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Bridal Shower Canvas

So, last weekend I was asked to teach and prepare a Bridal Shower canvas by a maid of honour.  Since I just happened to also be a bridesmaid in this wedding, I was more than happy to do it.  It also meant I was close to the bride and knew she was a fan of blues and greens.  Which, when you are planning an art piece that is hopefully going to hang in her love nest, is quite helpful.  Since their original wedding theme was going to be love birds, I thought that would be a good place to start.

Here is the background I prepared for everyone.  I drew in pencil a basic outline for everyone to follow.

I then pulled out papers, paints and embroidery floss.

I think it helped the nervous ones that cosmos were being served.

Each person got a piece of the canvas to do with what they pleased (or almost what they pleased, haha).  It was funny cause the bride ended up adding an extra bird to her piece as she somehow missed some of the instructions.  As I always say, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.  In this case, it was entirely appropriate as the bride has a son who is a huge part of their lives.

So off they went.  They all worked hard and lovingly on their individual pieces.

Here I am with the bride.

Here is the piece once the guests were done with it.

I then took it home and added some finishing touches to it to make it a little more cohesive.

I added the word “LOVE” to it since that is what weddings are all about it, isn’t it?

Finally, the two love birds.

What a great way to spend an afternoon!!!

Collage Challenge – Mermaid Mixed Media

“Mermaids” is the challenge this week over on the Collage Obsession blog. Of course, I had to do a mermaid mixed media piece, cause that is my thing but, I was having a difficult time with this one.  One it comes to my paintings, I am not into nautical themes usually, more into trees, birds and the sort.  Probably been away from the ocean too long, haha.  Which I am rectifying soon as I am heading to New Brunswick this week-end for a much needed family vacation, WOOO!

I digress, back to the sirens of the sea.  So, to start the creative juices flowing I started doing a bit of snooping on the Internet and found some pretty cool digital collage sheets over on Artchix Studio (which is an awesome Canadian Company out in BC).  I purchased one and received it (along with a free bonus sheet) almost immediately in my inbox.  Got to love technology.  I printed the sheet off, but in black and white because I wanted to add my own colouring to the girls.  Which I did with my Faber Castell PITT pens.  They are so fluid and I love that they are transparent.  I just do a bit of colouring then rub them around with my finger as they stay wet for a bit before they set.

I added my own wings to this girl and a rub-on to spice her up a little.

I also added vintage book pages to all of them and of course more rub-ons.  Check out that amazing Gossamer Lace stamp from Stampin Up!.  Love it!!

I even gave one of them a stylish version of a trident.  Equal rights and all, but she seems more likely to be sitting down to an elegant dinner rather than heading out to hunt down a fish to spear :)  That was fun, I may have to do a few more mermaid mixed media pieces.

Italian Week

It’s Italian Week in Ottawa and I am super excited to check out all the yummy food and culture over the weekend.  Here is the schedule for the weekend in case you want to check it out.

It is also the kick-off weekend for the Preston Street Mercado, woooooo!!!!  It is from 10am to 5pm just off of Preston on Young Street.  It is right next the queensway bridge.  The market will be Saturday and Sunday.  I have a few new pieces.  Here is a sneak peak..

I love mushrooms, so cute!!!  Check out the dancing peeps…

I also did these two birdie pieces.

Hope to see you there!!

Hot Air Balloon Mixed Media Piece

The challenge over on Collage Obsession this week is ‘Hot Air Balloons’.  I thought it was quite the coincidence since I had already planned a couple hot air balloon mixed media pieces for Ravenswing - The Ottawa Craft & Zine Fair (more on that tomorrow).  This is one the pieces I have finished…

 

I am loving the chair, which is a rub-on.  They are so awesome for adding detail and finishing touches to your pieces and they stick to most surfaces.  Just make sure you seal them in afterwards so they don’t get scratched off.

I shall post the other tomorrow as I just have to add some finishing touches.  I might also share a few other things I will be selling at the Fair.

Collage Obsession Challenge – Tulips

Time for this week’s Collage Obsession Challenge – Tulips.  I thought it was quite appropriate since it is Canadian Tulip Festival time here in Ottawa.  They have deemed Elgin Street “Blooming Boulevard” and have put beautiful tulips all down the street.

  They look stunning!

I have taken these tulips as my further inspiration and made mine purple.

I made my tulips a little more modern however.

With a lot of texture and layers (as usual).

Hopefully I am able to get out and enjoy some of the festival, it is supposed to be gorgeous!!!!!

Collage Obsession Challenge Catch Up

Happy Thursday all, one more day till Friday, WOOO!  The challenge last week on the Collage Obesession blog was “doors”.  With the Women In Business Show I didn’t get a chance to finish my piece last week so today I am playing the Collage Obesession challenge catch up as this week’s challenge has already been posted (I have started working on that one as well).

I knew when I saw the picture of the door on her blog that I had the perfect piece waiting in my stash to create it.  I had picked up a religious two panelled piece connected by hinges at a second hand store months ago knowing I would find something to do with it.  Guess what?  I printed off the picture and it fit almost exactly.  I glued on an old button for the door handle.

