Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Artblock Goodness...

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you a painting I did a while back.  Its been a bit of a work in progress adding things here and there etc...I have a hard time finishing projects.  I need to learn to just walk away satisfied when I think I'm done...lol...anyone else have the same problem?..I just have to keep puttering away...oh well...it is what it is...right?

This piece was painted on a 4x3" piece of wood block (2" deep).  I sanded the rough edges a bit then laid down some gesso for my base.  I love how the texture of the wood block comes through on the edges and the surface.  This piece also features some great embellishments from Pretty Pink Posh (little micro sequins) and Chic Tags (wood veneer 'Goodness' sentiment).


Not sure if you can tell from the closeup but I used an abundance of Canvas Corp - Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist sprays on the wood veneer 'sentiment'.  Lots of shimmery 'goodness'....


I hope you spread some goodness today!  Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

JOY!!!

Hello crafty peeps!  I've got a cool tutorial on how to make this keepsake tag over on the 
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog today!  Check it out!!!


Tons of different mediums and techniques were used to create this.  If you like getting messy this one is for you!!!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Crazy for Gelli printing!!!

I finished this project way back in the summer when I was addicted to Gelli printing!!!  Yes, once you start you can't stop!  In the end, what to do with all the beautiful prints?  Make a book!

I used a bunch of prints of that had the same colour scheme!




I found a cute little cut file on the Silhouette store by (Lori Whitlock) and made a little mini journal book out of all the Gelli prints shown above!


Binded it together with some ivory brads.

I added some of my favourite quote stamps for inspiration:






Then I finished off the cover with some mini banners and wood letters coloured with Gelatos® .


I also found a cut file for this adorable little match book and used up all the left over scrappy goodness from the Gelli prints.  I added some banners with some hand written words using some india ink and a bamboo brush.




 I loved making these prints and books!  All you need is a Gelli Plate (Gelli Arts), a roller, some paper and paint and you're off to the races!!!

Hoping to get my next round of Gelli prints on video to show you the fun addictive process it is!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Always......




Here's my daughters tribute, poppies painted with her fingerprints and lots of sparkle!

Remembrance Day, November 11th.

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 1,500,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Thank you!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Paper, pencils and gelatos, oh my!!!

Happy Thursday all!  Just a quick little post showing you what you can do with a piece of paper, a quick sketch with a pencil, some pencil crayons and of course some Gelatos®!

I roughly sketched out my girl.  I don't really care that she's not perfect, or that its 'scribbly', I like that look and am trying to find my way in drawing faces...


I took my Prismacolor Pencil crayons and went to work bringing her face to life...I use a blending stump and some gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) to blend the pencil crayons...


I thought I would try a different medium for the hair and took a black Double Scoop Gelato® and went to work laying down the colour and blending wtih my fingers...

I wanted to add a background so I used the Double Scoop Gelatos® in Raspberry and Silver Ice.

Blended it in with my finger to create a smooth finish.

Its fun to just play around and test out different mediums.  I'll keep working on my faces, they're coming along slowly but surely...

Try something new today, get creative and have fun!!!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love you to the moon and back...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today I'm sharing with you a mini canvas (2x2) I did a while back.  I love working on tiny surfaces, I love the detail work as you can see from the banner.  It is fiddly and a bit fussy but it calms me!  


For this little canvas I started with a wash for the background using Gelatos in a variety of pinks and purples.  I then added some drips of india ink straight from the bottle dropper and added some black gelatos around the side edges.  I cut out little triangles from some scrap designer paper and glued them to some scrappers floss and added some stickles.  A few more splatters, doodles and the added sentiment from Unity Stamps and it was all done!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Simple Thank-you...

Hi Everyone!  Check out the Design Memory Craft Blog today for a little tutorial on how I created this textured thank-you card!

Here's a little preview!

video


Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 24, 2014

A little mish mash....

So I've been down and out in bed for the past week with a not-so-nice cold and flu....my friends on fb were probably wondering what got into me with the influx of activity that was going on as I'm not a huge 'facebooker', but the good thing about it is I've caught up with some unfinished business in my blog world so stay tuned for a blast of posts coming your way.... ;)

I'm sharing with you today a journal page I did way back in April and a few favourite finds from my past shopping adventures!

This is the first journal page I finished in my smaller art journal (my favourite journal to use - Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley 5x8 by Ranger).  I was simply just playing around with some new stencils, paint, and india ink.  I know it looks so "dark" and "meaninful" with the black drips of ink pouring from the heart and the word love.....but it was really just me playing around with my new dropper tool and trying to write with different types of india ink - which I love by the way!!!


I picked up these super cool block-printing stamps by Blockwallah on a trip we made to New York City with some good friends way back in June.  We were only there for an extended weekend but the crafty minority of the bunch had our sights set on making it to The Ink Pad.  As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them!  Blockwallah Wooden Stamps are hand carved in India so each one is unique and speaks of the craftsmanship of its artist. Crafted in a range of contemporary and traditional designs these wooden stamps will give your art a truly unique quality. Blockwallah can be used on both fabric and paper. Blockwallah works closely with local artisans in India providing impoverished women with employment throughout the production process.

Stay tuned for upcoming projects featuring these stamps!


And lastly, my favourite thing that sits on my desk right now is this new pencil case by BlueQ.  I have a healthy collection of their tins, bags, zipper pouches and pencil cases that I keep my art supplies in and this one is by far my favourite!  It speaks for itself I think!  


