Back to reality

Just for a little while…

My summer vacation is over and I’m going back to work at the school. I’m not complaining, just facing the fact. And it’s fine because I love my job. But it means I might be creating a lot of mandalas, zentangles and other quick art for a little while, until I get used to my schedule again. Then again, you never know when inspiration will strike.

Today being my last official day of vacation, I spent it with family members, shopping and hanging out (also celebrating my brother’s birthday.) I only got to do my art in the evening and ended up with a quick art journal page. When I say quick, I mean that I probably spent less than 30 minutes on it, including looking for a few items. This is the end result:

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This is what I used: Americana acrylic paints with a brayer and a dry brush; Hero Arts ink dauber; alphabet stamp from Stampin’ Up (used to be a roller stamp); ink from Stampin’ Up; various washi tapes; American Crafts alphabet stickers; Gold Foil Color Bloom Spray; and my trusty Fude Ball pen.

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And thanks for visiting!

 

Weekend creations

The weekend was busy so I decided to do simple stuff for my art. A zentangle on Saturday. I hadn’t done a zentangle since my series of coasters in January so I was a bit rusty but it came out fine. 


On Sunday, i did a silly drawing in a book titled Complete This Drawing. My mother and I take turns drawing in it. On the left, you can see the design I chose which was obviously meant to be a squirrel’s tail but I turned it into a funky hairdo. We usually draw something other than what it’s supposed to be. 


And finally, today I did some more postcards. This time, I created collages on them. At the beginning of the year, I had the intention of sending letters and postcards to friends but never got around to doing it so I’m making various postcards to send out before the end of the year. 

These were fun to make so there might be more collages and/or postcards in the near future. 

Thank you for visiting and see you tomorrow!

Art journal page

I was very hot today and I went in my studio later than usual because of the heat. I decided not to install the AC this year because I like to keep the windows open and listen to the neighborhood’s wild life.

Anyway, when I sat down to do some art, I had no idea what to do. I wanted something that wouldn’t take too long. So I picked up my art journal and a box of collage elements and got started. Well, I played for one hour until I got the result you see below.

Bunny art journal page

I had no plan while doing this page. Just playing with papers and paints.

Material used: Americana paints in Lipstick, Flamingo and Coastal Waters; Neocolor II in Yellow Green and Cobalt Blue; gesso; washi tapes; empty cardboard rolls as stamps; and of course, papers from magazines and newspaper with Collage Pauge.

Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow.

Where has the time gone

All year, I’ve wanted to write new posts on my blog. I’ve never forgotten about my readers but time kept slipping away. And when it wasn’t time’s fault, it was energy’s fault. There’s always someone/thing else to blame, right?

Well, better late than never I suppose! Today, I’m here to show some art journal pages. During November, I spent 15 minutes per day playing in my art journal for Nanojoumo. There are days when the time limit (from a Facebook group) wasn’t enough but I stopped anyway. Other days, I have to admit that I impressed myself. Two of the pages were done over two days each (the house collage and the abstract people.) And there’s one day when I didn’t make a page because I worked on another project which I’ll write about soon. I promise!

Clicking on the image below should take you to a video of my pages. 

  

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.

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