Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Don't you just love the spontaneity of nature and finding rainbows on the horizon.  A scientist might be able to explain the process of light refractions and dust and moisture, but I like to consider finding a rainbow a little bit of magic in your day.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I believe

"Believe there is a greater power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest." Beatrix Potter
Early morning walks along the beach are a source of constant entertainment and surprise, you never know what you will find.  Love the way the rays of light push past the clouds to announce the dawn of a new day.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Love the theme of reconnecting with nature, with what is real in your life and the special people that make it all worth while.  Happy Easter Spring Equinox or what ever this weekend is on your calendar.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bog Hop With Catherine Scanlon Designs and Art Gone Wild

Catherine Scanlon and friends are hosting a blog hop to celebrate her new line of stamps and stencils from Art Gone Wild.  Click the links at the bottom of this post to see how we have found our own creative style with the stamps and stencils.  Then loop back to Catherine’s blog  because she’s got some fun prizes on offer too.

Two of my favs are the Grid Art Journal Stencil (CSSTL-006) and Cling Stamp Flower Frame 1  (AGC3-2737) flexible designs that can be cute or grungy and the inspiration for  my project. 
Be Positive uses the grid stencil to create a wire fence line with flowers as a water color as in the background but also popping out through the wires as a feature. Be Positive is a little tag I found that sums up an attitude of shining anyway you can, through fence wires or what ever and just being your own best version of you.  
The depth in Catherine’s stamps make them great to use on fabric, on the canvas background and delicate fabric flowers.  Just use a good permanent ink like Stayzon to get a solid strong image.  The background of the canvas is a watercolour wash.  Creating a rustic wire fence is a synch with journal grid stencil, this is a small canvas so the grid will cover most of the background.  Working from the bottom corner, use the stencil as a guide and fill with a metallic pen or paint or embossing powder to add a wire grid across 3/4s of the flower background.
Silk is a beautiful natural fibre for painting on but of course the color will run.  One of the easiest ways to deal with that is to simply cut the flowers out to use as an embellishment.

Crumpling the petals and fluffing them adds a bit of authenticity, as does height.  My sneaky trick for puffy flowers is to tuck a little polyfill behind flower. 
Thanks for stopping by and joining our blog party, click the links to see what the rest of this talented group have created. 
Art From The Heart by Catherine Scanlon Designs
This Art That Makes me Happy byVicki Chrisman
The Mermaid's Closet by MarthaRichardson
Kooky Dulcy by Kathis DeLuca
n*Studio by Nat Kalbach
Live the Dream by JennieAtkinson

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nature's magic

"Every season brings us magic wonder in the light and shade
nature gives us endless bounty
memories that cannot fade."
Iris Hesselden
Sharing one of my memorable nature photos with a funny story.  Riding the commuter train I spotted the potential for a huge colorful sunset, waiting patiently stop after stop, crossing fingers for no delays, finally pulling into the station and running up to the beach front. 
Rounding the last corner I saw the color show was already over  but was surprised to find this heart shape of water draining out on the tide.  Some folks find lots of hearts in nature, not so me, they are rare finds and love to celebrate them as little treasures.   

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Random Hearts