Saturday, January 28, 2012

A new canvas - a new love

I found a new love this weekend. A love of making an unexpected canvas using mixed media techniques in a whole new way. I kinda love this one.

This piece was made using inked up papers, tag, scrapbook paper, texture paste, neocolour II crayons, Portfolio oil pastels, paper towel, cardboard, fabric and a Prima flower on an 8X10 inch canvas. 

 I may make postcards from this.

 Details of the petals made with texture paste.

I love inky paper, fabric, lace and cardboard together.

Want to see how I did this? Check out my video recording of the live broadcast I did earlier today.

Give this style a try. It's guaranteed fun if you decide to use what's on your desk, like scraps, gesso and paint, or pastels.

Check in again later this weekend for more. I'm definitely not done yet!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Last but not least for this long weekend...

I think I've fallen in love with this style. So much fun and so much to gaze on.

Here are some close ups of the textures and layers.

The weekend's not over yet

I had lots more fun with trying out a new style. Here's a page or two that have kind of inverted layers; that is, the gesso, texture paste and paint are on top of the elements, especially on the first page.

And this is my first ever tag. I can't believe it took me this long to do one. Had fun with it, and now it will go up on my dream board/inspiration board.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Morning's play time

A couple of pages from my altered book. I really enjoy play time in the morning.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Thanks for all the comments I've received on my art journals. DH chose a random number from 1 - 9 and the winner is #7:

Kathleen, I'll post a comment on your blog with my email address so that you can get back to me with your address.

For those of you that didn't win, thanks for playing along. Be sure to visit my store if you'd like your own art journal.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fun doodling a challenge this weekend

Just a fun page I did for a recent colour challenge. So glad that I got to use my Dina stamp!

Using inks, crayola slicker crayons, neocolour II crayon, dina wakley stamp, punchinella, 
inked up paper towel, sharpie pen, white-out pen, stencils by CW.

And here are some close ups:

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Experimentation is a good thing!

You never know how things are going to go for you from one day to the next. It's what makes life exciting at times, and tragic at others. And sometimes things just seem to fall into place and leave you wondering how it happened. Patterns emerge, leaving people with beliefs of déja vu and kismet.

Today I had one of those moments. I worked on a journal page last night and just sprayed some inks that I thought I liked together, and left it to sit until today's live stream. I decided that the whole page was an experiment. Try things, like it or not, and accept them or work through them. I like how it turned out.

I really liked the colour scheme and wanted to create contrast, both in texture and in colour.

And I decided to experiment again with my modeling paste and just distress the tops with two accent colours. Liked it a lot. Finished the page I think.

Then I got home from the post office and opened my package from Blue Moon Scrapbooking. And then I had one of those moments. A pattern emerged and I thought, well, it's kismet. I ordered two magazines from them some time back. Check the colour schemes of not just one but both magazines:

Is it possible that way back in my creative memory I saw these colours and decided to use them, even including the small dusting of pink on my page? Maybe so. Karma, kismet, déja vu... I just call it one of my favourite pages yet. 

Monday, January 09, 2012

More play time!

Three-day weekends are great for getting things accomplished. Like housework that you've fallen behind on. And catching up on online art workshops that you bought over the holidays. 

I started three new pages yesterday. One for the Strathmore Doodles Unleashed workshop by Traci Bautista. Fun, but totally out of my comfort zone.

I like how this page turned out, and it won't be the last time I do this kind of mixed media page. At the very least, this page will be used as cut-out elements for other pages.

I think some of these closeups will be used in other projects, possibly digital scrapbooking or hybrid projects.

 Here are the other two pages that are almost complete:

I'm in love with this texture!

Have a great week everyone, and think about arting at least a little bit each day.