Letting Go with Flora Bowley, Life Book 2015

By on 7-28-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

I love how the background on this piece glows. I was never a fan of neon paints until this course. I always saw them as jarring but used along with regular acrylics they can create a glowing page. Flora makes it all look so simple and I had a great time doing these pages. I did however have to paint over my dull and greyed backgrounds and start again. I’m glad I did. Simply sitting and wondering what I can use to stamp another design with was tremendous fun and freeing. This is an exercise I want to do again and again.

Letting Go 1Leting go 2

Double Exposure with tutorial by Chris Spooner

By on 7-28-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Chris Spooner has a great tutorial on his blog using two images, one laid over the other causing a double exposure. I brought this over to the Just Art site as a challenge and there are some fantastic examples from the great digital artists there. Chris’s tutorial is here: Spoon Graphics I use PSE 11 at this time and Chris’s tutorial is for Photoshop itself and there are a few adjustments that were different but I was able to work around them.

Double Exposure

Chris also had other examples so I decided to do something different for this as well. I took two images from outofcopywrite books and meld them together. Here are Chris’s examples: Spoon Graphics

Bird man with headache

Blue Heron, Reflection challenge at the Just Art Site

By on 7-21-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Original photos

Blue Herons are awesome birds, sitting completely still for long periods of time, sometimes on one leg. This fellow allowed me to get in very close and take his photo several times. He did finally get his fish. There is more to his story but that is for another page.

Blue Heron, Reflection challenge

Have courage, Be brave, an ATC swap for Life Book 2015

By on 7-21-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This pair of ATCs was created for the Life Book 2015 swap that was set up in June. Unfortunately the person who was picked to swap with me has not answered me back although I have emailed her more than once. Here they sit and if I do not hear from her by the end of July I will send them to somebody as a swap. To me being brave is having the courage to follow the sun which shines upon us with it’s bounty, warming us and helping us grow. When we stay in the shade of our lives we begin to face inward and stop reaching. We have to spread our arms and reach out to grow.

Be Brave, Have courage

Love and Light with Danielle Donaldson

By on 7-19-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media, Paper Dolls

These little girls were fun fun fun to do. Danielle wanted us to cut her out and place her on a clothespin and add story words to a cup and attach her. I just simply wanted to keep painting little girls so that is what I did. Paper dolls and water paints .. is there anything better? I think not. The first one was done as Danielle did and I used her supplied pattern and the second one I changed from the pattern. The second two I drew myself and I also gave them big smiles.

Love and LightLove and Light 2

A winter dawn, pick a season challenge

By on 7-01-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Original photos

The last challenge for June at the Just Art site was pick a season. We had several parameters we had to meet. I have some beautiful photos of dawn breaking over the trees in the fields behind our old house. I am so glad I had the honour of seeing these sunrises and being able to keep them forever to look back on now that we have moved into the city.

A winter dawn

After the rain and The rain, two pages for June

By on 7-01-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Scrapbook Kits, Vintage

After the rain was created for the Junk Box challenge at the Just Art Site. We were given a quantity of papers and elements that didn’t match to use however we wanted. This is the first of two pages I made.
After the rain

The rain is the second page. For this page I created brushes from the flowers so I could use them in different sizes by simply changing the brush size. The image is one gleaned from an old book that is out of copywrite and found on the Archive site.

The Rain

Inner Warrior Princess with Andrea Gomoll

By on 6-30-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

I loved Andrea’s tutorial for last week’s Life Book lesson. It was another fun piece to do and I am finding my faces look more like they should and less overpainted. This piece used water colour for most of it and I love working with water colours, especially when using crayons. I am still following my sun and the crows are leading the way. If you have followed my blog you know I love the crows as they fly up to the sun and glide down on the thermals, trusting they will lift them lovingly as they slowly come back to earth. It can take longer than 10 minutes to come all the way down again. They are the only birds I know that love to simply play as if they have no worries in the world.

Inner Warrior Princess

Bicycle Holidays, a time of days gone by

By on 6-27-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Scrapbook Kits, Vintage

People used to ride bicycles everywhere. You could stop and smell the flowers along the way and take in the sights as well, maybe have a picnic basket with you. The slow days of summer were enjoyed then. Now those days just seem to rush into each other without much notice. This kit was done for the colour challenge with ADB Designs at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio site.

Bicycle holidays
Bicycle Holidays

May 22, 2014, progressive scrap, June 2015

By on 6-26-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Scrapbook Kits

June’s progressive scrap challenge at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio brought us a wonderful male themed scrapbook kit to play with. I have been waiting with these photos of my hubby’s knee surgery for a year and knew they would be perfect together. I created the runner profile from a scanned picture last year and it was perfect for this kit.

