Friday, July 31, 2009

Paper fun



These are some papers that I dyed with fabric dye. The colors are so rich and intense. I just love the way they turned out! I will probably use them in an artist journal.


This is a nature print of sorts. I followed the directions in the book Mixed Media Nature Journals by L.K. Ludwig. Again this is done with fabric dye.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More art journal pages


These pages are a bit juvenile but I like them. They're so bright and cheerful. We can all use more cheer in our life!

I used Caran d'ache watercolor crayons to color these pages. I love Caran d'ache watercolor crayons so much I bought the biggest set they make. 126 glorious colors! One of the best tips I learned for working with these crayons is to spread the color with a damp sponge rather than a paint brush. It works great and you don't have to get your page so wet.

I cut the pages into the flower and leaf shapes. It's just a bit of joy in the middle of my journal.

You can't tell from the pictures but this is a really large journal. About 14 x 18 inches. It's a challenge for me to work in a journal this big. But I'm always up for a challenge!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fun times

Art journaling for a week was great - so much art time and so few responsibilities. Diane Eastham is a very good teacher but I still struggled to create something 'good'. Unfortunately, I don't do very good work in a workshop. I create best when I am at home in my studio with all my stuff. It seems you pack everything you possibly can for a workshop but there is always something at home that you wish you had brought.

We came together at the end of each day to share our journal pages. I'm not all that keen on sharing everything that I create in a class but there were a number of people who were in the class that were more than glad to share everything they made. I could have lived without that. My art time is precious and I have to guard it carefully so I am quite selfish about it when I do get it! There were definitely some good ideas shared though.

It was great to spend time with my friends Mary Lynn and Nancy. They are two very creative ladies and they both have a great sense of humour. We did a lot of laughing Mary Lynn shared some beautiful Japanese tissue paper with me. I created the above page with it and found the perfect quote to use on that page. Nancy gave me some ostrich feathers that she brought back from South Africa. I used one feather on this nature page. The photo is a bit blurry sorry.--I figured out how to fix the photo.


I am inspired to work in my journals more. I brought a large journal to work in during the course, it is one that I had done a good numbers of pages in already. Diane looked through it and encouraged me to do double page spreads rather than just work on the right hand page as I had been. I plan to do just that. I have a number of ideas and look forward to having the time to work on them.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Art camp


I started a week long workshop in Elora today. The workshop is run by the Wellington County Museum http://www.wcm.on.ca/event-details.php?eid=64&type=norm
I have taken workshops there since 2004. By far the best workshop I have taken there is the workshop taught by Gunnel Hag. http://www.colourvie.com/ Gunnel is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend taking a class with her. I learned a great deal and this workshop took my art in a new direction. Gunnel really encourages exploration and that is one of my favorite things to do.
I also made a divine connection the week I took Gunnel's class. I met my dear friend Carol Wiebe.
http://silverspringstudio.wordpress.com/
Carol has a great sense of humour and I was drawn to her immediately. Carol and I have been friends for four years now and it feels like we've always known each other. I thank God for all my friends but especially my art friends. They get me!
This picture is a nature print I did with the Color Vie system that Gunnel teaches.Color Vie is incredibly versatile. I love playing with it! The kaleidoscope in my first post has some fabric in it that I created with the Color Vie system.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Princess Bubbles goes on a sparkly adventure

I am so excited to go shopping with my friends tomorrow! We are going to Toronto to shop for art supplies. Of course, none of us really need more art supplies but that's okay, we'll buy some anyway. We plan to hit a number of places on Queen St. I love Queen Street. I just have to pop into Mokuba Ribbon and some of the bead stores. We also want to go to Curry's Art , Above Ground Art Supplies, Gwartzmann's and the Art Gallery of Ontario gift shop. I'm hoping to find some Inktense watercolor pencils. I already have some but I want every color! I really like how well the pigment spreads when you add water.
We'll probably stop for a bite to eat at some trendy pub on Queen St. Don't you want to join us? I hope the weather co-operates with us. I love having friends that are into art! They inspire me.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Art Journaling


