Sunday, October 12, 2014

Inktober Drawings 6 - 10

Inktober drawings 6 - 10. There are two for October 8. Both were inspired by @augustwren on Instagram. (Also, i updated the last Inktober post to include inspirations.) Really enjoying this challenge so far!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Inktober Drawings 1 - 5

Inktober drawings 1 - 5. Number five's 5 deep breaths was inspired by @lizelayne on Instagram. The lyrics below the illustration are by Flogging Molly. Mandala drawing inspired by Debra Cooper.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Color Block Mini Sketchbook

For my third mini sketchbook I decided to pre-paint all of the pages with blocks of color. In one of my previous sketchbooks I had done this on a few pages and loved working over the painted pages, so I thought a whole sketchbook of painted pages would be fun. (And I was right, if I do say so myself!)

I painted all the pages ahead of time in stolen bits of time. I would pop in, grab 1 - 3 colors of paint that I liked together and painted them in blocks of color on the pages. Let them dry and then come back and do another spread. Repeat until the book was full.

Now I'm working on filling the painted pages.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Packing Tape Transfers

I've fallen in love with a new technique: packing tape transfers. The process is so easy and the results are so cool.

1. Apply packing tape to either a magazine image or a photocopied image (not from an inkjet - the transfer will work, but the ink will smear). Make sure to overlap the tape edges as you cover your image.
2. Burnish the tape well.
3. Lay taped images tape side down in a tub of warm water. Let soak.
4. Rub paper off the back of the tape, the ink should be left on the tape.

I found that with all but one of my magazine and photocopy transfers that after soaking long enough (5 minutes or so) that the paper actually slid off in one piece!

I did try inkjet prints and as I said they will work, however expect some smeared ink as it is not waterproof.

Also I tried transfers with contact paper, they did work, however the tape ones worked better.

My transfers stored on plastic page protectors. They are still sticky, although you can also use matte medium to adhere them to your project.

The book Playing with Image Transfers by Courtney Cerruti inspired me to try this technique.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mini sketchbook

Lately I've set aside my larger sketchbook for these little ones. Below are pages from my second recent mini sketchbook. Earlier pages from this book and pages from the last one can be found in my Instagram feed (@jessicalloughrey) I am absolutely loving working in these little books and how fast they fill up! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

3 day weekend

My, my it's been awhile since I've blogged. Oops! I'm on Instagram (@jessicalloughrey) 
now and tend to neglect this poor blog in favor of posting there.

So here's a peek at what I've been up to on this hot 3 day weekend.

Doodlely little drawings in my mini sketchbook.

A family selfie for Maddy, who needs a family pic for preschool.

I Bought a new shirt - clearance rack @ Target, check out the pattern on it!

And some gelli printing. I'm experimenting in black and white for 
Somerset Studio's upcoming black and white theme. 

I also gelli printed this tote bag too. Very excited about this!

And I worked some more on this painting, which still has a ways to go, 
like any thoughts about that big open area on the left?

So that's what I've been up to, how about you?