Thursday, March 31, 2011

These are addicting...

When I first signed up for Christy Tomlinson's She Art class I really
did not think I would like making the "she" part, for me it was all
about the backgrounds. Well I have to say that I have been having
so much fun making these that I cannot stop! If you are at all
interested in taking the class, it is starting up on 11th April,
go here
for the details.

Since starting the class I have been seeing similar kinds of art work
out there, and in fact last night I was reading the latest edition of
Artists' Cafe by Somerset and found 2 articles in there that were
about making this type of art. It amazes me that when we start
something new we suddenly notice that it is all around us but we
just did not see it before. Life is just full of coincidences,
don't you think?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Grungy Monday #1...

Oh Studio L3 how I have missed you!! it has only been a few weeks
but having a new challenge to look forward to every Monday was
just so much fun.
In case you have no idea what I am talking about you need to head
over to Linda's blog to see what is going on. Linda has decided she
missed us all so much she wanted to start another challenge. Linda
contacted Tim Holtz and we are now doing challenges based on his
techniques and products. Not sure if there is a time limit on this
new challenge but I am happy that we have a new one to work on.

So this challenge is based on the techniques used in one of the
12 Tags of Christmas for 2008. I did do all of the techniques
required but changed some of the embellishments used to what
I thought went with my main part, a fabulous stamp from
Graphic 45 that I had been trying to get for ages. Finally found
it on I am really happy with the way this turned
out and cannot wait to see what everyone else is doing.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Final She Art Girl...

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Well I really had decided not to make another canvas for the
She Art workshop. However I had 2 backgrounds that I had
done during the 2nd week of class and really didn't know what
I would do with them. After all I have already made 3 She Art
canvases and seriously have nowhere to put them in my house.
Also I just loved the background of this and did not want to
cover it up by adding anything on top of it. Well I saw something
on the internet that inspired me to do this and so here is my final
girl, and I really mean final - well for now anyway!!

I am not really a girly girl so that is why I hesitated to take this 
class, I have to tell you though that I really enjoyed it. I have
learned how to make fantastic backgrounds using nothing really
out of the ordinary. I have also learned that I can do girly stuff too.
Christy Tomlinson is just so fun to watch as she creates, I highly
recommend the class. It is being run again in just a couple of
weeks so go here and sign up for it now. I had such a great time
with it that I have signed up for her next class which is going to be
about art journaling, that is also on the link in case you are interested :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Catch up post...

My kids are on Spring Break this week so we went away for about 5
days to California for a mini vacation. Above is the last She Art girl
I finished off before we left. This week is the last week of our class
and I am trying to catch up on all the videos, this class has been so
much fun and just watching Christy create the pieces is amazing.
She is re-running this class in just a few weeks, go here.
We had some really good food whilst we were away, and some
really delicious desserts, evidence above:) 
We went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Sunday, a huge outdoor
flea market that is held every month on the 2nd Sunday of the
month. We went a few years ago and decided it may be fun to go
again. There are new items for sale, old items, vintage clothes,
used clothes, you name it and you will find it there. I was really
hoping to find some fun things to use in my art but did not find
anything this time. I did however see the sign pictured above and
knew that I had to have it!
When I got home I had a small package waiting for me that I
wasn't expecting. A blog friend of mine had very kindly offered
to send me some "To Dye For" which is used in the Melting Pot
with UTEE. I was expecting a bottle but she sent me a whole
package of them, yay! She also sent me a really nice copper
leafing pen, must try that out as I do not have one of those.
However the best thing is the tag, can you see that fabulous
piece of art that she made, just gorgeous. I have been following
Lori's blog for quite a while now and she makes the most
incredible pieces, and lots of them too, go and check out her art.
Thanks so much Lori for all the goodies and for your wonderful
tag, so happy that you made that for me:)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CCC Week 35...

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Well here we are at the end of our journey doing the Compendium
of Curiosities challenge... It has been such a fun thing to join in on
and I would like to thank the lovely Linda for coming up with this
idea and putting so much time into it. I have heard that she has
something else up her sleeve to be announced on Monday, looking
forward to hearing what it is.

This is my entry above, I used the new Ranger Distress stains to
do the background, they are fabulous for covering grunge board,
got to get some more of them. I had several attempts at trying
to use wire on this but was having a hard time so resorted to
my trusty Tiny Attacher. I was actually going to put on my
little strip "I enjoyed the journey" but that would not fit on my
card in one line. Linda, I did truly enjoy this journey with you
and thanks so much for doing it:)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

She Art Workshop...

Just a quick post to show off my first 2 finished "She Art" pieces.
The one in the dress was my first one and although I like it I
much prefer the second one I did. Maybe it is the fact that she is
in pants and not a dress, I am so not a dress person! I would live
in my jeans year round if it wasn't so hot here in the summer.

Anyway I am amazed at what I have produced with these two
pieces. Honestly I was more interested in learning the background
techniques than making the girls when I signed on for this class.
However I have to say that these girls are kind of cute, and there
are tons of them in our class Flickr group.
Christy Tomlinson is really doing a great class, tons of video
instructions, now in High Def and some really up close video
of what she is doing. Also lots of up close pictures given to
us in PDF files, several pictures of each of the projects.
She is going to re-run the class again so if you are interested then
go here to take a look.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Art journal pages etc...

I am so in love with this art journal page I did last week:) I cannot
explain it but it just speaks to me right now. It seems that almost
every time I do a new page in this particular journal it then
becomes my favourite. This one though just makes me smile every
time I see it, I have even thought about having a larger poster
printed from it and placing it somewhere that I can see it every
day. Not sure what the rest of my family will think as I am the only
female, lol!
Here is the first page from the small journal I made at one of
Kelly's classes last month. Usually when I make a new art journal
I never do the first page of my journal in class, in fact in the
journal above it is still blank! I am not sure why, but I think that
I feel the first page has to be great and so I put it off. I decided
this week that I need to get over that and do the first pages of
my journals, 4 out of 5 are now done, just that one left to do
- maybe this week:)
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This week I started an online class that is really a completely
different thing for me, really a little out of my comfort zone. I
started the She Art workshop. It is actually quite fun to learn
new techniques for making backgrounds and background textures
but I am not so sure about making the actual "she" part of this.
These are my first 2 in progress, I am waiting on a couple of
supplies I need before I can continue on with them. I was very
happy with my backgrounds but all the decisions involved in
what to make the girl look like was a long process. I am hoping
to get them done in the next couple of days as the next lesson
will start tomorrow. I am lucky that my good friend Lisa is also
taking this class and we got together on Friday to work on them.
Art is always more fun when you can share it with someone
who understands:)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CCC Week 34...

So here we are at the next to last challenge, so sad that this will be
coming to an end. Although Linda who has been hosting this
challenge did say that there would be a special announcement
next week when the final challenge is posted, ooh could there be another challenge?

Well this challenge was not too technical or difficult but I always
seem to have issues with making small collages. Everything had to
be flat to fit under the fragment so that is kind of limiting. I also
changed my background paper as the original one I chose did not
fit with my travel theme. However, I now think my background is
a little busy, which is not me at all. If you hadn't noticed I am
usually more plain and simple in my style. Still it is done and
now I can move on to other art projects.
Hope everyone has an art filled week :)