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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!

Curious Craft Show – Part Deux

Hope everyone had a great hump day.  Now for the second half of my overview of the Curious Craft Show.  This huge stack of hugable toys was Liv. Well Toys.

All kinds of great kids toys with so many cool retro fabrics, check out this colourful rhino.

This is Saara from Sapling\\Seedling and her books and journals.  Such an understated elegance to her stuff, love it.  Makes me happy knowing she is around creating new and repairing old books, especially in this age of technology and e-readers.  I suspect books will soon be added to the endangered species list.

Here is Dan of Versa Tile with his great smile and gorgeous coasters, magnets and mosaics.

Kym of Bombshell Revival had the funkiest clothing and accessories.  Everything she had was so much fun (her blog is pretty inspiring as well).

Check out this amazing witch’s hat.  I think I might just have to acquire it for my Halloween costume.

Now for Winged Beast Outfitters.  Here is Stirling amidst his sea of originality.  Finally, stuff I know my nephews will love.  From his robot toques to his whale riding dinosaur tees and dresses, there is something for every member of the family to lust after.

Last but not least we have the lovely Lisa of Bloom Artisan who is launching an online boutique soon selling all local and handmade wares.  Although you can’t really see her, she is the one in the grey hat behind the table filled with textured goodness.

Such awesome knitted necklaces, owls, hats and even these little baby slippers.  So adorable.

I would say a pretty succesful first show.  I didn’t even get to show you all the vendors.  I am pretty excited though as some of these talented vendors will be making an appearance at our fair The Art & Crafts Savoir Faire in November, YEY!!!

Curious Craft Show – Part One

I was in the Curious Craft Show & Swap on the weekend and had a great time.  It was so hard to know where to stop with my pictures, there were so many and I didn’t even get to all the vendors.  So, I am doing this in two posts.

The fair wasn’t super busy as the weather was terrible but the energy was great and the quality of the vendors was amazing.  Well done ladies!

The organizers were great and full of positivity.  The first was Michelle of My Jacket Pocket.

Second was Fiona of idi Designs.  I didn’t actually manage to get a picture of her as she was busy running around but here are some of her awesome wired headbands.

I had the best neighbours on both sides which I was super happy about as the day can be pretty long if you are sitting next to duds, haha.  On my left were the lovely ladies from My Stow n Tow.  These hard working stay at home moms kept me smiling (and fed) throughout the day.  I loved the fabrics they had and I couldn’t resist buying a cover for my phone.

My neighbour to the right was Annabel from Magneties.  I really wanted to pick something up for my hun but couldn’t decide.  Luckily we will both be at The One & Only Craft Fair in Sandy Hill in November so I can get one then.  YEY!!

I was pretty excited to see the adorable Kelly of Kokobaru there with her adorable friends.  I also found out she is expecting, wooo!!  So happy for her.

Her lucky little munchkin is going to have tons of fun things to play with.

Check out Eliza’s (from Indie Go) beautiful accessories.

I totally love the moustache pendants which would be perfect for Movember.  The “Keep Calm” stuff is so in right now.

So, that is enough for tonight but the review of the Curious Craft show is TBC…  In the meantime, have a good night and I shall be back tomorrow!!!!

Curious Collective

Hi peeps!!  Just wanted to remind you about the Curious Collective going on tomorrow at the Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane (behind the Starbucks on Elgin).

I am pretty excited to see which vendors are participating.  I shall be there.  Here are a few small pieces I have done for the show.

A friend had asked me for some owl pieces.  Voila!!

Come on out and support local artists/crafters and start some of your Christmas shopping early.  Don’t forget to bring any old craft/art supplies you are no longer using so you can participate in the swap and pick up some new supplies you might actually use.

Scrappy Sunday – Graduation Layout

This week I decided to do Milah’s grade 6 graduation layout.  She is my oldest and as Milah gets older, there seems to be less and less milestones to document.  Not to mention she has started scrapbooking herself.  Looking at these pictures reminds me how quickly time passes.  This gorgeous tall leggy blond used to be my baby girl, my Milah Moon (which she refuses to acknowledge, haha).  Makes me proud and sad all at the same time.  Just a reminder that we should all ENJOY THE EVERY DAY!!  I am certainly trying to do that with our youngest Amelia. I do not anxiously await the next milestone as I did with Milah but I try to enjoy every stage.  Then document it through their books so we have them to look back on and remind us of the special moments.

Here is the double page spread.  I used some of my free goodies I received last weekend.

 All of the circles I punched out of a 12×12 Jillibean Soup page with a circle punch.  Except for the black and white clock ones which were a stamp using the same punch.  I also took a butterfly stamp to a book page and fussy cut it out.  Both are easy and inexpensive accessories.

Both papers on this side are from the Core’dinations collection and I took sand paper to the green one.

Such a pretty girl who makes us so proud :)  The brown fabric flower is from Maya Road who was a generous sponsor at Crop & Create last weekend.

A couple of the photos were a little blurry so I printed them in black and white then just coloured Milah’s dress in to make her stand out with one of my Faber Castell PITT big brush pens (that are my absolute favourite).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, we are in Peterborough and having a great time!!

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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!!

 

Misted Mini Album with Kelly Purkey

As I said previously, Crop & Create Ottawa was amazing!! Here is Catherine (speaking) the organizer with her ladies, Jen (director of customer happiness), the designers, Kelly Goree, Kelly Purkey & Vicki Boutin.

 One of the reasons it was so great was because I got to take a misted mini album class with Kelly Purkey.  She is the cutest thing and super talented to boot.  Here she is, getting us started in the classroom. Showing us the cover of what our albums should look like.

Here is my album and it is not exactly as we were shown, but it never is with me :)

Kelly was so friendly and easy to talk to.  Here she is helping a fellow student out.

The album was 5X5 and was created using a pad of 6X6 Studio Callico paper which we cut down.  The left over bits we used as flags and embellishments.  What a great way to use up scraps and have them all co-ordinate.

All of the misting was done with Mister Hueys and the colours were so dark and saturated, it was fantastic.

We used letter thickers, wood butterflies and stickers as masks.  The wood butterflies were great for this because you could just flip them over and use the wood side when you were done.

I am a huge fan of orange so I was pretty happy with all of the colours used for this album and not to mention the stamps.

I have to admit, I had never really used much of Studio Callico’s stuff before but after this mini album class I am in love.

The back cover, which was chipboard sprayed with Mister Hueys over an awesome Studio Callico stencil which I adore and must get my hands on.

This is Kelly and I near the end of the night and event.  Funny how I look pretty haggard from all the painting and crafting all weekend and she still looks fresh as a daisy, haha!  These gals are pros.

Up next, or in a few days, my technique class with Vicki Boutin.  Stay tuned…

 

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.

Scrappy Sunday – DIY Vintage Flowers

My brother and his family were here for the weekend from New Brunswick.  They hadn’t been here in about 6 years, so I had no creative time this weekend.  So, I thought for this Scrappy Sunday I would share a little DIY vintage flower tutorial which was posted over on the Canadian Scrapbooker website.   It is a super versatile embellishment that you could use for many different projects such a layout, invitations, an art journal even a mixed media piece.

I know what I will be making this week.