Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zentangle Inspired Art - Christmas Tree

This is a zentangle I did in my small sketch journal. I saw a Christmas tree drawn like this on the blog I then tangled inside the tree with my own ideas. I added the hanging decorations and base and then printed Merry Christmas. I shaded with pencil.
How are you doing with your Christmas projects? I still have bookmarks and cards to do. Christmas always sneaks up too fast!
Happy creating! :D

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journal - Nothing Tastes as Good as Thin Feels

This is my new mantra....Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!
For this 2-page spread, I first covered the pages with striped patterned paper. Then I sprayed Adirondack Color Wash through a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I stamped the border with border stamps that I made with left over rubber. I then wrote my mantra title with a black marker pen and did some journaling.
Now let's hope it works!!! :D
Have a healthy and creative day.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journal - Eat Clean

This is the first two page spread in my Healthy Lifestyle Journal.
I did this mixed media collage page using some grocery ads. I first painted and stamped the background and then added patterned paper for the border. I outlined the border with a fine line marker and stamped on it as well. Then I collaged pictures of fruit on one side of the spread and vegetables on the other side. I added the title with a marker.
Here's to happy, healthy eating! :D

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Healthy Lifestyle Journal - Title Page

I bought a composition book to use as a journal for my healthy lifestyle pages. I will use this book for inspiration and encouragement,  information, recipes, workout plans and anything else that helps me live and feel better.
I began by gluing two pages together and did this mixed media title page. I gessoed the page and then used paints and inks and stamps and markers and stickles....and whatever I can't remember.... to create this page.
Stay tuned for more pages to come. If you have some ideas for my book, please let me know! I'd love some input from you.
Here's to healthy living!  :D

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas - Friends in the House

Karen Ellis runs a store called The Art House Studio. It was located in Kitchener, ON but she has now moved it to a bigger space in Cambridge, ON. She asked a few of her customers to create a canvas with a house on it to help decorate her new studio. She gave each of us a 6"x12" canvas. This is the canvas that I created.
I made a photo house using photos from a Mixed Minded workshop that we went to with mixed media artist Donna Downey. I even put our pictures in the flower centers! The top photo is Donna and Karen. The second one down is me and Donna. The third down is Donna and my friend Linda. The bottom photo is Donna being kissed by Karen. All good fun!

 The canvas was first covered in tissue paper with matte gel medium and then painted and stamped and inked and anything else I could think of! *L* The background behind the houses was 3 shades of green patterned paper with inks and paints and stamps on it. I created the big house using corrugated cardboard and some paints and inks. I drew the smaller houses and the sun on light-weight cardstock and coloured them in with markers and cut them out and glued them to the canvas. I drew the tree trunks on cardstock and cut out the upper part of the trees with patterned paper and attached them to the canvas.

This side view shows the dimnension of the corrugated cardboard house.
Below are some detailed views. If you click on any of these pictures, you can see a bigger photo. Check out those happy faces in the flowers!!!  :D I also doodled with a fine line black marker all over the canvas to add interest.


This is my first canvas and I really had fun creating it.
I hope there's always sunshine and smiles in your house!