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Monday Journal – Community Art Journal Page

This week I wanted to do something to honour the group of amazing ladies I met doing an on-line course through Kelly Rae Roberts.  I thought I would do a community art journal page.  This community of women has been wonderful to each other right from day one.  Being a part of a group of like minded artists with similar business goals was a gift all on its own but the way everyone jumps in to offer unconditional support (especially with the difficult things life throws at us) has been pretty special.  They are all like a warm blanket on a cold day.

With Spring here (or attempting to be here, the sun was out today, YEY!) I thought I would use some brighter colours.  I stretched myself a little and used pinks and yellows which I tend never to gravitate towards.  I grabbed papers from my scrap stash and ripped different shaped houses and then applied them with an artist’s medium.

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I then used my navy sludge to paint the night sky.  Why is it night time in my community?  Not sure, maybe it’s because I tend to catch up with them at night once the kids are in bed, haha.  I applied drops of yellow India ink to represent stars (and the ladies).

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I outlined each of the houses with a watercolour crayon and painted the houses or just the edges to give the paper a more painted effect.  A couple of them it was to add colour as the paper was white.

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I re-emphasized and added texture with the word “community” down one of the houses with some mini alphabet stickers. ( I add medium over any stickers I use when painting, btw).

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 What is a neighbourhood without flowers?  I added some Miss Carolina rub-ons from My Mind’s Eye to add a little greenery and finishing touches.

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Last but not least I took a white china marker, (that will basically write on anything)…

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and wrote out the definition of community as it relates to my ladies.  Here it is finished.

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 Strange as you get older and maybe wiser, you realize the importance of community.  Have any of you found that as well?

 

 

 

Collage Obsession Challenge – “I Can Fly!”

Since I hadn’t participated in a bit I thought I would head over to the Collage Obsession Challenge and see what it was for the week.  As soon as I saw that it was “I can fly”, it instantly made me think of the commission piece I needed to finish for this wonderful lady who can fly and often does.

Her word of the year is CHANGE.  Just like mine.  When she saw my finished change piece that I made to remind myself throughout the year, she asked if I could make her one as well.  I made the change on her piece much bigger.

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 This will serve as a little reminder for her that she CAN FLY on the days she is just not feeling it along with keeping her on track with the change she is wanting in her life for this year.  A little spiritual kick in the pants.  I think we can all use it sometimes.  The power of positive thinking is an amazing thing.  You can see the little caterpillar under the words, that change into the butterflies above.

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I used Golden Glass Bead Gel mixed with brown paint for this part.  I usually mix it with ink.  I am not sure which I like better.  Either way provides lots of texture but you can’t really see all the beads in this one.  Might just be the dark colour though.

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I can’t believe how quickly it came together.  Was able to finish it while the little muffin was napping, now that is quick.  I think that it helps that the person I was making it for is a pretty amazing and inspiring woman.

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I hope she enjoys it.  Now I just need to get it to the lovely Louise unless I keep it and switch it out for mine, haha.  I like this one much better :).

A Tour of Marie Antoinette & Co.

I was out looking around for a friend’s birthday present the other day and decided to stop into Marie Antoinette & Co. which is in Ottawa (in the Hintonburg area).  I had discovered this store a few months ago and was completely blown away by all the beautiful things.  When I popped in this time, there was even more stuff.  They certainly do not disappoint with all of the amazing eye candy.  I didn’t have my camera so had to use my phone but I knew I just had to take a few photos to share.

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They literally had items from floor to ceiling.  From awesome burlap pillows and clocks everywhere to…

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all different sized and coloured bird cages.  Swoon!!

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All the creamy blues and whites were just to die for.  Those white plates must find themselves into my kitchen cupboards.

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A little corner with red accessories.  Pretty burlap lamp shade with red ribbon.

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They had all kinds of French inspired journals with yummy vintage looking paper inside.  They would be great for wedding guest books or small art journals as well.  SO cool.  I will be back for one of those.

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Check out the ceramic statues, picture frames, candle holders and birds :)

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Look at all the goodies on this table.  Feels like Spring.

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If you are ever looking for inspiration, a gift or something a little special for your home, this is the place.  Every time I go in, things are changed around and there are new lovelies to look at.

Goddess – Dreamer Mixed Media

The painting continues :)  I have been feeling incredibly inspired which I am grateful for in more ways than one.  I finished my Dreamer mixed media girl.  For the background paper I started with old maps as this girl likes to dream of traveling.  Topped them with turquoise (my go-to colour).  Then added a little brown paint with a stencil.

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Love how the heart mask I used with red paint turned out.  I added an arrow pointing to the stars and wings as she also dreams of flying.

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Here she is finished.  Added a star to shoot for (on the left) and little flip to her hair.

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The beautiful green feathery flower is from Webster’s Pages.  Accessories are a must.

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I added texture with paint and stamps (with black Staz-on ink).  The background stamp with all the small square images was a total score from a sale bin at Michaels.  The artwork on the front of the wood block didn’t do it justice so it turned people off I think.  Worked out for me, YEY!!  Perfect example of sometimes needing to look beyond what someone has presented to you.  I added the “DREAMER” title with rub-on letters.

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I added a little organza rose ribbon trim for her belt with a ribbon charm both from Maya Road.  She also needed a tulle skirt as what dreamer doesn’t like to dance?

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It’s Friday tomorrow, wooo!!  Hope you all have juicy plans to bring out your inner goddess.

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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.