Watercolour ATC

10 09 2008

This is an ATC I painted for the latest promt ‘Dancing’ at Think Monday, Think ATC which is listed on the sidebar to the right.

I don’t know why this image popped into my head, it’s a bit weird, but at least I’m painting!

Thanks for looking



Pages 3,4,5 and 6

4 08 2008

Pages 2 and 3: squares

This spread is all about layering. We were given a list of 27 images to find and put on our pages in any order we chose, previously having coloured the pages with a dark colour.   Returning to this after pages 4 and 5 we were instructed to draw squares etc around pics of our choice and to spread on and wipe off a pale colour.  I did this and ended up with a basically pink page which I really didn’t like at all – hated in fact.  The pictures sank into the page and it just looked awful to my eyes.  I know the point of this is not to make pretty pages, but it is about getting to know ourselves – and I definitely did not like what I had acheived so I decided to go over it with, firstly oil pastels and then paints of various dark hues.  I am much happier with this now and will leave it alone until I decide to fiddle some more :).

Pages 3 and 4: “I forgot to tell you….”

The pages were gesso’d first of all to prep them.  Next the instruction was to write in a stream-of-consciousness style filling both pages, starting with the prompt: “I forgot to tell you…”.   Well, I was surprised at what came out of this for me, it was really quite cathartic, as is often the case when writing in this way.  It ended up as an almost letter to my mother who died earlier this year, many of the things I never got to say.  I knew the next step for this spread was going to be to cover the whole thing up and I really wrestled with this as I felt that what had come out in the writing was important for me and I did not want to suppress it again.  So I left it for a day or so until I came to a firm decision about what I wanted to do:  leave the writing totally uncovered as was my initial emotional response, or follow the instructions and see what happened.   As you can see I opted for the latter, however I did copy the text before doing so – so yeah it was a bit of a cop-out but I am happy with that.  Next it was tape, all sorts anywhere, then gesso, then sanding that lot, then paint.  I like the effect of this and am happy that I am getting to do the sort of backgrounds, many layered, that I have wanted to achieve.



Soul Journal Pages 1 and 2

30 07 2008

I started thisproject a few days late but never mind.

I’ve never been one for starting my journals at page 1 and continuing until I reach the end. I’ve always opened them at any page and just carried on working in that way, a page here and a page there. This has already taught me something new, working in sequence can have benefits! The claiming my book exercise at the start of the book got me straight over that sinking, daunting feeling of a blank book. I’ve done similar exercises before but somewhere in the middle of the book!

The armour exercise was an interesting one for me, ignoring the martial aspects of the armour, I saw it as building a protective shell around what I think the most important part of being creative is… a brave heart.

Page 3 and 4, I was limited by the magazines I had on hand, so I probbly spent way too much time being picky about the pictures, collecting and saving them in order. So much so I missed the word “art”, and I seem to have ended with a very blue page rather by chance than design. I will be going back to the spread to add more drawing.

I’m not sure about the dolls, and if I’ll make those, we’ll see.

Soul Journal – Pages 1 + 2

29 07 2008

Believe it or not this is my name page!  I was reluctant to do this – I am not sure why, but once I got started I had such fun – what a great experience – I spent hours, doodling, colouring, sticking, playing.  It really loosened me up.  I am thinking that in all future journals, and where I have space in those I have already done or started I shall make room or tip-in a name page – it is well worth it and definitely shows who owns the book.

I am with Gail in that I don’t do armour either.  This is a drawn copy of an image I created some fifteen years ago – she is one emanation of several protector-teachers that I have – at the time of her creation (she is a stitched tapestry on canvas) She named herself Raven Mother – quite apt eh :).  The mirror at the centre of her chest is to deflect and reflect negativity, the spiral shield I have placed at her crown as it represents for me both internal and external negative criticism and put-downs…the spiral transforming/transmuting these or just spiraling them away from me.  The red stone on the left depicts heat/energy and nature both nurturing and inspiring aspects of life.



colour does the soul good…

27 05 2008

on my return from a weekend artists retreat, exhausted and not really sure which way was up, i needed a little bit of cheering up. i pulled out a collection of papers, a couple of favourite collage books and tubes and tubes of bright paints…… ta dah!

and bound into 8 individual signatures, the following a particular favourite, has become my journal of the weekend retreat’s thoughts and photos….

there’s more here



Raven ATC swap

2 10 2007

Here are all the raven ATCs

They have now been posted to the participants and should arrive within 7-10 days. Thank you to everyone who partipated – they are all wonderful

Pagan Celebrations ATC’s

7 09 2007

When the Raven’s began talking about doing an ATC swap, I was intrigued and headed out into the web-o-sphere to learn about this new (to me) artistic form.  I was directed (by google, bien sur) to ATCards, and quickly found a swap that appealed to me.  It was called Pagan Celebrations and participants were to depict, in any medium, any aspect of a pagan celebration of their choice.  I ended up doing two of Ostara, one of Beltane and one of Mabon, all watercolor on card stock. 

Ostara is the Vernal or Spring Equinox, and is the source of Easter’s two main symbols: dyed eggs and bunnies.  Beltane or May Eve is a fertility festival celebrating the burgeoning plant world, the regeneration of new life, and abundance of all kinds.  I chose to represent it with an overflowing basket.  Mabon is the Autumnal Equinox, also called Harvest Home, in which we are gathering in all our harvests and thanking the Goddess for it all.  I painted the Mayan maize (corn) god, as an ear of corn.

Mari Mann 2007