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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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from sketchbook to art journal

When I started using sketchbooks, I used the hardbound covers. I remember a number of my art teachers telling us to always keep a sketchbook and that it was a good habit to get into–and so I did. I brought it everywhere with me and I mean everywhere. I sketched and wrote notes on it.

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

doodle paint on sketchbook cover

I replaced my sketchbook every couple of years however I noticed the binding was beat up by the time I filled it. To make the binding last longer I decided to glue fabric on it.

It was the beginning of something else (circa 1995).

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

glued fabric and painted on sketchbook cover

For several years my sketchbooks were used for drawing and writing. When I traveled I also used it as a travel journal, and eventually started gluing ephemera.

I think I initially saw the term “art journaling” online around 2007. When I realized my sketchbooks are art journals. I fell in love with the name “art journal”–it opened up a whole new direction and gave me license to do anything and everything in my art journals.

So now my art journals are so much more as you can see on these front and back covers.

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on front cover

mixed media on back cover

mixed media on back cover

 

By on November 20, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art, Art Journals, creative journey

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anything is possible

To bring possibilities and choices in your life one must have courage and overcome fear.  Fears are imagined and groundless because nothing has happened yet; when you take the first step and see what unfolds perhaps it is not as terrible as imagined.  This is something I keep in mind when I am afraid to take that first step or even start a painting or a new page in my art journal.  I say to myself be brave and put aside my doubts–take that step; from there I get to explore possibilities in life and in my art.

be brave

By on November 7, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals

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handmade art journals

I am making art journals because I have so much paper!  I have had these paper from printmaking and watercolour painting days.  I’ve collected and moved this stash for about 15+years and I didn’t want to destroy or trash them.  Then I saw all these handmade art journals by way of blogs and YouTube tutorials (Teesha Moore, Donna Downey and  CraftyLoops).   I thought…That’s it! I am going to make upcycled handmade art journals using my inked and paint splattered paper.

This was the beginning of a new project and I love it. It solved my dilemma of what to do with my stash.  Yes they do have artwork on them but they are wonderful paper (paper size is 22″x30″ and are of BFK Rives, Arches, Stonehenge to name a few).  So I have torn these paper to a couple of journal sizes (9″x6″ and 8″x5″).  Each one is covered with a gessoed canvas, and used a pamphlet stitch with a signature of 20 9”x6” pages (40 pages front and back) acid free printmaking and watercolour papers.

Yes the pages are a mixture of blank and painted pages but it is so fun to play.  I have found that blank pages can be intimidating and frightening to mar all that whiteness!  I found that seeing the colours throughout my handmade art journal made it easier for me to fill the pages with mixed-media.  I glue, collage, gesso, paint, doodle, draw and play in my art journal.

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

almost done, button enclosure to be sewn on right hand side of the canvas cover

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all. Transformed art journals.

some of my paper stash, paint splatter and all

transformed paper stash

transformed paper stash

transformed art journals

transformed art journals

By on November 2, 2013 in 30 day challenge Nov. 2013!, Art Journals, creative journey

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