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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???

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 :)

Scrappy Sunday – Paris Mini Book

Paris Mini Book

I was watching the classic “How to Steal A Million” the other day starring one of my favourites, Audrey Hepburn.  The entire thing is based in Paris and it made me remember my Paris trip many moons ago and how I still hadn’t done anything with my photos.  So, I thought it was about time to make a Paris Mini Book to put all of my memories in (before I forget them:) and to have out for all to see.

I found this old Paris picture book at a school book sale a couple of years ago and was keeping it for just this occasion.

I took the entire book apart, cutting off the front and back cover with an x-acto knife but keeping the inside pages to add to my book later.  I had what was supposed to be a wall hanging (sold at a dollar store), took it apart and used it as a stencil for both sides of the front and back covers.  I love this thing because it is much bigger then a typical 12″x12″ stencil and a lot less expensive.

For the title I grabbed my chipboard letter jar and picked different letter types to spell Paris.  Partly because I didn’t have all the letters in the same font and partly because I like the randomness.  I just added a bit of black ink to each of them to make them a little more cohesive.

I just cut my Eiffel Tower out a piece of scrapbooking paper I had and added Layerable Flowers from Maya Road.  But first, I took the layers separately and rubbed them right onto an ink pad.  The largest one in black as the background is red, then the next layer in red.

Then just topped it with a Basic Grey button.

I wrapped a vintage inspired ribbon all the way around the front cover and added a couple Industrial Chic charms.

On the inside cover I pasted a map of the Paris Metro and the first page is from the original book and is covered with pictures from L’arc De Triomphe as that was my first stop off of the Metro when I arrived in Paris.  My pictures will be added later.

The insert pages are from the original book, scrapbook pages and a linen mounted map of France I cut up.

Then the back of the book is a plastic sleeve that I put my itinerary in and the cover has an arial view of the entire city, super cool.

I just popped two holes in everything and bound it together with two rings.  Now I finally have an inspiring place that is worthy of such a trip.  Layouts to come soon!

Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace

Chris and I are on our annual snowboarding trip to Vermont.  I am currently in Stowe as I type this, SO lucky aren’t I?  We are having a great time except we are both a little sick so couldn’t hit the mountain today :(  We are hoping tomorrow will be the day.  Anyway, one of the reasons I love coming is our stop in Burlington on the way to hit the antique stores.  I just had to share this AMAZING place I discovered in Burlington called the Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Marketplace.  It closes at 5 and I was totally trying to rush to get there before it closed.  It was a must see on my list and boy was I not disappointed.

Check out the little nook above the door, I couldn’t wait to go in.

First thing I saw when I walked in were these awesome yard sticks.

Then these paintings which are by a local artist Sienna Fontaine.  I found out she was having a show there that night and they would be open till 9.  We didn’t need to rush after all.  I wish we would have had more time to stay for it.

This place was filled with so many unique things and there was something for everyone.  Here is a part of the vintage clothing section.

A view of the main room as you walk in.

Chris had kind of gotten ahead of me as I was going slow and taking it all in.  It was total sensory overload as I was amazed by all of the cool stuff (We don’t have stores like this in Ottawa, btw).  He came back to get me because there was something I needed to see and man was he right.

I am totally in love with old letterpress wood printing blocks.  I had picked some up in Paris years ago and have never come across them in person again.  I couldn’t believe the stash she had.  I wanted them all!!!  I settled for enough to spell PEABERRY (and a couple more which I will share at a later time).

There were so many pretty little vignettes everywhere, it was hard to know where to look next.

Old globes and maps are things that we share a love of and there were plenty of those to look at.

More eye candy.

I picked up a block and a couple other little goodies to take home.

The owner, Mary (whose focus for the shop is “vintage goods for an inspired lifestyle”) was the sweetest.  We complimented each other on our great taste and became fast friends.  We exchanged e-mails and she agreed to hook me up via mail if I needed anything as I couldn’t possibly have taken everything home that I wanted.  (We wouldn’t have been able to eat for the rest of the weekend, hahaha!)

Although, Chris did tell me about these ceramic dolls that I missed and it sounds like they would have been perfect for little assemblages.  We may have to stop there again on our way home, tee hee.

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.

Full Circle Exchange

I just wanted to share this amazing program called the Full Circle Exchange with you on this chilly winter night.  I thought it might warm you all up from the inside.  Such an amazing thing this program is.  One of those little programs that helps restore your faith in humanity.  Their mission is to empower women and whole communities to rise above poverty through economic opportunities that are sustainable and dignified.  Here is a little introduction (The colours and scenery are so vibrant).

The lovely and talented Melody Ross is teaming up with them to design a collection for the exchange.  She will be heading to Manila to teach “her SOUL RESTORATION curriculum as part of the Full Circle Women’s Empowerment Initiative to the girls in the Hope House as well as providing hands on training and skills to create a beautiful NEW COLLECTION to empower them economically so they are able to go to college as well as support their families and never feel trapped again”.  Talk about job satisfaction and truly making a difference in people’s lives.  Wow, so envious.  One day I hope to make such a contribution to society.

