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This month I was lucky enough to be able to combine both the Unruly PaperArts Reader Art Quest and our March Sponsor's - Rubber Dance Stamps Monthly Color Challenge into one project.

So the question is - Was it luck or Fate?

If you haven't seen the wonderful range of Art Stamps from Rubber Dance you really should pop over and take a look.

Unruly PaperArts Reader Art Quest 

For my ATC I started with a Gelli Print Background, layered on some more iridescent paint, added my various Rubber Dance Stamps from the Collage Elements and ATC Background Stamp Sets.  While the ink was still a little wet on the two images I cut out and layered over the Bingo Background I lightly smudged them to remove some of the definition.  I then stamped my Text which does pose my question using an Alphabet Stamp I won some time back and colored the words luck and fate in using my Big Brush Stamper Pens.  I added a border outline to my text using my Black Posca Paint Pen.

Consider Yourself Vintage: A Birthday Card for Rod

My hubby turns 48 tomorrow, and as usual I left it to the last minute to create a card for him.  Male cards are definitely not my forte.  I decided to combine one of my new Carabelle Studio Stamps with some vintage collage images and create a card with a fun but grungy vintage feel.......

I started by using four shades of Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Pine Needles and Aged Mahogany  to color in a piece of white cardstock for my background. Once dry I stamped with Versamark the Layered Strips Stamp from Carabelle Studio and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.  I then used various torn paper strips and added these over the top before coloring once more with my Distress Inks.  I also added some stamped polka dots (Darkroom Door Texture Stamp) with black archival ink to complete my background.

A piece of text paper, a vintage ticket collage image and a Vintage Gentleman Image were all used for my foreground along with the stamped sentiment (Unity Stamp Co KOTM) which was layered onto black cardstock.  To tone down and give a more aged appearance to the white cardstock of the Gentleman Image and Sentiment I used Antique Linen Distress Stain.

A piece of black cardstock embossed with numbers was used to add further interest to the bottom of this card.

My sentiment Consider Yourself Vintage shows on the outside of the card, while inside I have added and just like a Good Wine you'll only get better with age.

I am entering this card into the following challenges.

Little Bluebird of Happiness

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for joining me here today.  I have been trying to get into the practice of creating, doodling, drawing, painting each day.  I haven't quiet managed everyday but almost.......yesterday I took my mum and dad into the doctor in Lismore so sat in the car with one of my art journals, while I waited with my Inktense Pencils and just doodled.  Upon returning home I took one of my doodle ideas further and turned it into a mixed media painting.  I started by adding some torn paper to the background.

Using a under layer of Watercolor Pencils I drew my design followed by a top layer using my new Art Deco Fluid Acrylics and a water brush.  I then outlined everything with my Black Posca Paint Pen, and a White Posca Paint Pen added some highlights.  To finish I added a little Turquoise and Lemon Dylusions Spray to a few spots and blotted with a paper Towel.

Once finished I scanned it into my PC and added some text (Lyrics from the song 'Blue Bird of Happiness) digitally along with a frame.  For me my Art and being able to create something most days is my Blue Bird.

Supplies List:

  • Prima Bloom Girl Water Colour Paper
  • Stamping Up Watercolor Pencils
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue, Titan Buff, Pymole Red, Viridian Green Hue.
  • Dylusions Spray Inks:  Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise.
I think my Bluebird will be singing a bit over the next 3 - 5 days as we are expecting very heavy rain falls with flooding in some areas, as a Cyclone and another Low wreak havoc on the East Coast of Queensland and Northern NSW.  Needless to say I will be happily creating in my crafty haven as we have decided to cancel our other plans for the weekend.

Loving my new Colors from DecoArt

Good Morning!  Another Day has flown by so quickly..........the past few weeks I have been trying to spend more time creating rather than stuck to the computer and its been working out great.  I have spent a few hours each day in my creative haven playing with paint and color.

I brought some new paints and mixed media products from DecoArt in January at Time to Create, and have been giving their Media Fluid Acrylics a bit of a work out, particularly their colors Cobalt Teal Hue, Titan Buff and Raw Sienna.


Here I have used them along with their Metallic Lustre to create some underwater ATC's for a swap I am participating in.  

The theme of the swap was to use Lace or Stitching.  I bet you guessed I stayed cleared of the stitching so I chose to use a lace edge from a paper doily to add texture to my background and give it a look of coral.  

I glued this down first with some Gel Medium, then painted the entire background with the Cobalt Teal Paint.  Once dry with my finger I added some Titan Buff across the bottom to resemble the sand and a little bit randomly elsewhere on the card, followed by some Raw Sienna.  Once this was dry I added a touch of the Metallic Lustre over where the doily had been added.  I then completed the scene with some Seaweed (Darkroom Door Stamp) in Green Archival Ink and my three underwater elements of the Seahorse, Star Fish and Seashell (Hampton Arts Stamps) which I stamped and then colored with my Inktense Watercolor Pencils.

