Thursday, January 29, 2015

ABC Wednesday - C

This week at ABC Wednesday, C is the letter of the week.

C is for Cards

Playing cards are just the right size for creating APCs - art playing cards (a typical ATC).They provide a strong backing for collage.

Christmas cards can be cut up and used to create Christmas ornaments.

C is also for cardboard

Cardboard pieces can be used in a number of ways. One of my favourites is to strip off the outer layer, to reveal the ridges in the centre and then use this for printmaking on the gelli plate.

Be sure to check here to see what others found for C.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Today is the day of the week where we share what we're working on and what the state of our work tables are at "Stamping Ground".

I've been working on a set of ATCs for a Pick a Theme swap. I like to use old stamps and if I can, stamps I've carved myself. You'll notice the snowman is one I carved.

(On organization tip - to the left is a small plastic bag that holds Christmas bits - stamps, pictures, old cards. I have bags for butterflies, horses, vintage, etc)

Here are the 4 cards I created:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Weekly Wrap-Up

I have not been creating as much art as I would have liked the past couple of weeks, but I have been writing more.
Here are a few things I have worked on:

Author quote
I am continuing creating author quote posters, for my inspiration as well as to post on my writing blog. Here is a great one from Jane Yolen:

I am working on a PAT (where you create a card with a theme specified by 4 other people. Here are the first 2 (steampunk terrier and fairy)

Here are a three more:

Let's Tangle
I finally got to doing a few more tangles from this fun book:


Using the 4 I have done in one tile:

Sketch This

As well, finally did a couple of pages in this book as well this week. I love collage so this was enjoyable, and relaxing.

(add to a moustache)

(create a quilt from papers from a magazine)

I had to share a couple of photos of the orchid plant my husband got me for my birthday. The plant is doing well as I just admire it!

Have a great creative week ahead!

Linking with:

Creative Every Day

Inspire Me Monday

Express Your Creativity

Paint Party Friday

Art Journal Every Day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


That time of the week where we share what our work tables look like and what we are working on. Julia at "Stamping Ground" hosts this fun challenge.

I worked at our table upstairs last night as I was doing a journal page.

Here is the finished page, a poem based on a quote by Neil Gaiman. Here is a link to the post I wrote about its creation (on my writing blog)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ABC Wednesday

ABC Wednesday is the fun meme that puts the focus on a new letter each week and challenges people to respond to the letter in some way.

This week, the letter is B.

B is for books

old books that have been discarded.

But these books have been altered, and been given a new life. The pages have been painted or collaged, some have been torn out to use in other ways,

The result - art.

I have several of these altered books on the go. Usually I paint the pages but sometimes, I collage other papers on them - especially gelli papers. Then they will become a canvas for art.

Be sure to check here for how others approach B this week.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sky Watch Friday

There's been such variety in the clouds this week. Here are a few examples:

Be sure to visit here to see wonderful skies from around the world.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WOYWW and Journal 52

Today I was working on a journal spread for this week's Journal 52 and Inspiration Avenue.

It is also time to share WOYWW at "Stamping Ground".

The first is the background page - in my art room where I paint.

When I collage, I work at the upstairs dining room table.

For Journal 52, last week's theme was "Pathways". (I am creating an altered book for Journal 52, with quotes I've come across).

Three quotes spoke to me on the theme::

Also Linking with  Inspiration Avenue- theme "Using Words to Inspire Your Art"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ABC Wednesday - A

ABC Wednesday is starting Round 16 this week! Congratulations - over seven years of this interesting challenge. Join in the fun - check here for the rules, and how others have interpreted the challenge of A..

I wanted to do another creative project for this round, so decided that since one of my goals this year is to use up many of my art and craft supplies, I would choose a supply and then create something from it.

A is for Ads.
Each week we are bombarded by ads. I gathered a few.

Then I cut and pasted in my journal, and created an ad collage.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Weekly Wrap-Up

Time again to share some of the art I have worked on in the past week.

Journal 52
I plan to take part this challenge throughout the year. This past week's theme was "Just be"
As my word of the year (OLW), I created this journal page as well as adding some quotes.

Let's Tangle
I have started to work through Kathleen Murray's interesting book "Let's Tangle". There are step-by-step instructions for creating over 100 zentangles. I aim to do a few a week.
Here are a couple I had fun with:


Crescent Moon:

Sketch This

I have also started sketching on random pages in "Sketch This" and it is fun and relaxing to do. Here are the latest ones I've done.

I've taken some photos of skies lately - some of the cloud formations are lovely.

Linking With

Paint Party Friday

Art Journal Every Day

Express Your Creativity

Journal 52

Creative Every Day

Inspire Me Monday

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny, cold day. While shoveling snow,I saw so many shadows, so once done, I got my camera and took a few photos.

Be sure to check here to see shadows from around the world.