Back to art

Summer went by fast and I barely had time to create anything. I took a few classes at my local scrapbooking store and made a few cards (one wedding, one birthday) but other than that, I didn’t really have or take the time to really sit down and create just for the fun of it. And boy, do I miss that!

Now that school has started again and I’m back to a regular routine with work, I want to also create a regular routine for art. In fact I NEED to have time for art every single day. I’ve been neglecting my creativity for too long now and I believe it is hurting me.

Today, I had the pleasure of taking a class from Dina Wakley called “Puddles and Pockets.” We were working in our art journal, making a double page spread. We splattered paint and got our hands dirty. It was great! At first, my colours were very dark which surprised me but then, I was able to lighten things up. I love my finished page which you can see below:

Puddles and pocketsAt the top, you can see the page with the tags tucked into their pockets and I pulled them out for the bottom photo. We used acrylic paints and Dylusion sprays as well as some stencils and stamps. A 3-hours class that was worth every minute!

I love taking classes from known artists. So far, I’ve been able to take classes from Finnabair, Donna Downey, Joanne Sharpe, Jenn Starr, Cathy Bluteau and, of course, Dina Wakley. And a little birdy told me that other wonderful artists will be visiting us in the next year… Yay!

Thanks for sticking around and being patient while I find my way back. I love my readers and I miss sharing my passion with you. Hopefully, this time, the blogging habit will stick… ;-)

Angel, Dina and meArt on!

Peace

Peace

At our last art journaling club, we were playing with textures: acrylic modeling paste, textures gels, dimensional paints, etc. I love texture but for some reason, I rarely put a lot of it in my art journals. I guess I don’t like having too many bulky pages.

This page was started during our club and I finished it a few days later at home. I drew/painted the face without even thinking too much about it. She’s far from being perfect but then again, no one’s perfect! I love how she came out and I love the colours on the page. This was a fun exercise and I’ll probably do more pages like this.

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I hope your Monday is starting out well. Mine is a bit crazy this morning but hopefully things will settle down.

Be well!

News from the artist’s den

just be

Almost 4 months since I last wrote… So much for getting back to the blogging habit…

I have no excuse, as always.

The school year ends in less than 2 months and let me tell you, I’m really looking forward to my summer vacation! Not that I have anything planned. And not that I don’t like my job. Because I do. Love my job, that is. But it has been a trying year at work.

Art wise, I’ve been creating in small bursts. My mother and I attend an art journaling club every month (except for this month) where we make a double-page spread with that month’s technique or supplies. It’s fun to be surrounded by like-minded artists.

Today’s photo is from my “doodle” journal. Following Joanne Sharpe’s book, I doodled and coloured a positive message to myself. There will be more for sure.

I also wanted to let you know that Hanna is celebrating her 10th year of blogging so hop on over to send her happy thoughts!

On that note, I’m wishing you a lovely week.

Welcome 2014

2013 hasn’t been my most creative year. I’ve definitely neglected this blog and my creative habit for most of the year and I feel really bad about it. So I decided to end 2013 and start 2014 with a creative bang.

I rarely go on YouTube even though I know there are a lot of great vloggers and wonderful tutorials to watch. On December 30th, I decided to give it a chance and found a great tutorial on how to make a journal from greeting cards. I instantly was inspired to get started. So I rummaged through my box of greeting cards and picked all the store-bought ones I didn’t necessarily want to keep. I started altering them with paint on the inside and left them to dry before doing the rest. New Year’s Eve came and went with friends and family. Good food, good laughs, good time. On  New Year’s Day, I decided to finish my project and got out one of my many piles of paper scraps. Three movies later, I had this wonderful handmade journal and hadn’t spent one dime on the materials! Now, I have a pile of envelops that is begging to be turned into another journal! To be continued…

Every year, I choose a word to focus on during the following months. Last year’s words (simplify and balance) didn’t really work after all. These things happen. This year, I chose the word “fresh” as in fresh food, fresh air, fresh look at life, fresh start… I have quite a few plans in mind for this year but I don’t want to overdo it so one day at a time, one project at a time…

Have a lovely weekend!

August so far

Bollywood at Orientalys

What’s this? A second post before the end of the month? Oh my!!!

I’ve been quite busy over the past couple of weeks. Exploring the city and its many activities. Hanging out with family and friends as well as taking some time to myself.

Over the weekend, I went to a free event called Orientalys. All things oriental. I had some henna done on my right hand, ate Moroccan and Lebanese delights and watched some amazing belly dance and Bollywood performances. A feast for the senses, really! I’m more in love with belly dancing and Bollywood than ever before! And I’m thinking of learning to do henna body art. Because of a health issue, I probably won’t get any more tattoos so henna is a really good alternative (and I could turn it into a side job if I get really good at it!)

On the creativity front, things are looking up. I’ve played in my art journals a few times, sewed some Kool Kreatures, created a mixed media canvas (photos to come) and started getting back into making friendship bracelets.

Photo: Bollywood dancers. Altered in Picasa.

Another month bites the dust

Duck in the park

I feel that I haven’t been very creative so far this year. At least, not compared to past years. I could make excuses and find tons of reasons for being less creative, but I won’t. The year is not over yet and there is plenty of time still for creativity. Sure, I have done a few things, taken some photos but nothing special (though some people might argue.) I feel like I am stuck. Although I do love everything (or almost) I’ve created, I can seem to get excited about anything creative. Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to get “unstuck”?

In the past month, I’ve been doing a lot of cleaning in my “studio”, purging supplies which will go to the school where I work. There are a lot of projects that I wish I’d completed but I know it won’t happen so off they go. I also had to throw away quite a few things because of one of my cats; she urinated in some of the boxes to show me she was unhappy about me spending too much time away from home. So, it’s been a perfect exercise in learning to balance the different parts of my life (friends, family, home) and also working towards my goal of simplifying my life. A wrong turned into a right. Seeing the good even in the bad. I know it’s cliché but it’s true.

Photo: For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been going on walks almost every day. Today, afraid that it would rain in the evening, I decided to walk in the park near my home which has a lot of trees. Not even 2 minutes after my arrival, I spotted this lonesome duck, walking about in the grass. I “clucked” at it and it came close to me (maybe 5 feet) to drink from a puddle. I snapped a few photos with my iPod Touch and resumed my walk.

Here we go again

Altered purse

Hello friends!

Yes, it’s been a while.

Sorry for that. I could give you excuses but I won’t.

And this time, I’m not making promises. Apparently, I’m not very good at keeping them, especially when it comes to my blog.

The thing is, I’m a creature of habit. If I don’t force myself to blog on a schedule, chances are, I won’t do it at all.

Today being the 1st of July (Happy Canada Day to those who celebrate,) I think I’m due to revisit my resolutions/intentions/words of the year.

I had chosen to focus on Simplicity and Balance this year. So far, not a whole lot has been done to honor those words. It’s not too late to get started, right? So that’s what I’m doing… Starting now, I’m working on simplifying and balancing my life. I will try to journal and/or blog about the process to help me through it. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I can do it… one day at a time…

The photo: I bought this backpack purse at Value Village for $5.99 and decided to paint the front panel. I primed the surface with gesso and then painted with Speedball Watercolor Brush Pens. I added some glitter varnish in some places and details were done with Scribbles paint in Shiny White.

PS. Thanks to Judie for waking me up from this deep slumber!

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