Lots of goodness happening around here lately, especially on the "putting-my art-out-there" front! Exciting and a little intimidating... What about you? Are you sharing your gifts with the world?...
I’m celebrating my new surroundings (home! studio!… and garden!) with a FREE art journaling video session! Come on over and celebrate with me!
What if you could Make Art and Help the Earth all at the same time? Today I’m joining forces with 45+ mixed media artists to make a difference with The Art for Earth Project: together we have created an incredible art bundle that you don’t want to miss!
There is more to art journaling than you might think… When creating dreams on the page with paper and paint leads to dreams coming true “for real”, it’s time to open up to the magic!
Right now, I’m in one of those “in-between” moments, one of those liminal spaces where everything seems to slow down and freeze, holding its breath before the next big leap… which happens tomorrow!
Valentine’s Day used to mean nothing special to me, but what if it became an opportunity to celebrate Love, all love and especially self-love? What if we were brave enough to embrace every part of who we are and show up with our whole, beautiful heart?
It's my second day in my "nest" and ideas are flowing! I thought I'd share a few pictures of what I have started today. On Sunday I'm leaving for 3 weeks of vacation but I'm determined that it won't be 3 more weeks without making any art! So I came up with a project that should be easy to carry around and will allow me to use the many "treasures" I'm sure to collect in the country and at the sea side.
For a long time I've wanted to try my hand at an altered book. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's an artist book made from a regular book, "upcycled" as an art piece! I love books and I love this idea of giving them a new life. I started a Pinterest board about book art, check it out to see some cool examples!
So, what have we got here? A sturdy children's book that my kids are too old for now (they're 6 and 4).
What I like about it is tabbed, both at the top and on the side. Pretty cool!
The first thing I've done is to peel of the printed layers of all the pages. They came off super easily:
Here is the "naked" book:
Then I've coated every page in gesso. The raw paper soaks up the moisture really fast, so I watered it down a bit. This way it was easier to apply. After coating each double page, I gave it a quick blow with the heat gun to speed up the drying.
And here is my brand new blank book, almost dry!
Next I plan on starting some backgrounds so I won't have to start from scratch every time I want to work on a page during the holidays, because I won't have that many supplies at hand. I'll keep you posted as I go!
Hi friends! There has been much going on lately! So here is a visual peek at what I've been doing lately (although I won't be including pics of my stay-at-home-with-sick-daughter days...) and a few announcements!
First announcement: I am so proud and excited to be a contributing artist to this beautiful book, which will be published next October! And it's already available for preorder from Amazon! For those of you still wondering what mixed media really is all about, this should be an excellent place to start!
Below is an affiliate link, which means that if you purchase the book from my blog, I get a little gift certificate to buy more art supplies! Thank you for supporting my creative dream!
My mom came over on Monday so we could try our Gelli Arts printing plates together. What a fun day! It is such a blessing to be able to share our passion. If any of you have creative parents and have never tried creating alongside each other, I really encourage you to try it! It's a great way to (re)connect, share "a-ha" moments and see our parents in a different light. When my mom made her first sheet of marble paper, she screamed in delight and I got a glimpse of the little girl in her... priceless!
I've been working on 2 paintings lately, one of which was pretty much stuck last January but is now starting to unfold:
The other one is a commission for some friends and the theme is travel and old trains. Why you ask? Well, their guest room has this incredible wooden floor made of old train wagon planks, in rich brown and red tones... Look how gorgeous it is:
And here is what the (almost finished) painting has been going through. There was a moment when I thought it was finished, but something was missing, still is actually. Since then I rotated the canvas and erased the black letters, it's coming together... patience...
On Sunday night, out of the blue a new assemblage "had" to come out. Although it might seem all nice and cute with its Little red riding hood pictures and vintage look, that one was hard. It pushed and pulled me until I unearthed some difficult memories and experiences and faced them. It's going to be part of the "winged keys" series, but I'm not yet sure it's going to have a key at all, maybe just a key hole. I don't know, we'll see how it evolves. What I do know is that its title is "Innocent".
So lots of work in progress! The spring break starts this Friday here, and we're going to Brittany. I probably won't have any internet for a week, but please please please leave me lots of comments, I'll read them when I get back!
And second announcement: next month you're in for a treat! I'll be starting a new blog series that will introduce you to some gorgeous art, amazing artists and beautiful stories! It will be called "Once upon a time..."
♥ Thank you each for your continuing support and kindness ♥
♥ Have an inspired week-end and week! ♥