Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Whimsical Mermaids

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well.   We have been enjoying unseasonable warm temperatures, the foot of snow is rapidly melting.

I recently completed two different on line classes with Tamara Laporte of Willing Arts, both featuring whimsical (or stylised) Mermaids.   These are mixed media pages that I've drawn and used collage and different mediums to paint.

A friend pointed out that the heads are large for the bodies.... yes I know that, it's intentional.   I understand that this kind of art isn't for everyone, but it sure is a lot of fun to create.




Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Shirley

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Collage Background and Flowers

Hello everyone I hope you are doing well.

We've received a foot of snow here over the past week, it looks lovely but it wasn't good to drive a couple of days.   However it's going to melt with unusually high temperatures this weekend :)    Sunny warm days are very much appreciated in February.  

I would like to thank my blog friends that left comments with their thoughts about the difference between Blogging and Facebook.  You've made some very good points and I appreciate it very much.  I think overall the consensus is that blogs are more personal.   I still can't see having as much time for blogging but will continue, thanks again :)

I have a couple of cards to show today that I created from the same piece of background to which I added die cuts by Tim Holtz (tattered flowers) and Creative Expressions (the leaves).   I started with collage using tissue, dictionary paper and some Washi tape.  I coloured over with Gesso, dried and then coloured with Neocolour II crayons and then spritzed with water.  After drying I used a wood stamp and white acrylic paint and added some glitter here & there.

I have not purchased the Tim Holtz crayons as I love my Neocolour II and don't feel the need to have two different types.  I have so many mediums to play with already.   On that note, I'm also not going to buy the new Oxide Distress inks, I think having the complete line of Distress Inks and re-inkers is enough along with everything else.  

Well that's all my rambling, here are my cards :)






Thanks for your visit and have a great day!
Shirley

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Something Different - An Abstract

Happy Weekend everyone, I hope all is well.

I've already shared this on Facebook which is so much easier, quicker to post and comment.    Blogging takes so much time, I sometimes think about quitting, but then maybe some of you are not on Facebook.    I apologize if I haven't been around to your blogs but life has been busy.

I'm still enjoying Life book 2017 lessons and recently completed a lesson by Wendy Brightbill on painting abstracts.  The idea was to paint your intention for 2017, but I just was simply 'going with the flow' without direction or any kind of thoughts on a watercolour journal page.   It was similar to working on backgrounds for cards but with more time spent and extra detail. 



Thanks for your visit and have a great day,
Shirley

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Steampunk Valentine

Hello everyone, I hope all is well.  It's still dreary here and I've been fighting a wicked cold but getting better.

I have a Valentine card to show today, using a cool Steampunk heart by Chocolate Baroque.




Stamps by Chocolate Baroque:  Punky Hearts, Eccentric Edwardian (lettering). 

The Gear die cuts are by Memory Box & metal cogs are by Tim Holtz.   I used a Heart stencil by Tim Holtz with textured paste in the background.  The I Love You die was a freebie and I'm not sure who it's by.

I used Neocolour crayons and a little metallic powder in the background and 'fancy cut' the heart and popped it up.  I added glitter glue around the edges.

Thanks for stopping by
Shirley

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Merry Muse

Hello creative people, I hope all is well.   It's VERY dreary here but milder than normal due to heavy cloud cover.    I'm starting to feel like a sponge as we have not seen the sun in quite a while.    Normally January brings in cold but sunny days.

I am keeping up with Lifebook 2017 lessons, but today I'm showing you a mixed media piece that I did between the weekly lessons.   This is very much inspired by Tamara Laporte of Williowing Art - the Merry Muse course, it's the same layout but my girl & dove look different.  





Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Shirley

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Playing with Alcohol Inks

Hello everyone, Happy Tuesday.   It's freezing rain here this morning, so we are stuck inside as the roads can be very slippery.

I recently had a play with alcohol inks, I love the textured shapes the blending fluid creates.  I don't use these inks much for some reason, but they are fun.  Below are a couple of cards using alcohol ink backgrounds, with no stamping.



On the card above, I simply doodled some flowers where I dripped alcohol blending solution.


The background above was cut into four and attached in a lay-out that I've seen on other blogs.  I thought it needed something in the center so I added the die cut leaf and bling.   I gave this card to my Dad for his 89th birthday, I thought it would work as a 'man card' :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tell me a Story

Happy Weekend everyone I hope you are doing well.

I'm working more on Journal pages than I had in the past, some for classes, Lifebook 2017 and others just playing without following anything.  Below is one that is my own design and I think it tells a story.

Art Journal Journey's theme for January is "Tell me a Story" as most journal pages do tell a story.   I'm linking in at AJJ this month, it's been a long time.  I've met so many talented and friendly bloggers through this site.
 

 
The story here is that the girl loves her home, nature, birds, flowers and her cat and he is the king of the home :)

We had a scary week with our beautiful friendly cat who has been ill off and on for most of his life.   He is doing well on some new meds for GI issues.   Last summer we thought we would lose him after extensive dental surgery (he only has a few teeth left) when a few weeks later he became very ill and in a lot of pain.   However he 'came back' again with good meds.  Our vet bills are high but he is family, we of course love him and do our best for him.  He is probably 13 years old, but we are not sure as we adopted him as an adult from a animal shelter 11 years ago.  He had been picked up as a stray and probably has had about 25 lives.

Here he is laying under the Christmas tree last month. 


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,
Shirley

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great week so far.     We are 'enjoying' another heavy snow fall but it's going to get milder and turn into rain later, a nice mushy mess.  Not pleasant for driving, so a good day to stay home in  my craft room :)  Yay!   I truly don't mind our winter, the snow is pretty, clear cold sunny days are beautiful to go for a walk and it's cozy inside.  My only issue is that they are a little too long, Spring is a long ways off.

I have a card to show today without purples for a change!   The colours actually remind me of summer and make me happy.



I used Tim Holtz products and the Circle Cluster by Designs by Ryn in the background.  

Thanks for stopping in a my blog and have a great day,
Shirley