Friday, 7 September 2012

Daily face and Paint Party Friday

Okay, I didn't finish my painting this week, I didn't even touch it (boo), but I did paint a little, so I guess it's all right to still participate in PPF.

I'll just show you the things I did do, mostly things for my market on Sunday, and of course my daily one-line-girl for the 29 faces challenge.

First of all the things I did paint:

I had painted these before, but I "forgot" (read: didn't feel like doing ...) the sides. So I spent half a day finishing them. Lesson learned: ALWAYS do the sides while you're still working on the painting! Much easier that way and less work.

These are some magnets I made. I found canvas with a magnetic backing and immediately my mind went into overdrive about all the things I could do with that. So I ordered a few sheets, divided the sheet in 9 rectangles and started painting.

I used a drawing I've made a few years ago, when someone wanted to trade ATC's with me. I don't like working small, so I thought this was a good solution...

But I didn't listen to my inner voice when I started. The voice that said: "shouldn't you first put some gesso on there and sand it down, because the canvas structure is really prominent?" No, I'm an impatient person and I wanted to start right away. It was hard to paint that small on the rough canvas, but the trouble really started when I wanted to write my little quotes on there. It looked like it was written by a geriatric 90-year-old. So I put some transparent gesso on there and sanded it down. And removed some paint in the process. So I had to start over in some spots. Grrr! Since I usually mix my colors, it was hard to get the exact same tint, which meant I also had to repaint the spots that were still good :-(.
Lesson learned: ALWAYS listen to your inner voice!

These are the magnets cut up in rectangles (the size of an ATC)

This is another box that I painted without encountering any troubles. Thank goodness for small pleasures ...

Okay, what else did I do? Yes, my mosaic mirrors... Two of them are finished, still working on the third one:

 The trouble I had with these make me tired even thinking about ... First of all: it was the first time I made the mirrors myself, and following my hubbies' advice I didn't glue them down (something to do with wood that's working and mirrors that don't work so they could crack ...), but stuck them on there with special tape. Which made them about twice as thick, and thicker than most of my mosaic pieces. Which was very ugly.

What to do? The round ones were more or less okay,  I could find pieces that were about as thick, but the rectangular ones were already very thick to start with. So I had to make a frame with papier machee to put on top of the wood. That's the one that isn't finished yet. It's actually a pretty good solution, so I'll do it with the other one as well.

The round ones had their own challenges. My mosaic pieces have straight edges, so how to make them fit the round edges of the mirror? With the above one I drew a square, put glue in it and threw some glass pieces in there. Never for one moment thinking it would work, but I was desperate. And the next morning they were all glued on there very strongly! I'm still not sure whether I like it that way, but it was the only way to get it ready in time.

Because for the other one, I used different mosaic pieces, and boy, that was a LOT of work!

It's a good thing I still had that many mosaic pieces ready (I make them myself), but if I do this again, it's gonna be on a smaller scale. It's actually nice to do, it's like making a jigsaw puzzle, but not when you're stressed for time.

 Lesson learned: THINK before you do something! And don't leave everything to the last week!

Last but not least: my daily face for the 29 faces challenge:

Paddling like the devil is what I did this week, but I'm afraid I didn't always manage the keeping calm and unruffled ... ;-)

Sorry this was such a long post, hope I didn't bore you with all the grissly details. Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you'll have a very enjoyable weekend! Might be next week before I'll be able to get to your blogs, but I'll get there eventually!

Check out the other artists of PPF and 29 faces! Lots of great work to be seen there!


  1. Wow you have been busy, like all your work, you have a wonderful way with colour!

  2. I love the long post and catching up on such a huge week... I like the magnets very much and sympathise on the sides of the paintings... I have been guilty of doing the same many times...xx

  3. I love how you cut away small segments to make the smaller magnets. Very clever and it worked perfectly as if you planned each small rectangle before hand. maybe you did?
    All your colors are such fun too. I bet you sell lots at the market.
    the mirrors are cool. I hope they turned out well for you too. Interesting to learn how you go about putting them together.
    I do love your one line girl's face! Pretty her! HPPF!

