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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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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???

Phasha Journal

Merry Christmas everyone!!  I hope you are enjoying the holidays and were spoiled as much as I was.  I just HAD to share this amazing Phasha Journal my man gave me for my art.  I cried when I opened it.  It is the best journal I have ever seen.  He is so thoughtful and always makes sure to get something that is me.  Check this out…

So much detail and isn’t the stone in the middle an amazing touch?

The binding is pretty great as you take out the pages and refill it if you want/need to.

Even the back of it has all this intricate embossed detailing.

The inside pages are thick, textured and just waiting for me to get painting!!  Maybe I will get to over the holidays, I wish I had more time off work though.

LOVE it!!  I think this was my favourite gift.  Although I did get quite a few amazing things.  He even got me an external hard drive for me to save all of my pictures, posts and art stuff on.  One of my new year’s resolutions is to back everything up.  Just a reminder to all of you out there to start the new year off right and back-up all of those treasures you have sitting on your laptops/computers/devices.  You never know when one will crash or get stolen.  Both of which have happened to close friends and it made me realize how devastating that would be.


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Sunday Journal – Butterfly Art Journal Page

Time for Sunday Journal as it has been a while.  This one was dedicated to my girls and I decided to go with a butterfly art journal page.  As it goes with the whole “We give them wings so they can learn to fly”.  Or so we hope :) I started with this background.  I used my favourite plastic doily as a stencil in the bottom right corner with black paint.

I then used my Stampin Up! Medallion Stamp with pink ink and stamped it on vintage book paper.  I cut it out then podged it on.

I then took all of these beautiful sparkly butterflies…

and ran all of the black and white ones up the page, which are supposed to represent the average person or child (no offence to other children out there, haha).  Then chose a brightly coloured one to represent each of my girls because they are the light in our lives.

The pink one was for my little Amelia.  I put the first letter of their names next to each butterfly that represented them.  Ava was the green and Milah was the blue.

I stenciled the word “Daughters” across the back of the little insert.

I had to add a little washi tape in there as well, since I am all about the washi tape lately.

Voila, all done!!  I hope you are getting a little art time in amongst all the holiday chaos!  Christmas eve tomorrow. SO exciting!!

Sunday Journal – ART equals HAPPY

For today’s Sunday Journal I thought I should do the inside cover as I seem to be jumping all over the place within it.  My art journal is quickly becoming about all the things I love, so I thought it was time to do a page about ART.  I also thought it was about time to use my gorgeous hand rolled Unison pastels I had ordered from Dick Blick.  Aren’t they awesome?  I love the colours, love the labels and love how easy they blend.

I then gathered up every single circular type stamp I could find.  I was in the mood for circles, why, I am not quite sure.  Maybe because they have no end and I am overflowing with inspiration and ideas, feeling hopeful about following my bliss.  I applied them using Staz On ink as it isn’t water soluble and there would be no issues with sealing in the pastels later.  I then took all my different coloured pastels and randomly filled in a bit of the circles and just rubbed them in with my finger.  Bit of a dirty process but fun.  I also punched out a few circles with a vibrant flower patterned paper that was a freebie from Somerset Studios magazine.

I didn’t have a letter “A” chip board to spell “ART” for my title, so I just used an Eiffel Tower stamp.  It kind of looks like an “A” doesn’t it?  I used an Antique Bronze Distress Stain on the letters then took my black ink pad to dirty them up a little.

I am taking a class right now from Kelly Rae Roberts (which I have probably mentioned before) called Flying Lessons.  I have met an amazing group of women (on-line) through this class who are all supporting and encouraging each other to fly.  I wanted to honour this somehow as well, but I didn’t want to use the typical flying creatures such as a bird or butterfly, so I used a fly instead.  Not what I would normally gravitate towards, but I like, I like it a lot.

