ICAD 1- 6

I know - two posts in two days! What goes on? Maths is finished that's what! Oh yeah - I'm back peoples. (Internet, dodgy pc allowing and not having to retake maths hopefully!)

I am behind on ICAD but I am determined to finish this year with 62 cards. So I am playing catch up at the moment. I'm also playing along with Summer of Colour and have been set a Summer project for the course I'm starting in September so I'll incorporate it all. She says optimistically.

So here we go - my first six index cards. (The cover card is blogged here.)

Yeah... sorry. Exams were coming up. Wanted to still take part...
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 - Index card a Day - Maths - Triangles
No.1
Coloured pencils
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 - Index card a Day - Raven - Grunge mixed media - Iron Off Resist
No. 2
Using the same iron off technique as the cover card.
Dylusions spray ink
Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks
Alcohol ink
Posca Pens
Clear ink pad & embossing powder 
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 - Index card a Day - Raven - Grunge mixed media - Iron Off Resist
Bonus extra print when I ironed off the embossing.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 - Index Card a Day - Maths
No.3
What can I say? I think it helped...
Biro.
Acrylic paint
No.4
Zombieeeee. Yeah!
No maths! Yeah, yeah!
Lyra Aquarelle pencils
Fineliner
Uniball pens
The Lyra Aquarelle pencils are from a set that belonged to my Mum and I have been hoarding them for years, to scared to use them. So I am pleased on so many levels with my little zombie. Mum would be happy, I think, to know I was finally using them... Maybe not so much for drawing cute zombies ;)
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 - Index Card a Day -
No.5
Short on time, stressed out on maths. Needed an injection of colour. This was a quickie,
Derwent Inktense pencils through a stencil
Posca pen
No.6
Neocolour ii Crayons
Pentel Oil Pastels
Derwent Graphix pen
Posca pens
Fineliner
Pencil
Still plenty of time to join in with ICAD if you fancy it. All you need is a stack of index cards and your own imagination. Any medium goes. Anything - it really is a good way to practice without fear of messing up a sketchbook, try out new techniques, de-stress with a doodle or splash about with some paint. I love it!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Summer of Colour - Week One

Hello, hello, hello!

Week one of Summer of Color is under way - in fact I think the new colours go up today so I may have just snuck in under the wire.
The prompt for this week is:

 blue + blue + green

I used Neocolour ii crayons through a stencil on the background. The colours were Cobalt Blue + Blue Turquoise + Yellow Green.  Her hair is a blue Derwent Graphik pen - the only one I have, got it as a free sample. I thought it matched-ish the cobalt blue crayon. 
Whoopidooings: Carmen Wing - Mixed media girl illustration #SummerofColor2015
Neocolour ii Crayons
Graphix Pen
Posca Pens
Oil Pastels
Pencil
Fineliner
Whoopidooings: Carmen Wing - Mixed media girl illustration #SummerofColor2015
 If you'd like to see what everyone else did with the colour prompt, click here to be taken to the list of participants.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

ICAD 2015 - Cover Card

June the 1st will soon be here!! That means it's once again time for ICAD (Index Card a Day) and Summer of Color (or Colour - s'cuse me if I keep forgetting to do the American spelling.) Yaaaaaaay! And Yaaaaaay again!

I don't usually do a cover card for my index cards but maths revision is particularly stressing me out - so I had a play the other day. I'm going to whisper this next bit - I'm getting a bit fed up with acrylics. Shhh. Shhh. I really want to get better at watercolours, coloured pencils, my Neocolour ii's etc. So I'm going to focus on playing around with those on my index cards each day. (You watch how I drift back to acrylics by the end!)

