Wednesday, June 25, 2014

30 Day Illustration Challenge



I'm on holiday for a month and I need an illustration portfolio for December so I've started a 30 day challenge where I will draw one or more illustrations every day.

The hardest part was starting and coming up with my first illustration. I found a sketchbook and my colour pencils and just went for it. I might not use every drawing, but they do force me to work constantly and to be creative.  There are already some interesting results.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Oil Painting Supplies For The Beginner Artist

What to get when starting out with oil painting? Here are the basics.


Good quality but not too expensive oil paints. I use Reeves and have a wide range of colours, but I started out buying the primary colours first.



My tubes are stored in my toolbox (there are a few acrylic tubes in there too).


I have a set of smaller tubes with a large variety of colours and it comes in this fancy metal suitcase. I'm not a fan of them because they leak and some are difficult to open. They hardly get used, but the suitcase is so snazzy!


I usually mix my colours on a sheet of glass. These wax paper palette sheets are handy but wasteful.


I have a set of brushes and a few painting knives. The knives are used to mix the oils and work best on a glass sheet.


I pour purified linseed oil on the glass sheet and mix it into the oil paint to thin it or stretch the pigment out. Dala leaves oil rings where ever I place it and Daler-Rowney is neat but the cap is annoying to open and close.


I use oil painting medium or Liquin to thicken the oil paint and it helps dry the paint quicker. Oil paints can take months to dry and these mediums speed up drying to days. Liquin is semi-gloss and it is very noticeable when the paint dries.


At least 6 months after an oil painting is completed Dammar varnish is used to create a beautiful finish.

To clean my brushes I use turpentine, but Sansodor is much more environmentally friendly and safer to use (for your breathing). Turps is just cheaper for me, an art student. I always work in a well ventilated space. I keep these solvents in coffee jars and use them over and over again until they become too sludgy.

I oil paint on stretched canvas or on canvas paper, but a proper canvas really is the best.

Xo. Quaymberley.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Craft Tutorial: Paper Mâché Balloon Animals Part 1


Paper mâché is a fantastic craft if you want to explore sculpture especially for kids. This activity can take up to two hours with kids and usually only 1 layer can be made in a session because it has to dry. It really takes a lot of time to dry, so try to work on a sunny day and store the parts in a dry place so that they don't become moldy.



You will need:

  • Lots of newspaper
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 roll of foil
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • balloons
  • large work area that can get messy

Tear the newspaper first and create a large pile.


Mix the flour with a small amount of water until it thickens to this consistency:


Blow up a balloon, this will be the body of the animal. Dip a newspaper strip in the mixture and then stick it to the balloon. Keep going until it is completely covered. Just make one layer of newspaper strips, so that it dries evenly. Blow up a smaller balloon for the animal's head and cover it with newspaper strips and mixture.

Note that only a small amount of mixture needs to be on the strip.


For the giraffe, we needed long legs. Roll a sheet of newspaper and tape the ends and middle with masking tape. Use the foil to mold the hoofs and another piece to connect the leg to the body.


Wrap each leg with newspaper dipped in the flour mixture. Also use a very thin layer of mixture and paper to allow it to dry quickly. If the animal is something else like a pig or a hippo, create short stumpy legs with toilet paper rolls cut in half.

Allow all the separate parts to dry completely before moving onto the next stage.


I'll post Part 2 as soon as we finish these animals. Have a great weekend! xo Quaymberley.

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Favorite Illustrators

I have been following these artists for years. I'm not even going to say anything about them- except I love their works! Have a look at their websites.