I hope everyone has had a productive weekend as unfortunately it is almost over :(

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My Attempt at Watercolour Painting

I hadn’t done the challenge in a while over on Collage Obsession so I thought I would check it out this week.  It of course was another difficult one for me (as most are) because it was “night”.  Most of my stuff is cheery, sunshine kind of stuff.  It did, however, remind me of a piece I was supposed to start for an on-line class I was doing a while back called The Art of Wild Abandonment taught by Junelle Jacobson.  I hadn’t realized when I signed up for it but a lot of the class is sketching and watercolours.  Two of my least favourite mediums as I am not good with sketching and watercolour doesn’t have enough colour saturation for me.  So, I did the first sketch, which was of radishes and painted it using my watercolour crayons.

Then I had to do another incorporating the radishes.  (Why radishes you ask?  Junelle lives on a farm, a huge farm filled with adorable sheep so she likes to create from what she sees.)

Then once this was done, I was done, haha.  I put it aside for a while as it wasn’t keeping me engaged.  So, this need to create a “night” picture brought me back to this class (thankfully it is open for a year and was available to go back to).  So, I sat down for my third attempt and created this using watercolour pencils this time.

Although not my  best work, I enjoyed the process much more this time and will definitely be more motivated to finish the class.  I think maybe because I used a few more elements then just the watercolours.  I pulled out my Faber Castell PITT pens to do some shading and used my black pens for more doodling.  I randomly drew only 5 owls as the sample had at least 7.  We have 5 people in our family so each one represents one of us.  I called it “Just Hanging Out”.

I had bought a journal specifically for this class and got a couple extras for my shop which I made special book marks for.  The pages have great texture but aren’t for watercolour.  I used it anyway, but just a little tip for those wanting to try out watercolours, make sure you don’t work it too much as you will tear right through the paper.

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Sunday Journal – House Mixed Media

I had bought an awesome Doorways Chipboard Set from Maya Road knowing that I would use them in a house mixed media piece.  I then came across this “Behind the Art” tutorial from Christy Tomlinson using her September mixed media kit which incorporated those very doors.

It is so crazy to me how similar mine and Christy’s style is, anyway, I decided to do up a piece just like it in my art journal.   Here is what I came up with. I even had a couple of the Sew Stampers that I have been dying to use.  I used different papers of course and added a chipboard tree that I inked up with a Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam called “Dirty Martini”.

I didn’t have any of the Tim Holtz number plates so I made my house numbers myself (I kind of prefer that they are all different).  For this first one, I used an oval chipboard piece I painted white and added number stickers and two silver brads on each side.  I also used paper strips for the roof on this one instead of the washi tape.

For this one I used a linen tag, greens brads and number stickers again.  I did apply a layer of matte medium over top to make sure the numbers would adhere to the fabric.  I am in love with this polka dot washi tape.  The “Home Sweet Home” rub-on is from Seven Gypsies.

I pulled out a couple of my Unity stamps to add some depth.  I used the grass stamp with paint instead of ink to make the grass all along the bottom.  I also dabbed my Reverse Punchinella stamp in black to create some texture on the page.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was definitely too short for me!!!

PS.  Take some time for yourself this week and get creative, it is good for the soul!

Sunday Journal – Clothesline Mixed Media

Crop & Create

What an action packed great weekend!!!  This might be a long one so you might want to grab a drink or something :).  I was at Crop & Create this weekend.  It was such a treat as events like that never come to Ottawa and I never have such long selfish uninterrupted time to myself to be creative.  We were pretty spoiled with goody bags, prizes all weekend, dessert buffets and even the tables had these beautiful sunflowers on them.

There were free make & takes all weekend long.  A couple were done by Jen from The Scrapbox (who also had a mini store set up in the crop room, dangerous).  Here is a pic of a few of them.  Christmas was definitely in the air with these little goodies.

I took some awesome classes (more on those this week), got a lot done and I had a great group of ladies at my table.  We even had adorable Sonia who came all the way from Washington, can you believe it?  We bonded over our mutual love of owls.  Love her glasses :)

To honour my grandma after she passed and to help with closure I had decided a while back to do a clothesline mixed media series.  She was one of those women who worked hard day and night and one of things I remembered about her is she would always hang her clothes out on the line.  Instead of using her dryer, she would step out on her back deck all year round and hang up her clothes to dry.  She told me she liked the smell.  I decided that was what I was going to work on this weekend in-between classes.  Mission accomplished as I finished all the canvases I had brought.

