Monday, 1 May 2017

Elegance and Grunge for AJJ

Hello everyone

I was so delighted and honoured to have been asked again to host this months challenge at AJJ (Art Journal Journey) 
It wasn't too difficult to think of a theme this time as I love all sorts of art and styles - pretty designs or messy ink/painty/distressed effects... so the theme I have chosen for  AJJ  is 'Elegance and Grunge'

 

On a double page spread I created my grungy background using a small Gelli plate as a stamp with cheap craft paints and a few stencils. Then I drew my girl and flower and painted with a mix of Neocolor 2s, Inktense pencils and coloured pencils. The rubber stamps on the flowers are from 'The Works' and old ones from 'Docrafts - see D's' range. 
To finish I added some more gesso and colour on the background to make the art pop out a bit more. The quote says ' She is messy and mad - but she has a heart of gold'.

 
 
... maybe you might only chose one of the words for your own creation...  

 
 
I hope you enjoy this challenge and have lots of fun.
I shall look forward to visiting you.
 
Thank you for taking the time to stop by
 and for any comments.
Gill x

 

18 comments:

  1. She is so beautiful and I can tell you that I really love all about this spread! The flower is so cool done and the quote is perfect ! Wishing you much fun with hosting AJJ this month dear Gill!I am really happy to see you as host again!
    I wish you a happy new week!
    oxo Susi

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  2. Great use of the elegance and the Grunge on this spread. A beautiful face drawing us in and asking us to join the challenge--I hope I will be able to to.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  3. Lovely spread Gill, enjoy your month at AJJ, hugs, Valerie

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  4. Elegance and grunge are wonderful themes, fantastic challenge. I like the style of your flower, great page.

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  5. Great theme Gill. And I love your piece. I've got all kind of ideas rolling around in my head. Sounds like this will be a fun month. Hugs-Erika

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  6. Lovely pages Gill! Your lady looks so elegant against your grunge background and I love the yellow gold flower you created too. So glad you're hosting AJJ this month and you have chosen a brilliant theme - I'll be sure to join in the fun :-) . It's typical Bank Holiday weather here too, mainly cloudy although still quite warm :-) . Happy May Day and wishing you a lovely week! J :-)

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  7. A wonderful journal and the quote fits wonderfully to it .. The topic is to think for me but I hope that what comes to mind .. it really a challenge... cool!
    I'm looking forward to what comes from all the other contestants and from you!
    happy Evening
    Elke

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  8. A very interesting choice for art journalling!! She is lovely. We've had a mixed day here in west Midlands...showers and sunny mix!!

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  9. Your portrait worked out very beautiful, Gill!
    She is nervy and mad?? :)
    I love her! And I love the way you created the flower as well.
    And now I'm thinking about what I could paint for this theme of you...
    Ich wünsche dir eine gute Woche :)

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  10. She looks beautiful Gill against her grungy background. Its a fantastic new theme for AJJ.
    We have just got home and as soon I as catch up. I will be joining the fun.
    Yvonne xx

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  11. Now that is one stunning drawing Gill!!
    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  12. Beautifully done! You incorporated both themes wonderfully but I am especially drawn to how you created the flower. Simple, elegant, and grungy...a great piece to inspire us all this month!

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  13. What a great theme you've chosen, Gill. Grunge gives me the impetus to do something different colourwise.
    I love your own piece, your painted lady is so proud to be the poster girl for AJJ this month.

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  14. This is a beautiful page. Really in tune with the challenge. I just hope mine is a suitable effort.

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  15. Love the elegance and grunge Gill the flower is lovely your painting of the Lady is really pretty. well done on hosting AJJ.

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  16. Gill your beautiful lady and flower sit wonderfully amongst your grungy background. The two just seem to sit so comfortably together. Ria xxxxx

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  17. OH WOW, you're hosting AJJ for this month! The half month is gone and I have read it today!
    Your painted face is so much beautiful, and it works very well on this textured background!

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  18. Love the theme and your drawing! The girl looks fabulous on that grungy background. Fun quote!
    Maja.

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