Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Old, New and Digi Too!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! There's a new challenge blog making its entrance into Crafty Blogland - Old, New and Digital too! I really wanted to join in, as I have for some time admired Mo and Deborah's work and they are both DT members. Furthermore, the blog is Mo's brainchild! I think it's such an enterprising thing to do! I have studied the rules of the challenge and I hope that my project will suffice. My main concern is the DIGI part. I use Word to resize and duplicate portraits like this one created on a page of vintage book text.


 I hope this will count as 'using a computer programme'. The old and new aspects of the challenge were not so difficult to apply. I began with the OLD part, one of my supplies which I've been collecting in my cupboard for quite some time - a jumbo clothes peg!



I like to experiment, creating characters for these pegs, which I give to friends as gifts. So far the extent of my digi art has been to sketch faces, scan them into the computer and then copy and paste them into Word and resize and repeat them. I'm really eager to learn and I would like to discover other applications and programmes that could be used with my work, so I really hope this somewhat 'primitive' attempt at using technology will be acceptable!


 I have found it so useful to be able to adapt faces to fit exactly onto a project without having to draw and re-draw every time. My long-term plan is to create a resource of my own hand-drawn images that I can play around with and use on a variety of projects. I gesso the pegs before applying a base coat and then a shaded background with stencilling over the top. My favourite stencil at the moment is this Rebekkah Meier one, which is fun to create 3D effects with.


Here you can see how this lady changed as I played around with different ideas! I was going to use the text around her head that I had cut out with her, but, in the end, I opted for a PaperArtsy Fresco, Yellow Submarine background with stamping from a Red Lead stamp on it. Rather that the ex-voto heart, I gave her a little resin flower and an MDF heart, crackled and stamped. The NEW idea was to give her feet and these are my very first feet creations! What I also like to do is to stamp out lots of sentiments from different sets and then combine them to create new 'stories' for my characters! Who is she, this mysterious moonlight dancer?


I've had lots of fun doing this and arranging the dolls so that they have little conversations with each other!


I like to decorate both sides of the pegs: the reverse side of my moonlight dancer is a cheery sun, again sketched by myself and re-sized.


This sentiment is from an Artistic Outpost stamp plate and it seemed just perfect for the project!
Thank You so much for looking at my very first entry for Mo's challenge. I do hope this little project counts as Old, New and Digi too!


15 comments:

  1. You have definitely fulfilled the 'digital' criteria with bells on Julie Ann!!!

    If you want to explore more arty digital programmes try Serif Craft Artist Professional. There is a free download for you to try the software before you buy. If you know anyone who is a member of Create & Craft TV ask them to get you a copy when it is on special offer. It is normally £25, but i got it when it was on offer. It is worth the pennies imho but see what you think. Debs uses Serif Draw Plus software.

    I LOVE your peg dolls, they are so very unique and the perfect gift for friends.

    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge, hope to see you on the next one.

    Mo:-) xxx
    DT ON&DT

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  2. Beautiful hands, beautiful faces, beautiful art Julie Ann! The stencil does look really good, must look it up! As usual, you have created something so poetical and enchanting! X

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  3. it's fabulous Julie Ann!

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  4. Gorgeous is she!! And the others are as well Julie Ann!! I really love how you use your hand drawn faces over and over, makes me want to practice faces myself!! I love your peg dolls!!
    Happy belated Mother's Day,my sweet friend! xoxo

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  5. I do love your peg dolls, this one is gorgeous.

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  6. I love your peg dolls, julie Ann, especially how their hands are holding things. I think they are having conversations too. The one in the zany green mask is telling her friend she thinks she's a bit of a square, and she's replying, yes, I'm a square peg in a round hole!

    Lucy x

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  7. Your peg dolls are exquisite Julie Ann. Love how you create the faces, you are such a talent. xx

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  8. Hello Julie, I absolutely loved this blogpost and your artwork. This is something I've not seen before; your clothes peg dolls are fabulous and I love the idea of them talking to one another. Love the clever way you have painted the faces on text and then duplicated the artwork on Word, and just love the way you have made the backgrounds and all the details, and the wonderful cheery sun back too.

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  9. I adore your peg people Julie Ann! xxx

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  10. Beautiful work Julie Ann. Thank you for joining in with us at ON&DT. :)

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  11. No, no, no... I left a long comment here the other day - that's not fair!! I adore these peg dolls, with your expressive faces and lovely hands bringing them to individual life. Beautiful work.
    Alison xx

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  12. You have created wonderful dolls with beautiful faces. A very great work! I especially love the face on the book page. Ulrike

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  13. Julie Anne you know I am a great fan of your beautiful peg dolls and this one is no exception. Beautiful face and body. Such a clever idea with stunning results. All,your dolls are amazing. Thanks you so much for playing along with us at ON&DT hugs Debs xx

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  14. Hi Julie Ann HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on being the First Winner of our ON&DT Challenge. You were a unanimous choice and so well deserved!!!

    Mo :-) xxx
    DT ON&DT

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  15. What a beautiful use of a peg, lovely work. A well deserved win... and looking forward to seeing more.

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