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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.

Birthday Encaustic Class

Milah’s birthday was on Monday so we had our family celebration on Saturday, which was St. Paddy’s Day.  Of course the theme was all things green.  Our Ottawa family came for brunch and instead of typical birthday hats I had all sorts of green accessories for the kids to wear.  Here is the crew in their gear.

and our little Amelia with her little hat…

I don’t think she is too impressed with having to wear it, what do you think? hahaha!! She almost looks pained.

The guest of honour blowing out her candle…

For one of her gifts I decided she deserved a birthday encaustic class as she has been getting back into art lately.  I also thought it would be fun to have a mother daughter art day.  So, off we went on Sunday to St. Elmos Fire for the afternoon encaustic workshop.  I am not sure who was more excited, haha.  Here are our pieces..

This is mine, which I am not totally happy with.  It is my first one though so I am trying to be easy on myself.

This is Milah’s, which turned out awesome.  I was so proud.

I absolutely loved the process.  All the layering of the pieces and the wax.  It is hard to see but the wax creates such dimension, it is pretty cool.  You can get all kinds of texture in it, then highlight it with oil paints.

Christina was great as usual but made me totally comfortable with wanting to try this at home.  I have always been scared of fumes and such, but as long as you do it properly and have some sort of ventilation, all is well.  Not that I will rush out and get all the supplies tomorrow, but one day :)

Collage Challenge

So this very cool artist over on Itkupilli has a few blogs and one of them is Collage Obsession.  She puts out a weekly challenge for everyone and anyone in any medium you wish.  So this week, in honour of St. Paddy’s Day, the collage challenge was simply green.  So, this is what I came up with.

I entitled it ”Sometimes we all need help to fly”.  With the lighting it is hard to see but all of the background papers have different tones of green in them.  This was fun, I think I shall try this collage challenge again :)