Monday, 22 May 2017

Artful Adventures - Sign, Ground & Wildlife

I joined Nathalie Kalbach's 30 day Artful Adventures: Stroll Challenge a bit late, but there's plenty of time to catch up, right?!! The challenge consists of strolling through the neighbourhood and taking photos, based on a daily prompt. Those photographs can then be used as inspiration in creating art. I decided to create a mini art journal, repurposing a set of alphabetical index cards, and here are the first few pages!

I wanted to find something unique for the "prompt" sign, and couldn't find that in my neighbourhood so instead, I used a photo I took in England, in 2009.

Thursday, 18 May 2017


What could be more synonymous with spring than dandelions?!! Did you know that up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva, and chamomile? I think it's fair to say not many people feel this way, today! This spread was inspired by today's #artadventures "ground" prompt ...
While on my walk around the neighbourhood today, I took numerous photos of the ground, including photos of dandelions but sadly, the dandelion photos were not that inspiring to share, so instead I shared this photo on instagram, but clearly, the dandelions were the inspiration for this spread.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Sleep & No Rain, No Flowers

I really enjoyed Ashley's Get Messy tutorial on paper weaving ... so much fun! I also experimented with warm and cold colours after watching EmK's tutorial and added a little texture to the page: rick rack for the stems and thread to outline the photos. I can't believe the Season of Contrast is coming to an end. I wonder what's next?!

Monday, 1 May 2017

We all Bloom & Wither

I don't know if it works like this for all GM seasons, but the current Season of Contrast has had me thinking about "contrast" on both a conscious and unconscious level. I picked up a gardening book this past weekend at a garage sale and immediately started clipping out some images, including this blooming allium. While I wasn't intentionally thinking about how I could use any of the clipped images for this season, the image got me thinking about the cycle of life and it immediately occurred to me, what contrast could be any bigger and obvious than the cycle of life?

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Love/Hate Relationship

Oh my gosh, after quite a few months as a member of the Get Messy community, I'm finally starting to create pages based on prompts!! (yay me!) This week's GM prompt by Julia to create a page about contrasting personality traits, really resonated with me.

While I love the way I feel after working out (not to mention the health benefits I get), I really do not enjoy working out. I don't like to sweat. My husband on the other hand is a natural athlete and runs marathons. I know there are definitely some days when working out feels like a grind for him, but overall, he's never had a problem working out, probably because he's always been fit. I, on the other hand, struggled with exercise induced asthma as a child and was never good at sports (especially anything that required continuous running like soccer). As soon as gym became an elective in school, I dropped it like a hot potato, and so relieved that at last, I wouldn't have to be the last person picked on a team, or feel the embarrassment of failing miserably at any gymnastic or track & field event in front of my peers.

After marrying and starting a family I became more active. The truth is, the older we get, the more important it is to keep moving, and now I view working out as a necessary evil. I've made my peace with it and some days, being all sweaty doesn't bother me as much. Working out is now a regular and consistent part of my lifestyle and there is no doubt about it, I feel so much better for it!

Sunday, 23 April 2017


As we continue to explore "contrast" in the Get Messy community, I created this page after pondering on the thought that I am but 1 of the 7.125 billion people in this world and while I share many similar experiences, I am totally unique (and so are you!). What could be more appropriate symbol of uniqueness than a fingerprint to convey this truth?

Saturday, 22 April 2017


I tried Sasha Zeen's transfer technique again today, and couldn't quite get the result I was looking for, so instead, grabbed a piece of tracing paper and outlined the image, using a Micron pen. After watercolouring the image, I cut it out and adhered it on top of the acrylic layering page I created in GM's Season of Art 101. I love the translucency of the tracing paper and the end result!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Water

Inspired by Misty's GM tutorial on contrasting size and created this spread, focusing on "big" and "small" forms of water. I experimented with a new material (a discarded window screen) to build up some texture on the waterfall and added a bit of distress glitter for the water droplets.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


I created this page using my Brother ScanNCut to draw out the puzzle pattern and then coloured it in with watercolours. I really enjoy creating scrapbook layouts that are unique, and creating my own embellishments. I also like the quote I included at the bottom of the page: "Life is like solving a Sudoku Puzzle, we know what to do to finish it, but we still need to open the gate to the future one by one, with what we know."

