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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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Sunday Journal – Love Mixed Media

This week’s journal page is a LOVE mixed media.  Since the art journal I am currently working in seems to be all the about the things that I love and with Valentines Day just around the corner, I thought I would do a page about my hunnie and I.

I started by flipping through magazines looking for a picture of a couple.  I found one that looked nothing like us but seemed fun and funky so I cut it out.  I then took Nevr Dull, which is actually a chrome polisher and applied it to the picture to take it down a bit.  It acts almost like you are sanding it as the chemical in it removes some of the colour.  It is a technique I learned from Jeanne Oliver which I was happy to discover since I had used shoe polish to try and do something similar in the past, haha.  You can see where it has started to turn white a bit.

I stuck the picture down on one side and a red paper doily on the other and covered the entire thing with a bit of a white wash as I still wanted to see the pages behind them a bit.  I then pulled out my Bombay India Inks…

and with the applicator, right to the paper I created the green stems and some round red poppies.  They were inspired by one of Donna Downey’s Inpiration Wednesdays.I took black to the centres to finish them off.

 It is called “All you need is LOVE”.  That statement (and lovely song by the beetles) has slowly been ringing truer and truer for me over the last few years.

Here it is with the little insert flipped over.  I of course had to add a couple hearts to it as well.

More poppies perhaps???

Mixed Media Bridal Shower

I have been wanting to share a bridal shower I did a few months ago and I had promised the guests I would so they could see the finished product but, I had misplaced the memory card that the photos were on.  However, I just found it, YEY!!!

It all started when I met the nicest couple during Italian Week at the Preston Street Mercato this past summer.  They were both the kind of people that being in their presence makes your day brighter.  They were so sweet about my art and thought my party/showers were a great idea.  They took my business card and I didn’t really think anything more of it.  A couple months later I received an e-mail from Ann, a maid of honour saying her bride insisted I come teach at her bridal shower.  I was flattered and excited, although I wasn’t sure who the bride was.  After getting all of the details about the colours and general theme of the wedding, this is the invitation I made for all the guests.

The bride had seen my post on a previous bridal shower I had done and wanted the same sort of piece.  So, off I went to prepare the backgrounds for 35 pieces.  Yes, 35, it was huge.  I was excited to see how it would all come together though.

Once Cassandra (the bride) arrived at the shower, I instantly remembered her and was truly honoured she had wanted me to be a part of such a big day (I know, I am a sap, haha).  Here she is wearing the special vintage apron as the guest of honour.

With all of her bridal party (they were also the hostesses for the shower), holding the prepared canvases and ready to paint.

Everyone is hard at work.  They all just dove in and were so great it made my job easy. One of the birds in progress.More of the girls getting their art on in their Peaberry™ aprons.

The mother of the bride with her two pieces.  She made an extra one for grandma since she couldn’t make it.

Once everyone was done I took it home to outline everything in black and put some finishing touches to bring it all together.

Check out all of the depth and texture each piece has.  I always insist each guest sign the back of their masterpiece and write a little note to make each it even more personal.

Here are the two birds which represent the couple, Cassandra and Matt.  I made sure to bring some red papers and such as I heard that was Matt’s favourite colour (We must include the groom some how).  Ann also had me write a special quote on it before I delivered it to the bride and groom (as a surprise).

I hope they are as happy as I am with the way it turned out.  My favourite part of the day was when a few people who were a little sceptical about the whole thing were surprised by how much they enjoyed themselves.  Some had never done anything like this before and just wanted to keep creating.  Hopefully I have opened a little something in them that they will continue to nurture.  Makes my heart happy :)

Scrappy Sunday – Paris Mini Book

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I was watching the classic “How to Steal A Million” the other day starring one of my favourites, Audrey Hepburn.  The entire thing is based in Paris and it made me remember my Paris trip many moons ago and how I still hadn’t done anything with my photos.  So, I thought it was about time to make a Paris Mini Book to put all of my memories in (before I forget them:) and to have out for all to see.

I found this old Paris picture book at a school book sale a couple of years ago and was keeping it for just this occasion.

I took the entire book apart, cutting off the front and back cover with an x-acto knife but keeping the inside pages to add to my book later.  I had what was supposed to be a wall hanging (sold at a dollar store), took it apart and used it as a stencil for both sides of the front and back covers.  I love this thing because it is much bigger then a typical 12″x12″ stencil and a lot less expensive.

For the title I grabbed my chipboard letter jar and picked different letter types to spell Paris.  Partly because I didn’t have all the letters in the same font and partly because I like the randomness.  I just added a bit of black ink to each of them to make them a little more cohesive.

I just cut my Eiffel Tower out a piece of scrapbooking paper I had and added Layerable Flowers from Maya Road.  But first, I took the layers separately and rubbed them right onto an ink pad.  The largest one in black as the background is red, then the next layer in red.

Then just topped it with a Basic Grey button.

I wrapped a vintage inspired ribbon all the way around the front cover and added a couple Industrial Chic charms.

On the inside cover I pasted a map of the Paris Metro and the first page is from the original book and is covered with pictures from L’arc De Triomphe as that was my first stop off of the Metro when I arrived in Paris.  My pictures will be added later.

The insert pages are from the original book, scrapbook pages and a linen mounted map of France I cut up.

Then the back of the book is a plastic sleeve that I put my itinerary in and the cover has an arial view of the entire city, super cool.

I just popped two holes in everything and bound it together with two rings.  Now I finally have an inspiring place that is worthy of such a trip.  Layouts to come soon!

Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace

Chris and I are on our annual snowboarding trip to Vermont.  I am currently in Stowe as I type this, SO lucky aren’t I?  We are having a great time except we are both a little sick so couldn’t hit the mountain today :(  We are hoping tomorrow will be the day.  Anyway, one of the reasons I love coming is our stop in Burlington on the way to hit the antique stores.  I just had to share this AMAZING place I discovered in Burlington called the Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace.  It closes at 5 and I was totally trying to rush to get there before it closed.  It was a must see on my list and boy was I not disappointed.

Check out the little nook above the door, I couldn’t wait to go in.

First thing I saw when I walked in were these awesome yard sticks.

Then these paintings which are by a local artist Sienna Fontaine.  I found out she was having a show there that night and they would be open till 9.  We didn’t need to rush after all.  I wish we would have had more time to stay for it.

This place was filled with so many unique things and there was something for everyone.  Here is a part of the vintage clothing section.

A view of the main room as you walk in.

Chris had kind of gotten ahead of me as I was going slow and taking it all in.  It was total sensory overload as I was amazed by all of the cool stuff (We don’t have stores like this in Ottawa, btw).  He came back to get me because there was something I needed to see and man was he right.

I am totally in love with old letterpress wood printing blocks.  I had picked some up in Paris years ago and have never come across them in person again.  I couldn’t believe the stash she had.  I wanted them all!!!  I settled for enough to spell PEABERRY (and a couple more which I will share at a later time).

There were so many pretty little vignettes everywhere, it was hard to know where to look next.

Old globes and maps are things that we share a love of and there were plenty of those to look at.

More eye candy.

I picked up a block and a couple other little goodies to take home.

The owner, Mary (whose focus for the shop is “vintage goods for an inspired lifestyle”) was the sweetest.  We complimented each other on our great taste and became fast friends.  We exchanged e-mails and she agreed to hook me up via mail if I needed anything as I couldn’t possibly have taken everything home that I wanted.  (We wouldn’t have been able to eat for the rest of the weekend, hahaha!)

Although, Chris did tell me about these ceramic dolls that I missed and it sounds like they would have been perfect for little assemblages.  We may have to stop there again on our way home, tee hee.