Monday, March 31, 2014

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2014 - ONE)

The theme for March 2014 over at A 'lil Hoohaa this month is ONE. Here are my 5 photos of how I interpreted this month's theme. It was a toughy! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other participants who's links are listed on the following post here. I'll be participating in the April's challenge as well so please come back to visit.
 
And finally....one happy pug!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I Love Colour, Yep, I Really Do.

 
I have been doing a lot of painting in my art journal over the past week. Here's a few more layouts I have done with a little more than just paint this time. I stamped these great Dyan Reaveley images a while back from my friend Jo's awesome set. It was fun colouring them in and adding them to my pages.
Izzy....this one below is for you. Recognize the lyrics? I was inspired by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's idea to use your stencils to doodle with.
I found this fabulous feather image on some tissue paper that was used to wrap an item that Em bought at Aritzia. I saved it knowing I'd use it one of these days and today was the day. I love how it turned out.
Thanks for stopping by to visit. I'm hoping to have a few more days to play before I'm back at work. Hope you're all finding some time to create too!

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Pages in my Art Journal

I spent a wonderful week up at Whistler last week and found some time to paint and play in my art journal. I love how it's getting super chunky and full of texture.
Below are a few pages I created while up in the mountains. Lately I have been so inspired by Dina Wakley, Rae Missigman, Kate Crane and Lorraine Bell. Be sure to check their amazing art out! Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to lately.
I still have a few more days vacation time so I'm back in my studio playing again. Pop by again soon to see some more of my art. I appreciate all your lovely comments!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I Guess I Really do Have a Style...

About 2 weeks ago, I started a page in soft pastel and neutral colours in my art journal. Well, it hasn't come a long very far. It's a nice background but I just can't seem to figure out what to do with it. Since I started it, I have created 3 more spreads, all in bright vibrant colours. Yep, that's me. I guess I really do have a style after all. I've been experimenting a lot with art journalling over the past year and a bit and when I look back, almost all, yep, ALL of my pages are super bright and colourful! So, here's my style....juicy rich bright happy colours. I'll get back to that pretty soft pastel page one of these days, but for now, this is where my heart takes me. Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Lots of layers in this piece. I used my Golden acrylics, Dylusions inks and Tim Holtz Distress Paints. I'm finding a new fun way to use my stencils too, not just for my ink but for tracing with and for my acrylic paints too. Fun, fun, fun!
This layout is mostly done using my Dylusions inks in monochromatic colours. I added a bit of sparkle using my Lumiere paints and some glitter on my butterflies.
More Dylusions here and a bit of acrylic paint along with some of my Derwent Inktense pencils for the circles. I used a cut out from a magazine for a mask to make my figure on the left. I'm a big fan of Dina Wakley and was lucky enough to take a class with her. I get a lot of inspiration from her work and just recently bought her book Art Journal Freedom. Check it out! It's awesome, I highly recommend it. I'm kinda liking the monochromatic theme lately. Can you tell?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Golden Heavy Body Acrylics

I just love the buttery thick texture of Golden's Heavy Body Acrylics. I found a little time this weekend to play in my art journal and created these two pages. Lots of layering in the first one using stencils and baby wipes to create different layers. I'm on the search now for a fun art journal challenge to help me stretch my imagination and try some new things. I'd love to try and create a page or two in my journal each week. Let me know if you know of any good challenges out there. Thanks for stopping by to visit!
I used both Golden Heavy Body Acrylics and Tim Holtz Distress Paints in both of these layouts. I also added a few doodles using my Faber Castel markers and Sharpie white paint pen.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Photo Blogging Challenge - (February 2014 - RED)

I decided to join the Photo Blogging Challenge over at A 'lil Hoohaa this month. I've participated in Project 365 and Project Life several times over the last few years but this year I wanted to take a break and this photo challenge is just up to speed for me. The theme for February 2014 is RED. Here are my 5 photos of RED. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other participants who's links are listed on the following post here. I'll be participating in the March challenge as well so please come back to visit :)
This little fella sits on my bed and snuggles with me at night. Guess you can tell I don't iron my sheets! lol
One of the little cuties we sometimes dogsit.
This little felt heart was given to me by a friend and I wear it on Valentine's Day every year.
Of course we loved the Olympics here in Vancouver in 2010 and really enjoyed watching the 2014 Winter Olypics in Sochi together as a family every chance we could.
Still struggling to get through this book. I really need to make more time to just sit and read. I spend hours on Pinterest and other websites but sitting down with a real book is always a challenge for me for some reason. I MUST pick this one up again and get through it. I heard it's really good too!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Playing with my Derwent Inktense Pencils

Love the richness of these gorgeous pencils! The best thing is they go on like watercolours but dry permanent which is great if you want to add layers. More on that in my next post. For now, here are a couple pages I created over the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

I'm Back and with some Art Journalling!

I painted this today in my Art Journal. I love playing with my Tim Holtz Distress paints. The blend and react so amazingly well with water. I painted the girl separately and added her along with the butterfly, some text, hearts and flowers. It was fun to create!
Last weekend I had a fun play date with my girlfriends. It was a great day and I managed to finish two more spreads in my Art Journal using mostly Dylusions Inks and acrylics.
I'm taking a year off from Project Life this year so I'm hoping to do a lot more creating in my Art Journal and posting more on my blog so I hope you'll come and visit! Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Our Vacation to San Francisco - Summer 2013

We had an amazing trip to San Francisco! I LOVE this city! So much to see and do. Here is a glimpse into our trip. Thanks for stopping by to visit.
So much to see and do. We walked a lot! Emily at the top of Lombard Street, the crookedest street in San Francisco.
 Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco's tallest building.
Amazing architecture in San Francisco!
 Where we stayed for one night at Paul and Daryl's home in Berkley. Gorgeous!
The Marina District, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, Haight Ashbury, Coit Tower, Golden Gate and Palace of Fine Arts.
Union Square and the shopping district.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer Creations - and a few other little things

I was so inspired by Erin Leigh Butson in the Somerset Studio magazine's summer 2013 issue when I saw her darling little houses she created on canvas and decided since we live down near the water a couple canvases in this theme would be perfect for my home. Here's what I came up with. They sit side by side on my wall.
I used the mini pad from Christine Tomlinson's She Art collection to paper piece my houses.

I've also been doodling in my water colour journal and am loving simple little whimsical drawings painted with my Koi water colours. I've been finding adorable little images all over Pinterest and have re-created them in my journal. Some I have added my own little touches too, others I have used parts of the image and some copied directly. All are painted with Koi water colours. Most are from cute little stamp sets. (sorry I can't remember the artists to give credit). I always feel guilty copying an image from someone else, that's why I rarely ever if at all scraplift my scrapbook layouts but, I really want to improve my drawings and doodles so forgive me if anyone thinks its not ok and perhaps instead think that copying is truly the finest form of flattery ;o) Here's to all the amazing artist I get my inspiration from. I love you all!
Inspired from a cute little mug given to me as a Thank You for looking after a friend's dog.
Inspired from an adorable stamp set off Pinterest.
A little doodle from my own collection of these dolls.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Now go create something :o)