Life Book with Annie Hammon and Pauline Agnew

By on 1-29-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

This lesson with Annie Hammon was interesting, painting a portrait without sketching, using a brush, proving once more that I need lots and lots of painting practice with a brush. We were required to let out our inner child and just play and then go back in and recover the painting. It’s one thing to paint a sketch and quite another to paint with nothing but a small photo to follow shadows plus just letting go of what you have just created to start again.

Fearless Art

A vase of flowers, creating a vessel of tenderness with Pauline Agnew proved to be a difficult lesson for me .. still life is not something I do well, it’s not something I do a lot of .. I abandoned a first try feeling it was too dark. I am not a ‘dark colour’ person but I felt I had to try. I feel the vase is too large and didn’t allow the flowers to rest comfortably around it and some of the upper flowers look like they are floating in space but this painting is lighter and I prefer the flowers in this one as well. The tutorial was beautiful and I loved it and I will come back to this one again.

Vessel of Tenderness with Pauline Agnew

Life Book 2016 has started

By on 1-27-2016 in Life Book 2016, Mixed Media

Life Book 2016 has begun and it’s been a busy busy busy month. This first piece is a warm up with Tamara Laporte. Lot of fun with paints and collage.

Warm Up Beginning Lesson Life Book 2016

The main lesson for the first week was to choose a word and the title was Happy Traveler. I of course chose the crow and my little dragon as my happy travelers, my word for this year is serenity. I need to learn how to become quieter, to pause my busy life some days.

Happy Travels, Lesson 1, LB 2016

Week two brought us two more lessons. One from Tam and another from Ivy Newport. Tam’s was a zentangled butterfly, leaving the angst behind while reaching for the sun. Tam wrote her words on her butterfly trail, I wrote them down and then covered them up with a pretty flowery trail .. they are gone, gone, gone.

Zentangle butterfly

The main lesson with Ivy Newport brought us lots of glitter and gold and some soul searching. I laid down a woman reaching for her goals, ready to go through the door and see the pretty butterflies in her world. I sometimes need reminding to search for those butterflies each and every day.

Patch it Up Make It Shine collage

Week three gave us a lesson with Melody Ross. We painted a woman hugging a box with all the things we have accomplished to remind us that we are awesome just as we are.

Hugging my awesomeness

Meet Chocolate and Chip, 2015 Christmas paper dolls

By on 12-09-2015 in Paper Dolls

Two more cookie paper dolls .. these are chocolate chip cookies so of course they are Chocolate and Chip and both of them are all ready for their winter holiday adventures. As always just right click and save image to capture these yummy dolls. Merry Christmas !!
Chocolate Christmas Paper dollChip Christmas paper doll

Thanksgiving day and Friendship cards

By on 11-27-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Scrapbook Kits

This card was created for the Just Art site to wish everybody a great holiday on the States side. Lots to be thankful for in this year of international tragedies.

Thanksgiving day card

This cute little friendship card was created for the Just Art site “use it all” challenge. We are given a mini kit and have to use every single piece, nothing else with only a photo and journaling allowed. I loved it so much I didn’t add a photo….I made the card instead

Friendship card

Smush Book with Donna Downey, Life Book 2015

By on 11-27-2015 in Journal pages, Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Loved this lesson with Donna, she took her unused paint from her pallets and brushes and smushed it down on journal pages and then used those pages full of explosive colour backgrounds and built on them. I have always done the same thing whether it’s a page I didn’t like and it has to be covered or in a book I will cover it with paint I haven’t used in my latest project. What appears is always appealing and looking for more.

Smush book with Donna Downey

Rolled cloth mixed media book

By on 11-26-2015 in Mixed Media, painting on fabric

I have a few muslin strips left over from quilting projects and thought I’d like to try a book. This is the first and I am loving it. There are so many possibilities for these. I put down a layer of white gesso on both sides and stamped, painted and smushed on the one side and just let everything travel through. Then to cover the white spaces left I blotted from other pieces and paint that I was using then stamped the turtle and the little words afterwards. Lastly I punched a hole in the one end, threaded a narrow ribbon through and rolled the whole piece up and tied it.

Cloth book, rolled

cloth book, unrolled

I can see all sorts of feathers and little trinkets hanging from one of these, photos transferred inside, poems printed with a vintage look. The list simply goes on and on and they would be great added to a little gift.

Sacred play and learning to paint intuitively with Chris Zydel, Life Book 2015

By on 11-21-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Chris Zydel’s lesson on Life Book 2015 this week was an interesting practice which I loved. We first painted for 5 minutes without any thought, just placing colour on paper without stopping. The second piece was a 30 minute exercise with more thought and attention given to the painting but still playing, not listening to our inner critical voices and then we were to sit and muse about the practice itself. At the end I liked what I did although it’s free and unstructured and both pieces look like flowers in a garden.

