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The time is now

Hello dear readers,

Once again, I seem to have taken a long unscheduled break from blogging. Because of this time-out, I was actually thinking of ending my blog even going as far as deleting it. But then, last week, one of my friends posted on Facebook about how she missed the blogging community and taking the time to visit everyone’s blog. She got so many comments on that post that I figured I shouldn’t dismiss the topic so quickly. And when I started thinking about it, I realized that most of the friends I have, I’ve met through blogging. In fact, I’ve been friends with some of them for over 10 years now.

Going back to Lisa‘s post… Terri, a mutual friend of ours, left a comment that really resonated with me. She wrote:

I keep thinking about this post, and the ways Facebook and blogging are different…It’s kind of like the difference between seeing everyone you know at a party, where everyone is trying to quickly work their way around the room just to say “Hi,” versus sitting down to lunch with a friend to really catch up with each other and share what’s on their mind and in their hearts.

I completely agree with this comparison! And this is why I decided to finally come back to my blog. I’m not satisfied with the look, the banner and most of what is happening on here right now but I’ll keep playing around until I find something more my style.

And because I know I prefer to read a blog post that has some visual, here are 3 ink drawings I created this week as part of Inktober.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday fun

Finally Friday! I’m slowly getting used to my new schedule at work. It’s a little more work but I love it. Of course, more work means less time for creating but I still managed to draw a mandala last night. Actually, it’s the last mandala in this round book. 20 pages, 20 mandalas. I’ll try to take a picture of all of them soon to show you the variety. This does not mean that I’m done drawing mandalas, only that they’ll be in another book and maybe bigger…

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Tonight, I had a little more time and decided to try something different. Earlier this week, I accidentally left a paintbrush out with some paint on it. Since it’s a cheap brush, it wasn’t a big deal but instead of throwing it out I decided to alter it. So I added more acrylic paint to the bristles as well as glitter glue, used alcohol inks for the metal part, light modeling paste on the handle which I then wrapped with some twine, neon ink on the rest of the handle, and cute googly eyes. I love it! Now I have to find a place for it!

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Have a nice weekend and thanks for visiting!

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A couple of ATCs

It’s been a long and busy week at work. Getting to know all the new students and their parents is hard work but lots of fun too. I seem to have a great group of pre-k and kindergarten students so we should have tons of fun!

Today, I have a couple of ATCs to show you: one is for a trade (the cat) and the other is for my journal (the quote).

For the cat, I used a Sharpie pen and colored pencils. I also blended the colors with some solvent and a paper stub. For the quote, I painted with H2O watercolors and then wrote with my Fude Ball pen. Simple but effective!

Have a nice weekend!

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Daily ATC in February

  

I’m having fun this month revisiting a format I hadn’t worked with in quite some time: the artist trading card (ATC). I used to participate in a lot of swaps and trades for ATCs and, later on, chunky book pages. At one point, it just became too much and I stopped. Now, I create for the joy of it and, if someone wants to trade, I’ll do it when I feel like it. I don’t want it to become an obligation or a burden like it was after a while. I want my art making to be a source of joy and even relaxation.

The techniques used for this first set are: collage, painting, drawing and stamping. If anyone is interested in trading for any of these, please let me know in the comments. 

Thanks for visiting!

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Zentangle Coasters 11 to 20

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My collection of Zentangle coasters is coming along nicely. I seem to be playing more with the shading now, to add dimension. There are days when I just don’t know what to doodle anymore but I keep doing it anyway. In this batch, I did one of the coaster with a metallic gel pen so it doesn’t have many fine lines and it looks a bit different. Can you spot it?

I haven’t decided yet what my daily art project will be for February. I’m open to suggestions if you have them. Keep in mind that I don’t knit or crochet…

Have a nice week!

 

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Happy New Year

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Hello friends!

My blogging muscle is a little sore so forgive my clumsiness but lo and behold! I’m back! Yes, I have decided that 2016 is the year to bring back blogging. I know that some of my friends miss it too and hopefully this will encourage them to get back to the blogosphere with me.

2015 was a busy year, as they usually are. Some bad stuff but a lot of good stuff. In fact, mostly good. I moved at the end of June to a bigger apartment which I love. I’ve yet to organize my studio but my plan is to get that done before my one year anniversary in this place. I’ve participated in a few art challenges over the year: The Documented Life Project for a few months, FMS Photo-a-day for about 6 months, Hanna’s Postcard SwapNanojoumo-The 15 minutes edition, Flood the Streets with Art on Black Friday, Carve December. I took some art classes with Els Van De Burgt, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Jodi Ohl. And I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. It’s been a very creative year but sadly, I didn’t share much of it on here.

Ok, so, I’m done for today. At the top of this post, you can see the 40+ stamps I carved in December. I love them!

Happy New Year! I wish you all lots of creativity!

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News from the artist’s den

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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.

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