Monday, 21 December 2015

Ribbon Trees at Yuletide

I collect the bits and pieces of leftover ribbon throughout the year(s) and sew them into ribbon trees. 

Forgive my fuzzy photo of this pink tree, but it's the only one I had of it, and it was one of my faves.

 Big trees, fancy trees, small trees, simple trees, disco times!

Winter Solstice and Yule Blessings to all my Pagan friends on this day!

Enjoy preparing for your Christmas or which ever Holiday traditions makes you happiest!

Stay safe and wishing you good health over the holidays. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Paisley Angel

I don't know what it is about the paisley design, but I just love it (obviously) Its teardrop shape that is ornamented with flowers and symbols all around it and throughout. They were a favorite of mine to doodle during class, a secret creative outlet that fully took over during math class, lol.

I enjoyed myself recently by playing with a paisley stencil and went to work adorning it. With the holidays everywhere, my paisley looked like a wing, a beautiful angel wing adorned with jewels and colours, flowers and symbols of life and love.

I'm into wings also, mainly birds but I don't discriminate, if an angel wants to come and own these wings, I can be open to that.

So here they are, some angel wings framed in a shadowbox.

The supplies are mostly Stampin' Up! and I used colours of Baja Breeze blue, Pool Party blue, Real Razzleberry purple, Bravo Burgundy, and Close to Cocoa soft brown, which I find to have a pink undertone.

The popped up flowers alternate between Real Razzleberry and Bravo Burgundy ones. I coloured the rhinestones to match and alternated them too.

This picture shows all the little paisleys in the background on the Close to Cocoa designer series paper. Ack! I love this paper!

Here the flowers alternate between Baja Breeze and Pool Party.

Her dress and halo are made of Brushed Gold cardstock. I added a decor element at the bottom.

♥ It was my "secret Santa" gift to a friend. ♥

Wishing you sweet paisley dreams...

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lifebook wk 5: Affirmation feather

This lesson is considered a bonus, and although it could have been skipped, (since there really are soOo many lessons that you get as a part of Lifebook,) but it was such a cool idea that I had to try it!

I had an actual feather kicking around the house that I used as my model. Yay! Since as soon as I started trying to draw a feather, I forgot what they looked like!?

The very base layer is watercolour. Then we are again creating a collaged background but this time it is overtop of the watercolour. The final layer is paint and paint markers.

I let my work air-dry in between each layer, which can drag things out a bit, but I do not find that drying with the heat dryer or a blow dryer works very well when it comes to collage. Plus it lets me work little bits at a time, and I seem to make better progress that way.

I love how encouraging Tamara is, what makes this course Uber special, is that it is so very inspiring. It really has this entire "honouring and celebration" of the self and the processes we are working on in our lives as a very important journey.

Week 5 completed! Hope you are enjoying fall!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Lifebook wk4: Have Courage dear Heart

This week in Lifebook land, a lesson from Patti Bernard, where we are to draw a ballerina overtop a collaged background.

I chose to use a music sheet, some tea bag tags, some affirmations and cool postage stamps,...

I painted with acrylics, and outlined with a fine black marker.

Some golden hearts falling from the sky were created with some champagne shimmer paint.

Week 4 of 52 complete!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Lifebook wk3: Artful Words

This week in Lifebook, we received a lesson in how to create artsy writing with Joanne Sharpe

Using the mantra "Art heals your soul," we are to use 3/4 of the page for the wording and the other space for doodling.

My piece is inspired by my plans to go camping this summer with a friend. I drew it by pencil first then went over it with a fine point black marker


I used my Stampin' Up! markers along the edges. and then would go over that same section with an Aqua-Pen, It lets you drag the colour out in a relatively seamless wash, piece by piece.

Oh the messy, imperfectness of it all!... that I'm just going with since I'm really working on letting the perfectionist tendencies that hold me back go.

Have an awesome day!

If you are wondering what happened to week 2, well, I skipped it! 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Life Book 2015- wk 1

Check it out! I signed up for this online mixed media course! YAY!!!
It's called Life Book and we do one project a week, all on the same size paper, and then bound them together at the end. The part I really love is that they are all centered around "practicing self care through art," as Tamara Laporte (lead teacher) says.

We have to do one lesson/wk, and I'm a month late already, but I really have had a lot going on. I thought I'd share my projects with you along the way.

In week 1 we had to create a fantasy character, and in these proportions/position. Because the teacher was modelling a sun character in yellow, I thought I'd switch it and do a moon character in blue. The background is done in watercolor, the face is a mix of watercolour, acrylics, and markers.

"Surrender me your dreams" is Goddess lingo for "Share your dreams with me," I dunno, it just came out that way and I went with it. Her dress is made of strips of paper and splotches of iridescent paint applied with a stick and moved around with an old credit card! 

Her hair is purple and she wears a simple moon crown. I got to use my stamps for the stars around her. I even got to  pull out the glitter! This was a fun project! 

Yay! I'm done at least one lesson!