I love keeping a journal. I have quite a few journals that I've kept over the years. I was looking through my art journals today. There are very few pages that I want to publish on this blog. Most of my pages aren't really good enough to publish. That's okay, I still like them, they are for me and no one else. I was thinking that I have to do a lot of art before I get to the good stuff. Photographers know that they have to take hundreds of photographs to get one really good shot. As an artist I am learning to accept this fact. I think that keeping an art journal helps me get it all out of me - the good and the bad. Some pages are so bad I just cut them out of the journal. I won't torture you with the not so great pages, just the good ones!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kaleidoscopes




I was fortunate to take a workshop with Paula Nadelstern a few years ago. She's the kaleidoscope quilter. I love kaleidoscopes, they're amazing. The workshop was very good but as per usual I never finished the project. I have found my own way to make kaleidoscope quilts. It's much easier. I always look for the easier way to do something. I use the computer program Kaleidoscope Kreator. It works great. I get terrific results quickly. I love quick! I have been printing my kaleidoscopes directly onto silk and cotton fabric with my Epson C88. The C88 uses Durabrite ink which is permanent on fabric. Actually, I've never tested that but I don't plan to use my fabric in anything that will be washed. The above photo is a close up of a kaleidoscope I printed on paper and applied to a painted canvas. Below is the whole piece.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Bass Pro Shop rocks



Look at the pretty, shiny fibres! I had a lot of fun shopping yesterday. Bass Pro shop had a lot of pretty threads to look at. Decisions, decisions. I think I made good choices and will have some fun stitching with them. I also found a really cool art store in the Vaughn Mills mall. It's called DeSerres. I bought the metal tool set there. I've been looking for the metal tools for quite a while so that was a nice find

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Shopping

I love shopping! Art supplies are just about as much fun to shop for as they are to use! Tomorrow my husband is taking me to Toronto to shop. I married a good man. The mall we're going to is a mainstream sort of mall, the usual clothing stores and of course SHOE stores. The store I'm most excited to go to is - get this - Bass Pro Shop! Can you believe it? I checked out their on line store and found their fly tying section is pretty darn cool. They have some holographic thread and other sparkly things with which I can play! I'm happy just thinking about it. I'll post pictures of my pretty, shiny purchases when I get home. I love my life.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Altered books






I love making art! All kinds of art. I love art quilting, crazy quilting, art journals, altered books, calligraphy and on it goes. I flit between my love of paper and my love of fabric. Maybe I have a touch of ADD. I'm even starting to combine paper and fabric art together. I don't have anything I am ready to show as yet but it will come. For now I will post some of my altered books. This book is about knocking and having the door open. I used shades of purple and beige throughout this book. I rarely if ever have a specific color scheme. The picture on the left is of the cover of the book. It's a little hard to tell but I used a real glass door knob on the cover. I love it! I have so many altered books on the go and so many ideas for more to come.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

altered book








These pictures are from an altered book about mothering. The book is/was Chicken Soup for the Mother's soul. I thought it was appropriate to use for the topic. One of my clever sons cut the book into a heart shape for me. Isn't it cool?

I've been told my overtly feminine blog name is over-compensating


I live with a lot of testosterone and that's why I came up with the goofy,girlie name for my blog! I have a wonderful husband and three terrific sons! But they are guys! I've learned to live with them! I've even learned to like action movies. Well, maybe like is too strong a term.
I've never thought of myself as a girlie girl. I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. I was a tree climbing tomboy when I was growing up. I do have my moments though. I own two tiaras that I wear when I am making art. Believe me when I say nobody in this house gets that. I also own a large shoe collection-most of them are pointy toed, four inch stilettos. I love them and have thought about wearing them while making my art but I would be crushed if I slopped paint on them. I'm as passionate about my shoes as I am about my art!
I will start sharing my art eventually!

My First Post


Wow! I've actually started a blog! I wonder if anyone other than family will ever read it! Whatever. I have to put myself out here and make something happen in my art world.

I am absolutely passionate about my art! I am so happy when I am creating! I love my life and hope that this blog adds joy to those who read it!

Fun! That's what art is about for me! We all need more fun and giggles in our life! Here's to sparkly adventures in blog land!