Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Grand Final – The World

I figure what better way to send this challenge out than by mail as this particular challenge is about sending a message...a note to the universe so to speak.


I may not have been able to use every single element in all of the challenges even though I tried, but I did complete all 6 challenges and it was a lot of fun. Even learned some things too which is always a bonus in my book!


  • CIRCLE(s) symbol of the globe, and of infinity👍
  • Words for PEACELOVEHARMONY or UNITY in any language👍
  • Wire, sewing, lace, ribbon, something interlaced to 
  • symbolize interconnectedness👍
  • WHITE color of unity and peace in the world👍
  • And as we all are open-minded people your project need to include a HOLE or something OPEN.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Another span of 7 days...whizzing by...

1. & 2.
One day to go and one day of editing the video!!!!!!!!
Shoes are done and we had a great time in the merry old Land of OZ. 

3.
After painting OZ shoes for like ever it was a nice change to do something different and pleasantly pleased that 2 people wanted prints!

4. 
Having cards made from this one

5. and this one

6.
I finished up a design team project which I can't share yet but it involves these kuchi patches...wait till you see what I created. lol

7.
and my last ITAC challenge
linking up this week to
Paint Party Friday

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Challenge 5 - the Americas

I almost let this weeks ITAC challenge go by without an entry. I found a previous background page in my journal that sorta fit the green portion of the challenge  (green is just not a color I use often) and took out a pipette and some India ink and started playing. 

I always try to "let go" when pipette painting, I mean really, it's a must-have mindset when painting this way. Especially when your surface is covered with ColourArtes Silks Acrylic Glazes which you can see adds a lot of glossy shimmer. The ink really slides around and it's pretty much an 
"It is what it is" moment
....lightbulb moment!!!!
I have a Rubbermoon stamp that says just that!
I love it when I am thinking in tune with my stamps!
 Kismet!

Then I thought I really wasn't into adding a currency element until I remembered a coin from Gwen's Going Global Turkmen Jewelry Parts which I thought would be a cool element to hang off the journal.






  • Shades of green👍
  • Something transparent or sharp, like ice
  • A large format feature, XXL size
  • An element suggestive of money and currency👍
  • One or more elements inspired by music and/or Samba👍
  • Decorations made of feathers, metal, leather…

Friday, September 8, 2017

BUSY week

1. African art journal page
ITAC challenge this week was Africa!
 Not my usual style but I do love putting symbols on my page so it's OK.

2. Khadi journal
I really would love and appreciate a comment over on my Journey into Khadi papers as it is my first official post for Gwen Lafleur's Artist Tribe. If you like exotic and cultural embellishments then you really might want to visit her store, jaw dropping goodness there.


3. Design team post for StencilGirl
Check out how I painted the sides of my canvas here!


4. We're off to see the Wizard

Shoes are painted but I'm going to wait for next week to reveal them along with a video of our trip. We leave Sunday for the Land of Oz and should be back home before the remnants of Irma hit the mountains.
Praying for everyone in its path and for the people affected by Harvey.




Linking up my week to
Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rural Folk Art

Hi everyone!
Here is sneak peek at my canvas I made for today's StencilGirl Talk post.
I do hope you pop over and visit and if you do, please leave me a comment so I know you did! And much thanks because it's little things like doing that which make my day!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Journey into Khadi papers

I'm excited to introduce my first project for Gwen Lafluer's Artist Tribe. It is an honor to be one of the ambassadors on her first design team. I would highly recommend checking out the other artist and their projects for some awesome inspiration! They blow me away!

 And be prepared to be blown away over the Khadi Papers 8x8 Sketchbook
These beautiful 8"x8" sketchbooks are made from handmade Indian cotton rag paper. The artist quality pages are perfect for drawing, watercolor, painting, and mixed media.

Here is a link to how Khadi paper is made
and no exaggeration, 
the papers are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

Gwen's Essentials - Khadi Papers 8x8 Sketchbook


I love to collect little bits of nature and add them to projects whenever I can like this little piece of bark that I glued first and then double secured it by sewing it onto the cover with some silk cording. I think it looks perfect next to the Dot Leaf wood stamp that I dipped into some of my ColourArte Shimmering H20 Sea Spray.

WoodblockStamp Design Dot Leaf


And who doesn't love adding some pieces of jewelry parts for added interest and as a plus, they sound like little wind chimes when you move your journal,
oh yeah, big bonus there!!!!!!!
 I've also discovered a new love for hand twisted newspaper cording! I thought it looked great threaded through my giant hand-papered bead. The cording is glued and then sewn onto the journal just like the bark.

Going Global Turkmen Jewelry Parts


I also love that this journal will be showcasing my eco-printed papers. It's a fascinating albeit long process to create them but I love how they turn out. I made a video of the process last year. Now that I have this scrumptious Khadi  journal I am thinking I need to make more papers!


 Pop on over to Gwen Lafeur Studios 
and check out the other yummy things she has in her store!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Challenge 4 - Africa!



After some fun research, I took my inspiration
 from these two pieces that I found on the internet to create my design.


But first, let me show you what I began with. This is  "cast-off" print left over from some stenciling play using the small flower from the Floral Facets stencil collection by Carol Wiebe from StencilGirl. I had misted the stencil with some spray paint and being one not to waste anything I had pressed it onto a gesso'd art journal page. which left a faint design.

It also gave me Some texture in the form of crackling.

I was happy that I was able to keep the crackling, it even shows up slightly through the yellow paint.

And don't be surprised to see me do more beading along the edges of my journal pages like this cause I really love it. Doing it this way gives me an awesome embellishment without adding any bulk to my pages.



Warm, bright colors 👍
Repeated ethnic patterns👍
Charms, pearls, metallic wire…👍
Words or text👍
Textures, cracks, rust effect...👍



Friday, September 1, 2017

this week...

