Feel, a journal page honouring trees

By on 4-24-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media

Trees have always been a favourite of mine. They do so much for us and share everything they have whether it is their life’s blood …. sap …. or their fruit …. nuts, apples … and they breathe for us, cleaning our planet each and every day. What do we do to them? We cut them down in outstanding numbers. Do they feel the teeth of the saw cutting through them? We don’t really know because we can’t read their “language” and they can’t tell us. I feel they must. How can they not? On this page I have drawn a ghost tree to represent all the trees that we have obliterated on our quest for progress. The two trees in the foreground were stamped using stamps I cut from foam, the leaves were done with modeling paste that I covered with pastel chalk after the paste had dried. I used gel medium to cover them which smeared the chalk and created the depth of a forest just budding out in the spring.

Feel, honuring trees

In the Moment with Jenny Wentworth, Life Book 2015

By on 4-23-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

These two little ladies were created from lesson 17 with Jenny Wentworth. It is amazing to feel an actual person appear under your fingers. My two both look a little like they have toothaches and they are not perfect but then who is and getting it perfect is not the goal ever. I think they have character and a story to tell me. I am starting to trust the process and can now work and rework a piece without feeling like I’m going to crawl out of my skin. I am learning from so many different artists. This is the art course for anybody who wants to have fun, maybe do a little soul searching, meet some wonderful artists and learn a whole lot of techniques along the way.

Life Book Lesson 17Life Book Lesson 17

We all live in a Yellow Submarine, Yellow Submarine ….

By on 4-21-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media

Yellow and bright were the guidelines for April’s 4×4 fat book page at the Art For the Creative Mind yahoo group. I went right to the Beatles yellow submarine. I love both the movie and the song and when I found the psychedelic paisley washi tape in my stash I knew that is what it had to be. Added some glitz and glitter to finish it off.

Yellow Submarine April Yellow 4x4

Field Journaling with Alisa Burke, Life Book 2015

By on 4-18-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Lesson 14 of Life Book 2015 brought us Alisa Burke and journaling while in the field using water colours, acrylic paint, pencils and fine line markers. I didn’t concern myself with composition on these pieces but concentrated on the sketches themselves. Drawing mainly with markers rather than a pencil was a challenge. I chose the colours of Prince Edward Island beaches … the deep red/browns of the dunes, green of the grass on the dune tops and the blues and pinks of a sunset/sunrise. It is the beautiful island of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery.

Field Journaling Life Book 2015 FeathersField Journaling Life Book 2015 Shells

Time challenge, Life Book Lesson 16 with Alena Hennesy

By on 4-15-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media, Original Quilts

What a great lesson with Alena. We got our hands down and dirty with paint creating marks and working the background and when we finished with that we then went on to bring out a drawing on top. I used a brush pen to create the flowers and sun. We were also to challenge ourselves with a 10 minute time deadline. Anybody who knows me knows I can’t do that …I am the proverbial turtle. I get things done but can’t do it quickly so I didn’t stress myself out trying to fit my art into the time frame.

Time Challenge Time Challenge

Baby Love, a scrapbook kit for your little spring babies

By on 4-12-2015 in Scrapbook Kits

Baby Love has a wonderful and soft palette. It is another kit done for the colour challenge over at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio with Dianne of ADB Designs. I decided that Sun Bonnet Sue and Sam needed to be part of this baby theme along with the Dresden Plate quilt. Happy scrapping !!

Baby Love scrapbook kit
Baby Love

Trust is the glue of life …..

By on 4-11-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media

The March journal page for the Art of the Creative Mind yahoo group was ‘trust’ with a nature theme. I created a field of spring tree blossoms. The background was painted with watercolour crayons on gesso. The tree blossoms are modeling paste and stencils. I then painted the birds, leaves, grass and tree trunks with acrylics and the clouds are a bit of sponged gesso. I added a bit of sparkle just as there would be on a bright spring day.

