Sunday, 17 January 2016

ART JOURNALLING IN WINTER

Do you always use the same colours?
Or do you use different colours depending on the theme?

This time, for "Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "Winter Wonderland", instead of my normal practice of using every colour in the crayon box, I used a restricted wintry colour palette.


Here are some try-out colour samples in my Art Journal.
I love making samples.



The restricted colour materials I selected -

the pens,




a very, very small selection of oil pastels,




my trusty watercolours




and some torn-cut white 4x4 inch paper squares.




I painted a selection of square paintings with the idea of joining them together like a painted patchwork to make a whole piece.

Joining as a patchwork didn't work very well.

Here are a few of the successes.

I plan to frame these, either in groups of three as here, or singly as a set.


The Tower Three




The Castle Three





Would you like to see each square individually?

The bare tree




The holly leaf




The grey castle



The snowball




The winter flower on the wall




The tower in the snow







Also linking to 
"A Monthly Challenge" which is asking for small creations no larger than 4 x 4 inches, a theme after my own heart
and to

46 comments:

  1. Lovely creations or AJJ Sheila, looks like you had fun, thanks for the explanations on what I am allowed to pin, saves confusion! Have a nice Sunday, hugs, Valerie

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  2. Oh this was well worth waiting for, I love the magic of Winter and these are full of that Wintry magic, they all look so wonderful together. Because I love trees so much my favourite would be the bare tree. I really love the colours you chose, really Wintry and the soft effects you created so much like the softness of snow. That snowball is another favourite, wow such effect, it really strikes! A beautiful collection but that snowball and tree are absolute favourites. I am more and more drawn to your snowball, fabulous!

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  3. Each little mini art piece is beautiful, I love the pastel colours. Thanks for showing all the mediums as well :) Happy Sunday, xx

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  4. Your row of this charming winter images is so harmoniously succeeded! The motives are quite typical for you and the selected colors show the cold winter. My favorite picture is the snowball, he looks really cuddly, soft! Many greetings -Ulrike

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  5. Wonderful to see all the many colours and beautiful drawings. They look fantastic together..thank you for joining in again at Art Journal Journey

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. I will first say your color selections are working like magic. I feel a chill in the air and get a little shiver from it. Your are the queen of tiny art! The winter snowball and the grey castle especially grab my attention. I really love the twiggy bush near the castle that hasn't yet lost all of its pink leaves. I do like that wintery looking wall that is caring for its wintery flower. And the bare tree too is fabulous. Grouping them together for framing is a great idea. Either in threes or singly.
    Now there's an art journal! And I love your photos of your supplies. I love seeing well used watercolor trays. They are art in themselves. I also like seeing your blank slates waiting on your blotting paper.

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  7. They are wonderful Sheila, I do like them individually, the restricted colour palette makes them special.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  8. Sheila, they are all beautiful and the colours wonderfully transparent and light, I love them all but my favourite is the tree with the snow falling. love the colours you have chosen.

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  9. How wonderful!
    Like how creative you got with limiting colours, materials and size. Looks like you had a ball making these little beauties.
    Thank you for linking up to "A Monthly Challenge" - really appreciate you sharing your art with me.

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  10. Wonderful little Winter artworks Sheila! The tree is my favourite too.
    Alison x

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  11. Feels very wintry to me, especially the tree shot. We had big wet snowflakes yesterday and it felt just like this. xox

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  12. Great to see your journal progress with the nice examples and also great to see your gorgeous supplies! Lovely little wintery square pieces in the end!
    Love the special digital watercolor effects on the individual squares - very artsy dear Sheila!

    Thank you for showing us all this at Art Journal Journey !
    Wishing you a good week ahead!
    oxo
    Susi

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  13. I just love the way you do all of your wee samples in your journal. All of your precious pictures are such an inspiration to me. I just started one for the very first time...”Don’t Forget My Lemons.” I’m also starting to try creating digital collages. Both the journal and the collages are a challenge of me, but I really want to do it. Seeing pages like yours makes me want even more to try. I love your simplicity and your use of color. I have a smile on my face after viewing them. Genie

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  14. A fantastic winter colour selection. I love your small pieces of art and the awesome pages.
    Yvonne xx

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  15. Oh I really love it how you present your current winter color blog post and I also love the colors you are using and how you made the photos! It inspires me immediatly to start some artwork with them. I always use the colors I feel a certain need for, so currently that means I take warm colors as it is uncomfortable cold outside. The illustrations you did with this magical color combination look like coming from a winter fairy tale. Beautiful winter wonderland squares! I love them all!

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  16. This is a great post! I love seeing your materials and your practice try-out journal. It is not only fun to see the path different people take (to the final product) but also how they are approaching it. Enjoy your new week!

