Tuesday, December 30, 2008

So far so good...

Day two and so far I am keeping to my goal of a post a day until I share all the art from the past several months. This is another piece I made for Marilena - I forgot to mention last post that we were also to incorporate some fabric into our art if possible. Now those who know me, know that as much as I love fabric, we don't really get along all that well together, paper is more my thing! Anyway I managed to incorporate some fabric and stitching into this piece.

Monday, December 29, 2008

How long has it been???

I can't believe how long it's been since i have posted to my blog. I hope that everyone has had a fabulous Christmas. Hopefully I will be more consistent with my blogging in 2009. I do have plenty of art to share, so will start with this piece I made as part of a group effort for Marilena's Birthday this year. We had a colour theme of soft green, ink and sepia - we were also to incorporate a birdie and heart into the piece. Such a challenge.... :o)

I have set myself a little goal of posting every day until i have shared all the recent art. So stay tuned!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

One to Eight

Well here is my first attempt at a 'face' - without the help of a magazine picture. I have obviously been totally inspired by Kelly Rae Roberts and tried to follow her instructions to a 'T'. I did enjoy creating this and want to play a bit more and see if i can develop my own style. Stay tuned... :o)

I also had a fun time creating these hearts using another technique from Kelly's book - this technique from the book was in-conjunction with Stephanie Lee. My friend Kasha came over to my place and we both got our hands covered in plaster! Will definitely be experimenting with this technique some more as well.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hold still....

Oh dear I am not so good with the 'regularly' posting to my blog. Anyway here is another piece of art that i have recently finished for the beautiful Ruth, for a monthly project. I am trying very hard to stretch myself a little and to that end I have started using white gel pens in my art. I have also used a most gorgeous piece of maybe (?) wallpaper in the top right of this piece. Some of the gals who went to Melbourne with me in May might be able to clarify this as I brought it back from Melbourne after attending the art retreat - and I have no idea who gave it to me.

I also wanted to share this photo I took yesterday. I am calling it the "funky flower" so if anyone out there in blogland knows it's real name I would love to hear from you. For the past few weeks every morning when i have been looking out my kitchen window i have seen these buds forming on my vine (it seems the neighbours vine has grown over the fence to join my vine, as I know I did not plant this). Anyway.... i have been waiting very patiently for the buds to open and reveal to me the flower. So as you can imagine it is a nice surprise having quite a few of these flowers (or are they weeds???) smiling at me each morning when I look out the window.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


.... I have managed to create a piece for Mixed Media Monday. I have been wanting to participate in these challenges for so long and never seem to get some art created in time. So here is my art with the theme "stars". I have created this as a surprise for a friend and it's off in today's mail!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Whisper it.....

Well here is my most recent piece of art to share... I created this piece for Kasha for a monthly project. It was so much fun creating with no guidelines whatsoever... should be more of it! I love to look at the blogs with all the weekly challenges and each week challenge myself to join in... but then i go to my art space, see the huge mess there and promptly walk right back out. So this week my challenge will be to tidy up the art space and then hopefully join one of those art challenges.

BSHS Rowing Project

Well finally a chance to post! Not much time for art lately for myself, but i have been helping Melissa (Natalie's best buddy and my cousins daughter) complete a scrapbook project to give as a gift for her rowing team. As the Captain of the Brisbane State High Girls Rowing she wanted to make the girls something to commemorate their time at State High Rowing. After many visits to the scrapbooking shop we came up with a mini book which features 6 photos and some inspirational words. Here the pages are layed out on my table ready to be bound.
This next photo shows some of the completed books (42 in all). A huge thanks to Marlene who bailed us out by loaning me her binding machine to finish the project after we managed to kill mine!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Kasha's finished artwork

This is the finished piece of artwork that was presented to Kasha for her birthday this year. As you can see it is a collaborative effort - artists include Judy Timmins, Celeste Santin, Marilena Stanton, Margaret Cullen-Erikson, Marlene Lyne-Truman and myself. We had some guidelines on colours to use and the theme was of course birdies. I always find it so amazing how we can all create away from each other and at the end the colours always blend so beautifully. The top of the house was created by myself and Celeste.

More Bird Art :o)

Finally I am able to share my most recently created artwork, these pieces are for my friend Kasha. These two pieces of art form just a small part of a bigger picture which I will also share with you. Just need to do some quick editing on the photos...!
The above piece takes all it's inspiration from the wonderfully talented Nina Bagley - I was incredibly lucky to take a class with Nina recently and we learnt this fabulous technique for making niches. My photography definitely needs work as you may not even be able to tell that this niche is in fact about 1.5cm deep and contains part of a real egg shell.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Art for a Friend

Finally got this piece finished and in yesterday's mail. Had fun making this art, I wanted to incorporate some sewing and try some different colour combinations which I think worked?! I love the effect with sewing but often forget to use the machine.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Natalie's Art Work

Today I wanted to share some Art Work recently done by my daughter Natalie. Nat is currently in Grade 12 and about to make some major decisions about Uni Courses. At the moment she is alternating between doing either an Art History Degree or a Fine Arts Degree. I know she needs to make her own decisions about these things, but oh how I would have loved the opportunity to do an Fine Arts Degree! This work is something totally different for Nat - she normally does most of her work with pen in a journal - inspired mostly by Misty Mawn and Teesha and Tracy Moore.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

CD Covers

I wanted to share this art that I made a few months back for my friend Margaret. A group of us got together and we all made CD Covers for Margaret for her birthday. She collects them for in her Art Room and has a fantastic collection. The theme was of course 'birdies' and colours were blue, sepia and gold. This image was my first play with the 'tree' stencil that i had recently purchased. My daughters both managed to grab it before me and had created some great 'art' with it - so the challenge was on!

In this CD cover i have added some stitching and even some stencilling. I really want to try new things and have to make myself be a bit more adventurous. I continue to love using the cuttlebug embossing folders in my backgrounds... so happy was I the day i discovered this technique.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Recent Artwork

This is a little hanging piece of art that I made for my friend Celeste. I decided to share this with you to kick start my blog.