I will be selling these at the Curious Collective on Sunday October 14th, 2012, Jack Purcell Community Centre, Ottawa, from 11am to 4pm.  Along with others of course.

I used glass bead medium with one of my vintage plastic doilies on some of them.  Check out the awesome texture.  Once it dried, I rubbed a bit of brown paint over it.

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I saved the best for last, my art journal layout.  Which was the original purpose of this post, haha.  As I plan to sell the canvases (part of the letting go), I wanted to keep a little something for myself.  So, I thought the best way to do this was to make a similiar clothesline mixed media piece in my art journal so I would always have it.  Here it is with the tab on the right side which has a picture of her, held on with washi tape.  I started with a teal acrylic paint (my go-to sky colour) let it dry, then covered it with a 12 x 12 stencil over which I sprayed an iridescent mint green.

Here it is with the tab flipped over.  I added a fork, knife and spoon on this side as she was a great cook.  Her apple pie was my favourite and she would always try to make it for me when I would come to town for a visit.

My title is “Mimi” which is what all the grandkids and great grandkids called her.  Of which, she had many.  The letters we received in our goody bags and were from American Crafts.

Another awesome freebie that I added to the page was the darling little bird that was given to all of us from Stephanie over at My Little Bit of Whimsy.  LOVE it!!!

Now all I have left to do is write a little someting about my memories of her and I will have a keepsake forever.

Sunday Journal – Zentangle and Family

We were away having a lovely visit with family in Peterborough this weekend.  So, I thought I would share this family layout I did in my art journal.  It is very reminiscent of Zentangle which seems to be quite popular at the moment.  Even Ikea has gotten in on it.  Love it, I bought curtains for the downstairs a while back.  I set out to do a page entirely with my pens/markers and to add elements that were representative of my family such as the 3 + 2 = 5 (which are the kids + chris and I).

I used sharpies for the black outlines and coloured in with my Faber Castell Pitt Pens.  I almost suceeded in using just pens except for the bit of white oil pastel around the images to tone down the background of the original pages.

The flower was my favourite part.

I thought it was cool that you can still see the building and tree in the background.

I love this quote and thought it would be perfect for these pages.  “What greater thing is there for human souls then to feel that they are joined for life”.  Kind of how I feel about my family.

Even with the lack of texture I still liked how it turned out.  Your turn to pick up a pen and Zentangle away, or at least go out and try something new :)

Sunday Journal – Circus Theme and Play

So, the other day my lovely friend Angie took me for an early birthday dinner to Play.  What is Play you ask?  It is this amazing wine and tapas restaurant.  The atmosphere is very welcoming and the staff is amazing.  You can find tourists in jeans mingling with women who look like they just stepped off of the pages of Vogue.  I was told to order a bottle of wine, my choice, to celebrate.  Hrm, very difficult in a place like that, where they pretty much have an entire page dedicated to red wine.  Up walks Grayson, their sommelier, to save the day.  He asked me what I liked, I said “definitely red, dry and oaky”.  So, he suggests Petite Petit, which is not on the menu.  The moment I saw the label, I was sold, haha.  It had a circus theme to it.

Thanks to my love of esthetically pleasing things and Grayson’s knowledge, I was not disappointed.  The wine was delicious and inspiring.  I asked to take the bottle home because I really wanted to create something with it.  Luckily they obliged (even put it in a gift bag so I wasn’t walking the streets with an empty bottle of wine looking a bit seedy).  When I got it home I pulled out my art journal and off I went to the open crop night at The Scrapbox.  The creativity just flowed and I did the entire thing in one sitting, with a bit of drying time in between.  To get the red striping effect (just like the big top) I used masking tape and acrylic paint.  I then dripped india ink down the full length of the pages.

I added a flag banner with my trusty Stampin Up! punch.

This is with the back side of the insert.  You can see my lovely elephant and cute pierrot riding atop.

Now, a close-up of the label and inspiration, which I stuck right in there.  Isn’t it adorable???

So satisfying.  I think I might just do a circus theme canvas series, I had so much fun.  Now, I must head to the LCBO and try get my hands on a few bottles of this stuff as it is a vintage so once it’s gone, it’s gone.