  4. WOOOOW Denthe wat een werkstukken en wat mooi. Ik geniet zo van je werk. En in het groot werken en dan er ATC's van maken, suoper. En elke ATC is zo mooi en je blijft er naar kijken. Ook je mozaik en je doosje. Wat een arbeid heb jij verricht. Maar je portretten pakken me heel erg. Zo mooi, jouw stijl.
    Mijn lieve groetjes en een fijn weekend

  5. You have been very busy - all great stuff and i love all

  6. All these colors get me excited and in a happy mood. :) Love it!

  7. Your creativity makes me speechless! Lovely work you've done and I like the colors so much, both in your paintings and in your mosaic! :)

  8. Wow! Lovely, creative and joyful works, love your pretty daily face - and quote! :) HPPF!

  9. Fun post ~ love all your dynamic and colorful creations ~ One busy lady ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I am sure all your work will pay off. Hope the Market goes well for you.

    I love all the color and motion in your work.

  11. Love your post and for sure, envy your wonderful creativity!

  12. Ah, j'avais pas vu ce post!!! J'adore les petits tableaux pour le marché de dimanche ;)

  13. Lots of lovely work this week!

  14. Holy Moley! I can't believe all you accomplished. I love the idea of the ATC size magnets. That is so cool! I just joined an ATC club and might try painting on them. I really think the round mirror with the glass against it is great, and love your canvas piece with all the writing.

  15. Love seeing all your work grouped together in that first photo!
    You are so prolific and creative!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  16. You have so many wonderful creative ideas... I love it all! I particularly like the magnets... such strong images and bold colors. I love how they worked as one singular piece and equally well as 9 separate mini-works. Where did you find the canvas with the magnetic backing?

    1. Thanks Molly! I bought the canvas online at a store here in Brisbane, the Art Shed.

  17. Oh my goodness, I'm thinking with all you went through those boxes are now worth a million dollars!! lol Thanks for sharing all your glitches along the way!! I can be a tad impatient myself!!Everything is so beautiful though, good job, and good luck at your show!!

    Hugs Giggles

  18. I like your mosaic mirrors, the colors you use in your art are stimulating that's fantastic.

  19. Oh my goodness - I can't believe how much you got done this week! It's amazing how your magnet canvas was gorgeous as a large piece, and still works beautifully in smaller sections. I love all the colors. It sounds like a lot of do-overs, but well worth it. Best of luck at your show. xo

  20. I love your work so much I´m lost for words! The one line series is fabulous. I wish I could see the mirrors in person, they look so vibrant. Cute box and awesome idea about the magnetic canvas.

  21. I've not heard of magnetic backed canvas- what a great surface to paint on! There is plenty in here to count for PPF- love your magnets- and just seeing your canvases is a happy sight. I have several hanging on the wall that have unfinished sides and I have yet to find the motivation to fix that. Kudos to you for getting it done!

  22. Lots of great stuff here this week, those mosaics were beautiful!

  23. Beautiful work and so much of it!!! Wishing you best of luck at market :0)

  24. Wow your faces are beautiful and all your work is too. A little crush for the little colorfull faces !! great job !

  25. Those are great screaming colors! All the images look great, and the 29 faces lady... ow! She is beautiful and the quote is awesome ♥

  26. LOVE all the peices you shared this week. That FACES collection is beautiful. The colors and softness of each work. I really like that small work too though. You have a lot of talent.
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook/Happy Horse Studio

  27. Wow! Love all the work you have shown. I always leave painting the sides to the last minute as well, and always berate myself and swear never again!

  28. Awesome work of art...and i love that quote !

  29. Beautiful work. So full of colour and movement! You might like to share your more orange work on Mandarin Orange Monday. It is a meme for orange-ish art and photoart.

  30. Gorgeous and spellbinding! Love the mosaics and the face that says it absolutely perfectly! Paddle furiously. Stay unruffled!

  31. Just keep paddling, girl. You are creating some really wonderful stuff!

  32. Thanks for your visit and nice comment denthe. I look forward to seeing more of your work:)

  33. Oh Denthe... those ATC's you cut out from that illustration are absolutely GORGEOUS!! I can't believe how much impact those simple black outlines added to the original illustration. The face drawing is great too. So nice to catch up here and see what you've been up to. Love your stuff... xox


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