles over the waters … I never tire of this view and my heart is so at home here .. I am truly blessed … (( insert deep breath sigh )) :-) 

 

 

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a great day … now off to warm our chilly noses

 

…milliande 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Welsh Beachcombing for Rust

Welsh Beachcombing for Rust

Having arrived back at my beloved Wales a sunny day after a howling storm last night invited some beach investigation. Having played with rusting paper and rusting fabric with eco print methods in my garden, I was keen to see whether the winds had blown any rusted objects marked but the saltwater tides ..and I was not dissapointed


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 This rusty spray bottle must have been travelling for a while to get those gorgeous rust colours and patterned textures all over … even the plastic slowly took on a rust dye look .. yep , happy to take this 
one home to play

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 Next a very thin sheet of metal , bent in various places that invite some paper to be scrunched under or some fabric to be folded over … another promising candidate for rust dyeing

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 This looked curios, a kind of implement with a wooden handle and a metal top, but not really identifiable any more as to what purpose it might have served once … accompanied by a nice piece of driftwood covered in rusty nails … bliss ..

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 this old blue boat plank looked gloriously weathered all by itself , with some orange hues of rust setting it off nicely … it was not too big to carry home either … so Maya got that job :-)

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 Ahhh if only … this old rusty metal fisherman's trap had lots of turquoise rope entangled into it but the tides had already well buried it into the beach stone ground … no chance of shifting that … but what amazing colour combinations 

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 Take a closer peek here .. 

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 Ohh one of my favourite rusty objects with a circular opening and a hollow threaded metal grid inside… can't wait to eco print some rust textures with that … wonder if it will work as it is not a very even surface, might be better suited to rust fabric that can be folded around or some soft paper … well I 
shall experiment .. :-)

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 Now this is our beach curiosity … nobody really knows what it belongs too and it looks like a mini rusty ufo , or a big ocean liners light , or … or. … however it is heavenly rusted .. I might have to fasten some fabric too it and hope none will disturb it at this time of the year to see what rusty patterns it yields 


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 A close up of all the beach pebbles that have anchored themselves inside over time

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 do you think if I pull a little harder …NOT ;-) "


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 what a glorious icy but sunny day ...milliande

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Feb 13 Art Quote / Artist Quote of the Day

Feb 13 Art Quote / Artist Quote of the Day 


Inspiring when viewed through and Artists Eye 

 

" Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion.

Rather follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. " 

~Franz Kafka

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rust on Paper , Rust on Textiles .. Rust on .. where do I stop ;-)

Rust on Paper , Rust on Textiles .. Rust on .. where do I stop ;-) 

 

 

Having seen some gorgeous Rust Textiles and Rust Papers and added them to my RUSTY Pinterest Bard,  I was intrigued and proceeded to scrounge around the whole garden in search of suitable contenders for creative rusting experiments … I think the man has seen enough these past 25 years to simply comply rather than wonder anymore .. grin

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I have no recollection where I picked up this gridded piece of metal complete with stones lodged into it .. but I did and now it is cozily wrapped in some plain calico fabric to see what kind of textures will emerge 

 

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various empty tin cans got unearthed from our recycled bin , which had already developed a rusty patina… and having soaked some mixed media heavyweight paper and some recycled brown paper bags in vinegar they begun to take on rust after just a day …off the temptation to unravel … 

 

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This old rusty planting gadget was never much use on our heavy clay soil for digging out holes, BUT , neglected as it was it is now suddenly turned into the most interesting object ever…full of gorgeous spicily rust patterns to explore… so sprinkled in salt this batch of calico fabric and a piece of old linen get to have fun here..

 

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next contender… a rusty old BBQ metal grid … having been left outside for several seasons … the slow rust crust is now ready to find a new lease of life …sandwiched in between are some hot pressed water-colour sheets waiting to weather the next months outside ...

 

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Maya and I decide to also have a go at layering some eucalyptus leaves and leftover autumn/fall leaves between layers of hot pressed water-colour paper … now they are resting outside under a heavy metal rusting board to see what fabulous things the elements will do to it ...

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Various under rusty tool elements were discovered in the shed and found themselves quickly being added to the rusting experiment bowl .. some Rust on Paper … some Rust on Fabric … all mingle nicely 

 

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and old coal shuffle quickly joined the rest …not wanting to be left out 

 

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After Maya dragged a massive metal pole in front of my art studio we had a giggling fit wrapping old handkerchiefs and textured papers around the pole with some 100% wool string to see how they would fare in this rusting game .. 

Joined by the rusty trusty old wagon this is now they " RUSTY COOKING STATION" outside of my studio … demanding my patience not to peek too soon .. not too be tempted to disturbed the delicate rusty alchemy ..only once in a while walking past peeking or adding another sip of vinegar or a sprinkling of salt to the mix … 

as they say … this rusty old story is …. to be continued 

 

…milliande

 :-) 

Art Quote of the Day

Art Quote of the Day 

" Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful."  ~John Maeda


…milliande 

Handmade Going Away Present

Handmade Going Away Present

 Having had a fab day out we returned with a fresh batch of Fimo / Sculpey makable clay and Maya quickly got busy making some wonderful creature creations ...


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fine-tuning the clay creatures

 

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 I love her creativity  …. but even more did I love that she made me her first pair of dangly earrings as a going away present … I am off to a 3 day art retreat on Thursday and I could not possibly go without something handmade to remember her by  … awww

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 can you spot the cutest little cherries ready to be baked ? 

 

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an adorable pair of dangly cherry earrings that I can wear ALL THE TIME ..when I am away ;-) 

 

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…now I look seriously  fabulous now don't I ?? :-) 

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and to pair it off with the most adorable little clay hedgehog carrying an ever so delicious strawberry …. 

have I told you lately how much I love my Babe ?? :-) 

 

PS… I have just heard that  a matching pair of strawberry dangles are in progress …

just in case I get bored of one fruit apparently ;-) 

 

 

 

… milliande