Trust is the glue of life

Clay horses have dreams too, created for the Just Art Challenge on Facebook

By on 4-04-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Just Art Challenge, Mixed Media, Original photos

The first month for the Just Art Challenge on Facebook brought us a challenge to use a coloured image along with outlines of that same image. There have been some wonderful pieces done. This is my piece along with a sample of different filters and effects done in PSE 11. The terra cotta horse was one on display at our museum several years ago. I fell in love with the fellow which is approximately the size of a pony. An amazing piece of art. I used a filter from the sketch series, a background, two horse shapes along with some effects and transparencies and the brushes in eraser mode to first bring out the clay horse and then to take away some of the background of the horse image.

Clay horses have dreams too

This is a sample I did using several different filters and effects before working on the piece itself. I did not however, use brushes on this piece. The original image without filters is in the middle.

Part photo-partsketch examples

Inner Artist Guardian with Tamara Laporte

By on 3-22-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Meet my Inner Artist Guardian, a painting lesson for week 11 with Tamara Laporte. She will protect me from my inner artistic self when she decides to listen to her inner critic. I did not focus much on the background because I want to concentrate on painting the faces. When I first started working with a 2B pencil on top of the paint I wasn’t sure I like it but as I get used to working this way and leaving behind all my ideas of using pencil and different kinds of paint in one portrait I am loving it. Sketching is my first love and this combines paint and sketching so all is good.

Inner Artist Guardian

Spring, a little 4×4 for the Art for the Creative Mind Yahoo group

By on 3-19-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media

Spring … how I wish it were actually here … no more snow ! Please !! …. the background is corrugated cardboard that has a layer of gesso, a layer of water colour crayon and then another layer of gesso brayered on …. I love how the last gesso layer picked up the lines of the corrugation. The bird and butterfly were cut from a piece of watercolour paper that I had used as a palette for something else … waste not, want not …. the picket fence was made from tags cut with a die.

Spring 4x4 fat book page

Affirmation page, “I am Beautiful”

By on 3-18-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media

This journal page was done last year for the Art for the Creative Mind group. The theme was ‘affirmation’ which to me meant affirming that no matter what I am beautiful … each and every one of us on this earth is beautiful. I used a combination of acrylic paint, white glue and cornstarch to create the texture of the silhouette.

Affirmation, I am beautiful

Joys of Spring, a little scrapbook kit

By on 3-18-2015 in Scrapbook Kits

This kit was created for the colour challenge over at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio with Dianne of ADB Designs. I also created a layout using Dianne’s kit. I love the soft colours of this month’s challenge and creating with the palette was a ‘joy’

Colour challenge layout
Pretty Lady, my layout for Dianne’s colour challenge for March

Joys of Spring
Joys of Spring

Week 11 of Life Book 2015 with Jane Davenport

By on 3-17-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was an interesting exercise and I definitely want to do more of these. Jane’s lesson had us create just the top part of a figure but when I saw this poppy tissue paper I knew she needed a dress of poppies so went for a half-sized figure instead. My faces are getting better but when I was finished I found she looks a bit cock-eyed. This is somewhat like I look when I first get up in the morning … especially my hair lol

Week 11 of Life Book 2015

Big Top, an overblown wonderful scrapbook page

By on 3-15-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

This page was created for the Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s progressive scrap for March 2015. When I saw the colours of the kit I knew exactly the images I was going to use. The circus images are from a vintage Barnum and Bailey poster that I scanned in last year. It’s amazing how close the colours are and of course I had to use the elements overblown because it is the circus!

Big Top scrapbook page

Tree of Life with Tamara LaPorte, add on to Lesson 9 of Life Book 2015

By on 2-28-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This does not look anything like Tam’s but when comparing my little girl with my tightrope walker from January she is showing improvement which pleases me. I watched the video and then didn’t work on the piece for a week so didn’t get all the steps in at the right time. This meant I had to fudge it a bit in places. I left her with no shoes because that is how I love to walk … barefoot in the grass, wiggling my toes and feeling the coolness of the leaves.

