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Monday Journal – Enjoy the Little Things

I haven’t had much time to do art lately but this week I have really felt the need to create.  I found a quote that said “Enjoy the little things”, which is something I am trying to do more of instead of constantly looking at the bigger picture.  I printed it off and have been carrying it around waiting for a chance to use it in my journal.  Today, was one of those days where I had a ton of paperwork and stuff to do but I didn’t have a choice in the matter.  It was bigger then me, I had to open my journal and just create.

I had this piece (that was also inspired by Danielle Donaldson) in it that I had started last week by laying a bunch of papers down for the background then decided I wanted to keep the papers for her skirt.  So I covered up the background with paint and ink and then got stuck because it was WAY to shiny.   So I put it aside.

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When I looked at it with fresh eyes I knew I needed to tone it down with some texture.  I pulled out my old jar of gesso that had dried up a bit (I never throw anything away, cause it can always be used for something, haha) and applied a thick layer with a Moroccan style stencil.

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 I left the skirt pretty much as is with the background paper showing so it had a bit of a patchwork thing happening.  Added my quote and some doodling.

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 I think my black pen is my favourite tool and it is such an inexpensive and easy way to add detail.  It is my finishing touch to pretty much everything.  What is your favourite art supply?

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 Now she feels much better.  Sometimes you need to just step away and come back with fresh eyes, with art and in life.

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 Don’t forget to enjoy the little things this week!  I am trying to make this a bit of my theme for the year.

Monday Journal – Inspired by “Creative Girl” Class

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!  This isn’t my official kick off the new year post, but I was actually able to get some art journaling done while on vacation and thought I would share.  I hadn’t been able to get any art done for over a month with preparing for the holidays and working 7 days a week.  So, when Chris and I went on our annual anniversary trip to Vermont (more on that later) I was determined to do something.  I was only bringing my Papaya pouch of supplies (which I crammed as many paint pens, Faber Castells and small Golden fluid acrylics in as I could) and an art journal.  It’s a Flora Bowley edition one, love it!!  It is the perfect size for a travel art kit.

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I was having a hard time getting inspired due to inactivity until I received an e-mail from Jeanne Oliver saying she was having a flash sale on all of her Creative Network classes (if you aren’t a member, you must sign up.  There are tons of classes, free videos and interviews).  I am not a fan of water colours but love Danielle Donaldson‘s style so when I saw that her Creative Girl class was on sale I was instantly sold.  Here is the first piece I did from her class called the Anatomy of taking flight.

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 Since I was limited in supplies, I didn’t do as many layers as I usually do and was just pounding out the pages.  It helps that I had tons of inspiration.  I always love doing houses and communities but this one is on stilts, adorable.

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Not much of a lettering person either but this was a fun and quick project.

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I decided to follow up with another one immediately, only highlighting the initials for the folks in my family.  Since Amelia and Ava both start with A, I used two colours for that one.  I also made the B and the S darker as those are the initials for our last names (Chris and I live in sin as we haven’t been married so half of us have Savoie and the other Baal).

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Here is the background for the last one I did.  Probably the most simple background I have done AND I left some white.  That never happens, haha.

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 Here is my Badass Girl, she has a cape and everything, ready to take on the world!!!

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Hope you all took some time to get creative over the holidays and relax.  I did and it certainly did me a world of good!!

Monday Journal – Winter Mixed Media

We had our first real snow fall today, WOO!!! Sorry about the photo quality as it is night time.

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Most people dread it, but growing up in Canada, winter is inevitable so you might as well embrace it.  We have learned to find things to do during the winter season and we all snowboard as a family so it gives us something to look forward to.  It also means Christmas is coming :)

I felt inspired to whip up a winter mixed media page since I hadn’t done a Monday journal in a while.  I am in the process of moving my store so my supplies are all over the place.  I worked with what I had.  This page was already started with some stencil wiping.  Then I added more orange, purple and black.

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Then in came the Sharpie twigs and leaves which was inspired by a Flora Bowley painting.

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I then filled in between the branches with Golden Fluid Acrylics.  I used the interference violet over the white and a bit of the blue which you can see a shimmery purple shining through.

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I went over the twigs and leaves again with the Sharpie and then added the quote.

