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Believe Art Journal Page

So, I have discovered that I frequently post my art journal pages on Monday, so it has now been officially changed to Monday Journal, haha.  I knew this week I wanted to do a BELIEVE art journal page.  I started with red lettering and a silver background.  I also added some vintage cigar bands I picked up at an antique store in Vermont, which you can see under all the ink and paint here.

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Once I got that down I was a little stumped.  I was looking for some inspiration so headed to Donna Downey’s site to check out Inspiration Wednesday.  Once I saw the inked circles with drippage I was off.  Thanks Donna!!  I pulled out a circle stencil and first sprayed them with a teal ink.  Once they dried, I put the stencil back on and covered the circles with another swirly stencil which I applied white paint to.

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Since the ink was water soluble I had to be careful and just dab on the paint with my fingers.  In some circles I just rubbed it in so it would reactivate the ink and combine with the white. ( I need to get my video camera set up so I can just do videos and show you exactly what I mean :).

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I wanted to add a little texture with the letters so for the L’s in “WILL” I used a fabric ribbon and for the last S in “PASS” I used a red India Ink.  I then outlined all the letters with my black pen.

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I then outlined all the circles with lots of black India Ink and tilted my book because I wanted lots of drippage.  You can see to the right of this pic the gorgeous vintage sugar package I also discovered in the loot of cigar bands I got.

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I am a pretty positive person but even I need a little reminder at times to “BELIEVE THIS WILL PASS”.

Mermaid Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

This fun mermaid mixed media piece is entitled “The Siren”.  In Greek Mythology a siren is One of a group of sea nymphs who by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rocks surrounding their island.  The definition of siren is A woman regarded as seductive and beautiful.  I think we all have a little siren within us ;)

I started with a beautiful fish paper (that I picked up at Stuff Store when we were in Lakefield) that I ripped into strips to try and mimic the idea of waves.

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 I then rubbed some blue paint on with my fingers in sections to make it look like water.  I also added three silvery medallions to the right with a vintage plastic doily.  My go-to stencil.

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 I then rubbed some white paint over the medallions so you could see the texture a little more.  I love using vintage book pages for my bodies.  I then top them with a light pink water colour or rub a Faber Castell Big Brush Pen over it.  For this one I used the Big Brush.

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The crazy ginger hair is an ode to our youngest.  I can also imagine her having a bit of an attitude, haha.  I added touches of white paint with a number stencil and some textured drawer liner.  I love using things I have around the house to create depth.

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For the tail I cut a template out of plain white paper then applied the chevron paper that was cut with a circle punch to create the look of scales.  I then trimmed it to the shape of the tail and applied it with medium.

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I hope someone loves having her as much as I did making her.

Gift Box Redo

I was rooting around the house to find something special to wrap one of my girlfriends gift in for this weekend and wasn’t really finding anything that was adequate.  I bought her a gorgeous silver bracelet with an inspiration quote on it but it is a round rigid one so nothing was working out.  I did find a box that was the perfect size but it had some Christmas stickers on it and thought, time for a gift box redo!!  I riped them all off and this is what I was left with.

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Kind of gross looking isn’t it?  Nothing that a little paint and paper can’t fix right up though.  I love reusing and re-purposing things.  I knew I wanted to use map paper as Jen is a lover of travel.  Although she doesn’t get to do much of that lately with her two little munchkins.

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I then painted the outside of the box blue and cut out pieces from the map paper to cover the top, bottom and sides of the bottom portion of the box.

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I basically treated it like a canvas and added some touches of white paint, then applied some felt flowers on top which I had laying around and finished it off with a little metal leaf.

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The bracelet looks great in it.  The quote on it says “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.  Just a little encouragement for her to keep with her daily as she has the same entrepreneurial and creative spirit as I do and I am just trying to give her a little nudge.  As good friends should :)  There are tons of these types of bracelets on Etsy if you are looking for one.  One that I like is Tatum Bradley & Co.  She has beautiful stuff.

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Tied it all up with some green and white baker’s twine and it is all ready to go for Saturday.  Hope she likes it and doesn’t read this post before then, hahaha!

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Flower Mixed Media Piece for Goddess Series

As I continue to work on my Goddess series, I thought I would do a post about each of the larger pieces so that when they find a home people can come to check out a little of how each girl was created.  I also help to inspire you a little as well :)

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My Delicate Flower mixed media girl likes to hide behind the beauty of her garden.  For the background, I started with this beautiful tissue like paper I found at Deserres.  (If you have never been, you should really check them out.  They have the most beautiful selection of papers and tons of art supplies.  Lots of projects for the little ones as well.)  I cut the paper up in sections as it is always easier to apply then one huge sheet.

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The flowers were then cut from scraps of paper I had in my stash from a Sizzix Flower Layers Die.  I inked the edges of the petals to further define them, then topped them with a little white pearl.

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Although shy, this girl definitely has some personality with this showy dress and headpiece.  Can’t forget to outline everything with a fluid black pen.

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What is a garden without a butterfly?  It is atop the outline left behind from using one of my go-to vintage plastic doilies that I love using as stencils.

