Art Elements Theme Challenge – Flowers

Well this year is certainly flying by at a high speed and here we are with another Art Element theme challenge reveal – the theme is flowers and is hosted by the lovely Marsha Neal. Now I love flowers and had all sorts of ideas to interpret the theme in a range of media. Sadly however, life intervened and other things cropped up to rob me of the time needed so my offerings this month are limited to painted pieces.

In my regular post earlier this month I went through some different ways you could create quick and effective floral paintings and if you missed that you can find it here.

Following are the pieces that I’ve created since then and as you can see I go for an abstracted or stylised approach. The first piece shows one of my favourite techniques of allowing the paint to run to create elements of the painting.

Water Colour and Posca Pens.

I was feeling the need for some colour and vibrancy with this one.

Water Colour, Posca pens and Graphik Fine Liner

This piece was an experiment in a loose approach using spattered acrylic ink spattered on the paper and then drawn with a wooden skewer dipped in the ink.

Acrylic ink

I was feeling a bit stressed when I did this last piece and it became very meditative with the repetitive motif helping me to relax and ground myself – I love that about painting.

Water Colour, Posca Pens and Graphic Fine Liner

Many thanks to Marsha for choosing and hosting this theme – I’m sure I’ll continue working on this subject matter for a long time to come. Please join us on our blog hop using the links below to see what the other participants have created.

Evie and Beth

Art Elements Team

Waxed Linen Blog Hop

Welcome to the Waxed Linen Blog Hop kindly and most ably hosted by the Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studios.

I was even later than usual getting my pieces done for this hop to the point where I was still finishing up at 2am this morning so I had to keep them fairly simple. That’s one of the things I love about waxed linen though – it’s very easy to put something simple but eye catching together very quickly.

My first piece is a braided strung bracelet with a lovely pewter button clasp and heart charm from Mamacita Beadworks and rustic blue/grey seed beads from Smitten beads. The tails have been finished with some tiny pewter beads I was given as part of a bead soup four year ago. Very simple but the kind of thing I wear a lot.

My second piece is a reprise of a necklace I made last year with wire wrapped beads but this time I used double strands of waxed linen to string these lovely Czech glass beads – again from Smitten Smitten Beads, The ceramic heart focal is by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio and the bronze text connector is by THEA elements – that’s me!

the quote is from one of my favourite poems by W B Yeats…

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

And finally I whipped up a pair of five minute earrings using some red ceramic beads from our host Diana and some cream ceramic discs by me. A scrap of linen, a few copper accent beads and some ear wire and that’s it done…I frequently make earrings like these when I’m about to go out and find I have none to match my outfits.

So those are are a few ways to use waxed linen and I’m sure the other participants will have demonstrated many more so I hope you will join up on the hop using the links below and many thanks to Diana for hosting this hop.

Have a great weekend.

Diana Ptaszynski