I love that my closest friends, who I call kindly my KindredSisters, are creative in a way or another. I love bouncing ideas and being inspired by them.
I am currently taking Mindy Lacefield’s Primitive Portrait class, as you may know already. She inspired this series of paintings. In this class, Mindy insists on the fact that less is more and this was perfect timing for me to explore a new way to do my faces, to go deeper into what they express and what I want them to convey. I am finally comfortable in how I paint them, which is huge for me. Huge.
While talking to another of my dear Kindred, Micki (aka The Secret Hermit), I decided to try to see a new mean of how I organize my focus (gosh, not sure this makes sense, I apologize in advance for this fibro flare-up induced blogpost). I have plenty of ideas regarding what I want to paint, but my attention span is low and so is my excitement about a project. So I will now try to determine a time length I want to dedicate to a specific series, share it, release it to the world as I am doing now, and then let it go to start something else. Beyond the Obvious is my April series, maybe a tad bit longer than that but not more than after the first week of May. It does not mean I won’t do other paintings in that style afterwards.
You know my Nixies all have a story to share, but I want to leave it open to each of you: what does they tell you ? What do you feel when you look at them ? I won’t share the stories I have heard while painting them, just their names.
Plus, you can see that there is no two like the other and it makes me so very happy because they still appeared intuitively and I did not try to fix them.
I will add more along the way but here are the first 8. They are all available in my Etsy shop. Click on each Nixie directly to be redirected to her Etsy page. (note: prints will be made available once the original painting has a new home).
Hey guys !
I know not all of you are on social media and thought I would share some new paintings that I listed in the shop recently (click on the image to be redirected on its Etsy page. Easy Peasy).
I am SO happy to have a new video for you this week. I hope to finally be back on my week video schedule (with some twists and turns here and there).
This painting was actually by our February project over Wild Surrender, my darling Mindy Lacefield’s 6-month long class. Our theme is sailing :) I also was inspired by talks I had recently with young adult books author Heidi R. Kling about Mermaids (anyone out there watched the show H2O and its sequel-ish Mako Mermaids ? yup).
I wanted to keep their faces and features simple, as if the child I was drew them *I thought I should share that fact before you think it actually was from one of my girl*.
One belongs to the Land, one belongs to the Sea, but together they are Magic makers.
If you want a list of the art supplies I used, please just ask and I will create one that I’ll add as I usually do (I did not, for once, to be sure this blogpost will be ready as planned).
Here are some closer shots:
NOTE: this painting is looking for a new home :) You can find it in the shop.
This hop will surely get your creative juices flowing so head on over to all these incredibly talented crafters to check out how they’ve combined the beautiful products from Lindy’s Stamp Gang with Imaginarium Designs fabulous chipboard, it’s a match made in color heaven!
We have a great prize for you too!
We would love for you to show some love to all our crafters and leave them a little message
You will have the opportunity to win a fabulous prize by both ID and Lindy’s Stamp Gang so please let us know that you have done so by coming back to Lindy’s Stamp Gang & ID blog at the end of the hop.
Cards for Project Life
I am doing Project Life again this year and I'm trying a new process. What I love about it is that I can create my own cards to include and not use only the official ones.
I started with two 6x4" Gelli Printed cardstock I made earlier (video to come next week). Then, I splattered with some Starburst Color Shots (Tibetan Poppy Teal, Ramblin' Rose Pink and Sweet Violet Purple Teal). It adds this shimmery plus that makes all the difference.
Then I worked on the chipboard pieces from Imaginarium.
I embossed the Sisters piece with Midnight Sapphire (from the Mad Hatter set) and Cosmic Pink Blue (from the Sweet Treats set). The blue shimmer with the baby pink rose makes both color go perfectly together (in my opinion).
For the butterflies, I cut the border to have it the right size for my card. Then I thinly applied Super Heavy Gesso with a palette knife so it 1)adds a beautiful texture 2)make my color pops even more. Once dry, I sprayed with Yellow Rose Of Texas, Canna Lily Burnt Orange and Edelweiss Moss Green. It is the perfect trio to contrast with the blue of my card.
I glued both with transparent craft glue.
Here is what they look like in my Project Life album once inserted:
I started by applying a thin coat of Super Heavy Gesso on both the sketchbook cover itself, and the window chipboard.
Once dry, I sprayed Edelweiss Moss Green and Cheshire Cat Cherry on the cover, and Baby Blue Eyes Aqua + Tibetan Poppy Teal on the door.
I wrote my mantra with an Embossing Pen and applied Midnight Sapphire embossing powder.
I wanted to keep it simple so did not do more on it.
As for the cards, I glued the chipboard to my cover with transparent craft glue.
Please, check every one of us and our project for this amazing hop:
Amy Voorthuis - http://www.amyvoorthuis.blogspot.ca
Denise Boddey - http://passionscrapping.blogspot.com.au
Evgenia Sokolinskaya - http://eva-inspiration.blogspot.ru
Ingrid Gooyer - http://www.ingridgooyer.blogspot.ca
Kaori Fujimoto - http://scrapgarden-kao.blogspot.ca
Karen Zueger - http://lostcoastscrapper.blogspot.ca
Louise Nelson - http://louise-justloolabelle.blogspot.ca
Sandrine Dawesn http://sandrinedawes10.blogspot.com.au
Maiko Miwa - http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.ca
Natalie May - http://happydaks.blogspot.ca
Julianne McKenna-De Lumen - http://julestheblingprincess.blogspot.ca
Patricia Basson - http://patriciabasson.blogspot.ca
Sarah Routledge - http://sarahs-scrapbook.blogspot.ca
Shell Carman - http://www.anotherscrappyday.blogspot.com.au
Solange Marques - http://solangescrap.blogspot.ca
Cindy - http://cynthialoowho.wordpress.com/
Nolwenn - http://inner-voices.net
Ivett - http://www.ivettcarrillo.blogspot.com
Irina - http://irinagerschuk.blogspot.com/
Lynne - http://www.mymadkow.typepad.com/
Limor - http://chicscrapbookdesigns.blogspot.ca
Lindy’s Stamp Gang - http://lindystampgang.wordpress.com
Hey there !
I invite you to check Lindy Stamp Gang’s blog today as I am sharing the mixed media piece I created especially for the booth we will have at CHA next January.
I hope to see you there :)