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Watercolour play February 17, 2008

Filed under: art,photography — misslainey @ 11:27 pm

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Being on holidays is oh so lovely and the other day after feeling creative but having no supplies on hand, I visited a little art store in Wangaratta and picked up a watercolour pad, some watercolours, a couple of brushes and a fantastic liquid pencil medium in a jar made by Matisse Derivan http://www.matisse.com.au/pages/LiquidPencil.html.  Available in a few different graphite undertones , I bought the Sepia. It comes in a reworkable, rewettable format or a permanent  choice.  I wanted to be able to work with the product on the paper so I went for the reworkable formula.  Although I did use this product for my initial drawing, I then overworked with my watercolours, a layer of black sharpie and a white watercolour glaze over the top of the body work to give it a ethereal finish. As I only bought a couple of brushes, I will play more with the liquid graphite when I get home.  It was great to be doing art, on the verandah with a glass of wine. Too good!

Yesterday we visited the lovely towns of Beechworth & Yakandanda complete with a visit to the famous Beechworth Bakery and the latter town being the place where “Strange Bedfellows” was filmed. If you’re not familiar with the movie, it is an Aussie flick with Paul Hogan and Michael Caton. They even kept the name of the town REAL in the movie!!



Creating New Space January 20, 2008

Filed under: art — misslainey @ 3:42 am


I’ve been tweaking my art room over the last few days and discovered all sorts of hidden treasures in boxes, drawers and more.  I’m working on lots of new bits and pieces and decided a good clean out was needed to connect with everything in my room again.  It’s amazing what I’ve found that I can use in my new creations and I am eager to get started!  The collection of knick knacks above sit on the top of an old cupboard and are great to look at and really inspire me!


Pelican Quilt July 3, 2007

Filed under: art,photography — misslainey @ 3:08 am


I’m in the process of making a “Pelican Quilt”.  I’m really itching to get on with it.  It has been one of the few things creative that I have been able to really focus on lately. Unfortunately this project has been delayed due to my sewing machine chucking a wobbly! I’m just about to chuck it through the window. Breathe deep…..breathe deep…..that’s right!! Wish me luck as I go back to being a Sewing Machine Mechanic for the 43rd time today!


Collage piece June 16, 2007

Filed under: art — misslainey @ 1:07 am

I’ve just finished off this  8 x 10 beeswaxed collage canvas that I originally started a few months ago.  It was one of “those” projects, you know the ones I am talking about, where you are inspired to start and get half way through, then put aside for a later stage.  It then gets buried under all your other ‘new’ projects and then one day when you tidy your room, voila – you find it and are suddenly inspired enough to finish it. Hehe! Happens all the time to me in a small space……..my kingdom for a real studio………if only!