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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.

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…

Goodbye Fall

Wow, where has the time gone?  Christmas is but days away.  Here is a glimpse of my Fall in pictures.
My little muffin at the park…

I went back home to NB to spend some time with my ailing grandmother, my lovely Mimi.  I took the girls to Daly’s Point…

Here are the apple trees I use to love to climb at my grandmothers house…
 
I felt so adventurous being so high up in those trees hiding from the rest of the world (or more likely my brothers) As I looked at them, all kinds of childhood memories came back from when I would spend the weekends with my grandmother.  She used to get up at the crack of dawn, bake fresh bread and make me this huge spread for breakfast (fit for a queen), including freshly squeezed orange juice.  Being the strong, hard working lady she was, her clothes were always hung out to dry, no matter what the weather…
This is the first of a series of clothes line pieces I am doing in honour of my Mimi.