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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 :)

Word of the Year for 2013

It is time for my word of the year but first off, I wanted to say HAPPY NEW YEAR and a huge thank you to all my subscribers and followers.  You are helping my dreams come true and are deeply appreciated.

I am a part of this amazing group of “Flyers” and some of us have decided to do a blog hop to share our word of the year.  So, if you are starting with me, grab yourself a warm beverage and do the tour, I promise it will be worth visiting all of these talented ladies.

Choosing a word of the year may seem a little more difficult then having New Year’s resolutions, but I think not.  It is a good way to keep you focused and on task throughout the year.  Although, deciding on which word to go with was a little harder then I expected.  My motto which has come to me over the last couple of years is “Follow Your Bliss”.

(I finally got to do some painting today so I thought I would paint my motto and word of the year for when my studio space is ready)

In the past (prior to discovering mixed media) when people asked what I did for a living I would say, “I’m a paralegal, but I have yet to find my bliss”.  I am happy to report that I no longer say that.  My current answer is “My day job is as a paralegal, but I am an artist”.  It has taken me a while as it felt almost arrogant to say that, like “who do I think I am??”  Through the love and support of my man and friends, I have finally claimed ownership of my lot in life and man, does it feel great.  It has been a busy but amazing year and I am hoping that 2013 will be even better.  But I digress.  I kind of wanted to let you know where I was coming from when I say I wanted to pay homage to my motto and truly follow my bliss (practice what I preach, so to speak).  I kind of knew what I wanted it to be but couldn’t find a “pretty” word to my liking.  I then received my “Daily Truth” from the Brave Girls.

“Dear Courageous Girl,

When clarity finally comes, it is so important to not be talked out of it by voices that are not our own. So often, when we are making difficult choice, other people, other forces and other messages are completely opposed to the decision that is best for our own life. Change is uncomfortable, and we resist change in others often as much as we resist change in ourselves.

Sometimes we just have to keep sacred things to ourselves until our resolve, decision or goal is not feeling so wobbly and timid and fragile. Sometimes we have to give it time to grow and to become strong and solid and clear before it is safe enough to share it.

Remember the peace you felt when the decision was finally made. Remember the clarity you felt when you knew the answer for sure. Remember that you knew it was right. What made it muddy was the outside opinions, preferences and judgments that really have no business making these kinds of decisions for your one beautiful, precious life.

Stay strong, dear girl. You know the way to go. You know what to do.
It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

You are so very loved.
xoxo”

So, after reading that, flowery or not, I chose CHANGE.  I have realized that it does not have to be “pretty”, it is what I want for myself and my family in the next year.

(Chris made the awesome aluminum word plate for me and below is the entire painting.  Don’t you just love the felt rolls?)

Some of my favourite CHANGE quotes:

“Life is change.  Growth is optional.  Choose wisely.”

“Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown”

“We must become the change we want to see”

Now to make a -to do- list to help myself achieve all of this great change.  I think I might also make myself a bracelet with my word as a daily reminder.  Look out world, here I come!!!

Don’t forget to head over and visit the talented mixed media artist Michelle Hill and check out what her word is.

Deer Mixed Media – Birthday Workshop

Just a wee post to share a pretty cool deer mixed media piece that was done last week at a birthday workshop.  It was a small group of artsy ladies who seemed to know the guest of honour Alysha (in white) quite well.  They all played it safe and stuck to her colour palette.  Here they are hard at work. – The pics were taken with my phone as my camera battery died :(

Having a bit of a laugh.  Love it when everyone is having fun as that is the whole point to these workshops as far as I am concerned.  To relax and forget about everything for just a little while.  Restorative time if you will.

Here is the gorgeous piece all done.  As the group was small they got to see some of the finishing touches right at the class.  Sorry the picture is so fuzzy.

Isn’t the background awesome?  It is canvas covered with a scrunched up patterned tissue paper that I rubbed paint over once it dried.  They added birds and all kinds of stuff to the antlers which is what I was hoping for.  Totally cute.

I brought my awesome Pennants Builder Punch from Stampin Up! and two of the girls collaborated to create the title with it which ran along the bottom.

