Sunday, 31 July 2016

Looking for Wonderland

Anyone for tea? Look at the fun and quirky Alice in Wonderland teacup I brought home from a recent trip overseas. I have mentioned on a few blog posts how I love all things Alice! As you can see here, I have a nice little collection going. Isn't the bunny ear clock adorable? It was given to me by a good artist friend Dea in the USA.




The backdrop is a journal page in my first Life Book journal. The quote "You don't have to be Mad to live here but if you are it Helps" was on a small plaque in our house growing up. It always made me smile :)




I thought I would mix old with new and make this pretty Alice pendant necklace, inspired by Tim Burton's new movie 'Alice through the Looking Glass'. If you enjoyed Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland', then you will also love this movie.

Alice is from one of my own illustrations, ephemera completes the look. I tried to capture the blue butterfly's sparkle, which I hand embellished before adding the clear cabochon, but I am not sure if this ornate jewellery setting completely suits it or maybe a plainer one would have be better. What do you think?


   

It's been a little while since I last blogged. In that time, I have spent a couple of months in Ireland for the wedding of our eldest son. It was a perfect day, shared with family and friends, everyone agreed...what a gorgeous couple they make! 




We also took a trip over to France. More about that on upcoming posts. I would love to hear what creative projects have been keeping you busy or what are some of the things or people that have inspired you in your creative journey?

Until next time, Happy Creating!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Lego Super Hero Bunny


I just wanted to hop in and wish everyone a Happy Easter! Meet Super Hero Bunny. I was inspired to do a fun Lego look image, after a recent visit to The Art of the Brick: DC Comics Lego Exhibition in Sydney. If you would like to try out your own images in this style, you can either follow Blue Lightning TV's excellent Photoshop's tutorial, or there are many apps available to do a similar thing!

Be quick! The Art of the Brick: DC Comics Lego Exhibition in Sydney runs until 1st May 2016. Try and visit it if you can, it is Super Cool!! I promise big kids as well as small kids will love it. We were amazed and in awe of all the Super Hero and Super-Villain sculptures set amongst the ten galleries with a good vs. evil theme. There is a promise of a large Batman and Superman sculpture called "Showdown" in the final weeks of the exhibition. It coincides with the Australian launch of Warner Bros. Pictures film Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice.

Here are just a few of the incredible sculptures to see at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.







Have an Egg-stra Yummy Easter Holiday!

Until next time, Happy Creating!



Sunday, 28 February 2016

What's Sew Good about Frida Kahlo?

What's Sew Good about Frida Kahlo? Well...everything if you are a Frida fan! I have mentioned it before on the blog that my sister and I fall into that group.

I spotted this quirky Frida Kahlo fabric at a craft fair and knew immediately just what I was going to do with it. A cosmetic bag and coin purse for my sister's birthday! I was lucky in finding coordinating lining, zippers and tassel.



A free video tutorial and pattern for the cosmetic bag on So Sew Easy helped make it an easier task. The coin purse video I found on Professor Pincushion; I confess I did wing it and made my own template to suit the size I wanted.






We went down to Sydney for my sister's birthday and her reaction when we gave her gifts was priceless. I am happy to say she loved her Frida cosmetic bag and coin purse.

No time to waste, as I am still working on scrapbook pages for our daughter's 21st birthday. In my previous blog post Dream Catcher, I showed some of the page elements I was thinking of doing. I can show you a section of that mixed media page which is turning out really dreamy and pretty. I cannot reveal any more than that as our daughter gets the blog's notifications.


Hopefully, she will enjoy flipping through her album when it is finished.

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Until next time, Happy Creating!








Sunday, 31 January 2016

Dream Catcher

Happy New Year Everyone! How is 2016 treating you so far?

I have been extremely busy sorting through hundreds and hundreds of family photos for our daughter's upcoming 21st scrapbook album. Also painstakingly scanning numerous photo negatives and restoring them in Photoshop phew!!

I want to include a couple of scrapbook pages that have some art elements throughout her album. Here is a sneak peak at some watercolour backgrounds that I have been experimenting with on Yupo paper (synthetic paper). It's like Magic! The watercolours create all these amazing textures and patterns by just simply moving the paper around and if you are not happy with the effect, you can wash off the paint and start again! Be warned it can get messy!