Tree of Life

Silence, February Journal page for the AFTCM yahoo group

By on 2-24-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Journal pages, Mixed Media

Silence can mean many different things to different people … for me it means silence of traffic and people with the poplar leaves rustling in the breeze, whispering summer, summer, summer …. this page is a spot in our little park that silences all that traffic and you can feel the difference. The tree and grass were created with torn tissue paper, the background is water colour crayon and I also added a bit of scrap paper for the tree line.

Silence, Feb Journal for the AFTCM group

Vintage Musings, February colour challenge with ADB Designs

By on 2-20-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

February’s colour challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio with ADB Designs brought us a wonderful soft colour palette. I created both a layout and a kit for this month. Loved working with this palette.

February Colour challenge layout
I love this layout and the vintage photo. She is telling a story while she is taking a photo to tell another story about somebody else.

Vintage musings scrapbook kit
Vintage Musings

February fat book 4×4 page for the Art for the Creative Mind Group

By on 2-18-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media

For this little page we were to use the colour blue and work with a crackle finish. I started with a deep blue and added white school glue, dried it with the dryer for a couple of seconds and then painted over it with the lighter blue which crackled finely. I then painted copper on the borders, more glue and then white which crackled also. This piece was one of two samples and since I liked them I used one for this piece. I then glued down the piece of lace and added the stamped bird and tag. I used the stamp pad to give the edges of the piece a bit of colour and to soften them as well.

Feb Fat Book

Treasure Seeking with Mati Rose, Lesson 8, Life Book 2015

By on 2-17-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

I had a blast with this piece … playing with acrylics … mixing, spreading, spraying, spritzing, brushing, stenciling all in one piece. Mati used gold leaf for her boat but since this is a practice piece I used a piece of gold Mylar from a package of tea bags instead. I glued it onto a pattern of the ship and then glued that onto the piece to give it a bit of solidity. One word of warning … don’t use a heat gun near it … it will shrink.

Treasure Seeking

Magical Mystery Tour with Violette Clark, Lesson 7 on Life Book 2015

By on 2-17-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Faces …. I need a whole lot of practice with faces … I have been sketching them since my teens but painting with acrylics is a very different technique. But I love my background using Violette’s cloud technique. I tore my arcs out of a piece of scrap watercolour paper rather than cutting them to give them a fuzzier outline.

Magical Mystery Tour

Heart People Book with Jill Berry, Lesson 7 of Life Book 2015

By on 2-12-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This little book was a lot of fun to make. We were to pick 4 people as our support group to highlight on the book. I chose my two sons and their wives. They spoil me rotten and I let them. Thanks guys and gals :). The original book had doors at crotch level and I decided to change that so made doors to their wonderful large hearts instead.

Heart People Book

Seeds of Love, Lesson 6 of Lifebook 2015

By on 2-10-2015 in Life Book 2015

Fun, fun, fun … seeds of love on Life Book 2015 …. this is my page with lights and darks. I loved this lesson with it’s mix of bright and muddy colours. I’ve included a black and white version to show the tones and values. I used ombre tissue in the background and picked up those colours into the painting itself. The tissue also gave me some wonderful surface texture. Great lesson from Tamara LaPorte.

Seeds of Love Seeds of Love, black and white

Flower overlays for creating your own papers

By on 2-09-2015 in Scrapbook Kits

There are 3 png and 2 jpeg documents in the file. Overlay one was made from a hand drawn doodle, two has a golden glitter butterfly. You can take advantage of the glitter if you use it on top of your colour. The third overlay was created with shapes and the fourth was scanned from a piece of fabric. The fifth was made from a tulip in my garden.

