Inner Voices
1Nov/130

Working of three

I use to focus on one painting at a time, and could not even consider creating several pieces at the same time. Now… it’s the contrary. Funny how our creative process evolves with time.

I love changing up the surfaces I am working on, it helps me to keep boredom out of my Studio door.

aedmlogoredThis month, there are so many things I want to do and achieve. I want to finally try getting my book on wheels and work on it, I don’t think I can do NaNoWriMo really but want to give it a try. But I want to create more, as well. I don’t know why EVERYONE chooses the month of November for daily challenges though.
I will try to create, even if it is just sketching, every single day of November. It means going out of my usual routine, and do something also on the weekend.

So… a lot of work ahead. But I will keep it fun. I will paint for my 2014 calendar (woohoo) for example. It’s soooo excited !

I grabbed three sheets of watercolor paper, and started to get my happy on: took some scrapbooking papers, scraps of tissue papers and more, and started glueing them down.

I love playing with our embossing powders at Lindy Stamp Gang, and recently bought the Emboss It dabber at my lcal scrapbook store so I can use more of them with stencils and finding ways to play with them. I could not let the stencil and Starburst Sprays away… as if I needed to tell you ;)

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1Nov/132

Mixed Media ceramic tiles for the LSG November color challenge

I love seeing everymonth how everyone interprets the color theme with have. Our Design Team always amazes me, we are all so different, but it still makes sense eventually, love it ! And you guys, you’re entering the challenge with such great, and diverse as well, projects ! I’m looking forward to it every month.

Remember, you can find our rules here. You can win a $50 dollars gift certificate in the Lindy Stamp Gang store, with all the new sets coming out, that would be neat.
And see what we came up with right there.

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I am often afraid that my creative ideas will run out, and that I will be condamned to do the same things over and over (do you have this creepy feeling too sometimes ?).
I had an idea in mind for this month’s challenge, went to find my supplies and… it did not happen, I have no clue where it went. BUT this is how I found these ceramic tiles I’ve bought at Home Depot a while back, to play with alcohol inks on it. I grabbed them and decided to experiment.

I picked three, because it gives freedom to play, especially that mine were not that big (I am challenged by smaller format now). As every experiment, there is a big part of the results that holds unexpectedness, it works or it doesn’t.

This photo does not make them justice, they were hard to capture on a single picture.

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I wanted three drastically different tiles, to play with all the great products we carry. Remember: this was an experiment. I’ve played with this tiles with only one product before, it was alcohol ink ;) So some of what you’ll see in the video worked, some… not so much.

I hope you’ll enjoy watching my process (remember to turn on the HD !):

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(Look at the gorgeous shimmers. this makes me so happy !). For the first tile, I applied some crackle medium, I used the one from Kroma (it is a local brand but you can now find them pretty easily. If not, please use what you have on hand, the one by Rangers would work as well). This crackle medium can be left to air dry (which I decided to do), or you can activate it with a heating tool.

After 24 hours, the crackles have formed and are so beautiful. I enhanced them with the Midnight Raven Rendez-Vous Starburst Spray. I then sprayed a bit of My Mojito Green and Cana Lily Burnt Orange to add some contrast. I love how the ink went under the cracks, I did not expect it to do that.

I had a sentiment that wanted to go with this tile «Even in the Darkest night, there is always Light». So I grabbed some kraft stars, and colored them with the Starburst Color Shots (most are currently on sale in the vault, so grab them while you can !!). The gripper is very handy. I used: Edelweiss Moss Green, Marigold Yellow Orange, Silent Night Silver and Ghostly Gargoyle White. I wrote my sentiment on Deli paper, hoping it would blend with the tile once glued… which did not happen. But eh, that’s okay !

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For this tile, I wanted to see how the Sprays would react on the bare ceramic. It is a non-porous surface, so I kinda knew the ink would slip over it. I used A Bit O’Bubbly, Cana Lilly Burnt Orange and Amaryllis Burgundy. Using my heat tool helped, I love the marble effect it created.
Once dry, I placed a 6x6" stencil from The Crafter's Workshop (this one is on my top 5), and applied embossing ink all over. Then, I covered it all with the Pumpkin Fiesta embossing powder.
It took FOREVER to heat emboss. Really. We can still see the ink underneath, so it creates a cool effect.
I had a sentiment in mind, so I wrote it with my trusty black Stabilo mark-it-all pencil. You'll see at the end of the video that I changed my mind, as it's watersoluble it was easy to wipe it off with a wet paper and write something else instead.

