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>Pieces of me

>A few images tonight… First, Daily Art Cards number 13 and 14.

The first one is really simple. I started by picking the flower image from my “junk mail” pile. It’s from a Home Outfitters ad I believe… The next piece of paper I picked was the Romeo + Juliette phrase. Following the romance theme, I looked for something else to fill the side and the tea lights were perfect (from an article on Enya that I had kept from years ago.) Everything just came together. The only thing I added that isn’t collage is the “romance” written with a gel pen.

Second of these cards is just as simple. I sifted through my stash of paper scraps (you know those tiny little pieces you just can’t bring yourself to throw away…) and just glued and stapled pieces on an ATC sized piece of recycled cardboard (I think this was from a box of tissues.) The ribbon is something I’ve been holding onto for over 10 years. My best friend had given it to me, knowing that I loved butterflies. I finally decided to cut a piece of it and use it (finally accepting the fact that she no longer wants me in her life.) And, last but not least, I stamped with StazOn.

Finally, the last two pictures are of the journal page I made for Kira‘s Swap. The prompt for this week was Words and Pictures. We were to take a picture (or find one) and describe it, how it makes us feel, etc.

The picture I chose is one I took last week of my foggy street. I played a lot with this page. Background is watercolour crayons to which I applied just a bit of water with a brush. That was done after the photo had been glued down and the journaling had been done (with Micron pens.) I doodled with the Micron pens some more and a bit of white (grid next to the picture) with a white-out pen. Added a piece of 7Gypsies paper then rubbed some oil pastels on it and around the picture a bit (I smudged it with my fingers.) Stapled a vellum quote at the bottom and attached another piece of vellum over the journaling with eyelets (my favourite tool to use eyelets is the Crop-o-dile.) And last but not least, I used my “office” date stamp just below the picture with StazOn ink.

On this last image, you can see the journaling that is otherwise hiding under the vellum.

We had a beautiful sunny day today. A bit cold but then that’s what I asked for, isn’t it?

Oh, and Artbrat asked about the crown in my latest shrine. I made it from pieces of German Foil Paper Borders and Gold Decorative Harware from ArtChixStudio.

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>A quicky

>It started snowing today… after a week of mild weather. Even though I’m not a big fan of winter, I like every season to be what it’s supposed to be.

Made muffins earlier tonight and now I’m getting ready to settle down in front of the television for a light movie and some art journaling maybe.

The picture is of my second shrine made for Violette’s e-class. I had fun making it and really like how it turned out.

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>A shrine and an award

>I took an e-class during the Fall which was taught by Violette and was about making shrines. So far, only the first shrine has been completed but I really had fun making it. I had to make papier mâché for the first time ever from flour, water and newspaper! I love getting my hands dirty with paints and glue so this was a lot of fun for me. I will start working on my second one this week.

On this one, you can see my Buddha and there’s also a little frame with an image of the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus (can’t see the image because of the glare of the flash.) Now religion is something I don’t really talk about. Mostly because when I do talk about it, I get a lot of weird looks. People don’t always understand that I can believe certain things from one religion and not the rest. I pick what I like from many religions and make my own, if you will. For a long time, I thought I was Wiccan but then I realized some things didn’t fit me. It’s hard to express my true beliefs but at least I know what they are, I feel them and I am not ashamed of them. Does this all make sense?

Anyway… On to a lighter subject… My dear friend Lisa gave me this award!

Isn’t it thoughtful? This my very first official award and I am proud of it. There are so many people I could send this award to but it’s hard to choose. So I’ll simply present this award to everyone who takes the time to come here and read my blog, whether or not they let their presence be known. Anyone who takes time out of their day to stop by my little piece of the world-wide-web deserves this award! Take it! It’s yours!

Many thanks and tons of love going out to all of you. You DO make my day by being here and being you!

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