Floral Overlays
Flower Overlays

Vintage postcard backs for all your postcards

By on 2-08-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Digital Images + Collage, Fabric Postcards, Mixed Media, Vintage

These backs were scanned from the blank originals. They are higher resolution at 150ppi but not 300ppi because they are meant to be printed and used on a postcard back rather than in a digital piece. They are 4″ x 6″ so will fit directly on the back of your card, whether it is paper or fabric. I created them for The Art For the Creative Mind yahoo group. Grab all 4 …. two in the natural sepia tones and two in black and white. When I used one I typed the name of the recipient and her address in a script font as well as a message on the left side and then added a vintage Canadian stamp.

postcard backs
postcard back 1
postcard back 1-black and white
postcard back 2
postcard back 2 – black and white

Journal Cards for the Pixel Scrapper site

By on 2-04-2015 in Scrapbook Kits

The challenge called for 8 cards …. 3×4 inch and 4×6 inch …. 4 each. Here are mine with the psd files so you can change them up and switch them around. I’ve also included 4 of each size for you to use if you don’t play with Photoshop. Personal use only on these cards.

Journal cardsJournal cards
Journal Cards

Doodle Brushes for you to play with …

By on 2-04-2015 in Photoshop Elements brushes

These are my first doodle brushes….I have done many brushes but never any to share. These were created for the Pixel Scrappers online site. These brushes were made with Photoshop Elements 11 and I can’t guarantee that they will work in other versions of PS and PSE. Please feel free and have fun with them but do not distribute them without linking to my blog.

Doodle doodle brushes
Doodle Doodle Brushes

Dream catcher with Rachael Rice, Lesson 5 of Lifebook 2015

By on 1-29-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

After finishing this piece this morning I had an epiphany … I am still stuck in the era I stopped painting. I switched to quilting art quilts, mainly landscape which kept up my sketching and drawing skills along with creating my own cross stitch and embroidery patterns. I then moved on to mixed media and digital and designing scrap book kits. I created many a background but have not done any serious painting in a long long time … thus the reason I am stuck. I want to redo many of these pieces and will do, but only after I have enough lessons done to feel mature in that area. It really is a shock to me to find my brain/hand co-ordination is not up to what my mind sees…. humbling is the word. I also feel a need to be wilder and more adventurous. Here is my dream catcher. I love the lace and the feathers and bird in the middle but my background and feathers need to be bolder and wild. I wasn’t going to post this piece and then thought … “It is part of my journey” …so it is here although it feels unfinished.

Dream Catcher

Ballet dancer walking the tightrope of life with Patti Ballard

By on 1-22-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was a fun lesson but obviously painting with acrylics is still an issue with me, always has been. I tend to make acrylics into paint book figures and that is what has happened to this little girl. She has a sweet face but there is no maturity in the piece. Practice, practice, practice with acrylics. She reminds me of one of my paper dolls.

Tightrope Life Book 2015 Lesson 4

Solace Journal Page, where I like to go with my thoughts

By on 1-19-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

Solace means quiet, respective contemplation and who better to display this but a Blue Heron sitting waiting for his dinner to swim by, so very very still. Appleton is where the photo was taken, a pretty little town in the Ottawa Valley. It is the same photo I used for the digital piece as well. This page was created for the Art For the Creative Mind yahoo group for January.

Solace Journal Page

Lettering, Life Book 2015, Lesson 3 with Joanne Sharpe

By on 1-15-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was such a fun lesson I made two. I love working with lettering and love to doodle the alphabet but this lesson was hard for me to do at first until I figured out that I wasn’t relaxed doing it. Once I relaxed I didn’t have any problems. For the water colours I made my own palette using waste water colour paper and applying the colour to that and picking it up from there into my brush. I will never buy another water colour palette again, this worked so well.

Lesson 3, Lettering and water colour

This page is right from the lesson. I love working with water colours. I left the letter on this one blank but I think they look bare and need work. I have to leave them for a couple of days to decide.

Lesson 3, Letter and water colour

I wanted to do an oval piece with my chosen word “Value”, which reminds me to value myself and treat me like I treat others in my life.