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Some background stamps in black ink here and there and the piece is complete.

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Love her and how quickly she came together.  Maybe I should have had a little more contrast with the background?  What do you think?

Song Bird Mixed Media

I have been using my art as therapy, which has been working pretty well, except I have been having a hard time focusing on what to do first.  This is a bit of a problem as I have an art show and class coming up at the beginning of April in Vermont and need to get cracking on my Goddess series.  So, I thought I would head over to the Collage Obesession website and see what the challenge was for the week.  EGGS.  Perfect, I thought, I shall work on my Song Bird mixed media piece I had been planning for the series.

I started with tearing out pages from a vintage bird book I received from my in-laws and covered the entire canvas with it.  Then covered it with a mixture of red and fuchsia paint.  I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like, but was a little afraid to just start.  Kind of unlike me.  Feeling a little shaky lately I guess.  I grabbed some stencils and jumped in.  Here is a work in progress picture.

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Here is the piece in it’s entirety.  It is a bit of an ode to my oldest daughter.  She has always loved music and will sing everywhere and anywhere if given the opportunity.  Such a free spirit, I love it.

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She has blond hair just like Milah but this Goddess has birdcage pony tails like no other.

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I gave her a dress of real bird feathers and nest with eggs head piece to complete the look :)

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I finished it off with a Maya Angelou quote “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”.

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Do you have any song birds in your life????

Alice in Wonderland Party

It was my two year old’s birthday this past weekend and I had big plans for the Alice in Wonderland party theme I wanted to do to help celebrate her special day.  I tend to go all out for birthdays.  I feel like it is the one day of the year that is all about you.  So you should be spoiled, celebrated and be allowed to mostly do what you like.  My being out of commission however kind of threw a wrench in the plans.  Thank god for family and friends as they are the ones that helped pick up the slack and helped make the party happen.  I also bought more then I normally would.  I am more of the Martha Stewart ilk and try to make everything myself.  Unfortunately, that was not possible so I had to let it go, haha.

The invitation I ordered on Etsy through Beca at Paper Tinker.  It was a down-loadable pdf so it was fast and I could print it on whichever card stock I wanted.

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I even managed to get the family into character.  We were a little concerned it might freak Amelia out, but she was fine.  I dressed as the Queen of Hearts, of course.  Most of my costume is stuff I had around the house.  The hearts I got from the Dollar Store and attached them to a black dress with double sided tape.  The only new thing was the hat which I purchased in Disney a few weeks ago.

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Chris was a trooper and became the Mad Hatter for a couple hours.

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Our little Ava became the bunny who was late for a very important date.

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We didn’t have a proper watch for her so I made a steampunkish one from a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.

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Even my friend Brittany came as one of the flowers.

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Now for the guest of honour, Alice (aka Amelia).  I ordered a tutu dress from Carly at Cutie Patootie Designs.  There was nothing in the shop big enough so I contacted her and she made it custom for me.  She was awesome and based right here in Ottawa.  I just had to drive over and pick it up.  Unfortunately, Amelia wanted nothing to do with it at the beginning of the party.  About half way through, after she had insisted on wearing a t-shirt she got as a gift, she wanted to put it on.

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All of the cake and candy probably had something to do with it but once she got it on she was SO excited and hyper.

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She rolled around in it forever, SO cute!

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Now, the food, which wasn’t very healthy, mostly candy and sweets.  It was a tea party after all.  The kids loved it (not so much the parents :).

The mushroom cookies I ordered from Boko Bakery in Ottawa.  They were delicious!!

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I ordered some images off of Etsy as well.  I wanted some “eat me”, “drink me” tags and some goodies for the kids to do crafts with.  I got them from Amelia at Cherrypink Prints.  Here is a sign in action with the lemon squares.

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And with the cupcakes I made.

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Here is Amelia’s special cupcake with her #2 candle.

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These Cheshire Cat tails I truly made from scratch though.  I saw a picture of them on Pintrest without instructions so I just winged it.  I put three marshmallows on a stick, covered it with pink melted chocolate and added the purple icing stripes.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  It wasn’t, haha.  Took forever.  I had to bring a chair to the stove because I couldn’t handle the standing for too long.  Maybe if I was feeling better it wouldn’t have been so bad.

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Here are the signs I put on our banister as you came in the door.

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Last but not least, I got print-ables to make a banner from Cherrypink Prints to hang on the mantel.

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Man, that was a long one!!!  Hope this has inspired you to have an Alice in Wonderland party of your own.

Sunday Journal on Monday – WOTY Check in

I have been a little MIA lately as I had an unexpected health issue that required emergency surgery.  I am sure I shall share more later once there has been a little more healing.  In the meantime, I hope to do some with my art.  This is the first day I have been able to do anything for any length of time (although it had to be done sitting).  I thought I would do a Sunday Journal (on Monday) and check in with my word of the year (WOTY).  I want to do this once a month to try and remind myself to keep on track.