I am truly looking forward to her collection but in the meantime, check out a few of my favourites amongst the beautiful bags these women have created.

Bali BrownAmazon Shoulder BagVillage Clutch "Soiree Collection"

Works of art.  I wish I had of discovered them prior to handing over my wish list to Chris because one (or all :) would have definitely made the list.  If any of you have any shopping money left (I know, I know, ya right, haha) or have a special someone with a birthday coming up, head on over to the Full Circle Exchange website and make a purchase.  It is for an amazing cause.  They also have beautiful baskets and amazing looking coffee and chocolates.

 

 

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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!!

My Own Studio Space

I finally get to have a studio space all on my own, YEY!!!!  You have no idea how amazing that is.  I had an area in our unfinished basement that I never went to as it was away from the family and the lighting wasn’t great.  After having a chat with my man about possibley having a room upstairs with better lighting and closer to the kids, he totally agreed.  I love him, SO supportive.  We are building Milah (our oldest) a room in the basement and shifting the girls around upstairs so I can take over one of the rooms.  Super excited.  I have a few things I have been collecting in hopes that my studio would soon come to fruition.  I bought these old paint brushes at an antique place out in Wakefield thinking I would one day turn them into a chandelier.

I googled paint brush chandelier to see if I could find something to give you an idea of what I was thinking and the only thing that came up that had any relevance was a picture on Instagram of Kelly Rae Roberts’ studio.  I found that a little funny as I recently took her online class Flying Lessons and have become part of this amazing group of women who have become part of my every day (on-line) life.  I was hoping to do something similar with mine.

I found this antique egg thing-a-ma-bobber at a cute shop out in Lakefield (near Peterborough).  I honestly have no idea what it was used for.  Many have speculated but no one is quite sure.  Almost looks like something you might use at Easter.  If any of you know, could you please fill me in?  I am hoping to put some little dishes into it and use for storage of some kind.  Maybe buttons.

My “Create” painting will finally have a home.  I am still deciding if I want to paint a couple walls teal or orange.  Both of which are in the painting.

I loved the print on this duvet cover I found at Ikea.  I am going to turn it into curtains.

I think I might move my teak chair into the studio as well.  It has been with me for almost two decades and has been across the country and in every apartment/home I have ever had on my own.  My first real investment in furniture.  It came from Indonesia and I just had to have it.  I gave up a shopping trip to Edmonton when I lived in Yellowknife in order to buy it.  Now that is dedication to the finer things, hahaha.  Especially for an 18 year old.  No one ever sits in it where it is anyway so I am sure it won’t be missed.  It is made for the vertically challenged as it is lower to the floor then most chairs.  It was meant for me :)

My cousin and her daughters are coming in from out of town to have a craft day and make Christmas ornaments tomorrow.  I shall share the fruits of our labour when we are done.

 

New Workshops at St. Elmos Fire

Is everyone ready for the holidays???  I’m not, but getting close.  I still have some gifts to buy and baking to do.

I just wanted to let you know about some classes I have coming up at the beautiful St. Elmos Fire studios out in Stittsville.  It is in a gorgeous old heritage building with tons of character and history.  I am pretty excited about getting to teach there.  I will be doing 3 workshops which will be entirely separate entities so you can do one or all if you like.  If you are interested in doing all three, book through me and it would only be $75.  Depending on how things go, I might extend the series to add more workshops.  I am planning a Coffee & Canvas series coming up in the new year where I combine two of my favourite things.  It will involve making art and road trips to my favourite coffee shops in the region.  So exciting isn’t it?  More details to follow shortly.

Here are the details on the workshops and prices.  They haven’t been listed on the St. Elmos Fire site yet but if you are interested you can let me know directly.

 

JOURNAL MAKING WORKSHOP – $35

January 20th, 2013 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We all have a story to tell.  Whether it is through the written word, art or a combination of both, one must have a beautiful book to contain all of this brilliance.  We will be turning a vintage book into a journal and work of art.  I will show you a few different binding techniques and we will complete the front cover.  Everything will be supplied.  If you have an image that you feel represents yourself, please bring it.

 

 

HOME SWEET HOME JOURNAL/CANVAS WORKSHOP – $30

February 3rd, 2013 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Come make a gorgeous “Home” page in your art journal or on a canvas.  We will be using papers, acrylic, washi tape, inks and all kinds of textural goodies.  All supplies are included except for your art journal or canvas.

 

ART & CREATIVITY JOURNAL/CANVAS WORKSHOP – $30

February 24th, 2013 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Come make a playful and creative “Art” page in your art journal or on a canvas.  We will be layering vintage papers, acrylic, India inks and more textural goodies.  All supplies are included except for your art journal or canvas.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, JUST AN OPEN MIND!

 

 

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