Saturday, 19 July 2014

Paper Saturdays link up time.

I am back from my Holidays and I was ready to embrace Paper Saturdays with a fresh mind and lots of humph. However as soon as I flew back home I  heard about the disaster of the Malaysian Boeing 777. I feel even more gutted and saddened then I already would as a special person in my life lost a very young family member. There are no words I can think of that will make it better for all of you who are affected instead I will carry you in my heart!



Today I am leaving you with some very emotional self portraits I painted before my break in coinjunction with a class by Gillian Lee Smith. Like I said above sometimes there are just no words. Maybe the paintings will tell you all.



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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Paper Saturdays link up time.

It is that time again. Are you ready for linking your art? Please scroll down and leave your link in the Mr Linky at the bottom of this post.

I like to thank you all for your most wonderful comments over the last few weeks.  Everything is now returning to some sort of normality and to make it even more peaceful I will be taking a little break but don't worry I will be back here next Saturday.






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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Paper Saturdays, time to link up your art.

Life is still a little hectic here. Lots of moving of things and people are again much at the fore front of my daily routine this week. Nevertheless it is all good fun and it may last a little while longer. Enough of that and lets get into Paper Saturdays. Are you ready to link up the art that you have created this week?  

I had a commission for one of those cute wooden brushes I have in my Etsy shop. I couldn't find a paper with the right colour combination that was asked for so I used a plain tissue paper and hand painted the butterflies. I really enjoyed making the time to paint in between the chaos of the day I think I should make time for it each day as it has a meditating sort of effect on me. Tell me do you make time for you?






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Friday, 27 June 2014

A Still Life, Paper Saturdays link up time.

Life isn't standing still for me right now. There seems to be movement in every little corner you could ever imagine possible so forgive me for not having been able to visit you Paper Saturday friends. Please bare with me and keep linking your gorgeous art I will catch up I promise but for now to calm myself down I am leaving you and me with a still life of the Mason brothers. These wonderful beasts are my studio friends and help me stay grounded.



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Friday, 20 June 2014

How to make a Paper Mache bowl, Paper Saturdays.

Each week I love it when it comes round to Paper Saturdays and I can show you what I have been trying out. For ages now I have been wanting to make some paper mache bowls to put on one of the tables in my studio and after finally sorting out the renovating mess the time felt right to get down to making at least one bowl.


It truly is super easy and fun as long as you don't expect perfectly shaped bowls at the end of the process. I love misshapes so this isn't a problem to me. Give it a try it won't cost you a fortune either. All you need is a bowl, cling film, scraps of paper, a paper puncher, glue paste to put it all together and mod podge to seal it all.

Start by making your Glue paste.
  • Mix half a cup of plain flour with 2 cups of cold water.
  • Then put 2 more cups of water in a sauce pan, bring to boil and then add the flour and cold water mixture to your pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil again and then immediately remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar to the pan.
Let the mix cool down completely until it thickens down and you are ready to play. 

    Cover your bowl with cling film. Punch paper shapes with a puncher and cover them in the glue paste. You can use a painting brush to do this but just make sure the paper is saturated. Cover the bowl with your shapes and let it dry overnight. You can add more layers for strength if you want but it is important to let each layer dry overnight. When you are happy with your design and it is completely dry carefully pull the paper mache bowl away from the ceramic bowl. You may get some tears at this stage but don't worry this is easily fixed with some more glue paste and paper shapes.


    All you need now for the bowl to become strong is some modpodge. You can seal the bowl in and out with that stuff and you are ready to go. I repeated this final step only once but if done more than once I am sure it will carry more than just cotton wool. I am aiming for marshmallow what about you?

    I hope you will link up and share your paper art with us this week.


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    Wednesday, 18 June 2014

    The summer of colours.


    Lottie's illustration is inspired by week two of the challenge 'The summer of colors'

    Saturday, 14 June 2014

    How to make a zine, Paper Saturday's link up time

    Welcome to another week of Paper Saturdays, our weekly gathering of paper artists. You are all welcome to link your art, there are some instructions at the bottom of this post on how to.



