Saturday, December 29, 2012



 Full size image of 'Serenity'
Canvas size 12" x 12"

I carried on the theme from the 'Possibilities' canvas
i.e. wire = strength and in this case, pink = serenity

Bottom right hand side
once again typed the word and printed onto 'sticky back canvas' and then inked around edges

View of bottom left hand side

Close up of top left hand side

Close up of textured centre of canvas
You can just see a glimpse of the embroidery hoop I covered in a beautiful pink ribbon

Ingredients of canvas
Deep edged 12x12 canvas; lace and textured background using colored molding paste and stencils; purchased pink lace fabric; more of the old lace from an old wedding dress (as mentioned in Possibilities' canvas); a stick from the garden painted ivory for the chipboard bird to rest on; feather from stash for wing; 'fluffy' lace and velvet flowers from Bella Paperie, Brendale; handmade flowers using various fabrics and lace and topped with resin embellishments; wire, beads and stick pin from my stash

Thursday, December 27, 2012



During the last few months I have been busy working, attending to changes in our family dynamics, and spending as much time in my 'craft room' when any spare time allowed as well as planning for, and enjoying, a significant birthday milestone in September.

Throughout the 2012 journey, I have embarked on numerous projects, learnt an amazing array of new techniques, attended some select classes (in a 'brick and mortar' building) participated in online crafting, mixed media and art tutorials in a variety of mediums and have generally 'grown' as an eclectic artist, for which I feel personally fulfilled.

Am looking forward to my personal, work, and artistic challenges during 2013.

During the 2012 journey, one of the canvas series  I created (a set of 3) is  titled Strength, Serenity and Possibilities'  This was, as it turned out, a very meaningful and insightful exercise for me.  The three canvases took about six months to finalise (whilst jumping from project to project) and fitting everything in with regard to family, lifestyle, employment and art.  I intend to sell them, because for me, the creative process and everything I personally achieved along the way is complete.

So let me start, in no particular order:


This canvas commenced as an online class for something totally different, which I had discarded 'for future use'.  I kept, and altered the background a number of times and then decided to add a 'wreath' which represented the spirit of my being.  Whilst I am not a religious person, this canvas continued to reveal layer by layer, a lot of me.  Very hard to explain, as I do not open up very well to those whom I do not know personally, and well.

Canvas size 14x14"

The canvas was created first using a deep edge canvas, mixed media techniques using gesso, paint, texture, stencils, inks, rubons and quite a lot of other techniques I cannot remember now
I have to admit that when I took this photo of the 'finished piece' that I did not experience the best of lighting unfortunately, so does not show up in 'true form' 

This is the right  hand side of the canvas.  I added some embellishments, including resin flowers to match the colour theme, and added the title Possibilities which I typed using Word and printed on to 'sticky back canvas' which I then inked around the edges before adhering to the canvas..

This is a close up of the bottom of the wreath. 
Note:  The wreath was created using dyed tulle (using Glimmermist sprays), vintage lace, lace from my stash, dyed rayon ribbon purchased on etsy, wedding dress fabric from my stash, pearl cluster from Bella Paperie (the pearls were coloured with a Copic marker), wire and pearls from an old necklace, to name but a few of the embellishments

Close up of the bird
I made the bird using a punch and purchased the wing feathers from a beading store.
The nest was made from some tea-dyed muslin which I molded by placing over the back of a mini muffin tin and adding fabric stiffener.  When dry, added some shredded paper to the 'nest' , then the bird, and attached to the wreath on the canvas.  Also added a little 'bling' for the eye of the bird

Left hand side of the wreath  
I used some old/vintage music sheet paper I found in a second hand store  to create a rose (my favourite flower), made a feather using similar paper (from a tutorial I did not keep a note of, sorry), added some more fresh water pearls to the wire from a broken necklace and used Glimmermist sprays to match my theme.

Top of the wreath
 I forgot to mention that i wrapped the lace, tulle and built layers for my wreath using the inner workings of a couple of different sized  embroidery hoops.  I used 'hot glue' to place a lot of the heavier items onto the canvas.  Added some home-made paper flowers and little ivory resin flowers from my stash.
Note:  Some of the lace I used was from a lace wedding dress I bought on eBay some time ago, which I cut up, and to this day, am still using bits and pieces on projects.

Will post Serenity tomorrow

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Some 'thank you' notes

Every best wish to anyone who may visit my blog prior to midnight 31/12/12. Trusting you and your families enjoy a funfilled, safe and enjoyable Festive Season
No #1
My daughter, for her amazing gift of 'looking outside the square' and encouraging me in her own, very special way - thanks so much hon - you are an inspiration xo
No #2
Deb at Bella Paperie for always being so welcoming and insightful. You have a true perspective of what each customer/client requires and you are always so helpful and delightful at every visit, so thank you x
PS: Love visiting your store - can browse for hours!
No #3
 Tina, a layout designer at Bella Paperie - owned by Debra Buckingham (Brendale, Brisbane, Queensland) for your fabulous and extremely inspiring 'Vintage' style classes - have thoroughly enjoyed them throughtout 2012 (and looking forward to 2013) - you are a wonderful, fun loving  and very special person and a truly inspirational and thoughtful teacher - special thanks to you
No #4
All the journeys I have travelled learning new and varied art and craft techniques with all of my online classes - too many to mention
No #5
My 'besties' who have and have always had faith in my step-by-step journey  into the art world - thank you for being so supportive x
All my wonderful 'crafting buddies' - a very eclectic mix indeed! - looking forward to spending time with you in 2013

warm regards

Monday, December 3, 2012


Hi all

Have been AWOL from my blog of late. Have been very busy with two jobs, then I reduced it to one. 

Took a week off last week to take some time out at Rainbow Beach, Queensland,  with a long-standing friend (which was just wonderful) - highly recommend Rainbow Shores Resort

Whilst have had some completed projects  to post, havent had time to sit and get things organised.  My husband recently retired, so our whole lifestyle has suddenly changed as well.

My latest 'have to learn this and learn it now' passion is beading, mainly bracelets, so have produced a few of those (and some are 'wearable' - hmmmmmmmm is that a word?)

Have a number of online projects to finalise before the end of 2012, so will be concentrating on those during any free time, and early 2013 am embarking on my very first Overseas holiday!!! - have my art journal, pencil/eraser, watercolour paints ready to take with me, so who knows what I will return with - exciting times ahead!

Hope you are all enjoying the lead up to Christmas festivities 2012 and that you and your families have a safe, funfilled and wonderful time during upcoming celebrations.  I have my personal 'wishes', so am hoping and praying at least a couple of them come to fruition prior to 1 January 2013.