Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season!
And if you do not celebrate Christmas, I hope you enjoy the spirit and festivities of it anyway.

I love Christmas. To me it means family gatherings, good food, lots of cookies and good will towards others - more so than the rest of the year. I love how people around me are generally friendlier and happier.

Of course it also means presents, especially to my kids. And although we try to teach them the true meaning of christmas, we also shower them with toys. This christmas, my hubby showered with me toys, too. Lucky me! I got a beautiful mini ipad :)

It was an early present so I could prep it for our big trip. And while most of the apps are really for my kids, I must say it gave me the great gift of relaxation on our long trip to Australia! My kids read books, watched movies, painted great works of art, and of course, played games on this little wondrous thing :)

This is not to say that I didn't get to play with it. While my daughter decided to read a real book and my son took a little power nap, I doodled and painted a little.

Okay I still have got a lot to learn, but I must say, I love how much potential for creativity there is with an ipad. Thank you hubby!

Monday, December 10, 2012

*love* brushes app

Today, while my hubby was on a conference call,
I took the opportunity to experiment with his ipad :)

I gave the brushes app a try on it.
What was supposed to be a 20 minute experiment,
turned into a 2 hour play.

I followed the same painting principles
used in most mixed media processes.
1. Create a background
2. Add a subject (a girl, in this case)
3. Layer, layer, layer
4. Add details
5. Repeat step 4 and 5 as necessary :)

So I came up with this.

I think I'll be -layer, layer, layer-ing a bit more later.
But for now,
I have to say,
I love it.

Pros of the Brushes app:
- the way the brushes "feel"
- the layering capabilities
(unfortunately you have to shell out $2.99 for this,
but I'm a photoshop person,
I need to be able to come back to various layers,
so it was worth it for me :)
- the capability to import other pictures

I played with incorporating my daughter's photo
into the painting.

It's not the greatest photo of her.
But in this photo she stood just the right way
for my girl in the painting :)

Anyhow, this lead me into 
wanting to create a calendar.

I thought of using this as the ipad's backdrop,
but of course our ipad's screen is filled with apps 
and the calendar is useless.
(I don't use the ipad enough! haha!)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Painting with an iphone

It's funny how I use the iphone for everything 
but the phone functionality. 
I love taking photos using instagram 
and editing regular photos with photo toaster 
and reading news and blogs on flipboard.

Recently I have discovered sketching apps. 
I must say I prefer the ipad for drawing, 
because I believe real estate is important 
when trying to be creative. 
However, between my hubby and my son and my daughter, 
I often don't even bother trying to get my hands on it.

So yesterday I gave the brushes app a try on my iphone. 

I love how after experimenting with various brushes
and brush settings,
the brush strokes seem to mimic
the feel of pastels and paints.

Nothing beats real art supplies.
But if you are caught waiting for something
without a project or book in hand,
you've got to love the iphone! :)

I now yearn for a stylus. 
Good thing Christmas is coming soon ;)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Still doodling

I'd really like to paint.
But I had to clean up all my painting supplies 
so we could have people over.
Plus there was pumpkin patch season 
and Halloween 
and All Saints day to contend with.
So I simply doodled in the few free moments in between.

I have a feeling these doodles will move over to my paintings ...
When I have the time :)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Doodle + story time

Yesterday we hung out at a coffee shop for an hour. 
My 7-year old read an Enid Blyton book to me, 
while I doodled her name. 

Some moments are just perfect like that :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

doodle. doodle. doodle.

... recently that seems to be all my heart wants to do.

In my new art journal.

In my old art journal.

In my daily photo journal.

In my sketchbook,
which travels with me everywhere in my handbag.
(This one is still in progress.)

I'm thinking some of the designs 
could be turned into stitching patterns.
It would make a great Christmas present.
However, I think I only know one person
who would delight in that.
me ;)

Monday, October 22, 2012

A new stitching project

I have started a new stitching project.
It's a very pretty design by Pam Garrison.

Initially this was meant to be a project
while waiting for my kids' swimming and piano classes.
But it's proven to be quite addictive.
I have been hanging out at coffee shops
in the mornings and stitching away :)

Here's a little sneak peak
of where I'm at now.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Permission to Play

Just recently got back from Solvang.

It was awesome!
I had been there a couple of times before.
As a tourist.
You know, trying to walk all of the streets, 
see all the sights and visit all the shops.
This time around I was in class in a basement most of the time,
walking only to get lunch,
or meet my family for dinner.
The pace was much slower.
I saw less, but enjoyed each and every sight so much.

I came here to attend Jennifer Mercede's and Pam Garrison's class:
Permission to Play

It was held at the Art Clinic,
which is run by the funnest and loveliest 2 ladies in town.

What can I say?
I highly recommend it!
(The class and the art clinic!)