They called it “Wild Life”, not sure if they were implying that Alysha is a bit of a party girl or just to the animals but it is nice to keep people guessing ;)

Nest Mixed Media Workshop

What an incredibly busy and amazing weekend.  Our First Christmas Edition of the Savoir Faire went off with flying colours.  We are so proud.  You can head over to The Savoir Faire website to see the Post-Op Review.  I got tons of awesome handmade Christmas gifts that I can’t wait to give.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to hit every table.

I was teaching a lovely group of ladies all morning.  We did a Nest Mixed Media workshop.  The piece was called “No Vacancy” and I am sure you can see why.  Here was the sample piece I had made for them.

Even though the canvas was small, the workshop packed a lot of punch as I tried to show them as many little techniques as I could fit into the hour and a half.  Of course we went over the time limit, haha.  Quite the norm for me.  I like people to feel like they are getting their money’s worth.  Here are the students hard at work.

 

I am all about re-purposing and this class was no different as my flower was made from old packaging, the “No Vacancy” sign was punched into pieces from an old leather belt and all of the buttons were rescued from second hand stores (one of my favourite things to do).

 

I loved how all the pieces were different and reflected the personality of the student.  So cool!!  Here is Tracey with her piece.

Her mom, Jenny’s piece.  She was a little afraid, but there was no need.  It turned out beautiful!

Here is Anna’s piece.  I just met her that day, she was so fun and from Aylmer, YEY!!

Steph’s piece.  (You can also check out her review of the Faire on her blog Share the Love)

Last but not least, Kathy’s piece.  This is Britt’s mom (my partner in crime for The Savoir Faire)

A real group of creative souls.  I hope all of the ladies had as much fun as I did.  Anyone wanting to do this piece at home can head to my Etsy shop and buy a kit.

Have you guys started your shopping yet? Christmas is coming…

 

More Man Mixed Media

So, I have a fair coming up this Sunday which I am pretty excited about.  It is my first year attending.  It is Sandy Hill’s One & Only Arts & Crafts Fair which is at the Sandy Hill Community Centre from 10am to 4pm.  Should be a lot of fun and there is a free buffet.  Free food, how can you go wrong?

Due to this fair, I thought I should whip up some little darlings for people to purchase and give to loved ones over the holidays (without breaking the bank).  I have been feeling pretty inspired this week so whip up, I did!!  Here are some butterfly cuties.

Here are some houses I was inspired to do from my Quebec City post.

Creating the manly piece last week made me realize that I don’t have very many masculine paintings, so it inspired me to create more man mixed media pieces.  I thought, guys like to fish right?  Why not give them something cooler and much more esthetically pleasing than a stuffed fish to hang on the wall…

I think I might do more of those, I had a blast making them.

The last piece I am going to share is a fun little one.  First, I wanted to remind you all that mixed media does not have to be expensive and really lends itself well to reusing/recycling.  I wanted to create a tree with texture so I took some shredded red paper and just applied it with a generous amount of medium.  The paper obviously isn’t the right colour.

So I just painted over it.  I also used left over brown bits of paper to create the trunk.

I then had some pink trim which wasn’t the right colour.

I just painted over it as well and grunged it up a little with a brown Faber Castell Pitt Pen.

Now, the final piece.   I like the contradiction of the stuffy looking business man taking flight courtesy of his umbrella and he really seems to be enjoying it, going with the flow.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend planned.  Not only do I have a fair, I get to hike in the Gatineau Park and check out a new coffee shop I have been wanting to see.  All with my girlfriends, to celebrate a birthday, YEY!!

Man Mixed Media

This week over on the Collage Obsession blog the challenge is “MEN”.  So, I of course had to do a Man Mixed Media piece.  I admit, a lot of my stuff is girlie so I was looking forward to trying something new with this one.  I even had the perfect image I had been hanging on to from the Graphics Fairy.  I also had a pair of wooden antlers hanging around from Artchix Studio that I thought would fit right in as anything remotely to do with hunting is the epitome of manly.  Here he is.

It is titled “Remember when there were no limits”.  As in no limits to your imagination, or creativity or play time.  He just brings me to a happy place and hopefully does for you too.

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Technique Tags with Vicki Boutin

And yet another reason why the Crop & Create weekend was great, I got to take a class from Vicki Boutin.  (We need more Canadian representation like her around in the papercrafting world).  The class was a technique tags class, how awesome is that, felt like a two for one.

Here are all our beautiful tags.  So happy with how they turned out.

