LifeBook 2015

I am one excited lady right now. I won full tuition to LifeBook 2015 from artist/designer Roben-Marie Smith. If you do not know what LifeBook is, follow the link and check it out. I have heard awesome things about this year-long mixed media art class and cannot wait until 1/5/15.

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All the instructors for 2015 held a contest to win a slot in this class. Each did different things – post a comment was usually one, some added tweet about it, or post on Facebook for extra entries. Since I love Roben-Marie, who is part of the fab 5 artists that started The Document Life Project in 2014, it is sweet that I won from her blog. I have also already taken a few classes from Roben-Marie through their Art 5 Academy and I love the way she teaches.

There are many great artists teaching this year Tamara LaPorte, the brainchild behind all this and really fabulous. If you have never taken a class with her please do. I never thought I would be able to do faces, since taking one of her classes I now can do it.

Joanne Sharpe – OMG this lady is awesome!!! Her lettering classes are bar-none the best ever.

Jane Davenport – what can I say, artist extraordinaire.

Jessica Smith, Andrea Gomoll, and Juliette Crane, just to mention a few.

This weekend I took a class with the fabulous Dyan Revealey so stay tuned for that post with lots of pictures.

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Namaste!!!

WOYWW

Okay I am jumping into to “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.” I am so embarrassed to post this but this was after making some Christmas cards and then I went ahead and started making balloons. I am in a watercolour pencil class by Dion Dior. I sketched and colored a set of balloons with my Faber-Castell watercolour. Once I had them made I decided to make one using the Koh-I-Noor for comparison.

Faber-Castell Balloons

Faber-Castell Balloons

The K’s are not as creamy as the FC’s and blending was a little harder. The colours and vibrancy are the same. I had one green – Olive Green Dark – that was really hard to blend and you could see the pencil lines. It could be that the point was really sharp, but not too sure.

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Finally – the thing I have been dreading – sharing my desk

WOYWW

WOYWW

Thankfully this was when I was done. I am one that cannot start working until my space is clean, so yes, all this has to be put away before I can begin again.

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~Namaste!!!

Unity be inspired Challenge

I thought I would try my hand at Unity Stamp’s be inspired challenge.

Blessings Envelope

Blessings Envelope

I was really pleased when I was finished with this envelope. I made the heart and return address rectangle mask myself using my Brother ScanNCut. I used Unity’s Every Breath stamp. Did you notice a difference between the stamp on their site and mine? Go ahead, click the link, check it out. My girl is facing the other way. I wanted her facing the heart/address area of the envelope, I accomplished this by stamping onto deli paper first and very quickly flipping it over onto the envelope. I thought the saying was absolutely perfect for an envelope that might be used for Happy Mail.

I opted for using the colors of the challenge, using most of them on the girl, her lips; dress; dandelion, also the envelope background and the stamped wording.

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Namaste!!!

Happy Mail Envelopes

Day two of blog hop.
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Facebook group so that we can get to know each other better.
Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Facebook. We would love to get to know you better too.

For members signed up:
Here’s are the links to every ones blog, remember in order to have a chance to win the prize package from Cottonwood Arts you must:
1. Be a blog hostess
2. Leave a comment on everyone’s blog

Sandee Setliff
Tiare Smith Woods
Martice Smith II
Tiffany Goff Smith
Anna Turner Ely
Terri Sproul
Sharon D. Estes
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards
Donna Simmons Lueders
Jean Marmo
Tamiko McCurry

One of the things I love to do is make envelopes. I send out Happy Mail for a group I am in once a week and this will be ending in another two weeks. Here are a few that I have done:

Front of first envelope

Front of first envelope

Back of first envelope

Back of first envelope

Friendship purple

Friendship purple

Friendship pink

Friendship pink

Birds of Happiness

Birds of Happiness

Birds of Happiness was real fun to make. I used molding paste on stencils and then painted the white paste with acrylic. Afterwards I tried adding paint to the paste and that works beautifully.

Front of Blessings

Front of Blessings

Back of Blessings

Back of Blessings

Blessings was just done this week. I am in love with it. I think I have really progressed since first starting the last week in January. I used Unity’s stamp Every Breath. Did you notice a difference between the stamp on their site and mine? Go ahead, click the link, check it out. My girl is facing the other way. I wanted her facing the heart/address area of the envelope. I thought the saying was absolutely perfect for an envelope that might be used for Happy Mail.

 

Another thing I love to do is to take part in swaps. All have themes and it is really fun to go beyond my comfort zone and create something for someone else. I have received some really gorgeous handmade items.

Here are a few I am proud of that I made.

Theme Birds

Theme Birds

This was for a swap in the Facebook group Artful Mail Groupies (AMG).

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

For the same group AMG. I tend to do a lot of swaps with this group as they are a great bunch of women and the admins. are really on the ball when it comes to taking care of the swaps and everyone in the group.

On the Wings of Fluttery Things

On the Wings of Fluttery Things

I had so much fun doing this swap for The Enchanted Imaginarium. It was done on mixed media paper, using watercolor for the sky, clouds, path and landscape, adding different stamps and colored in with Faber-Castell Pitt pens. The dragon was made by using a stencil with modeling paste and then painted. The dragon was painted using Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Acrylic paint for the open breast, under the wings and the red eyes and tongue, the rest of it was done with Amsterdam acrylics.

I hope you have enjoyed!

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Namaste!!