Saturday, 30 June 2012

Introducing Michelle Webb

Hello, I’m Michelle, I’m 41 and I work full time, I try and make good use of my evenings but I always end up going to bed too late because I can't tear myself away from the current project.

I awoke my sleeping arty side in March this year after being at 'Art from the Heart', a shop in Harrogate owned by Dyan Reaveley. Such an inspirational place to be. I saw lots of canvases and art journals and I knew I wanted to get home and dust off my acrylic paints and start painting again as soon as possible.

Dream Big Canvas 20th May 2012 A day at Art from the Heart with Kate Crane 10th May 2012

I left art college in 1989 and I'd forgotten how much I loved paint and pastels. Now there's no stopping me, I'm on the ride of my life, making journal pages and canvases at every opportunity. In 1989 most inspiration came from books or art galleries. Now with the internet and the blog world, there is inspiration everywhere and I love it!

What's inside my head Journal page 7th April 2012       Time Gone Journal page 22nd March 2012

So what kind of painting do I like to do? I like using acrylics, pastels and pencils. Then I bring in the mixed media's of paper, inks, gilding flakes, modelling paste, fabric, wax and any kind of texture I can get my hands on. I like to use words on a page or painting, you get to see much more of what's in the artist's head. I like to draw images and faces and I adore colour.

                                     Home is where the Ink & Paint is Canvas 8th June 2012

                                                You will succeed Journal page 5th April 2012

I'm a 'glass is half full' kind of person and always look to the things in life that make me smile to paint about.

I'm really looking forward to sharing projects with fellow artists and bouncing ideas of each other. I love the idea of Collabor-Art and I can't wait to get started.

You can find more of my painty inky makes here at The Hobby Room
Michelle xx

Thursday, 21 June 2012

latest photos for Lorraine's pair journal

Lorraine and I met up today and exchanged journals - mine looks great irl
I found it hard to start pages and leave them unfinished - and cant wait to see how they develop

thanks very much Pat for all your lovely pages in my journal..I have made a little video of the pages on is the link to watch it..not sure how to add the video here!

Monday, 18 June 2012

If at first you don't succeed ..... try try again

I was chuffed to bits to receive this gorgeous (and huuuuuge) postcard today from Virginia on the mail art trail, as the first card she sent me sadly got lost in transit

Second time lucky :)

My postie loved it too

six hours work in five minutes

let's do the time warp again,

here is how the 'D&V' paired journal manage to do so much in one art hour,

we use stop motion photography magic...

the making of the peacock page - cut, glue, stick, glitter paint WOW

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Pass the painting-2nd layer

I have finished the second layer on this painting (passed to me by Nigel and being sent on to Leanie). I used stamped tissue paper, texture paste, acrylic inks and metal cogs.
Sami x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Another 2nd layer

Masked off the bottom corner and sprayed with tattered angels inks. Added the purple bird and then doused with water for a shabby look.

Pass the painting (leannes 2nd layer)

Have masked off the original first layer with hearts then added lots of paint and scratched in gesso.  I think this is a great swap and looking forward to seeing the next couple of layers...


Morning all, well we've had a bit of a gap since we last posted our pairs journal to one another it must be just over a week, maybe touching two weeks.  I received mine back from Donna and took it away with me, but found that I really wasn't in the right zone for creating, thankfully that all changed when I got back, but as usual most of my pages have ended up more bases than completed pages, but that's the joy of these pairs journal - no need to actually finish a page until you think it might actually be finished. So I'm hoping Donna will enjoy adding to my book when she receives it back because we're about to swap again which is always fun.

Finding what Donna has done in her book or my book when I receive them is always like a book of secrets, I'll turn a page and ooh and aah over what she's done, all the additions, sometimes they are tiny but because we've become familiar with each others book it's easy to spot any change that has occurred. 

Mine is feeling a little more weighty now and definite getting full, but I have some book rings that are even bigger should they be required at some point, however, for now they are still holding up!  Because mine are on book rings, I tend to take the pages out to work on, the thing with this is that the pages never go back in the same order! 

So here are my additions, the burnt page now has some 'flames' added into it, I had fun playing with paint on this one. 
 A stretched landscape of Lowther Castle that I visited whilst away.  This page took quite a while to create and I started to add some texture to it, the page is completely hidden in my book as you'll see from the holes on either side.
 Added some colour to the edges of the page, Donna had started this one by creating the colours in the centre.
 This is one of my favourites, a fold out layout, lots of paint, images, layers and stamping, definitely influenced by some of the mixed media we came across whilst on holiday!
 A doodle page
Paint on this page, the book's base is some scrapbook paper I've had forever, I was keen for the book not to take on a completely pinky red look even though that's the base colour of the pages, so when the mood takes me I get out different colours to create a completely different look
 Another fun page to create, simple colour washes against the base paper (hence the curling), my new wooden print stamp in white and a swirly black stamp that was free on Craft Stamper.
Can't wait to get my hands on Donna's journal now! 


D here - not long to wait  my ( donna's) book is winging away to you today V... here are some shots of the ongoing pages I worked on this time: 
a watercolour tree frog ( my most favorite subject to paint other than humans)

a Lynne Pirella (?) paper artsy stamp thing I did using Lizzie's stamps last week - double stamped onto Letraset anti-bleed paper - sewn together sequined and beaded coloured with Lizzies promarkers then I re drew the face over the stamped image because I preferred it a bit more 'tibetan'

A background ( thanks Jennie for the technique tips)
'love is... a flying pig story'


start of a collage 'sucking too hard on your lollypop'
added words and captions to existing works:

did some sketches using big nibs and fine nibs to get the feel for the different effects on this khadi paper  (it sucks in any kind of liquid/ink/pigment like a desert)

added to existing collage pages

and 'did' (copied shamelessly) Karen Michel - isbn 1-59253-019-2 - get the book 'tis great fun,

see you next round...


Friday, 8 June 2012

Stage 3

Added my bits to the canvas for Pass the Painting... added the image, the gold leaf and the lacy bits at the bottom....