Wow, welcome September...it's going to be a busy month for me too, but that's OK, it keeps me on my toes and active!

1. ITAC challenge this week was Oceania and I really enjoyed putting in some research for this one and then applying what I learned.
 I'll miss these challenges when this is over.
You can read about that here if you like.
Khadi journal

2. practice
I had some extra time to practice some typography by emulating Jennifer Chan's work. I had a print left over from doing an alcohol ink/gel plate pull so I glued that into my  Khadi journal and then wrote over the top.
Khadi journal

3. Leaves
I will be the first one to admit, this is different, even for me. After drawing and water coloring in the leaves I decided to use a patterned stencil over the leaf shape. I kinda like it, looks very graphic and modern?
What do you think?
#Hahnemühle, #Cézanne

4. more leaves
You might be able to tell I love painting leaves, however, this seems to be relegated as a Fall activity. Although Fall doesn't officially begin until Sept. 22nd, we have had a week of cool days that have me yearning for it to be here.
Khadi journal

5. nature
Seems I had an "art break" for a day so I thought I'd pop in this little guy who thought he could sneak into my bag and come home with me the day of the lunar Eclipse!

6. Progressing...slowly...
Back to work on my tennis shoes...need to finish them up by the 10th!
This is the left shoe, it progresses as the story unfolds...
Dorothy singing over the rainbow, followed by the tornado, which lands on the witch, learning she is in the land of Oz, and then with the Good witch giving Dorothy the shoes...
Right foot to follow next week!

Linking up with

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Challenge 3 - Oceania!

Oceanic art or Oceanian art comprises the creative works made by the native peoples of the Pacific Islands and Australia, including areas as far apart as Hawaii and Easter Island. ... In more recent times, the people of Oceania have found a greater appreciation of their region's artistic heritage


Khadi journal

I used The Decorative Medallion Repeating Corner Stencil, designed by Gwen Lafleur to create a medallion in the middle of my page using dots like the Aboriginal art. Then used the Angel Circle stencil designed by Kate Thompson to create an Aboriginal person in the left corner.



I tried to find The Aboriginal written language and discovered this dictionary where I found the phrase written in the top of the circle which is the story that the Aborigine is telling. 
Wangga-gu, balarrin, ge-na nganung, burrhburr-ma nga-ya-nggi, wangga.
translated into
They painted me with white ochre for a corroboree, and I danced.


(corroboree is an Australian Aboriginal dance ceremony that may take the form of a sacred 
ritual or an informal gathering.)

After a lot of research, I used the symbol for meeting place in the center of my journal 
to signify a place to meet and dance.

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Entering my "Meeting Place" art journal page in:

  • Patterns inspired by traditional symbols (Maori tattoos, Dots/dashes of Aboriginal Arts…)👍
  • Think Monochromatic black and white or think colors of the Earth.👍
  • Some sort of organic or natural material(s) (earth, stone, bone, bark, wood, fibres…)
  • Shapes inspired by traditional or indigenous art👍

I really enjoyed all the research into making this, hope you did too.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Re-Capping the week

It has been Avery busy week, glad the weekend is approaching. It's the first time in awhile that I have absolutely nothing planned...I like it! lol

1.  I am totally crushing on my Khadi journal. 
Just love the deckled edges of handmade paper!!!!

 This page was done for the itac-17 challenge 2, Asia.

2. Began a new Vignette Art piece (WIP)


3. New toy

I got a refracting ball (80mm) and took it out to play with. We were up in the mountains for the solar eclipse and got there early to avoid the traffic so we had some time to enjoy the scenery.


and of course there was a lot of moss, these were my favorites

moss sporophytes

British Soldier Lichen


4. TIRED
Tired pretty much sums up the Eclipse experience, I didn't even know I had misspelled eclipse in my video of the day until it was pointed out to me, lol If you do decide to watch it, and it's pretty boring, I know, please give me  'thumbs-up" to make me feel better. lol
And an art journal page which pretty much sums up the day.

5. finished Vignette Art piece
#Hahnemühle #Leonardo paper
which I am entering in Paint Party Friday and in Illustration Friday

I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Om shanti


...Art as a form of meditation!
Not sure I meditate when I create art but I do talk to myself a lot, particularly as I grow older. 😛  Not sure that counts as meditation but it might be as close as I get, and I take "close to" more and more lately.

But this is how I began in my  Khadi journal...

First I began by collaging one of the Irresistible India Collage Cut-Outs on top of some paper that already had paint and stenciled patterns from the Decorative 6-Petal Flower Screen stencil by Gwen Lafleur which has a flower mandala pattern. 

I also continued the stenciling in a similar color paint as the background paper to tie in the collage material.
KHADI 100% cotton rag PAPERS are made in Karnataka, South India
I continued by adding mark making and splattering with white paint, some hand-made washi tape made out of peacock tissue paper and tape and then added some 14K gold leaf paper as an accent.

mark making and gold leaf
A happy accident occurred when a drop of water fell onto the paper showing me a way to bring out the stenciled design more like a relief. I then took some gel medium and washed over the edges in order to highlight the effect.

I then took out my bamboo pen used with India ink to draw (to the best of my ability) the symbol OM (described as the most important mantra for worship
Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone.

...and then followed with a mantra for peace, which we desperately need these days. 

Om shanti shanti shanti



· Motifs inspired by mandalas👍
· Geometric shapes
· Tiles - ceramic, pantiles, glazed tiles, or their designs...
· Asiatic flowers, such as cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, orchids, lotus, Frangipani, lilies, hibiscus etc..
· Calligraphy or handwriting👍
· Fabric, faded or dyed👍
· Powdered pigments