Yellow flowers just for your scrapping …. personal use only please

By on 1-14-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

Bright yellow flowers for a very cold cold January to make your scrapping pages wonderfully sunny. Pixel Scrappers is calling for an extraction of our choice as a designer challenge. This is my contribution. Don’t forget they are for personal use only, no commercial or sharing in your free kits.

yellow flowers for your scrapping

Family Memories, January’s Colour Challenge Mini Kit

By on 1-11-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits, Vintage

January’s colour challenge kit for The Scrapbooking Studio was a pleasure to do with the wonderful colour palette given us this month. The challenge was Telling My Story, Documenting Your Life or Journaling.

Family Memories Scrapbook Kit

Family Memories papers
Family Memories elements

Who Are You came from this photo of a relative who I look like, especially when I was younger but sadly we don’t know who she is. I created the page using the little kit made by ADB Designs.

Who Are You scrapbook page

Paintings have a life of their own ……

By on 1-09-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Original photos

This piece was done for The Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s January art challenge. I used a paper and a brush given to us by Jilbert who was hosting the challenge this month. I chose the photo as soon as I saw the papers. They were made for each other. The quote of Vincent Van Gogh’s is one of my favourite of his. I love his paintings and the way he layered strokes of paint on a canvas and created a masterpiece.

Art Challenge Jan 2015

Tags, Lesson 2 of Life Book 2015 with Roben-Marie Smith

By on 1-08-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

What fun these tags were to do. I think I need Spring because they sure are spring like…. Instead of sewing the seams on my machine which has a new needle in it (I’m not using the new needle for paper) I marked holes with a piece of plastic canvas, punched them and then sewed by hand with crochet cotton. I also added a wee bit of translucent glitter just to give the tag a spring like glow. To get the background I laid down some water colour crayon on a transparency, spritzed with water and then swirled the colour around with my fingers before dipping the tag into the paint. The images were created in Photoshop filters with two of my photos, one of a peony and the other of a seed flower. I had them in my digital stash and blended them together.

Tags, Lesson 2 Life Book 2015

Beacon of Light, Life Book 2015 Lesson 1

By on 1-07-2015 in Life Book 2015

Lesson 1 is finished. This little girl is my Beacon of Light for the year. She has too many shadows, not enough highlights and is a bit overworked but she is mine and she is ready to give me a hug throughout the year.

The crow is for the pair of nesting crows we had at our country home. I have mentioned them before. I miss them big time. Sitting in the tall elm waiting for the sun to rise, dipping in by the window to check on us and saying HI how are you today when we walked out the door. They are my symbol, my beacon of light

Beacon of Light

Life Book 2015 with Tamara Lapage, a warmup exercise

By on 1-04-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

I made the decision this year to sign up for Tamara Lapage’s Life Book 2015. The course goes all year and there is still lots of time to enroll. You can find her site here: Life Book 2015

This was our opening warm up exercise. We chose a word that meant something real to us. Mine is value, to remind myself that I need to value myself just like I do with everybody else. It is the one hurdle I find hard to overcome.

Warm Up Life Book 2015

Joy of the Season, December Art Challenge

By on 12-18-2014 in Digital Images + Collage

The Art Challenge at The Digital Scrapbooking Studio for December was a pleasure to do. It’s hosted by Robyn of Red Dog Designs and she generously shares a mini kit with us each month. I used several of the elements and the blended background papers are from the kit. The tree is from a photo I took after an ice storm and it had the brightest blue sky that I blended away.

Joy of the Season

Half Past Autumn, December’s mini kit

By on 12-18-2014 in Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

Half Past Autumn … I love this way of describing the season change between autumn to winter. It is from a poem by Gordon Parks “But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived.” This kit was created for The Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s December colour challenge with ADB Designs. I have also done a page using ADB Designs pretty little kit and another created with my kit. These photos are from a beautiful autumn day deep in the Ottawa valley.

Ottawa Valley autumn
Page created with ABD Designs mini kit


Page created with my Half Past Autumn kit

Half Past Autumn
Half Past Autumn