Some of my favourite quotes:  (had to share today)

Spread love everywhere you go.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  ~Mother Teresa

Well there you have it!  A little catch up and a glimpse of what lies in my messy art space.  More coming your way!  Have a great weekend and as always thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You are as happy as you choose to be...

Hellllooooo!  Me again, back with another post and some happy news!  I will be designing again for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft design team this fall!  I'm so honoured and thankful to be picked again for this amazing team and to work with such a talented bunch of designers!  Cant wait to show you my creations!  

Here's a little 'teaser' using some Design Memory Craft Gelatos® on watercolour paper and paired with a fabulous sentiment stamp from Unity Stamps!


Such a fun and easy card to make!  The added sequins are a fun touch!  

Anyway, stay tuned for some Design Memory Craft goodness to come your way!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Yupo fun!!!

Here's another painting I did using my Peerless Watercolors and Koi Watercolors on Yupo paper!  Its so addictive!

More to come!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Yahoo for Yupo!!!

Hi everyone!  Summers are always super busy for me but I always manage to find some time to play around in my little studio. I know its been a while but I've got something super fun for you today!

I've been playing around with my watercolours on some Yupo paper!  Its so much fun to experiment and push the paint around the paper!  The results are super cool!

Yupo is a unique alternative to traditional art papers. It's a synthetic paper, machine-made of 100% polypropylene. It is waterproof, stain-resistant, and extremely strong and durable.  

Here are my first two attempts just playing around.  I used a wax resist technique and drew in the subject before painting.


'Poppies'
If you can get your hands on some Yupo you must try it!  It also works beautifully with alcohol inks as well as gouache.  

Until next time, happy creating!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No boys allowed! Hazel & Ruby stencil masks save the day again....

Sorry I've been missing in action lately.  Tennis season has started so I'm back teaching until the snow covers up the courts for another year!  But anyone who knows me knows I can't stay away from my art supplies!  I'm not going anywhere!

So my little one has been asking to make an artsy sign for her door with some of my Hazel & Ruby stencil masks.  She knew exactly what she wanted it to say:  'No boys allowed, except dads, brothers, cousins and any nice boys'.  We had to condense it a bit for the sake of space...lol...

Here's how it turned out:


We used some PPA (matte) to adhere the pretty paper
to a 12x12 canvas.  (let dry completely - we did a whole bunch the night before)

Next, we simply added our letters to the canvas.

She then painted over the entire canvas using acrylic paint.

Since acrylic paint dries pretty fast we didn't have to wait too long to peel off the letters.
(a heat gun also helps ;)  



We wanted to add a bit of distress to it so we added some strokes of Tim Holtz distress paint in Picket Fence.  We also took the bottom of paint bottle and dabbed it into some orange paint to make some random circles on the canvas.  Then I took my beloved india ink pens from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and added a bit of shading around the letters to help them stand out.







Such a fun project to do together with fabulous results!!!  The stencil masks from Hazel & Ruby make it super quick and easy even for kids!  Love it!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A big 'Thank You' and some more fun canvases....

I just wanted to give everyone who took a look at the #BringBackOurGirls Art Auction last week a big huge THANK YOU!!!  This wonderful group of artist raised almost $4000.00!  It was just an amazing turnout!!  I want to especially thank the two winners who won their bid on my pieces!  Such a wonderful cause and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution!  I hope you enjoy your new piece as much as I did creating it!

Which brings me to my next blog post....more canvases!  I created these a few month ago for The Scrapping Bug using Hazel and Ruby Stencil Masks!  I had SO-MUCH-FUN making these!!! 

This wee little canvas was so fun to make! I used a 2x2 Stretched Natural Canvas (by Canvas Corp).  I applied a generous coat of gesso to the natural canvas to create a solid foundation for the layers of paper and paint that would follow!  After adhering the patterned paper to the primed canvas, 
(I wanted it to look old and 'vintage like') so I mixed some white and green acrylic paint together and let some of the designer paper show through.  I cut little triangles out of the same paper to create a little mini banner across the top, added some glitter and some natural linen trim around the outside to finish it off!  The Stencil Mask Peel away Alphabet letters are a dream to work with.  They don't stick at all and leave a really crisp finish once you lift them off (after applying the paint).


This is a nice and simple 12x12 canvas.  I used some designer paper from Cosmo Cricket (Alphabet soup) which I've been hoarding for ever and adhered it to the entire surface of the canvas.  Little tip - only use a small amount of liquid glue or else the paper will start to buckle.  Once completely dry, I added the banners, chevrons and heart from the Everyday Shapes Stencil Mask set and a few letters from the Brooklyn Alpha set.  I used some Golden fluid acrylic paint in Teal and covered the entire surface.  Once it started to dry I peeled away the masks and added a few sequins and some linen ribbon and it was done in a flash!


This next one was a bit of a labour of love....or pain...well lets say a bit of both...lol.  Lots of layers and a few curse words later this is what I ended up with!  Some supplies used:  Gingham designer paper from Doodle Bug Designs, white acrylic paint, whipped spackle from Faber-Castell and stencils from The Crafters Workshop, sequins and I created the banner using Hazel and Ruby's fat roll washi tape.  The flowers were from randoms I had in my stash.  Despite the blood sweat and tears, I'm happy with the outcome!


These scream 'Spring' which is taking its sweet time to greet us here in Canada, so its nice just to look at them every now and them as a reminder of the nicer weather to come!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a great week!