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Whirlwind

I enjoyed participating in Amy Maricle's recent GM live webinar held on Good Friday afternoon. I was only able to watch about 30 min of the live webinar and then it was off to church to attend the Good Friday service. On Saturday, I watched the rest of the webinar and also Amy's "make your own stamps" tutorial, creating these fun little triangle stamps.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Mind Blown

Using the transfer technique again, as taught by @sasha_zeen. I don't know why the process feels so satisfying, but it is! I watercolored the image after transferring it to paper. So much fun.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Intuitive Painting

After watching @diekleineriet's intuitive painting tutorial I couldn't wait to give it a whirl. I will confess that I struggle with the idea of painting over a good portion of the "intuitive" part of the painting process ... I really liked how the background turned out and it just seems counter-intuitive to me to paint it over. Once I was done, I looked for something in the painting to prompt an image, and thought the 4 circles at the bottom of the page would lend themselves easily as wheels, so I decided to create this urban landscape. It feels very juvenile to me, but I'm on an artistic journey so I'm just gonna enjoy the ride!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Pattern Play

I played a couple of stencils and acrylic paint, applied 1 colour to each page and then added washi tape overtop each of the stencils and added in silver and black to create some contrast.

Hard Earned Win

It's been awhile since I've done a 12x12 scrapbook page but here it is! This page was inspired by my daughter Rachel who recently completed a 30km run on a cold spring day. She is a full time PhD student, teacher's assistant, mother, wife & board director of a daycare that her youngest daughter attends. I find it amazing that she even finds time to fit running into her already tight schedule! To say she's a go-getter is an understatement!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Season of Contrast - New Print Technique

Today's tutorial @ Get Messy was just so good! Thanks to the incredible Sasha Zeen sharing a new printing technique, I now have added another technique to add to growing list of creative possibilities. Instead of using the technique to draw a figure/face, I decided to try it out on a landscape image. I used waterproof markers which transferred quite nicely to the paper, so that was a bonus. I added a bit of watercolour and outlined some of the images with the markers where necessary and then painted the black "frame" in acrylic paint. I am going to have so much fun exploring how I can use this new technique in my art journal and scrapbooking.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Perception

Finished my second spread for this season, exploring the contrast between a positive and negative mindset.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Season of Contrast - Rainy Days

Hurray, we've just embarked on a new season at Get Messy, the "Season of Contrast", and I have to say: what a great subject! There are just so many ideas to explore. I didn't know where this page would take me when I started it, but was happy with the end result.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Sweet, Sweet Music

Don't you just love it when a page comes together effortlessly?  How this happens is a complete mystery to me, but I hope it happens with increasing frequency.

Getting ready for the Season of Contrast!

I picked up some awesome finds at the thrift store today and couldn't wait to get home and play.
I am going to use the journal in the foreground as my art journal for the upcoming Season of Contrast, so I got to work, covered the outside cover and inside page and created a title page. 

Spring Break Mini Album

This was so much fun to do! I created this mini-album using 1 piece of 12x12 patterned scrapbook paper (thanks to @sasha_zeen's tutorial). I'm mailing this off to my sweet granddaughters so they can re-live the awesome memories we made together during spring break.


Friday, 24 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Let the Creative Spirit Win

While we've thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our daughter and her family, we have not enjoyed the weather in Toronto this week ... it's been C.O.L.D., and to top it all off, a winter storm blew into the city. Today we had a crafting day with the girls, and made collages, and this was mine:

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Travel time!