May 22, 2014

Painted pages for journals

By on 6-21-2015 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Mixed Media

I found a box of printable sticky labels at a Value Village the other day and the first thing I thought of doing was to paint on one of these pages. I just randomly painted, stamped, wrote and painted some more until the page was filled without worrying about composition. This page can now be torn or cut into sections when I need a bit of something on a journal page, the backing pulled off and stuck straight onto the page. I am now working on another using left over paint etc to cover it. When it’s full I will have another page. I loved just getting down and arty without having to worry about whether something looks balanced or the colours merge properly simply because it doesn’t matter. I can also use the image for digital pieces over and over without destroying the original piece.

painted sheet for journals

Sometimes dreams come true, day dream challenge

By on 6-16-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Scrapbook Kits

Gabbi’s Creation gave us this beautiful Daydreams mini kit for the challenge at the Just Art site. I used a photo of the castle and created the sketch effect by first putting it through the poster edges filter and then using blending modes until I got the effect I wanted. The flowers in the kit were also blended to create a fireworks blossom to go with the fireworks in the photo.

Sometimes dreams do come true

Romance at the Movies, May Progressive Scrap at the Studio

By on 6-16-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits, Vintage

The Digital Scrapbooking Studio’s progressive scrap brought us this beautiful kit to work with. The drama the deep colours created reminded me of vintage movie posters. Here are some of my favourite stars from those years when drama was Queen.

May Progressive Scrap

Reflections of you with Jeanne Oliver for Life Book 2015

By on 5-31-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

My latest piece for Life Book 2015 was so much fun. Jeane Oliver had us scanning magazines for patterns to tear and add to our page. I am a pattern junky and have been saving patterns for years as well as creating them in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. She also took us through using a transfer as well as a printed copy of ourselves as a base. I do not own a laser printer so opted on a painted face and stamps for this piece.

Reflections of you

Ocean Bottom ATCs for the AFTCM yahoo group

By on 5-27-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Backgrounds for mixed media, Mixed Media

I love creating ATCs … these were made for the Art For the Creative Mind Yahoo Group. Pearled water paints on home made paper made the background. The angel fish and the sea horse were made with a stencil and a mix of modeling paste and acrylics. Seaweed was pulled from a piece of shiny cord and the bottom was made with a piece of burlap.

Ocean Bottom ATCs

Light and Shadow, Apple with Tamara Laporte

By on 5-22-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This week’s Life Book 15 lesson brought us a discussion about light and shadow with Lynn Whipple plus a lesson on light and shadow while drawing an apple with Tamara Laporte. This was another fun lesson, as I love light and shadow which adds so much depth to a piece. Thanks to Tamara I am becoming comfortable with graphite and using it as an art medium rather than just as a pencil for getting a sketch down on paper. I ordered a graphite stick and used it for the first time on this piece and I love the freedom the stick gives me.

Light and Shadow, Apple

Vintage bird plates

By on 5-21-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Vintage

Bird plates, I love vintage birds pages…the images are always so colourful. Here are four that again come from an old vintage book out of copywrite. They are 4 inches in length and perfect for your swaps. Personal use on this page as well please, no commercial uses.

Vintage bird plates

Forest Glade, a poem

By on 5-18-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art Challenge

Forest Glade is a another compilation of photos from the Morgue Files site. I just can’t seem to stop doing these, it’s like a kid in a sandbox with lots of toys. I just opened up several photos I liked, picked the forest for the background. Blending modes and transparency were used on every layer along with some Gaussian blur.

Forest Glade

Vintage Central European Costume images

By on 5-17-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Mixed Media, Vintage

These images are free to use for your personal use. If you want to use one for a swap that’s fine too but not for sale. Each image is 4 inches high and big enough to use on most swap pieces. The colours are fantastic but the images themselves are a bit soft which will bring a grungy and worn look to anything you may use them on.

Central European Costumes

Shattered dreams of an old man

By on 5-16-2015 in Digital Images + Collage

This piece was also created using photos from the morgue files site Morgue Files. When I first found this photo of the old man I knew I had to create something with his image. He has a wonderful face, full of time and history. Again filters and blending modes as well as transparencies were added to make the dream state. Is there one of us who has not had our dreams changed or shattered along the way and morph or change as we grow older ?

Shattered dreams

Home, where my heart resides

By on 5-16-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Just Art Challenge

Home was created for the ‘scrap a word’ challenge at the Just Art site. I used images gleaned from the morgue files site Morgue Files. Filters, blending modes, transparencies and colour curves were all used in this piece. The sparkles are a brush provided with my PSE 11. This is a joyful piece full of romance and mist just as home should always be.

Home is where the heart resides

Unraveling through mark making with Jenny Doh

By on 5-16-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

We were introduced to Jenny Doh earlier in the year with an interview and this week we watched her play with her paints and inks. Awesome playfulness became this Fantastical Awesome Gilded Awk … not Auk because my guy is awkward but splendid. I turned my page and he came calling. He whispered that he was a gilded awk and of course I had to oblige. His little buddies came about after I had thought I had finished and was drying the piece. Out they came with their part of the story.

