Wednesday, 24 December 2014

my Christmas wish for you...

Merry Christmas Everyone!

My Christmas wish for you is simple,
and deeply heart-felt:

May you encounter the God who has always loved you 
with a relentless, unconditional and passionate love:
may you encounter Jesus
as you never have before.

I wish you every joy, happiness and peace this Christmas. 

With love,

Supplies used:
  • art journal
  • acrylic paint
  • paper napkins
  • tissue paper
  • washi tape
  • Pitt XS black marker
  • Jelly Roll white maker
  • DecoArt Snow-Tex medium
  • water soluble pencil

Monday, 15 December 2014

Treasures from the Oregon Coast

Memories ... 
our trip to the west coast of the United States
was packed with sweet memories
I have been making a photo book 
in hopes of capturing some of the beautiful times
we shared together.

One of our favourite places was Indian Beach, in Ecola State Park.
The beach was stunning and picturesque, 
and the shifting tide allowed us to spend hours
getting lost exploring tide pools.

Being a homeschool mom, 
I couldn't help but prepare for this much anticipated event,
and I found some tide pool I.D. charts online
{you can see them pinned them here}
I laminated them {to waterproof}
and handed them out before we left home.
The charts came with us to the tides pools,
and were so helpful in identifying the treasures we saw.

From sea stars and anemone to chitons and barnacles,
here are some of our
tide pool treasures...

Here they go, with their tide pool ID sheets, ready to explore! 

Thank you Indian Beach!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

the process

It is very exciting to have my art being exhibited at Oh So Good Cafe.
I thought I'd share a bit of what goes into creating a mixed media piece,
and then blogging about it.

I have hundreds {honestly, thousands I'm sure}
of pictures that I take for blogging 
that never  actually make it onto my blog.
Sometimes, I simply didn't have the time
to get a blog post ready
{it takes a good chunk of time}
and quite frankly,
what seemed like a great idea one day,
just didn't have the same appeal the next day.

A lot of the first steps happen in my thoughts
{I often lay in bed seeing images of what I could create ...
oh! if i could just snapshot those paintings in my brain!}
I do a lot of thinking before I start a piece.

And then I...
I sketch it out, 
play with it,
do background work, 
and layering,
drying time {which I usually rush along with dryer},
paint, paint and more paint!
I often add watercolour or ink
as one of my top layers,
I highlight with a white pen or marker, 
{my favourite pen to date: Uniball Signo},
I create shadows,
splatter paint {on purpose}
and sometimes, 
I doodle at the very end.
I nearly always I take pictures,
{alone, or with help from my man}

And then, sometimes, I blog about it. 

Here is a peak, taken from various paintings:

 {drawing stage of a watercolour}

 {first layer of mixed media, drying paint}

 {collage, more paint, stamping, spraying, dripping, adding wash tape ... I'm almost always on the floor by now}

{another background in process}

{inks for one of the top layers}

{photo shoot}

{Tim, helping me out}

{me, taking some pics}

Stay tuned! I am planning to soon blog about some
useful background-making supplies!