Saturday, June 30, 2012

An Owl Appeared

This ATC started with a Zentangle "string".  I patterned the outside first, with one of Joanne Fink's patterns.  Then an owl appeared to me so I added some feathers and facial features and finished it off with some colour.

Artist Trading Card
Micron Pen and Prismacolors

Artist Trading Cards are a perfect size for me.  It is hard to get too intimidated by a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle LOL

Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012


I'm still doodling.  Joanne Fink calls these "Dangles".  They're fun, fast, and satisfy my "clean and graphic" style.

Artist Trading Card
Micron and Gel Pens

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Last Post....

in a series of bird Artist Trading Cards:

Stamped Image by I Brake for Stamps

Monday, June 25, 2012

No. 4 is a Rooster

No. 4 in a series of 6 Artist Trading Cards
Stamped Images by I Brake for Stamps

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Collaged Bird ATC

After my initial attempt, I decided to extend my bird collage into a series.  Here is #2:

Stamped images by I Brake for Stamps

Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Inchies for a Birthday

Inspired by Outside the Box and Simplicity, these inchies are white embossed.

5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Stamps by Hero Arts
Greeting by Biblical Impressions

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rylan is 3!

Birthday Card - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Distress Inks
Hand lettering
"3" stamp from Making Memories

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Birthday

Image and greeting by Stamping Bella
Coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons
Glitter Paper by My Mind's Eye

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Another Calligraphy Experiment

This is another interesting experiment from Peter Halliday's book, Calligraphy Art & Colour.

I mixed gouache with blue watercolour and used a Speedball C-2 nib. Starting in the middle of the page, I added more water each time I turned the journal to write the next line.  Fun, and practice at the same time!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Playing With Watercolors

I'm still playing with doodles, this time in my art journal with watercolors.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Birthday Card for a Dog Lover

This birthday card is for a dog lover who sings with me in our church choir:

Image by Magenta
Greeting by Studio G

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I'm enjoying Randel Plowman's A Collage A Day blog, and it inspired me to make this Artist Trading Card:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Calligraphy Experiment

One of the things I love about the Westcoast Calligraphy Society is their library.  Last month, I took out Calligraphy Art & Colour by Peter Halliday, and it includes experiments and projects to try.  Here's one I did in my journal:

Sanford Calligraphic, Pilot Parallel, and Micron pens

Monday, June 11, 2012


When I was cleaning out my Mom's apartment last year, I came across an old "Touring" card game that we used to play when I was a child.  Great vintage collage fodder, although it took me awhile to get the nerve to cut into the cards.

This will complete my recent series of six vintage collage inchie artist trading cards.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Japanese Children's Book

Mel included a vintage Japanese Children's book in my box of goodies.  It is made of nice stiff card, so it makes great inchies.  The images are so precious they speak for themselves.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


I had enough papers left from the vintage drinks recipe book to make another artist trading card:

Friday, June 8, 2012

So Long, Farewell

My journal is a place to play with different styles, techniques,  and ideas.  This collage was inspired by Teesha Moore.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wedding Card

Image by Beeswax
Coloured with Prismacolor pencil crayons
Paper by BasicGrey

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Exercise in Negative Space

At our Westcoast Calligraphy Society meeting in May, we enjoyed a presentation from Emmanuelle Renard and Oscar Valero.  Emmanuelle and Oscar have been collaborating for the last 4 months at Malaspina Printmakers Society, working with lithography. They have been exploring language, alphabet and mark making.  

Our homework is to try some pieces inspired by their presentation.  One of the things that inspired me was a piece done with negative space.  I tried one using some alphabet masks and spray watercolours:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

An Inchie Card

Tomorrow I am going to a shoebox party at Crafty Lady Too's house - how exciting!  We are each bringing a shoebox containing a card sample and "ingredients" so that each person can make one.  Here is my card:

Inchie Stamps by Inkadinkado