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This Colorful Life...

I've just realised how long it has been since my last posting, a whole week, oh I've been neglecting you can you forgive me?
 It's been a funny old time here. 
 We have decided to sell our house and downsize now that the three bigger kids are at college and away from home most of the time.  It seems the sensible option if I think about it logically, and that is the way I have to think.  This was our first home together as a family and I'm sure you can imagine that it holds lots of memories inside it.  We have loved, laughed, screamed and cried here, had our little miss, got married and had lots of fun but it's time to let a new family share it now.  After all, home is where the heart is, so our next should be just as much fun, and a new step on the ladder of our lives.
It's an exciting and emotional time.

With all the house tidying and 'prettying', I've had no time to make art (I had to pack all my supplies away) but fortunately before all the madness started, I did make this...


This was the collage 'quilt style' background that I made for the piece... I love the 'make gifts' bit, I think that when you make your art that that is just what you are doing.

I added some gesso (to make it more receptive for drawing on) and drew a chick with a marker pen.

Here she has been colored in with pencils and then I stuck a layer of handmade paper over the top (like I have done with some of my other older pieces)

She got painted in watercolor, don't you just love how it bleeds into the tissue.  The color also comes up really bright because it allows the color underneath to show through as well.

Here's a little eye detail to show you how the paint bleeds.
I like the unpredictability of it.

So the good news is that we have now chosen an agent to sell the house and so I can get my art out again and get back to creating.  I really miss it when I can't do it, it definately affects me, I feel like I'm missing something.  I'm looking forward to getting painty fingers again.

Just before I go to get my supplies out, I wanted to tell you about my lovely friend and her little blog.  If you read the feature on WHOA that I did, you might remember reading about a special friend of mine who has really inspired me, she is a wonderful writer and has just started a blog.  I know she would love a few more followers and visitors and you would love (and laugh at) her weekly musings.

Stop by and say 'Hi'

Have a lovely colorful weekend 

Rachelle x


Arlene said...

I love this piece you described in your post. The process you describe is very interesting - I must try it sometime. Yes - it looks a bit unpredictable and you are brave for trying some of the steps, but your result is supurb!!! Glad I found your blog!

Coleen said...

Hey Rach, fun to see your process. I like using tissue paper too. As always your style comes thru so clean and clear. Having been a Realtor in the past and having moved from our home in America, I understand the emotions. It's the kind of thing you just have to do a step at a time.
Coleen in Ukraine

Gabrielle Fabian said...

Change is tough...but I firmly believe better days are ahead <3
We went through this several years ago and are happy, happy, happy in our home and location.
Your art is gorgeous and inspiring!

Daniele Valois said...


I do adore you work, and love keeping up with you on IG. Your blog is so colorful and happily messy. Style, color, bangs, cheeks...love it all! Happy to stop by your blog and I will come visit more often!


Blog 54 said...

Hello, I just love your work, wish I'd had you as an art teacher many moons ago!! Moving is both frightening and exciting...you'll have lots of memories to take with you and new ones to create...you'll be happy and settled and your creations will grow. x