Packed my travel watercolours along with a small travellers type notebook; we're spending spring break in Toronto. I sketched this scene as we waited on the tarmac for de-icing of our plane and finished it once we were in the air. I don't know how much "art" time I'll get this week; I have a feeling our granddaughters will be keeping us quite busy!!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Flowers make me happy

It's been a very long winter and I'm growing weary of the recurrent sub-zero temperatures we've been experiencing, so what better way to chase away the winter blues than to think about beautiful flowers and how happy they make me feel! This is my first ever magazine collage.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

He Counts the Stars

I enjoyed creating the galaxy watercolour background and then combining it with remnants of celestial fabric. I then added the scripture, printing/writing it out in varying sizes on tissue paper to ensure correct placement on the background.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Season of Art 101 - Expressive Lines

This page was inspired by this week's Getty Messy expressive lines tutorial. I started with a magazine illustration, applied some gesso on the outer edges and once dry, applied some water soluble oil pastels to create the background and used a brown stabilo all pencil and acrylic paint pens on the face and flowers.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Season of Art 101 - Dare to Soar

We had another great tutorial this week, on how to incorporate expressive lines in our work. I did not *exactly* follow the tutorial when creating this page, but incorporated some "lines" by dipping a credit card into some black acrylic paint.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Making Bath Bombs with Daddy

I just love, love, love it when my daughter texts me real time photos of her and her life happening over 2,700 km away. It makes me feel a little more connected, and that's always a good thing.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Season of Art 101 - Acrylics on Book Paper

How do you best learn how to do do something new? I learn best by doing ... show me what to do in a step by step process and I will give it a go! These simple pages come about as a result of Katie's Get Messy acrylic tutorial: playing with acrylic paints on pages ripped out of a book, just like Katie did! :-)

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Art 101 - Layering Acrylics

I really enjoyed this week's Get Messy art tutorial by Pam Garrison on how to layer acrylics. Her step by step process was just what I needed. I'm pretty happy with my first attempt and will definitely be using these techniques again!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Art 101 - Acrylics: Mountain & Moon

This week it's all about acrylics in the Get Messy Community. Last night Andy and I went to "Glow", a light festival and this painting was inspired by one of the images I saw during the show.

Quality Time

My daughter Rachel posted this photo on her timeline, along with a conversation she had with my granddaughter Brynne. When I saw her post, I knew another scrapbook page would soon be in the making, and here it is. Rachel is a full time student pursuing a PhD, and even although she doesn't have much "free time", recognizes the importance of spending quality time with her daughters. I couldn't be more proud of her!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Season of Art 101 - Watercolours & Texture

Still playing with texture, thanks for this week's awesome Get Messy's texture tutorial by Riet. I spread some light molding paste through some bright orange plastic netting from a bag of oranges, to represent the wheat field in the foreground. Once that was dry, I used watercolours to create the background & add colour to the wheat field. Although this page does not do it justice, this is a typical view from the outskirts of Calgary looking west: rolling fields to the foothills and in the distance, the majestic Rocky Mountains.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

December Daily 2016 - Completed!

I don't even know why I procrastinated finishing this album but I finished it up today & it's done, done, done. Hurray!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Art 101 - Texture!

Another textured background, this time created using light molding paste into which I pressed the bottom of a plastic vegetable container.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Art 101 - Creating Textured Background

This page was inspired by a Get Messy tutorial ... I started creating the background with yellow & bronze acrylic, applied with a credit card. I created some texture by partially leaving the credit card flat against the wet paint & lifting it off the page, but after it dried, the texture was too fine so I covered the page with a generous layer of white gesso which I squiggled through using the end of a paint brush, revealing the painted background below. After adding some black splatters, throwing in a few embossed gold splatters, and gluing on the sentiment, the page looked far from completed at which point I added in some more black, clustering cut arrow shapes about the page. To finish the page I added 3 black brads and added some bronze acrylic paint around the edges of the page.