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February 19th, 2016

postcard with a raised I This is an art postcard that I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind. Our group had an ongoing postcard swap in 2015. Each postcard had a raised letter of the alphabet. At years end, we had postcards that spelled out CREATIVE MIND>

This particular postcard had a raised I.

For the background, I used a selection of torn papers and collaged it. I added a row of black blanket stitch (rub-on stickers) around the border.

I printed out the words to spell “I am what I am”. The I was a 3-d sticker.

For the design element, I used a plastic window thing that I found in my stash. I used it to frame a stamped image of a woman’s face. I added some rubon stickers to the window frame for added decoration.


February 18th, 2016

fat book page themed trivial This is a page for a fat book or a chunky book, designed for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind.

A “fat book” or “chunky book” is a mini book that is 4 x 4 inches square.

The theme for this one was “autumn”.

I used black card stock as the base. I stamped the image and heat embossed using a watermark ink and bronze embossing powder.

I added some colour with marking pencils.

Lastly, I used doubled sided tape to glue a selection of tiny beads around the border of the page. I used gold, red and clear colored beads.


February 17th, 2016
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers
christmas card made with Graphic 45 Nutcracker Suite papers

I know its late, but these are a few of the Christmas cards or holiday cards that I made for the winter holiday in 2015.

I used some Nutcracker Suite papers from Graphic 45. I had had the papers on hand for a couple of years with the intention of making a mini album. However, I decided that I should probably use them rather than hoard them.

I also used card stock, ribbon, some clipart images printed out on the computer, and I decorated the cards a bit with glitter glue.

I made about half a dozen.

February 13th, 2016

mixed media painting called finding strength This project from Lifebook 2015 was taught by Donna Downey. Its titled Finding Strength.

Donna used one of her own stencils to create the silhouette of the woman. I didn’t have the stencil, or one similar, so I drew the shape on sandwich paper. I then cut it out and glued it to the page. After that I coloured it, but lightly so some of the scribbling underneath would show through.

From the looks of this project, I probably did some writing or scribbling for the first layer, and then covered it with various colors of acrylic paint and perhaps watercolor crayons.

I made some splatters at the end with black ink, then drew around the borders with a black sharpie.

February 12th, 2016

mixed media painting called reach for the stars Lifebook 2015, Week 44, was taught by Jenny Wentworth. The title is reach for the stars.

Unfortunately, I no longer remember much about the lesson. From the looks of it, it would appear that I painted a tree at night. The woman’s face in the tree probably represents something — reaching for the stars, I suppose.

It appears toa be painted primarily with acrylic paints although I may have used some water colour crayons as well. I rather like the night stars effect.

February 11th, 2016

mixed media painting called journey to wellness Still catching up with Lifebook lessons done in 2015, this is Week 38. The title is Journey to Wellness, and the instructor was Jill Berry.

It was the inspiration for a art journal page that  I posted about a couple of posts ago.

This picture involved a lot of collaging, and then hand drawing the long legged bird. It may be a stork. I’m not sure. Perhaps its a heron. In any case, I drew it and colored it.

The background is paint over collage, and the mesh at the bottom is made from painted plastic mesh stapled to a strip of acetate.

February 11th, 2016

mixed media painting of woman This is week 32 from Lifebook 2015. The name of the lesson was “You are Wise” and the instructor was Tamara Laporte of Willowing Arts.

At this point, I no longer remember exactly how this was made, but from the look of it, I would hazard a guess that there is collage for the first layer, followed by layers of paint and stencils. The stenciled shapes on the bottom were made, I think, with brass stencils and modeling paste for texture.

The girl is hand drawn, of course, and painted.

February 11th, 2016

art journal page themed Happy in Nature Oh my goodness. I have gotten way, way behind in my blogging here. I am going to try and play catch up now.

This project is an art journal page made for my Yahoo swap group, Art for the Creative Mind.  The theme for this project was Happy in Nature.

I used a fair amount of collage in the background. I drew the blue heron on sandwich paper, cut it out and glued it to the page. After that I painted with acrylics.

The mesh at the bottom is made form the sort of mesh bags that I buy avocados in. The mesh is red but I painted it purple and attached it to acetate paper with staples.

I like this picture. I like the colours and I think they do portray happiness. At least to me.


October 29th, 2015

postcard with raised letter N This postcard, with its raised letter N, was made for an ongoing swap at Art for the Creative Mind swap group.

We have done a postcard every month with a raised alphabet. At the end of the year, the raised alphabets on the postcards will spell CREATIVE MIND.

For this one, I used pictures of little girls supposedly from a vintage catalog.  The pictures are cut from scrapbook paper.

I trimmed with striped scrapbook paper and added a sticker with a raised N.

I stamped the frame for the text, and used alphabet stamps (small ones) to spell out New, Nice, Nifty and Neat.



October 15th, 2015

mixed media collage Lifebook 2015, Week 35, is entitled Create New Possibilities. If you are interested in hearing more about Willowing Arts and Lifebook 2016, here is the link: Click here to view more details

Since I have fallen behind, I ended up doing this collage on Thanksgiving weekend. Therefore, I went with a fall colors theme and the word GRATITUDE.

This is based on a lesson by Andrea Gomoll.

I started by stamping GRATITUDE in black, permanent ink. I stamped smaller, related words around it.

Next, I did some stenciling with modeling paste. Andrea used actual stencils, but I used these circular shapes that are sold in the sewing department of Michaels and other places that sell yarns and needlework items. I don’t know what they are called, but they make excellent stencils.

Next, I chose some fall colors from my aqua crayons and created water colors over the page.

I drew the small circular shapes using a black sharpie. The shape is said to represent gratitude.

On top, I tore a napkin or serviette into a strip and glued it in place. It had an autumn theme, so I thought it worked okay.

I finished by splattering black ink here and thre, and drawing a jagged black border around the edge.

I rather like this piece.



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