5 minute intuitive painting

30 minute intuititve painting

November challenges at the Just Art site

By on 11-19-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

I haven’t had time to post these pieces separately so thought I’d do them all at one time … November has been a busy month digitally.

This first page was done for my own challenge “your favourite book”. Wuthering Heights has always been a book that haunts me and I have read it several times. This piece is a composition of several photos from Deviant Arts site and the Morgue Files site.

Wuthering Heights

What if challenge … at first I didn’t think I would do this one because I decided years ago not to look back and ask ‘what if’. Then I thought of another way to set down these words. I’ve always loved watching the crows play in the thermals going up, up, up until they are just a speck against the blue of the sky and then soaring down in those same thermals. Crows are the only birds I have seen actually play, how awesome. The photos used in this piece are all from the Morgue Files site.

What if challenge

Stretch your wings challenge … we were to create a leaf and then use it in a page. I painted a maple leaf then added the real one with filters to create several different ones. The Maple Leaf Forever just seemed to be so right for this challenge.

Maple Leaf Forever

Middle passage and Sea Fever were created using Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes frame and brush mini kits. I chose a sailing theme for both of these pages which were the main November challenge. You can find Jil’s kits here: Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes

Middle PassageSea Fever

Mr. Wonderful is a tribute to our Canada geese who mate for life and look after their family to the death if need be. You see the gander with his head up and watching as his family feeds. He is Mr. Wonderful. This page was done during November’s progressive scrap.

Mr. Wonderful

Follow Your Happy, Life Book 2015 with Tamara Laporte

By on 11-19-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

Arty’s new adventure….when Tamara painted a woman with a swan headdress with a fairy on her shoulder I knew I had to paint a Canada Goose instead and then Arty, my little adopted dragon whispered it was time for a new adventure so I painted him in as well. You can read about Arty here: Arty As you can see, my little dragon is still blowing bubbles. This course has been a great journey and I am now confident enough to go off on my own as I did with this piece. It will continue with Life Book 2016 … I was granted Life Book 2016, how cool is that? Thank you Tamara.

Follow Your Happy Life Book 2015

Winter Wonderland mini scrapbook kit

By on 11-17-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Scrapbook Kits

Winter is almost upon us for another year and when I saw the palette for November’s colour challenge with ADB Designs at the Digital Scrapbooking site I thought of snowflakes. The little angels you will recognize as my watercolour paper dolls in an earlier post.

Winter Wonderland scrap book kit
Winter Wonderland

Black and white plus one colour pop and Autumn Fire

By on 10-19-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

These two pieces are from September’s challenges at the Just Art site. I love trains, steam trains especially. When the black and white plus one colour pop challenge appeared I knew exactly what subject I would pick. These beauties are sitting at the museum here in Ottawa and they are magnificent work horses.

Black plus one pop

This window is part of the old mill in Almonte. I was up in the second floor when I noticed how dramatic a photo it would make and I love it but never really had a chance to use it and make it shine until now.

Autumn Fire

Progressive Scrap at the Just Art site

By on 10-06-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Progressive scrap on the Just Art site gives us a chance to use what we have in our stash, more flexibility and a bit longer time line which creates a fun challenge. Here are the first three months layouts. I have chosen to use my own kits in each of these pages and you can find the kits on my blog here.

apple picking with the family
We had a pair of pretty crab apple trees on the property that we picked almost every year after the first frost. They always made great apple jelly.

Sam and the boys
Sam was a cockatiel with a whole lot of character and grew up with the boys. This page is all about this wonderful bird and his interaction with the family

Fairies are in the glen
I chose these two vintage postcards for this page. The scrap was a bit different this time and we didn’t really know where it would lead but a lot of fun guessing.

Summer Memories …. Mini scrapbook kit

By on 9-17-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Scrapbook Kits

It’s that time of year again. The Digital Scrapbooking Studio is having their designer challenge. This is the first week. It called for going back in time to create a traditional scrapbooking kit. I chose Summer Memories for all those who want to now scrap their holiday photos and bring back those wonderful times of warm, freedom filled days behind us.

Summer Memories

Summer Memories

Sunset, my geometrical template challenge

By on 9-13-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

This template tutorial is one more from Chris Spooner. Chris creates his template in Illustrator Abstract Geometric Template and since I have only PSE 11 I made my own to give to those who wanted to play with it. The results from the challenge are spectacular. Sunset is my work up and example. This photo has it’s original colouring, no tweeking needed. The sunsets in the country are spectacular. The poem by Emily Pauline Johnson captures it perfectly.


Addition to this challenge, updated October 19 … there were so many beautiful entries into this challenge at the Just Art site that I made another globe for them, this time with horizontal lines

Globe template

Last Days of Summer, a scrapbook mini kit

By on 9-13-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Scrapbook Kits

Last Days of Summer is this month’s mini kit created for ADB Designs’ September colour challenge at the Scrapbooking Studio. A period of time just before the butterflies disappear and the summer birds start their migration south for the winter with fields of asters and daisies catching the last rays of the sun.

Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer

EOS, Goddess of the Dawn with Alena Hennessy

By on 9-01-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

EOS, Goddess of the Dawn was my pick for this week’s lesson at Life Book 2015 with Alena. Who else when I find myself following my sun this year but dawn itself? I created her coming up through the water with her hair as part of the sunrise welcoming the warmth of the sun for another day.

EOS, Goddess of the Dawn

Mr Handsome

By on 9-01-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Mr Handsome is a heavy horse, one of the lead horses on a team of 6 who looked back at me when he heard my camera and gave me this beautiful photo showing the inquisitiveness of a powerful horse. The page was created for the Just Art site for September’s “use everything” challenge. Kit was supplied by Anne Marie of A-M Designs.

Mr Handsome

14 years, don’t they grow up fast

By on 8-30-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

This piece was created with Robyn’s last template of the month. It is perfect for my grandgirl’s birthday party with two of her close friends. It seems like yesterday she was born and now she is entering high school. Time simply keeps ticking along. If you want to play come join us at the Just Art site

14 years birthday

Tigger, our elderly kitten

By on 8-28-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Scrapbook Kits

This handsome fellow is Tigger. He was a rescue cat and has gone to join the kittens in the sky but had a good long life, almost 19 years, most of it healthy. The page was done for a template challenge at the Just Art Site for August, template supplied by Robyn of Red Dog Designs.

Tigger, old man

Flying High with Tamara Laporte

By on 8-27-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

This was Tam’s lesson for August on Life Book 2015. As always it was a fun piece to do, just floating away on top of the world. Lots of modeling paste was used on this piece. I created the stencil for the flowers on the hill using my cuttlebug and a piece of transparency.

You are wise Lifebook 2015

Stamped Image expanded

By on 8-20-2015 in Art For The Creative Mind Yahoo Group, Mixed Media, Paper Dolls, Vintage

The stamped image challenge at the Art for the Creative Minds Yahoo group brought us a stamped image of a lady’s head in the mail. I used a handful of stamps to stamp onto card and then cut them out and collaged them into a dress for the head. I then scanned her in so I could print her out at a reduced size. I used Tom Bow markers to colour her after laying down some clear glitter glue. The markers coloured the glitter as well so I had matching glitter on her dress.

Stamped Image challenge

I also created a smaller size to put on a 5×5 inch card. This one I chose to leave plain except for a few little stick ons.

Stamped Image challenge

Template challenge at the Just Art Site

By on 8-12-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

A beautiful template helps to create a beautiful page. This template was created by Robyn of Red Dog Designs for the Just Art challenge. My page made the front page of the site for Layout of the Day. I love this photo of the birches which were not more than twigs when we planted them. They were rescue trees that would have been mowed down otherwise. They survived the ice store of 1998 by bending right to the ground without snapping .. amazing trees.

Road Less Taken

Three Digital Sides challenge at the Just Art site

By on 8-12-2015 in Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Scrapbook Kits

This challenge gave us three parameters … we had to use a duck, the colour yellow and seven items. My duck is a yellow bath ducky, my seven items are the green tiles echoing the Pear’s soap poster and of course my yellow background. I have several of the Pear’s soap posters but this one has to be my favourite. It’s so much fun.

Bath Time with Pear Soap

Doodle This challenge on the Just Art site

By on 8-12-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge, Original photos

The Doodle This challenge is one I hosted. The blog posting from the Creative Market with the cartoons worked into the images immediately made me think this is something different that would look great on a digital scrapbook site. This is one of two entries I made. The photo is of the Ottawa River. I have always loved this photo but never knew what to do with it. It was waiting for this challenge. The elements belong to Gabbi’s Wonderful Water World. Nessi came from an online colouring book site which I reduced and altered. Poor Nessi, she is sooo lost.

Nessi has to get her act together

Peter’s visit to my garden

By on 8-02-2015 in digital art and scrapbooking site, Digital Images + Collage, Just Art, Just Art Challenge

Meet Peter, a rabbit that would visit my garden. He was there often and I welcomed the visits for taking his photo. This page was created for the Just Art ‘use it all’ challenge for August. I changed the colour of the kit … Peter wanted a green page so he could hide in the grass

Peter's visit

Traced hand with Rachael Rice for Life Book 2015

By on 8-02-2015 in Life Book 2015, Mixed Media

When Rachael Rice created this hand with an eye and healing symbols. I wanted to do something different, something that would have meaning for me. Following the shining sun, soaring with the crows as they float on the thermals created by that sun has a lot of meaning to me. The sun is the most healing thing I know. My aches and pains feel so much better and I love the warmth it gives me and it lights up my world. My hand has a stylized sun and soaring crows with three more crows in my sky. If you look closely you can see the bumps of my arthritis and the way my fingers are slightly bending from the bumps. The sun’s heat is making the hands feel so much better so I can continue with my art.

Traced hand

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