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Week 6 of 365 Somethings

The ICAD challenge is now officially over. I took one day “off” of my daily art habit and re-started my 365 Somethings. You won’t get to see what I did yesterday because I’m still playing catch-up here to post for that challenge. Today, you get to see my creations for week 6 which was from February 5th to the 11th.

  1. Last year, I saved two boxes of Write-on slides at work from ending up in the trash. Since no one uses projectors anymore in schools, they didn’t need these. I stamped on one and coloured with alcohol inks and a blender marker. I also used a permanent marker on the border to make it black. I might still turn this into a pendant. I have lots more slides to use so if anyone’s interested in receiving a few to use in your own art, please, feel free to contact me.
  2. A simple “Thank you” card using three stamps and punched out butterflies. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and loved the idea.
  3. Abstract art with many stamps in my art journal inspired by the talented Andrea Clement. I love her work. Amongst other things, she carves her own stamps (I discovered her art during Carve December.)
  4. A colourful card using one stamp. I had this idea in mind for some time and I really like the way it turned out. I might do some variations on this card in the future.
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  6. Using the other stamps from the same set as the orange, I made four smaller cards. I used water-based markers to add two colours on the stamps and print them. I also used an embossing folder to add texture to the white background. I just love this little set.
  7. Finally, a birthday card for a very special little girl, my niece Clara who turned 1.

I don’t know if it was because Valentine’s day was so close or just the need for bright happy colours but that week, I had used a lot of pink and red. And I love every single thing I created, which is not always the case.

Do you have a favourite from my Week 6? If so, let me know in the comments! And, as I stated above, if anyone’s interested in using some write-on slides in their art, contact me and I’ll be happy to send you a few.

Until next time!

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Art journaling

I’ve been itching to play with paints in my art journals lately. I always have at least 2 art journals going at once. Yesterday, I played in the small one (4.5″ x 6.5″) with watercolor pencils for a still-life while today, I played in the bigger one (8.5″ x 11″) with acrylics and ink for an abstract. Here are the results:

At work, for my fine motor group, we practiced our writing skills and pencil grasps by completing some drawings: adding feathers to an owl, scales to a fish, stripes to a zebra, etc. I kept telling the kids that this wasn’t to work fast but to work well as some of them were rushing through the pages. I asked a few of them to erase and restart some of their work as it was too sloppy but in general, they did well. I’m really impressed by their skills.

That’s all for today. I hope you have a nice weekend and I’ll be back on Sunday.

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Alcohol ink postcards

Since starting this daily art project, I’ve been using techniques and products I hadn’t touched in a long time. And today was no different. I brought the alcohol inks out and some glossy paper which I cut to postcard size, 4″ x 6″.

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I’m not sure if I’ll leave them as is or if I’ll add to them. I could draw with a Sharpie, or stamp with StazOn ink, or even collage on top. What do you think?

Once again, thanks for visiting and have a nice weekend!

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Watercolor fun

Today, I decided to play with my watercolor paints. I’ve been inspired by my friend, Ceecee as well as Coco Bee, two wonderful artists from Montreal. If you don’t know them, visit their pages or their YouTube channels here and here.

Watercolor fun

The watercolor set I use is an old one from Pelikan that I bought almost 20 years ago. I also use a few Twinling H2Os as accents. Here, I splattered some Egyptian Gold on the abstract painting and some Mango Freeze on the tree’s foliage. For the abstract, I used more of a wet-on-wet approach where you wet the paper before adding paint. The outer splatters are on dry paper. The tree was an experiment. I like how it turned out but I might try something a bit different next time.

Are you more abstract, whimsical or realist when it comes to painting? Personally, I love creating abstract and whimsical art but I’m not very good at realism. If you have any recommendations for watercolor artists to follow, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Thanks for visiting!

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