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!

Not dead – Pas morte

Dear friends,

It’s true… I’m still alive!!! Yes, I know it’s been quite a long time since I last wrote here and I could give you many excuses but I won’t. I will only say this: I am very sorry. I never forgot about my dear readers but I kept forgetting to blog. Sorry!!!

Well, this is just a little post to let you all know that I am alive and well. I’ve been living in my new apartment for a little over a month now and I LOVE it! There’s still a lot of unpacking and organizing to be done so you won’t get photos right away but I promise that you will see my little slice of heaven one day… Also, I will re-start creating art and posting it here, even if it’s just a photo and a line. This is my solemn promise to you, dear readers, that this blog is now coming back to life! 

Above: photo of a 3″x6″ mixed media piece I abandoned at the mall last week.

Peace Postcard – Carte Postale Paix

I’ve decided to start making postcards again and to send them in the mail. So, if I have your mailing address, you might receive a handmade postcard in the near future! And if I don’t have your address and you would like some mail art, leave me a comment and I’ll contact you by email for the pertinent information.

J’ai décidé de recommencer à faire des cartes postales et les envoyer par la poste. Alors, si j’ai votre adresse postale, vous pourriez recevoir une carte postale faite à la main dans l’avenir rapproché! Et si je n’ai pas votre adresse et que vous voulez recevoir du courrier artistique, laissez-moi un commentaires et je vous contacterez par courriel pour l’information pertinente.

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.

Last ICAD update – Dernière mise à jour ICAD

Hard to believe that it’s already September 1st. I’ve been so busy with different things this summer that I didn’t notice how fast it all happened! But I did see my pile of index cards grow. You can see the last four above. They were fun to create. It’s always a little sad when a long term project like this comes to an end but this only means it’s time for a new project. I am posting two photos of my pile of cards below: a neat, classic pile and a fun, messy pile. Over the weekend, I will create a mosaic (or two!) of all my favourite cards.

C’est difficile à croire que c’est déjà le 1er septembre. J’ai été tellement occupée avec plusieurs choses cet été que je n’ai pas vu le temps passer! Mais j’ai bien vu ma pile de cartes réglées grandir. Vous pouvez voir ci-haut les quatre dernières. Elles furent amusantes à créer. C’est toujours un peu triste quand un tel projet de longue haleine prend fin mais ça veut simplement dire que c’est le temps de commencer un nouveau projet. J’affiche deux photos de ma pile de cartes plus bas: une belle pile classique et une pile amusante, mêlé. Pendant la fin de semaine, je créérai une mosaïque (ou deux!) de toutes mes cartes préférées.

ICAD update #11 – Mise à jour ICAD #11

Last week was more of a “paint quickly and collage randomly” kind of week for my index cards. These kinds of small mixed media pieces are a good way for me to create without thinking too much about the finished product. I will show you my last cards on September 1st as well as a photo of my pile of index cards.

La semaine dernière en était une de “peinture rapide et collage aléatoire” pour mes cartes index. Ce genre de petite pièce multimédia est, pour moi, une bonne façon de créer sans trop réfléchir au produit fini. Je vous montrerai mes dernières cartes le 1er septembre ainsi qu’une photo de ma pile de cartes index.

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