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Experimental Friday Artwork

Had to keep on pushing this one today, it’s been a bit of a wrestle, and to be honest I’m still itching to rip it up. It’s not the nicest piece I’ve done today by a mile, but wanted to document it. There might be something in it that will pop up in another piece in the future!

Abstract Colourcraft artwork watercolour by Shelly Still

I’ve got these new (well, new to me) Colourcraft Brusho powders that are insanely vibrant when activated with water, so really making a mess trying to work out how to use them properly!

Abstract Colourcraft artwork watercolour by Shelly Still
Abstract Colourcraft artwork watercolour by Shelly Still
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Furlough Insanity Level 10

Ok, must stay calm, running out of my favourite pink paint (who would have thought pink would be an obsessive colour), down to my last 15 sheets of watercolour paper, and there’s no sign of furlough ending any time soon. Just going to put my head between my knees and rock for a while.

There maybe be an ink shortage in the foreseeable future too… Waaaagghhhh!

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Autumn Vibey Hues

Thought I would use the side of the watercolour pallette that I never use today,. So browns, tan, heavy greens. Gave me an autumn vibe. Felt a bit melancholic in the end, so best get back to the vibrant colours while the winter is in full swing. At least all this paint is holding back the furlough insanity… I think!

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New Year New Doodles

Happy new year everyone! I spent the festive period really obsessing over abstract ink and watercolour doodles. I treated myself to a Kuretake Fountain Brush Pen No.13 (get an ink adaptor, these babies loooooove ink) and I’ve not been able to put it down since! There’s something really satisfying about using real ink, filling up the pens, and having a thicker flow go on the paper. But anyway, enough of my new kink. Here are a few of my new works on A4 watercolour paper.

Exploding Spring Abstract Watercolour Ink Doodle Art Painting by Shelly Still

This one I’ve named Exploding spring, as.. well, one of the pens exploded (my fault, over filled!) and it is vibing on us all waiting for the Spring to arrive! Close up and photo of the original watercolour underneath the ink

Let me know what you think! It’s a bit of a change to my past artwork, but I’m feeling it’s the way forward, I’m very happy to explore it more. I think I’ve created about 30 pieces so far and can start to see a pattern with certain shapes in them. Art is like cracking a code sometimes huh?

Albert Brush Pen Abstract Watercolour Ink Doodle Art Painting by Shelly Still

This one I have nicknamed Albert, after the pocket watches. Not sure why it reminded me of watches though! It’s been great to keep photographic track on the work this time round, though I’m a nightmare for sorting out the photos once I’ve downloaded!

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Watercolor Doodle Fun

Someone treated herself to some Rotring Isograph pens for Christmas, and then opened her presents too early… That someone was totally me! Hehe. So many circles, so many. Pretty sure I can see an eye and a weird mouth in there. What do you see?

Watercolour Circles ink doodle art by Shelly Still

Made with watercolour pencils, paints and ink. Keep experimenting!

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Frankenstein’s Artist – Sewing With Wire

Frankenstein Art Work Watercolour Painting by Shelly Still

I’m always trying to think up daft ideas when playing with abstract work. I’ve always really enjoyed working with watercolours and acrylics, but always feel a bit flat, so I thought this time I’d start cutting up pieces and sticking them together, and that’s where inspiration struck!

Frankenstein Art Work Watercolour Painting by Shelly Still

So once I had chopped all of the above watercolours into triangles I thought sewing them would be a lot of fun… But thread wouldn’t really stand out, rope would be too big and crochet thread too flimsy. I used to work as an engineer so I do love a bit of metal from time to time so decided to grab some wire I use for my clay creations and start sewing… This took a very very long time, but I can see how people get addicted to knitting, cause you can watch telly at the same time, very therapeutic!

Frankenstein Art Work Watercolour Painting by Shelly Still

It’s alive! ALIVE! Really enjoyed this experiment. I went a bit mad and made about 5-6 A4 pieces in the end. Hours of punching the card, sewing, getting the wire up my nails…

Keep creating everyone! Keep experimenting and remember nothing is ever wrong, just fun!

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What’s New Pussycat? Abstract Art

Have I gone on a theme… Humm maybe. I think I’m just missing having a cat around of late, it’s been a while since the Shankster cat left us. This is a mixed media artwork, using vintage pages from a book, acrylic art and in, backed on card. The frame is recycled from some vintage ones I salvaged a while ago. I felt the work didn’t need a fussy frame. It’s available now on Etsy!
https://www.etsy.com/shellystill or message me!

Red Cat Abstract Mixed Media Painting Art Shelly Still 1

 

Taken from the original blog at www.shellystill.co.uk/blog

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How many cats can you see?

A bit of a change to the usual abstract. I’ve had the idea of cutting up my abstract art pieces into shapes and I couldn’t resist cutting out some stretching cats and adding them to a black background. Obviously I couldn’t just leave it there so cut up some other parts of the original artwork to create a garden for the cats to yoga in. Let me know what you think! acrylic paint and ink on watercolour paper attached to A4 black card.

Three Cats Mixed Media Painting Artwork Shelly StillThree Cats Mixed Media Painting Artwork Close Up Shelly Still

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Drunk Me – Abstract Art Time Again!

I always found abstract art something I did when going through sober patches (apart from a three year stint on my early 20s sobriety has been pretty much scarce!), but recently, even though I don’t drink as vast amounts as I used to, I seem to enjoy leaving little ‘presents’ for myself. Last night was one of those nights. I was having a pretty dead day artistically, and the urge to just drink and chill the mind was strong, so I fell for Beck’s charms as always and settled into a Ronnie Barker documentary. But the paints were next to me, the ink fluttering it’s eyes and a sketchbook begging so I just opened it an doodled. The more beer, the more torn out bits of paper. This morning there was this…

Abstract art work in progress Shelly Still drunk

The bit that astounds me is that I cleaned my brushes! Ever diligent with those cheap things. Now, I’m not saying I was so pissed I don’t remember the night before, my six pint tolerance has now gone down to two large bottles of Becks, but it’s nice to know that alcohol seems to be happy for me to still talk to my artistic side. And I have something to do today! My to-do list had shrunk dramatically. I was even starting to put ‘have shower’ on it just so I could have something to tick off (don’t judge, it’s still not ticked off, who am I getting dressed up for today huh!)

Abstract art work in progress Shelly Still drunk

I hope everyone else is keeping busy and happy in these strange times. I understand I am very much in the minority when I say I am not missing going out at all, my introvert side is swimming in absolute joy! I still keep thinking about getting back to writing my book, but it’s already 35,000 words that even I don’t want to read back so I guess that can stay in the google drive covered in digital dust!

Keep happy and entertained everyone!

Abstract art work in progress Shelly Still drunkAbstract art work in progress Shelly Still drunk

Taken from the original blog at www.shellystill.co.uk./blog