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A quick little art journal piece while watching Netflix to commemorate the first snowfall.  Have an amazing week all!!

Eric Nadeau Exposition – Montcalm Gallery

Chris and I happened to be at Gatineau City Hall the other day which turned out to be surprisingly nice inside.  Lots of windows in a cathedral, six story high, inside courtyard type of thing.  If that makes any sense, haha.  While we were there we came across the Montcalm Gallery.  I had heard of it but never knew where it was and I, of course, had to go in.  We were quite pleased we did because we were introduced to the Eric Nadeau Exposition – Machine Memories and Work Stories.

“In work, in human labour, in our daily tasks, narratives are born, intersect, and are woven into the fabric of our collective memory.   The artist’s creations are variations on a single theme: the work stories that reveal and unite us.”

Here he made an automatic weapon out of an old typewriter and if you notice the typewriter on the right the keys were replaced with bullets.

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There were quite a few of these characters in the exhibit made with old Singer Sewing machines, all with their own personality.  There was quite a contrast between the sweetness of these two and some of the weapons he had created.

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This piece was a deconstructed umbrella.  I wish I had of written down the names of all the pieces.

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More guns made from typewriters.  (Sorry about the photo quality, since it was an impromptu visit I only had my phone)

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Made from the top of an old wooden spool.  Would love to have this piece in my home.

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These little guys were made from steel toe boots.

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She was my favourite.  Not sure if it is because it was my favourite colour or if it is because I have the identical one (still in sewing machine form) that I inherited from my grandmother.

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If you are in the area, (Hull, near the Museum of Civilization) it is definitely worth a quick stop in.  I will also be keeping my eyes peeled for their next exhibit.

Giving Thanks & Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Tomorrow is our Canadian Thanksgiving.  Which got me thinking how much I have to be thankful for.  My amazing and supportive family (Chris and the girls), the opportunity to be living my dream (even if it is not exactly where it needs to be) and my friends (especially Jen who is making Thanksgiving dinner).  Which further got me thinking that I don’t have a Thanksgiving Hostess gift for her.

Since they just moved into their home I thought it would be cute to make them a fall themed embroidery hanging.  I cut out a piece of linen and put it into an embroidery hoop.  It, of course, had to have a pumpkin which I drew out in pencil first.  I used a couple different colours of orange to give it some depth.

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Once I had painted the whole pumpkin (the linen really soaks up the paint btw), I embroidered everything with a bit of a different toned floss then the original paint colour to give depth again.  I even used baker’s twine for the stem.

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I thought I would add an “H” for their last name Holmes.  I used an ombre effect black/grey floss which didn’t turn out as great as I liked but as the dinner is tomorrow, it shall have to do, haha.

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Once I was all done with the embroidery I hot glued the back linen to the frame and trimmed the excess.

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Then a hanging loop with some twine and a couple of floss pieces I had used.

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Hopefully Jen knows how much I appreciate not having to make Thanksgiving dinner.  I will also be bringing my cheesy leeks, wine and fresh bread.  That might help get the point across.  I trust my fellow Canadians are having an amazing long weekend.  The weather here has been amazing!!

Monday Journal – Antler Mixed Media

Sometimes when looking for inspiration I flip through my W Magazine which is a large format fashion/art magazine.  I tear out anything that moves me and this time it was this pic with one of the Olsen twins wearing a funky headband.  Not a fan of the Olsen twins but thought I could make some kind of antler mixed media with it.

The background had already been started from all of my stencil wiping.  I also took down some of the magazine image with Nevr-Dull so the face wasn’t as clear.

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I extended the antlers with a black sharpie.

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 Then painted in some yellow hair and highlighted it with a brown Faber Castell marker.  Then some blue for the eyes and some luscious red lips.

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 I added the quote “she who seeks beauty shall find it” which is what I wanted the theme to my art retreat to be this last weekend.  I think the original quote actually said “he” but I of course, had to change that.

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The finishing touch was adding some crackle paste that was mixed with yellow paint to provide some texture.

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 So next time you are struggling for inspiration, just open up your closest fashion mag and get cracking.

