Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fresh of the bench: Orchid bush leaf range


New work taken from the bold stylized leaves of the orchid bush tree. The shape is highlighted with a blackened patina wick is brushed on in the curve of each leaf reflecting blues and greens as the patina matures and then is neutralized before becoming black. I'm loving the boldness of these shapes and they have been a good addition to the "Botanic's " exhibition.


Orchid Bush leaf ring
Sterling silver, oxide patina

Orchid Bush leaf ring
Sterling silver, oxide patina

Orchid Bush leaf ring
Sterling silver, oxide patina

Orchid Bush leaf pendant and earrings
Sterling silver, oxide patina
 
Orchid Bush leaf pendant
Sterling silver, oxide patina

Orchid Bush leaf pendant
Sterling silver, oxide patina
Stay tuned these will be coming soon to my online shop.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Watercolour and wine

"Orchids"
Watercolour and pen
by Michelle Pujol
2015

A productive relaxing afternoon of flowers, watercolour and wine.......loving getting back to using all my creative talents.
 
 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fresh of the bench: Gingko leaf range

Here is some new work I recently made for an exhibition at The Coastal Artisans gallery along the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. The exhibition was entitled "Botanic's" and showcased 12 artisans from the area exploring this theme. For me it,  as always, it was an excuse to explore new forms in my botanical art. These Gingko leaf earrings and pendants come from the up cycling of some large but heavy lotus leaf shapes in silver that have been sitting on my bench for a while. They have a lovely feel to them and seem far removed from the original pieces .....all in all a success I think. The skirt like frill is edged is finished with a bit of brushed on patina to add a bit of contrast, and fresh water pearls on the pendant keep the pendant fresh.



 
Gingko leaf earrings
sterling silver, oxide patina

Gingko leaf earrings
sterling silver, oxide patina


Gingko leaf pendant
sterling silver, oxide patina and fresh water pearls

Gingko leaf pendant
sterling silver, oxide patina and fresh water pearls

Gingko leaf pendant
sterling silver, oxide patina and fresh water pearls

Friday, February 6, 2015

Freesia: Water colour sketch tutorial in 5 steps

 
So this week I gave my first "still life : sketch and water colour class at the beautiful Collective Store, in Wynnum. So I decided to start posting a few tutorials on my blog, perhaps it can help others. My style is quite minimal in colour and illustrative as I always use a pen to finish of and add some details. So it makes it different to the norm.
Why not try this at home.
Enjoy!  
Freesia

Image taken from my Pinterest folder: Flowers.
(Link attached below)
 
Step 1

Lightly sketch out the flower
(HB pencil)

Step 2

Work your shades of green from lightest to darkest using a fine brush
( viridian green, dark green, hint of  blue)
 

Step 3

Work up the flowers from light pinks, to deeper crimsons.
Add a bit of brown to your pink to finish of buds
with thicker paint and a finer brush add stamen texture.
(white, crimson, blown) 

Step 4

Once dry, add a watery film of yellow over the flowers and buds
(yellow)

Step 5

Using a fine liner pen add pen to detail areas or pull petals forward visually
Note: work must be dry before using pen or the colour bleeds.


Classes for February:

          "Petals to paint", still life drawing and watercolours for beginners
           at: The Collective store, Wynnum, Brisbane
           Date: Weekly on Wednesday
           Time: 12:30 to 2:30
           Cost: $50 per person (all equipment supplied)
           Phone: (07) 3129 4606
           Booking essential as classes are small

           Beginners Botanical art class
           at: Sidestreet Vintage, Bulimba, Brisbane 
           Date: Thursday 26th February
           Time: 10:30 to 12:30
           Cost: $50 per person (all equipment supplied)
           Phone: (07) 3399 2729
           Booking essential as classes are small

Additional Links:
Freesia photograph

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Botanics exhibition


So exited to be a part of this exhibition.....I'm putting the final touches on my pieces today.
More images of my work to follow.

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