Life

Life. It can change in the blink of an eye or it can take its sweet time. A lot of things have changed in the past few years. And many things are still the same. I have both changed and stayed the same. I know that I cannot keep doing things the same way I did 5 years ago. And that’s ok. I am ok. I want to keep this blog and to post again. But I am giving myself permission to post when I want and about what I want. I know this is all very vague and I’m keeping it this way because I believe in privacy even in this era of social media cult. Let’s just say I’ve been through some tough times but now I’m better. And maybe by posting via my phone, I will blog more often. We’ll see. 

Meanwhile, here is the latest page in my art journal. 



Welcome 2015

Welcome 2015The last few years haven’t been very good for this blog. But it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been creative.

This past year might not have been my most creative one but I still managed to play in my art journal a few times outside of my mixed media classes (which I love attending!) I also got sucked into the Rainbow Loom madness, mostly because of the students I was working with at the time. But other than that and a bit of doodling, not much has been accomplished in the arts and crafts section of my life. It is sad but understandable considering that I never completely unpacked all my supplies and set up my studio in the almost 3 years that I’ve been living here. But that will change. I intend to move and downsize my supplies. I have way too much stuff, like a lot of people I know, and I don’t even use half of it. I already started. Slowly. It is quite surprising how hard it has become to simply put a pile of paper/magazines in the recycling bin. Or to throw away a leftover piece of ribbon or yarn. Anything can be used in mixed media. That is, if you actually DO some mixed media, not just gather material for it.

For a few years now, I have been picking a word or two to focus on throughout the year. Some of the previous words have been: fresh, simplicity, balance, move, renew. This year, I chose two words: Flow and Free. I want to feel the flow of energy and air, wear flowy skirts, go with the flow. I want to free myself of negative thoughts, things and people, take advantage of free activities and feel more free. And I knew I had chosen the right words when I found this: Flow: The 30 day journal project from Lisa Sonora (and it’s free too!) Coincidence? I think not!

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!

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!

Gift bag journal – Journal sac cadeau

It feels good to be back!

I spent part of yesterday creating little things and slowly clearing my war zone, I mean, my studio. There is a lot of work ahead but if I do a little bit every day, it will get done and I won’t get overwhelmed. The journal above is one of the things I made last night. I loved the image on the gift bag so I decided to repurpose it. I removed the bottom of the bag and the very top where the holes for the handles were. I then removed one side and folded the other side out instead of in. The pages are made of plain paper, some white, some colours and the whole thing is bound with the ribbon that served as one of the handles. It’s available in my shop now.

Ça fait du bien d’être de retour!

J’ai passé une partie d’hier à créer de petites choses et à tranquillement nettoyer mon studio. Il y a beaucoup de travail devant moi mais si j’en fait un peu chaque jour, j’y arriverai sans devenir folle. Le journal ci-haut est une des choses que j’ai faites hier soir. J’aimais l’image sur le sac cadeau alors j’ai décider de m’en servir. J’ai enlever le fond du sac et le haut où se trouvaient les trous pour les poignées. Puis, j’ai retiré un côté du sac et j’ai replié l’autre côté vers l’extérieur. Les pages sont faites de papier ordinaire blanc et de couleur et le tout est relié avec un des rubans qui servait de poignée. Cet article est disponible dans ma boutique.

Inside my summer journal 7 – Dans mon journal estival 7

It’s been a while since I’ve shown you pages in my summer journal. I’ve decided to use the full pages for more than one day and so, I am continuing my journal until September 23rd. I will have another update for you this week.

Ça fait un moment que je ne vous ai pas montré de pages dans mon journal estival. J’ai décidé de prendre les pages pleines pour plus d’une journée et ainsi, je continue mon journal jusqu’au 23 Septembre. J’aurai une autre mise à jour pour vous cette semaine.

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