    One of my most visited posts at Paper Saturdays is 'How to make a zine' and when I was reminded by someone of my early drawings of one of the main characters on my blog, Lottie popjes, I thought it would be great fun to finally get them all together in a little zine with some inspirational quotes. I have two to give away so leave me a comment bellow if you are interested and I will put you in the draw for next week.


    I still love these drawings and I look back at that time with some fond memories but sometimes they make me feel a little sad too as they attracted some negative energy. They became very popular very quickly and they created quite a storm back then. I even did a live class once trying to show how to create them. I still have a link to that class somewhere I may dig it out if it is not too embarrassing or maybe I could make a new drawing tutorial for you, what do you say?


    http://manonpopjes-manonpopjes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/how-to-make-zine-paper-saturdays-link.html

    If you are interested in making your own zine click on the above image and it will take you to the template and instructions which is free for you to download.


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    Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    How distaster struck.

    Maybe Lottie should have worn black to the hairdresser.

    This illustration was inspired by the challenge Summer of Color over at Kirstin's blog





    Saturday, 7 June 2014

    Paper Saturday's link up time, my world is upside down.

    Are you ready for another week of sharing your art with me and other artists here at Paper Saturdays, please scroll down to the bottom of the post and it will take you through the steps of what to do.


    You may think it is sad but I have fallen in love with paper clay. There is something very soothing about sitting there with the clay going through my fingers. I love it when one big lumb becomes so many individual figures of gestalt with each their own little characteristics .


    Yes there I am dreaming away into fantasy land where everything feels perfect and each little thing has it's own little place.  However that is just a dream because real life is not much like that for me at the moment.


    When I got invited by Patrice to take part in the Drawing Challenge with the theme of Upside Down I smiled because I am feeling very Upside Down right now. Our house is being renovated and slowly my studio is becoming a dumping ground for things that have no place right now.


    Yes the house being upside down surely has a great affect on me. Things in my head feel upside down too. I now have difficulties sitting down to create in my studio. Very little drawing has been done. I would love to hear what is upside down for you.

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    Friday, 30 May 2014

    Paper Saturdays link up time.

    Happy Paper Saturdays to you all! I hope you will join me and share your art with us. Please scroll down and link up at bottom of this post.

    This week I found my inspiration with Roberto who is hosting a drawing challenge with the topic no limits. I thought it might be fun to combine it with Paper Saturdays and see what answers you may come up with. Would you for example have limits on what you put on show in public or do you have no limits?




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    Saturday, 24 May 2014

    Paper Saturdays link up time and the joy of Paper Machee.

    Are you ready for linking your paper art with us this week. We love to see what you have created. My Internet is all sorted and much more reliable now so I will be able to visit you again. I can't wait to see what you have in store.

    This week I really wanted to make something colourful, fun and something just for me. I have always been a big fan of custom jewellery and ginormous beads and when I needed some Paper Machee for another project I saw my chance to make some yummy big beads with the left overs.




    You can find a great recipe for Paper Machee over here. I rolled some balls from this recipe and pushed them onto a skewer and baked them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in the oven for about a hour at 200 degrees Fahrenheit and then let them cool for at least 30 minutes. My beads cracked a bit but this was easily fixed with some more Paper Machee and a little placement in the sun for a few more hours.

    When the beads were totally dry I sanded them down and painted them in some funky neon colours and I patterned one bead with ink pens and paint. Before threading the beads on black cord I varnished them with a gloss varnish. I used this one which will keep the beads water resitant so I can still cycle in the rain. 

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    Saturday, 17 May 2014

    Paper Saturdays link up time.

    Saturday has come round very fast yet again. I hope you are ready for another week of sharing your Paper Art with us. Please feel free to join and share any art which is in some form related to paper.

    I have been having lots of trouble with my internet so today I am a bit late posting and I also have  not been able to visit you over the last week. It is still very touch and go at the moment so please forgive me for not visiting you soon. However I will catch up with you when I can, so please bear with me.

    This week I wanted to show you some small works of mine which I created with acrylic paints. These two samples are small paintings which I have been using as warm up exercises for working on some big canvasses. How do you warm up?



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