This is the cover card. I was so chilled out by the end of playing and look - I ended up getting a fab transfer when I ironed off my embossing.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Indigoblu stamp
 (Have linked because so many asked where I got it)
Clear embossing
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks
You can see the gold ink better in this one.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
I've posted these on Facebook and Instagram (my Internet and my PC are making it a nightmare to blog recently! I swear they are in cahoots!) I was surprised when so many people asked me how I did it. And then Kyla asked for a blog post so here we go - this is for you Kyla. And anyone else that wants it. I didn't take step by steps of the one above - I literally was just playing. So I did another today... bear in mind that I'm a really crappy stamper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Stamp
Clear Ink Pad
Clear Embossing Powder
Index Card
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Stamp the image, add the powder and do your heat gun thang.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Roughly scribble over the entire card, image included, with Derwent Inktense pencils
*Ahem* Ignore the crisps
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Spray with water to activate smooshiness
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Smoosh about till you're happy
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
Drip some ink on top of the wet card - spray and hold at different angles to get different effects
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
When the card is completely dry, sandwich between a couple of sheets of printer paper.
Iron on a high heat.
This is just my normal iron, gets more use for arty stuff than it does for clothes *g*
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
You can see the embossing transferring to the underside of the paper.
And this was todays result. Not such a good index card but I was rushing. However I really love the imprint on my piece of paper.
Whoopidooings: ICAD 2015 Cover Card - Iron off emboss resist
When you iron off the embossing you are supposed to get a nice crisp white image. Like I say, I'm a crappy stamper and I kind of like the grunge effect anyway. I originally found this technique via this fab YouTube video. She uses distress inks which I don't have and you don't seem to get the imprint with those. I have done this technique with watercolour paints and Neocolour ii's with some lovely results. (I'm kind of addicted!) But this is the first time I've had such lovely imprints on my scrap paper - I think it's the drawing inks. 

Anyway - I hope those that wanted a step by step will have a play - show me if you do? I'd love to see. I reckon as long as you use something fluidy you should get good results with at least the original image - the extra image on my scrap paper was a bonus I didn't expect.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

WOYWW - On Thursday.

Blame the internet. These pictures were taken yesterday. Plonked myself down at the PC, which had been working all day... no internet. *Insert swear words and fist shakes*

Sooo, what's on my workdesk today? (Yesterday - but still there today!) Can't even get in the door of the shedio - Well, I can. If I squeeze in, balance on one foot and lean over the bike. But there's no room on the desk to do anything anyway - so... Tidy up is in order. I think a de-clutter sesh may be imminent too.

Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Inside isn't much better. Craig is in despair. He cannot wait till I move my desk upstairs and away from his tidy eyes.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
For the extra curious amongst you - I was window shopping on Amazon. I saw mention of  Holbein coloured pencils on another bloggers page. I love her work and am now drooling over the pencils. 
Anyone have them? Are they good?

This is the book on my desk. I've had it years but not read it in ages. I pulled it off the shelf to give me some ideas for a wood sprite I wanted to put in my tunnel book. (Swap I'm in.) Can't put it down now, am loving it - it's like getting a new book all over again.
Whoopidoooings: WOYWW, What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Brian Froud - Good Faeries Bad Faeries
Good Faeries Bad Faeries - Brian Froud
So what's in your work space today? Why not follow me over to Julia's  and link up so we can all have a snoop.

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Mixed Media Grungy Pastel Bunny

Yep. Pastel.

The last couple of weeks has seen me organising revision time and art time a lot better. I was able to finish up this commission. The brief was a mixed media bunny in my style but also reflecting the tastes of the lovely Carol. (Snowbunny Knits.) I was sent an excellent array of pictures giving me an idea of Carols tastes to work from. One thing was for sure - there was a lot of pastel *Silent scream* Carol has been a huge supporter to me and believe it or not, I do love seeing pastel in other peoples work - it just scares the frig out of me to use!

Here he is; Bunny:
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
The process shots - leave me a comment if you like/don't like seeing these. I never know if people want them or not. I enjoy seeing how people get from start to finish on other blogs, that's why I pop them on here. 
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Layering for WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
 Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - WiP on Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Carmen Wing - Mixed Media Grunge Pastel Bunny
Collage Ephemera
Acrylic Paint
Neocolour ii Crayons
Inktense Pencils
Graphite Pencil
In the end I really enjoyed making Bunny and I am definitely not so scared of pastel now. Thanks Carol, he was great fun.

Thank you for stopping by today :)

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