Monday, April 27, 2009

Mixed Media Monday 'On the beach'


The theme this week is 'On the beach'. I decided to have another go at using the 'toilet paper' technique that I tried last week for my 'Daily Art stop challenge Wednesday' piece, as I really enjoyed doing that. The toilet paper technique was just me pasting some toilet paper to a sheet of paper then I waited for it to dry and flattened it out then painted it with arcylic paint and acrylic ink. Once that was dry I cut the figures out that I had sketched and painted with acrylic paints and also used black pen. I then stuck them on top. I really like the texture of the back ground when I do this as well as the way the figures pop out a bit more.

I based this idea on fond memories of my Grandparents and I, especially my Bampi (Welsh for Grandpa). They used to take my brother and I for the school holidays and after school as our parents had to work so their home was a second home for us. They also took us down to the beach and Blackpill (in Swansea) in the summer time when they had us for the day. They would spoil us rotten and we loved it!!!! I really miss them both but I'm so glad I have these fond memories, this picture is of my Bampi and me paddling in the sea. I think he would like this picture, especially as I've actually drawn him with a bit more hair than he actually had I got a bit carried away.

14 comments:

Sandy said...

Wow this is gorgeous. Wonderful card.

Alberta and Ava said...

Nicola, we have the same dream! I love children's books and have always wanted to illustrate. My sister actually wrote a story for me last summer, and, since then, I've been working on a style and my painting skills to try to bring her story to life. I love the painting of you and your Bampi and I am dying to try your tp technique. Thank you for sharing it!

Clare Incher said...

Babes... you have done it again! Top marks for you my little poppet! Bampi did have lots of hair... on his nose! I miss him too
xxxxx

indybev said...

This is so charming and well done...and made all the more special by your accompanying story. Standing ovation!!

Ozstuff said...

Great story - thanks so much for sharing it with us. Your painting is lovely. Take a bow!!

Charlie said...

Oh this is so sweet. I love it. I'm going to have to try the toilet paper technique. Sounds so cool.

vintage wil said...

Beautiful work! so sweet.

Nicola said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!!!!

Penny said...

You scored a hit with this one Nic. I love the texture - great memories!

Amy said...

Very special!!!! I love that you used your own personal experience..sweet memories as well. Great art piece..I enjoyed coming by to see it.

Diane said...

It's a beautiful piece, Nicola! And reading what you wrote brought back happy memories of my Grandparents. They didn't take me to the beach, but they did spoil me :-) Diane

Jessie Lilac said...

Hi Nicola, I love these pitures you've made using the loo roll! It really touched me when I read this was a memory of you and your grandfather, it's a lovely image. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments :)x

Jessie Lilac said...

Oops - I can spell 'pictures' really I can!;)

NANCY LEFKO said...

how sweet.....

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