Since the inside had two panels I started to think of opposite images that might be behind closed doors.  The first that came to mind was good vs evil and the struggle we all sometimes face with decisions.  The struggles we face in our minds, that no one sees, behind closed doors, shall we say?

So, then I was off searching for some cool retro images to represent “good” and “evil”.  If you have never heard of her, the Graphics Fairy is an amazing place to find free images.  She has pretty much anything you could think of.  This is how the inside turned out.

Aren’t the retro ladies adorable?  The rest of the quote…

Behind the closed doors of our minds,  we’ve all got both light and dark inside us.  It is so true, I think.  What matters is which we choose to act on. So, go be the light :)

Mixed Media Sunday!!

Hi there, I was the hostess for a Bridal Bunch Brunch today and the entertainment was of course, me, haha!  I decided to have the girls do a painting so I decided it was Mixed Media Sunday instead of Scrappy Sunday.

I had them all bring their favourite shoes.  They were all pretty intrigued, I am sure, and I was very curious to see what they chose.

I started off by taking pictures of the shoes.  While I converted the pictures to black and white and printed them off, I had them look through magazines to cut out words/pictures of things that described how they felt when they wore their shoes or why they were their favourites.

First let me show you the bride to be’s “shoe”.

Pretty adorable.  Which she then turned into this finished piece…

Next, the maid of honour.  These were her “shoes”.

I LOVE these boots, this is what she came up with…

Then, a bridesmaid.  Her favourite shoes, which are very similar to a pair I now own.

So very cool, If I do say so myself.  This is her little gem…

The last bridesmaid I am showing for today.  These were the shoes she chose.

Amazing,   Then this is what she came up with…

I had a great time watching them all through the process and was truly impressed with all of the pieces.  I will be using this class as a sample at the Women In Business Show & Sale on Saturday.  It will be from 10am to 3pm at the Nepean Sportsplex if anyone wants to check it out.  I am pretty excited to see all the other vendors/businesses.

I will finish my piece this week but for now, I am off to get my doily sets up in my Etsy shop as promised.  Good night all!!!

Plastic Doilies as Stencils

I purchased another stash of vintage plastic doilies from e-bay.  I was pretty excited about all the different varieties I received.  A couple were useless for my art as all the portions in between the designs were covered in clear plastic.  I like to use the plastic doilies as stencils and am currently working on a canvas series using them.  I did get enough to make it worth my while so I am pretty excited.

Check out all the detail…

I was kind of excited to see how they would work so I pulled out my art journal, different paints and inks.  This first one had lots of blank space in the design so it would have worked with anything but I tried a spray.

Here is what it looked like once I pulled it up.  Love it!!!

The next one had a bit finer detail and I tried it with a paint dabber.

That didn’t work out so well, haha!

 I stuck with sprays for the finer ones.  Although, it would have worked fine if I had of taken a small brush and paint to it.

I got this really cool, extremely long one that I will be using in my sign but I tried it out here with some paint and my finger.

The last one I tried was to finish a painting I have been working on.  I wanted to add some texture to an urn and used an oval shaped one.

Here is how it turned out.  Not sure yet if I like it as I got a little impatient and didn’t fill it all in entirely.

I am going to share the wealth and put some sets together to sell in my shop.  Last time I put some up they sold in days.  They should be up by the weekend :)

Time For An Art Journal – Part 2

A while back I started making my own art journal so I would have a place to try new techniques.  The first part of making the journal can be found here.  I finally managed to get it finished.  I gathered all of my papers for the inside, which were comprised of vintage book pages, maps and watercolour/mixed media sheets.  The papers were different sizes and I put them in different directions to add some interest.

I punched four holes through the cover with my cropodile to use as a guide.  Then came the pages, a few at a time. I found two thick blue elastics (on my broccoli, good recycling :) and ran one through the top two holes, going from back to front so the loops were at the top.  I did the same for the bottom two holes.  In the interest of full disclosure, I did break one the first time pulling it through.  I got a little over zealous, haha.  I would also recommend running it through a few sheets at a time so they don’t tear.  I then took a cool looking paint brush  and slide it through the loops to hold it all together.  You could use anything though, such as a stick for a more rustic look or an antique utensil for a vintage feel.

 

To finish it off I took out my Ranger Melting Pot

I love encaustic so I wanted to try to get the look without all of the work.  Since this journal is just for me, I thought I would experiment.  So, I melted some soy wax chips and applied it to the surface.  I think I put on about three layers with each layer going in the opposite direction.  I love the cloudy look it gave to the cover and not to mention the texture it added.

But after a day or two, once it had completely dried, it cracked a bit :(

For this purpose, I really don’t mind but if you were working on something special, it would likely be an issue.  Sometimes it doesn’t pay to take shortcuts.  I still love the way it turned out, flaws and all.  Nobody is perfect, so neither should our art be.

Collage Obsession Challenge – The Sun

This week’s challenge over on Collage Obesession was the sun.  I thought this little piece was appropriate as it seems to summarize all the good feelings that the sun can stir up.  The smell of fresh laundry drying, the sight of beautiful trees blooming and the sound of bees buzzing in the air.

 

I created this small 4X4 gem with a scrap piece of wood left over from building the baby’s room.  Hrm, I feel a tutorial coming on.  Stay tuned…