This class had a wonderful energy
from the teachers and the fellow students
that I can't quite explain.
But, let's just say, that to me
this energy was very special
and, even now, is still with me.
It makes painting,
or even just creating in general,
a bit of a different, more enlightened experience now.

So what did I do in this class?
We started on creating our own journal.

Here is my cover.
(I still need to bind the pages to it.)

What I learned from Pam is
that journal pages don't always have to be so neat and purposeful.
Or just be of one thread.
It's organic.
Whatever you feel in the moment.

Here is an experimental page of 
trying various colors,
mixing colors,
and stenciling.
The postcard is a present
we received from Pam.
It serendipitiously matches my left page :)
Oh, and I ought to mention that
this page will forever be special to me,
because Jennifer Mercede doodled on it, too!

We practiced creating various type fonts.
Mine looked a bit plain,
so I colored them in.

Here is a bit more doodling and stenciling.
Love that chevron stencil
I borrowed from Pam!

Last but not least,
here is a page filled with 
Carol Kemp's inspiring hand carved stamps.
(She is one of the ladies running the Art Clinic)

We also painted a lot.
What I learned from Jennifer is
not to be attached to the painting too early.
It's a lesson I received through Flora Bowley's e-course, too.
I thought I learned it.
But I guess, when I'm taking an e-course
I like to sort of modify it to my liking.
When Flora said:
"Keep on layering.
Don't be attached to a certain area in your painting."
I thought:
Uhm, okay. 
But let me just keep this little doodle,
and that little shape,
and ...  (well, you get the idea).

In this live class,
when Jennifer said:
"Cover 85% of your painting."
She means it.
When I thought I was doing it,
she handed me a bigger brush
and house paint.
I mean, seriously?
Yes, seriously.
I did it.

Here is my big painting - before the big cover-up.
Photographed by a fellow student. Thank you Bambi!
I was so in the process, I didn't think of taking before and after photos.

Here is my painting - after covering it "85%".
(Still in progress.)

This lesson was very interesting.
Before I covered it up,
I liked many different areas of my painting,
but I wasn't sure how to unify all those lovely areas.
Once I covered it up a bit a lot of it,
suddenly there it was.
My whole painting started moving in one direction.
But, amazing!

I have about 10 unfinished paintings.
I think I'm going to paint over them all :)

Thank you Pam and Jennifer and the Art Clinic!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


For my daughter's class social, 
I created a little photo booth for the kids.
There was a time when Jasmine hated being photographed,
but these days she wants to model everything,
including all the props.

But I won't bore you, here are a few select shots :)

Alex still hates his photos done,
but I managed to persuade him for one photo :)

I should have ironed the backdrop, ey?
Oh well.

Oh I should also mention most of the props 
were printed out/traced from the following websites:

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Lately most of my creative energy has been geared towards 
creating a photo booth for my daughter's class party.
I volunteered to bring a back drop, decoration and props.

Here's a little sneak peek of the decorations:

I hung them over the playroom doors to see if they look good.
I'm loving it.
I hope they survive the craziness of 20 kids,
so I can bring them back home and give them a permanent home
over these doors :)

More photos later when Jasmine has time to pose with the props.

I have journalled a little;
mainly to keep up with my daily journal.

Oh and earlier this week, I took out all of my stamps (who knew I had so many)
and started making wrapping paper.
It's a very meditative activity, I must say.
And a great use for stamps!

That's all for now :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Life art class!

Okay, so for weeks I have been mulling over
which e-course to take.
I wanted to learn something new.
I wanted to be inspired by new techniques.
But I just couldn't decide on one.

And then this art class came my way

Yeah, it's not an e-course.
It will take a long drive
and a bit more investment for the hotel stay and such.
Not something I planned on.

But I have been admiring 
Pam Garrison and Jennifer Mercede
for years. 
I just LOVE their paintings and doodles.

For some reason,
it didn't take much effort to decide on it.
I just decided to go for it.
Maybe this one is meant to be.

Last year I had such a great time at Spark 3.
It was amazing to meet so many like-minded people
and incredible to actually "create" with them.

I can't wait to go to this art class!

I will get to the e-courses, too.
Hopefully sooner than later :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A new journal

Okay, so it's not that I have nothing better to do,
or that I don't have too many journals to fill right now.

But it was my birthday recently,
and it occured to me that
l i f e
is passing me by
way to fast.

This particular journal will be one
that I will have to create a page for every day.
I hope it will slow me down,
as I think about what I am thankful for,
or what special thing I did.

When I'm 90 and sitting in that rocking chair,
I hope to go through this book and tell myself,
'Oh yes, I remember now.
I had a great and fulfilling life.' :)

Here is a little peek inside ...

I'm loving this journal.