One of the pages will have a dream catcher theme, to which I will add this cut-out and feather stencil, along with a quote, photo and splashes of paint maybe. I had a happy accident with this photo, do you see the prism of light on the bottom right? It is reflected onto the mat by a beautiful crystal pendant my friend made for me a long time ago. I think a definite sign to do a dream catcher page!



The pressure is on to get as many pages completed as possible by March...so I will be very busy for the next few weeks.

Have you any projects that are stretching you at the moment? I would like to hear about them. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Until next time, Happy Creating!




Thursday, 31 December 2015

Silver Fox


Consider yourself extremely lucky if you catch a glimpse of this silver fox, folklore says she takes on human appearance from dusk until dawn and lives on the edge of an enchanted forest. She can be quite mischievous and likes to play hide and seek. You have to have your wits about you as she moves swiftly under the cover of night.


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As another year draws to a rapid close, it is often a time of reflection. For my family and me it has been a year of ups and downs. Recent events around the world have also saddened me to the core. I really think I have gained some silver hairs along the way!

I much prefer to dwell on the happier moments, what can I say, I am a glass half-full type of person. The wonderful news of a new baby nephew born before Christmas was one of the highlights. I am very grateful for the love, support and help of family and friends, far and wide. A simple 'How are you doing?' or 'Are you ok?' Was enough to see me through some of the difficult times.

My wish for you and your family is for a healthy, happy and peaceful 2016! Remember to hold your loved ones a little tighter, tell them you love them often, be grateful for the little things, always be kind to one another and embrace life!

Until next time, Happy Creating!





Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas Party Season

With the Christmas party season around the corner I thought I would share this fun app you can download to your smart device called Motion Portrait. It allows you to create cool and quirky animated effects with photos or illustrations. It's amazing seeing your artwork come to life! I had to play around with a few of my images, this one of the Koala gave me the best effect. You can even make your character talk but that was a little freaky!


video

It also takes screen shots.




I have to admit this app gave lots of giggles and laughs, have you tried it yet?

Until next time, Happy Creating!



Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween - Scaredy Cat


In the last month, I have been cleaning out the cobwebs so to speak. A change of diet has seen me sort and reorganise the food pantry. Some of the recommended dietary drinks and shakes would raise the hair on anyone's head, I can tell you!! Yes lots of concoctions (love that word) were a brewing.

The paint brush and rollers were out again to redecorate and bring a new freshness to one of the rooms and I am happy to say looking very summery. Here in the southern hemisphere we are waving good bye to the spring and welcoming in the summer. Although Halloween and Christmas always play tricks on my brain, thinking it should be a lot colder.

As mentioned in the previous post I went ahead and made a polymer clay piece for Halloween. I thought it would be fun to make scaredy cat on a Halloween pumpkin, from a sketch I did a while back. I had to change the facial expression slightly to show up more on the black.







Scaredy cat on a Halloween pumpkin was painted in acrylics with a little glossy accent on the eyes of the cat. It's rather cute in a kooky sort of way, don't you think?

Have you made or created any Halloween projects? I would love to hear about them.

Until next time, Have a Spooktacular Halloween!



Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Collaboration Time


In the last few weeks, I have been working on a couple of projects with my good friend Michelle. As mentioned in the previous post "Sculptures", one of the projects is a mini sculpture or 'diorama" box and is based on one of my illustrations "Ladybird on Strawberries".

Michelle creates adorable, unique and one of a kind fairy doors, fairy houses and tiny furniture out of polymer clay. Check out her Facebook page Inspired by Fae. Michelle sculpted the ladybird on strawberries, baked it and then handed it over to me for painting.





Once all the painting was finished, I glued the tendrils and the completed piece onto a similar watercolour background as in the original illustration.



I think we managed to get it pretty close to the original! It is cool to see one of my illustrations 'come out of the page' so to speak.




After a great afternoon of creativity, tips and chat, I went home with clay in hand to see what inspiration would come next. It is a long time since I have worked with polymer clay... but I think I can feel a Halloween piece coming on!

I have also just finished illustrating some tags for Michelle's shop. These will accompany the purchased items. 



I made a couple of small changes on the computer. How cute are they?



Now on to my next project! Time always seems to get away from me, or perhaps I have too many projects going on in the background! How about you? Do you have any creative projects you aim to complete before the end of this year?

Until next time, Happy Creating!