I love the vibrancy of color on these, now I just have to get them in the mail.

Here's a few more projects created recently using my Media Products from DecoArt.

Here I was using up some excess paint from another project.
I created my background as scanned into the pc to be used for a digital piece.

Here I used a mix of the Media Fluid Acrylics and Metallic Paints
to color my book base.  

Journal 52: Playing Catch Up

At the start of January I started following along with the weekly journal prompts with the wonderful group of creatives at Journal52.  I didn't get far before it all came to a screeching stop so as usual I am playing catch up.

I have a few of my latest pages to share so thought I would start with my latest which was for
Week 3: Conversations.

I actually was sopping up some excess paint from another project so used them with some stencils to create my background on a A4 Piece of Watercolor Paper.  I decided to scan this into my computer and then found this feather and quote which all were pertaining to a recent conversation I had had in regards to Angels and how they say "Angels are near when feathers appear".   It all goes back to having hope and something to believe in, and this quote I think was perfect to all of this and I love it because of it's bird analogy too.

Week 6:  Windows
Over the weekend while watching the 'Box Trolls' movie with the boys I decided to sit with them and play in my Watercolor Pad with my Inktense Pencils.  Thinking about Windows I started to think of Rapunzel and her throwing her hair out the window.

Week 2:  Just Be
I actually did complete a page for this prompt early in January which was me just being in the moment with my thoughts about a family situation and a particular person causing problems around that time. So that page isn't for sharing publicly.  I have found this type of journaling is the best option for me even though I would have loved to have said particular things to this person.  I have found that not allowing myself to be drawn into other peoples dramas and bulls__t and simply journaling my thoughts and feelings allows me to totally release them and move on from the situation in a much more effective way.....  Everything always happens for a reason and the truth always will set us free which is exactly what happened in relation to this particular situation.

So last week being more at peace with all that is going on in the world around me, I simply started to doodle and draw and let my art just flow.  I then found the perfect quote to go with it to.

Just Be Yourself and don't worry about what other people think.  I am learning this is always the best option and is very empowering too!

I am now nearly all caught up so I will be hopefully be back soon with some more.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Tiny Book of Wisdom

Today over at Unruly PaperArts I am sharing how I made my Tiny Book of Wisdom using just one sheet of paper.

This book incorporates some of my favorite colors, product and techniques along with some of my favorite Buddha Quotes.

I do hope you will pop over and take a look.

Escaping to the Beach on a Relaxing Sunday.

This past weekend had a relaxed feel about it, we all took some time for rest and rejuvenation following a whirlwind of a January.  My dad had been rushed into hospital for emergency surgery so it was a bit stressful for a few days mid month with all this taking place unexpectedly.  The following two weekends saw us with some of our regular kids having respite care with us, so it was a hive of activity, going to the movies, board games, bush walks and a little crafting too.

Sunday was all about enjoying the day, from the smell of mowed grass, to the clouds passing overhead and the birds happily bathing.  I was so relaxed it had me dreaming of the beach on one of our favorite holiday destinations Boambee on the Coffs Coast.  We didn't make it there in person but I did escape there with my Pan Pastels for a wee few hours.

A bit of a close up of one part of the beach.

On Boambee Creek you'll find the Boambee Nature Reserve, a very tranquil spot with calm water, lots of sheltered picnic areas, a cafe and great playground, all of which is just perfect for kids and adults alike.  It's just a short stroll around the headland to the surf.

You can take a kayak out on the water or play in the sand, and it was between these two sand dunes in my artwork above that we spent many a hour building sandcastles on our last visit there.

Some More Art for Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Yesterday I gave myself permission to disappear for a few hours into my creative haven and simply create for the joy of it.......with nothing in mind other than I was going to use the soft powdery colors that are known as Pan Pastels.

I not only gave myself permission but my husband told me to go and do it too!  He is wonderful and so very supportive of my creativity.  My post yesterday showed one more abstract piece I created with the higher consciousness of our minds in mind, and my second piece which I am sharing today had a similar theme and color palette.  The colors of our Chakras.

Green is the color of the Heart Chakra and it is when we focus on Love, the giving and receiving of it that we will obtain a true state of 'all is good in the world' and be at peace within ourselves.  I love how the face (Andy Skinner Stencil) draws you in to this piece.

Just after completing this piece we had a big thunderstorm pass overhead, luckily the hail was carried with these storms elsewhere, but there is always something about the sultry colors and the beauty of a freshly drenched landscape that I love.  While glancing out the window I spotted a butterfly, and all of this inspired my piece below.

I have played with a few different stencils and blended lots of color into the background, before further layering of the leaf stencils and colors.  My butterfly is hand drawn.  I have called this one Take Flight. Which is what I plan to be doing in a creative sense over the coming year.

I hope you have found sometime to do the things you love this weekend!  And don't forget there is still time to link up with the Unruly PaperArts Inspire Your Heart with Art Day Event.