Showing posts with label watercolours. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watercolours. Show all posts

Sunday, 6 January 2013

6/365:2013 ATC Three Kings

6-365 ATC 2013 Three Kings
A primstav (translation: prime staff) or Runic staff is a perpetual calendar with medieval character. Also known as the ancient Norwegian calendar stick. These were engraved with images. Primstav existed in many parts of Europe. It was used in Norway until 1700 when the Gregorian calendar was introduced. On a bar of wood or bone there were cut bars for each of the 365 days. Holidays and anniversaries had special marks. A pristav is divided into a summer side and a winter side. The summer start at 14 April and ends on 13 October (183 days). Winter start at 14 October and ends April 13 (182 days, but 183 days for leap years). The old primstav were not large. They were often no more than approx. 70 cm. long.

The 6th of January is the Three Kings / Three Wise Mens day. On the primstav it was marked with three crosses, three crowns or three men.

According to Christianity, a group of distinguished foreigners visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional the nativity celebrations. Usually we have them displayed in our nativity scene at Christmas.

Although the account does not tell how many they were, the three gifts led to a widespread assumption that they were three as well. The tradition of depicted one of them as negro did not come until the year 500. At this time they also got named Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior.

6th of January is traditionally the last day of Christmas here in Norway, the last day for the lights on the Christmas tree. After this day people removes the Christmas decorations.

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Medium used: watercolours, permanent marker and white gel pen.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

200 blog posts!

200 blog posts!
200 blog posts! Hooray!
I started the blog in August 2007, but was unsure what to do with a blog. I knew I wanted to share part of my creative life. Then came the big question; was I blogging in English or Norwegian? The next blog post was not until the beginning of April the following year where I still was not sure about the language, but had by when decided that if I should have a blog, I just had to start. My feeling was that if I should have a blog, I had to say something, not just post pictures. After a chat with an English speaking friend, the decision came to me, it should be in English. I should at least try. The point of the blog was, after all to share, and most people in Norway are able to read English. Within a week the first real blog post was out on the net. It was an illustration, IF - save made ​​for the Illustration Friday's challenge. There have been a lot of illustrations and little education material which was the first I created and shared online through my own website (who finally gets a renovation these days). The linguistic challenge is still one of the largest. It is easy to explain techniques and share in Norwegian, but when English is not a language I speak, other than the occasionally holiday use, it is difficult to learn new terms and practice them correct. Getting enough language extension and enrichment is a challenge. It should be noted that the feedback that I have received inspire me to continue blogging. So far, there have been 200 blog posts. Thanks for your support!

The illo is made for this little anniversary. Mediums used: pencil, watercolours, permanent marker, stamp and ink pad.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Art journal - still in the jungle

Still in the jungle

After the last post I decide to make to give it another try. So this girl is still in the jungle. Not sure what she is doing there. Maybe she have meet someone interesting.

Medium used: pencil, watercolours and permanent marker.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

IF - diary

IF diary

Well I started a diary/journal when I was 10. I still have those old ones and it is full of dear diary stuff, fun to read how I saw my life then. I stopped writing when my conscience turned heavy from not writing everyday like my friends. I picked it up again some years later realising I did the journalling for my own sake. I now know I do not have to write everything I have on my mind... Most days it is a drawing or a illustration.

Here is the rules I made for my self:
- make an entry to an "art journal" everyday
- for at least 15 minutes
- put at least one line on the paper
- not feel obligated to finish a drawing
- bring the "art journal" with me every time I go out side

You can read more about it here


This illustration is for the Illustration Friday word "diary". So what do I capture in my diary/journal, well there is a bit of everything that touches my life. For somebody else to read my entry's, it would look chaotic or like a jungle. So that's what the name of this girls diary is "E through the jungle" (Norwegian text "E gjennom jungel"). The words highlighted are in Norwegian and would translate to: wonderful, wrote down the precious thoughts, warm and brilliant words.

Medium used: pencil, vintage paper, acrylic paint, watercolours.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

IF - clumsy

IF - clumsy - ewian

It wasn't that he was nervous and had misplaced his glasses that made him clumsy, but the fact he was wearing a tie for his first date...

This weeks word for illustration Friday is clumsy.

Medium used: watercolours, watercolour pencil, watersoluble waxpastel, permanent marker and acrylic on watercolour paper.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Art journal - piece of the puzzle

Piece of the puzzle - ewian

Sometimes you are given a piece, but dont know here to put it.

It can be life that gives you a piece. Even though you like the piece, it is hard to find the right place for it. You don't know how or where to fit it in.

There have been some questions/inquiry about me selling things I have made on line, and although I like the idea, I don't know how to fit that in to my life... I want to do it in a good and professional way... When you meet your customer/client face to face there is so easy to find good solution...

Medium used: watercolours, watercolour pencil, watersoluble wax pastel and permanent marker, ink pencil, puzzle pieces and acrylic.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

IF - strong

IF- strong - EWian

The Illustration Friday word this week was strong. I am very lucky to have a mother that loved poetry. One of the poems she learn me when I was a child was a one called "the strongest man in the world". Loosely translated it would go like this:

The strongest man in the world
The strongest man in the world;
can carry a hippo in his teeth,
and lifting a tram of the rail,
and simultaneously clap his hands.

But set a flower on a small straw,
and colour the vast sky blue,
and give little Anne a milk tooth,
that can he not, the strongest man!

Medium used: Pencil and Yanka watercolours.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Give away - adding watercolours

Art journal ideas9 - give away

I am adding Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours

The colours are Cadmium red deep hue, Cadmium yellow pale hue, Prussian blue, Chinese white, Ivory black This is one of my favourite colour pallet. I use watercolour alot mostly because they are easy to travel with and you can manipulate the colours a bit after it has dried. You can do a lot of layers on top of them.
Blog posts where I have used watercolours

I am looking for ideas and props to my art journal box. Do you have one? Share as many as you like. You need to go to this blog post to share your idea and to enter the give away.

I have disabled the comments on this post so people will go to the first give away post.