Marie loves flowers…

Sunday Postcard Art “Dark Marie”… Well, she was such a ‘girly girl’, wasn’t she? Not looking her best in this wondrous collage image from Ten Two Studios, but nevertheless, she is just adorable! To make her pop a bit from the multi-blah blackground, I gave the image a coat of Golden’s Liquid Polymer Gloss. (It also protects the image!)

Marie loves flowers...

My friend Fi sent me the oversized paperclip and I have included the string for Hels’s Sunday Stampers challenge. The stamps are foam ones that I have mainly for use with paint and gesso.

Got loads to share today too – If you look at my left hand sidebar, you’ll see I have added a new badge – The heart of ART. It links to the  Willowing art group on Ning.com where Tam is offering a FREE 4-week online course for mixed media fans. If you’ve never taken a course or workshop (and let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have the budget for it, do we?), well this is a great opportunity. If you follow that link, there’s a video which explains what it’s all about and that will help you to decide if this could be good for you. I signed up after seeing the badge at Hermine’s blog. 🙂

I’m still trying art journalling, using books I made from the Kelly Kilmer course and I started a new one a couple of days ago – a journal about my Weightwatchers journey! I thought if I write down what my goals are and then journal the journey, it may help keep me on track? Well that’s  the theory – I shall be sharing how that goes on my blog and probably on Facebook too!!!

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

I love the madcap, quirky challenges provided by the Three Muses and have chosen to journal a page about Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I don’t think any other group of comedians in the UK has come close to their very odd, wacky style of humour. You were/are either a fan or not – just like marmite – love it or hate it!

"Hello Mrs Cut-Out!"

I remember my Mum used to try and enjoy it with me, but being of German origin, I think most of it went straight over her head! My favourites were Mrs. CutOut and of course Eric 2-sheds Jackson! I can even still sing The Australian Philosophers’ Song, hmmmm!! I was lucky enough to see the entire cast perform live at an Amnesty International event, back in 1979/80… those were the days!!

“Owls”

That’s this week’s theme at Sunday Postcard Art…

Friendship needs no words...

I’ve been doing a lot of paper collaging in my art journals lately and feeling the need to reconnect with fabric, thread and my sewing machine. Yet, I used a scrapbook paper base on vilene (it had a branch and a birdie on it, which gave me the initial theme idea…), added a blue felt owl, which I padded a little as I was stitching him to the base.

I cut the little bird out, made a small “ruffled” nest for it from a scrap piece of lining fabric, stitched that on and added a recycled fabric leaf. I only sew enough of these to attach them – gives them more dimension! I stuck birdie on with a few glue dots and then couched wool as a border. I feel better now!!

The art journalling is really therapeutic. I am following templates, sticking torn and cut papers down, making shapes, finding focal images and exploring the fun side of it. It’s interesting how much mess you can make with paper and a glue stick!!  Having said that, I disliked the inside cover of my little journal enough to get out the paints and a sponge and play with punchinella. It’s much more grunged now and I’m a lot happier!

I covered about 8 or 9 pages yesterday evening and started thinking about journals I will make where I focus on a colour or a theme; fabric journals; mixed media journals; a black and white journal… fascinating! I am starting to explore my penmanship too, because I am a scrawler – always in a hurry to write things down!

If you want to see any of these pages, check out my Flickr photostream which is where I add them, when I’m not blogging them! This is also where I get my mini cards made from – Moo.com use my Flickr images to create little tiny business cards… so cool! It’s like having a miniature portfolio and when I can afford to, I shall have postcards made aswell, so I can send them to friends!! 🙂

Win an online class…

Julie Prichard and Chris Cozen are teaching an online mixed media class together. So exciting! And you have the chance to win a place for FREE… Go HERE and check out the video these very talented ladies have made.

I have taken 2 classes with Julie Prichard and found them fantastic: I learned a huge amount. Julie was constantly in the group, answering questions, supporting us all the way. The classmates were fab – we encouraged and egged each other on, pooled knowledge and (in some cases), resources, and I have made new friends too!

If you’ve been considering taking an online class, don’t hold back, here’s your opportunity, take it! Carpe diem and all that (Seize the Day!) You couldn’t start with a better teacher and what you learn will last you a lifetime! Yeah! 😉

PS – If you’re wondering why I’m not taking this class, but promoting it, I’ll tell you. Simply put, I can’t afford to take a class right now. If I could, it’d be this one!!

Layers of Colours

The latest lesson in our online painting class invites us to explore layering colours, using inspiration from papers or ephemera of our choice. I received the most beautiful postcard from Crafty Individuals (last year, I think…) and decided to use that for my piece. The colours aren’t ones I would naturally choose to combine, so I am really chuffed (pleased!) with the result.

Here’s my postcard:

sample

And this is my layered colours piece…

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