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  17. Love seeing your process and art supplies!! Love the light wintry colours you captured that winter feel...so pretty!! I especially LOVE the bare tree and snowball!! Very nicely done...I do like the patchwork look to it as well!! I might switch the tower and the castle spots for myself!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Hugs Giggles

    Hugs Giggles

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  18. I like your wintry palette, so kind of you to photograph them with labels up so that there is no guessing as to what tools they are. i love learning about supplies.

    each of your little squares are quite charming and look wonderful together and also alone. Such a great theme.

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  19. Your paintings are always unique, Sheils. These charming small pieces of art take time and effort. Thanks for giving the tutorial. The winter pages are cool and beautiful.
    Wishing you a happy day ♥

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  20. The pastel colors are so soft and wintry.Ich like all pictures, but the castle and the flower on the wall in particular.
    Have a wonderful week Sheila ♥

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  21. Restricted pallet can be great fun. Love the pens. In particular, the bare tree is super. The overall effect is of a really cold winter. Love it, Awesome!!

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  22. I love the pastel shades for a wintry theme. Gorgeous pics. x

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  23. Wonderful winter palette and themes! I have my tried and true colours that I stick with but must try and be more adventuresome, thanks for the inspiration! Deb xo

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  24. Sweet little images in your special style. I like them all.
    Greetings
    Sabine

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  25. What a wonderful collection - I love your colour choices!Hugs, Chrisx

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  26. This is what happens when I'm offline for a day. You come along with more pens in your "limited" choice than I own. The same with watercolors and the pastels, which I've never owned.

    I'm not good working small, but I think these pieces are really lovely, and not overly cramped. I like how you are making various series, rather than a single element. And yes, I like your limited color choice for winter scenes, too.

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  27. quite an Array of painting Tools, though the Color Palette is reduced to wintery...
    of course i love them all!! but there is one which speaks to me: the Castle. being in Edinburgh, we first tried to climb the Castle from the wrong side (along the horse carousel in Princes street gardens)... we were almost on top when we realized there is no entry from this side. so back down the snail covered path - it was raining;) - and then going the right way. ha, thanks for the memories...

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  28. 11 days with no internet connection and I come back to you using a very soft palette. Love it. The 4+4 are super pieces. My favourite is the flower on the wall. Enjoyed seeing your samples. 2 great pages.

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  29. Your soft palette color choices are very very pleasing along with your artwork.
    Bare trees and flowers always speak to me...winter or summer ♥
    Happy Winter days dear Sheila oxo

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  30. Oh these are so sweet and soft! I like them together and apart. I tend to use a lot of blues, but some paintings have more variation...

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  31. Your small paintings are very beautiful, and my favorite is the bare tree. Adore this soft colour palette, a great choice!! I really liked seeing your art journal with those beautiful samples.
    Mar :) x

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  32. Awww Sheila, first the colors you choose! Wow, they really speaks to me , maybe its because of their softness or the use of white, don´t know, but I will try to stay lighter next time...thank you for the inspiration! Love all your lil grids! They are all a world of its own, like your paintings always are! Winter is not my favorite season, but with your art I have to thinkover, haha ♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  33. This is a lovely wintery palette - the colours really do invoke the feelings of a cold winter's day!

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  34. Lovely samples. It's hard to use a limited palette, triads are almost impossible for me but tetrads are much more easy.

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  35. Your wintry pieces are delightful! I tend to use just the colours I need to suit the piece, a bit restrictive I guess! I love that you like to use them all usually why not!

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  36. these are such sweet little scenes! I love that you shared your materials of choice too.

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  37. Soft and beautiful artwork! And I love the blog header.

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  38. I just came to thank you Sheila for your lovely comments and to wish you a wonderful weekend ♥

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  39. I always try to change my colours, but I always end up using them all. This is a beautiful colour combination, and I like the little art pieces you made with them!

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  40. Oh Tombow! I just got a set for Christmas and I am in love! I see you have some Caran Dache in there too--another favorite. We are so lucky! xo

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  41. Hi Sheila! Love your winter-y squares. I think they look good in sets of three. Have a great PPF week! Rasz #55

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  42. I like those wintry colors of yours, they're soft, a bit misty, beautiful.

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  43. These are really beautiful, Sheila, and I love the wintry palette. I particularly like the Castle trio; they look so good together. It was definitely worth leaving your comfort zone!

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  44. Great winter palette! My favorite is the tower in the snow. :D

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  45. I'm very late - I know!! But I wasn't able to write anything about snow pictures as long as I thought that I can't stay snow... But now it's gone.
    I love what you did! And thanks for all this information, too.
    All you have painted is so wonderful. But the snow ball is my favourite one. On one hand he is so cute, on the other hand I can see a very, very sweet and soft bird here.
    Can you see this bird as well?

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  46. Wonderful talent you have. Looking forward to seeing your Instagram page. Seems like a great place for art, photos and food.

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