Friday, 29 January 2016

Scrawlr Box review- January






 Scrawlr is an art supply subscription box, who I stumbled upon online. It is £15 monthly, with free UK shipping, and can  be bought here. I mainly work with paints, so this box didn't suit me perfectly, but I really wanted to try working with different mediums! There is a featured artist each month, and a theme with a challenge to create a piece of art using only the materials in the box. The theme this month was 'abstract', which was absolutely perfect for me and my preferred ways of working within art.





One of the items in the box which I was most pleased with was the Koh-I-Noor 2mm clutch pencil, which is a refillable mechanical pencil, and is great for sketching with! The contents also included two black markers, of varying thicknesses, a grey marker and a pack of coloured markers. 


The suggested task this month was to 'take your pencil for a walk across the page', and then pick out shapes within it to outline with the markers. The colours I used on mine (above), ended up looking quite Mondrian- like. I think I am going to use the markers to speed sketch people more when I am out and about, now that life drawing has helped improve my confidence with drawing!
Would you ever try an art subscription box?

Holly Olivia x
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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Update

Once again, I have been very MIA on here but haven't known what to post, or had the time to. Since I last posted, I have set up a Society6 shop selling prints of my paintings and photography work, started a life drawing course at the Mushroom Works in Newcastle and discovered that Brighton University liked my online portfolio enough to offer me an interview for fine art!
Honestly, I haven't felt as happy blogging for a while now. Due to being so busy with college work, I haven't had the time to put as much into my posts and to join Twitter chats meaning my views have slumped massively. I don't want this to end up as an empty space online, so I will be making it more art based, and sharing my work as well as inspirations. (Since I will hopefully be doing art full time at uni in September- it will become my life!) I still want to post about style, as I enjoy putting together outfits and buying clothes, but I haven't felt as confident with how I look recently, so they won't be as regular on my blog.
My posting may be more sporadic, however, I will try to post as often as I can and improve my blog content! I'm going to Brighton on February 15th for my interview, and staying for two nights, so will be sure to post photos of the city on here! Below are two of my favourite pieces from my life drawing class. I have improved so much in two weeks of classes and am so much more confident with my drawing ability. (I think this was partly due to having a female model the second week, which I prefer and was more practiced in drawing)



Holly Olivia x
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Online Portfolio Part Two

A1 expressive pieces 

Expressive piece one- November 2015
Acrylic on paper

Expressive Piece two- November 2015
Acrylic on paper

Expressive Piece three- November 2015
Acrylic on Paper 

The above pieces were all created in under five minutes, using large paintbrushes and palette knives. I wanted to work more freely and restrict myself, in terms of timing, to see what I could do in a short space of time.

Expressive self portrait with camera- 2015
Acrylics on paper 

Peter Hallam inspired work painted with acrylics on paper using wall brushes and palette knives. I am planning on creating more of these for my 'identity' project. 

Franz Kline inspired work 

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Acrylic on paper 

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Acrylic on paper 

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Acrylic on wallpaper


I have been working in the style of Franz Kline, using wall brushes and black and white acrylic to paint black 'fruit' and 'vegetable' shapes, linking to my theme and previous work, and adding the white acrylic to reproduce the style of Kline


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Acrylic, ink, sand, plaster and mixed papers on canvas fabric 








To further develop my Kline inspired work, I drew inspiration from his colour work and added ochre and dark blue tones into a painting on canvas fabric. I mixed the paints with plaster and sand to add texture and thickness to the finished piece. Whilst it was drying, I tore up vintage papers and added sections of collage to my piece. Lastly, I dripped black ink onto the piece, which I think brings it all together and sets it apart from the work of Kline. 

Photography

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These photographs were taken at the Quayside in Newcastle on a misty day. I set myself two tasks; to photograph colour and to capture the atmosphere of that particular day because of the weather. My inspiration for my colour images was the work of Saul Leiter, as I find his view of the world in a more abstract way very unusual and inspiring. 

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These photos were taken in my local town of Whitley Bay at night, and I used manual focus to blur the lights, and create a more abstract photograph. These are all preparation for my final coursework piece.
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Sunday, 10 January 2016

Military Chic







Yesterday, I stumbled upon this khaki button up dress in the Miss Selfridge sale for £12 from £42! It is so gorgeous, and with 10% student discount and 10% off for some of the stitching on the belt coming loose; it was too good a bargain to miss. It isn't online, but this Topshop one is similar. As it was chilly, I wore my fleece lined Primark tights and a basic long sleeved black t-shirt underneath. I also paired it with my black Topshop coat and my new beret, to smarten the look up slightly. On my feet are my new boots, which were perfect for walking through mud in (ew). The bag is an accessory I really love, and was an 18th birthday present from my Aunt and Uncle. It makes taking photos when I am out a lot easier as it doesn't keep falling off my shoulders! I almost forgot to mention my new haircut! You'll already have seen it if you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (both @hollyoliviablog). Last Friday, I got my hair chopped off into a bob and I am so pleased with how it looks!

Holly Olivia x
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Friday, 1 January 2016

What I got for Christmas and birthday 2015- beauty bits

Skincare




My main present for my 18th birthday from my parents were tickets to see Muse in April (!!!), but they also treated me to a cleansing brush from BaByliss. I have only used it once so far, but love how it makes my skin feel and how great the battery life is! It takes one minute to cleanse your face and after charging, the battery lasts for 35 minutes- so quite a few face cleansing sessions!
My grandparents bought me a L'occitane moisturizer that I tried a sample of recently, and loved. I get a lot of scarring from spots, and this cream helps to reduce scarring and redness in the skin. I noticed great results from using the sample size, so am looking forward to my skin improving greatly!


Makeup





One of my favourite presents was this set from Nails Inc. Their colour range and formulation is great, and the fact that the box had Alexa Chung on scores them massive bonus points! I love the iridescent red shade, as it was perfect for the festive season, and I also love the dark navy blue, which is a shade I have been after for a while!
I also received the Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau de Parfum, which smells amazing! I adore spicy scents for candles and perfumes, and I felt incredibly lucky to be bought such an amazing scent.

Bath and body




I adore everything about Ted Baker beauty products. The packaging, the scents, the formula... it is all perfect. My parents bought me this huge Ted Baker set for my 18th birthday and I was over the moon! The case it came in is beautiful and there are so many large sizes of products in it. It's also half price at Boots now, so totally worth the money!
Among two large boxes of Lush products (which I didn't photograph because they are too crumbly), I was given these bath salts which are beautifully packaged in a vintage apothecary style jar. When I have baths, I get a bit carried away with creating 'cocktails' of products, so these have already been paired with bubble bath and I love them! (I will also definitely be keeping the jar)

Hope you've all had a merry Christmas and a happy new year!
Let me know what beauty products you got for Christmas in the comments.

Holly Olivia x 
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