Check out some of the yummy papers we used.  The tissue paper we made ourselves by spraying plain white tissue with an Color Shine Iridescent Spritz from Heidi Swapp.  Once dry we just applied a script stamp with black ink.  I will definitely be using this technique over and over again.

These are a couple tags we created with the tissue paper.  The small one on the left we inked and glued chipboard stars to prior to wrapping it in the paper.

Here is Vicki, doing her thang!!

More of the tags.  The one on the left we used gesso to stamp into and just layered inks over top of it..

I love all the texture on all of the tags but especially the one with the fabric and ribbon. 

All the buttons and bling and twine, OH MY!!!

I had to get my pic taken with Vicki

 

I bought her book Creative Foundations so I could get her to sign it.  She was so sweet, even though she was exhausted from having taught all day and night.  She took the time to sit and write me a little message wishing me luck with my creative endeavours.  So many awesome techniques learned today and in the book.  I can’t wait to sit down and play.

Kind of sad, Crop & Create is done and my posts about the weekend are done :(  At least this is a long weekend and we are going out to a cottage for the annual family Thanksgiving.  Wooo!  I can also look forward to next year as I hear they might be coming back, YEY!!

 

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.

Clothesline Mixed Media Art Journal

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.

Bridal Shower – Paris Mixed Media

PARIS MIXED MEDIA

I had the pleasure of teaching a group of ladies at a shower yesterday where the soon to be bride and groom got engaged in Paris.  Not at the usual Eiffel Tower but at the Palais Royale (near the Louvre).  There was a decent sized group of them considering half had come from Montreal, including the lovely Mimi who had orchestrated the whole thing.  She is the one on the right.  Don’t they look cute in my Peaberry aprons?

Since the couple got engaged at such a unique place, I knew I had to create a piece incorporating the building some how.  This was no easy task in that it is a massive and very detailed feat of architecture.  I created the background and drew in an outline for the girls to follow.  I brought all my supplies and explained what needed to be done and set them off to work.

I heard that the couple were avid travellers so I brought maps from different cities they had visited together to be used as parts of the building.

I also brought papers and paints in the wedding colours, which were blue, yellow and gold.  Here is the bride to be, Wendy, hard at work creating a mosaic.  Being an artsy gal, she couldn’t just slap on the paper and paint.  She was completely surprised and had no idea about the shower.  Love when that happens.

A big thank you to Cindy (on the right) who introduced my work to the organizers which made the whole day possible.

I was very impressed how they took my outline and ran with it.  Here is the proud crew with their finished pieces.

The pieces all put together.  It turned out very bright and cheerful just as a Paris mixed media piece should be.

I then took it home and added some finishing touches to it, like a clock that read 2pm.  I asked Wendy what time her fiance had proposed :)

I also scattered some love themed sentiments in the form of rub-ons throughout the painting.

The final masterpiece

Now, I need to get it back to Wendy so she can read all the wonderful messages everyone left her on the back of their canvases.  I am kind of sad I have to part with it.

Owl Mixed Media and Mini Album

I have always had an affinity for owls.  Their beauty and the seemingly peaceful calm they posses is inspiring.  I have had an owl journal for years and painted this owl mixed media piece representing Chris and I a few years ago.

Aren’t we cute???

I have come to realize that owls are all the rage right now and you can find them EVERYWHERE!!  You would think being such a big fan, I would be loving this, but for some reason, I was not.  I guess it made me feel like everyone was going to get overloaded with all of these sacred creatures and then be sick of them, including myself.  As humans, we are fickle that is for sure.  Then I started thinking, what does it matter?  They will always be special to me, haha.

So, I am preparing a few sample mini albums for Molly over at The Village Quire.  It is an adorable little shop on Richmond in Westboro with cards and all kinds of adorable things btw.  I thought in honour of these amazing birds, I would make an owl one.

I thought the cover was missing something so I added this adorable charm to it.

The base is just a chipboard album I purchased at Micheals.

I first painted all the pages white then covered them with paper using a matte medium (Modge Podge would work as well).

Once they were dry I added some paint to create a bit of texture.

Then it was all about simple embellishments with stamps, card stock and various ribbons.  Of course I had to us felt, one of my loves.  I also added a little owl with pearl eyes on each page.

Now, it’s your turn to embrace the hibou and go make something.  Don’t forget to come back and share it here with me!!