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And last but not least (this is my favorite tile of the three !), I wanted to see how fun it would become to make the ceramic porous again. For this purpose, I brushed clear gesso all over the surface, pressed some bubble wrap to add some texture, and dried it.
Then I sprayed Grab A Guy Gold as my base color, then a bit of My Mojito Green, and finally some droplets of Amaryllis Burgundy for a great contrast. Doesn’t it look like beautiful leaves, changing colors during Fall ? Love love it !
If you follow me and my {In Motion} videos, you know that I now love the glitters we have over at Lindy Stamp Gang, and one way I use them is to simply mix the glitter with gel medium. This is what I did with the Chartreuse glitters from the Mad Hatter set. I applied the gel through a stencil, all over the tile. It dries clear, so the glitters really pop !
I finally wrote «Believe In Magic» with my white Stabilo pencil. We have to really look for it to see it, which makes me happy (unexpected happiness is always welcome).

Here is the list of the products I have used (click to go on their page):

31Oct/130

Samhain, the perfect day to release

what does not serve you anymore.

Samhain, October 31st, is my favorite celebration of the year. I cook magical food, we light candles outside to help the Spirits find their way, we write our burdens and put them into flame. Of course, we go trick or treating as well (which we did not before coming to Canada, as Halloween is not much celebrated in France).

Samhain, in the Wheel of the Year, is the end of the year; it marks the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter time.
If not too tired, I’ll do myself a reading for the year to come and ask my ancestors for guidance.

Today, I feel the warmth of Hope that seems to always fill me on this specific day. Getting anew. Shedding what does not belong to my life anymore, becoming a bit more who I am each year that passes.

From my family to yours, happy Halloween !

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25Oct/130

Gratitude Friday 10/25/2013, thank you Hope

«Thank You» Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Happy Friday, sweet bean !

I woke up early this morning, long time before my little family. The Witchlets are home, thanks to a day off from school. It’s gloomy but light grey outside. I am still in my pj’s (I have to confess: I miss the time I did not have to dress every single day).

There is so much to be thankful for… Have you thought about it yet ?

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Candles. Especially during a power outage like yesterday evening. The light came back right in time when the girls went to bed after the story.
  • Warmth.
  • The email telling me some of my pages made it in the book I submitted them for. I jumped and bounced all over the place ! I will be published you guys ! :D
  • Music.
  • New ideas.
  • Friends.
  • Unexpected gifts. I feel the love.
  • Magic.
  • Seeing Koala reading all she can.
  • The efforts Grenouille is making everyday. The Being that she is (kind, filled with care and she forgives for no one else).
  • Finishing this special comissioned painting for my collector, I like to call her my Golden Customer.
  • Cooking. Prepping in advance. I am a squirrel and love having reserves of food, it is highly comforting.
  • Inspiring songs.
  • Seeing my friends’ dreams coming true.
  • Seeing my friends the squirrels on a regular basis again (thank you to the big Cedar trees around our home).

My list could grow out of control this week, so I am stopping here ;)

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    24Oct/131

    Currently. In My World.

    Reading «Legion», the first solo book of Kami Garcia. Just finished «Graveminder» by Melissa Marr.

    Watching my favorite now oldies Supernatural, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy of course… and some newbies like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., American Horror Story: Coven (I like Emma Roberts, and well, it’s about witches, I could not let this one go), Sleepy Hollow, Reign.

    Confessing that I watch iCarly on Netflix with my daughters, and actually find it quite funny most of the time.

    Falling in love with Parenthood. I have 5 seasons to catch up with. Thanks Kelly Barton ;)

    Listening to several Pandora Stations, my fav: The Civil Wars station, Eminem station when I need a good kick, P!nk station.

    Simmering my first online class.

    Hoping that we will continue to bond as a strong family

    Planning our Christmas presents. (AND Cheridoo & I will pass the big 1.0 dating anniversary this December. Want to do something fun).

    Embracing who I am.

    Avoiding laundry. yup. And people sometimes, too.

    Cooking and prepping in advance, so I suffer once and for all and limit the meals to just being assembled.

    Feeling overwhelmed. lonely. hopeful.

    Loving the sun on my skin. How obsessive my daughters can be (it has its reverse as well and can be a pain). Emails exchanges with TrueSisters.

    Still Loving how self-portraiture is a tool I turn to.

    Obsessing over my new spirograph set (not that easy actually).

    Pushing off doing the work that I know needs to be done. This fear of failure will have the death of me.

    Learning InDesign thanks to the book suggested by my TrueSister Mindy.

    What’s going on in your world ?

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