Fantastical Awesome Awk

Rubber Stamp brushes for your grungy creations

By on 5-09-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Photoshop Elements brushes

I have carved several rubber stamps for my mixed media pieces and then thought they may work well for digital grunge type creations so made the brushes. Feel free to use them for your experiments and personal use but please do not distribute them in a package or claim them as your own. They were created in PSE 11 and are high resolution at 600 ppi.

Rubber stamp brushes
Rubbert Stamp Brushes

Behold the Duck by Ogden Nash, one more for the quote challenge at Just Arts site

By on 5-07-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

This page was done with the kit so generously given to us by Robyn of Red Dog Designs. The only piece that didn’t come with the kit is the duck tail although it was created with one of the papers. Lots of filters and transparencies went into this piece and some colour changes as well. A lot of fun to create .. thanks Robyn !!

Behold the Duck, Ogden Nash

Stamping Light and Shadow with Jessica Swift, Lifebook 2015

By on 5-07-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Carving stamps is one of my favourite things to do. Making stamps of any kind is a blast and you know what you get is what you are looking for because you made it that way. The play of light and dark blues is a perfect setting for these carved stamps. Once one stamp was carved I turned it over and created another on the back. Not as detailed and deep as the original but fun just the same. Value is the word I picked for Life Book this year … to remind me to value myself as much as I value everybody else. That’s not selfish, but self preservation so I can serve those around me and keep on doing it.

Stamping Light and Shadow with Jessica Swift

Road Less Traveled, Robert Frost, a digital mixed media piece

By on 5-05-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Journal pages, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Robert Frost is one of my favourite poets and this poem, A road less traveled is a favourite. I try to take that less traveled road as often as I can. This piece was done for an May challenge at the Just Art site. We could not use an image or photo. I used water colour brushes, brushes I created from old out of copywrite books, filters and transparency. The colours were used from a Copic colour palette, I love how vibrant and real the look in the piece.

Road less travelled

April Progressive Scrap at the Digital Scrapbooking Studio

By on 5-05-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Scrapbook Kits

April brought us very pretty pieces from that month’s mega kit. It was perfect for my flower garden…the bees in the photos are highlighted as they fly through my white snapdragons from last year with their legs loaded with pollen. I love all the flowers we were given to play with.

Progressive Scrap final april

Here’s looking at you kid with Kristen Van Valkenburgh, Lesson 18, Life Book 2015

By on 5-05-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This lesson with Kristen Van Valkenburgh took us back to our younger selves when we would just play with absolutely no boundaries, just for the joy of it. I loved just letting go and working on this piece. I at first used a more recent photo and worked with it but I didn’t like what I had created … it wasn’t free enough. I started over with this little photo from my first school years and I was able to be back there again and play.

Here's looking at you kid

First challenge at the Just Art site

By on 4-27-2015 in Backgrounds for mixed media, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art Challenge

The first challenge posted by Robyn of Red Dog Designs was to use at least one of the 4 edge overlays she gave us. I had already created a background from a crackle paint piece for my fat book page earlier in the year. I used two of the edge overlays … Pretty Edgy One Edges 2 and 3 and changed the colour of my background to match the photo that comes next.

Challenge 1 at the Just Art site

This is the next step of the piece I created. I’ve always loved this photo I took at the museum of the cave drawing. The earthy colours along with the background rock is magnificent and I knew I’d use it and want to play with it. I selected the image using a feathered edge of 118 to give a soft opening to show the crackle background and moved it onto the background.

Challenge 1 at the Just Art site

Happy Painting with Juliette Crane on Life Book 2015

By on 4-26-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Theses two little critters were so much fun to do. As soon as I saw this lesson I knew I had to do a dragon and both the owl and the dragon are busy whispering in my ear and will soon have names and stories to go with their new found images. I forgot to add the second wing to my owl but she’s cute none the less and the little dragon looks like he’s trying very hard to look just like his great big daddy.

Happy Painting owlHappy Painting Dragon

Mosaic Mask for Photoshop Elements

By on 4-25-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Original photos

At the new Just Art, a digital art and scrapbooking site we were discussing mosaic filters but in Photoshop Elements the technique for using this filter on a layers mask is not possible without creating the mask first. I have created this one to test out how well it would work using a black and white image, putting it through the mosaic filter and using that as your mask. This is how it turned out. I changed the mask colour to one of the sky colours and used the multiply filter on it as well. I am including the mask if you would like to try it yourself, just right click and save to download it. The photo I used is of our Canadian Parliament Buildings taken from the back, across the Ottawa River at the Museum. It is an interesting effect. The link for the new site is: Just Art . Come on over if you want to share and learn with the rest of us, you will be welcomed.

Ottawa Parliament Buildings with mosaic mask

Mosaic mask 1

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