Monday, September 26, 2011

My work in a national magazine!

Hi Everyone! I forgot to tell you that I had some artwork published in Reiki News Magazine. My friend Colleen Benelli is a regular contributor to Reiki News Magazine and she decided to write about Reiki crafts. When she asked me if I had something I'd like to share I was excited to do some mixed media. I chose to incorporate the Reiki Ideals into my work. For those of you that aren't familiar with Reiki check out www.reiki.org. The ideals are: Just for today-Do not worry, just for today-be kind to others, just for today-do not be angry, just for today-be filled with gratitude, and just for today-devote yourself to your work. There are five flowers, each one with a reiki ideal written on the stem.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

NW Quilt Expo

I was lucky enough to have my friend Linda visit me for a long weekend from Vancouver, B.C. We had lots of fun shopping at Fabric Depot on Thursday, followed by Quilt Expo on Friday.



 I have to say I had more fun shopping then seeing the quilts at Expo. I always hope for some inspiration but I really didn't get wowed by too much at the show. I did get inspired to make a Tote bag today though. I'm going to use it at Journalfest in October to hold all my art supplies.


There are two big pockets inside as well as several on the outside. It was good to use my machine again. Maybe I will finish some quilts soon....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Lovely Dream

I've started a new on line art journaling class with Suzi Blu. It's every other Thursday. You can watch the video for the class anytime you want. So far we have learned how to make our own journal with watercolor paper. Here is my journal with the cover painted.

So far we are working on a journal spread. It is a work in progress. I haven't worked with watercolors much but I'm enjoying it. The girl on the left is a magazine photo that we photocopied and then outlined with graphite paper. That way you don't have to know how to draw to add faces. I did do the face in the middle though. I took Suzi's portrait class which helped me learn to draw faces

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What I did last night....

Last night, my partner in crime, Natalie and I revamped some of her spiral notebooks that she needs for starting Middle School next week. Here are several of our creations...


I also finished one of my Suzi Blu class projects. Her next class starts soon so I'm trying to get some of these done so I can focus on the new class. This one is on a 4" x 6" canvas. It features my dog and cat (Ernie and Baghera).



This one is from a previous lesson, it's not completely finished but it might not be for a while so here it is. It's called "Gnome Lover". It's also on a small canvas.



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Unbelizable!

I just got back from my vacation to Belize! I brought a pre-prepped art journal to document my trip. I'm in the process of adding photos to it but have done a lot of journaling already. It was great to have along. It helped my get my creativity on! I loved having the supplies I brought with me but missed my paints for sure.

This is the cover of the album. It's mostly magazine scraps with a tag added. I beeswaxed it to seal all the layers together.

Here are some of the journal pages:



I also just wanted to do some art separate from my Belize album. I did a poppy page because I had supplies to create it and I love those poppies:


So that's what I did on my summer vacation!