Peter Clark – collage artist

I think I share the curse of a lot of creative people in that I can see the potential in every scrap of discarded paper and love working collaged elements into my work. I often paint or draw over the paper to disguise and meld it into the finished piece. I’m constantly squirelling away interesting papers with the intention of giving them new life as art. Here’s just a small selection…

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One of the most original and inspiring collage artists I have come across is Peter Clark. I am amazed by his creative use of paper and pattern to create stunning and complex images. I would love to take a look at his paper collection – I’m sure it beats mine!

In the video below Peter is interviewed by some of his creations. He talks about the integrity and history of the papers he uses and his many sources of inspiration. It also includes a very apt soundtrack – one of my personal favourites! Hope you enjoy it.

In 2011 Peter published ‘Paperwork’, a book showcasing his collages. It sold out and was recently reprinted. I bought my copy from Peter’s website and he was kind enough to send me a signed copy.

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Below is a link to further information on the book. I think you’ll agree the cover is enough to make you want to see more!

Paperwork by Peter Clark 

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Here’s a link to Peter’s website where you can view more of his wonderful work!

Peter Clark website

I’d love it if you left a comment below sharing what you thought of Peter’s work  ✿

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Wishing you a great weekend

Erica ❤

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

Geometric patterns – colouring

For this design I’ve taken the pattern on this vintage 1960s  lamp as my starting point. I love it’s simple shape and textured design.

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And here is the design – hope you have fun colouring it!

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Wishing you a very happy and creative weekend

Erica ❤

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

Blue and White Vase – adult colouring

This week I have taken my inspiration from this small blue and white Chinese vase. It was originally bought by my grand-mother and has been in the family for over 50 years. I’m very fond of this vase as it reminds me of happy childhood memories!

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Making the drawing

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And here’s this week’s design for you

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Although the real vase is blue and white, I’m interested to see what colours you choose to use!

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Wishing you a happy and creative weekend

Erica 

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

Paisley patterns

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Traditional block for hand-printing Source: www.ebay.co.uk

Today’s design is inspired by the paisley pattern of an vintage blouse that I love. This is a close up of the fabric design

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And here is the design it inspired. I had great fun drawing this and hope you enjoy it!

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Wishing you a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the project!

Erica 

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

Bunting – colouring project

 

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There’s been lots of sunshine this week in Gloucestershire making me feel that summer is almost here. One day, I even managed to sit out in the garden in a deckchair!

So this Friday’s project has a summer fete theme – I hope you enjoy it!

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Wishing you a very happy and creative weekend

Erica 

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. ✿

Totem – Portmeirion Pottery – colouring project

It’s nearly a year ago since my mother-in-law kindly gave us her collection of Portmeirion ‘Totem’ pottery. It was designed in the 60s by Susan Williams-Ellis and I have always loved its sputnik-like textural design. Totem was also produced in amber, green and white, but I have to admit that the deep blue is definitely my favourite!

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The collection now lives in a glass fronted corner cupboard from where it is brought out for use at Christmas and other special occasions.

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Here’s this week’s Totem inspired design sheet for you to fill with colour!

 

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Wishing you a very happy and creative weekend

Erica 

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**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

The Fabergé Egg colouring project

Here in the UK we have a long weekend with two bank holidays for  Easter, so extra time for doodling!

I have a special project for you today and have taken as my inspiration the work of Peter Carl Fabergé, jeweller to the court of the Romanov Russian royal family. The eggs are very elaborate and intricate, but it is the ones with flower designs that I’m particularly drawn to.

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Lily of the Valley Egg

 

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Pansy Egg containing a pendant with family portraits

 

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Rose Trellis

The short video below features more of the collection, which is now housed in the Kremlin Armoury Museum and gives some of the history of the eggs.

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I have taken cherry blossom as the inspiration for the design of my egg.

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And here is the design sheet for you to print off

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When you have finished you can share your work by posting it in the Lost in Doodles Facebook group

Wishing you a great weekend and I hope you enjoy the project!

Erica 

 

**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

Photo source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faberg%C3%A9_egg

Meditative sculptures

I found this so inspiring that I just had to share it with you!                                                                   In this video the amazing stone balancing artist,  Michael Grab, talks about blocking out the world and having total focus to create his amazing sculptures. I hope you find this as fascinating as I do. ❁ 

If you would like to see more, here are some links to Michael’s work…

Website: Gravity Glue

Facebook: Gravity Glue  where you can also see some of Michael’s beautiful sand sculptures.

If you’re taking part in this week’s project, don’t forget you can post your pictures (completed or in progress) in our Facebook group. Click here to visit.

See you here Friday for the next free project!

Erica 

 

**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding. 

 

The first colouring project – fancy birds

Welcome to my new website and I’m so pleased that you have visited me here. This is my new place to share all my fun and relaxing art projects… And I very much hope that you will join in.

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As we are now in the first official week of spring, I thought I would begin with something symbolic of this refreshing season. My garden is full of birds of all colours and sizes, who are all searching for the best nest sites. The males are strutting their stuff up and down the fence in the hope of attracting the females! This scene is what has inspired me and I have mixed it up with a bit of artistic licence to produce my first project for you.

I have entitled this project ‘Fancy Birds’ and have left the background blank for you to add in some of your own details if you wish, you can just leave it as it is or make it a plain colour – it’s up to you!

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Simply print off the project sheet and then let your imagination run riot with your pens and pencils!

When you have finished, you can share your work by posting it in the Lost in Doodles Facebook group

I’m looking forward to seeing your completed projects and maybe featuring some of them on this blog.

I hope you enjoy this project and would love to know what you think of it and the site. You can post in the comments below or email me  at  info@thewatercolourjournals.co.uk

Wishing you a happy and creative week,

Erica 

**N.B. Please note that all my work is copyrighted and for your personal use only. I take any infringement very seriously. Many thanks for your understanding.