Halloween Decor

Trick or Treat time is quickly approaching and is only about a month and a half away so I thought I would whip up some Halloween Decor on this rainy Saturday afternoon.  This could be a great project for kids if you are looking for something to keep them busy.

I started with some inexpensive 5×7 canvas panels I had picked up at Dollarama and painted both sides black.

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I then went snooping on the Graphics Fairy website for some vintage Halloween images and found plenty I liked.  I printed some out onto plain white paper then adhered them over top of some old encyclopedia pages with Mod Podge.

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I didn’t like any of the witch images so just printed a photo of a very stern looking lady and a witches hat then put them together.  Don’t be afraid to combine images, they tend to turn out better.  I highlighted the ribbon on her hat with some glitter glue.  Even witches need a touch of glam.  I added a bit of glitter to the other two pieces as well.

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I then punched a couple holes through the top and strung some rusty wire through, curling the ends so they wouldn’t slip out and voila!!

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Cheap and cheerful Halloween Decor!!

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You could make this much more fancy if you like and add more layers, maybe some ribbon or lace.  I might actually go ahead and do that now that I think about it.  I think tying a bit of trim to the wire would finish it off nicely!!

Atomic Rooster – Cock Show

The Atomic Rooster (on Bank Street in Ottawa) is having their annual Cock Show and have released their call to artists.

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The winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Wallacks and they usually turn the winning piece into a coaster.  I think it’s pretty cool.  Here is the piece I plan on submitting.

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Hope to see you at the Vernissage on September 23, 2014, it should be a great show!

Mixed Media Map Class

I had a great mixed media map class last week and I just wanted to share the final projects with you.  Sorry about the pics as I took them with my Iphone.  Here is Mona-Lynne working her magic.

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Now Natalie doing her thang.  She was sure she would never finish a painting in three hours as she has been feeling like she has been in a bit of a rut.  She has quite a few unfinished pieces at home.

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She was wrong.  Painting done, gorgeous and ready to hang in her dining room!!

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Mona wanted to add a few touches from nature as this was a piece for her new cottage.  So she went home with it undone, shockingly she came in within a couple days with her completed piece.  It turned out amazing and she too had a completed piece she could put up immediately.

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 Such a productive class.  Here is my painting I got to work on.  I rarely get a chance to do a painting while I am teaching but the girls were working so independently I got to have some fun too!! I think this one will go in my living room.

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 Hope everyone had a great weekend!  I was busy organizing the Savoir Faire and I had a superb time.  I will be doing a post op on it shortly but in the meantime a lovely customer was so disappointed about missing the mixed media canvas class she organized her own at the store.  There are a couple spots left if you would like to attend.  The make-up class will be this Wednesday from 6-9.

 

Monday Journal – Bird Mixed Media

What a rainy miserable day today.  Great day to play around in my art journal however.  I knew I wanted to do a bird mixed media as I was missing hearing their songs today.  This was the last available page in my Book of Paris turned art journal.  I love that you can still see some of the images through all the paint and ink I have applied.

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Most of this was already there from my cleaning up of stencils and using up leftover paint.  Love the colour combination.

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I wanted to keep this simple as I had the two youngest girls with me so not a lot of time to create.  (My oldest is gone to camp, 7 hours away from here for over two weeks.  She just left on Saturday and I am already going crazy without her.  Probably because she doesn’t have phone access so we can’t communicate at all, URGH!!)  Anyway, focus Renee, haha.

 So, instead of painting the inside of a stencil I decided to trace it and colour the outside with white Shiva Artist’s Oil Paintstick.

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I was sorting through cards I had received during the opening of the store and one of them had the quote “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it” by Ralph Waldo Emerson which is so true.  So I decided to cut up the card and incorporate this little reminder and stuck the first part to the insert page with a little washi.

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For the opposite page I did the opposite of the first and used the stencil properly with the white oil paintstik.  It was a little difficult to get the fat stick into the little lines of the stencil.  Won’t be doing that again.  I then just stuck the rest of the quote over the birdcage.

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Here you can see the entire insert where I used only part of the same bird stencil from the previous page.

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 Got it all done just in time for Amelia to wake up from her nap, YEY!!  Hope you all have a great week.

One last thing, I still have room in my mixed media canvas workshop at the store on Wednesday if you would like to come down and get your art on!!