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my messy studio

my messy studio

my messy studio

I’ve started cleaning up my messy studio because I can’t find stuff and it is a new year after all. It’s a good time to do a clean up and put stuff in the right place.

This is my work table (would you believe I have started tidying up at this point).studio - view 3

studio - view #2

A shelf for stuff.

studio shelf - Jan.2014And another table. I do need a lot of work surfaces—at times I use the floor too.

studio view 4 Jan.2014

My tray of stamps I’ve made. I tend to keep most of my tools out. Sometimes if I don’t see what I’ve got I forget about them.

studio - Jan.2014

Also have some classes starting in a few days (am so happy about that!) and it’s the real reason I am cleaning up!

And from my art journal…

art journal pages

art journal pages

Have a good week.

By on January 13, 2014 in Art

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my Friday

winter sunrise Dec.2/14

winter sunrise Dec.2/14

We’ve had beautiful sunrises in Victoria this week but it’s been very cold at 0°C on average. Usually our weather veers between cloudy and rain or both for most of our winter months, with snow and -0°C for about a week or two.  But this week we have snow! It seems we are getting a taste of old man winter here in our neck of the woods just like the rest of the country, at least one of us (our daughter) is enjoying the snow.

It’s been a very busy week. It started last Sunday with my girlfriend and I on a beginner’s rock climbing course at Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre–it was so much fun and will definitely do again, perhaps my daughter and I can do it together. On Monday we (my husband and I) started painting our Great Room and Kitchen an ivory colour and we are almost done; and I emailed January schedule of art classes. Oh yes, and I art journaled daily.

When I art journal I don’t necessarily finish a page, it’s doing multiple pages of colour and texture, collaging, or just plain journaling. I do this for me because it feels good and makes me happy.

What makes you happy?

winter sunrise

winter sunrise

By on December 6, 2013 in Art, Art Journals, Daily Living

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day 25…

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

example of student floorcloth

Next up is Floorcloth–I thought I would continue with the same theme from the 2 previous blogs.

A number of years ago I had floorcloth classes and my thought was to have a finished product at the end of the day–something colourful and unique to take home. I encouraged each one to bring an image to the class to work on; I recall that  everyone were eager, enthusiastic and had so much fun creating and painting.

I am not changing much for these classes and will follow my previous principles. The size of the floorcloth is 2’x3′ primed canvas ready to draw and paint (all supplies are included). The class usually starts at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

I found these in one of my photo albums from photos I took of some students’ floorcloth at the time.

It was so good and such fun teaching and guiding all these eager souls. It is sooo good for my soul and I am looking forward to doing it again.

By on November 25, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey

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day 23…

Thinking of what to write and it’s not easy at all, so this will be a ramble again. I must say–what came up as I sit here–is banners (can also be referred as prayer flags) and the classes I will be teaching in the new year.

So a couple of days ago I sent out an email inviting friends to choose a class. But first here are the classes and descriptions (please note that these type of classes will be put in my website in the future).

Floorcloth:  You will create a one-of-a-kind floor cloth (28”x32”). It will be sealed, able to withstand a lot of traffic and easy to clean. Bring yourself, a vision or image you want to create plus a good dose of enthusiasm for this one day, 6 hour class! Offering a Saturday or Sunday, $50 covers all expenses and supplies. Bring a packed lunch–coffee and tea provided.

Mixed media techniques in your art journal:  We start with a handmade “upcycled art journal” for you to keep. You will learn 3 or more mixed-media techniques and some cool stuff about art journaling. Come and be inspired in this 3 hour class. Offered in the evening, $25 covers all expenses and supplies.

Banners (aka prayer flags on string):  Do you have spare fabric remnants just waiting for that perfect project–this is it! With this class I will guide you in creating your very own unique banner. This class is free and your commitment is a must. There will be 4 weeknights of 3 hrs each with homework. (Further instructions will be sent when you sign up).

So happy to see the response from everyone. I love to share what I know. Anyway I received a query from someone wanting to know what a prayer flag is. They’re rectangular shape cloths with text or symbols strung together high in the mountains. There are many examples and information on the internet as I am not an expert on this. What I did do is use the concept, and I have seen many different variations on the internet. So I did the same.

About a year and a half ago my girlfriend and I got together and did our very own banners together. We had so much fun making them and the results were fabulous. Then just last winter we got together again with another girlfriend and we each made one. It was a fun project and loved spending the time together.

banner on the beach - celebrating Tiana's Birthday

banner on the beach – celebrating Tiana’s Birthday

detail of one piece

detail of one piece

The banners we made have traveled from my home to theirs and back again and to campsites too. They’ve been used inside our homes and outside. They bring so many memories and colour to every event. They’re a beautiful thing crafted together with beautiful friends.

By on November 23, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, creative journey

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