Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy american thanksgiving

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well even though I am Canadian , we are neighbours with
the United States, like cousins.  So happy thanksgiving to you.
I want to not only thank you but all the other people who are
not Americans for continuing to read my blog, I am truly

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Its all in the face....

its a good thing she likes bows so much because not much going for her in the looks department
went to my bookbinding class on Sunday, made a book
don't know if I can make another one, but gonna try tonight
see how it turns out
what have you been up to

Sunday, November 24, 2013

She is a bad..........

awhile ago I made an angel booklet
 I have showed some here on my blog
now here are some more
I mostly used the gelli plate on the
background and tried to let the
design show thru the clothes, and used some
stamps for the words. I found the head in some magazine, and made it a collage
Today I am off to a course to learn the Coptic stich
in bookbinding.  We will see how that comes out.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Thinking of christmas cards.

working on my Christmas card designs, this one is in the
running to be the card, what do you think?
I have not added the text yet, as this is still in the works.
today its all about working on some quick sketches
for other Christmas cards.  I only make a few of these
cards, I am always worried they are not good enough (lol).

Friday, November 22, 2013

Link Friday

this is a picture of my aunt, my mother and my brother, it, I made
a copy of it, and colored it, and distressed it with sandpaper,
I loved the way it turned out, one of my early try's doing art.
Here are some great links from my favorite artist
Alisha Burke

                                             make pattern with an eraser

                                                gelli plate printing

                                              plastic bag printing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

flower power

this is an old piece of art , well really not that old a few months
and I forget who gave me the idea about using shapes,
and this is what came out of it.  I love drawing flowers,
as you can tell, you can do cool things with flowers.
For some reason I thought today was Friday and had
a whole new post ready, well I am saving that one for tomorrow.
I have been working the last two days in a canson mix media
sketchbook, and its crap, it says it takes wet media, and it
doesn't the fibers all come out of the paper.  I got so mad
I shot them off a email.  These books are not cheap
people, and they should do what they say.  The Strathmore
multi media does what it says, I told the people at Canson that.
I have not heard back, stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I think I have a style of drawing and painting, I call it my style.
The girl above is not in my style, I don't want to be a one trick pony
I would love to be able to draw a more interesting face,
a more realistic face, so I practice, I try to practice faces
at least twice a week, to improve on my faces.  But I am
not going to give up my style, because thats who I am as an artist

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

tales from the pool

This is a journal page I made in July of this year.  If you read this blog a lot, or are just starting to  you should know that I swim everyday of the week in the morning at a pool.  While swimming I have lots of time to think.  I think about blog posts, challenges, art, daily troubles, Its my time for just me,
   Now since I go everyday except the weekends, you get to know the
people who also go everyday.  I talk to some, you know hi how are, the weather.  But
some you just imagine, and I have names for all of them.  The newlyweds, they must
80 are more, but so sweet, they hold hands, are so loving, its sweet to watch.  The pervert,
he wears a speedo, and watches or should I say stares at all the women, and in the
speedo lets say its doesn't hide much.  The Europeans (men) who come and
use the hot tub, the sauna, and sit and talk all day in chairs by the pool.  They treat it like a spa.
There are many more, and I am sure that since I have names for them in my mind, they must have names for me.  I can of a few, The single girl (because i dont wear my wedding rings swimming)
the loner, because I don't talk much, and probably a few I don't want to know
I love my pool, windows on all sides, Olympic size, and a gym in the basement, and only 30 dollars a month, cant beat that.  Private places like the ymca are way to expensive.  Today there was only 3 of us in the pool and I was one of the 3.

This is a picture of the pool, it was built in 1967

Monday, November 18, 2013

retro monday

well we survived the weekend weather and all
had a Costco run and of course had to spend some money on un needed items
Costco just does that to people
wrapped all my sisters gifts to mail
worked on an art journal page
and watched some episodes of Elementary that I missed

Sunday, November 17, 2013

doodle sunday

this is what I do when watching TV at night
I make patterns
not just flowers, birds, or anything that strikes my fancy
last night I decided to see how I liked just filling
in the background, I used a watercolor maker for this
I like it, but now I want to see what if looks
like with color.
stay tuned

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Welcome to canada

outside of my front window
you cant tell but its snowing like crazy today
today its all about staying warm
wrapping some Christmas presents that have to go in the mail
a little shopping
some time in front of the fireplace
what's up with you today

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

the beauty of black and white

the beauty of Photoshop , when I originally did this drawing I had it painted, and the background was completely  different but today I was playing around in Photoshop elements, made it black and white and put it on one of my backgrounds I had painted, and you have a whole different look

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

art ideas.....

today it was above zero (bathing suit weather almost)
went to the dentist broke my back tooth eating a soft cookie, was someone trying to tell me something
taking a copic stich bookbinding course next week
had a art date last Friday   Art friend Gail
working on my tag for the circle journal exchange so I can get it finished and sent on
its eat leftovers from the fridge night, I just cleaned the fridge out today
back to swimming tomorrow, knee is much better after resting it
the Dr. says its a bakers cyst, but it goes away by itself
lunch with the neighbour tomorrow
isn't my life exciting, I know how do I contain myself with all this excitement

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bad Hair daze

Just wanted to show you what you can achieve with stencils
I sprayed the background with spray inks
I used  a just a note stencil
the flower stencil
and the girl outline stencil
I used black to outline the flower
and markers to colour the flowers
I used a stamp with text on it for the girl
and my sewing machine to do her hair,
and outline her body
I had a lot of fun with this one 

Saturday, November 09, 2013


another postcard that I made for Ihannas postcard swap
this one was also a spray painted background.  I
like using them, they make the whole drawing quick and easy

Spray painted backgrounds

Another postcard which I created for the postcard exchange
at Ihannas
some were sent to Sweden, Switzerland, Puerto Rico,
this postcard has a spray painted background, and watercolour
paints, and whiteout, whiteout is my favourite tool.
Do you have a favourite art tool you use?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Playing it safe never

I joined Ihannas postcard exchange and this is one
of the postcards that I made for the exchange
I like it, but some might think why would she send that.
sometimes a girl doesn't like to play it safe

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The elf is at work

today I think its suppose to warm up to zero
maybe a no socks day (lol)
lately I have been making tacos with ground chicken excellent
as you can guess that's what on the menu for tonight
am working on making Christmas ornaments
I used to be a great crafter of Christmas stuff
but not so much lately, but I do try to get one project a season done

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Just call me angel of the morning

click on image to enlarge 
remember when I said  was involved in a circle Journal
the theme for this journal was a quote:
We each had to do 2 spreads in the journal
this is one spread
I will share the other one tomorrow
One of the lines of the quote was
What Lies Within Us

Monday, November 04, 2013

Strutting her stuff

An oldie but goodie, background is tape
Costco run today, some money was spent
circle journal was mailed to the USA
Postcard was mailed to my PenPal in Austin
Leftovers for dinner skinny lasagna rolls
Christmas ornaments are being researched

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Snow and a journal page

well tonight we change the clocks and get an extra hour of sleep
its snowing here today and tomorrow
went to a journal page class today and made this
loved the class great teacher
I changed mine up a bit, but a girl has to put her own spin on things

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