A lot of people like to gesso their pages before starting in their art journals but I like that the original pages show through, most of the time anyway.  Adds depth and another layer.  For the base of the pages I used an October Afternoon Sprinkler from their Sidewalk collection over a stencil.  The colour is called “Miss Mary Mack”, love the colour and the name.

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 I cut out a head and shoulders from watercolour paper (because it was close by) and some frames from the Amy Tangerine collection of scrapbooking paper at American Crafts.  I then pulled out an alphabet stencil and sprayed a bit of walnut ink on it so it didn’t look too sweet and pastelly (that’s a word right? In my dictionary next to it would read “an abundance of pastel colours”, haha).

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Here is the finished piece.

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I chose to use the quote “Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown”.  I pulled my container of alphabet stickers out and used different sets for each word.  I even wrote one in.  I wanted change to stand out so I used scrabble tiles for that one.

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For the representation of myself, I used a fluid acrylic for my hair in a brown and black colour, wrote change in again on the body and added a bird atop my head who is waiting to take flight…

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Which is what I am hoping to do this year :)  Wish me luck!

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Scrappy Sunday – Paris Layouts

It has been a while but it is Scrappy Sunday time again.  I did a few Paris layouts in my new mini book that I made a few weeks ago.  I incorporated the inside of the front cover into the layout as well as some of the pages from the original book that I had cut up.  My first stop off the plane was L’Arc de Triomphe.

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I tucked some of my boarding passes into the ribbon and clipped a photo to it with an old school paper clip.

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The Champs Elysees starts right at L’Arc De Triomphe which is THE high street for labels in Paris and most of the world really.  I was pretty excited because it was very close to my hotel :)

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I added some princess petals from Webster’s Pages and various sized butterflies punched from old book pages that I am planning to continue throughout the entire book.

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I matted a lot of my pictures with old vintage papers.  Here are my pictures of the cafe I ate dinner at and the smallest car that I had ever seen which appeared to also be the smallest home I had ever seen.

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I, of course, went to see the huge Louis Vuitton store.  I strolled around so long I came back at night and wanted to incorporate both photos.  So, I stuck card stock quality paper to the top back of the photo and put a crease in it so it would fold upwards.

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I then added a little tab to the bottom right hand corner of the photo to encourage lifting :)

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And underneath… Louis at night with all the impressive art work on the windows (matted in old meter reading paper).

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I am enjoying remembering such a great trip and it kinda makes me want to go back and I haven’t even printed off pictures of my favourite spots.  Have any of you been to Paris? What was your favourite spot?

Collage Obsession Challenge – Time Mixed Media

After the chaos that was our vacation I thought I should take a few minutes for some creative time.  I headed over to the Collage Obsession site to see what the challenge was for the week to get a little inspiration.  So, off I went to create a Time Mixed Media piece.  I knew I wanted to start with these vintage Pennsylvania Railway cards I got off of E-bay.  Aren’t they cool?

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I prepared a few canvases at once, which is a great time saving idea and reduces waste of supplies.  I layered the cards, some vintage book pages and sheet music and then covered them with a fluid acrylic in Titan Buff.  It is close to the colour of the paper and I just applied it with my finger so as not to cover up too much of the papers.  I really wanted them to show through.

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 This was my “Time” piece.  Elephants playing on top of a clock, seems possible doesn’t it? haha.  I incorporated the elephants as our youngest Amelia seems a little obsessed with them lately.

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I added this oh so true quote on it.

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While I was in the groove, I thought I would create a couple extra finished pieces with the backgrounds I had done.  Here is the proud rooster strutting his stuff enjoying his journey high atop this bike he found in the farm yard.

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought I would incorporate hearts into this one.  Isn’t she a little cutey?

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I am loving the monochromatic look of these with just little pops of colour.  I think I shall do a few more.

Art Journal Workshop

Hello all!!

As I write this I am sitting in our resort at Disney in sunny Florida.  Why may you ask am I sitting in our room?  The unpredictable issues that arise when travelling with kids :)  One has been throwing up all morning and another has lice which I just discovered.  TMI perhaps?  Thought some of you could commiserate.  Consequently, we are taking a day off of running around the theme parks and taking care of our girls.  Hopefully the sickness is just something she ate and is not going to share it with the rest of us.  The girls are embarrased, disappointed and many other emotions I am sure.  I feel so bad for both of them.  Hopefully all will be better by tomorrow (and nothing gets passed onto the baby) and we can pick up where we left off.

In the meantime, I thought I would take a moment for myself and share a few photos from the Art Journal Workshop I taught last weekend.  Here are some of the students hard at work.

I taught in the beautiful studio of St. Elmos Fire in Stittsville.

The lovely and talented owner, Christina.

Here is some of her awesome art work.

I wanted to buy almost every one of them.

My friend Steph who came to my class.  I am so grateful for having a friend who shares my love of art and creating.

Some of Christina’s students who came to my class.  All so sweet and talented.

So focused, haha!

Karen, who also teaches calligraphy at the studio.

Aren’t these letters amazing!!!

I am looking forward to being back on Sunday to teach an Art Journal layout or canvas (for those who aren’t into art journals).

Don’t forget to take time to create and replenish you soul!!

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