Tuesday, February 26, 2013

G is for Gelli Prints

This week at ABO Wednesday, the letter is G.

For me, my new addiction fits so well with G - Gelli plate and gelli prints.

Here is a  step-by-step look at creating some gelli prints.

Here is a 6 x 6 inch gelli plate with the brayer. ( I place it on a sheet of glass to protect it.)

Here I have put some acrylic paint on the plate

and then used the brayer to spread the paint.

Once it is spread I use a stencil, bubble wrap or other tools to make an impression on the painted plate.

Here are some of the things I have used to make impressions.

Then a paper is pressed down onto the plate and pulled up.

A second ghost print can be done as well. This print can be used several times to get a very layered effect..

The prints are always dfferent and you never know what will appear. Here are a few other papers I did tonight.

with bubble wrap

with small doilies

There is so much that can be doine with the finished papers - from journal pages to ATCs to other  artworks.

Here are some ATC backgrounds I made from some papers created last week. These will be used for an ATC background swap.

To learn more about the gelli plate and printmaking - check here at Carolyn Dube's blog for lots of links and this tutorial.

Be sure to check here for more "G" posts - from around the world!

Slice of Life Tuesday

The Tuesday Slice of Life  is hosted by  Stacey and Ruth  (Two Writing Teachers) every Tuesday. I have taken part a few times and am always amazed at the stories and words that are posted from all over the world.

This Friday, March 1, begins the March Challenge - where a slice of life is to be written every day.

 I am hoping to be able to complete this challenge.  November saw the PBIM - and I was successful in producing over 30 picture book ideas - 2 of which I have taken and written scripts for.

Do we choose a theme, focus on a daily event or like the morning papers (a la Julie Cameron) write about what we are thinking and feeling at that moment?
Not only the writing though - the visiting and reading others' slices is part of the process. It will be a commitment for sure.

The SOL community is a very supportive one .
So, yes I will try and take part in this new writing challenge.
Join in as well!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Write it on Your Heart

The new "Color this Quote" challenge at Artists' in Blogland has begun for March.
 love this quote:

"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emereson 

So - I couldn't wait to work with it and create a journal page.

Here is my take on this special quote.

The background was a gelli print, the heart was painted and the butterflies ones I bought.

Be sure to try this fun challenge here.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Weekly Wrap-Up

I have been so enjoying the many challenges that can be found online. They have really inspired me to create. I look forward to each one and am creating almost daily.
Here is a look at what I created this past week:

For the Craft Barn Alpha  Challenge:

For Inspiration Avenue: Which road taken challenge



For ATCsforAll - flower inchies

I also completed some other ATCs but did not scan them. 

Linking to the blog hops at Create With Joy, Creative Every Day, and  Make It Monday.

Looking forward to more challenges this week!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday

Another cloudy morning, with more flurries possibly today.
I am ready for spring and March Break! - so thought I would dip back in the past, to a trip to Mexico for some lovely shadows and sun!

Be sure to check here for wonderful shadows from around the world.

Friday, February 22, 2013

H - at the Craft Barn

The new alpha challenge at The Craft Barn is H, for week 4.

Here  is my entry - H is for house, home, heart..

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ABC Wednesday

This week F is the focus at ABC Wednesday.

Immediately my choice was Frida Kahlo.

From Wikipedia:
"Frida Kahlo de Rivera (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón; July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, who is best known for her self-portraits."

Here is more information about her from an official site.

Be sure to check out how others around the world tackle "F" this week here..

Monday, February 18, 2013

2 Challenges completed!

This week's challenges at Collage Obsession and Inspiration Avenue were so enjoyable  to work on. With this being a holiday in Ontario,  I had extra time to create - and create I did.

Inspiration Avenue

This week's theme is "Which Road?" - based on that wonderful poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost.
As I am at a crossroads myself right now, this theme allowed me to see the choice I have to make visually: To retire or to keep working another year or two. It is a difficult choice , as money plays into the decision, as does my husband's health.
 I included some questions, based on a post by Collage Diva about crosses for Lent.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Weekly Wrap-Up and New Challenge!

Yesterday, while visiting different blogs I discovered a new year-long challenge, through The Craft Barn.
The Alpha/dictionary challenge choose a new letter (not in order) every two weeks.

 Any creation is accepted as long as there is a dictionary definition of the word you are focusing on is included.
There have been 3 letters chosen so far - C, V and E.

As soon as I saw the E I knew the perfect word - extraordinary. I created my piece last night., although I was too late for the entry.
(I used one of my own photos)

Today H is the new letter and this morning I have completed my entry.

I am having trouble with my printer so I can't print out my quotes as I usually do.


I finished another 2 sets this week


Other Challenges:
This past week I took part in  the challenges at Collage Obsession and Inspiration Avenue - both were on the theme of love/ (well -February holidays for I.A.)

Hope everyone has a wonderfully creative week!
In Ontario we have Family Day tomorrow which means a day off from work - time for more creating!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday

Snow gently falling, a cloudy morning - the search for shadows was a challenge. I found reflections in windows and a few dark places.
Chasing shadows is a fu, addictive past-time, one I have not had as much time for in a while. Seeking shadows on a Saturday morning is a cherished routine though.

Be sure to check out the wonderful shadows here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

February's Canvas

One of my yearlong projects is to complete a canvas each month. In January, the 8x10 canvas was on Joy - my word of the year.

This month, with snow and cold, I wanted a bit of colour and spring.
I have been enjoying Dana Barbieri's beautiful daily floral creations and I was inspired by her work to create my own  floral painting.

For a first try, it is more expressive than realistic. I had fun with the process.

I also created some ATCs tonight.

It has been a busy week - see here  and here to see some of my other work.

Linking with:

JRU Studio

Paint Party Friday

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love Collage

This week's theme at |Collage Obsession is "LOVE" - a very appropriate theme for Valentine week.

and at "Inspiration Avenue" - any February holiday.

Here is my collage for the week:

Here are some of my favourite love quotes:

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”  (Bible - 1 Corinthians 13:13  )

“One love, one heart, one destiny.”
Bob Marley

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“One word
Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:
That word is love.”

“The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.”
W. Somerset Maugham

“How do you spell 'love'?" - Piglet
"You don't spell it...you feel it." - Pooh”
A.A. Milne

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ABC Wednesday

This week at ABC Wednesday the letter fo the week is E.

E  is for Expressionism :
As Wikipedia states:

"Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality."

The Scream  by Edvard Munch inspired many Expressionists.

Here is an interesting article on expressionism.

One of my favourite paintings is "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh

Here's an ATC I created in this style"

Flowers ( modeled after Dana Barbieri)

Be sure to visit here for great takes on E.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A to Z of Me Project

Bernice of "Newly Creative" has started a fun project for February - An A to Z of Me"
Each day she provides a new letter with theme,  videos, quotes and an art technique to try. So much is provided for each day.

I just discovered this project late this week so I am already behind. But I am starting with G - for goals. This ties in with my dreamboards.

I have started my album and will work away at it as I am able. I have always wanted to ty a project like this.